Pokémon will release its first live-action TV series this fall.
As detailed on IGN, TV Tokyo recently announced a future collaboration with the iconic brand through X (translated by Serebii.net). The film, titled “Fill Your Pocket With Adventure,” chronicles the life of a young worker in modern-day Tokyo as she rediscovers her childhood favorite Pokémon game. This film is different from other installments in the Pokémon series by its realistic setting, aiming to parallel the real world, rather than the world featured in the game and anime. The film is slated to premiere October 19 in Japan, but it’s not yet known if The Pokémon Company intends to release the film internationally.
New Pokemon live-action TV series
The film stars Nanase Nishino, a self-proclaimed Pokémon lover who previously appeared in Hideaki Anno’s live-action adaptation of Shin Kamen Rider. Nishino plays Madoka Akagi, a young woman who moves to Tokyo to work for her dream company. However, Akagi soon realizes that professional life is also full of challenges. One day, she received a package from her mother, which turned out to be a copy of her childhood Pokémon Red. Akagi uses this game to once again immerse herself in the carefree world of Pokémon.
Pokémon Red and its companion, Pokémon Green, were released in Japan in 1996. The two titles went on to be huge hits, selling over 1 million units in their first year on shelves. The game was released as Pokémon Red and Blue in North America in September 1998, starting a nationwide craze that spread across the United States in the late 90s and early 2000s. With the release of the PTCG (Game of Thrones) Pokemon trading card and popular animated series, Pokémon is currently the highest-grossing multimedia franchise of all time, with a net worth in excess of $80 billion. 2004 as Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen for the Game Boy Advance.
TV Tokyo’s upcoming TV series isn’t the only Pokémon spinoff to focus on player interaction with the franchise. The Pokemon animated short series, “Path to the Peak,” follows a young girl named Ava as she enters the complex world of competitive PTCG. Instead of interacting with Pokémon as physical entities, Ava and other players visualize battles as they unfold. Ava even developed a special bond with her star Pokémon, Oddish. The series consists of four episodes, available on the official Pokémon YouTube Channel.
“Fill Your Pocket With Adventure” will air in Japan on October 19.
Source: IGN and Serebii.net