Pokémon fans who love the show's music will be happy to learn that an official anime soundtrack is being released on November 4th, 2020, marking the first time a soundtrack for the anime series has been released in a decade.

With its currently-airing seventh series (returning to its 1997 roots with the name "Pocket Monsters" in Japanese, and named Pokémon Journeys: The Series in most other countries), the anime has been a hot topic since November 2019 when it began airing. Not only do all the regions and Pokémon from all previous games and anime make appearances, but it's also the first to feature twin protagonists in Satoshi and Go.

For fans of the music, another way in which the anime marked a departure from previous series was that the main composer for the soundtrack changed from Shinji Miyazaki 宮崎慎二, who had been in charge of the music for all previous series since 1997, to Yūki Hayashi 林ゆうき.

Those who buy the CD will be pleased to find detailed comments for each track from Hayashi in the full-color booklet.

Comments from Yūki Hayashi

"I never thought I'd be involved in the music of the Pokémon anime series, but since I was given the job, I was eager to do it. My vision for the music was like a box packed with all kinds of toys that I would turn over and show everyone.

Personally speaking, it is, of course, important for fans of the previous series to enjoy it. However, the most important thing for me is reflected in the title of the first song: "New Beginning." I made the music with the hope that children who are newly exposed to the world of Pokémon will enjoy this new beginning to the fullest."

CD information

  • Title (JP): 「テレビアニメ ポケットモンスター オリジナル・サウンドトラック」
  • Translation: TV animation Pokémon Journeys: The Series original soundtrack
  • On sale from: November 4th, 2020
  • CODE: MHCL-30658
  • Price: 2,500 JPY + tax
  • Contents: 1 CD (Blu-spec CD2), full-color booklet including comments on all tracks from Yūki Hayashi, and character profiles.
  • First run features a picture label and stickers
  • Tracks: 60

To view more information on the soundtrack CD, visit the official product page here.

By - Ben K.