With Pokemon X and Y set for release this week, it's an exciting time to be a Pokemon fan. Not only are these adventures the first proper 3D main-series titles, but they also bring a brand new generation of Pokemon, the new Fairy-type, competitive gameplay tweaks, Mega Evolution and a lot, lot more. To say the sixth generation is a big deal would be an understatement.
But for the biggest Pokemon fanatics out there, X and Y won't be enough to satisfy their Snorlax-like appetite for everything Pocket Monsters. If you're the sort of person who doesn't imagine an scholar with a magnificent beard upon hearing the word evolution, you'll be pleased to learn that there's plenty of other Pokemon-related goodness on the horizon. Truly, the adventure in the Kalos region is only just the beginning. First up, here's a quick look at some of the stuff that's confirmed to be coming soon...
Fans around the world have been following the adventures of the perpetually 10-year-old Ash and his Pikachu for the best part of 15 years, from leaving Pallet town, fresh-faced and bright-eyed, to their time in Unova, erm, still looking fresh-faced and bright-eyed.
For many of us, the anime series played a very large role in our childhood and there are many fond memories to be recalled. Remember that island full of pink Pokemon? Remember being confused when Ash was eating something that clearly wasn't a doughnut but everyone was calling it a doughnut? Remember going to the cinema to watch the first film about Mewtwo and getting a free Pokemon card? Ah, those were the days!
There is, however, one particular aspect of the anime that's often been the source of disappointment for fans throughout its history, and that is the fact it is a very loose adaptation of the source material. The anime very much plays by its own rules. Pokemon can refuse to evolve, they can be ordered to simply dodge moves, TMs don't exist, certain locations and characters are drastically different to their game counterparts and so on.
It's not necessarily a bad thing because an adaptation by definition is to make changes to suit a new environment, but it's just that many fans hold the game canon in high regard and want that to be transferred to the screen more accurately.
Unexpectedly, their call was finally answered. Pokemon Origins is a brand new spin-off anime series which promises to be truer to the games than the main anime series. The four-part special will retell the story of Pokemon Red and Blue and feature Red, the protagonist from the Generation I games, rather than Ash. Other characters like Professor Oak, Brock, Lance and Red's rival, Green (also known as Blue) will also appear, portrayed much more like their game counterparts. It also appears to feature turn-based battles, as well has having a distinct anime style.
Check out the trailer if you haven't already! It opens with the classic Red and Blue theme tune and you just know from that moment this is going to be something special. The first part of Pokemon Origins will be broadcast internationally on the Pokémon TV website on the 15th of November.