The Pokémon canon is a little strange when you factor in the games, the shows, the movies, and the various other media that the monster-catching franchise has infiltrated. So while Detective Pikachu is going to be an utterly bizarre movie with a talking Pokémon solving crimes, the main Pokémon films will continue along a totally separate storyline -- taken forward by a new film, Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us.
Released last month in Japan as Pokémon the Movie: Everyone’s Story, the newly titled Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us is getting a limited theatrical release Stateside, according to a release from The Pokémon Company International.
This is the 21st movie in the series (though it’s the second of the films’ reboots, taking place in an alternate timeline from the TV show) and revolves around a coastal town’s festival celebrating the legendary Lugia (one of the godlike Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver).
To reassure fans that this entry will be just as heartwarming and teamwork-centric as every other Pokémon property, the film’s also released a teaser trailer to accompany this announcement.
Check it out:
Wait, did we spy Team Rocket in the mix? Bumbling villains and schmaltzy heroes aside, the movie isn't breaking much new ground -- even following in its predecessor’s footsteps with its overseas voyage, getting a similar release plan with Fathom Events, as Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! did back in 2017.
Participating theaters will show Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us in its limited release on Nov. 24, 26, and 28, finishing its run on Dec. 1. Will you be catching it?