Pokemon fireworks to light up skies over Japan this summer

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

To celebrate the release of two Pokemon feature films and support the survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake, fireworks in the motif of Pokemon monsters will light up the skies over Japan this summer.

The new films, “Gekijoban Pocket Monster Best Wishes!: Victini to Kuroki Eiyu Zekrom” (Feature film adaptation of Pocket Monsters Best Wishes!: Victini and black hero Zekrom) and “Gekijoban Pocket Monster Best Wishes!: Victini to Shiroki Eiyu Reshiram” (Victini and white hero Reshiram), will hit cinemas across the country on July 16. It is a rare feat to release two Pokemon feature films at the same time.

Starting with the ninth Noshiroko Matsuri Hanabi Taikai (Noshiro port festival fireworks display) in Noshiro city, Akita Prefecture, on July 23, fireworks in the images of Pikachu and Victini, main characters featured in the two movies, will decorate the skies.

The fireworks display was planned by the Pikachu Project, the film production committee responsible for the two films, to commemorate the victims of the March 11 disaster and pray for the reconstruction of the hardest-hit Tohoku region.

After the Noshiro event, fireworks will be featured at other events in the Tohoku region including Aomori, Iwate and Yamagata prefectures, as well as Niigata, Osaka and Fukuoka prefectures. In Tokyo, the fireworks will be seen on Aug. 27.

The fireworks will be featured in a two-minute program called “Pokemon Hanabi: Pikachu the Movie Dual.” In addition, the world’s largest “Poke Ball” firework will light up the summer sky.

Pop duo Every Little Thing, who are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their professional debut this year, will perform the ending theme songs for the two Pokemon movies.

The duo will perform “Sora” (space) as the ending theme for the “Victini to Kuroki Eiyu Zekrom,” and “Koe” (voice) for “Victini to Shiroki Eiyu Reshiram.”

The two songs will be released on July 13 by Avex Trax.

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