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First of all, I'm amazed by your ability to stay optimistic (as well as your ability to moderate this nonsense thread). This reminds me of our conversation at the beginning of SM, where you said it made next to no sense for the school setting to remain for the entire series (I agree it made next to no sense, but they did it anyway) and as much as it makes no sense to not have a female lead, it really does seem like they are going to do that anyway also. Unfortunately, sometimes the pessimists wind up being right.
I appreciate that. It isn't easy to stay optimistic, or moderating for that matter. I remember that conversation as well. I was so certain that the school setting would just be a way to set up Ash's journey and that he wouldn't be that for too long. Clearly, that didn't happen. Admittedly, the Pokemon School was practically a background and it often felt like no one outside of the main cast, Professor Kukui and Samson Oak ever went there, but it was still an unexpected decision. I can understand that comparison in that regard, although not having a female lead feels much more impractical than Ash staying in primarily one area for most of SM. It's certainly possible that they may not have a proper female lead, but I try to hope for the best whenever possible.

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Like I said in my original post, I'm not trying to create a logical argument about the age, this is just the feeling I get. I agree he's been 10 all along, no aging, no de-aging, but I feel like when they emphasize Ash being 10 that it is their indication that they are more interested in looking forward than backward. OS-DP was teeming with continuity, since BW when they specifically stated Ash's age, continuity has only existed as nostalgia grabs (with the vast majority of it being Kanto based as well), not as a continuous part of the story. There was no reason to expect continuity to be dropped, but it happened in BW, now with no reason to expect them to ignore it because of the traveling to old regions, them emphasizing he's 10, and showing the beginning of his journey again, in my opinion could be a signal that they want us to focus on this series and moving forward and not to expect any of the past to be relevant. I really hope that feeling is wrong, but I just don't see any reason to feel optimistic about continuity at this point.
Continuity wasn't really dropped in BW per say, but rather they just made it much less infrequent compared to the first three series. I can still understand worrying that they'll just use references for a quick nostalgia grab, but if they're willing to explore Pikachu's backstory after all these years, they might be more willing to do more with other characters.

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As for the traveling, my point is having the ease of flying (on a legendary no less...) will take away a lot of the difficulties of travel and there won't really be travel episodes like in the past, it isn't seeming like it is going to be significant journeys, but rather day trips. This could be off base, but it is certainly the vibe I am getting. And the next fear is that they could just skip the travel entirely and Ash and Go will just wind up in different places at the start of episodes, where even inter-series continuity (from one episode to the next) will be lacking. Again, this is a pessimistic jump, but I see more evidence pointing towards this than the alternative (with admittedly still little evidence in either direction).
Ah that makes more sense. Flying around would potentially reduce the kind of episodes where Ash and his friends would need to setup camp for the night or travel to smaller cities and towns in between their next major destination. I can understand feeling upset about losing those kind of episodes. Depending on what they'll be traveling around for, they could start some episodes in different places. I'm not sure if that would bother me too much, but I'd have to see how it feels watching the series if they do go in that direction.

I wonder if the first two episodes will air as sneak peak previews in the dub, like they did with the first two episodes of XY and SM.
I'm positive that they will. We get a sneak peek of the newest series a few months before it starts in the dub. I'd be curious to learn what Go and Koharu's dub names are, although Go might keep his name, and what title the dub will give for the series as well.
 
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I'm curious to see how Mareanie might react to James when they visit Alola again, no doubt following Ash and Gou
 
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If they do it, it will almost definitely have no dub music, giving us yet another tease of a somewhat-competent dub.
 
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The last time that Pokemon appeared on the cover of Animedia, one of the biggest anime magazines in Japan, was in 1997.

The left cover looks like they took stock character art and put a Christmas overlay on it (I've seen that Pikachu pose before).
The right cover seems to at least have art commissioned for the magazine.
 
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Just been reading this information on Youtube

The Pokemon anime will be ushering in a new era in just a couple of weeks, but with all of the new additions to the anime franchise comes some familiar territory. With Ash and Pikachu set to kick off the next phase of their journey back where it all began, it seems the anime will be diving into more of Pikachu's story before it ever met Ash. Not only has the newest trailer for the series teased that we'll be getting a glimpse into Pikachu's origin story, the title of the first new episode confirmed this further.

The first episode of the new Pokemon anime is titled "Birth of Pikachu" and the new synopsis (as reported by Crunchyroll) for the anime's very first episode reads as such, "In a forest somewhere in Kanto, there once was a lonely Pichu. This Pichu – who was still quite young – had a certain encounter and farewell. This took place shortly before Ash and his partner Pikachu started travelling together. This is the beginning of the anime 'Pocket Monster.'”

This newest phase of the Pokemon anime will be rebooting things a bit. Not only has the series returned to the base title of "Pocket Monster," but the synopsis teases that we'll get a new look at Pikachu before it became Ash's partner. The most notable thing about this synopsis, however, is the "certain encounter and farewell" teased that might explain why Pikachu was initially so against being with Ash.

