What was sure to be a hit movie this summer, Pokémon Coco is the newest delay which has stemmed from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The film was originally slated to release in Japanese theatres this July 10th and is now listed as “Coming Soon”.
For those of you unfamiliar with Pokémon Coco, the movie is about a young boy named Coco who was raised by a Pokémon. We travel to Okoya Forest, a Pokémon paradise with strict laws forbidding outsiders from entering. Inside the forest, young Coco was raised as a Pokémon by the mythical Pokémon Zarude. Coco fully believes that he is a Pokémon, but when he meets Ash and Pikachu, he’s able to make his first-ever “human friend” causing him to wonder “Am I a Pokémon? Or am I a human?” When danger approaches Okoya Forest, the love between a Pokémon and a human, a father, and a son, is put to the test.
The Pokémon Company has issued a statement on their official media channels stating that they apologize for the delay and will resume ticket sales as soon as possible. They stated that they decided to postpone the release of the movie due to the coronavirus outbreak and understand that many fans were looking forward to the release of the movie and will further update fans once a new release date has been decided.
We are still unsure if this will affect the release timing in English speaking territories as there has yet to be a release date announced for Pokémon Coco for these regions. But if anything is to be assumed, I would likely guess that the release in those territories is also affected by the delay of the Japanese Pokémon Coco release. Only time will tell. But at least we have those expansions coming for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield coming this Summer still, right?