A new video on Pokémon’s Japanese YouTube channel is teasing ... something for July 19. It’s not exactly clear what, and that seems to be the point, according to translations of the two-minute clip.
The video’s called “Pokémon Mystery File: A world of Pokémon you don’t know,” and it’s a compilation of some of the most bizarre footage from various Pokémon games. Among them are Celebi’s appearance in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver; the mysterious man from Pokémon Sun and Moon; and the Distortion World from Pokémon Platinum. Each one’s an odd or inexplicable occurrence, parts of the Pokémon lore that remain confusing.
But maybe that will change, the video teases.
“Is this a time slip?” the video begins. “Is it manipulating time? It came from the moon? Is it a space virus? Is this an encounter with aliens?”
It’s unclear what any of this is referring to, and the latter part of the video doesn’t help.
“The battle with the alien invader has begun! Is this the underside of this world? Is this a puzzle of ancient relics? Is this an attack from a parallel universe? Is it possessing humans?”
The video ends with a group of Unown, one of the most ancient Pokémon that also form an alphabet. The letters spell out “Is something happening?”
Apparently so. More will be revealed next week, according to the attached website, which shows a pair of original art of extraterrestrial Pokémon. It’s one of several unique promotions that are part of the Daisuki Club, Pokémon’s Japanese fan club.
This mystery trailer is one of the weirdest, most intriguing things that The Pokémon Company has done with the series’ lore in some time, so we’ll keep an eye on it.