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The Legend of Thunder! (2001) Poster

The Legend of Thunder! (2001) at a glance

The Legend of Thunder! (2001) is Pokémon's second TV special, a Pokémon Crystal movie. Featuring the legendary Pokémon Raikou, it also features different human protagonists for the first time. The second Pokémon television film is directed by Masamitsu Hidaka.

The Legend of Thunder! (2001) Preview

(Can't find the trailer anywhere...)

The Legend of Thunder! (2001) Synopsis

On his Pokémon Journey, Jimmy meets his old friend, Marina, at a Pokémon Center. The two of them, later teaming up with Vincent, discover and attempt to foil an attempt by Hun and Attila to steal Raikou.

The Legend of Thunder! (2001) Review

Jimmy and his Thyplosion.
Jimmy and his Thyplosion.

The Legend of Thunder! (2001) is indeed a special one. It is much more entertaining compared to the previous films due to the fact that it is lively and refreshing. With endearing and legendary Pokémon making their appearance in this television film, it is fun to watch. It will also certainly be appealing to those who yearn for a change as it has introduced different human protagonists for the first time!

Pokémon Crystal Team.
Pokémon Crystal Team.

Unfortunately, many Pokémon fans have uttered that the English dubbed version is terrible as its flaws are unacceptable and it is heavily edited. While it is true that its overall experience can be different compared to the original Japanese version, I would still say that this is one of the most satisfying Pokémon films!


Those who have played Pokémon Crystal, Gold and Silver titles or read the Pokémon manga series before may find this nostalgic as The Legend of Thunder! (2001) is hundred percent Generation II Pokémon. Their main characters even the Pokémon are mostly based on characters that are exclusive for the first time from the aforementioned games and the sight of Raikou here is absolutely amazing as it is mythical.

Marine's Misdreavus, Little Miss.
Marine's Misdreavus, Little Miss.

So, is The Legend of Thunder! (2001) worth watching? Certainly yes, especially the original version. Too bad it is not made into a TV anime series, it is easy to love the characters, story and visuals... it would make a great spin-off anime series!

PS. I love this one and The Legend of Thunder (2001) is one of my favorite now!

Who will like this?

Pokémon fans. Especially those who loved the second generation and those who hated Ash because there is no sight or mentions of Ash in this one, lol.

(I am neutral with Ash, just being a little straightforward here hehe)

Pokémon Movie Marathon

Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
The Power of One (1999)
Mewtwo Returns (2000)
Spell of Unown (2000)
Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001)
Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002)
Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003)
Destiny Deoxys (2004)
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005)
The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006)
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006)
The Rise of Darkrai (2007)
Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008)
Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009)
Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010)
Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram (2011)
Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom (2011)
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)
Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)
Pokémon Origins (2013)
Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)
Pokémon the Movie XY (2015)

Details of the movie

Director: Masamitsu Hidaka
Producer: Not sure.
Story: Satoshi Tajiri
Screenplay: Atsuhiro Tomioka
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Morikazu Aoki, Tsuyoshi Ichinose, Junichi Masuda
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Kenji Nojima, Kazusa Murai, Daisuke Sakaguchi
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Family Fantasy
Running time: 60 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: Not sure.

Official website(s)

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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