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Pokémon anime put on hold

New episodes replaced with re-runs.

Production on Pokémon's anime TV series has been shut down during the coronavirus crisis.

The long-running series has been on air in Japan since 1997, with more than 1100 episodes have been produced so far.

But from next week, Anime News Network reported, the series will go into its own lockdown as the latest adventures of Ash and Pikachu are replaced by old re-reruns.

The previously-scheduled 1110th episode - "A Massive Panic! Sakuragi Park!!" - for 26th April will now be shown at a later date.

Ash, Pikachu and the oddly-named new companion Go are currently trekking the Pokémon globe in the latest series which also encompasses Pokémon Sword and Shield's region of Galar.

The latest season is yet to debut in English but, while you wait, the YouTube-exclusive spin-off series Pokémon: Twilight Wings is still ongoing. After watching the first episode, Emma deemed it "utterly charming".

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