‘Pokemon The Origin’ Gets An Ashless, Redful Trailer

You know that moment where you friend your ex on Facebook, and he or she is like, “here’s a picture of me and my ex, bleh, okay, now here’s 30,000 pictures of me and my new soulmate having wonderful adventures and being perfect?” That’s how Ash Ketchum must feel right now.

A “Pokémon Game Show” event was held at the Tokyo Big Site event center on Saturday, and the highlight of the event was the announcement of POKEMON THE ORIGIN, a new, ongoing animated TV series that goes back to the beginning of Pokémon Red and Blue and closely adapts the stories from the games. If you’ve been alive between 1997 and Now, you may be aware of the regular Pokémon series, which follows a kid who wasn’t in the games and his quest to “be the very best” whilst dodging attacks from a gay guy with a hot air balloon, his friend and their cat.

Anyway, Red is finally getting his due, and it looks great.

Images from a promotional video shown at the event reveal that the anime will feature the player and rival characters from Nintendo’s original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green (released as Pokémon Blue in North America) video games. The original games’ and television series’ first gym leader Takeshi (known as Brock in English) will also appear in the upcoming anime. The Pokémon Hitokage (Charmander), Ishitsubute (Geodude), and Kamex (Blastoise) are featured in the promotional video.

The separate Pocket Monsters XY television anime series will premiere in Japan on October 17 as a tie-in with the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games. Pre-orders for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y opened in Japan on August 10, and the games will ship for the Nintendo 3Ds worldwide on October 12. (via Anime News Network)

And your trailer, as promised.

‘The Pocket Monsters: The Origin’ (or ‘Pokémon: The Origin’ for any domestic fans who aren’t comfortable referring to anything as a “pocket monster”) will premiere in Japan on October 2 at 7:00 p.m. “Not Pikachu, please don’t sue” jokes are wildly appropriate.