Pokemon Movie 15
To start with, I apologise for the Cartoon Network logo in the corner of the screencaps, I watched the Japanese version of it but ended up downloading the English version to get the screenshots. Anyway, You know, the Pokemon Movies have always been a bit of a wildcard. Some of them are pretty enjoyable, but some of them just aren’t, and the two parters in the anime are much better than they could hope to be. Unlike the anime, though, the movies always focus on legendary Pokemon, which, in my opinion, gives them a little more ground to work with than the others. This movie, the fifteenth, is about the fourth musketeer, Keldeo, and the other three, Virizion, Terrakion and Cobalion, with Kyurem also taking a spot. Quite a large lineup, to be honest.
That said, I do like the Satoshi, Iris and Dento combination, and as the start of this episode shows, sometimes the best ways you can show them are simply by having them doing mindless things like shopping, and that’s how they run into an injured Keldeo after it’s battle with Kyurem, whom it foolishly challenged in order to become a Sword of Justice. However, since it didn’t know Sacred Sword nor Secret Sword, it was unable to win and thus was badly injured by Kyurem when it transformed into Kyurem-W. Thus, because they have to do the right thing, the trio shelters Keldeo from Kyurem’s rampage, and thus, end up agreeing to take it back with them…not that it matters much, as a furious Kyurem will hunt it down no matter where it hides. This leads to Kyurem attacking the city where Satoshi and co are currently visiting, causing quite a commotion with it’s ice, thunder and fire powers as the pursuit reeks havoc on the entire city.
That’s all well and good, though…but I don’t really understand where Iris learnt to pilot a blimp, however, that’s unusually the only thing which doesn’t make sense in this film. This may be because of how unambitious the plot is, but sometimes it’s better not to be overly ambitious in such a short timespan…because, after all, the story is based around Keldeo’s battle with Kyurem, and it was always going to end in Keldeo transforming into it’s Resolute Forme, but who cares? The big battle at the end was really well done, and they managed to keep Satoshi, Iris and Dento’s involvement to the bare minimum, which is where they belonged in this movie, relegating them to supporting roles. It may not have given the predictable ending of Kyurem being defeated, but it didn’t disappoint or let me down, becoming one of the rare movies in the Pokemon franchise which is actually really enjoyable and a great watch.
Alex’s Score: 8.5 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)