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The upcoming Pokémon movie is a re-telling of the Indigo League stories, with two glaring omissions.

Warning: This article has spoilers.

Namely, the absence of Brock and Misty, who were two of Ash’s first cohorts in original anime.

Both might be Ash’s most well-known friends, with Misty even appearing in the first episode I Choose You! after which the upcoming film is named.

Yet, in the official site, there are two other random children, Makoto and Souji. Both of them are apparently brand new.

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Via the movie’s official site, here is Souji.

[Image: official site]

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And Makoto.

[Image: official site]

You’ll see that neither Brock nor Misty appear in the list of characters appearing in the main part of the movie. Nurse Joy? Yes, but Ash’s old friends? Nope.

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People have noticed this.

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Souji and Makoto are even showing up in 20th anniversary images instead of Brock and Misty.

Twenty years of ten-year old Ash!

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It’s almost like Brock and Misty never existed. As Pokemon Matome points out, the new movie has a retelling of this old scene with Butterfree.

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In the new version, Brock and Misty have been written out.

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The characters do have a tacked-on appearance in the closing credits. That’s according to Alex Aniel, who saw the movie at Japan Expo and who provided PokeBeach with a summary, writing, “In the end credits we see brief shots of Ash’s old friends — Brock, Misty, Tracey, May, Max, Dawn, Iris, Cilan, Serena, Bonnie, and Clemont.”

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Oh.