- What is your favorite anime movie?
Pokemon: The First Movie.
Mewtwo was an incredible villain, from his chilling voice (actor did a great job) to his dialogue, which often gets much more profound than you’d expect from a Pokemon movie. (“where am I, why am I, who am I”, “I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are”)
The story was compelling and surprisingly dark for Pokemon. Mewtwo’s main beliefs are that humanity is worthless and everyone should be killed. Geez. Not to mention that when he was awakened he succeeded in killing several scientists.
There was lots of nice comedy throughout the movie, which helped lighten the surprisingly dark tone. (“Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! I think i’m going to have one!”)
The fight scenes were all great, and intense.
The animation in the movie was super good. Lots of the scenery looked almost life-like.
But above all, though, was the direction/production/atmosphere, which was freaking amazing. In particular, the first half-hour or so created an incredibly dark (by Pokemon standards at least), chilling atmosphere, and felt more like a dark sci-fi thriller than a Pokemon movie, and all the better for it. And the movie’s ending…good god.
The only flaws were the stupid shoehorned “fighting is wrong” message (in a movie about fighting monsters…can someone say “hypocrisy”?) and the “Brother My Brother” song.