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2018 Pokémon Movie Gets First Trailers, Visual, & Title

So, how did that guy from Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress get into this movie, anyway? Oh, right…

The official Pokémon movie website updated with new details on this year’s upcoming anime movie. The project, titled Pokémon the Movie: Everyone’s Story (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari), received two trailers, as well as a key visual, several new staffers, and a half-dozen cast members.

We break the details down below:


An 85-second promo and a 30-second teaser were both unveiled for the film. The two trailers introduce several of the new characters found in the feature, as well as the first major staffers.

85-Second Trailer

30-Second Trailer

Key Visual

The visual features Ash and his new gang of friends standing on a cliff side, which overlooks Frau city. Lugia can be seen in the distance, just beneath the film’s logo.

The tagline on the image reads “Even the things that I can’t do alone, so long as I’m with you…”


The film will star the following:

  • Ash/Satoshi: Rica Matsumoto
  • Ash/Satoshi’s Pikachu: Ikue Ōtani
  • Jessie/Musashi: Megumi Hayashibara
  • James/Kojiro: Shinichiro Miki
  • Meowth/Nyarth: Inuko Inuyama
  • Narrator: Unshō Ishizuka

All of the confirmed cast members are reprising their roles from the original TV series. Other characters who haven’t had their roles confirmed include:

  • Lisa: A high school student (and total Pokémon n00b).
  • Kagachi: A braggart with a penchant for stretching the truth.
  • Torito: A faint-hearted researcher who has trouble mustering confidence in himself.
  • Hisui: A peculiar old woman who despises Pokémon.
  • Rarugo: A mysterious young lady.


The feature’s script will be written by the team of Eiji Umehara (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne) and Aya Takaha (The Ancient Magus’ Bride). Kunihiko Yuyama, meanwhile, will serve as animation supervisor for the project.

Pokémon the Movie: Everyone’s Story hits Japanese theaters on July 13.

Tetsuo Yajima (Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, Pokémon XY) is returning to direct the project at Oriental Light and Magic and Wit Studio. Shizue Kaneko (Monster Strike The Movie, If Her Flag Breaks) is providing character designs for the film.

Oriental Light and Magic has been the go-to studio for the Pokémon anime franchise. The studio has served as the main production house for the brand since the TV series launched in 1997.

This is the first time that Wit Studio is listed as a main production house for a Pokémon movie. In the past, they have provided production assistance on projects.

Sources: Anime! Anime!, Animate Times

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