It may not be a permanent replacement for that poor bastard Ash Ketchum, but a standalone anime featuring the characters of Pokemon Red and Green (Blue in the U.S.) is set to be released just before X and Y drop this October.
Considering that Red is a badass, this will hopefully be a gigantic improvement over Ash’s foibles. The trailer shows that Red and Green (who looks like Gary, of course) appear to be rivals, Brock makes an appearance as the first gym leader once more, and Lance drops by to say hello
Could this anime actually show someone becoming a Pokemon master? If anyone can do it, it’s Red. He appears to be starting with a Charmander this time, while Green snags a Squirtle (without sunglasses). Professor Oak is around as well. The art style is a bit different from what we’ve come to expect from Pokemon anime, but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing.
You can watch the trailer below. Keep an eye out for fat Charmander flailing away against Brock’s Geodude — it’s sad, and also gives me Ash flashback nightmares.