Two previously-unseen characters set to appear in the new, upcoming series of the Pokémon anime have been revealed today.
The first is a brand new professor known as Professor Sakuragi. Serebii reports that the new prof works at Sakuragi Laboratories in Vermilion City, a city from the original games' region of Kanto. Ash and his new companion Go will kickstart their adventure here before heading out on a journey which appears to span across every single Pokémon region introduced so far.
Interestingly, this professor is not the same as the one set to appear in Pokémon Sword and Shield, despite the anime usually featuring key characters from the games. Professor Magnolia is the resident know-it-all in Sword and Shield's Galar region.
Alongside Professor Sakuragi, Koharu has also been revealed (as seen in the image at the top of this article). She is the 10-year-old daughter of Professor Sakuragi and is a childhood friend of Go. As you can see from the image, she's accompanied by Yamper as her partner Pokémon.
This series of the anime is shaping up to be one the most intriguing in a long while; perhaps Ash's recent Pokémon League success will finally see a huge shake-up for the show's plot?