The first episode of the Pokémon: Twilight Wings anime miniseries has been released on YouTube, and can be viewed in the player below. But keep in mind that this is a clear departure from the more comical and goofy tone we’ve come to expect from Pokémon over the years, so if you have kids who love Pokémon, you might want to watch Twilight Wings first before showing it to them. The series was created by Studio Colorido, who were also responsible for the acclaimed 2018 anime film Penguin Highway, and each episode will run for around five minutes in length.
Pokémon: Twilight Wings tells the story of John, a seriously ill young boy who dreams of watching his idol, a Pokémon Champion named Leon, competing in a live match. Seeing as John has spent most of his life in hospital, it may be difficult for him to make his way to a stadium to be in the audience for one of Leon’s matches, but it seems likely that he’ll find a way to overcome this obstacle as the show progresses. The first episode focuses on John meeting a wealthy business man called Chairman Rose from the Galar region where the show takes place, and the remaining six episodes will be uploaded on a monthly basis.
The miniseries is clearly going for a more artsy and emotional approach than the more campy tone of the regular Pokémon anime, so have some tissues ready. It’s refreshing to see Pokémon, a series known for embracing silliness, delivering something a little more mature, so fans should view Twilight Wings as a milestone in the evolution of the Pokémon franchise.
Pokémon Sword and Shield are out now on Nintendo Switch.