After 25 years of watching Ash Ketchum’s adventures, the Pokemon anime has said goodbye to him in the final episode of Pokemon: Aim to Be a Pokemon Master. As the new major series, Pokemon Horizons, gears up for its big overseas premiere, more of its new characters have been introduced. The show’s focus has shifted to two new trainers at the center of the series, starting their Pokemon journey from scratch. This marks a fresh start for the Pokemon franchise, bringing in new main characters and new storylines.
Pokemon Horizons: The Series is all set to premiere overseas next month as part of the Spring 2023 anime schedule. In anticipation of this grand event, the Pokemon anime has introduced more new characters from the show’s cast, which includes the “Rising Volt Tacklers” team. This team comprises of Orla with her trusty Metagross, Murdock with his loyal Rockruff, Mollie with her charming Chansey, and Ludlow. Take a look at their official character designs for the Pokemon Horizons anime below:
Pokemon Horizons is set to premiere in Japan on April 14th with an entirely new cast of characters and storyline. The first episode is teased as:
Liko, a girl from the Paldea region, has enrolled at Sekiei Academy, a boarding school in the Kanto region. Liko is delighted to receive her first Pokemon, Sprigatito, but it doesn’t listen to her at all. While Liko struggles to deepen her bond with Sprigatito, on the other hand, suspicious people appear who are looking for Liko’s mysterious pendant?!
While an international release date for the next Pokemon anime is yet to be announced, the Pokemon Company has started to tease it as such:
“In Pokémon Horizons: The Series, dual protagonists Liko, whose partner Pokémon is Sprigatito, and Roy will encounter many characters during their journey, including a group led by Friede and Captain Pikachu called the Rising Volt Tacklers. Traveling across the Pokémon world on an airship, the Rising Volt Tacklers include Orla, who enjoys mechanical and electrical work and is accompanied by her partner Pokémon, Metagross”