VIZ Media has good news for Pokémon fans: This spring will see both the home video release and official manga edition for Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. The newest anime feature from the Pokémon X⠂Y series, the film was originally released in Japan last summer and is directed by franchise veteran Kunihiko Yuyama (who also directed last year’s Rudolf the Black Cat with Mikinori Sakakibara).
Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel will arrive on DVD on March 21 (MSRP $19.98), rated TV-Y7. In this adventure, Ash meets the Mythical Pokémon Volcanion when it crashed down from the sky in a cloud of dust, and a mysterious force binds the two of them together! Volcanion despises humans and tries to get away, but it’s forced to drag Ash along as it continues its rescue mission. They arrive in a city of cogs and gears, where a corrupt minister has stolen the ultimate invention: the Artificial Pokémon Magearna, created 500 years ago. He plans to use its mysterious powers to take control of this mechanical kingdom! Can Ash and Volcanion work together to rescue Magearna?
The manga version of the Volcanion adventure is available now, priced at $9.99 and rated “A” for all ages. The single-volume adaptation features story and artwork by Kemon Kawamoto.