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Pokémon: Everyone’s Story’s new art shows that the series keeps changing

There are some serious Ghibli vibes and a nod to the Pokémon: Let’s Go! games

Pokemon: Everyone’s Story poster OLM / Wit Studio

Pokémon: Everyone’s Story has a gorgeous new poster ahead of its July 13 release in Japan. The new movie, which follows last year’s Pokémon: I Choose You!, takes place in a universe separate from the television series. Everyone’s Story will take us to a new location in the Pokémon world: Fura City, where the residents are said to live together with the wind.

The movie’s official account tweeted the new poster, which reveals a San Francisco-esque vibe to the city and gentle design elements reminiscent of Studio Ghibli.

Pokemon: Everyone’s Story poster OLM/Wit Studio

While the previous poster for the film depicted all the characters and their Pokémon, the only Pokémon in this new poster are Pikachu and Eevee. The second trailer for the film also focused on these two Pokémon. With the reveal of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! in May, the attention paid to Eevee and Pikachu becomes more obvious. In fact, the text on the new poster roughly translates to “let’s go with the wind blowing.”

In addition to the heavy focus on Eevee and Pikachu — as well as Lugia, who will play an important role in the film — a new mythical Pokémon, Zeraora, will be revealed in the movie before its addition to last year’s Nintendo 3DS games, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Everyone’s Story follows in the vein of 2017’s I Choose You! in that it pivots from the formula of the usual Pokémon movies. Instead of tying in directly with the television series, these two films take place in a separate timeline, with very few of the television characters crossing over. Instead, Ash is joined by a group of five new friends who make their debuts in the film.

Despite what may seem like a dramatic change for longtime Pokémon viewers, fans are praising the animation and the glimpses of the new characters. The fresh animation style and aesthetic changes in Everyone’s Story could be attributed to the production company on board the project: Wit Studios, the creative force behind Attack on Titan.

With a premier studio on board and a whole new look and cast, Everyone’s Story highlights what seems to be a new era in the Pokémon movie series. There’s not yet a Western release date for Pokémon: Everyone’s Story, but it will premiere on July 13 in Japan.

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