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Baby Pikachu's origin story will be explored in the new Pokemon anime series

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A trailer for the new Pokemon anime series based on the first episode has been released, which looks set to explore the origin story of Pikachu as a Pichu before the little mouse met Ash. The first episode is titled "the Birth of Pikachu," and will give us our first look at the adorable baby Pikachu's story in the Kanto region. 

The trailer was released on the official Japanese website for the anime series, with the show set to air in Japan on November 17. While the trailer is in Japanese, Crunchyroll reports that the Pichu depicted appears to allude to Pikachu before the little mouse was all grown up and teamed up with the iconic trainer. 

A synopsis for the first episode was also detailed on the website, and thanks to Crunchyroll's translation, we know it reads:

"In a forest somewhere in Kanto, there once was a lonely Pichu. This Pichu - who was still quite young - had a certain encounter and farewell. This took place shortly before Ash and his partner Pikachu started travelling together. This is the beginning of the anime "Pocket Monster."" 

"A lonely Pichu" - are you crying yet? Because I am. In the trailer you can also see Pokemon new and old make an appearance, including Pokemon from Pokemon Sword and Shield's new Galar region - which makes sense given the new series will launch shortly after the worldwide release of the game. 

The series will see Ash join up with a new companion and protagonist by the name of Gou, who apparently dreams of finding Mew and catching em' all. With a new art style that's more in-keeping with the cartoony look of the Pokemon: Sun and Moon animated series than the original 1997 series, the adventure will once again begin in the Kanto region. 

Can't wait to jump into Sword and Shield? Be sure to check out our latest Pokemon Sword and Shield preview or watch the video below. 

Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.