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Pokemon The Movie: Diance and the Cocoon of Destruction Anime DVD Review

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Pokemon XY: Hakai no Mayu to Diancie
Pokemon XY: Hakai no Mayu to Diancie
Ash runs into his approximately 1 millionth legendary Pokémon!

What They Say:
In the underground Diamond Domain, where many Carbink live, the Mythical Pokémon Diancie 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 Ask and his friends help Diancie discover its true power, stop Yvetal’s rampage, and save the Diamond Domain?

The Review:
The audio here is actually pretty nice. I don’t have a 5.1 setup, but the stereo audio sounded loud enough without having me to crank the audio.

The video on here is kind of butts. The CG looks pretty bad in general and the video itself is fairly grainy. It gets the job done though; Pokémon movies don’t exactly need high video quality. It’s for the kids.

The packaging here is very basic, with some promotional artwork on the front and back of the case. Ash’s Pokémon join him on the back, alongside the Pokémon he’ll encounter in the movie, and he’s joined by Pikachu and the legendary Pokémon he’ll see on the front.

The menu is very nice, with clips from the movie in a smaller box as was present in the previous movie. Basically all the selections are available from the main menu and it’s pretty while also being easy to navigate.

None to speak of, unless the prequel is an extra?

Speaking of the prequel, it’s a shot five-ish minute fare that only focuses on Diancie looking for Xerneas. It’s a cute little thing that shows the Pokémon working together, even in the wild, against the supposed bad guys. Those poor Ariados.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This was actually a fairly nuanced film that teaches more about the good in all than the inherent evil that exists (which is a trend in all of these Pokémon movies—recall back to Pokémon: The First Movie).

There is a literal representation of destruction in Yvetal and the representation of life in Xerneas. Between them stands Diancie, who is seemingly the ally of humans and the one who keeps the flow of nature intact.

What stops Yvetal isn’t a monologue like it was Mewtwo in the first movie, and it wasn’t a battle like it is usually in the Pokémon universe. No, this time it was a wordless exchange between Xerneas and Yvetal that stopped the latter. It was seemingly a realization that balance must be maintained and balance is something that maintains itself. By submitting Yvetal into the equation, the scales tip to the bad side—the dead side. It is a complete denial of Yvetal’s very existence, something that it will likely be thinking about in the next thousand years.

Or perhaps it is a balancing act where Xerneas has been awake for so long and now Yvetal must be awake, with Diancie always making sure the two are in harmony. There’s some interesting stuff to bite at, but it’s so bogged down between what is essentially useless material. The three human villains—the one with the Chesnaught, Delphox, and Greninja—are more there to hit 90 minutes. And they have their own redeeming moments where they aren’t trying to steal Diancie, or anything else, anymore. But I wonder what their motivation was to begin with, other than riches. The Delphox and Greninja trainer have a cute moment where they get engaged and that was adorable.

There was one more callback (I think?) to Pokémon The First Movie I’d like to point out…Yvetal is a Pokémon that can bring death to things, but just turns living things to stone (it even puts into question whether it can bring death, but rather brings some sort of “not life”). It turns Pikachu to stone, harkening back to Ash turning to stone when caught between Mew and Mewtwo. The heartfelt reunion is too quick to be as emotionally wrecking as in the first movie, though.

In Summary:
I was surprised by how much I liked this movie, despite its fluffy nature. But that’s really part of the appeal of Pokémon, the fluff. Without a dozen or more episodes separating Ash catching a Pokémon or evolving one of his or getting a badge, then what’s to fill the time? It’s exactly like playing the game with hours of training in between 15 minute gym matches.

English 5.1 and 2.0 audio, English subtitles, prequel, trailer

Content Grade: A-
Audio Grade: A-
Video Grade: B-
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: A-
Extras Grade: N/A

Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: February 17th, 2015
MSRP: $19.97
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

Review Equipment:
PS3, LG 47LB5800 47” 1080p LED TV, LG NB3530A Sound Bar