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Pokémon Horizons will launch in the UK this December on BBC

Pokémon Horizons: The Series will launch in the UK this December.

The new animated series will be available exclusively on BBC iPlayer and CBBC.

Starring dual protagonists Liko and Roy, and their respective partner Pokémon, Sprigatito and Fuecoco, the series takes place in the Paldea region, which is the same setting as Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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Following the conclusion of Ash Ketchum’s story, Pokémon Horizons is the first new mainline animated Pokémon series released in more than 25 years.

An official synopsis of the show, which premiered in April in Japan, follows.

“A new adventure is beginning within the wide world of Pokémon! Arriving at Indigo Academy, a girl named Liko receives her first partner Pokémon, Sprigatito. But she soon finds herself pursued by the Explorers, a mysterious group that’s determined to take the pendant necklace she wears. Liko isn’t on her own, though, as Friede, Captain Pikachu and the other Rising Volt Tacklers offer her protection aboard their airship.

“Meanwhile, a boy named Roy dreams of becoming a Pokémon Trainer, unaware of the secret hiding within the Ancient Poké Ball he carries. As Liko, Roy and the Rising Volt Tacklers set sail for new horizons, what kind of discoveries await?”