Pokémon in Anime have been a significant part of our childhood and have continued to leave a profound impact even today. They might be animated but have managed to shape the way we look at things. They have touched upon significant aspects of life such as sacrifices, friendships, relationships at large, cloning, war, and so on. This world of Pokémon has left a profound impact on not just the storyline but the audience as well. Five major death scenes have made us weep and gotten us attached to the story a little bit more every time we watch it.
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5. Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back
The film was first released in Japan on 18th July 1998. This film is divided into three segments. The first part deals with Pikachu’s Vacation, the second part talks about the origins of Mewtwo, and finally, the third segment which is the most critical section, covers Mewtwo Strikes Back. The film talks about a scientist Dr. Fuji who had a daughter named Aber. After her death, Dr. Fuji worked on making clones of his daughter and three Kanto Starters. Dr Fuji’s powers were discovered by Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket. Fuji’s cloning experiments were able to create Mewtwo and a clone that resembled his daughter. In the film, all the clones except Mewtwo disintegrated since their process of creation was flawed. The death of the clone affected Mewtwo, which forms a significant part of the action in the film. This film had left a profound impact on an ethical topic like genetic modification, cloning, and existentialism.
4. Luxray — Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You
Pets have always been very close to one’s heart. This idea is not just right in real life but also in animated shows. One such pet is Luxray, an electric Pokémon and a quadrupedal Pokémon resembling a fully-grown lion which belonged to Sorrel and his family. It so happened, one day Sorrel and Luxray were playing and got lost in a forest. However, Luxray’s powerful eyesight which is capable of seeing through most objects and walls, like x-ray vision, could finally detect Sorrel. Sorrel had become cold due to a blizzard, Luxray, the loyal pet covered his master to give him warmth and protect him from the cold outside. The next morning, as the blizzard was over and Sorrel woke upto find Luxray frozen to death. As the electric Pokemon’s lifeless body was dragged away, Sorrel kept screaming out Luxray’s name. The loss and heart-wrenching screams not only affected Sorrel but the audience too. It is since that day that Sorrel was afraid to befriend Pokemons until he met Lucario and became friends again.
3. Jan’s Talonflame
Jan was an ancient man whose fate was decided by Professor Sycamore. Jan and Ayla ran afoul of Yveltal. It is said that in In the Pokémon anime, whatever Yveltal’s Oblivion Wing attacked could turn his hits into stones. When Jan used Talonflame to attack the Legendary Pokémon, Yveltal used his Oblivion Wing to petrify Talonflame. When Ayla appeared in front of Yveltal, Jan commanded Talonflame to attack Yveltal. Even though Talonflame used it’s Flame Charge, it could not counter Yveltal’s attack because of his Oblivion Wing. On being hit by the Oblivian Wing, it turned into stone and fell while it was on a flight only to be broken into pieces.
In the series, Talonflame an avian Pokémon resembles a falcon, and it was evolved out of Ash’s Fletchinder in A Legendary Photo Op!, during the act of protecting him and his friends. Talonflame’s debut was in the series Battles in the Sky under the ownership of Moria. Moria uses it to fight against a Sky Trainer’s Skarmory and won. It defeated Ash’s Hawlucha too. Talonflame’s ownership was then moved to Jan, and Talonflame appeared in a flashback in ‘The Legend of X, Y, and Z’
Talonflame also marked its appearance in a card game as Manabu.
2. Latios – Pokémon Heroes
The fifth Pokémon movie’s primary focus is Soul Dew and its two guardians, Latios and his sister Latias. At the end of the film, to save Alto Mare, Latios had to sacrifice his life, just like his father. A new Soul Dew is formed due to Latios’ sacrifice. He is presented as a very selfless character. This is one of the first few Pokemon films in the Anime where Latios was never resurrected. The film’s closing credits shows Latios flying with Latias. It is believed to be the spirits of Latios and his father.
Latios is not seen evolving into any other Pokemon and has made several appearances apart from the one in the fifth Pokemon movie. Latios’ series debut is The Semi-Final Frontier, under the ownership of Tobias. However, he has sacrificed himself in the series as well. He is also seen in games like Generation III and Groundbreakers. Latios was blessed with some unique features like ‘Sight Sharing’ or known as Dream Analysis. He used telepathy to detect any danger, emotion, or to understand human speech. Latios is the only Pokémon capable of learning Luster Purge. Also, he was the single male to have a female counterpart, Latias.
1. Lucario, Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
The film Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, the eighth Pokémon movie, and was released in 2005 where the four members finally reunite. Ash reunites with Pikachu, and both of them join with Mewtwo and Kidd. The film takes us back in time, several centuries even before Ash was born. It enlightens us about Sir Aaron, who taught Lucario how to use the mysterious power of Aura. Sir Aaron had sacrificed his life to prevent the destruction of the Tree of Beginning. Lucario respected Sir Aaron, his master for teaching him ways to manipulate the Aura. However, when Sir Aaron was about to sacrifice himself to The Tree of Beginning, Lucario couldn’t believe his eyes. He thought his master had betrayed him. This led him to be disgusted by humans, as Lucario felt that they should never be trusted. We are brought back to modern times when Ash tries to awaken Sir Aaron. Lucario learns about Sir Aaron’s sacrifice. To make peace with Sir Aaron and to clear the misunderstanding, Lucario sacrificed his life.
Lucario marked its debut in the eighth Poke film. In the series, he first appeared in Lost Leader Strategy. Later, Cameron’s Riolu evolved into a Lucario in the series as Cameron’s Secret Weapon. It has an appearance in a few games as well namely Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia and Generation IV.
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