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Pokemon the Movie 2000

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Distributor: Warner Bros., 4-Kids Entertainment, Nintendo
Original Story: Satoshi Kon
Volumes: N/A
Rating: G
Anime Code: F

A greedy Pokemon Collector has his heart set on capturing the legendary Pokemon Lugia.  To doing it, he's using the monsterous machine to capture three other legendary Pokemon: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres in hoping to draw it out.  What he doesn't realize is that he's bringing to life an ancient prophecy that says that the world will be destroyed unless the Chose One unites with Lugia to retrieve the treasures from the islands.  By coincidence or destiny, Ash, Misty, and Tracy arrive on an island for its annual festival and Ash is made the star of the festival and must retrieve the treasures.  Nobody realizes until later that Ash is truly the Chosen One.

Review: Much more dramatic and much more exciting than the first one.  They really upped the ante on this one and it paid off big time.  Rather than have this be a simple Pokemon rescue mission, they force the fate of the entire world onto Ash's shoulders.  This is the type of stuff they should do for all future Pokemon movies.  The best by far.

Action Level: 3/5
Ash & his Pokemon and Lugia battling Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos to retrieve the treasure was pretty action-packed.  It's interesting that attacks from powerful Pokemon like Moltres and Zapdos can be countered easily with attacks from Charizard and Pikachu.

Romance Level: 3/5
Although she doesn't come out and say it, Misty reveals how she really feels about Ash (but even the novice can recognize that).  It was kind of cute the way she scowled when Melody gave Ash that kiss.

Comedy Level: 3/5
Team Rocket's humor was toned down but not a whole lot funnier.

Adult Level: 2/5
Apparently, "Adult" in this case means any sort of romantic relationship.  Plus the fact that Ash nearly dies at the end makes for a not-so-childish piece.

Drama Level: 4/5
Unlike the bravado he displays at the beginning, Ash is reluctant about fufilling the prophecy, especially considering all that's on the line.  Believe it or not, it's a common characteristic that all heroes are reluctant in fufilling their destinies.

Overall Level: 4/5
An upgrade from the first movie.  Too bad not all the Pokemon movies were this well-done.