Netflix has announced that it has obtained the rights to become the sole US distributor for Pokémon Journeys, the upcoming new series/season of the long running anime based on Nintendo’s popular franchise. It seems the success of Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution, a remake of Pokémon’s first theatrical film, led to a deal that The Pokémon Company couldn’t refuse.
Emily Arons, senior VP of international business for The Pokémon Company International, said, “With their tremendous reach and ability for fans to enjoy content anytime and anywhere, Netflix is the ideal partner to premiere new episodes of the beloved animated Pokémon series in the U.S. We can’t wait for Pokémon fans of all ages to continue discovering the spirit of adventure and friendship in Pokémon Journeys: The Series, our newest season coming to Netflix this June.”
Journeys will be the 23rd season of the anime, which follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu companion as they travel the globe and catch new critters. Anime hijinks ensue over the course of a 22 minute period and then we all learn a valuable lesson about life. I have no idea how it has been going on for so long, but good for it.
Pokémon Journeys will be debuting on Netflix on June 12, 2020. The show will premiere with 12 episodes and new episodes will be added on a quarterly basis. Past seasons will also be added to Netflix periodically over time, though a select few are currently available for streaming.
Netflix Snags Rights to ‘Pokémon‘ Animated Series [The Hollywood Reporter]