Ever since the release of Pokémon Sun/Moon on the Nintendo 3DS last November, things have been rather quiet from The Pokémon Company International – leading many to believe something may be afoot; perhaps a new announcement is on the horizon?
On a quiet Saturday morning, that silence was surprisingly broken with the unveiling of a brand new Mythical Pokémon – a rare species not obtainable through normal gameplay. Already found in the game’s code at release, we now have the first official word on Marshadow.A Fighting/Ghost-type Pokémon, details on how to obtain Marshadow will be revealed at a later date.
Marshadow was unveiled to tie in with the first full Japanese trailer for Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You, the anime’s 20th Anniversary project. An alternate retelling of Ash’s first foray into the wider Pokémon world. The film is currently slated for release in Japanese cinemas on 15th July 2017.
Adamant of Serebii.net has translated the official synopsis as follows:
To all Pokémon fans: This is the story of the duo’s “meeting” and “promise”. This is the creation of the 20th anniversary movie! Pocket Monsters, or “Pokémon” for short: Mysterious lifeforms that hide many secrets. There are still many things we don’t know about their ecology. Even today, Pokémon Trainers continue their adventures with the aim of encountering Pokémon never before seen…
Ash, a boy living in Pallet Town, greeted the morning of his 10th birthday, the day he could become qualified to become a Pokémon Trainer. Ash’s heart was filled with a desire for Pokémon he has never seen before and a world he has never seen before, but while he was meant to be given a Pokémon that would become his partner at the Oak Laboratories, he ended up severely oversleeping, and all that was left for him was a single Pikachu, a Pokémon that did not get attached to humans. “Do you hate me? I like you!” Even though the two were at odds with one another, their friendship deepened little by little, and as they looked up at the legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh that flew through the sky on the day they set off, Ash and Pikachu swore an oath as they held one of its Rainbow Wings: “Let’s go meet it together one day!” And thus, Pikachu and Ash, who set off on his journey to become the world’s greatest Pokémon Master, end up meeting the Trainers Makoto and Soji on their way before getting told a legend concerning Ho-Oh.
“Those who, guided by the Rainbow Wing, meet with Ho-Oh, shall become the Heroes of the Rainbow.” Ash and the others end up getting guided by Marshadow, a mysterious Pokémon that had been lurking in Ash’s shadow without anyone realizing, and make their way to Mount Tensei, where Ho-Oh lives, but a strong enemy appears before them. Will the duo manage to reach Ho-Oh?! In order for them to fulfill the promise they swore on the day the departed, the two of them now begin an adventure that will last until they become “true partners”!
No word on an international release for Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You has been announced yet, but is an inevitability. The question is, are you looking forward to it?