Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction

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Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
Cocoon Diancie.jpg
Japanese theatrical poster
Japanese ポケモン・ザ・ムービーXY 「破壊の繭とディアンシー」
Hepburn Pokemon Za Mūbī Ekkusu Wai "Hakai no Mayu to Dianshī"
Literally Pokémon the Movie XY: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama
Produced by Takemoto Mori
Choji Yoshikawa
Yukio Kawasaki
Junya Okamoto
Koichi Kawase
Screenplay by Hideki Sonoda
Based on Pokémon: XY 
by
Starring
Music by Shinji Miyazaki
Production
company
Distributed by Toho (Japan)
Viz Media (North America)
Release dates
  • July 19, 2014 (2014-07-19) (Japan)
Running time
75 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office ¥2,564,370,694 (US$26,732,338)[1]

Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (ポケモン・ザ・ムービーXY 「破壊の繭とディアンシー」 Pokemon Za Mūbī Ekkusu Wai "Hakai no Mayu to Dianshī"?, lit. "Pokémon the Movie XY: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction") is a 2014 Japanese anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama. It is the 17th Pokémon anime movie and the first movie in the XY Series. The movie was released in Japanese theaters on July 19, 2014.[2] The movie features the Jewel Pokémon, Diancie, alongside Xerneas, the Life Pokémon, and Yveltal, the Destruction/Death Pokémon. It was shown on Cartoon Network in the United States, and premiered in Australia and in New Zealand on theaters on November 8, 2014. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on December 17, 2014, and on DVD format in the United States on February 17, 2015.

Plot[edit]

In a country called "Diamond Domain" (ダイヤモンド鉱国 Daiyamondo Kōkoku?)[Note 1] lies the powerful Heart Diamond (聖なるダイヤ Seinaru Daiya?, "Holy Diamond"), which has served as the kingdom's source of energy and maintained the Ore Country for centuries. Many Carbink live in Diamond Domain, including their princess - the Jewel Pokémon, Diancie, who created the Heart Diamond. Diancie no longer has the power to control the Heart Diamond and her country is falling into chaos as a result.

One day, Diancie meets with Ash and his friends and asks them to go on a journey to find the Life Pokémon, Xerneas, in order to restore the Heart Diamond. Standing in their way is the Pokémon of Destruction, Yveltal, who once stole all of the life in the Kalos Region. During their journey they are attacked by Team Rocket, as well as the jewel thieves Marilyn Flame and Ninja Riot. They are aided by Millis Steel and her father Argus, thieves who want to use Diancie's power and also encounter the Cocoon Of Destruction.

Production[edit]

The movie was first announced after the theatrical release of Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened, with a short trailer shown. Later in December 2013, the January 2014 issue of CoroCoro Comic confirmed the title of the movie, alongside the official website's announcement with the official trailer featured on the official movie website. The first poster of the movie shows all the confirmed Mega Evolutions of some Pokémon in Pokémon X and Y.[3] The February issue of CoroCoro states that the movie will revolve around the "Magnificent Battle" between Xerneas and Yveltal as well as the hidden meaning to the title, related to the Destruction Pokémon. It also notes that many Legendary Pokémon and several Mega Evolutions will appear in the film.[4]

The Cocoon of Destruction was shown alongside the Pikachu Short Pikachu, What's This Key? (ピカチュウ、これなんのカギ? Pikachū, Kore Nan no Kagi??) on which will feature the new Pokémon Klefki. The magazine also reveals that it will also feature Jirachi, Victini, Manaphy, and Darkrai as special guests.[5]

The film made its English language debut on November 8, 2014 on Cartoon Network in the United States, and in theaters in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, a prequel to the movie, titled Diancie: Princess of the Diamond Domain made its debut on the American Pokémon Trading Card Game website on November 5, 2014 with Carbink, Pangoro, and an Ariados.[6]

Setting[edit]

