With it being since 2018 that we had a “traditional” Pokemon film as last year’s film was a CG remake, the 23rd installment with Pokemon Coco was previously lined up for a July 10th, 2020 debut. Unsurprisingly, while there are some theaters opening in a limited capacity in parts of Japan, TOHO has opted to delay this film with a new date to come and advance ticket passes being put on sale. No firm date has been set yet.
The film has Atsuhiro Tomioka writing the screenplay with Tetsuo Yajima directing it and co-writing it. Hirotaka Marufuji is working on the character designs with OLM once again handling the production for it.
The Japanese cast includes Rica Matsumoto as Satoshi, Ikue Ōtani as Satoshi’s Pikachu, Megumi Hayashibara as Musashi, Shinichiro Miki as Kojiro, Inuko Inuyama as Nyarth, and Unshō Ishizuka as the Narrator.
Plot Concept: The new film’s story is set in Okoya Forest, a Pokémon paradise protected by strict rules that forbid outsiders from setting foot inside. The film centers on Koko, a boy who was raised by Pokémon and also considers himself as one, treating the Mythical Pokémon Zarude as his father. Ash and Pikachu encounter Koko during an adventure. The film focuses on the theme of a “human raised by Pokémon,” instead of the previous films’ focus of the “bond between a human trainer and their Pokémon.”