Fangirl Moment: Pokemon 2000

TGIF! Here we are again with another Fangirl Friday! This week I’m going to talk about one of my favorite movies from when I was a kid (and now too)! Today’s post is all about the second Pokemon film, Pokémon: The Movie 2000: The Power of One or Pokemon 2000 for short!

pokemon 2000 box art

This has and shall forever be my favorite Pokemon movie, and before you all start in on how great Pokemon The First Movie is… I know it’s great, I love it too, but I like Pokemon 2000 slightly more and that’s that. Besides you should know this already, but despite technically being from the “Gen I” generation of Pokemon fans, I started my Pokemon journey in Johto. If you want to read more on that, I wrote a whole post about it, HERE.

The movie is set in the anime exclusive Orange Islands, with Ash, Misty, and Tracy taking part in a sacred festival on one of the islands. However, what starts out as a harmless festival tradition soon turns into another battle that will change the fate of the Pokemon World forever. Unbeknownst to our heroes, a collector named Lawrence has set his sights on the Legendary Bird trio and their master, Lugia. But, his selfish desire to claim them has thrown the Pokemon World out of balance and it’ll take the power of one to set things right!

So, of all the Pokemon movies out there, why is Pokemon 2000 my favorite? Well, because of Lugia and the rest of the Gen II Pokemon featured in the movie. Let’s remember, the film was released in the States in the year 2000, I was nine going on ten and for the most part the story kind of went over my head a bit. But, while some of the finer points of the story were lost on me, what did strike a cord with me were the Pokemon. I can say without a doubt that this was the movie that made me fall in love with Pokemon. After watching this movie I begged my mom to buy me one of the Pokemon games, and a year later at Christmas I got my wish. That Christmas is probably one of my fondest childhood memories and to this day I still love Pokemon, and a lot of that can be attributed to Pokemon 2000 and my first copy of Pokemon Crystal.

When I found out the film was on Pokemon TV, I immediately went back to watch it and, man did nostalgia hit me like a ton of bricks! I forgot how many memories were wrapped up in this movie, from the Ash/Misty “romance” to Team Rocket’s Magikarp submarine, I was taken aback by the feelings of love I have for the series. Suddenly I was a kid again and I actually teared up a bit while watching it… and then I came to my senses and watched it a second time!

The story isn’t anything to write home about, the typical humans throw the world out of balance only for Ash and crew to set things right, from Pokemon the First Movie. But somehow I still found myself on the edge of my seat, hoping that everything would turn out okay in the end…

So that’s my Fangirl Friday post! What do you think of my pick? What’s your favorite Pokemon movie and why? Let me know in the comments section below. As always THANK YOU for reading!!!

10 thoughts on “Fangirl Moment: Pokemon 2000

  1. It was always this and the first Pokémon movie I really loved. I also thought Pokémon Heroes and Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys were pretty good, too, but that was long, long ago. I’m in desperate need of a re-watch of all of these movies, but I can understand the love for 2000. If not for my undying love for Mewtwo, I’d probably rank 2000 as my favorite, too. But Mewtwo is Mewtwo, y’know?

    1. Those are all good Pokemon movies! I also really liked Pokemon 4 Ever. Someone told me that there was a Twitch Pokemon movie Marathon back in February and I believe a few of them are on Pokemon TV too.

      I will admit Mewtwo is awesome!

  2. Great choice! It’s not my favorite (that honor goes to the first movie with Mewtwo), but I have fond memories of this movie. It was awesome seeing Lugia, and the legendary birds are still my favorite Pokemon trio. I like how the birds have become so relevant again after Pokemon GO and everyone fighting over teams. We need a Lugia to quell all of these rivaling teams!

    1. Awww thank you Mr. Panda! Yeah I really like the first movie too. Mewtwo is just such a cool Pokemon and the overall message of the movie was pretty deep for a kid’s movie.

      I have seen so many Pokemon GO memes calling for Niantic to introduce a Team Lugia. That would be so cool!

    1. When I watched it the other day I actually started singing along to the opening theme song! I used to know how to play Lugia’s song on my flute…hmmm I wonder if I can still play it…

    1. Oh man really? That sounds so cool! My mom refused to buy me the cards when I was younger. So the only Pokemon card I ever had was a Sandshrew card someone left on our front step.

      It seems I’m in the minority here lol, most folks seem to prefer the first movie over the others.

  3. This was the last Pokémon movie I watched, my interest in the anime dwindled after this (I didn’t have satellite TV so couldn’t get a regular ‘Mon fix after terrestrial TV started experimenting with other anime properties) My memory of the movie is woeful, but I do remember really enjoying it, as I’ve always had a huge love for the legendary birds. I even had a poster up in my room for years afterwards. If it’s available to watch for free online then perhaps I should check it out and recapture some of my teenage nostalgia!

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