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!
Cyn: Hello there everyone, it's Cyn and lately Britt's been getting all the Pokemon action, so here I thought, "let me join in as well". Personally reviewing is a pain in the butt for me, but this time I managed to pull through with a short review of Pokemon Movie #19: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. This movie features, the mythical pokemon Volcanion, and Magearna and deals with Volcanion attempting to save Magearna throughtout the majority if not the whole movie. I will add a synopsis below, now let's begin!
Disclaimer: Yeah, I'm not into plagiarism that synopsis is not mine. It is the official
"A mysterious force binds Ash to the Mythical Pokémon Volcanion when it falls from the sky. Volcanion can't get away, and Ash is dragged along as it continues on its mission." (Pokemon Official Synopsis)
Out of 10 the movie plot was a solid 6.2. (6.19999 if you wanna get technical).
The re-mixed version of probably the best Kalos English opening theme (Be a hero) gets a 8/10.
The ending theme (if not for the interruption during the video I watched) gets a 8.3/10.
Overall presentation was good. There were a few awkward moments from an animation standpoint, such as, whenever Ash would change clothing, or put on the protective suit and the metal band stuck around his waist tightly would appear outside his clothing as if it were easily removable when that simply was not the case. I could tell the plot was slightly rushed and it was supposed to be a tear jerker. Although I didn't even have water in my eyes (no I'm not heartless). The music was great, they just need to work on improving their plots, making them a tad more exciting, suprising, or suspenseful. Overall, when including music it the movie is about a solid 7/10.
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely. I enjoy recommending Pokémon movies especially one as pure hearted as this, but the plots of Pokémon movies tend to be slightly repetitive from time to time and this movie has that kind of "Rise of Darkrai" feel to it. Where a Pokémon from the past is involved that had a connection with a human descendent (a female one). There is also the recurring theme of hating humans amongst Pokémon or the distrust of humans amongst Pokemon. Magearna also has a calming song such as that leaf flute song. The differences are there's someone to point a finger to in this movie (a clear protagonist). There's a kinship between two Mythic Pokémon that may even imply there may be some sort of "love" between them (a close friendship). This movie is a based a bit more on technology it's what the plot centers around. Another huge difference is the lack of two legendary Pokemon duking it out in a dimension that is located in the middle of no-where. As well as other differences here and there, but then again I did not say they were identical movies. They both just seem to have a similar air about them. I do recommend the movie though, I liked the relationship between Magearna and Volcanion had with one another it was...'adorable'.
Side Note: Can't wait for an Alolan movie with that new animation style though, wonder how this is gonna look like.
If you have any comments please leave them below, and I might reply (I probably will). Tell me what you thought of the movie if you have seen it, and if you haven't, comment on if you're planning to or if you've had enough of Pokemon movies and are ready to moo-vie on...see what I did there.