New POKÉMON Live-Action TV Series Actually a Meta Meditation on Real-Life Game

It turns out Pokémon‘s latest foray into live-action television is actually more like a fictional biopic of the game itself or the experience of playing the game anyway. The new Pokémon series won’t feature any Pokémon, at least not the way we’ve come to understand Pokémon franchise-related content. There certainly won’t be a grumpy, coffee-swilling, life-size Pikachu wandering about like in Detective Pikachu. And it seems like there won’t be any new Pokémon released in the series, sorry folks. No, instead this new Pokémon live-action TV show will have a meta spin to it. It will focus on a real-life fan who finds comfort in playing her favorite game from childhood, Pokémon Red, as adult life gets hard. Here’s what we know about the upcoming Pokémon TV show, Pocket ni Bōken wo Tsumekonde or “Fill Your Pocket With Adventure.”

Live-Action Pokémon TV Series Shares First Trailer

Honestly, it’s a bit of a strange turn for Pokémon to take. But with Ash’s final episodes behind us and everything starting fresh, we guess the franchise is trying to branch out. We can’t actually begrudge Pokémon too much because the premise of this live-action TV series is honestly incredibly relatable. Who among us has not been bolstered by Pokémon‘s colorful world and easy goal-oriented nature on a tough day?

The first trailer for the live-action Pokémon show really sets the scene for what the series will entail. Take a look below.

The Pokémon Show’s Synopsis

A release shares more about the new Pokémon story and what we see in its trailer. It notes that the series will feature the original Pokémon games, Pokémon Red and Green. The protagonist of the live-action show, Madoka, will live in our/the real world, where Pokémon live in game consoles. Modaka was a huge Pokémon game fan as a child. But, of course, she hasn’t touched the games in 20 years when we meet her on the show. She has, however, moved to the big city and realized achieving your dreams isn’t always as easy as it seems. But thankfully, her mom sends her a care package with her old Pokémon games to help her life transform. And then the Pokémon magic begins.

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The release notes that this new live-action Pokémon series is “comical and heartwarming content” and “The world’s first ‘Pokémon Human Drama,’ in which the main character grows through Pokémon.” Additionally, it reveals the series “is a human story in which the main character, Madoka Akagi, played by Nanase Nishino, changes her work and her surroundings little by little when she touches Pokémon for the first time in a while.” The new live-action show will also remind us that, “in fact, the Pokémon game contains important lessons for life.”

The Live-Action Pokémon Series’ Release Date

As we said, we honestly have to agree. Pokémon‘s “Fill Your Pocket With Adventure” will release in Japan on October 19. It will stream on  U-NEXT. For now there’s no word of any kind of English language version of this live-action Pokémon show. But hopefully, one will arrive soon. We do love to catch ’em all.

Originally published on August 31, 2023.

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