Pokémon Twilight is a Must-Watch!

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Pokémon Twilight is a Must-Watch!

When you hear the word Pokémon, an assortment of images probably come to mind. You likely see a variety of grass-, water-, fire-, electric-, rock-, and numerous other unique creatures. You probably envision doing battles with your favorite characters, such as Pikachu, Charizard, Mewtwo, Gengar, Lucario, Magikarp (or whomever your personal favs may be). You might picture your collection of neatly assembled cards, or playing popular video games, such as Pokemon Go, Pokémon Sword and Shield, Let’s Go, Pikachu, Let’s Go, Eevie, Pokémon, and Sun and Moon. You may even picture watching different series on your TV or going to the theater to watch the recent blockbuster hit Detective Pikachu (that was awesome, wasn’t it?).

Pokémon is an undeniably popular franchise that has entranced people of all ages, from young kids to tweens and even older adults, ever since it was first introduced back in 1998. For more than two decades, the characters have been delighting audiences around the globe and as it continues to evolve, Pokémon is sure to be a popular source of entertainment for years to come. In fact, one of the most recent Pokémon manifestations, a new anime mini-series, is proof positive that Pokémon is here to stay: Pokémon: Twilight Wings. And it’s something that we strongly recommend you add to your watch list.

Pokémon: Twilight Wings – An Overview

Pokémon: Twilight Wings is the latest anime series from The Pokémon Company. It was produced by Studio Colorido and was released on The Pokémon Company’s YouTube channel. It was inspired by Pokémon Sword and Shield video games, but it’s separate from the TV series. In total, there are seven short episodes (they run about 6 to 7 minutes long). The first one was released on January 15, 2020, and a new one is released monthly. The episodes are free to watch on YouTube.

While Twilight Wings is obviously based on the famous mythical creatures and regions of Sword and Shield, it strays a bit from the video games and other Pokémon animated series in that it doesn’t follow Ash as his mission to become a Pokémon Master, but rather, it’s based on scenes from the beloved Galar region. Some of the episodes that have been released have focused on different gym leaders; Chairman Rose and Hop, the Sword and Shield rival, for instance.

Why You Should Watch It

Each episode of Pokémon: Twilight Wings focuses on the theme that connects the entire Pokémon franchise: the Pokémon world. Each episode focuses on different trainers, their Pokémon, and their everyday lives. The series shows individual Pokémon flourishing and really draws together and highlights the unique habits and way-of-life of each one. It truly illustrates just how magical the world of Pokémon is, perhaps more so than previous series. In fact, this mini-series does an even better job of bringing to life the magic, mystery, and excitement of Pokémon than any of the movies, including Detective Pikachu, The Power of Us, Diance and the Cocoon of Destruction, and Pokémon: The First Movie. Not to undermine the movies, because they are, of course, very well done; but, what really sets Twilight Wings apart is that it has managed to masterfully illustrate the magic of Pokémon and trainers of the Galar region in short, fine-tuned episodes. In other words, you don’t have to watch a long, drawn out film to experience the enchantment of these wonderfully exciting creatures, their way of life, and the humans that they interact with.

Another major perk of the short episodes of Twilight Wings is that unlike many of the other series and movies, this mini-series isn’t super child-like. While children can certainly watch it (there’s nothing graphic or particularly unsettling), the content is geared toward a more mature audience. Each episode offers a glimpse into the lives of the characters in an artful, visually appealing, and emotional way. For instance, the episode based on Chairman’s Rose’s visit to a children’s hospital is particularly moving.  Another great example is the fourth episode about Nessa, which perfectly illustrates the artful animation and thoughtful direction of the mini-series; for instance, the part of this episode when she’s surrounded by Mantyke as she’s swimming in the water is so breathtaking, it’s easy to see why Pokémon has drawn in such a massive following and why people of all ages of been captivated by this fantasy world since it was first introduced more than 22 years ago.

While the individual Pokémon are, of course, a highlight of Twilight Wings, unlike other series and movies, this mini-series pays more attention to the humans of the Galar region. The episodes connect Pokémon and the people that they co-exist with and really show the dynamic relationships the two species share. You can get a real sense for the connection and spirit that the humans and Pokémon share, which makes for a really magical and appealing experience. Again, the 4e episode perfectly illustrates this: when Nessa struggles with the decision about continuing her modeling career or if she should leave modeling behind and focus all of her energy on training really resonates with viewers. There are numerous other instances that draw humans and Pokémon together, too; but perhaps the most surprising and existing interaction is when Bea and Machamp spar. A human and a Pokémon battling one another has never happened before, and it’s really quite thrilling to see.

Summing It Up

Whether you’re a diehard Pokémon fan or you dabble in the games and series here and there, if you’re looking for something to new to keep you entertained, Pokemon: Twilight Wings is definitely worth checking out. This mini-series is so beautifully written, artfully designed, and masterfully executed that you’re bound to gain a newfound appreciation for Pokémon, their trainers, and everything else that this enchanted world entails.

The most recent episode (episode 5) was released on June 5, 2020, so there are just two more episodes to go before the mini-series comes to a close. If you haven’t tuned in yet, we highly recommend that you do. You won’t be disappointed.

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