Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, known in Japan as Pokémon the Movie XY&Z: Volcanion and the Exquisite Magearna (ポケモン・ザ・ムービーXY&Z ボルケニオンと機巧のマギアナ, Pokemon Za Mūbī Ekkusu, Wai ando Zetto: Borukenion to Karakuri no Magiana) is a 2016 Japanese anime adventure film, the 19th in the Pokémon film series produced by OLM, and the third and final film in the XY series. It was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and written by Atsuhiro Tomioka.[3] The film stars the voices of Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ōtani, Mayuki Makiguchi, Yūki Kaji, Mariya Ise, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Inuko Inuyama, Somegoro Ichikawa, Yuka Terasaki, Kōichi Yamadera, Mayu Matsuoka, and Shoko Nakagawa. The film focuses on Councillor Alva of the Azoth Kingdom, who steals the "Soul-Heart" of the artificial Pokémon Magearna to power and control a flying fortress in the kingdom. The Mythical Pokémon Volcanion allies with the Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum and his friends, Pikachu, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie to recover Magearna's Soul-Heart.

Pokémon the Movie:
Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
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Japanese Theatrical release poster
Japaneseポケモン・ザ・ムービーXY&Z ボルケニオンと機巧のマギアナ
HepburnPokemon Za Mūbī Ekkusu, Wai ando Zetto: Borukenion to Karakuri no Magiana
LiterallyPokémon the Movie XY&Z: Volcanion and the Exquisite Magearna
Directed byKunihiko Yuyama
Produced bySatoshi Shimohira
Susumu Matsuyama
Kenichi Arai
Screenplay byAtsuhiro Tomioka
Based onPokémon
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Starringsee below
Music byShinji Miyazaki
CinematographyAya Aoshima
Edited byToshio Henmi
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • July 16, 2016 (2016-07-16) (Japan)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box officeJapan:
¥2.15 billion[1] ($20.2 million)[2]
Overseas:
$5,871,077

It was released in Japan on July 16, 2016. An English dub was produced by DuArt Media Services, and stars the voices of Sarah Natochenny, Haven Paschall, Michael Liscio Jr., Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld, Michele Knotz, Carter Cathcart, Mike Pollock, Billy Bob Thompson, Riley Joseph, and Laurie Hymes. It premiered in the United States on Disney XD on December 5, 2016.[4] and in the United Kingdom on CITV on November 19, 2016.[5]

PlotEdit

Councillor Alva and Prince Raleigh of the Azoth Kingdom order the artificial Pokémon Magearna to be brought to the Kingdom after it is found in the Nebel Plateau, a place populated by Pokémon who have been abused by humans. The Mythical Pokémon Volcanion tries recovering Magearna, but has a band attached to its leg and is sent falling to a forest where Ash Ketchum and his friends, Pikachu, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie are camping. Volcanion lands in Ash and friends' vicinity, and when they recover, Ash finds a second band attached to himself. Clement discovers the bands emit an electromagnetic force that binds Ash to Volcanion like a chain. Volcanion runs off, dragging Ash along with it.

Ash and Volcanion recover Magearna from the Azoth Kingdom. They rendezvous with Serena, Clement, and Bonnie, who are fascinated by Magearna, but are unable to remove the chain binding Ash and Volcanion. Reluctantly, Volcanion allows the group to accompany it and Magearna to their home, Nebel Plateau. On the way, they are attacked by Team Rocket, who has been hired by Alva to recover Magearna, but the group is able to drive them off with help from Raleigh's sister, Princess Kimia. During their stay at Nebel Plateau, Clemont and Kimia have the resident Pokemon break the electromagnetic bands. Finally free, Volcanion orders the humans to leave, but they refuse.

The next day, Alva and his henchmen attack and recapture Magearna. He removes Magearna's "Soul-Heart", which he plans to use to activate a mechanism in the Azoth Castle that turns it into a flying fortress. Raleigh tries to stop him but is knocked unconscious. As the castle takes to the skies, Ash and Pikachu storm the fortress with Volcanion, Kimia, and Greninja, but are trapped by Alva, who attempts to break Magearna's spirit by firing at Nebel Plateau. However, the resident Pokemon repel the attack with help from Squishy the Zygarde Core. Volcanion frees itself, Ash, Kimia, and their Pokémon. Alva sets the fortress on a collision course with the plateau and tries to escape with a jetpack, but Greninja disables it, causing him to fall. Ash returns the Soul-Heart to Magearna, but its spirit is gone. To prevent the fortress from crashing into the plateau, Volcanion uses its power to destroy the fortress with itself at the center of the blast. Later, at Nebel Plateau, Magearna regains its spirit when Volcanion appears, having survived.

