New Trailer, Official Synopsis Revealed for Next Pokemon Movie

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Earlier this year, we found out that the new Pokemon movie would be a flashback of sorts, featuring Ash and Pikachu during the earliest days of their partnership. We knew that Ash was returning to his classic outfit and that the movie would involve Legendary Pokemon Ho-Oh (the Pokemon Ash and Pikachu encountered on the first day of their journey together,) but the rest of the plot has been a mystery so far....until now.

The Pokemon Company has released the second trailer for Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You, along with a full synopsis of the movie. The trailer shows Ash and Pikachu teaming up with two trainers (both of whom have Pokemon from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl as their partner Pokemon) to find Ho-Oh and become "Heroes of the Rainbow." Interestingly, it looks like this entire movie takes place early in Ash's Pokemon journey, before he and Pikachu became true friends.

The trailer also reveals cameos from Ash's Butterfree and Charmander, so we might see a few of Ash's older Pokemon that haven't appeared in years.

Here's the full movie synopsis for Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You, courtesy of the fansite Serebii:

Ash, a boy living in Pallet Town, greeted the morning of his 10th birthday, the day he could become qualified to become a Pokémon Trainer. Ash's heart was filled with a desire for Pokémon he has never seen before and a world he has never seen before, but while he was meant to be given a Pokémon that would become his partner at the Oak Laboratories, he ended up severely oversleeping, and all that was left for him was a single Pikachu, a Pokémon that did not get attached to humans. "Do you hate me? I like you!" Even though the two were at odds with one another, their friendship deepened little by little, and as they looked up at the legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh that flew through the sky on the day they set off, Ash and Pikachu swore an oath as they held one of its Rainbow Wings: "Let's go meet it together one day!" And thus, Pikachu and Ash, who set off on his journey to become the world's greatest Pokémon Master, end up meeting the Trainers Makoto and Soji on their way before getting told a legend concerning Ho-Oh.

"Those who, guided by the Rainbow Wing, meet with Ho-Oh, shall become the Heroes of the Rainbow." Ash and the others end up getting guided by Marshadow, a mysterious Pokémon that had been lurking in Ash's shadow without anyone realizing, and make their way to Mount Tensei, where Ho-Oh lives, but a strong opponent appears before them. Will the duo manage to reach Ho-Oh?! In order for them to fulfill the promise they swore on the day the departed, the two of them now begin an adventure that will last until they become "true partners"!

What do you think about the new trailer? And did you catch the hint about the next Pokemon games?