Pokémon the Movie

Pokémon the Movie

I Choose You!

DVD - 2018
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When Ash Ketchum oversleeps on his tenth birthday, he ends up with a stubborn Pikachu instead of the first partner Pokémon he wanted! But after a rocky start, Ash and Pikachu become close friends and true partners, and when they catch a rare glimpse of the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh in flight, they make plans to seek it out together, guided by the Rainbow Wing it leaves behind. Trainers Verity and Sorrel join Ash on his journey.
Audience: Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
Publisher: San Francisco, CA :, Viz Media,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD FAMILY POKEMON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1, 2.0,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Alternative Title: I choose you!

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tuan_canada
Jul 27, 2018

Wow! Never knew Pokemon movie would be this entertaining. To imagine little children could learn so many different Pokemon characters and their abilities is shocking to say the least. Gave the movie 5 stars!

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BrandonBlanchard
Jul 23, 2018

Spoilers below!

This movie is a retelling of the first season of Pokemon, done in the modern-style as seen in Pokemon Sun and Moon. Ash and Pikachu retain their voices, along with Delilah/Mom, although Professor Oak is changed. There is also no sign of Gary, nor Brock and Misty, and though present, Ash does not actually meet Team Rocket.

Replacing Brock and Misty are two new trainers. Both of these trainers have interesting backstories and feel very distinct from Brock and Misty, while retaining certain character aspects that do remind one. People drenched in nostalgia might complain about all of the changes, but personally, I am okay with it. Brock and Misty both have jobs being gym leaders, and the two newcomers fulfill the same roles, arguably better I'd add.

Storywise, Ash is on his quest to become a Pokemon master, with three big differences. He is on a mission to find Ho-oh, the legendary pokemon he met on his first day. Along the way, he is out to prove himself to be the kind of trainer worthy of Ho-oh's respect, by being strong, honorable, and kind. Ash faces genuine character growth, and his rivalry with Charmander's former owner is brought out wonderfully. No longer is Ash just a bumbling anime protagonist who wins by the dint of his role, but never a league; Ash is actually likable now.

There are some more cameos and fans of the series will notice a lot of non-familiar pokemon in the area, another smart move since the Pokemon world has dramatically widened since 1997. None of them are too distracting and the other big additions fit well with the plot of the story, save for one, the obligatory new face. His reason for being there is explained, but remains confusing because his actions contradict his supposed purpose. Maybe there is a miss-translation? He honestly feels really out of place.

In the long run, Pokemon I Choose You is a fantastic pokemon movie, possibly the best one in the series (I personally prefer the Third Movie). As an anime movie, it stands strong beside other notable contenders, and when grouped among all other films, it remains a very viable movie. Recommended!

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HankTheGamer
May 31, 2018

IVE BEEN WAITING

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HO82
Oct 03, 2018

HO82 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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