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Destiny Deoxys (2004) Poster

Destiny Deoxys (2004) at a glance

Destiny Deoxys (2004) is the seventh theatrical film released by Pokémon. Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, it is one of the first two Pokémon movies available on Blu-ray along with Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002).

Destiny Deoxys (2004) Trailer

I can't find the Japanese/English trailer any where so here's Chinese one.

Destiny Deoxys (2004) Synopsis

High-tech Larousse City is a pretty impressive place to visit—and a pretty impressive place for a Pokémon battle, too! Ash heads straight for their renowned Battle Tower, but things don't turn out too well when his battle partner turns out to be a scared boy named Tory. Because of a frightening childhood incident, Tory is scared of all Pokémon—even cute ones like Pikachu!

There's a lot more to be frightened by when Deoxys shows up and takes control of the city, shutting down the machines and taking everyone captive. One Pokémon that is not amused is the Legendary Rayquaza, and it will do whatever it takes to remove this invader from its territory! Meanwhile, Ash, Tory, and all their friends may be caught in the middle, but they're certainly not out of the fight!

Destiny Deoxys (2004) Review

Deoxys meets Rayquaza.
Deoxys meets Rayquaza.

Man, this is the first animated feature by Pokémon without a Pikachu short. It is one of my all-time favorite anime series so I am always looking forward to them. Thankfully, the creators of Destiny Deoxys (2004) have make up for it with great backstory and plot!

Rare aurora sightings in Larousse City.
Rare aurora sightings in Larousse City.

It also have great settings and the anime-exclusive Larousse City is totally one-of-a-kind; just a glimpse of it already make me want to visit it someday... if only it is a real place, though!

Legendary Pokémon from Outer Space.
Legendary Pokémon from Outer Space.

What's more amazing is that the creators of this animated feature have included lots of lovable characters in this one. Deoxys, the alien-like Pokémon is mysterious and its concept is certainly amazing! I won't spoil it for you if you haven't seen it but all the other Pokémon are also interesting in their own ways and most of them are super adorable too!

Plusle and Minun likes Tory!
Plusle and Minun likes Tory!

Not only the human characters and Pokémon each have their distinct personalities, there are some intelligent non-human non-Pokémon characters such as Block Bots as well. My apologies if I have used words like endearing a lot for Pokémon reviews but they have various expressions like emoji and they can perform numerous tasks including security too; which are just so cute! So overall, Destiny Deoxys (2004) is very impressive!

May, Max, Yuko and the twin girls.
May, Max, Yuko and the twin girls.

Yes, there could be some stuffs that are mind boggling but well, the Pokémon Universe is essentially a fantasy based on video games so it is actually perfectly fine if you allow it! Nothing is perfect in this world but compared to the older Pokémon films, it is so much better and improved in various aspects!

What's matter most is that the whole experience doesn't feel flat, isn't it?

Team Rocket and hamburger machine! (Andrew from MP may love this machine.)
Team Rocket and hamburger machine! (Andrew from MP may love this machine.)

Therefore, I am sure you will be pleasantly entertained if you give this animated feature a chance because I am quite certain that Destiny Deoxys (2004) is one of the easiest-to-love Pokémon film out there!

PS. This one made it into my favorite list! ^_~

Who will like this?

Pokémon fans or not, everyone should give this one a chance! Those who have played Pokémon Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire or the Nintendo 3DS new titles Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will also love this!

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)
Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003)
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, Junya Okamoto, Choji Yoshikawa
Story: Not sure.
Screenplay: Hideki Sonoda
Cinematography: Takaya Mizutani
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ōtani, Yuji Ueda, KAORI, Fushigi Yamada, Noriko Hidaka, Koichi Yamadera, Susumu Chiba, Kenji Nojima, Becky
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Miramax Films
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Mystery Sci-Fi
Running time: 98 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 34,337,258 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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