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'Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution' Toy Confirms Major Anime Throwback

Pokemon is living large these days with its first live-action venture on the horizon, but the franchise has more to focus on than Detective Pikachu. With its anime and video games going on strong, The Pokemon Company is working on a new animated movie, and a toy reveal has teased new info about the flick.

For those unaware, Pokemon is planning to step out with a new anime film in July. The movie will follow on the heels of Pokemon: The Power of Us, but this one will be all about Mewtwo.

Oh, and it seems the Pokemon will be bringing out his special Poke Balls to boot.

As you can see above, a piece of merchandise for the new Pokemon film has gone live. The project, which will be titled Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, will apparently use the iconic Mewtwo Balls which a previous film made popular.

Having debuted in Pokemon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back, these special Poke Balls have a dark history. The so-called Mewtwo Balls came in black and featured a red eye at its center. The special container was used by Mewtwo to capture Pokemon belonging to trainers who visited New Island. Mewtwo was able to then clone those Pokemon after they were captured, and the Mewtwo Balls were able to capture anything it pursued. Not only can the balls capture Pokemon that are already in their Poke Ball, but they can fly after escaping creatures and hone in on targets. So, the high-tech device is not one to scoff at.

With this merchandise having been made public, fans are expecting Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution to put them to use. The film is believed to be a soft reboot of the franchise’s first film from the 1990s, so fans would be real smart to bring tissues with them when they check out the movie this July.

So, are you excited for this big comeback? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics and anime!

For those interested, the anime's latest film Pokemon: The Power of Us is currently available on home video and is described as follows:

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"Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us tells the story of Ash and Pikachu as they journey to a small seaside town filled with a diverse set of characters, including a young athlete, a compulsive liar, a shy researcher, a bitter old woman, and a little girl with a big secret.

Every year, the townspeople gather to celebrate the Legendary Pokémon Lugia, who brings the wind that saved the town from destruction many years ago. The festival is a time for celebration, with a Pokémon Catching Race and a ceremonial flame burning brightly to summon Lugia. But when a series of incidents threatens not just the festival, but all the people and Pokémon who call the town home, it's going to take more than just Ash and Pikachu to save the day. Will these people be able to put aside their differences and work together to rescue their town? Or will it all end in destruction?"