Pokémon Horizons Launches On The BBC In December

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British fans of Pokémon can rejoice as The Pokémon Company International have revealed that the BBC will be screening Pokémon Horizons when it launches in the UK in December.

An exact date for when the series will premiere hasn’t been announced yet although Sarah Muller, the Senior Head of Commissioning for CBBC shared that she ‘”can’t wait to bring this all-new Pokémon animated adventure to the home of children’s programming in the UK and just in time for the festive season”.

Looks like we’ll be enjoying Pokémon Horizons as an early Christmas present then!

The show will be available on BBC iPlayer and CBBC and will initially launch with the first six episodes of the new show, which had it’s Japanese debut earlier this year.

The Pokémon UK Twitter account shared the news this morning with a short trailer to celebrate the upcoming series launch.

The BBC already owns the UK broadcasting rights for Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Black and White, Pokémon: Sun and Moon and eight other feature length adventures on its iPlayer on demand service.

The arrival of Pokémon Horizons will be the first time that the BBC will broadcast a new Pokémon series when it appears outside of it’s native Japan.

A New Adventure Begins

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Taito Okiura, Vice President of marketing for The International Pokémon Company International states that “Pokémon Horizons: The Series is set to be a thrilling journey that explores new wonders and makes fascinating discoveries about the Pokémon world.”

Pokémon Horizons will focus on the mysteries of the Pokémon world and follow new protagonists Liko and Roy. Their adventure will see them travel the world and meet a plethora of characters including the Rising Volt Tacklers, a group that’s led by Friede and Captain Pikachu, among others.

Image credit: Pokémon/nintendo/game freak

Eager viewers should not confuse Horizons with Pack Your Pockets With Adventure. The latter is a recent Japan exclusive Pokémon live-action television drama that takes a substantially different approach to Pokémon TV series.

Pokémon Horizons will mark the first series after the resolution of Ash and Pikachu’s adventures after twenty-five years of adventures together.

Yes, writing that did make me feel like I could crumble into dust at any moment. Thankfully, a new generation of Pokémon fans will be there to take my place if the new series proves popular.

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