When it comes to TV shows and video games, things tend to go in phases, especially when it comes to those intended for children. We would guess that most, if not all of you reading this, have reminisced about how much better kids' TV was when you were little. However, there are some shows and franchises that buck the trend of eventually disappearing.
No world has managed to do that more effectively than the one in which Pokémon live. It has been more than 20 years since the first Pokémon games were released. Then came the trading cards, TV show, and movies. Pokémon not only still exists, but it continues to thrive. That's because it has evolved - pun very much intended - to appeal to newer generations, while not forgetting those of us who have loved it since the very beginning.
We still remember a time when there were only 151 Pokémon. Fast-forward to the present day, and there are now a staggering 809 different types of Pokémon. The latest additions to the ever-growing roster were Meltan, and the creature it evolves into, Melmetal. Meltan made its unannounced debut via Pokémon Go in 2018, and a trailer for the anime's TV show has revealed that it will soon make its first appearance on the small screen.
In the trailer for the show, which you can check out above, a group of Meltans are shown in what appears to be a dark warehouse. It is assumed that Ash, Pikachu, and company will encounter Pokémon #808 when they venture to Poni Island. That almost certainly means legendary Pokémon, Tapu Fini, will be making another appearance, as it is the guardian of Poni Island.
More than 20 years later, and the growth of the Pokémon universe shows no sign of slowing down. There have been seven generations of Pokémon so far and an eighth will most likely arrive at some point in 2019. Following the popularity of Pokémon Go and Pokémon Let's Go, why would the franchise want to slow down at all?