Viz Media Set To Launch Pokémon: The Power of Us Manga & Movie Westward

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

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It was a foregone conclusion, but Viz Media officially announced they will distribute the manga and home media releases of the 21st Pokémon movie, Pokémon: The Power of Us (or Everyone’s Story in Japan) in the US and Canada. While the 21st movie in the long-running series is currently available to purchase digitally, the Blu-Ray and DVDs will launch at a later, unspecified date.

Kemon Kawamoto’s manga adaptation of the movie, Pokémon: The Power of Us—Zeraora, completed its two volume run in Japan back in July, and will release in North America in a complete single-volume collection.

Pokémon: The Power of Us was released in Japan in July 2018, followed by a dubbed theatrical release via Fathom Events in November. In its four-day run in the US, it earned $789,170 at the box office. For those who missed the picture, it continues the alternate continuity begun by the 20th movie, Pokémon: I Choose You!, and is, as Viz describes it:

“…the story of Ash and Pikachu as they journey to a small seaside town filled with a diverse set of characters, including a young athlete, a compulsive liar, a shy researcher, a bitter old woman, and a little girl with a big secret.

Every year, the townspeople gather to celebrate the Legendary Pokémon Lugia, who brings the wind that saved the town from destruction many years ago. The festival is a time for celebration, with a Pokémon Catching Race and a ceremonial flame burning brightly to summon Lugia. But when a series of incidents threatens not just the festival, but all the people and Pokémon who call the town home, it’s going to take more than just Ash and Pikachu to save the day. Will these people be able to put aside their differences and work together to rescue their town? Or will it all end in destruction?”

Viz Media has been the chief distributor of all manga and home video things Pokémon since 1998, when the franchise first arrived in North America. No release windows have been announced for the home video and manga releases of The Power of Us.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.