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The PokéToon series of shorts have been a wonderful mix of different animation styles thus far; from a tribute to Golden Age animations like Tom and Jerry, to a tale of perseverance and heroism with an almost-papercraft aesthetic. The latest entry in the series has officially been released and features a more modern anime style in the same vein as last year’s Pokémon: Twilight Wings short series – it’s made by the same animation studio, after all!



This new short tells the story of a young girl who dreams of following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a Pokémon Trainer who can compete at the highest levels of the Pokémon League. To achieve her goal, she’ll first need a partner Pokémon at her side, but attaining one is no small task. This adorably wholesome adventure is full of twists and turns and has surprises in store through to the very end.

The short is currently only available to watch in Japanese without any alternate language subtitles, but its tale is immediately understandable without being able to understand the language it’s voiced in. As such, it’s absolutely worth a watch by any and all Pokémon fans – young or old!


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Written by Marcus Ramirez

A writer and dreamer who loves all things tropical, bright, colorful, and shiny. Marcus is obsessed with Kingdom Hearts and patiently awaits its triumphant return to Nintendo hardware. He has a (totally real) court order that requires him to always have a 3DS or Switch on his person when leaving the house for more than a few hours.