Crunchyroll screens film in cooperation with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International

CrunchyrollSony Pictures Entertainment, and Wild Bunch International announced on Thursday that they will release Suzume no Tojimari(literally, Suzume's Door-Locking), Makoto Shinkai's first new film in three years, worldwide except in Asia in early 2023.

Crunchyroll will handle North American distribution, while Crunchyrolland Sony Pictures Entertainment will handle distribution in Latin America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa, and portions of Europe. CrunchyrollSony Pictures Entertainment, and Wild Bunch International will release the film in French- and German-speaking Europe.

The film will open in Japan on November 11. Shinkai will also pen a novelization of the film that will ship on August 24.

CoMix Wave Films describes the story:

On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety—

17-year-old Suzume's journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I'm looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly mesmerized by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob…

Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.

The stars
The sunset
The morning sky

Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky—

Drawn in by this mysterious door, Suzume's journey is about to begin.

Shinkai stated that three important points about the film are that it is a road movie around Japan, a story about "closing doors" rather than opening them, and a reason to visit the movie theater. He elaborated that closing doors can refer to tying loose ends or finishing something.

Shinkai (your name.Weathering With You) is directing the film and writing the screenplay. He is also credited with the original story. Masayoshi Tanaka (your name.Weathering With You) is designing the characters. Kenichi Tsuchiya (your name.Garden of Words) is the animation director. Takumi Tanji (Children Who Chase Lost Voices) is the art director. CoMix Wave Films and Story Inc. are producing the movie. TOHO is distributing the film.

Shinkai's other works include 5 Centimeters Per SecondVoices of a Distant StarShe and Her CatThe Place Promised in Our Early DaysThe Garden of Words, and Children Who Chase Lost Voices.

Makoto Shinkai’s New Film: Suzume No Tojimari Releases Worldwide In Early 2023

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Poco unveiled the Poco Buds Pro Genshin Impact Edition, one styled after the one and only Spark Knight, Klee. These wireless earbuds were actually revealed about a month prior, under the Redmi AirDots 3 Pro branding.

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 TOHO's production runs in Tokyo in March, before April-May nationwide tour

Tatsuya Endō's SPY×FAMILY manga is inspiring its first stage musical next spring. The production will run at Tokyo's Imperial Theatre in March, before going on a nationwide tour from April to May.

TOHO is producing the musical, and it will cast the character Anya via auditions. The production's official website will confirm details on the auditions later.

Viz Media is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story:

Master spy Twilight is the best at what he does when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions in the name of a better world. But when he receives the ultimate impossible assignment—get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over his head!

Not one to depend on others, Twilight has his work cut out for him procuring both a wife and a child for his mission to infiltrate an elite private school. What he doesn't know is that the wife he's chosen is an assassin and the child he's adopted is a telepath!

The anime adaptation of the manga premiered on April 9. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs and is also streaming an English dub.

The anime's fourth episode aired on Saturday with an accompanying main visual:

Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Mobile Suit Gundam UCRurouni KenshinGetbackers, 2019 Dororo) is directing the anime at Wit Studio and CloverWorksKazuaki Shimada (The Promised Neverland) is designing the characters, and [K]NoW_NAME (Fairy goneDorohedoroSakura Quest) is the music producer.

Shueisha is offering the manga in English on its MANGA Plus service on the same day chapters debut in Japan. Viz Media added the manga to its app as part of its Shonen Jump subscription in September 2019. The company is also publishing the manga in print.

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The official website for the Gekijо̄ban Isekai Quartet ~Another World~ (Isekai Quartet the Movie: Another World) crossover anime film began streaming a trailer on Friday. The video previews the film's theme song "Melodic Road Movie" performed by Konomi Suzuki featuring Kashitarō Itō:

The film will premiere on June 10. In the film, the characters can transport themselves to an alternate world due to a wormhole that suddenly opened in the classroom. They all arrive at a world ruled by an out-of-control golem. They also encounter a golem girl whose personality is similar to Megumin, a cane-wielding man who seems to know Subaru, and a woman dressed in the same uniform as Tanya's. Our intrepid group strives to return to their world.

