The May 12 special will run two episodes at 9:00 p.m. EDT, followed by a third episode on May 13 at 9:00 a.m. The show will afterward move to weekly schedule of one new episode every Saturday at 9:00 a.m.Disney XD previewed the first two episodes of the series in December alongside the debut of the Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel anime film.
The previous Pokémon anime series, Pokémon XY & Z, premiered in the U.S. on Cartoon Network in February 2016. The Pokémon Company International also announced that Disney XD and its platforms has acquired the 19 previous seasons of the Pokémon anime, as well as 15 movies, as part of a multi-year distribution deal. The Pokémon anime currently runs on Disney XD in Europe.
The anime series premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliated stations in Japan in November.
In the anime, Satoshi (Ash) goes to school with friends in the series. Ash also uses the new Z-Moves in battle in the anime, just as players use them in the new games. The anime features new Pokémon and new characters.
The Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games will debuted in Japan, North America, and Europe in November. The games are available on the Nintendo 3DS worldwide in Japanese, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, and — unlike in the previous generation — Chinese (Traditional and Simplified). Players can choose their preferred language when they launch each game. The games have sold 14.69 million units worldwide since their launch.The games are also inspiring a manga adaptation by Tenya Yabuno (Inazuma Eleven, Digimon V-Tamer) titled Pokémon Horizon that debuted in Coro Coro Comics in September. The Pocket Monsters Special (Pokémon Adventures) manga series began its Sun Moon arc in the January issue of the CoroCoro Ichiban! magazine in November.