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First-ever live-action Pokemon-themed TV drama on the way with former idol singer starring

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

There have been a bunch of live-action adaptations of anime and video game franchises in recent years. So with the announcement from TV Tokyo, the same channel that airs the "Pokemon" anime series, that it’s going to be airing the first-ever Pokemon-themed weekly live-action TV drama, you might expect a retelling of the first arc of Satoshi/Ash’s journey to become a Pokemon master, or maybe some sort of follow-up to the live-action "Detective Pikachu" movie.

Instead, though, TV Tokyo is going for a much more rooted-in-reality storyline for "Stuff Your Pockets Full of Dreams" (or Pocket ni Boken wo Tsumekonde, in Japanese), whose main character is a woman living in real-world Tokyo, rediscovering her love of playing Pokemon, and seeing how it changes her life.


Nanase Nishino, idol-singer-turned actress and former member of Nogizaka46, will portray protagonist Madoka Akagi, a woman who quits her job at a small town fish sausage maker to move to Tokyo and follow her dream of working in a more creative field by joining an ad agency named ADventure. The transition to big city life doesn’t go smoothly for Madoka, but as she’s struggling to make things work, she receives a care package in the mail from her mom, and inside is her Game Boy Pocket from when she was a kid, plus her old copy of Pokemon Red, the very first Pokemon game that came out back in 1996. She fires it up and starts playing Pokémon for the first time in 20 years, which starts to change how she thinks about her situation.

There’s a bit of wordplay mixed in with the series too. Not only does the “Aka” part of Madoka’s family name Akagi, mean “red,” she hails from the fictional Japanese town of Masara, which is also the name used in Japanese for Pokemon Red’s Pallet Town starting area.

Nishino herself is a Pokemon gamer, and without the long break from the series that her character has. She says she’s played “almost every” Pokemon game, from the original all the way up to the latest releases in the franchise. “As someone from the generation that went from kids to adults while playing Pokémon, I’m filled with joy [to be a part of this series],” the 29-year-old Nishino commented.

"Stuff Your Pockets Full of Dreams" is scheduled to air on Thursdays at 12:30 a.m. (essentially in the Wednesday late-night section of the schedule), with its premiere slated for October 20.

Source: TV Tokyo via Otakomu

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Hmmm... this or Walking Dead: Darryl... or any other show that has actual production value and story.

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Hmmm... this or Walking Dead: Darryl... or any other show that has actual production value and story.

Have you somehow seen it already? It could end up the most expensive and critically acclaimed production in Japanese broadcasting history. Or be nothing more or less than a bit of harmless and agreeable entertainment for its target audience (which probably doesn't include you).

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