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These donuts are great! This article is about a movie from the Pokémon anime that has not been dubbed into English. As such, its coverage may contain romanized Japanese names, rather than dub names.
M22 : Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution
Pokémon movies


Secrets of the Jungle
ココ Koko
M23 English poster.png
Japan December 25, 2020
United States October 8, 2021
Home video
Japan July 14, 2021
United States N/A
English themes
Opening N/A
Ending N/A
Japanese themes
Opening ココ
Ending ただいまとおかえり
United States PG
Great Britain ?
Ireland ?
Canada ?
Quebec ?
Japan G
Germany ?
Australia ?
New Zealand ?

Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (Japanese: 劇場版ポケットモンスター ココ Pocket Monsters the Movie: Koko) is the twenty-third Pokémon movie overall. It was originally scheduled to be released in Japan on July 10, 2020, but it was delayed to December 25, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be released worldwide outside of Japan, China, and Korea on October 8, 2021 on Netflix.

It was first hinted at in a teaser following M22 in Japan featuring Pikachu. It was first revealed in a teaser trailer that aired on Oha Suta in Japan on January 10, 2020. A full trailer was later released on February 28, 2020. The first English teaser trailer was revealed on November 13, 2020.

It is set in the alternate continuity established in I Choose You! and continued in The Power of Us.

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In the Forest of Okoya, Koko is a feral child who has been raised as a Pokémon by the Mythical Pokémon Zarude. Koko has grown up never doubting that he is a Pokémon even though he can't really use any sort of moves. Ash Ketchum and Pikachu meet Koko and help him protect the Great Tree from the crooked scientist Dr. Zed.

Featured Pokémon


Pokémon debuts





Ash Sarah Natochenny Satoshi Rica Matsumoto サトシ 松本梨香
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani Pikachu Ikue Ohtani ピカチュウ 大谷育江
Jessie Michele Knotz Musashi Megumi Hayashibara ムサシ 林原めぐみ
James Carter Cathcart Kojirō Shin-ichiro Miki コジロウ 三木眞一郎
Meowth Carter Cathcart Nyarth Inuko Inuyama ニャース 犬山イヌコ
Delia Sarah Natochenny Hanako Masami Toyoshima ハナコ 豊島まさみ
Narration Rodger Parsons Narration Kenyu Horiuchi ナレーション 堀内賢雄
Special appearances by
Zarude Zarude Nakamura Kankurō ザルード 中村勘九郎
Village Elder Zarude Village Elder Zarude Hiroshi Naka 長老ザルード 中博史
Zarude Leader Zarude Leader Kenjiro Tsuda リーダー・ザルード 津田健次郎
Zarude Sub-Leader Zarude Sub-Leader KENN サブリーダー・ザルード KENN
Koko Koko Moka Kamishiraishi ココ 上白石萌歌
Dr. Zed Dr. Zed Kōichi Yamadera ゼッド博士 山寺宏一
Sharon Karen Shōko Nakagawa カレン 中川翔子
Dr. Chrom Molybden Dr. Chrom Molybden Tokuyoshi Kawashima クロム・モリブデン博士 川島得愛
Dr. Rin Molybden Dr. Rin Molybden Arisa Sekine リン・モリブデン博士 関根有咲
Mayor Mayor Kenichi Ogata 町長 緒方賢一


Created by
  • 田尻智
  • Tetsuo Yajima
  • 矢嶋哲生
  • Atsuhiro Tomioka
  • Tetsuo Yajima
  • 冨岡淳広
  • 矢嶋哲生
Executive Producers
  • Jun'ya Okamoto
  • Hidenaga Katakami
  • 岡本順哉
  • 片上秀長
  • Satoshi Shimodaira
  • Yuta Uchiyama
  • Ayaka Sekiguchi
  • Rui Kawaguchi
  • 下平聡士
  • 内山雄太
  • 關口彩香
  • 川口類
Animation Producer
  • Hiroyuki Kato
  • 加藤浩幸
Character Design
  • Hirotaka Marufuji
  • 丸藤広貴
Executive Animation Directors
  • Hirotaka Marufuji
  • Yasushi Nishitani
  • 丸藤広貴
  • 西谷泰史
Sound Director
  • Masafumi Mima
  • 三間雅文
  • 岡崎体育
  • 宮崎慎二
Animation Production
  • OLM
  • OLM
Executive Production
  • Pikachu Project
  • ピカチュウプロジェクト
  • 東宝


Main article: Koko Theme Song Collection
Main article: Koko Music Collection
Main article: Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (single)

Manga adaptations

Main article: Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle—Another Beginning


  • This movie was released between JN049 and JN050 in Japan.
  • This movie is directed by Tetsuo Yajima, who had previously directed Pokémon the Series: XY and the movie The Power of Us. He returns to the position after the previous movie was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and Motonori Sakakibara.
  • The theme of Koko being raised as a Pokémon may act as a reference to the theme of Tarzan being raised as an ape in Tarzan of the Apes and the theme of Mowgli being raised as a wolf in The Jungle Book. It is also similar to The Kangaskhan Kid, where Tommy was also raised by Pokémon.
  • This is the first movie to:
  • This movie marks the first time Ash mentions his father, the previous two references having come from Delia.
  • Had this movie been released on its intended date, it would have marked the anime debuts of Cinderace and Greedent.
  • Several photographs of scenery from this movie, including the Milyfa Town Pokémon Center, the Great Tree and the Biotope Company building, appear on the wall of Professor Mirror's laboratory in New Pokémon Snap. These are described in the game as "landscape photographs taken by Rita" that are from an unclear region other than Lental. Accordingly, Rita and Phil make cameo appearances in this movie, taking photographs in Milyfa Town.
  • This movie introduces the least number of Legendary and/or Mythical Pokémon out of all the movies, with only one, if the Spell of the Unown: Entei is not included, where the only Legendary Pokémon was fabricated by the Unown.
  • This movie is unusual in that while all the Zarude are seen speaking English, it is not through telepathy or them learning to speak but rather their speech being translated for the audience's benefit when in each other's, Koko's or the company of the other jungle Pokémon. As a result, in scenes in which other humans besides Koko (who also has his basic speech translated) meet the Zarude, they are shown to be like other Pokémon and can only say their name.
  • Koko is seen using Jungle Healing during the climax of the movie, making this the first instance of a human using a Pokémon move in the anime.
  • In Pokémon Masters EX, Jessie, James, and Meowth are transported to Pasio by the same Shiny Celebi that appears in this movie.


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External links

Pokémon movies
Original series
Mewtwo Strikes BackThe Power of OneSpell of the Unown: EnteiCelebi: The Voice of the ForestPokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
Jirachi: Wish MakerDestiny DeoxysLucario and the Mystery of MewPokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
The Rise of DarkraiGiratina and the Sky WarriorArceus and the Jewel of LifeZoroark: Master of Illusions
Pokémon the Series: Black & White
White—Victini and Zekrom / Black—Victini and ReshiramKyurem VS. The Sword of JusticeGenesect and the Legend Awakened
Pokémon the Series: XY
Diancie and the Cocoon of DestructionHoopa and the Clash of AgesVolcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
I Choose You!The Power of UsMewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Secrets of the Jungle
M22 : Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution
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