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Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) Poster

Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) at a glance

Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) is the seventeenth theatrical release of Pokémon. Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, it the first Pokémon XY movie. The animated feature features Diancie, a Mythical Pokémon Princess and the Legendary Pokémon mascots of Pokémon X and Y; Xerneas, the Life Pokémon and Yveltal, the Destruction Pokémon.

Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) Trailer

Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) Synopsis

Get ready for another amazing movie experience in Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. In the underground Diamond Domain, where many Carbink live, the Mythical Pokémon Diancie serves as ruler. The Heart Diamond that sustains the land is beginning to fall apart, and Diancie is not yet strong enough to create a new one. While seeking help from the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas, Diancie encounters a group of thieves who want to take control of its diamond-producing power—and who awaken the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal from its cocoon in the process! Can Ash and his friends help Diancie discover its true power, stop Yveltal's rampage, and save the Diamond Domain?

Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) Review

Pikachu, Dedenne, Klefki, Fennekin, Chespin, Froakie and Hawlucha.
Pikachu, Dedenne, Klefki, Fennekin, Chespin, Froakie and Hawlucha.

Pikachu, What's This Key? is the accompanying Pikachu short for the seventeenth theatrical film by Pokémon and it features a world that is incredibly interesting with boundless potentials. Though I am not that fond of Klefki as it strangely creeps me out, this Pikachu short is quite entertaining and pleasant to watch as there are many other endearing Pokémon including previous generations' legendary Pokémon such as Darkrai, Jirachi and Manaphy! So, this is easily one of my favorite Pikachu short for being awesome! (and super cute!)

Diancie, Ash, Pikachu, Serena, Clemont, Bonnie and Dedenne.
Diancie, Ash, Pikachu, Serena, Clemont, Bonnie and Dedenne.

Let's go into the movie review now. Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) has better plot, villains and characters compared to most of the previous Pokémon films. Beautifully animated, what's most pleasant about this animated feature is that there are no more pointless just-there-to-be-there supporting characters and the new travelling companion characters are much more interesting and endearing!

It is difficult to choose but my favorite human character would be Bonnie, the youngest character in the group! I totally love her friendly personality and her enthusiasm to be a Pokémon trainer! I read that the hamster-like Pokémon Dedenne is rightfully her elder brother Clemont's, but it was caught for her per her request so she could take care of it until she is old enough to be a trainer herself! Besides, Bonnie is also quite an eccentric one. She likes to request older female characters that the group encounters to marry Clemont which can be hilarious!

Xerneas, the life Pokémon.
Xerneas, the life Pokémon.

Then, there are more villains in this one as well. In fact, it has the most villains by far. Some may find this overwhelming but I find this great! Finally, a typical villain's pursuit of legendary Pokémon makes sense; a lot of villains are after Diancie here because mythical or legendary Pokémon are supposed to be well-known by many! Those creatures aren't supposed to be something so exclusive to the featured villain to the extend that no one else in the entire Pokémon Universe knows about it so in this case, there are four parties which is great!

There are also more mega evolved Pokémon showcased in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) which is nice. It is fun to see how much Pokémon has evolved over the years. Unfortunately, legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal are only briefly featured. They are still powerful here in their own ways but I guess this animated feature is ultimately all about Diancie. Those who love these two legendary Pokémon may be delighted to watch them coming to life in animation but they may be disappointed as well since these two are just a minor character with not much story; with one giving life and the other doing destruction.

Diancie makes Heart Diamond!
Diancie makes Heart Diamond!

The shiniest part of all, is surely Diancie's scenes. It is a Pokémon Princess, made of diamond and can make diamonds too. Diancie is so pretty, princessy and pinkish! Her charming and adorable personality can be amusing at times but she is always in trouble so too bad she is made a damsel in distress here. Still, there is a great friendship story between the characters, some feminine cosplay for a bit and unexpected turns of situations thus overall Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) is an enjoyable one and it is certainly the most kawaii Pokémon film ever!

Yveltal, the destruction Pokémon.
Yveltal, the destruction Pokémon.

As a conclusion, the beautifully animated Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) is not perfect but as a whole, the animated feature is certainly better than many of the previous Pokémon films in many aspects. It can also be dark yet uplifting due to the powerful characters, beautiful friendship and a very gentle ending!

There are six generations of Pokémon to-date and this one is a great start for the sixth generation films! Hopefully, the performance of the next Pokémon films will not go downhill again but it is quite unlikely since the new Pokémon XY series seems to be promising!

PS. There is this Shellder Tent I spotted in the animated feature, it is super kawaii too!!

Finally, Pokémon Movie Marathon has ended,
for now.

If you want to read more, I have several articles related to the upcoming movie on Moviepilot so do check them out!

Who will like this?

Pokémon fans especially those who love the Pokémon XY series and the featured Pokémon Diancie, Xerneas and Yveltal!

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)
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 XY (2015)

Details of the movie

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
Producer: Takemoto Mori, Choji Yoshikawa, Yukio Kawasaki, Junya Okamoto, Koichi Kawase
Story: Satoshi Tajiri, Ken Sugimori, Junichi Masuda
Screenplay: Hideki Sonoda
Cinematography: Tatsumi Yukiwaki
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Yūki Kaji, Mariya Ise, Mayuki Makiguchi, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Inuko Inuyama, Unsho Ishizuka, Ikue Ōtani
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Comedy Family Fantasy
Running time: 76 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 26,732,338 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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