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Jul 14, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Behold, the final Pokemon movie! It's been a long road getting to the end and there's a tangible feeling of finality to this whole Pokemon thing here. The original anime is finished, Ash is done away with and the movies are, surprisingly, dead and buried. A revival is always possible, but after 24 movies, a living link to the franchise which followed many of us throughout life, is forever severed.

For better or worse, the quality of Koko settles right in the boring middle, an average not easy to write about. Production values follow the expected Pokemon standard without any ambition to amaze. Similarly, the plot ...
Mar 15, 2020
This movie fails as a shot-for-shot remake. The bigger of its two problems is the removal of all the interesting scenes which thematically underpinned the first movie. There was a big (but somewhat silent) backlash when fans learned that the American localization (and all the subsequent localizations from it) gutted the first movie by removing ten minutes of footage due to it being "too challenging" for kids. This movie does exactly the same, but at the Japanese source. The soul of the first Pokemon movie is not here. This adaptation does not work thematically and shows contempt for its source material. No one sane should ...
Feb 28, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Pokemon: Everyone's Story feels like a movie set in the Pokemon universe rather than another tired sequel. This is shocking. Throughout the years we've been served almost two dozen Pokemon movie sequels. Some of them were good and felt distinct, but after the fifth movie quality quickly started dipping. After the tenth movie the best that could be hoped for was a passable flick. Passing the insane number of twenty, things changed; by the time of the fabled twentieth sequel even the producers were getting worried. To reinvigorate the series they decided to serve us a reboot. And it was a boring, albeit quickly forgotten ...
Mar 3, 2018
Valvrave: The Liberator is an alternate history philosophical mecha melodrama set a thousand years into the future. They say time mends all wounds and indeed, in this future, Germany and Russia have united into a single country. The show follows a bunch of ordinary space students turned immortal vampire mecha pilots for the army of the Independent Highschool Moon Colony as they wreak havoc thru the dyson sphere surrounding our sun in an attempt to reestablish the Russian monarchy.

The show is insanely deep with symbolism and meaning, tackling various high concepts and taboo subjects. It tries to reconcile Plato's world of Ideal Forms with sub-atomic ...
Feb 1, 2018
For a movie that was neither necessary nor wanted, it was quite an easy watch. Most of it was a slow burn through the basic stories Pokemon watchers know well. It's mostly executed well enough not to be annoying. The plot and characters are middling in every way. They're not interesting, but are a watchable shake up from the dreaded, completely faithful rehash people expected. The only question remaining is, out of all dropped characters, why the hell have they brought Team Rocket back?

Technically, it's a competent movie. Most surprisingly, music isn't terrible this time around. Also notable, movie features a remix of the original ...
Jun 21, 2017
The start of this movie confused me. Could this one actually be good? Pokemon movies have degraded throughout the years and are now known for repetitive plots and themes. One of the reasons for this throughout the last decade was the constant reuse of situations and assets. The key phrase here is the last decade. Indeed, some bad Pokemon movies older than that used to be bad in diverse ways, but they're increasingly falling into a rut. Even neutral elements that used to be a backdrop or pure fluff feel tired now, as we've seen them so many times before. In this movie I rolled ...
Sep 11, 2016
Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) is one of the quintessential coming of age anime. It focuses on Edward Elric, a kid with a murky past turned soldier. Over the course of this journey, Edward uncovers the harsh nature of reality and learns to cope with it. Make no mistake. This isn't a comfortable adventure like Brotherhood. Whereas Brotherhood is a plot driven roller coaster, original FMA is a character driven exploration of humanity and its reconciliation with the fallen nature of the world. An optimistic adventure versus a sobering tale. A tale of obsession and madness.

What really stands out here is Edward's character. At the very start ...
Jul 1, 2016
Hoopa and the Clash of Ages is the whooping 18th movie in the Pokemon series. Sometimes it seems as if these'll keep coming out forever. And if they do, I guess one day I'll be forced to retire from death and descent to the mortal plane and walk the waking world eternally; just to review these things. When you crank out sequels yearly, care and originality become a problem. Pokemon settled into a routine. Once every few years the team will push out something a bit better or if we're lucky, genuinely enjoyable.

Sure, we didn't have a legit, consistently good movie since The Rise ...
Apr 20, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction is the first Pokemon film in a while that features some fresh ideas and creative moments. In the vein of the last few, it's also an unambitious work stuck in a rut.

Near the end of the film, there's a great scene with Ash and five antagonists awaking Yveltal. The ensuing attempts to kidnap Diancie and run away from the harbinger of death are joyously written. These scenes make only a tiny portion of the film overall, but they stand out from the cookie-cutter writing we're usually treated with in these films.

The good thing about this one is that ...
Apr 15, 2015
Genesect and the Legend Awakened is the worst thing that happened to Pokemon since the Porygon scene in first season of the show. I usually structure my reviews, but I just want to get this one over with.

Why does Mewtwo look deformed most of the time? His muzzle looks like a Lucario ripoff. He's a female now. A different personality, a different voice actor, a different role. First film has apparently been retconned.

Genesect are the most unlikable bunch of antagonists in any Pokemon film. Except for maybe Marauder in Celebi. Cold blooded killers and stupid savages, there's no reason to care for them or what ...

It’s time to ditch the text file.
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