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Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002) Poster

Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002) at a glance

Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002) is Pokémon's fifth theatrical film. It is directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and it is one of the first two Pokémon movies available on Blu-ray along with Destiny Deoxys (2004).

Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002) Trailer

Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002) Synopsis

Every year the city of Alto Mare holds a special Water Pokémon race through its canal streets—and this time around, Ash and Misty are top competitors! Even though he doesn't win, Ash still finds his own special place in the heart of a mysterious girl that he rescues from two roguish women. But this isn't any ordinary girl—it's actually the Legendary Latias in disguise!

Ash gets a special peek into the secret world of Latios and Latias, but this world is soon threatened by the two women from before—Annie and Oakley—who are after the two Legendary Pokémon, as well as a mysterious jewel called the Soul Dew. These elements combined will let them control a powerful machine that normally protects against danger. When the machine malfunctions, though, it not only puts Latios and Latias at serious risk, but the entire city of Alto Mare!

Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002) Review

Latias and Latios.
Latias and Latios.

Pokémon films are the only Japanese films that I would always go for the English dub because I am used to it as it is the most common version available in stores near me. I also thought they wouldn't differ a lot from the original Japanese version since Pokémon is a renowned franchise but now after reviewing them recently in 2014? That thought have been proven completely wrong especially from this film.

A beautiful segment but removed.
A beautiful segment but removed.

Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002) is beautiful, it sets in a refined city and it has great music. It feels romantic. It feels otherworldly at times. Unfortunately in the English dub, the entire backstory introduction has been removed and ultimately making the whole story altered. It is a wonder why the Pokémon company allows this or the production company decided to do this for the English version but it is evident that their "creativity" isn't fruitful.

Misty and her Corsola wins the Tour de Alto Mare.
Misty and her Corsola wins the Tour de Alto Mare.

In the beginning, it appears to have an interesting storyline. It also seems that they have played more with camera movements and angles which are refreshing and fun to watch as the city is beautiful. In the end? The story is not and the concept isn't satisfying. They could have been done so much better. I won't say there isn't story, there is, but it isn't well developed. There are female villains that appears to be promising too, but well, the character and story development is just unfortunately terrible.

Oakley and Annie.
Oakley and Annie.

Sad to mention, the introduction part is actually a recycle from Celebi: The Voice of Forest (2001) which is quite lazy and the last half of the movie also seems like casual work. There are a lot of thoughts put into the visuals and music but certainly not the story. There are several scenes that are quite sudden too. For instance, what happened to all the other citizen? They just disappeared and even the Alto Mare city is facing doom, no one even comes out panic, ever. It seems like as if people from the entire world has vanished. I understand it is night time when that happened but it feels like as if the whole movie is about these several characters only.

Sight-sharing with Latios and Latias.
Sight-sharing with Latios and Latias.

Honestly, the story could have been so much better if they put more effort into it. If only they did not decide to alter it completely and remove the introduction segment from the original version; this animated feature could have been one of the best Pokémon films out there with its beautiful music and settings but it just didn't make it!

Lorenzo, Bianca and Ash.
Lorenzo, Bianca and Ash.

Ending this post, if you are not bothered by the lack of depth and weak story, Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002) should be good. I enjoyed and love to watch Latios and Latias and all the other Pokémon coming to life through animation but I will be honest with you, this one may disappoint if you're watching this not solely for Pokémon.

PS. Gosh, why does Pokémon films that features Lugia, Latios and Latias are both a letdown... what an unpleasant coincident, I quite like them... They certainly deserve a better feature. :/

Who will like this?

Pokémon fans especially those who loved the legendary Eon Pokémon, Latios and Latias.

By the way, The Pikachu Short, Camp Pikachu is cute and funny!

Pokémon Movie Marathon

Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
The Power of One (1999)
Spell of the Unown (2000)
Mewtwo Returns (2000)
Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001)
The Legend of Thunder! (2001)
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: Kunihiko Yuyama
Producer: Yukako Matsusako, Takemoto Mori, Choji Yoshikawa
Story: Not sure.
Screenplay: Hideki Sonoda
Cinematography: Hisao Shirai
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Mayumi Iizuka, Yuji Ueda, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Fumiko Orikasa, Kōichi Yamadera, Yuzo Gutch, Uno Kanda, Yumiko Shaku, Masashi Ebara, Ikue Ōtani.
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Miramax Films
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Action Adventure Crime Family Thriller
Running time: 80 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 20,867,919 est

Official website(s)

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