The film's original characters and their cast members are, from left to right below:

  • Minami Tanaka as Pantagruel, a mysterious eye-patched girl
  • Nana Mizuki as Vera Mitrohina, a mysterious female soldier
  • Toshiyuki Morikawa as Alec, a mysterious man

The film features the returning cast and staff from the anime's first two seasons. Minoru Ashina (Kaiju GirlsPure Pure Purea Desu Overlord shorts) is writing the script and directing the anime. Minoru Takehara serves as both character designer and chief animation director. Studio Puyukai (Kaiju GirlsLord Marksman and VanadisPure Pure Purea Desu Overlord shorts) is animating the work.

The 12th and final episode of the Isekai Quartet 2 anime had revealed in April 2020 that the series was getting a sequel.

The anime is a crossover series between the Re:Zero, Overlord, KONOSUBA, and The Saga of Tanya the Evil franchises. Isekai Quartet 2 also features characters from The Rising of The Shield Hero franchise. The first season premiered in Japan in April 2019. Crunchyroll and Funimation both streamed the first season as it aired.

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The "Kimetsu no Utage: Yūkaku-hen" event for the Demon Slayer anime revealed a new promotional video on Saturday for the anime's upcoming Swordsmith Village Arc (Katanakaji no Sato-Hen) television anime.

Director Haruo Sotozaki, character designer and chief animation director Akira Matsushima, the animation studio ufotable, and the main cast are all returning for the new arc.

The first television anime of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga premiered in April 2019. Aniplex of America licensed the series and streamed the show on HuluCrunchyroll, and FunimationAdult Swim's Toonami programming block premiered the television anime in October 2019.

The Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film began screening in Japan in October 2020. Crunchyroll and Funimation are streaming the film.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc, a seven-episode arc that adapts the Mugen Train film, premiered in October 2021. The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yūkaku-hen) television anime then premiered on December 5 with a one-hour special. Funimation and Crunchyroll both streamed the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc anime.

Gotouge launched the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in February 2016. The manga ended in May 2020. Shueisha published the manga's 23rd and final compiled book volume in December 2020. Viz Media published the manga in English.

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The official website for the anime of Keigo Maki's romantic comedy manga Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie (Kawaii Dake Ja Nai Shikimori-san) announced on Friday that the anime's production company Doga Kobo has been temporarily closed due to rapid increase in staff members diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Doga Kobo closed on April 6, and it will remain closed until April 17. The staff for the anime is discussing how they will handle future broadcasts. The series is still scheduled to premiere on Asahi BroadcastingTV Asahi, and 22 affiliated networks on the ANiMAZiNG!!! block on April 9.

The anime had previously been delayed by one week due to "organizational reasons." The anime was originally scheduled to premiere on April 2.

Crunchyroll will stream the anime.

Maki launched the ongoing manga on the Magazine Pocket app in February 2019. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story:

Shikimori seems like the perfect girlfriend: cute, fun to be around, sweet when she wants to be... but she has a cool dark side that comes out under the right circumstances. And her boyfriend Izumi loves to be around when that happens! A fun and funny high school romance with a sassy twist perfect for fans of Nagatoro-san and Komi Can't Communicate!

Ryota Itoh (My Senpai Is Annoying) is directing the anime at Doga Kobo with Shōhei Yamanaka as assistant director. Yoshimi Narita (HappinessCharge PreCure!Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart.My Senpai Is Annoying) is in charge of the series scripts. Ai Kikuchi (Engaged to the UnidentifiedNew Game!How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?) is designing the characters. Nasuo☆ will perform the opening theme song, while Yuki Nakashima will perform the ending song.

