POKEMON Revival Without Ash Ketchum Will Introduce Captain Pikachu - Check Out A First Look!

POKEMON Revival Without Ash Ketchum Will Introduce Captain Pikachu - Check Out A First Look! POKEMON Revival Without Ash Ketchum Will Introduce Captain Pikachu - Check Out A First Look!

The Pokémon Company is moving forward with a reboot of the beloved franchise that won't feature Ash Ketchum, but Pikachu is going nowhere because we're going to meet Captain Pikachu. Here's a first look...

By JoshWilding - Feb 24, 2023 11:02 PM EST
Filed Under: Pokémon
Source: toonado.com

The Pokémon Company recently shocked the world by announcing plans to end Ash Ketchum's time as the franchise's main character, with a new female lead taking over after a 25-year stint for her predecessor.

Details on that retooling are currently scarce, though we believe she'll be called Liko. Spotted alongside her were Scarlet and Violet's trio of starter Pokémon, Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly, with this series clearly meant to serve as a fresh start. However, those of you concerned about not seeing some familiar faces can now put those concerns to one side. 

As you can see below (via Toonado.com), we have a first look at supporting characters Friede and his partner Pokémon, Captain Pikachu, who accompany the new protagonists during their adventures.

Many fans are already questioning whether Captain Pikachu is Ash's Pikachu, but we have no reason to suspect that's the case. Instead, this new Pokémon series is clearly making sure fans can still see the most popular Pokémon in action, albeit with a cute hat we're sure will help the company sell a lot of toys!

"As the Pokémon world expands and evolves, fans will be able to embark on a new journey of action, adventure and friendship through the eyes of unique characters like Friede and Captain Pikachu when the next animated series begins premiering later this year," says Taito Okiura, vice president of marketing for The Pokémon Company International.

"For 27 years, Pikachu has been synonymous with the Pokémon franchise, and we look forward to seeing this beloved Pokémon continue to have a significant presence in the animated series and remain an icon for the brand."

We're definitely intrigued by this new direction for Pokémon, and expect more details to be revealed soon. 

Check out a first look at Captain Pikachu below!

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AzorAhai - 2/25/2023, 12:59 AM
By the Red God's fiery beard! Pikachu is like these people's Batman, isn't it?
Fogs - 2/25/2023, 3:22 AM
@AzorAhai - I'm no specialist but I understand it's from the same species, not the same character.
dragon316 - 2/25/2023, 8:24 AM
@Fogs - it is
DocSpock - 2/25/2023, 3:25 AM

Why is this silliness not down in the anime & cartoon categories down below?

Godzilla2000Zer - 2/25/2023, 4:46 AM
I figured they would introduce another Pikachu but I don't know this seems lame.
AzorAhai - 2/26/2023, 1:44 AM
@Godzilla2000Zer -
ImBatman4realz - 2/25/2023, 5:54 AM
Yo Josh, this isn’t a “revival”… it’s a continuation. Pokémon has never gone anywhere anyhow, to need to be revived.
AlexCorvis - 2/25/2023, 7:23 AM
Had to comment on this.

This isn't a revival or reboot of Pokemon - Ash is supposedly coming back at some point.

It's like when you were constantly calling Prey a reboot of Predator.

You shouldn't be using words you don't know the meaning of.
Razorface1 - 2/25/2023, 7:46 AM
Im just begging you dont have pokemon say their name that is dumb as sht.
dragon316 - 2/25/2023, 8:26 AM
Should be intersting how this series starts out ash pikachu would never leave him ash gave pikachu option stay with him go with other wolf pikachu , pikachu chose ash .,
Comicmoviejunki - 2/25/2023, 11:24 AM
This isn't a damn reboot!

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