With December right around the corner, fans of the Pokémon anime are bound for a new adventure. Pokémon Horizons: The Series, the first mainline anime without Ash Ketchum, will debut first in the UK, before making its way to the U.S. on 23 February 2024.
Based on the Paldea region introduced in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the Netflix exclusive follows dual protagonists Liko and Roy and their Starter partners, Sprigatito and Fuecoco, with new allies Friede and Captain Pikachu joining in on the journey. The show started airing in Japan in April, serving as the successor to the long-running Pokémon anime that starred Ash Ketchum and his trusty companion Pikachu. It came to an end with Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series, which saw the former achieving his lifelong dream of becoming the world’s top trainer after 25 years.
Here’s the official synopsis:
A new adventure is beginning within the wide world of Pokémon! Arriving at Indigo Academy, a girl named Liko receives her first partner Pokémon, Sprigatito. But she soon finds herself pursued by the Explorers, a mysterious group that’s determined to take the pendant necklace she wears. Liko isn’t on her own, though, as Friede, Captain Pikachu, and the other Rising Volt Tacklers offer her protection aboard their airship. Meanwhile, a boy named Roy dreams of becoming a Pokémon Trainer, unaware of the secret hiding within the Ancient Poké Ball he carries. As Liko, Roy, and the Rising Volt Tacklers set sail for new horizons, what kind of discoveries await?
Before Pokémon Horizons: The Series heads to Netflix, though, there’s Pokémon Concierge to check out first. The stop-motion animated series hailing from dwarf studios, the powerhouse behind the adorable Rilakuma and Kaoru, premieres this December.