Those glowing eyes. Those clinched teeth. That crazy hair. Damn, Ash. You’re scary.

The Pokémon Company released the Japanese trailer for the upcoming feature film Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages. It’s slightly different from the U.S. trailer (here) and doesn’t contain footage of nightmare Ash.

Fans of the possessed Ash from the “ Battling the Enemy Within” episode (clip here) or fans of the “Evil Ash” meme should dig this trailer. Oh, and Pokémon fans, too!

Twitter user Owen42533 did a comparison of the the previous incarnation of “Evil Ash” (闇サトシ or “Yami Satoshi” in Japanese), as many Japanese Twitter users are saying this is another “Yami Satoshi.” Whether that’s true or not, we’ll see, but it looks like the scary factor has been amped up. Considerably.

[Photo via Owen42533]

Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages opens in Japan on July 18.

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