Upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield anime features Ash and a new main character called Go

But is it real?

Image via The Pokémon Company

A poster for the upcoming Pokémon anime, which will feature characters and settings from Sword and Shield, appeared online a few days ago thanks to the popular Pokémon website Serebii.

The poster showed Ash Ketchum, the main character of the Pokémon anime who many fans expected to be cut from the series after his triumph in Alola, alongside a new trainer called “Go” with a Scorbunny partner.

The poster also includes a sphere of Pokémon and locations from all of the regions in the franchise. If you look carefully, you can see Ash and this new trainer playing around and interacting with a lot of them in the background.

The Pokémon Company then confirmed the new anime show earlier today with a launch date of Nov. 17, with the new character Go’s main goal to complete the Pokédex and capture the mythical Pokémon Mew.

All we know about the series at this point is that it’s set to feature Pokémon and locations from all regions, ranging from Kanto to Galar, and it won’t exclusively focus on the Sword and Shield titles like previous entries in the cartoon series.