Pokémon Koko’s new trailers have revealed the anime film’s new release date. According to the trailer uploaded on the Pokémon official YouTube channel, Gekijōban Pocket Monster Koko will open in Japan on December 25. In addition, the trailer also features a preview of the film opening theme song “Fushigi na Fushigi na Ikimono” (“Wonderful, Marvelous Creatures”) by vocalist Tortoise Matsumoto of the rock band ulfuls.

TOHO announced the film last year as part of its 2020 theatrical release lineup. Pokémon movie will be the franchise’s new anime film for the first time in two years. Yajima is directing and co-writing the film’s script with Pokémon series writer Atsuhiro Tomioka. Gekijōban Pocket Monsters 2020 will open in Japan on July 10. The anime movie was scheduled for release on July 10 but was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The most recent films include the live-action Pokémon Detective Pikachu, and The 3D CG remake of the 1998 film Pocket Monsters: Mewtwo no Gyakushū Mewtwo, Strikes Back Evolution. The last anime film in the franchise, Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us, was released in Japan in July 2018.

Pokémon (Pocket Monsters) anime series premiered in Japan on April 1, 1997, on TV Tokyo. The anime television series is part of The Pokémon Company’s Pokémon media franchise. The franchise has a total of 22 films, with Strikes Back Evolution being the latest.

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