It was announced during the Toho 2020 lineup that a new Pokémon anime film would be released in Japan on July 10, 2020. This will be the first animated Pokémon film to not be a remake in 2 years. Currently, the film has the working title of Gekijoban Pocket Monsters 2020 (Pokémon the Movie 2020).
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After the release of Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us in July 2018 there hasn’t been any “new” Pokémon anime films. In 2019, the series saw the release of the first live-action film in the franchise, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, making US$431.7 million worldwide, and a CG-remake of the first Pokémon film, titled Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution, which made 2.75 billion yen (US$25,140,500) in Japan, without a release outside of the country other than a screening at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution only featured slight changes from the original 1999 film, bringing the film in line with updated Pokémon generations.
There is currently no mention of if the new film will be in the continuity that started with Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You or will be set in the currently airing Pokémon anime continuity. Nor has it been announced if the film will be set in the Galar region like the new Pokémon: Twilight Wings web anime series.
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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.
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