The very first time you load up the game, you’ll be asked to set the in-game language. There are 9 different languages to choose from: English all the way to Traditional Chinese. For convenience, we’ll be choosing English, but you’re free to pick whichever suits your needs.
Next, the Alola region’s very own Professor Kukui will pop in to ask a few questions; what you input and select will determine your Pokémon trainer’s name and general appearance (including gender and skin color). These choices have little impact in terms of gameplay and story, although your gender affects what clothes you can wear.
Afterwards, a thrilling cutscene will play. If this is your first time in Alola, it might be useful to have some popcorn at the ready. Or if you’re a returning visitor, it’s time to soak in the nostalgia–and also raise an eyebrow at the mysterious change towards the end.