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Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010) Poster

The Fury of Zoroark Has Been Unleashed!
The Fury of Zoroark Has Been Unleashed!

Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010) at a glance

Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010) is the thirteenth theatrically released film by Pokémon. It is directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and the animated feature is the the fourth and last from Diamond & Pearl series. Grossing USD 71,143,529 worldwide, it features non-legendary Pokémon from succeeding generation, Zoroark and Zorua, along with many appearances of Pokémon from previous generation.

Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010) Trailer

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Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010) Synopsis

The Pokémon Baccer World Cup is the most anticipated event of the year, and as hundreds flock to Crown City to watch the exciting competition unfold, Ash, Pikachu, and his friends encounter a mysterious new Pokémon they have never seen before. But when the three Legendary Pokémon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune suddenly arrive and begin rampaging through the streets, it’s up to Ash and his companions, along with their new Pokémon friend Zorua, to uncover the secret behind the immense and powerful forces at work. What strange and dangerous powers are afoot in Crown City? Why did Celebi suddenly return after vanishing for twenty years? And why is the mighty Zoroark unleashing its fury upon the town? The quest for these answers leads down an uncertain path filled with peril—can Ash and his companions find enough courage, strength, and friendship to unearth the mystery in time to save Crown City?

Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010) Review

Zoroark, Zorua, Celebi and the Legendary Beasts.
Zoroark, Zorua, Celebi and the Legendary Beasts.

If you happen to read my older posts, I have mentioned before that 2010 wasn't a great year for me and I have missed most films from those years. Fortunately, it's like an annual thing for me to watch Pokémon films and I did not drop Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010), watching it eventually at a later date. I was greatly impressed but that is not enough to conclude Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010) is the best one out of the 22 films to date; especially as mentioned in my last post I wasn't as analytic and critical towards film as I am today back then. I also can't be reviewing a movie I have seen many years ago without watching it again right?

Good news is, I am done rewatching all of them for my personal Pokémon Movie Marathon and I will be posting the rest soon. At the end of it, I will post a Worst to Best Pokémon films on Moviepilot so stay tune for it alright? I would like to reserve contents of that post for now but there is one thing I thought you ought to know; Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010) is undeniably, one of the best theatrical film by Pokémon. It might probably even be the best. It wasn't my personal favorite before as I did not watch it as much as I did with the earlier films like Spell of Unown (2000) when I was a child but it is today!

Ash, Dawn and featured Pokémon.
Ash, Dawn and featured Pokémon.

Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010) is different from all of Pokémon films. It isn't an odd one but a great one. It sets in a beautiful city yet it is environmentally friendly. What's more visually impressive are the amazing illusions created by Zoroark, the master of illusions itself, in a grand scale. Captivating and feasting the audiences eyes with all of that, the animated feature also has one of the most compelling plot for a family film. Though, it can be overwhelming as it can be dark but it is also heartwarming in the most subtle way!

Particularly, the plot of this animated feature involves a lot of deception and it has realistic progression. It may also educate young audiences about mass media as it presents a clever media control and manipulation story. Then, its villain named Gring Kodai is certainly one of the most interesting villain created by the franchise. He has a strong and merciless personality but like every human in the world, he is never without his own flaws. In the end, it shows how pathetic some people can be due to greed and the lessons of the day? One should not damage the environment due to selfish reasons and forcibly separate the child from parents!

Zorua, Pikachu and friends.
Zorua, Pikachu and friends.

If you must know or kind of know through reading, I can be quite hopeless for everything endearing. However, I understand that it's not the same for everyone but I must mention that Pokémon are lovely creatures in the anime and video games. They are not just pets but life long companion and it is quite fun to watch them. Then, the friendship between Pokémon are also genuinely so innocent and they often can be amusing. While it is unlikely for us to understand Pokénese fully, it is not difficult to understand these creatures as they are quite straightforward in their expressions. From the city's and (time) travelling Pokémon to shiny legendary and interesting new ones; there are just so many adorable Pokémon in this one! How not to feel delighted?

(Speaking of time travelling, this is another interesting time travel related story by Pokémon. It seems to be a follow up to Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001) but it is not as the Celebi here is not the same one though they might know each other!)

Last movie starring Dawn.
Last movie starring Dawn.

In brief, Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010) is exceptionally satisfying. I am happy to report, this one is worth your time to watch and it is certainly ranked high among the best Pokémon films ever made. It can be the most outstanding, clever or emotional one out there as the creators of this animated feature clearly put a lot of effort into making this one. It all depends on yourself but in general, I am sure this one is great. Too bad, it is also the last one featuring Dawn because she is one of the most pleasant characters ever.

PS. This is the only Pokémon film I rated 9 stars.

Who will like this?

Pokémon fans or not, you may find yourself liking this film if you watch it!

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)
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)
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: Takemoto Mori Choji Yoshikawa Yukio Kawasaki Junya Okamoto Shin Fukunaga
Story: Satoshi Tajiri, Ken Sugimori, Junichi Masuda
Screenplay: Hideki Sonoda
Cinematography: Takaya Mizutani
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Megumi Toyoguchi, Yūji Ueda, Ikue Ōtani
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, VIZ Media, Warner Bros.
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Family Fantasy
Running time: 96 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 71,143,529 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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