Netflix and The Pokemon Company International are teaming up to bring Pokémon Journeys: The Series stateside, announcing on Thursday that future seasons of the animated series will premiere exclusively on the streaming service in the U.S. To kick off the new deal, viewers can look forward to the first 12 episodes of the upcoming 23rd season on Friday, June 12. New episodes of the series will be added to Netflix's library quarterly for the run of the season. In addition, Pokémon Journeys: The Series will also feature a new theme song written and performed by the band Walk off the Earth (with a sample of the song included in the trailer below).
For Emily Arons, senior vice president of international business at The Pokemon Company International, partnering with Netflix felt like the best way to reach as large an American audience as possible: "With their tremendous reach and the ability for fans to enjoy content anytime and anywhere, Netflix is the ideal partner to premiere new episodes of the beloved animated Pokemon series in the U.S. We can't wait for Pokemon 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." Along with the news came the first official international trailer, focusing on Ash and Pikachu as they continue to explore new lands within the Pokemon world. As you're about to see, their journey will introduce them to new friends and foes and discover more Pokemon.
In Pokémon Journeys: The Series, Pokemon Trainer Ash Ketchum has a new plan: see the world! But first, he and his partner Pikachu are headed to the opening of the Cerise Laboratory, a research facility dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of Pokemon in every region. Ash meets Goh, another boy with boundless curiosity about Pokemon, and both are overjoyed when Professor Cerise asks them to become official research fellows. With Ash as determined as ever to become a Pokémon Master, and Goh aiming to catch one of every Pokemon (including the Mythical Mew), our heroes are in for adventure and excitement as they explore the wide world of Pokemon!