Movie 21 Trailer Revealed — New Director, New Art Style, New Direction?

    

The first trailer for the 21st Pokemon movie just aired on Japanese TV show Oha Suta, as is the case every year. The show revealed the movie will debut in Japan on July 13th, 2018. Its full title has not been revealed yet.

The trailer depicts a silhouette of Lugia swimming through the ocean, then Ash standing on a seaside cliff. His hat (the same from the 20th film) blows off and lands next to a colorful new female character. We hear Lugia’s theme from the second movie at the very end of the trailer as well.

The art style is different than previous films: the move will be a collaboration between OLM, the typical animation studio for Pokemon, and WIT Studio, which has drawn anime like Attack on Titan. Combined with the fact Ash has the same hat as the rebooted 20th film, perhaps the Pokemon animated movies are going to be taking a different route from now on both visually and canonically? Like the 20th film, it could be some kind of rebooted retelling of Ash’s early adventures, perhaps around the time of Johto. However, Pokemon teasers are unreliable at best, so we can’t really predict the story or which Pokemon the movie will feature based on what we see here.

Going by Pokemon movie patterns, if a Pokemon Switch game is still coming out in 2018, this will likely be a cross-generational movie. If so, it would feature a Pokemon from the current generation and one from the next, which was last the case with the Volcanion film where it featured both Volcanion (Gen VI) and Magearna (Gen VII). So this movie should feature Zeraora and possibly a Gen VIII Pokemon.

Update: Trailer added above! Also, for the first time ever, a Pokemon movie will not be directed by Kunihiko Yuyama! Instead, Tetsuo Yajima is directing this movie! He’s storyboarded and directed a few episodes of the XY series. I’m honestly glad Mr. Yuyama won’t be directing, the movies have not been very good in a long, long time. We need someone with a new perspective, especially after 20 movies of the same director!


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  1. rayquazatopaz34 How to Pokemon?
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  2. RealSlim Dragons Breeder
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    I don't think that Ash is wearing the same clothes, they're pretty different. And gosh... the art style is...

    beautiful


    Btw, at the beginning, you can see the reflection of the silouette of Lugia on the water!
     
  3. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
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    Zeraora? Zeraora, where are you?
     
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  4. SmiteKnight *trumpeting intensifies*
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    *Art tho
     
  5. TheGabiType Grass type pokemon trainer
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    Studio WIT is the same studio responsible for the Attack on Titan series... This is super interesting!
     
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  6. Charjabus Beep Beep
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    I...uh...what?
    I think it's too early for me to draw any lines at the moment.
     
  7. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life
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    This is common, he'll be revealed early next year
     
  8. Pika! Aspiring Trainer
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    can everyone beg for this one to be in theaters
     
  9. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life
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    I second this request
     
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  10. AFEX Eon Duo Rules!
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    Hmm, Art style is cool, definitely different.
    Here's a few questions I had upon watching the trailer and looking at the still frames-

    Will Zeraora star in this new film?
    WHO IS THAT CUTEEE POKEGIRL!? (Um, I mean cool... yeah)
    Will the next generation (Gen 8) tv series have the same animation and be edgier?
    Why are Ash and Pikachu smaller than the girl in that poster?
    Will this take place after the non-canon/re-imagined events of Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You! {?}

    About all the questions I had.
    (That new Poke-Girl is baeeeeee)


     
  11. TheAipomArchives Beyond Champion of the Elite Four
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    I'm 50/50 on the art. I like the girl, but ash? eeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww. He LOOKS like a girl
     
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  12. PIXELMAGE Pokemon and Anime Loving Memelord
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    At least the sun and moon art style is gone. That was atrocious and lazy.
     
  13. JoKing King of Jokers
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    She seemed surprise to see the Pokeball. Hoping that this is an extension of the previous movie's alternate universe where Pokemon don't exist at first; but prob not.
     
  14. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
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    As I observed on the text style, the way Japan inputs the title, the bluish part is particularly similar to the I Choose You one. This must be a sequel to I Choose You for sure.
     
  15. DragonFang101 Dragon-type Rotom
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    I'm just going to let this video describe my reaction :)
     
  16. Skeleton Liar サーナ~
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    Wow, what a breath of fresh air! I love the artwork already, as well as the girl's hair! And following up a movie that featured Ho-oh with one that features Lugia sounds A-okay to me! Since that's the same hat in the 20th movie, I like the thought that the movies might now be in their own universe, separate from the anime, past or present. While I haven't followed who all is involved with the movies, it's definitely interesting to know there will be a new director and an additional studio. Sounds like it's been long overdue.
     
  17. GrandPanacea Thread Necromancer
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    That's Wit Studio for ya.

    Wit Studio is amazing. One of my favourite studios, honestly. Consistently high quality work.

    I love her design.

    Original thoughts that aren't replies:
    I'm super happy that Wit Studio took over the animation. They did the animation for Attack on Titan, as WPM mentioned, but they also did Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and The Empire of Corpses, both of which I loved, and Hal, which looks beautiful.

    Like many others, I'm also intrigued by the new girl's design.
     
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  18. The Ultimate Umbreon To Ultra space and beyond!
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    I am I love with the art style,I hope this takes place in alola and that the sun and moon style becomes this after its first phase concludes. Also hoping that this film will give us Zeraora.
     
  19. TeamAqua4Life #HEYNICK First Alolan Champion-----TWICE
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    Zeraora and possibly Silver Wing luck. I'm in. Love the art style too.
     
  20. KidShadow Aspiring Trainer
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    oooo fresh meat! maybe we will get another BW remake. Two movies for the price of one!