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Is Netflix Really About to Catch Us All With a Live-Action Pokémon Series?

Pika Pi-WHAT?!

Team Rocket

My friends, it’s only Monday, and I’m already writing sentences I didn’t think I’d be writing this week.

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According to sources from Variety, a live-action Pokémon series is in early development for Netflix.


While it’s far too early for plot details, Variety says that Joe Henderson is attached to write and executive produce. Henderson is currently working as the co-showrunner and executive producer for Lucifer and is also adapting the comic book Shadecraft for Netflix.

Had this news dropped years ago, I may have wondered how the heck a live action Pokémon series would take shape, but after Detective Pikachu, we know it’s possible to tell a live action Pokémon story that integrates the pocket monsters into our world. According to Variety’s sources, this Netflix series would be akin to the film, but whether that means “being created using a combination of animation and live action” or “Detective Pikachu 2 Electric Boogaloo” or “yes to all” has yet to be seen.

Honestly, there are a lot of directions you can go in when it comes to Pokémon. Do you follow a brand new trainer who, perhaps, wants to be the very best? Do you do more with Detective Pikachu? Do you dare to bring us a live action Ash and, more importantly, Team Rocket? Do you do pull a Pokémon Legends: Arceus and tell a story before trainers and the Pokémon League?

When you stop and think about it, Pokémon could make for a very fun series—lol, I suppose it already has, huh? Time and time again.

Of course, live-action anime adaptations don’t always have the … best track record. While titles like Cowboy Bebop look extremely promising (they even brought in Yoko Kanno to do the music), there is always the memory of certain Evolutions and person-killing notebooks that live-action anime adaptations have to try to overcome.

I think for me, personally, I just want the series to be fun. A property as gigantic as Pokémon is going to keep producing content, but if it’s going to be like no one ever was, then I really need it to be, at the very least, entertaining to watch. I want the silly antics of a dastardly villain trio that literally gets blasted into the atmosphere nearly every episode. I want those moments where you try to pretend like you aren’t getting misty eyed, but damn, what if Ash really DOES have to say goodbye to Pikachu?

I don’t want the creatives behind this production to trip over themselves trying to make this more complicated than it needs to be. Give me a story with some kids strengthening their friendship via cute critters who I wish I could cuddle in real life, coupled with catchy music and surprisingly high stake battles because no one wants to watch Pikachu getting beaten up, and I’ll give it a watch.

What are your thoughts on us getting a live action Pokémon series? Are you like this:


Or this:


Or maybe you’re a mix of both?


(featured image: The Pokémon Company)

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Briana Lawrence
Briana (she/her - bisexual) is trying her best to cosplay as a responsible adult. Her writing tends to focus on the importance of representation, whether it’s through her multiple book series or the pieces she writes. After de-transforming from her magical girl state, she indulges in an ever-growing pile of manga, marathons too much anime, and dedicates an embarrassing amount of time to her Animal Crossing pumpkin patch (it's Halloween forever, deal with it Nook)

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