Ash, Pikachu, and his friends are all set to return with a new special spinoff Pokémon: The Arceus Chronicles. This Netflix Special is set to premiere as an extended episode or a feature film on the streaming platform. In this new adventure, Ash returns to the Sinnoh region accompanied by his friends and his favorite Pokémon, Pikachu.
So, when is the big date? When will the spinoff premiere?
Ash And His Friends Set On An Adventure To The Sinnoh Region
As per Crunchyroll, the special revolves around Ash and his friends helping out a mythical Pokémon named Arceus. The story brings back fan-favorite characters from Ash’s adventures in Sinnoh in the past, like Brock, Dawn, & Cynthia. Moreover, the official trailer also features legendary Pokémon such as Azelf, Uxie, Heatran, and Mespirit.
The Netflix Special is slated to release on September 23, 2022.
The special draws inspiration from the game Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It was released in January 2022 for Nintendo Switch users. The game takes place in a distant past in the Sinnoh region. As seen in the official trailer, Ash & friends explore a town that recreates the historic Jubilife Village, which also serves as the main town center in the Nintendo game.
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Simply put, the trailer looks adorable and fun, especially to see Dawn & her Piplup alongside Ash once again. The Pokémon Company also shared several stills from the special. It showcases bits and pieces from the storyline and the characters involved.
In the past, animated shorts such as Hisuian Snow have talked a bit about the history of the Sinnoh region in the Pokémon world. However, this is the first time Ash will get a crash course in dealing with a legendary Pokémon character whose power helped shape the land.
The English version of Pokémon: The Arceus Chronicles will first premiere on August 18 at the 2022 Pokémon World Championship in London. The show will be available for visitors on a first come, first served basis at the event. It was originally released in Japan with a total of four episodes. Although the special is being dubbed as something new for Ash, he actually has firsthand experience of interacting with several of the legendary Pokémon set to appear in the Netflix Special.
Keep in mind that the global premiere isn’t exactly global. The Netflix Special will be available globally except for Asia.
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Crunchyroll’s official synopsis for the Netflix Special reads:
“A visit to the Sinnoh region turns into a high-stakes adventure when Ash, Pikachu, and friends join forces with powerful Pokémon to confront a looming threat! When Ash, Goh, and Dawn receive a mysterious message from the Mythical Pokémon Arceus, they meet up with Brock and head to Mount Coronet to investigate. There, they find a rampaging Heatran and the commanders of Team Galactic, who are determined to find their missing leader by opening a gate between dimensions. With a trio of Legendary Pokémon and Sinnoh Champion Cynthia on their side, our heroes have lots of help, but they’ll need all they can get to save Sinnoh from being destroyed!”
For fans that aren’t caught up with Ash’s journey, the anime’s latest English dubbed episodes are streaming on Netflix. Are you excited about the upcoming Pokémon special? Share your thoughts in the comments! And finally, do not forget to check back with TV Shows Ace for more Pokémon updates.
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