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Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us (2018) Review

THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP


 

In 2017, the Japanese anime film Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! was released, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the popular “pocket monster” franchise. The movie, which was directed by Pokémon movie director veteran / anime director Kunihiko Yuyama followed the adventures of young Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum, Pikachu (Ash’s first Pokémon), and the adventures they have and share together; meeting new friends, enemies, and learning about the legend of legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh. I Choose You! is the first of new line of Pokémon movies, setting up an alternative continuity timeline to the main series and acts as a very loose retelling of the original Kanto League (Indigo League) saga of the series / show. The movie was released in Japan during the summer of 2017 and (partnering up with The Pokémon Company International and Fathom Events) received a limited theatrical special engagement screening across the US in November 2017 as well as be released in other international territories (UK, Australia, and France) following the US release. The film was met with mixed reviews from critics and fans / moviegoers, with many torn about the idea of the feature’s setting placed outside the already established Pokémon TV series timeline, while other praise the film’s nostalgia of the classic Generation I Pokémon (of which populate majority of the film). In the end, I Choose You! was able to profit from its theatrical release, making $38 million at the box office worldwide. Now, a year later, OLM / Wit Studio and director Tetuso Yajima present the next chapter in the super popular Japanese anime franchise with the movie Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us. Does this Pokémon movie find its stride or does it fail to find a “connection” in the popular franchise? Read more

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017) Review

I CHOOSE POKEMON NOSTALGIA


 

Back in 1997, the Japanese anime series of Pokémon (i.e. Pocket Monster), introducing viewers to a colorful episodic adventure within a cartoon world of the vast and diverse range of these Pokémon creatures and beings. In a nutshell, the original TV show followed the series main protagonist character of Ash Ketchum, along with Pikachu (his faithful Pokémon) and his traveling companions Brock and Misty, as they ventured across the Kanto region, encountering various Pokémon, battling gym leaders, and thwarting the troublemaking attempts of Team Rocket (Jesse, James, and their Pokémon Mewoth) as Ash inches closer to becoming a “Pokémon Master”. The original season, which would later be known as Pokémon: Indigo League, originally aired in Japan in 1997 and crossed the ocean to the US in 1998. As the Pokémon popularity grew for the brand (trading cards, feature animated movies, video games, toys, apparel, and other merchandise), the Pokémon anime cartoon continued to further evolve and expand the animated of Ash and Pikachu, with the pair venturing off to new lands (i.e. Orange Islands, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, and now currently in Alola), making new friends (Ash’s traveling companions usually changed out within each season or two), discovering a new array of unique Pokémon, battling trainers / gym leaders within the various different regions, and usually deposing of some evil organization along the way. The has followed a formula, but it was worked and the anime’s fanbase continues to expand. Likewise, the Pokémon movies (animated feature length adventures) have continued to evolve as well with the anime series, usually showcasing Ash and company coming across rare / legendary Pokémon with whatever region that they are in. Now, in celebrating 20th anniversary of Pokémon, OLM, Inc. (Orient Light and Magic) and director Kunihiko Yuyama goes back to where it all began with the film Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!. Does this newest animated feature pay homage to franchise’s beginnings or is it a recycled “greatest hits” from the original Indigo League season of Pokémon? Read more