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Preview Pocket Monsters the series (2019)

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Looks like the Box Mascots are showing up early again.

Let's just hope something comes of it....

^sigh^ I should've known there's be a lot of Kanto mon...
Just please tell me that that's Ash's Charizard, and some of those others belong to old friends (Gary's Blatoise, Tracey's Syther, etc. Oh, I'm not getting my hopes up, but it would be nice)
 
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I'd advise against building your hopes up for seeing past companions or Pokemon. It is certainly not a big aspect of the series judging from the poster (why are all the starters unevolved but Charizard and Greninja, the latter lacking its form?).
A complete series recap a week before the new series starts makes recurring characters and Pokemon seem very likely. We'll be reminded about all of Ash's old friends right before a series that sees Ash travelling back to all of those regions. If the series poster doesn't imply this it's probably because they're trying to surprise us. They only just revealed that Team Rocket would even appear. While the poster does show many unevolved Pokemon that Ash owns, it's still really obvious that there is a heavy emphasis on Pokemon he's caught or traveled with before. Every Kalos Pokemon on the poster has belonged to him or his group, and then Litten and Rowlet appear while Popplio is inexplicably missing.

Not to mention that Ash's SM classmates are mostly all travelling, which is a fairly obvious setup for future cameos. Now that the series is confirmed to be a continuation, the 2020 calendar is looking increasingly relevant. It already predicted that Scorbunny would be more prominently featured than the other Galar starters, and likely predicts the reappearance of Serena, the SM classmates, and more.
 
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A complete series recap a week before the new series starts makes recurring characters and Pokemon seem very likely. We'll be reminded about all of Ash's old friends right before a series that sees Ash travelling back to all of those regions. If the series poster doesn't imply this it's probably because they're trying to surprise us. They only just revealed that Team Rocket would even appear. While the poster does show many unevolved Pokemon that Ash owns, it's still really obvious that there is a heavy emphasis on Pokemon he's caught or traveled with before. Every Kalos Pokemon on the poster has belonged to him or his group, and then Litten and Rowlet appear while Popplio is inexplicably missing.

Not to mention that Ash's SM classmates are mostly all travelling, which is a fairly obvious setup for future cameos. Now that the series is confirmed to be a continuation, the 2020 calendar is looking increasingly relevant. It already predicted that Scorbunny would be more prominently featured than the other Galar starters, and likely predicts the reappearance of Serena, the SM classmates, and more.
XY had one as well, as far as I know.
 
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XY had one as well, as far as I know.
It did and XY barely had any call backs.

Using that as proof that old characters are returning is a big assumption.

Anyway, if they wanted to make it clear that old characters are returning, they would be a ton more references on the poster and not in calendars. The first assumption many fans had when they said we would be going to all the regions was that old characters would return. They know this and if it was a big theme for this series, they would be would marketing the hell out of it. The poster doesn't really do that. Piplup, Croagunk, and the Kanto trio are really the only ones that are illustrated in a way that you can say "Yeah, that might be Ash's, Dawn's, or Brock's".
 
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The official Twitter has been posting a lot about random episodes from all of the previous sagas, maybe it means nothing or maybe it means we’ll get a lot of continuity? Who knows at this point.

I still want to see some dang animation already!!!
 
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It did and XY barely had any call backs.

Using that as proof that old characters are returning is a big assumption.

Anyway, if they wanted to make it clear that old characters are returning, they would be a ton more references on the poster and not in calendars. The first assumption many fans had when they said we would be going to all the regions was that old characters would return. They know this and if it was a big theme for this series, they would be would marketing the hell out of it. The poster doesn't really do that. Piplup, Croagunk, and the Kanto trio are really the only ones that are illustrated in a way that you can say "Yeah, that might be Ash's, Dawn's, or Brock's".
To be fair, they aren't marketing the hell out of anything to do with the anime. And they don't want to make anything clear, they're perfectly happy to keep us in the dark until the 17th. We know nothing about the premise of the show. It took us this long to confirm that team rocket would appear. They're clearly being secretive, so saying that the fact we haven't seen older characters by now means they won't appear is another big assumption.

As for the XY special, I think it's irrelevant. The XY series took place in a new region so there was no reason for older characters to show up. The new series is a whole different story. One week before the series starts we are being shown a special detailing the adventures Ash has had in each region and all the people he's met. The new series will then see him return to each of those regions. How bizarre would it be for them to ignore the continuity they just went out of their way to remind us about? We're definitely seeing older character's, maybe as recurring cast members or maybe as one time cameos.
 
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There are also some other merch which I can't post due to the Upload File Being too Large. It includes the Galar Starters, Kanto Starters, Pikachu, Pichu, Psyduck, Yamper, Wobbufet and Meowth.
 
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To be fair, they aren't marketing the hell out of anything to do with the anime. And they don't want to make anything clear, they're perfectly happy to keep us in the dark until the 17th. We know nothing about the premise of the show. It took us this long to confirm that team rocket would appear. They're clearly being secretive, so saying that the fact we haven't seen older characters by now means they won't appear is another big assumption.

