My suspicion is that they are going to have a female lead with a similar personality to Ash. The, go get them, shonen type hero. If they are going that way I wonder how they will distinguish the two so things don't get too repetitive.Wow this looks like it's going to get interesting. This new character (I am assuming they are a girl, but I'm just going to use they/them pronouns till then), looks quite similar to Ash. The skin tones and eye color are different, but they have similar hair and stuff. They have never had a companion character that looked that close to Ash, so I wonder if they are a cousin or something to Ash. Possibly even a siblin, if this is an alternate universe Ash. It's really weird seeing them have a companion that is so similar looking to Ash, there has to be some sort of reason for it.
It definitely looks like this might be some sort of large travel-based anime, based on the poster. Not only does the poster show off the old Pokemon of all the old regions, but it shows off bi places that those regions are known for. It gives the World Tour sort of vibe. I wonder what this new character's motive is to travel. "And I do think that even if this is an AU Ash, they might be doing something with him being a champion.
The art style looks like a mix of an improved XY and SM, leaning more towards SM with the shapes of the eyes and stuff. Since the anime seems like it's going to be different from the past, I think I am okay with it. I would like to see it more in movement though.
We'll definitely have more of an idea of what's happening in a couple of days, but this sure is interesting for now.