What’s going on Pokémon?

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Original art depicts several strange Pokémon that seem almost alien in appearance.

Recently, the release of a teaser trailer on The Pokémon company’s Japanese Youtube channel hints that something is coming on July 19. So far, it all points to something about Pokémon aliens.

The translation from Polygon suggests that the video is titled “Pokémon Mystery File: A world of Pokémon you don’t know”, with the video itself being a compilation of various strange occurrences throughout the many Pokémon games.

Various instances include Celebi’s appearance in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the strange man from Pokémon Sun and Moon and the Distortion World from Pokémon Platinum. In each instance, they are a part of the Pokémon lore that players have been left without answers. Every odd or unexplained occurrence, the video teases, will hopefully be explained soon.

Further translations from Polygon doesn’t really help solve any questions. In fact, it only serves to add more into the mix!

These questions include the following:

“Is this a time slip? Is it manipulating time? Did it come from the moon? Is it a space virus? Is this an encounter with aliens?”

and in the latter part of the video…

“The battle with the alien invader has begun! Is this the underside of this world? Is this a puzzle of ancient relics? Is this an attack from a parallel universe? Is it possessing humans?”

There’s a definite use of ominous music throughout the video before it finishes with the most ancient Pokémon Unown – who also form the letters in the alphabet – that spells out “Is something happening?”

There is no doubt that something is happening, of course. All is set to be revealed on July 19, according to the website in the video’s description. More of the teaser’s ominous music is heard while the website itself contains original artwork of extraterrestrial Pokémon.

The official website depicts original art of alien Pokémon.

The website: http://www.pokemon.jp/special/mystery/

There is nothing in either video or website to give any solid hints as to what it could all be about. However, the video may give the assumption that The Pokémon Company announcing the release of a new game. Although that doesn’t seem too likely at first, since Bulbapedia already has their upcoming games Pokkén Tournament DX and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon marked down for September and November later this year, with Pokéland yet to have a release date.

But it would make a lot more sense if it were to announce the release of a new game. After all, the video teaser depicts moments from the various games instead of clips from the anime shows or the movies.

Not to mention the games themselves do have what Bulbapedia have described as “Extraterrestrial Pokémon”, with the website’s definition being “a fan term commonly used to refer to any Pokémon believed to have originated from somewhere outside the Pokémon world. The term encompasses both Pokémon believed to have arrived from outer space and those that inhabit other dimensions (extradimensional Pokémon).”

Further evidence to suggest the idea of a new game is that the video already contains some extraterrestrial and extradimensional Pokémon such as Deoxys, Cleffa and the extradimensional Pokémon Dialga and the Mythical Pokémon Arceus.

Regardless if this will be a game or not, it is shaping up to be something directed at the fans of Pokémon, especially since the video is reported by Polygon to be part of several special promotions that are part of the Daisuke Club, the Japanese Pokémon fan club.

The best way to find out is to keep an eye on The Pokémon Company to see what exactly is coming on July 19.

– Lauren Berichon

Lauren Berichon is an aspiring writer and Journalist that gives a voice to the minority and writing about popular culture. While not studying for her Bachelor degree in Journalism, which she is going to finish by the end of this year, she is seen writing novels, playing Neverwinter with her brother and being a Dungeon Master for her Dungeons and Dragons roleplay group.