It's been over a decade since I've watched a pokemon movie in the theatre - and it was great!
The story is your typical bad guy does something and it's up to Satoshi (Ash) to stop them - but I found it refreshing in that this time, Satoshi is inevitably dragged along to help Volcanion instead of following his own will - well, at first anyway. The plot was sufficiently long and engaging as our heroes overcome challenge after challenge; to be honest I was a little weary after the fifth hurdle or so. Although the happy ending was predictable as this is Pokemon, I still found it enjoying overall.
Honestly, the animation and art was AMAZING. I'm kinda jealous that other good anime titles don't have any art/animation as good as Pokemon's. I thought that there would be more stil shots like in your typical anime - but nope, there were absolutely no still shots in the entire movie. Everything felt... alive.
I liked all the insert songs - they fit the story perfectly and the theme songs' lyrics were very attuned to the mood/setting at each moment. There's nothing to criticise about the sound at all; you could tell every pokemon's feeling just by the voice.
Every character that had a line had a role, and every bad guy had their 'moment of glory' where they take on Satoshi and/or his allies. I'd even say that every pokemon had a distinct personality.
Except for the little weariness I mentioned earlier, it was very enjoyable! As expected, the Japanese theme song feels more fitting than the English ones I have watched in the past. Given the high ratings on other review sites (4.1/5 as of now), I'm glad that everyone seems to enjoy it as much as I do! I'd recommend this movie to anyone who is in Japan right now - you won't regret it! read more