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Pokémon is no stranger to TV – if anything, it’s a mainstay, with its anime airing consistently for about 25 years at this point. But what about live-action dramas? This new ground is pioneered in Pocket ni Bōken wo Tsumekonde, or Pokétsume for short. Translated as “Cram Adventures in a Pocket,” it follows a young woman reconnecting with her old copy of Pokémon Red.



Madoka Akagi went to Tokyo to follow her dreams, but is stuck in reality working for a small advertising agency. One day she receives a package from her mother containing her old Game Boy and Pokémon Red cartridge. She decides to start playing the game for the first time in 20 years – how will it go?

Nanase Nishino stars as Madoka in the show, which starts airing on October 19th in Japan.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.