Analog EP93: Pokemon Half-Eaten Can of Beans

Josh, Theo, and Bovi are here to fill your ear holes with news and cover the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

The first trailer for Onward, crazy DC casting news, and lots of cool video game news, including Death Stranding, and Pokemon Sword & Shield on this week’s episode Analog! Check out the episode, and follow us on Instagram –! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!



Pokemon: Sword & Shield Nintendo Direct

Nintendo and Game Freak hosted a Nintendo Direct this morning, spotlighting the upcoming releases of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. The direct revealed plenty of new information about the games, including a few new Pokemon, and some new gameplay types. The new Pokemon revealed were the sheep Pokemon, Wooloo. The raven pokemon, Corviknight. And, the bite Pokemon, Drednaw, and a few others. There was even a new gameplay type revealed called Dynamax, which grows Pokemon to gigantic heights, allowing for more power, and more explosive battles.

You can watch the Nintendo Direct above to get a better look at all of the new reveals, and look for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield when its hits store shelves on November 15th.

Several New Pokemon Games Unveiled

The Pokemon Company took to the stage last night to reveal several new, key Pokemon projects for the next year in their 2019 Business Strategy meeting. After touting the success of Pokemon GO, the company has revealed a new game, Pokemon Sleep, that will attempt to “turn sleep into entertainment, the way Pokemon GO turned walking into entertainment.” A lofty claim, but if anyone can make it happen, it’s them. Additionally, they also unveiled a new Pokemon GO Plus+ that will link up with all past Pokemon games that support the peripheral, as well as Pokemon Sleep.

Lastly, the studio also unveiled a new program called Pokemon Home that will link up with Pokemon Bank, and the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield for storing Pokemon across titles. No release dates were set for anything, as all were still in early development.

New Trailer for Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

The Pokémon Company has released the second trailer for the franchise’s first fully CGI animated film, Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, giving us our first look at plenty of new footage, as well as returning characters Ash, Brock, Misty, and even Team Rocket. The trailer also shows us the new styles of several iconic scenes from the original film.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution releases in theaters in Japan on July 12th, with no word yet on an international release. The past tells us to expect news soon on a possible release later this year.

Pokemon Company Announces Monpoke Brand

The Pokemon Company has taken its next step toward world domination with the announcement of its newest brand, Monpoke. The new brand will focus on newborns and toddlers up to 36 months old, giving younger parents that grew up with the lovable monsters more options for their own children to latch onto the brand.

The brand is set to officially debut at the Maternity and Baby Festa at the Pacifico Convention Hall in Yokohama on April 6th and 7th. It’s expected we’ll see our first batch of products and more information on brand at that time.

First Trailer for Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

The Pokemon Company has finally given us our proper first look at the upcoming CG animated film, Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, showing off a gorgeous new animation style, and plenty of new footage. The film appears to be a faithful remake of the original movie, which is sure to please fans.

Currently, there is no release date for North America, but Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution hits theaters in Japan on July 12th.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Announced for Nintendo Switch

It would appear we all had it right, as Nintendo took the time during this morning’s Pokemon Direct to announce two new entries into the mainline Pokemon saga, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. This marks the series’ first appearance on a home console for its RPG series of games, with beautiful 3D cel-shaded graphics. Additionally, the game takes place in a new region, Galar, and includes three new starters: Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield currently have no exact release dates, but given the Late 2019 placement, it’s likely to expect them at the end of November 2019.

New Trailer for Detective Pikachu Now Online

Ryan Reynolds and Legendary have shared the second full trailer for the upcoming CG/live-action hybrid film, Detective Pikachu. The new trailer gives us plenty more footage, and even plot with an explanation to how our titular Detective gets into his current predicament.

While the new footage shows a visually stunning film, it’s still up in the air how the audience at larger will take it. Fortunately, fans seem to be embracing the insane character designs, pointing to quite the possible success when Detective Pikachu hits theaters on May 10th.

Pokemon Nintendo Direct On Its Way

Nintendo has revealed a new Pokemon-centric Nintendo Direct that will air on the embed above at 9:00am EST/6:00pm PST tomorrow, February 27th. They’ve said the direct will be 7 minutes long, and could give us the reveal of those long-awaited Nintendo Switch Pokemon RPG titles.

There’s no telling what we could see tomorrow, however, as we’re all known to get a little excited about the possibilities of showcases like this.

Pokemon x Original Stitch Collab Announced

The Pokémon Company and Original Stitch have announced a collaboration of custom dress shirts. Original Stitch allows customers to select from a range of patterns and fabrics that will be applied to each of the different parts of your customized shirt, with the collaboration giving customers access to 20 different Pokémon-themed styles.

You can check out the official site for more information. Shirts will start at
¥ 10,000, and the collaboration will launch in February, with advance purchases for the 20 previewed styles from January 26-28.

First Trailer for Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Drops

The Pokemon Company has released the first trailer for Pokemon The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, showing off the film’s CG animation, a first for the franchise. The film is part of The Pokemon Company’s “Mewtwo Year” – a year-long celebration of the Legendary.

Pokemon The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution hits theaters in Japan on July 12th, with no word on a North America release date as of yet.

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Announced


It’s been officially revealed that the next Pokémon film will be out on July 12th, 2019, in Japan. No word on an official international release yet, but as every film has been seen stateside, there’s no reason to expect different here. Earlier this year, a sneak preview of the film was shown in theaters revealing the title 劇場版ポケットモンスター ミュウツーの逆襲 Evolution or Pocket Monsters The Movie Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution.

No word yet whether this is a reboot, a sequel, or perhaps just following along with the more recent retelling of Ash’s origin, Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You!

Analog EP71: Wide Enough To Fit a Venom


Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for a somber episode, remembering the life of the legendary, Stan Lee.

There’s also trailers for Detective Pikachu and Toy Story 4, casting for Swamp Thing and Birds of Prey, and quite a bit of discussion on how to pronounce omnibus on this week’s episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram –! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct

Nintendo hosted a Nintendo Direct for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this morning, the final before its release. The Direct revealed the final two fighters found in the main game as Ken from Street Fighter, and Incineroar from the Pokemon series. The Direct also detailed new amiibo figures, and several new modes for the upcoming game.

The latest mode, Spirits Mode, replaces collectible trophies in the series, and will serve as support for players through the story mode with hundreds of interesting characters to be found. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches on the Nintendo Switch on December 7th.

McDonald’s Japan Gets New Pokémon Toys


McDonald’s Japan has revealed a new set of Pokémon toys for Happy Meals that promote the upcoming movie – Pokémon the Movie: Everyone’s Story. The film is set to release this Friday, on July 13th with the toys becoming available just a few short days ago.

The toys feature three different Pikachu toys, an Eevee toy, and a toy for each Alolan starter. In addition, McDonald’s Japan has also released a video spotlighting each toy and how to use them, which you can check out after the jump.

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