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The Golden City of the Scorching Sun season casts Misaki Kuno, Yuka Terasaki, Hiroaki Hirata, Mitsuki Saiga

The staff for Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu no Ōgonkyō (Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun), the second television anime season based on Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga, posted the anime's July premiere and a new visual on Saturday.

The three main cast members are returning, alongside several new cast additions:

  • Miyu Tomita as Riko
  • Mariya Ise as Reg
  • Shiori Izawa as Nanachi
  • Misaki Kuno as Faputa
  • Yuka Terasaki as Vueko
  • Hiroaki Hirata as Wazukyan
  • Mitsuki Saiga as Belaf

The returning staff includes:

  • Director: Masayuki Kojima
  • Assistant Director: Hitoshi Haga
  • Series Composition, Scripts: Hideyuki Kurata
  • Character Design: Kazuchika Kise (Production I.G)
  • Color design: Miyao Yamashita
  • Director of Photography: Tsunetaka Ema (T2 Studio)
  • Sound Director: Yō Yamada
  • Sound Effects: Toru Noguchi
  • Music: Kevin Penkin
  • Music producer: Hiromitsu Iijima
  • Music Production: Irma la Douce
  • Animation Production: Kinema Citrus

In addition, Yuka Kuroda joins Kise as the second character designer. The first season's prop designer Takeshi Takakura is now the design leader, with Takumi Sakura credited as the new season's prop designer. Inspired's Teru Sekiguchi joins Osamu Masuyama as the second art director. Masayuki Kurosawa is editing. Kadokawa is collaborating on music production.

Sentai Filmworks licensed the second season for release in digital and home video this year.

In the story of Made in Abyss, an enormous pit and cave system called the "Abyss" is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures reside in its depths, and it is full of precious relics that current humans are unable to make. The mysteries of the Abyss fascinate humans, and they head down to explore. The adventurers who venture into pit are known as "Cave Raiders." A little orphan girl named Riko lives in the town of Ōrth on the edge of the Abyss. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the cave system. One day, Riko starts exploring the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.

Tsukushi launched the manga on Takeshobo's Web Comic Gamma website in 2012. Seven Seas is publishing the manga in English.

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The television anime of Shō Harusono's Sasaki and Miyano manga ended on Monday with an announcement of a new anime. The project's official website and social media accounts will announce more details later.

Yen Press licensed the manga, and it describes the story:

It all started like a typical old-school boys' love plotline—bad-boy senior meets adorably awkward underclassman, one of them falls in love, and so on and so forth. But although Miyano is a self-proclaimed boys' love expert, he hasn't quite realized…he's in one himself. Which means it's up to Sasaki to make sure their story has a happily ever after…!

The television anime's cast members all reprised their roles from the manga's previous drama CDs, and include:

  • Yusuke Shirai as Shūmei Sasaki
  • Sōma Saitō as Yoshikazu Miyano
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Taiga Hirano
  • Yūki Ono as Jirō Ogasawara
  • Yūma Uchida as Masato Hanzawa
  • Ryohei Arai as Tasuku Kuresawa
  • Mitsuhiro Ichiki as Gonsaburō Tashiro

Shinji Ishihira (Fairy TailLog HorizonTalentless Nana) directed the television anime at Studio DEEN with Takahiro Ueno as the assistant director. Yoshiko Nakamura (Super LoversShōnen MaidTada Never Falls in Love) was in charge of series scripts. Maki Fujii (I've Always Liked YouThe Moment You Fall in LoveOur love has always been 10 centimeters apart.) designied the characters.

The television anime premiered on Tokyo MXKBS Kyoto, and Sun TV on January 9, on BS NTV on January 10, and on AT-X on January 11. Funimation is streaming the anime outside Japan, and has since added an English dub.