The film's official setting was based on Canada, with locations include the city of Ottawa, the Rideau Canal, the town of Merrickville, Skydeck Tower, the Thousand Islands of Saint Lawrence River, the city of Toronto, Quebec and the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The castle from the opening theme is the Château Frontenac and the fight occurs on Terrace Dufferin. Director Yuyama stated that it is the first time since Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom that he and his crew gone in a location shoot for the film.[7]

Cast[edit]

Regular characters[edit]

Character Voice Actor (Japanese) Voice Actor (English)
Satoshi/Ash Rica Matsumoto Sarah Natochenny
Pikachu Ikue Ōtani
Serena Mayuki Makiguchi Haven Paschall
Citron/Clemont Yūki Kaji Michael Liscio Jr.
Eureka/Bonnie Mariya Ise Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
Musashi/Jessie Megumi Hayashibara Michelle Knotz
Kojirō/James Shin-ichiro Miki Jimmy Zoppi
Nyarth/Meowth Inuko Inuyama
Narrator Unshō Ishizuka Rodger Parsons

Guest characters[edit]

  • Diancie (ディアンシー Dianshī?): Known as the Jewel Pokémon, Diancie is the princess of the Diamond Domain, home to Carbink that keep it peaceful as well the Heart Diamond that keeps it safe from outsiders. However, Diancie is growing weak, as is the Heart Diamond. She seeks out Ash and his friends to help her find the Life Pokémon Xerneas to restore her life energy, but on the way they are attacked by the Destruction Pokémon Yveltal.[8][9] Diancie is voiced by Marika Matsumoto in the original Japanese version and by Caitlin Glass in the English dub.
  • Argus Steel (アルガス・スティール Argus Steel?): The father of Millis Steel. A man who loves chocolate and owns a blimp. He wants to use Diancie's power to create diamonds. He is voiced by Reiji Nakagawa in Japanese and by Pete Zarustica in English.
  • Millis Steel (ミリス・スティール Millis Steel?): A travelling trainer whose Pokémon is Chesnaught. She and her father help rescue Diancie only to reveal they want to use her power to their advantage and they only rescued her so that Ash and his friends could help her to make real diamonds and then they could kidnap her. She is voiced by Shōko Nakagawa in Japanese and Brittney Lee Hamilton in English.
  • Marilyn Flame (マリリン・フレーム Marilyn Flame?) and Ninja Riot (ニンジャ・ライオット Ninja Riot?): A pair of jewel thieves who attack Diancie. Director Kunihiko Yuyama stated that they would be more lighthearted than previous movie villains, using interactions and exchanges to provide humor. Yuyama also stated that Marilyn Flame was designed with "more sex appeal than any earlier character, to give the adults a little bonus". Marilyn Flame's partner Pokémon is Delphox while Ninja Riot's is Greninja.[10] Marilyn Flame and Ninja Riot are voiced by Rika Adachi and Kōichi Yamadera, respectively. Their respective English voice actors are Lianne Marie Dobbs and Marc Thompson.

Music[edit]

The film's ending theme is titled "Yoake no Ryūseigun" (夜明けの流星群?, lit. "Dawn of the Meteor Shower") by Scandal.[11] The ending single was released on July 16, 2014.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kōkoku (鉱国?) combines the word for ore (?, aragane in kun'yomi and in on'yomi) and country ( koku?). There are various words that are also read as kōkoku: duchy/principality (公国 kōkoku?), empire (皇国 kōkoku?, usually referring to the Empire of Japan), marquisate (侯国 kōkoku?, also used for principality), and prosperous country (興国 kōkoku?, usually referring to the Kōkoku era of Japanese history).

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "新しい幻のポケモンが映画に登場!その名も『ディアンシー』 | ポケモン映画公式サイト「破壊の繭とディアンシー」同時上映「ピカチュウ、これなんのカギ?」". Pokemon-movie.jp. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
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