A brand new short from the Pokémon Company International has debuted online. The new short is part of the Pokétoon net anime series. The new short is called “Yume no Tsubomi,” also known in English as “Dreaming Tsubomi.” It debuted online on Friday. “Yume no Tsubomi” follows on from another short released on May 5th for Children’s Day, titled “Hero ni Naritai Yanchamu” or “Pancham Who Aspires to Be a Hero,” in English. All the shorts released so far are available on the Pokémon Kids TV channel YouTube channel.
“Yume no Tsubomi” is about the two perspectives of a parent and their child before the child becomes a Pokémon trainer and embarks on that journey to explore the wider world and to pursue their lifelong dreams.
The cast of the short includes the following:
- Inori Minase as Tsubomi
- Manami Numakura as Mama
- Takashi Onozuka as Papa
- Tsuguo Mogami as Chorobi
- Rikako Aikawa as Nidoran
- Ikue Ōtani as Pikachu
The short is directed by Shingo Yamashita, known for work on League of Legends: A New Journey, Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~, and Fate/Apocryph. Yamashita’s most recent work for the Pokémon franchise was for the Twilight Wings short anime series. The shorts are being produced by Studio Colorido.
Kureha Matsuzawa was in charge of writing the script. Additionally, Yamashita and technical director Yō Watanabe storyboarded the shots for the animation. Akiko Watanabe joins the series to serve as lead character designer as well as the chief animation director. Yuri Habuka scored the music for the short.
“Hero ni Naritai Yanchamu” depicts the struggles and coming-of-age of a young boy after encountering a Pancham out in the wild. Singer-songwriter Asaco Nasu narrates the short.
Junichi Yamamoto, who has worked on Armor Shop for Ladies & Gentlemen and Chizu no Nai Bōken, wrote and directed Hero ni Naritai Yanchamu at anime production company Pancake, a subsidiary of Twin Engine.
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