Pokémon: The Power of Us (劇場版ポケットモンスター みんなの物語 Pocket Monsters the Movie: Min'na no Monogatari Everyone's Story) is the 21st Pokémon movie. While it takes place in the same universe as the previous movie and features Lugia like Pokémon 2000 did, it currently appears that the story is vastly different from Pokémon 2000.
The teaser was revealed in December 2017, the first trailer was revealed on February 26, 2018, and the second was revealed on April 8, 2018, revealing that the movie will also feature the third mythical Pokémon from Generation VII, Zeraora.
Once a year, a "wind festival" is held in Fura City, the city where people live together with the wind. On the final day of the festival, the legendary Pokémon Lugia will appear and give the people the blessed wind, a promise said to date back to the distant past. Risa, the highschooler and Pokémon rookie. Callahan, the braggart that just can't stop telling tall tales. Toren, the timid researcher that lacks confidence. Harriet, the old eccentric that hates Pokémon. Margo, the mysterious little girl that hangs around in the forest all by herself.
While they're participating in the festival, Ash and Pikachu meet these five companions by pure coincidence. Each of them has their own worries on their mind, and are unable to take a step forward together with their partner Pokémon, but when they meet each other, the cogs of destiny start turning...
Will the promise with Lugia be kept? And just what is the true identity of the mythical Pokémon Zeraora? Everyone's friendship, both people's and Pokémon's, will now cause a miracle to occur.
Its international release, as well as its name for international markets, was announced on July 30, 2018. It received a limited theatrical release in the United States on November 24, 2018.
It was the final Pokémon film to feature Unshō Ishizuka as the narrator before he died less than one month after its release.
Tropes that this movie provides:
- Absentee Actor: Ash's Charizard doesn't appear in the movie, despite still being in his possession at the end of I Choose You.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Ash has rounder features, larger eyes, and a softer outline, giving him a more bishonen-esque look. It's in stark contrast to the more angular designs pre-Sun and Moon, including the previous movie.
- Alternate Continuity: It takes place in a separate continuity from the anime, though it is in the same continuity as the previous movie.
- Art Evolution: Continues from the evolution of the previous film and the anime prior to the Sun and Moon series reverting to a more cartoonish style; notably, the shading and character design has been stepped up even compared to the previous films.
- Big Eater: Pikachu and Ash arrive at a wind festival... and immediately go for the food.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- Risa being a long-distance runner comes in handy when she is the only one who can put the Eternal Flame back in place before dawn.
- The precious box Harriet keeps on her while her home is being ransacked by Pokémon is the key that activates the propellers on the wind plant.
- The Lum Berries Team Rocket were selling become key to a new antidote after the first one fails.
- Close on Title: Whilst the film's title shows up near the start of the film, it appears once again during the closing narration.
- Cross-Referenced Titles: The last Pokémon movie to feature Lugia was titled The Power of One.
- Deuteragonist: While the story has an ensemble cast, Risa seems to have the most focus aside from Ash himself. More recently, however, this trope seems to apply to Margo as well.
- Expy: Harriet is this to Sorrel from the previous movie. The main crux that completely separates both of them being too similar is the fact that unlike Sorrel getting over his dead Luxray through getting another Pokémon, Harriet didn't find renewed interest in Pokémon by not having another one, leading to her hatred of them.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Harriet's Snubbull is seen being consumed by an explosion at the old power plant.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Zeraora's reason for hating humans comes from the fact that, in the past, a forest fire decimated a whole mountain region, but humans ran away and left Pokémon to die in the fire. While Zeraora saved as many as it could, it grew angry at them, which only got worse when humans found out about its existence and poachers tried to capture it.
- Insult of Endearment: Harriet angrily calls the Pokémon following her "scamps" early on. Later, though, she uses the term more affectionately.
- Multicolored Hair: Risa has blonde hair with pink tips.
- Mythology Gag:
- Lugia's theme from the Japanese version of Pokémon 2000 returns as a Recurring Riff for Lugia's appearances.
- Togepi using Metronome to help save the day? Misty's used it quite a bit in the anime (including The Power of One), but this time Harriet and Callahan see it plain as day and are shocked at a giant Hydro Cannon coming from the little egg.
- Noodle Incident: Ash mentions that Team Rocket are always causing trouble, showing that this version of Ash actually had some encounters against them after I Choose You.
- Production Foreshadowing: Risa's strong relationship to her Eevee seems to be a deliberate tie in to Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, and the trailer featuring her Eevee was released before said games were officially announced.
- Revisiting the Roots:
- Pulls elements from 2000 and Heroes, as well as having a lot of Generation II Pokémon featured prominently. As mentioned, the English dub's subtitle even references the subtitle of Pokémon 2000, The Power of One.
- Toren as a shy, green haired person whose partner is a Chansey is very similar to Cheryl from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
- Safety in Indifference: Harriet's reason to hate Pokémon sterns from the fact that her Snubbull died in the past trying to retrieve keys for the plant during the burning forest incident.
- Shrinking Violet: Toren is described as timid and lacking confidence in himself.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Margo was prominently shown in promotional material than the other named characters in later trailers due to her relation with Zeraora, who is an important key character in the movie.
- The Stinger: Two of them. First there's Risa coming back to visit her brother in the hospital at which point it's revealed that he was the announcer of the PokéRun Channel program that's been seen throughout the movie as well as Ash and Pikachu running towards their next adventure, and the second which is a brief teaser for the next movie featuring Mewtwo's voice asking "Where am I? Who am I" and a CG shot of Mewtwo's eyes opening. The latter isn't seen in international screenings.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Risa has pink in her hair that may-or-may-not be dyed, Toren has green hair, and Margo has magenta hair similar to Jessie's.