Harusono launched the manga on the pixiv website in 2016. Kadokawa published the manga's seventh volume in November 2020. Kotoko Hachijō penned a novel adaptation that shipped in March 2020. The Hirano to Kagiura spinoff manga about two side characters launched in 2019 and runs in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine. That spinoff manga has in turn inspired its own novel. The ninth manga volume will ship on July 22 in a bundle with the original anime episode "Koi ni Kizuku Mae no Chotto Shita Hanashi." as drafted by Harusono.

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Kamen rider Black & Shadowmoon Visual reveal for the upcoming reboot movie Kamen Rider Black Sun.

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Cast, staff at Madhouse return

The live-streamed "Overlord IV Special" program debuted the second promotional video for the fourth anime season based on Kugane Maruyama's Overlord light novel series on Saturday. The video announces the season's July premiere. 

The returning cast members include Satoshi Hino as Ains Ooal Gown, Yumi Hara as Albedo, Sumire Uesaka as Shalltear Bloodfallen, Emiri Katō as Aura Bella Fiora, Yumi Uchiyama as Mare Bello Fiore, Masayuki Katou as Demiurge, and Kenta Miyake as Cocytus.

Naoyuki Itou returns to direct the anime at MadhouseYukie Sugawara also returns to write and supervise the series scripts. Satoshi Tasaki is back as character designer.

At the time of the fourth season's announcement, the illustrator so-bin said that the 10th novel volume — which so-bin particularly enjoys — is "finally" being animated.

The franchise will also have an anime film project that will cover the Sei Ōkoku-hen (Holy Kingdom Arc) story of the books.

The first 13-episode Overlord television anime series premiered in Japan in July 2015. Funimation streamed the anime series as it aired in Japan, and the company released the series with an English dub on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in November 2016. The second anime series premiered in January 2018 and ended in April 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the second series as it aired, and Funimation streamed an English dub. The third anime series premiered in July 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired, and Funimation again streamed an English dub.

Kugane Maruyama began the original Overlord light novel series online in 2010, and Kadokawa's Enterbrain imprint began publishing the series in print with illustrations by so-bin in 2012. Yen Press is releasing the novel series in North America. The company is also releasing Hugin Miyama and Satoshi Ōshio's manga adaptation.

The franchise's story takes place in the year 2138 when virtual reality gaming is booming. Yggdrasil, a popular online game, is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as "the most powerful wizard." The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) beginning to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.

Update: The Overlord IV special also announced that the 15th Overlord novel volume will ship on June 30 as the first part of a two-part story. The second part is already in the works for publication on a date to be announced later.

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The staff for the anime of Imari Arita's Shachiku-san wa Yо̄jo Yuurei ni Iyasaretai. (The Corporate Drone Wants to Be Healed by a Little Ghost Girl) manga posted the anime's third promotional video on Saturday. The video announces more cast members and the April 7 premiere for the anime, and it features Kaori Ishihara's opening theme song "Cherish" as well as narration by Akio Ohtsuka


The newly announced cast members are:

Yui Ogura as Miko-chan, a demon child deity

Sayaka Kaneko as Kon, Miko-chan's attendant (right in image below)
Shū Natani as Konta, another of Miko-chan's attendants

Each episode will have a different narrator, and fans can guess who the next narrator will be by listening to the voice in the next-episode preview. One of the fans who correctly guesses the narrator will win that cast member's autograph (like the one below) every week.

The anime will premiere on the AT-X channel on April 7 at 9:00 p.m., and it will also run on Tokyo MX, BS-NTV, and BS-Fuji.

The story follows the daily life of Fushihara, a woman who has become numb corporate drone for her company and Yūrei the ghost girl who wants to help her.

