Official new art shows Pokemon Sword and Shield newbies Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny could be arriving in the new Pokemon anime via a new timeline.
Pokemon Sword and Protect was released later this year, but the first wave of news regarding the introduction of the game’s starters into the larger Pokemon universe may have just hit. Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny all make appearances on recently shared artwork for the upcoming Pokemon anime.
The adorable new entrants in Pokemon Sword and Protect are the sad water-type Sobble, the grass-type monkey Grookey, and the fire bunny Scorbunny, all following the Pokémon lore of the water, fire, and grass trio. The three appear alongside Sylveon, Shaymin, and Alolan Goupix on the cover of the Official Pokemon 2020 Calendar.
The art was tweeted by Youtuber / Pokémon insider Paul Ryan with the caption “The Official Pokémon 2020 with the anime logo cover. Features SwSh, Sylveon, Shaymin and Alolan Goupix starters!” This implies that for the next season of the Pokemon anime the latest generation of Pokémon will appear. Entries present may suggest that more Pokémon from the Galar region will be featured on the show, which is in line with what has been announced.
This news follows the announcement that the next season of Pokemon will be something of a reboot of the animated series. The show will simply be titled Pokemon and the Pokemon Company said it was a minor reboot. The trailer shown earlier this month features starter Pokémon from each generation, including the next one. This story will include all regions, and his appearance as Galar could be an early focus.
The possibilities of a Pokémon show featuring Galar Pokemon are exciting, and not just because this generation is set to have some of the funniest Pokémon ever. Seeing a new generation on television interact with the older generations could bridge the gap between gaming audiences and cartoon audiences. It looks like the Pokemon company is trying to create a more unified and cohesive world, as is currently the trend in the biggest franchises around the world.
At the very least, it’s clear that Pokemon is booming. The franchise has dipped its toes in multiple markets, and not just games, TV, and merchandise anymore. With a successful feature film this year, Detective Pikachu and the recent release of another mobile title with Pokémon Masters, Pokémon sets the stage to be bigger than ever in 2020.
Pokemon Sword and Protect releases November 15, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
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