While Pokémon has obviously made a tremendous splash in gaming circles since the 1990s, let’s not forget that it’s a global multimedia empire, and that the anime has been a force for just about as long as the games, the two continually feeding each others’ success over the years. The show is still big in the U.S., and now it has a new American home, as it was just announced that The Pokémon Company has inked a deal with Disney XD to make the network the exclusive home of the show stateside.
This partnership goes into effect on December 5, when Disney XD will celebrate by premiering (in the United States, at least) the latest Pokémon movie, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, as well as an hour-long preview of the Sun and Moon-based anime, which officially begins its run in 2017. This isn’t just Disney XD getting broadcast rights to the newest season of the show, however. The network will be able to air the previous 19 seasons of the show (or over 900 episodes) and 15 Pokémon movies, so you best believe the channel is going to make the anime a staple of its programming schedule.
What’s also interesting about this deal, as Polygon points out, is that this means Pokémon now shares a network with Yo-Kai Watch, the show’s biggest contemporary monster-collecting rival. While Pokémon is significantly more popular in our neck of the woods, the gap between the two isn’t quite as wide in Japan, as the show and games have amassed a significant following over there.
Check out a trailer for the show above, and below, a trailer for the movie and an ad spot heralding the premiere of both on Disney XD.
Featured image: The Official Pokémon Channel