Since the introduction of Pokémon, many people developed an obsession with its characters and storyline. From the best Pokémon packs to video games, fans of the anime have different ways of showing their admiration. With this, it is also no longer surprising that there are several Pokémon movies, including a recent live-action movie.
The first Pokémon movie was released in 1999. Since then, different versions and storylines were available to entertain fans from all over the world. Which ones are the best? The rest of this post quickly looks at the top ten Pokémon movies you should have watched by now.
Pokémon: Lucario and The Mystery of Mew
Released in 2005, this is the Pokémon movie with the highest IMDb rating, which makes it worth being on our top spot. It was nominated as the Best Anime Feature at the American Anime Awards. It is an intense and emotional movie that tackles friendships, which is why many were able to relate to the theme. It shows making some sacrifices, which is also the reason why it is a fan favorite. The story revolves around the friendship of Lucario and Aaron. It also shows the character development of Ash as the movie provides a look into his past.
This is the newest movie from the bunch. Younger viewers will only most probably recognize this and not most of the movies in our list. The artistic and charming story makes it a great movie. The movie was praised for being immersive. In one article from Forbes, a reviewer even once said that this is the best video game movie ever. It is a live-action movie, which makes it more exciting compared to its animated counterparts. It also has some shocking twists that will surely make fans talk about the movie.
Pokémon: The First Movie
Many will probably disagree with my personal choice, but there is a reason why we include this in our list of the best Pokémon movies of all time. This is the first one and gave birth to all others that follow. Their world was so much smaller back then. It is easier to understand the story. The story revolves around Mewtwo, a powerful psychic Pokémon who fought its creators. It also has an emotional core, apart from its spectacular battles, which were impressive considering it was released in 1999.
Pokémon: The Power of Us
Released in 2018, this is the sequel to Pokémon: I Choose You. It uses contemporary animation technologies and superb CGI, resulting in stunning battles. The movie shows how Ash and Pikachu made their way to a city with an enigmatic history. They rescued a girl from bullies and fought with other trainers. There was an attempt to create an emotional twist, although, it is not as good as the portrayal in the movies previously mentioned.
Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai
The story revolves around how Ash and his group meet a powerful Pokémon who controls space, Palkia, who then fought with Dialga. During the big battle between the two, Darkrai suddenly appears. It was the first Pokémon film to have digital animation, which makes its image quality better compared to its predecessors. The installment is sympathetic and emotional, but the storyline does not seem to have a strong punch that will make you remember it long after watching the movie.
This 2002 Pokémon film tells the story of Ash and his group who visit Alto Mare, an island city inspired by Venice. The city is under the protection of two dragons – Latias and Latios. Team Rocket sets out to steal a powerful weapon that has never been used, which is also where most of the fight scenes revolved. It shows how the main characters made heroic sacrifices in a way that the viewers will truly feel. Despite the good story, it is also the lowest in terms of theater earnings.
Pokémon 3: Spell of the Unown
It is considered by many fans to be one of the best movies in the franchise history of Pokémon. It is also one of the most emotionally provoking. The movie also made a mark because of its memorable soundtrack, which is also one of the reasons why it effectively appeals to the emotions of the viewers. One of the best things about this movie is Molly, the antagonist with unfathomable powers and tries to bring back parents she lost. Ash, Brock, and Misty all worked to be of help.
Pokémon: The Movie 2000
This starts the fascination of the franchise with the Legendaries. It tells the story of Lawrence, an avid collector who captures three strong birds – Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno. Capturing the bird will awaken Lugia. Ash and his friends embark on an exciting adventure to be of help. While this is a fun movie, it seems like the quality diminished compared to its earlier iterations.
Pokémon Zoroark- Master of Illusions
Released in 2010, the movie has fictitious locations that are based on actual places in Belgium and the Netherlands. The scenery itself already made the movie a visual feast. The story is action-packed and fast-paced, which means that you won’t get bored with the sequences. The movie is also known for being thought-provoking. The star is Zoroark, who is known for creating illusions and the ability to transform into another Pokemon.
I Choose You
This animated movie was released in 2017. For many fans, it does not seem like a full-length movie at all. Rather, it is seen as a dramatic rehash of the past movies, probably as a refresher and to remind the younger generation about what Pokémon is all about. It is like hitting the rewind button as it tells the story of how Ash had hist first adventure with Pikachu. The animation and the effects seem more modern compared to the older films It is a feel-good anime that gives viewers a fresh perspective of the franchise.