Anime and live-action have always had a complicated relationship. Now, get ready to see one of the biggest icons of Japanese pop culture come to life in a whole new way. Pokémon enters the live-action world. The live-action film adaptation is scheduled to premiere in October.
Previously, fans only knew that a live-action Pokémon series was in development. However, more recent information has revealed the cast that will participate in this new adventure.
What attracted attention was the presence of famous names like Aya Hirano – who provided the voices for characters like Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucy Heartfilia.
Before it was made into a live-action movie, Pokémon was already a huge franchise, starting as a video game and expanding into anime, movies and more. To date, the franchise’s only foray into live-action has been with the Hollywood-produced film “Detective Pikachu.”
However, the upcoming live-action Pokémon series is a production of its native Japan, co-produced by The Pokémon Company and TV Tokyo.
Unlike live-action film adaptations like Netflix’s One Piece, which follow the original anime’s plot closely, this live-action Pokémon series has something different. That is, it will be set in real life.
The film is not only a reimagining of the Pokémon Red & Green games, but also introduces Madoka Akagi. This is a young woman with ambitions to establish her own advertising company in Japan.
Actress Nanase Nishino, known for her roles in live-action films such as “xxxHOLiC” and “Shin Kamen Rider,” will star in the film. She and her talented cast of cherry blossoms promise to bring exciting creatures from Pokémon into our world like never before.
Pokémon live-action is scheduled to air in Japan on October 20. The series will first air on TV Tokyo and affiliated channels. So far, no information has been released about a possible international launch.