The Pokémon franchise is heading down a new route, bidding farewell to 10-year-old Ash Ketchum more than 25 years after he was first introduced.
In its place will be Pokémon Horizons: The Series, a show that puts the spotlight on a brand new cast of characters. Liko and Roy will be the main protagonists, and seeing this world through their eyes promises to serve as a great entry point for younger/newer fans and something fresh for those who have followed this franchise since the beginning.
In the show, dual protagonists Liko, whose partner Pokémon is Sprigatito, and Roy will encounter many characters during their journey, including a group led by Friede and Captain Pikachu called the Rising Volt Tacklers.
Traveling across the Pokémon world on an airship, the Rising Volt Tacklers include Orla, who enjoys mechanical and electrical work and is accompanied by her partner Pokémon, Metagross; Murdock, who is skilled at cooking, and his partner Pokémon, Rockruff; Mollie, who specializes in healing treatments, and her partner Pokémon, Chansey; and Ludlow.
Liko and Roy will also come across Amethio, who is joined by his partner Pokémon, Ceruledge, and belongs to an organization called the Explorers, as well as a popular video streamer known as Nidothing.
"'Pokémon Horizons: The Series' is set to be a thrilling journey that explores new wonders and makes fascinating discoveries about the Pokémon world," Taito Okiura, Vice President of Marketing for The Pokémon Company International, said in a statement today.
"The latest 'Pokémon Horizons: The Series' trailer sheds further light on the mysterious adventures that await Liko and Roy," he continued, "and we invite Trainers to join in unraveling these secrets when the series begins premiering outside of Japan later this year."
Check out the trailer for the upcoming Pokémon series below (via Toonado.com).