It might have had a rough farewell with whatever fated encounter it had in the wild before being trapped in a ball in Professor Oak's lab. Fans might get to see why Pikachu was so adamantly against being inside Poke Balls and being dragged around by Ash at the beginning of the series. But it won't only be his story.

Pokemon: The Series is currently scheduled to premiere November 17th in Japan. One of the biggest changes for this new series is the second protagonist, Gou, voiced by Daiki Yamashita. He and Ash will go on their journeys together, and soon we'll all find out what this next era of the Pokemon anime has in store for old and new fans.

Additional cast members include Yuichi Nakamura as Professor Sakuragi, Kana Hanazawa as Koharu, Megumi Hayashibara as Jessie, Shinichiro Miki as James, and Inuko Inuyama as Meowth. Staff confirmed for the new series include Daiki Tomiyasu serving as chief director for OLM, Maki Odaira as series director, Kunihiko Yuyama as creative supervisor, Shoji Yonemura overseeing series construction, Shuhei Yasuda serving as character designer, Masafumi Mima as sound director, Yuki Hayashi as series composer.

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Just been reading this information on Youtube

The Pokemon anime will be ushering in a new era in just a couple of weeks, but with all of the new additions to the anime franchise comes some familiar territory. With Ash and Pikachu set to kick off the next phase of their journey back where it all began, it seems the anime will be diving into more of Pikachu's story before it ever met Ash. Not only has the newest trailer for the series teased that we'll be getting a glimpse into Pikachu's origin story, the title of the first new episode confirmed this further.

The first episode of the new Pokemon anime is titled "Birth of Pikachu" and the new synopsis (as reported by Crunchyroll) for the anime's very first episode reads as such, "In a forest somewhere in Kanto, there once was a lonely Pichu. This Pichu – who was still quite young – had a certain encounter and farewell. This took place shortly before Ash and his partner Pikachu started travelling together. This is the beginning of the anime 'Pocket Monster.'”

This newest phase of the Pokemon anime will be rebooting things a bit. Not only has the series returned to the base title of "Pocket Monster," but the synopsis teases that we'll get a new look at Pikachu before it became Ash's partner. The most notable thing about this synopsis, however, is the "certain encounter and farewell" teased that might explain why Pikachu was initially so against being with Ash.

It might have had a rough farewell with whatever fated encounter it had in the wild before being trapped in a ball in Professor Oak's lab. Fans might get to see why Pikachu was so adamantly against being inside Poke Balls and being dragged around by Ash at the beginning of the series. But it won't only be his story.

Pokemon: The Series is currently scheduled to premiere November 17th in Japan. One of the biggest changes for this new series is the second protagonist, Gou, voiced by Daiki Yamashita. He and Ash will go on their journeys together, and soon we'll all find out what this next era of the Pokemon anime has in store for old and new fans.

Additional cast members include Yuichi Nakamura as Professor Sakuragi, Kana Hanazawa as Koharu, Megumi Hayashibara as Jessie, Shinichiro Miki as James, and Inuko Inuyama as Meowth. Staff confirmed for the new series include Daiki Tomiyasu serving as chief director for OLM, Maki Odaira as series director, Kunihiko Yuyama as creative supervisor, Shoji Yonemura overseeing series construction, Shuhei Yasuda serving as character designer, Masafumi Mima as sound director, Yuki Hayashi as series composer.

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Is that anything special we didn't already knew?
 
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Anyone copy pasting "synopses" that they read about online is pretty much making clickbait articles/videos, especially if it contains ignorant pieces of information (like that reboot line). It proves they didn't watch the current series, especially SM145 and SM146.
 
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I can't help but wonder if the Lugia featured this series is the same as Johto
That's funny, I was just wondering if it was the same one from Pokemon 2000. The synopsis basically says that Lugia just randomly shows up in town to everyone's surprise, so what could be the reason for him to just randomly give Ash and Gou a ride? Are they old friends? It's probably reading too much into it, but all the movie legendaries on the poster could mean getting references to older movies like this. But since Jhoto proved that there were more Lugia in the sea, it could be the other Lugia Ash met or just another random Lugia.

Still by the way the summary says Lugia just appears, I don't think it belongs to Sakuragi. And if not, I can't fathom a reason why Lugia would hang around them and serve as a glorified ride Pokemon. Hopefully he just gives them a quick ride and then leaves. It would be odd if he is flying them to another region at this point because that would mean we wouldn't even get a full episode of setup at Saguragi lab (home-base) before they head out, which I think would be quite rushed. And ultimately, if they are casually interacting with a legendary Pokemon like this it will be very hard to be impressed with Mew and will undermine their journey in a way. Legendary Pokemon should be used conservatively.
 
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Would be nice to see Gary return and battle Ash
 
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