Newest Animated Pokémon Movie to Make Its Global Debut at Annual Anime Convention

Santa Ana, California (June 10, 2019)—The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), known for making big announcements each year, is thrilled to host an exclusive screening of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution during Anime Expo (AX) 2019. The newest animated Pokémon movie will debut at 3:30 p.m. July 4 in the Main Events Hall B. AX, North America’s largest celebration of Japanese pop culture, runs from July 4–7 (with a Pre-Show Night on July 3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, features a new CGI format and revisits the story of the classic film Pokémon: The First Movie, which debuted in Japan in 1998.Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution

To the delight of fans, several special guests and talented Japanese voice actors involved with the movie will attend the screening at AX.

Joining the event for their first overseas convention appearances are directors Kunihiko Yuyama and Motonori Sakakibara.

Additionally, voice actress/singer Rica Matsumoto (Ash) will participate in the event! They will also participate in autograph sessions (schedule TBA).

Event Details
  • Date: Thursday, July 4
  • Time: 3:30 PM – 5:45 PM
  • Room: LACC / Main Events (Hall B)

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With more than 27 years of successfully bringing thrilling experiences to fans of Japanese pop culture, AX has become the premier event to introduce the newest anime films, television series, AMVs (anime music videos), fashion, video games, manga, dance, music concerts, and exhibitors to its more than 350,000 attendees over four days (110,000 unique attendees).

About SPJA
SPJA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to popularizing and educating the American public about Japanese entertainment and pop culture, as well as providing a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. For more information, please visit

About Anime Expo
Anime Expo (AX) brings together fans and industry from Japan, the US, and all over the world for the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Taking place every year since 1992, Anime Expo features the best in Japanese entertainment, music, fashion, and video games. For more information, visit

About Pokémon
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing and marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit

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