As for the XY special, I think it's irrelevant. The XY series took place in a new region so there was no reason for older characters to show up. The new series is a whole different story. One week before the series starts we are being shown a special detailing the adventures Ash has had in each region and all the people he's met. The new series will then see him return to each of those regions. How bizarre would it be for them to ignore the continuity they just went out of their way to remind us about? We're definitely seeing older character's, maybe as recurring cast members or maybe as one time cameos.
There is no point being secretive about old characters returning since it is something many fans assume will happen anyway. It doesn't make any sense IMO to create a poster with very little call backs if calls backs is supposed to be a major selling point for the next series.

It also wouldn't be bizarre if there were no call backs or cameos from old characters/events of the past since they have done that before with the Battle Frontier Arc years ago. They went through Kanto the second time with barely any references outside of Mt. Moon, Saffron City, and the Indigo Plateau. So yeah, it would very much be in character for them to ignore old characters or have a ton of references to the past.
 
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There is no point being secretive about old characters returning since it is something many fans assume will happen anyway. It doesn't make any sense IMO to create a poster with very little call backs if calls backs is supposed to be a major selling point for the next series.

It also wouldn't be bizarre if there were no call backs or cameos from old characters/events of the past since they have done that before with the Battle Frontier Arc years ago. They went through Kanto the second time with barely any references outside of Mt. Moon, Saffron City, and the Indigo Plateau. So yeah, it would very much be in character for them to ignore old characters or have a ton of references to the past.
They've been secretive about returning characters in the past with Brock, and they just did it again with Team Rocket. One reason older characters might not be being advertised is that they won't appear early in the series. Brock and Misty weren't advertised at the start of the SM series but closer to when they actually showed up. Also it wouldn't be a selling point but rather a surprise.

For the poster I think you're underestimating the callbacks. Most Pokemon featured are direct references to older series. Croagunk+Piplup, Kanto and Unova starters, every Kalos Pokemon on the poster including Greninja, Dedene, Noibat, Goomy and Talonflame, Snorlax, Mamoswine and I can keep going on. I think it would be accurate to say that the poster is meant to invoke memories of the older series rather than show the current condition of each Pokemon, hence the unevolved Mons. Still, them trying to make you remember earlier series does bode well for references to them in the new series.

I'm glad you brought up Battle Frontier. Most people forget that Misty actually did join them for a while in that series. Also, Ash caught no new Pokemon in that series except for Aipom, so we actually did get to see his older Pokemon then. I can see a similar scenario here where he could use reserves at the start, catch a Farfetch'd, and evolve it in Galar. As for other characters, Misty and Brock were both accounted for and there weren't a lot of other important characters (non-cods) in Kanto. As for the region itself, I'm confident the new series will do a better job showcasing it judging by what we've seen so far. I think the writers know the value of nostalgia more now than they did back then. In any case, Battle Frontier, being the only past example of Ash traveling through a region for the second time sees him traveling with both old companions for that region and using his old Pokemon.
 
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I'd advise against building your hopes up for seeing past companions or Pokemon. It is certainly not a big aspect of the series judging from the poster (why are all the starters unevolved but Charizard and Greninja, the latter lacking its form?).


I don't find that likely when they're promoting the Gigantamax Eevee that can't evolve. It'd also be a bit silly to use Sylveon in Galar-related art if a new Eeveelution existed.

I suspect that they don't have a good design for a new Eeveelution.
Are you still desperately clinging to false delusions of a reboot even after SM145 pretty much debunked that? There's literally a special that is there a week prior dedicated to recapping his journeys, why do you think they went with that premise for the episode instead of another one like for instance, resolving the Mohn plot thread?

Also, TRio was revealed quite late so I won't count out past characters at all.
It did and XY barely had any call backs.

Using that as proof that old characters are returning is a big assumption.
I don't recall XY being set in all the previous regions though. Or have a literal first episode dedicated to what might appear to be Pikachu backstory.

And like @Beatsy Ray stated above me, they're only drip feeding the minimum amount of information every week for this series and keeping fans in the dark intentionally, something they never did before. So I wouldn't use the lack of promotion as an argument at all especially with respect to the previous post because I expect past characters to be promoted closer to their respective episodes, unless you're upset about it not being a reboot as well...?
 
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I'm guessing the Mr. Mime is Mimey

Really hope Blastoise belongs to Gary and Scyther belongs to Tracey and the Charizard is Ash's

Can't say I'm too hopeful as Gary and Tracey seem to have been largely forgotten about
 
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my predictions of ash's mon
grookey, sobble, obstagoone, sirfetched, drendraw
 
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I wonder if anyone will recognize Ash as Champion of the Alola League
 
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There are also some other merch which I can't post due to the Upload File Being too Large. It includes the Galar Starters, Kanto Starters, Pikachu, Pichu, Psyduck, Yamper, Wobbufet and Meowth.
I'm starting to think we'll get that Pikachu backstory and Psyduck probably Misty returning again?
 
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