Pokémon Master Journeys Trailer Shows Ash’s Latest Shot at Becoming the World Champion

Pokémon Master Journeys released a new trailer and key visual for the series' next batch of episodes.

The new previews suggest that Ash, Goh and Chloe will get closer to achieving their Pokémon-related goals in the series' next arc. Ash is shown reuniting with his beloved Greninja and continuing to hone his skills in preparation for his eventual showdown with the champion of the World Coronation Series, Leon, while Goh encounters the legendary Pokémon Suicune, and Chloe participates in a Pokémon contest with her still un-evolved Evee. A new poster also teases an encounter with Mew, the rare Pokémon that Goh wants to capture most of all.

Pokémon Master Journeys is being released in the United States as a Netflix streaming exclusive. Similar to the streaming company's release schedule to the new season of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, new episodes of the show are being released intermittently in batches. The last group of new episodes premiered in January; Netflix has yet to announce when it will release further chapters of the show internationally.

The Pokémon anime is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of its original premiere. The first episode of the series first debuted on April 1, 1997, a little more than a year after Game Freak and Nintendo released Pocket Monsters: Red and Green Version for the original black-and-white Game Boy in Japan on Feb. 27, 1996. While a year separated the premiere of the anime from the release of the original games in Japan, the TV show premiered in North America just a month after Nintendo released the original games, now localized under the title Pokémon Red and Blue Versions, in 1998.

The celebration of the anime's big anniversary comes after The Pokémon Company wrapped up its year-long celebration 25th anniversary of the video game series. Nintendo and Game Freak released numerous new titles in the series throughout 2021, including Pokémon Unite, a free-to-play MOBA-style competitive game and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, a 3D remake of the main series' original pair of DS games.

The Pokémon Company recently showed off the future of the series in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, which will kick off the series' ninth generation of games. The Pokémon anime has always tried to tie itself in with the latest releases in the video game series, so its possible that Master Journeys'  anniversary-inspired adventures through past regions may soon end as Ash and Pikachu move on to the latest games' Spain-inspired region. Scarlet and Violet are currently scheduled to be released for the Nintendo Switch sometime before the end of 2022.

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