Pokemon Movie 17: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction

Alt title: Pokemon Movie 17: Hakai no Mayu to Diancie

Movie (1 ep x 76 min)
3.394 out of 5 from 2,285 votes
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Pokemon Movie 17: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction

In the underground Diamond Domain, where many Carbink live, the Mythical PokémonDiancie serves as ruler. The Heart Diamond that sustains the land is beginning to fall apart, and Diancie is not yet strong enough to create a new one. While seeking help from the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas, Diancie encounters a group of thieves who want to take control of its diamond-producing power—and who awaken the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal from its cocoon in the process! Can Ash and his friends help Diancie discover its true power, stop Yveltal's rampage, and save the Diamond Domain?

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Like my other Pokemon reviews, this review is based off of the JAPANESE VERSION of the movie, not the English dub.  I will use the English dub names since people will be more familiar with them in the review, however. This was a boring, train wreck of a movie, but I'll attempt to review it. Story There's a "mother" crystal where the Carbink all live, and it is running out of energy and will soon collapse.  The crystal/diamond is extremely important to their livelihood, and the only one who can create another one is their princess, Diancie. However, Diancie isn't strong enough to create a crystal, so after hearing the story of Xerneas from the elder, she (and three of her bodyguards/followers) set out on a journey to find Xerneas in order for Xerneas' Fairy Aura to give her the boost to her power so she can create a crystal. After an encounter with some bandits, where Ash and company save Diancie, they decide to look for Xerneas together. Characters Diancie is the main character of the movie, and is not interesting in the least.  She's the typical "I understand my duty but I don't quite understand" princess who is unfamiliar with the world. There are two random bandits/thieves/?? (seriously, there's no backstory on these two, so I don't even know who they are) who show up to try and steal Diance.  One of them wears blue and uses a Greninja, and the other wears red and uses a Delphox. Two other characters are also involved, a father-daughter team (Millis, the daughter, and Argus, the father).  Team Rocket once again makes an appearance, and actually get some screen time in this movie, though not a lot. A note here...I did dock a lot of points off of this section because of how bland the characters are.  The two bandits needed more of a backstory, and even the father-daughter team would have been interesting if more information was given on them.  The only reason I gave the "characters" rating anything over a "1" was because Ash showed some great character here (as well as maturity).  Basically the entire "character" score goes to Ash. Overall That's an hour and fifteen minutes of my life I'll never get back.  This is quite possibly one of the worst Pokemon movies created. One would think it would be awesome, especially since it involves the legendary pokemon of X and Y as well as a special pokemon (Diancie).  I was very interested how they would go about the animation, since Pokemon is generally an anime geared towards kids and young adults, but X and Y (the games) has a darker theme to it between the war, the ultimate weapon, and pokemon actually dying. The animation of it...was quite disappointing (at least, in the movie). There was also a moment which I guess was supposed to elicit some tears or high emotions, but there was no sense of urgency on me because of when it occurred in the climax (which meant that I knew the resolution/fix to the problem was going to happen in literally the very next scene). The synergy between the two supposed rival bandits is also strange, and would have done much better with more backstory or something to make them more than just random characters.  Even the father-daughter team, which also could have stood with more screen time, had more explanation than those two did. The plot was boring, and the only redeeming features were some of the stunts Ash pulled during the journey and action scenes.  So, really, Ash was the only reason for a score over "1".  Clemont had a moment or two, but Bonnie was annoying as usual, and Serena was just sort of...there. This is not a movie I'll ever be watching again, and I don't recommend it.

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