The Pokémon franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary in a big way. This year alone we got new video games, a mobile app, live-action movies, and everything that you can stick a Pikachu on. But, that is not all. The Pokémon Company announced that it would launch an anime series titled Pokémon Generations on its YouTube channel. The show will coincide with the much-anticipated 3DS game Pokémon Sun and Moon. Check out the trailer below.
There’s a lot to take in this awesome action-adventure anime trailer. However, we’ve broken down the trailer and here are six things that you need to know before you watch Pokémon Generations. And be sure to check out our recaps of every episode.
It Will Not Follow the Original Series
Like the title suggests, Pokémon Generations will revisit each generation of the video game series. Thus the audience will have a deeper insight into each region, from Kanto to Kalos. During the travels between the regions, you’ll get to know each Pokémon and character better.
Each Episode is 3 to 5 Minutes Long
While we are used to watching the 20-something minute long episodes, Pokémon Generations will be much shorter. The series will focus much like in the video games on short stories and will not require prior viewing of any other episode to understand. The first two episodes will premiere on September 16 and every week through to December 23, 2016. There will be 18 episodes in total.
Available on the Official Pokémon YouTube Channel
With the popularity and success of shows going online, it’s no surprise that Pokémon Generation will do the same. The Pokémon Company will launch the short series on their YouTube channel thereby making it available worldwide.
More Intense Battles
Given that Pokémon Generations is such a short series, it will focus on the battles that gamers had in the video games.
Not for Young Kids
Though the ’90s series concentrated on the goofy situations that the gang gets itself into, the new anime series will go another route. Because it is a short series, the focus will be on the battles between Pokémon trainers and the enormous amount of power that their Pokémon exhibits. Plus a SWAT team bursting through a wall does not seem all that kid-friendly to me.
There’s Already an Anime
The hype of Pokémon GO has generated new fans and brought some old ones to the original series. However, a lot of these new viewers or those who have dropped the series (including myself) don’t know that there was already a video game-based anime. The first anime titled Pocket Monsters: The Origin tells the story of the first generation games, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. So, if you’re planning to watch Generations then take a look at Origins.
With so many Pokémon-related media out there, a few extra minutes to watch Pokémon Generations and Origins won’t hurt.