Pokemon Anime Classified Movies | The film magazine

Pokemon Anime Classified Movies |  The film magazine

It has been a quarter of a century since Pokémon first emerged onto the world stage. To say these internationally beloved creatures have been successful would be an understatement. As of 2021, Pokémon is the highest-grossing media franchise of all time, bigger than Harry Potterbigger than Star Warsand even bigger than wonder.

Originally a video game released on Nintendo’s handheld console, the Game Boy, Pokémon has since spawned a successful anime series, a trading card game that infiltrates the schoolyard, toys of all shapes and forms, and even food. This is not to mention the Pokémon branded aircraft.

In 2019, the pocket monsters made their way to Hollywood with the first live-action Pokémon movie, the moderately successful Detective Pikachu, but this wasn’t the media powerhouse’s first foray into cinemas. In fact, since 1998, Pokémon has released an anime feature film every year.

These movies are hardly the pinnacle of cinema, ranging from good to downright awful, nor do they have the consistent quality of other anime studios like Studio Ghibli, yet fans keep coming back to the series. It seems that, even after 24 films into its big-screen existence, there remains something eternally endearing about 10-year-old Ash Ketchum and his lovable Pikachu.

In this edition of Classifiedwe here at The film magazine judged each of the 23 anime feature films in the Pokémon series and judged them in terms of quality, meaning, lore building, audience perception, and critical reception to bring you: Ranking of Pokémon anime movies

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24. Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)

Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened it may be the last one on this list, but like any Pokémon movie it still has some positives. Namely, the animation is stunning, and there are a number of slow-motion Mewtwo scenes that are worth the admission alone for longtime fans of the Pokémon universe. That’s where the praise ends though…

As a product of the Pokémon cycle, Genesect and the awakening of the legend seems almost entirely irrelevant, from its clichéd storyline to its shallow exploration of what it means to be a man-made sentient being. It’s also repetitive, going from one battle between Mewtwo and Genesect to another and another and another before the movie is over.

The biggest offense of this 2013 version is the way it passed on the opportunity to make this Mewtwo the same one it starred in The first movie (1998). Bringing back such a well-known character, with a deep history in the universe and a beloved story within the fandom, every scene could have been elevated, making this forgettable movie an essential viewing. Apparently, this was not the case, and Genesect and the awakening of the legend it became the most lifeless of all the Pokémon movies released to date.


23. Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006)

The final film featuring the Hoenn gang is the longest in the series… and it shows. Temple of the Sea is a slog to overcome, featuring a generic storyline that barely rises above the tedium. The film is a glorified commercial for the “Pokémon Ranger” video game released the same year, and even then it does the game no favors.

Many of these shoehorn movies in legendary Pokémon to trick kids into thinking the plot is more epic than it actually is. Temple of the Sea it might just be the biggest offender in that regard: during the climax of the film, the legendary Pokémon of the sea, Kyogre, appears for about 30 seconds, without affecting the plot in any way; but hey, it gave the producers a reason to put it on the poster.

The 3D animation seems to have regressed from the previous installment (Lucario and The Mystery of Mew), making it not only one of the dullest in the series, but also one of the ugliest.

There are glimmers of fun to be had, from May and Manaphy’s heartwarming friendship to Ash’s heroic act in the climax. And the main villain is a pirate with a very cool beard. But if it sounds like a stretch, that’s because it is.


22. Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution (2019)

In 2019, Pokémon took a break from releasing new movies and released a CGI remake of its first release: The first movie.

Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution looks good for the most part, from stunning environments to rich detail never before seen in Pokémon – like Ash’s hair no longer being the solid black chunk it had been for over 20 years – but the lack of evolution within the narrative and dialogue illustrated the aspect of Pokémon resistance to evolve.

This new coat of paint doesn’t quite match, resulting in something that borders on the uncanny. Perhaps if the script had been revised it could have looked more modern, but instead the film is an inferior version of what it once was.

This is ultimately an inoffensive remake, but can only be recommended as a necessary viewing for completionists who want to watch them all.


21. Hoopa and the Clash of the Ages (2015)

Most Pokémon fans will say that “X and Y” is the best anime series, but they’ll probably tell you that too Hoopa and the Clash of the Ages is the worst Pokémon ever. This 2015 release has been described as an over-the-top fiasco of explosions and fan-service; but is this evaluation correct?

make no mistakes, Hoopa and the Clash of the Ages it’s far from a good movie, but unlike other entries on this list, Clash of ages it’s never boring. For better or for worse, there’s always something going on, even if that something is the arrival of another Legendary Pokémon.

Some fun can also be found in the titular Hoopa, an all-powerful Pokémon with the ability to warp space through its rings, allowing for the transport of people and Pokémon. The idea of ​​his unbound form is an interesting one, as evident in the film’s opening where Hoopa uses his limitless power and becomes a god to humans, summoning and battling legendaries on command, all to showcase his unrivaled power.

Apart from these brief positive aspects, Clash of ages it’s all flash and bang as ‘X and Y’ fans have claimed: the very loose structure consists of a first act followed immediately by the third; in addition, legendary Pokémon appear in abundance, being treated in the most generic way.

Legendary Pokémon are typically rare and mystical beings and barely appear in the Pokémon movies to keep them special, but here they’re toys in a child’s hands, smashing and hitting each other without explanation.

While it certainly offers mind-blowing entertainment, Clash of ages it is ultimately too much fighting with no substance to justify repeat watches.

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