Months ago it was revealed that Pokémon’s next film would have some very familiar characters, scenes, and locations. Of course, some of that was obvious since they all star Ash and Pikachu. However, everything shown so far will definitely remind old school fans of why they fell in love with the series.
The latest trailer announces the 20th film’s title as Pokémon the Movie 20: I Choose You! which is a callback to the very first episode of the anime series. But that isn’t the only reference to where it all began. The entire introduction features Ash struggling to make friends with Pikachu, then are chased down by a flock of Spearow, before getting a glimpse of Ho-oh toward the end.
At this current time, we’re not sure if it’s a total remake of the some key original episodes or just serving as a preview. The HD makeover is very beautiful and helps give the tone a more serious feeling. A curious incident you can see below is Ash receiving the Rainbow Wing item from Ho-oh, something that never happened in the first episode.
Watch both the trailer and teaser below. The film is set to release on July 15 in Japan with no announcement date for the United States.