The anime stars:

  • Rina Hidaka as Yūrei-chan
  • Hisako Kanemoto as Fushihara-san
  • Konomi Kohara as Myaako
  • Maaya Uchida as Satsuki Kurahashi
  • Kaori Ishihara as Lily
  • Kana Asumi as Ryōko, Fushihara's colleague
  • Ikumi Hasegawa as Shino, Fushihara's junior at work
  • Marina Inoue as Kaori, Fushihara's friend

Kū Minamihara is directing the series at studio project No.9 (Ro-Kyu-Bu! SSBottom-tier Character TomozakiHigehiro). Deko Akao (Komi Can't CommunicateNoragamiThe Case Study of Vanitas) is overseeing the series scripts and Haruka Tanaka (chief animation director for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind) is the character designer. Satoshi Hōno and Ryūnosuke Kasai are composing the music at Pony Canyon and APDREAMYayoi Tateishi is the sound director at Bit Grooove PromotionDream Shift is producing the anime.

Kaori Ishihara is performing the opening theme song "Cherish," and Maaya Uchida is performing the ending theme song "Kikoeru?" (Can You Hear Me).

Arita began posting the manga on Twitter in February 2019. Shonen Gangan began publishing the manga in August 2019.

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 GAME FREAK again develops franchise's latest main entries

The streamed Pokémon Presents event on Sunday (Pokémon Day) announced that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the latest entries in the Pokémon game franchise, will launch on Nintendo Switch worldwide in late 2022. (The Japanese version of the video lists the release in "winter 2022" which corresponds to the end of the year.) The video teases what appears to be the games' three Starter Pokémon:

GAME FREAK is once again developing these games. The last brand-new main entries in the franchise were Pokémon Sword and Shield, which launched on Switch in November 2019.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the newest spinoff series from the Pokémon franchise, but it's quickly clear to see that it has the potential to take over the main series as the fan-favorite property. How did Game Freak clean up a series that had been stagnating for the better part of two decades?


For years, it seems the big ask of Pokémon fans has been that the franchise innovate itself in a meaningful way. Pokémon Legends: Arceus seems to be GAME FREAK's response to that request, and I'd go out on a limb to say that it's exactly the sort of thing we've been waiting for. It instills a brand-new energy into these games, fixing their most blatant failings without completely upending the style of play from the main series. For that reason, Arceus occupies the interesting space of being a spinoff game that doesn't feel like a spinoff at all. It plays more like the natural evolution of what the mainline series could be rather than something that branched off from it, like Pokémon Snap or Mystery Dungeon. This is still very much a game about catching, battling, and training Pokémon, but that process has frankly never felt as streamlined as it does here. For that reason, while there is admittedly a lot to be improved upon, this has quickly become my favorite Pokémon game to date.

While “gotta catch 'em all” has been the byline for these games as long as I can remember, catching Pokémon has never been something I've paid much mind to outside of nuzlockes. If we're being honest, catching a specific Pokémon is a fairly grind-heavy process. You go into the grass, walk around and load in and out of battle screens until the Pokémon you want appears, and then you have to whittle down its health and try to capture it without it knocking itself out, or risk having to go through the whole process again. In Arceus, the directions you can go with a Pokémon capture are multi-faceted. Simply sniping a Pokémon with a ball is quick and easy and will often land a capture if the Pokémon is underleveled. If you want a more surefire capture, you can also sneak up on the 'mon unawares and snap it in the back with a special ball while distracting it with food to boost your chances of a catch. If either of those methods fail, the Pokémon might notice you and become aggressive. From there, players can either pelt them with mud balls to lower their defenses and attempt another capture, or whittle down their health in a traditional battle in order to get the job done. Some Pokémon even run away when they notice you, making that initial capture attempt all the more vital. The reason I'm describing all of this is because I think it's important to understand just how dynamic this new system is in comparison to its predecessors. In comparison to all of the gameplay updates that Arceus introduced, I think that this one got the most love – and deservedly so. Catching Pokémon is what these games are about. And it's never been this fun before.