CastEdit

Character Voice Actor (Japanese) Voice Actor (English)
Ash Ketchum Rica Matsumoto Sarah Natochenny
Pikachu Ikue Ōtani
Serena Mayuki Makiguchi Haven Paschall
Clemont Yūki Kaji Michael Liscio Jr.
Bonnie Mariya Ise Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
Jessie Megumi Hayashibara Michele Knotz
James Shin-ichiro Miki Carter Cathcart
Meowth Inuko Inuyama
Narrator Unshō Ishizuka Rodger Parsons

Guest characters:

  • Volcanion is the Steam Pokémon, who watches over the Nebel Plateau and is distrustful of humans. It is voiced by Somegoro Ichikawa in Japanese and Mike Pollock in English.
  • Magearna is an artificial Pokémon created in the Azoth Kingdom, which it fled to prevent misuse of her power. It is Volcanion's best friend. It is voiced by Yuka Terasaki.
  • Alva is a sadistic councilor of the Azoth Kingdom and the main antagonist, who desires the power of Magearna's "Soul-Heart" for his own ends. His main Pokémon is a Shiny Gengar. He is voiced by Kōichi Yamadera in Japanese and Billy Bob Thompson in English. In the English dub trailer, he was voiced by Sean Schemmel.
  • Kimia is the Princess of the Azoth Kingdom, who prefers to look forward rather than behind. She is skilled with a variety of machinery. She is assisted by an alternate-colored Gardevoir, who can Mega Evolve. She is voiced by Mayu Matsuoka in Japanese and Riley Joseph in English.
  • Raleigh is the Prince of the Azoth Kingdom and Kimia's younger brother. He is friendly and well-meaning. He is naive due to his fixation with history. He is accompanied by a Slurpuff. He is voiced by Shoko Nakagawa in Japanese (who also celebrated her tenth anniversary in the film series and the franchise) and Laurie Hymes in English.
  • Nikola is a scientist of the Azoth Kingdom half a millennium in the past who created Magearna. He is the ancestor of Kimia and Raleigh. He is voiced by Tomomichi Nishimura in Japanese and Scottie Ray in English.
  • Levi and Cherie are Alva's henchman and henchwoman, who control his Mega Evolved Pokémon army.
  • Flamel is Kimia's personal assistant.

ProductionEdit

A teaser of the film was first revealed after the screening of Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages in Japan. Its temporary title and featured Pokémon was later revealed in the January issue of the CoroCoro Comic on December 15, 2015. It was temporarily titled Pokémon the Movie XY&Z. In the March 2016 issue of the CoroCoro Comic, the 7th Generation Pokémon Magearna was revealed and announced as another one of its stars.[6] As part of the promotions for the film, The Pokémon Company hosted a general election for fans to vote which of the 720 Pokémon is their favorite Pokémon, which ran from April 16, 2016 to May 8, 2016.[7]

MusicEdit

The movie's ending song is titled "Post ni koe o nageirete" (ポストに声を投げ入れて, Posuto ni koe o nageirete, lit. Mailing out My Voice) by YUKI.[8][9]

Box officeEdit

This film ranked 4th on the Japanese box office grossing ¥323,901,600 ($3.09 million) in its first weekend on 366 screens with 289,971 admissions. On its third day of release (Marine day), it grossed a total of ¥475,547,600 ($4.6 million) with a total of 430,987 admissions. This film grossed the second lowest opening weekend in its film franchise. The film went on to gross ¥2.15 billion in Japan.[10]

Overseas, the film grossed $3,857,383 in China,[11] ₩2,148,082,300 ($1,851,370) in South Korea,[12] and HK$1.26 million (US$162,324) in Hong Kong,[13] for an overseas total of $5,871,077.

ReferencesEdit

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  7. ^ http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/04/14/the-pokmon-company-stages-pokmon-general-election-720
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  10. ^ "2016". Eiren. Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "China Box Office, December 1–3, 2017". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "영화정보". KOFIC. Korean Film Council. Retrieved February 13, 2019. 포켓몬 더 무비 XY&Z 「볼케니온 : 기계왕국의 비밀」
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