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Pokémon Generations: Relive the Pokémon Games in Brand New Animated Shorts

I like shorts. They're comfy and quick to watch.

The Pokémon franchise is 20 years old this year! Not only do we have Pokémon GO, new main-series games on the way in Sun and Moon, an update to the Pokémon anime to go along with them, and rereleases of the originals on 3DS, but now we’ve got one more way to celebrate with Pokémon Generations.

The new animated shorts from The Pokémon Company are separate from the existing Pokémon anime and focus on highlighting specific elements of the game series. The first episode, above, follows a Pikachu caught in Viridian Forest through a series of scenes that represent each generation of Pokémon games—without the trademark voice, which is a bit jarring—but Generations doesn’t stop there. They’ll be releasing a new episode every week to close out Pokémon‘s 20th year:

Pokémon Generations revisits each generation of the Pokémon video game series to shed new light on some timeless moments. From the earliest days in the Kanto region to the splendor of the Kalos region, go behind the scenes and witness Pokémon history with new eyes! These bite-sized adventures, about 3 to 5 minutes long, will be released every week through December 23, 2016.”

Episode 2 mashes together X/Y character Detective Looker and generation one Team Rocket boss Giovanni in a detective story, absent any antics from our usual Pokémon protagonists. As the weeks go on, it should be fun to see what other alternate types of Pokémon stories we get. I’m still waiting for the untold story of the NPC who follows you from gym to gym to cheer you on, AKA Red’s dad.

(via Polygon, featured image via The Pokémon Company)

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