Pokémon Horizon There are undeniably big shoes to fill. The original Pokémon series is one of the longest-running, most popular, and most influential anime of all time, and Ash became a pop culture icon in its first 30 years. Luckily, the early episodes of Pokémon Horizons are shaping up to prove that it’s a worthy successor to Ash’s iconic journeys. Pokémon Horizons retains the spirit and energy of the original series, while also setting itself apart as a distinct and unique series.
With around 20 episodes aired so far in Japan — an English dub of Pokémon Horizons has been announced, but a release date remains unclear — it’s still early days for the rebooted series. Right from the start, there’s still a lot to like. It’s still recognizable as a Pokémon, but there are a few notable changes to the specifics of the formula. Early episodes feature a school setting where Liko is learning how to become a Pokémon Trainer, but that aspect is quickly dropped in favor of an adventure plot as Liko begins traveling with Professor Friede and crew your.
Pokémon Horizons is a smart reboot with a lot of heart
The opening scene of Pokémon Horizons is a montage of humans and Pokémon living in harmony with a very familiar story thematically about adventure, the beauty of the world, and friendship between humans and Pokémon, to be exact. the narrative pattern has been repeated many times and again throughout both the anime series and video games. While the opening scene is immediately familiar, it still reflects that the world of Pokémon has changed to better reflect the technological and media changes that have occurred in the real world since the Pokémon anime. Original debut. Riko shares a seat on the bus with the girls, who are watching a Pokémon stream on their Rotom phones.
Although Ash has had adventures in his journey to becoming a Pokémon Master, becoming a Master is his ultimate goal, and his series doesn’t really have a plot, quests, or mysteries big to unravel – like how Luffy wants to find the One Piece or how Goku and Bulma are always looking for the dragon balls. Whenever Ash encounters a legendary Pokémon or has to stop the villains’ evil plans, it’s a side plot set against the backdrop of his journey to Pokémon Monster. Horizons differs markedly from the original series in this respect, feeling more like a video game mission with Friede’s party, even feeling like an RPG party. Thus far, Horizons’ overarching mystery has been Riko’s pendant, which is revealed to be a dormant Terapagos, though the exact meaning of this remains unclear. However, Horizons evokes and recalls the original series in recognizable ways.
The most familiar aspect of the series is Riko’s growth as a novice Pokémon Trainer and her relationship with her partner Sprigatito. The growing trust and bond between Riko and Sprigatito is one of the main storylines of Horizons’ early episodes and serves as a solid counterpoint to the similar bond between Ash and Pikachu, giving character’s early growth and development with genuine and sincere emotional weight.
Following the original Pokémon is one of the most difficult tasks in pop culture history. With nearly thirty years of legacy, any successor to the original series will have a lot of work to do. By simultaneously proving itself to be both familiar and mindful of the original’s legacy, while also injecting new twists into the formula to differentiate itself and stand on its own merits, Pokémon Horizon So far, it has proven itself to be up to the task.