But what do you do once you've caught all these Pokémon? You battle 'em! While there aren't as many trainer battles as I would've liked to see here, certain Alpha Pokémon on the map pose a truly menacing threat, which makes the maintenance of a competent team key to doing well in the game. There have been a lot of updates to every facet of battles, and I take issue with absolutely none of them. A lot of these changes have the happy effect of making battles faster and less complex, without getting rid of opportunities for players to strategize and use attacks in accords with one another. For instance, the sleep and freeze effects have been changed to drowsy and frostbite. Instead of completely stopping Pokémon from acting, drowsy behaves like a version of paralysis that lowers defense rather than speed, while frostbite is a version of burn that effects special attack. Stat-changing moves no longer delegate between physical and special stats, opting to just effect attack or defense on the whole. Speed has altered in an interesting way, with something of a hidden ATB system in battles. Certain moves might come out faster or slower than others, and most moves give players the option of choosing a version that comes out faster with expense to damage or a version that comes out stronger with expense to speed. By playing your cards right in this system, you can attack multiple times in a row, or try to slow your opponent down in order to minimize the amount of times they can hit you. It really is a thrilling system that calls for all sorts of new strategies within the familiar scope of the Pokémon meta, and I'm very excited to see how it gets fleshed out in the future.

The process of training Pokémon has similarly been streamlined. For the first time in a Pokémon game, I really don't mind the forced experience share. It just makes sense in this context. Any time you capture a Pokémon, gather resources from the overworld, or win a battle, your team gets experience points towards levelling up. Learned attacked can be switched out at any time from the inventory, and Pokémon that have reached certain parameters can be evolved by command. Any attacks that might have once been locked behind breeding, TMs, or tutors can now be taught to your Pokémon for a price in Jubilife Village. Specific stats can also be trained by use of “grit” items, collected by battling wild Pokémon or by releasing caught Pokémon back into the wild. Mints grown in Jubilife's garden can also be used to alter the stat effecting natures of Pokémon. Frankly, I think the IV/EV system of old has been simplified here to a process that should be considered the standard for all future games.

Graphically, this game is something of a hit and a miss all at once. Background and landscape textures look absolutely reprehensible, clearly demonstrating the limitations of the budget and scope that this game had. To give GAME FREAK credit where it's due, they did implement a pretty nifty effect upon their Pokémon in the overworld. When you're really far away from a Pokémon, their movement animation will be simplified down to maybe three or four frames per second. As you approach them, they receive more and more frames of animation until they're eventually smoothly animated. Some might call this lazy, but I found it to be a smart solution to a simple resource problem. In fact, I think that if the team had leaned a bit more into this jittery style, the final product would feel more stylized and aesthetically consistent – but that's just me.

The most inexcusable facet of Arceus is, with no contest, its plot. While I thought it was cool that many of the characters are clearly designed to be the ancestors of known individuals in the present-day series, I found that almost everything they had to say put me to sleep. The Pokémon series is no stranger to sub-par stories, but this feels like the first time that GAME FREAK has put so many chips down on one so lackluster. There were so many times – especially towards the beginning – where any momentum that the game had created was obliterated by lengthy segments of poorly written dialogue. The most frustrating part is that for a split second, right at the end of the post-game, the story actually does become fairly interesting. It just feels like the more interesting story had been swept under the rug in place of an easily consumable one. I certainly have my own prescriptions that could have made it better; spreading legendary encounters throughout the game rather than bunching them all up right at the end – having a more compelling and antagonistic force throughout the main game… there are certainly things that could have been fixed.

At the end of the day, it feels like GAME FREAK was dipping its toe into the water with Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Throwing some good ideas at the wall and seeing what would stick. A lot did. For the first time in a long time, I am very happy to be a Pokémon fan, and am excited to see where the series will go. I want more of what I saw here – and I want it done better.

Overall : B+
Graphics : C-
Sound/Music : A+
Gameplay : A
Presentation : C-

+ The Pokémon formula has been updated in a deliberate and enjoyable way. It is fresh, fun, and brand-spanking new.
 Graphical quality is low and the game tries to shove one of the worst Pokémon plots yet down player's throats constantly.

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