Information on the cast of the new series of the popular anime Pocket Monsters (airs on the TV Tokyo Network every Friday at 6:55pm, officially abbreviated "Anipoke"), which will be broadcast starting with a 1 hour special on April 14th, has been revealed. The old protagonists Satoshi and Pikachu will be replaced with a new set of dual protagonists, where Minori Suzuki will be playing the role of Liko and Yuka Terasaki will be playing the role of Roy, while Taku Yashiro will play the Pokémon Professor Friede. Ikue Ohtani handles the voice of the current protagonist Satoshi's partner Pikachu, but will also be in charge of the new series' new character and Pokémon Professor Friede's partner Captain Pikachu. You can listen to their voices in the new trailer that just got released.
A new promo image shows Liko, the Paldean girl with a mysterious pendant and Roy, the Kantonean boy with a mysterious monster ball, as well as Friede and Captain Pikachu, against a majestic sky, alongside all kinds of Pokémon from various regions, including Nyahoja from the video games "Pocket Monsters Scarlet/Violet".
The image also shows a boy standing next to the "Fire Swordsman Pokémon" Soublades, staring at Liko and Roy, as well as the alternately colored legendary Pokémon "Black Rayquaza", creating excitement for how these elements will play a part in Liko and Roy's adventure.
Suzuki is known as the voice of Hajime Fujiwara in the video game The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls and Freyja Wion in the anime series Macross Δ, Terasaki as the voice of Tenma Matsukaze in Inazuma Eleven GO and Kudelia Aina Bernstein in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and Yashiro as the voice of Tsubasa Kashiwagi in The Idolmaster SideM and Tatsuhisa "Luke" Kamijo in Yu-Gi-Oh Sevens.
I first encountered Liko when I was given reference material for the audition, and I remember being filled with strong emotions the likes of which I had never felt before at that moment. I really wanted to go on an adventure with Liko, to take a step forward! I wanted to play this character so badly that it felt like our meeting here was meant to be. This is why I'm so very happy these people that created Pokémon with love and care entrusted this character to me.
Just like the Pokémon anime, I was born in 1997, so Pokémon has always been there as a natural part of my life. I hope this is how it will be for everyone around the world in the future as well. I will pour all my heart and soul into playing Liko. The Pokémon anime will continue to be the greatest thing ever, so please look forward to the new series!
I really treasure the three years I got to go on adventures with Satoshi and Pikachu when I played Corni in the "Pocket Monsters XY" TV series. It's precisely because of the passion for the show that I picked up from my seniors during those three years that I feel so much pressure and responsibility now that I've been given the role of one of the protagonists of this new series, so I'm going to approach the new series while embracing the love for the show that I saw and felt in my seniors back then.
I hope the children that will start watching the Pokémon anime from here on will think of Liko and Roy as their friends, and I promise to approach both the show and the role with everything I've got, doing my best to make it enjoyable for all so that existing fans will come to love Liko and Roy as well! Please join us as we start a new chapter of history.
I still remember dreaming about going on an adventure with Pokémon back when I was watching the Pocket Monsters anime in grade school, so I was trembling with joy and surprise when I first learned I was getting the chance to be in my beloved show, one that's got so much history and is so loved all around the world now.
I want to play the Friede character with whole-hearted devotion, not just so that children can experience such dreams, but so that adults that grew up together with the franchise can do so as well.