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It’s no secret that the Pokemon franchise has a ton of different creatures. We’re just about ready to enter the series’ eighth generation, and over 800 designs currently exist.

As noted in the latest issue of Game Informer, the whole process kicks off with a relatively simple request to an artist involving “a concept of a Pokemon for a particular scenario” or “a specific direction for a new creature.” That artist will then make “quick sketches with few details, which are shown to the team requesting to see if they’re heading in the correct direction.” Feedback provided will lead to several iterations of the design, “with the gaps getting longer and longer each time as the artist adds more detail with each iteration.”

Two new characters have been revealed for the upcoming next season of the Pokemon anime series. Professor Sakuragi is the head of the Sakuragi Research Institute in Vermillion City, which will serve as the hub for Ash as he travels around the Pokemon world in the new series. There’s also 10 year-old Koharu, Professor Sakuragi’s daughter. She has a Yamper and is a childhood friend of Gou, the other main character besides Ash in this new series.

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Pokemon has long been known as a handheld-only series. Thanks to the hybrid nature of Switch, that’s finally starting to change. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee got things started last year and allowed fans to experience the games on an actual television. Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are continuing the trend on Switch and will mark an entirely new generation that can be played on the big screen.

In the latest issue of Game Informer, producer Junichi Masuda was asked why it took so long for a Pokemon console game. He first noted the importance of maintaining an open experience in which players can connect with others in real-life, explaining:

Game Informer is continuing its coverage of Pokemon Sword/Shield with a new off-beat video. Below, Pokemon Sword/Shield producer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori answer 101 rapid-fire questions, many of which are about the upcoming Switch titles.

The Pokemon Company has come forward with the first trailer and details for the new Pokemon anime series, which will be called “Pokemon Monsters” in Japan.

In the latest series, Ash will return in a journey around the Pokemon world. It will also feature a new trainer called Go, who has a partner Scorbunny. His goal is to obtain the Mythical Pokemon Mew and to catch all Pokemon.

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A poster for the new Pokemon anime series has popped up on Japanese message boards. Although not from an official source, it definitely looks legit. Other details about this new series had also previously leaked online. The official reveal of the new series is this Sunday, so we should know for sure by then. As you can see, the poster shows Ash and Pikachu, as well as a new male character and Scorbunny. Also featured in the background are several other Pokemon and iconic landmarks from the Pokemon world, as this series is set to take place in all regions of the Pokemon world, in addition to the new region of Galar. The series is set to start on November 17 in Japan.

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Build-A-Bear has revealed Snorlax as the latest Pokemon to be receiving a plushie. It’s out now, with the online bundle costing $57.

Here’s some information about the product as well as some photos:

Game Freak uploaded a video this week with Shigeki Morimoto, the original designer for Mew. While it’s unfortunately only in Japanese at present, Siliconera translated some of the more notable tidbits.

Here’s the full roundup:

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In License Global’s latest issue, the magazine has a report on merchandise sales for 2018. The Pokemon Company placed in the 23rd position having generated $2.98 billion.

License Global attributes a variety of aspects to Pokemon’s success, including the still-popular Pokemon GO and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee. The Detective Pikachu movie, card game, anime, toys, and even fashion collaborations contributed as well.

Thanks to Timurs for the tip.

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IGN has shared an official behind the scenes clip for the Pokemon Detective Pikachu movie. Reynolds talks about his role, and other members of the cast also weigh in. You can watch the short video below.

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