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Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003) Poster

DVD Cover Version.
DVD Cover Version.

Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003) at a glance

Created by Satoshi Tajiri, Junichi Masuda and Ken Sugimori, Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003) is the sixth theatrical film released by Pokémon franchise. The first Advanced Generation movie is directed by Kunihiko Yuyama.

Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003) Trailer

Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003) Synopsis

The Millennium Comet is about to make its long-awaited appearance in the sky again, supposedly granting the wishes of all those who see it in the skies above them. Of course, Ash and friends are equally interested in the Millennium Festival, especially when they attend a magic performance by the Great Butler. Even more interesting is the mysterious cocoon in Butler's possession—from which Max hears a mysterious voice calling! When Jirachi emerges from its slumber, Max has a new friend—sadly, it’s only for the brief few days that the Millennium Comet appears in the sky.

Max is anxious to make the most of his time with his new friend, but the Great Butler has his own plans for Jirachi, which are not so friendly. He wants to revive the Legendary Groudon, and Jirachi just might be able to grant that wish. Can Max, Ash, May, and Brock stop Butler and save Jirachi before Groudon reappears to reign destruction over the land?

Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003) Review

Meowth and his Dancin' Pokébaton.
Meowth and his Dancin' Pokébaton.

First of all, I would like to mention the Pikachu short that comes with Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003) entitled Gotta Dance!! (おどるポケモンひみつ基地)is awesome. The catchy tunes and infectious dance movements are so amusing; I am sure it will stuck in your head for a while or forever like it did to me from childhood as it is highly memorable and the Generation III Pokémon are absolutely kawaii! I haven't been this entertained since reviewing all Pokémon films!! (Yes it's a reference to Team Rocket's imagined words said by Giovanni in the animated short but I do mean it as well, lol)

Sad news is, Gotta Dance!! is the last theatrically released Pikachu short along with Pokémon films until Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade in 2012! T_T

Jirachi, Max's newfound best friend.
Jirachi, Max's newfound best friend.

Okay, let's talk about Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003). I love Jirachi's story. No spoiler intended but it is certainly a selfless story. What amazes me most is Jirachi's personality. It is probably thousands of years old according to the animated feature since it awakens every one thousand years to absorb the Millennium Comet's energy but it is still so pure, playful and childlike like a newborn baby. It would be kind of exciting if it wakes up berserk and wreck havoc though but thankfully it didn't, I prefer it this way!

Jirachi is the most adorable star of all! ♥
Jirachi is the most adorable star of all! ♥

Max is one of the protagonist and his friendship with Jirachi is pure and innocent too. Too bad that the Millennium Comet plot passes rather fast, seven days in about or less than one hour of screen time... I would prefer the creators of this animated feature prolong the plot and make it more meaningful but that's just me. Moments are short in Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003) but it is still sweet and enriching!

Butler and Diane.
Butler and Diane.

Lessons that can be learned from this animated feature are quite straightforward but what's weird is that no one else seems to know about the Jirachi except The Great Butler and his other half. Wouldn't people from all over the Pokémon world go look for Jirachi? It should be a big thing. I also find the lullaby scenes awkward or uncomfortable most likely due to the performance of the voice casts (English dub) but that's also probably just me.

Festival of the Millennium Comet.
Festival of the Millennium Comet.

In brief, Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003) is sweet, selfless and enriching. It is about lifelong friendships, a little of love and a lot about life. It also have hidden messages such as what science backlash can do and the negative effects of certain obsessions. Therefore, I think this is one of the nicest Pokémon films out there, what about you?

Who will like this?

Pokémon fans and Pokémon fans-to-be will love this, especially those who love Jirachi!

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)
Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002)
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 Matsuzaka, Takemoto Mori, Choji Yoshikawa
Story: Not sure.
Screenplay: Hideki Sonada
Cinematography: Takaya Mizutani, Hisao Shirai
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rica Matsumoto, KAORI, Fushigi Yamada, Yūji Ueda, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Kōichi Yamadera, Tomiko Suzuki, Ikue Ōtani.
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Miramax Films
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Action Adventure Family Sci-Fi
Running time: 81 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 33,393,751 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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