Scans from the March 2016 issue of CoroCoro Magazine have been leaked online, revealing that the latest magazine has dropped a total bombshell in the form of a brand new, never-before-seen Pokémon: Magiana! This revelation not only kick-starts speculation of a new Generation of Pokémon on the horizon, but also sheds light on some new plot details along with the official name of the next Pokémon movie airing in Japan.
Enough with the introductions; let’s dive right in, shall we?
The New Pokémon, Magiana!
The biggest take away from this month’s CoroCoro leak is the reveal of Magiana (written as “マギアナ” in the original Japanese language). With a body of metal, a height of 1.0m and a weight of 80.5kg, Magiana is said to be a man-made Pokémon created over 500 years ago. Its type was not revealed at this time but, given its metallic body and almost robot-like appearance, the Steel-type is a safe bet.
According to Bulbapedia, this Pokémon is classified as a Mythical Pokémon, a legendary status shared with the likes of Mew, Diancie, Keldeo, and others. What power it contains is shrouded in mystery, but the secrets within Magiana are a crucial plot point for the next Pokémon movie.
New Title for Pokémon the Movie XY&Z
The latest CoroCoro leaks also revealed the official title of the next Pokémon film in Japanese. Roughly translated as “Volcanion and the Exquisite Magiana,” the film also received a more detailed summary of the basic plot that reveals more of Volcanion’s involvement in the story, as well as its connection with the newly discovered Magiana.
Courtesy of Serebii.net, here’s a translation of the summary given in the latest CoroCoro Magazine:
As Ash and his friends continue their journey, Volcanion drops down from the sky in front of them. Volcanion’s object is to recover Magiana, who has been abducted by the “Azoth Kingdom”, a city of super-machinery. However, Volcanion and Ash have become linked together by a strange chain. Will the two of them manage to work together and save Magiana?
As it turns out, Volcanion knows of a great secret within Magiana. Given that previous CoroCoro issues have mentioned Volcanion’s hatred for humans and is tracking down a Pokémon created by humans, the question still remains: is Volcanion friend or foe in this movie, or something in between?
The new movie makes its Japanese debut in theaters on July 16, 2016.
Magiana: Gen VI or Gen VII?
With the new Pokémon reveal, fans have begun speculating whether or not Magiana will appear in a new Generation VI game or if this Pokémon is the first of the Generation VII Pokémon to be unveiled. Here’s my two cents on this issue:
Historically, several Pokémon films have been used to promote new Pokémon not from that current Generation – well before the newest games eventually release (along with the newest season of the anime). Movies like Pokémon Heroes, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, Zoroark: Master of Illusions, and even Genesect and the Legend Awakened all had Pokémon that wouldn’t be appear until the sequel Generation of each movie (and all these movies are usually the last films of that current Generation, to boot).
As such, this new Pokémon movie with Volcanion will likely be the last Generation VI movie, with Magiana being the premier Generation VII Pokémon.
“But Generation VI has the fewest amount of new Pokémon added of any Generation,” some of you might be saying. “Shouldn’t we be getting more?” Well, we kinda did already, albeit in the form of Mega Evolutions.
Mega Evolutions are all Pokémon that take development time from both a game and art design perspective, no different from any other individual Pokémon. While only 72 new Pokémon were added to the Pokédex with the release of Pokémon X & Y, there were 48 Mega Evolutions introduced in Generation VI as well.
If Mega Evolutions were purely cosmetic then this wouldn’t be that big of an issue, but the fact that Mega Evolutions have altered stats as well as different Abilities from their previous forms means resources must go into balancing and testing them all to see if they function properly, just as they would have to do for any new Pokémon. Not counting alternate forms, at least 120 Pokémon designs were introduced in Generation VI which, again, required game development and design resources to make possible.
That being said, I’m willing to bet that we’ll get one more Generation VI game that will feature the new forms for Zygarde, possibly some more Mega Evolutions, more involvement with Volcanion, and that’s it. Any new additions to the Pokédex won’t be until Generation VII…or so I think, anyway. Once again, only time will tell!
That’s it for this month’s CoroCoro leak! I have to say, I absolutely LOVE Magiana’s design, and I can’t wait to see it in action…though I wonder if its design similarities to Diancie are more than just a coincidence.