The official TV Tokyo Pocket Monsters Sun and Moon anime website posted a news article on September 9th, 2018, announcing that Nicole Fujita would be a voice actor in this episode.
A Pikachu played by Nicole Fujita is going to appear?!
The Pokémon fan model Nicole Fujita attempts voice acting for the very first time!
She'll be playing a female Pikachu named "Kurin"-chan in the first episode to air after the timeslot switch,
Sunday October 7th's "It's an Outbreak-chu! The Pikachu Valley!"
Kurin-chan is called the idol of the Pikachu Valley.
Don't miss out on her role in the episode!!
We have a comment from first time voice actor Nicole Fujita:
"I've always wanted to try voice acting, but I'm really happy my first gig was in Pokémon.
I'm playing a Pikachu in this episode, but since my lines are also basically "Pika!" over and over, I was completely unable to picture how I should play the role at first. But I practiced at home and the staff was really kind to me, so I was able to get it done.
I did my absolute utmost with parts that weren't actually in the script as well, like giving the Pikachu a voice in a scene where it's running, so I want you to pay close attention so you notice those minor bits as well."
This episode marks the last time Unsho Ishizuka would be a voice actor for the series after over 20 years as being the narrator and Professor Okido. His final voice acting role as the narrator was at the end of this episode.
"The Pikachu Valley. It's a paradise for people who love Pikachu by people who love Pikachu. The fun times will keep on coming Pika! Pika?"