Happy Pokémon Day! 27 years ago on Feb. 27, Pokémon debuted their first games in Japan. Now, they use this anniversary each year to celebrate new developments in their franchise and how far they’ve come. So, for 2023 Pokémon Day, fans of the Japanese cartoon and gaming company received another thrilling announcement. On Feb. 27, Netflix unveiled its plans for a new stop-motion series. However, instead of featuring the main characters Ash Ketchum or Pikachu, the show focuses on Haru and Psyduck.
Titled Pokémon Concierge, the upcoming series currently lacks a release date or announced cast. However, the producers of the stop-motion are Dwarf Studio, based in Japan. Pokémon Concierge is another huge milestone in the ever-fruitful relationship between Netflix and the brand. First acquiring their rights in 2014, Netflix boasts series and movies from the franchise on their platform. For the new series, the episodes are said to follow the characters in Pokémon Resort where they meet a variety of creatures and trainers. Creation of Pokémon Concierge begins “soon,” according to Netflix.
Pokémon’s Latest Endeavors
Before announcing their new Netflix series, the franchise was involved in other exciting collaborations recently. In Nov. 2022, they announced their partnership with Puma for a group of new sneakers. The models used for the collab include the RSX, the Rider RV, the Slipstream Lo, the TRC Blaze Court, and the Suede. Characters that inspired some of the models were Pikachu, Gengar, Charmander and Squirtle. This deal came just about four years after Pokémon first released a shoe collaboration with Adidas in 2018.
In 2021, for the 25th anniversary of the game, the franchise dropped an album. The project featured songs from a multitude of artists that loved Pokémon. Lasting 14 songs, rappers like Lil Yachty, Tierra Whack, Vince Staples, and Post Malone joined in on the fun. Additionally, other stars like Katy Perry and J Balvin contributed to the release. It’s safe to say that the franchise is one of the most influential and beloved brands in entertainment. So, when Pokémon Concierge finally releases, there are sure to be many loyal fans tuned in. Let us know what you think, in the comments below.