Update 2:The Pokémon Company International have officially unveiled the Pokémon and confirmed the English transliteration as “Magearna”. They describe the story of its debut movie as follows:
“In this latest Pokémon full-length feature film, a mysterious force binds Ash to the Mythical Pokémon Volcanion when it falls from the sky. Volcanion can’t get away, and Ash is dragged along as it continues on its mission. They arrive in a city of cogs and gears, where a corrupt minister has stolen the ultimate invention: the Artificial Pokémon Magearna, created 500 years ago. The minister plans to use Magearna’s mysterious power to take control of the mechanical kingdom. Can Ash and Volcanion work together to rescue Magearna? One of the greatest battles in Pokémon history is about to unfold!”
Update: The first image of Magiana has been revealed! Classified as the Man-Made Pokémon, Magiana was made over 500 years ago and will star in the upcoming movie, which has been retitled Volcanion and the Contriving Magiana!
Five months have passed since the Japanese CoroCoro Magazine first revealed new formes of the legendary Pokémon Zygarde, sparking speculation that the franchise’s current and sixth generation would be returning to the Kalos region for a story centred on the legendary Zygarde, in a similar vein to Pokémon Platinum or even Black Version 2/White Version 2. This belief has been supported by a number of tie-in products, such as the Pokémon XY+Z rebranding of the anime, which is currently featuring a storyline focusing on Zygarde. However, could the franchise be going in a different direction, with Z being one huge red herring?
A trailer for the upcoming latest issue of the Japanese CoroCoro magazine is teasing that a brand new Pokémon species called “Magiana” (マギアナ) will be revealed within the publication; following a tease last month of a reveal that will affect the whole world.. If you remove the Z hype from the equation, the timing feels pretty spot on for an all-new generation of Game Freak’s iconic franchise to surface; which would be a huge way of celebrating its 20th anniversary.
What do you think? Are we on the cusp of Z, an all new era of Pokémon…or maybe both?