POKEMON: THE POWER OF ONE
POKEMON THE MOVIE 2000
(Poketto Monsutaa: Maboroshi No Pokemon X Lugia Bakudan)
There are also many redeeming aspects about Pokemon: The Power of One. The first film was drawn at the level of limited tv animation but by this time the producers had discovered 3D animation. The villain inhabits a particularly cool looking flying airship. While it is fairly incomprehensible, the action is satisfyingly exhilarating. Considering that the film is really set up to push kids to collect as many new Pokemon as possible, the theme of a villain who is a Pokemon collector is peculiarly contrary.
What does make Pokemon: The Power of One worthwhile is when it starts to touch upon some of the transcendently beautiful images of anime. During the latter third, it whips up some dizzying and beautiful images of the three phoenix birds flying about blasting the landscape with energy beams and the emergence of the white god-like spirit in a waterspout, only to be savaged by the birds. All this extremely colourful flashing of energy bolts and mass destruction touches upon epic scope. Like a number of anime films Nausicaa in the Valley of the Wind/Warriors of the Wind (1984), Princess Mononoke (1997) and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) there is a strong environmentalist theme the Pokemon are seen as being closer to nature than people, greed upsets the balance of nature and the climactic battle ends with an environmental transformation that causes the Earth to come out looking like a Japanese rose garden paradise.
The subsequent Pokemon films were Pokemon 3: The Movie (2000), Pokemon 4-Ever (2002) and Pokemon Heroes (2003).