Long ago, on an island called Altomare, there lived an old man and woman. One day, the couple found two small children lying on the shore, badly wounded. The couple took them in and took care of them, and the children quickly recovered. But then, the island was attacked by monsters. Within moments the island fell into the monsters' wrath. Next, before the old man and lady's eyes, the children who they had taken care of transformed into the Eon Pokemon, Latios and Latias. They called their family from the sky. They came, and carried a stone with them containing the power to force the monsters away. This gem was known as the "Soul Dew." Peace returned to the island; however, later in the present, a criminal duo—Zannâ and Rion—us seeking Latios and Latias in order to take control of the Soul Dew. Taking a short break in Altomare, Satoshi befriends Latias and is now dragged into the situation helping to save Altomare from becoming swallowed up by destruction again.
This is one of my favourite movie of the Poke series.
I just love the story, the music, the art. The storyline is very nice written, the characters are ofc what we are used to :) I prefer the "older" pokemon storyline, and i think this was the last one which made me whatch it without going away from it in the middle.
Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias is a strange film. Unlike the older films which intertwined the story and characters, this movie (un)intentionally separates the two. Thus, when talking about why this film is good, we're talking about a completely different film than the one we have in mind while discussing the bad.
Lets get the bad over with first. Continuing in the grand tradition of rushed and poorly thought out plots, here we have a machine which lacks any real gounding in the real world and is bound only by the power of plot necessity. There are two big questions which arise from watching the movie
- How did ancients build a mech-pod with a VR interface and magic cameras all over the city? How do infinite prison bars materialize all over the place? Both of these are answered with the power of Latios and Latias, of course. To give credit where it's due, I can swallow the two Eon pokemons being very smart and sight sharing could be utilized as a camera. The rest of it just isn't tought out, at all.
On the brighter side of things, the town looks lovely and Venice, the city this film was modeled on, can only wish to be this beautiful. Locations in this film are amazing and ooze with atmosphere, arguably more so than any Pokemon film since. Coupled with a really great soundtrack to complement it, the film becomes an unforgetable cozy experience. As a stand out song, I have to mention Mistery Girl, Again - a great example of music being synced with a scene in an intricate way.
Since the plot is paper thin, the film has to rely on something beyond the drive towards a distinct goal. While some later films utilized daily life in Ash's journey to pad out the running time, this one embraces that reality and shapes itself into an intriguing character piece.
After we're treated to an engaging and visually creative opening through a pokemon race, film lets us soak in the atmosphere of the city for a few minutes. Not overstaying its welcome, we're soon introduced to a mute girl, Latias in disguise. After a few fun adventures, Ash finds himself in direct contact with two siblings, Latios & Latias.
What makes the movie tick are the regular interactions between Ash, Latias and Latios. Unlike questionable relationships Ash had with others in pervious and future films, you can really feel the connection between the trio here.
Eventually a duo of thieves steal the Soul Dew, a jewl which grants its wielder control of the city's defense systems. This leads to a tragic sacrafice. While the aformentioned machine is a lazy plot McGuffin, it's used to steer character interactions into an arc and give them a sense of purpose. While certainly a thorn in the side of this movie, it doesn't detract from the overall experience much. It's probable that the film would be better were it not for villains and the the perilous event was instead triggered by a timed cycle.
At the very end of the film, we get to witness Ash's first kiss. Latias in her human form thanks him for everything he'd done for her, cementing this as the weirdest Pokemon film yet.
Guardian Gods of the Capital of Water: Latias and Latios is a comfy cartoon about a special day in Ash's life. Its B plot makes a few mistakes, but they're easily glanced over. Beyond that, the film is a very enjoyable experience. I doubt we'll get something like it ever again, so even if it ain't the greatest thing since baked bread, it should still be cherished.
POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT (Summary & thought: Good movie):
I think this is a pretty good one, although the ending is kind of expected. I like this pair of legendary pokemons and I personally like Latios more than Latias. I love the way he protects his sister. Moreover, this pair of pokemons are really loyal to the city. They will sacrifice themselves to protect the city and it's really beautiful to see this kind of loyalty. And it's kind of sad too because it somehow makes me feel that they were born to protect the city. =(
Another Pokémon movie with a decent storyline, beautiful art, and our familiar characters.
Misty and Brock didn't get all that much screen time in this one since the plot revolves around Ash and his adventures with Latias and Latios.
Another refreshing change was that besides our familiar Team Rocket (Jessie, James and Meowth), we had another team (Annie and Oakley), who had more style than our usual arch enemies, and they actually managed to cause some real mayhem.
The plot was okay, but I felt that it lacked a little in focus and inventiveness; it seemed same things/themes were repeated, and although the ending was pretty good, the
movie left me wanting for more. An okay Pokémon movie, altogether.