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The Pokemon Anime Is Moving To Netflix

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When the CGI remake of Mewtwo Strikes Back appeared on Netflix instead of Disney XD, did you wonder if it was a sign? If you did, your Spinarak Sense was correct…the Pokemon anime is packing up its bags at Disney and exploring new territory once more. Pokemon Journeys, the new series that adapts the Sword and Shield games, will premiere on Netflix this June.

This means that, for the first time in the anime’s 23-year history, Pokemon will not be airing on television in the traditional sense. And since Netflix does things differently, the episodes won’t be appearing on a weekly basis. Instead they’ll be uploaded in quarterly chunks, with the first twelve being available the day the series appears. However, these days, kids are more likely to see it on Netflix than on Disney XD in the early hours of the morning, and a rep from The Pokemon Company appears to agree.

“With their tremendous reach and ability for fans to enjoy content anytime and anywhere, Netflix is the ideal partner to premiere new episodes of the beloved animated Pokémon series in the U.S.,” states Emily Arons, senior vice president of international business at The Pokémon Co. International. “We can’t wait for Pokémon fans of all ages to continue discovering the spirit of adventure and friendship in Pokémon Journeys: The Series, our newest season coming to Netflix this June.”

The move raises a new possibility…since the Pokemon anime is now thousands of episodes long, and would require a DVD collection seventeen miles high to see it all, can we expect more seasons from the past to appear on Netflix? Currently, only the original season (Indigo League) and the most recent (Sun and Moon Ultra Legends) are accessible there, as well as the last few movies. It would be a missed opportunity not to expand the library.

Pokemon Journeys premieres June 12 on Netflix in the US.