That question was answered yesterday with the announcement that Dawn, Ash's companion throughout the Diamond & Pearl arc of the Pokémon anime, will be returning to the series for two special episodes. The episodes, which go on air in Japan later this month on July 23rd and 30th, feature a story showcasing the Lunar duo legendaries Cresselia and Darkrai.
Following Iris and Shigeru, now it's time for Dawn and Piplup from Pokémon Diamond & Pearl to make their apperance in Pokémon Journeys. It's been around 9 years since I last appeared, so I was quite nervous playing Dawn again after such a long time, but during the recording I really enjoyed interacting with her partner Piplup, and it helped me to feel relaxed and enjoy the time.
To those watching Pokémon for the first time with this series, it's nice to meet you, and I hope you'll fall in love with Dawn, who feelings about Pokémon shine as bright as the sun. Her partner Pokémon Piplup is also extremely cute, so please look forward to the special summer episode.
Dawn's last appearance in the anime came back in 2012, in the Black & White episode Goodbye, Junior Cup—Hello, Adventure!, where she battled Ash and Pikachu to a draw before boarding a flight to Johto to participate in the Wallace Cup Contest. We'll have to wait and see if that hanging plot point will be addressed or not in these special episodes.
Also making her return to the Pokémon anime in these special episodes are Team Rocket member Matori, accompanied by her unit of Team Rocket operatives known as the Matori Matrix. Matori and her crew last appeared in the anime roughly one year ago, in an episode that had been delayed for more than a month before its Japanese airing due to production delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic.