After a number of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd film in the Pokémon franchise is finally on its way to North America.
Currently scheduled to be released on December 25th in Japan as Pokémon the Movie: Coco, it’s been revealed that the movie will be released in English as Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle.
While there’s no specific release date as yet, there is an English dub trailer to give us an idea of what’s to come:
“Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle” tells the story of Koko, a young boy raised by Pokémon, and the creation of a new bond between humans and Pokémon. Deep in the jungle, far from any human settlement, is the Forest of Okoya—a Pokémon paradise forbidden to outsiders and protected by a strict code of rules. In this jungle lives Koko, a human boy who has been raised as a Pokémon by the Mythical Pokémon Zarude. Koko has grown up never doubting that he is a Pokémon. But one day, a chance meeting with Ash and Pikachu leaves Koko with his first human friend. Is he truly a Pokémon? Or is he, in fact, a human? When danger threatens the Forest of Okoya, the bonds between Pokémon and human—as well as the love between parent and child—will be put to the test.
It’s great to finally have a new Pokémon movie to look forward to. Here’s hoping Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle arrives sooner rather than later in 2021.