“Pokémon Concierge,” an unusual, animated miniseries, will launch on Netflix at the end of December.
The first collaboration between the global streamer and Japanese firm The Pokémon Company, the show involves hand-drawn animation with four episodes of 14-20 minutes each.
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Fans can get a glimpse of the new show through a trailer that releases on Wednesday in Japan and on Tuesday in North America. The show uploads globally on Dec. 28.
“When Pokémon need a break, they head to a peaceful resort to relax, looked after by a team of Pokémon concierges,” says a logline provided by Netflix. The story follows newcomer Haru as she learns how to take care of Pokémon guests that include Pikachu, Eevee, Dragonite and Magikarp. And as Haru figures out how to make her guests happy, she ends up discovering a new side to herself.
The show is directed by Ogawa Iku from a screenplay by Doki Harumi, with concept art and character design by Uesugi Tadahiro. Production was conducted at dwarf studios.
Legendary singer Mariya Takeuchi, known for her legacy in City Pop, a Japanese music genre popular in the 1980s, performs the main theme song, “Have a Good Time Here.”
The Japanese voice cast includes: Non (“In This Corner of the World”) as Haru; Ai Fairouz (“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean”) as Alisa; Okuno Eita (“Yell”) as Tyler and Takemura Yoshiko (“Tiger & Bunny”) as Watanabe.
The show also has an English voice cast of: Karen Fukuhara (“The Boy and the Heron”) as Haru; Imani Hakim (“Everybody Hates Chris”) as Alisa; Josh Keaton (“Voltron: Legendary Defender”) as Tyler; and Lori Alan )”SpongeBob Squarepants”) as Watanabe.
Watch the trailer here:
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