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Pokémon: 10 Times The Movies Completely Ignored The Anime
Edward Rose
2021-07-06T03:41:47
pokemon misty brock scared ash sad zygarde cell
pokemon misty brock scared ash sad zygarde cell
While the Pokémon movies do their best to acknowledge what happens in the anime, it's not always easy for the writers to do so. Keeping continuity with everything that's happened or been happening in the anime series is a tall task, and as a result, there are certain instances when the movies ignore the anime.
Between the anime and the movies, there are massive amounts of storylines and events that take place in various locations featuring many different Pokémon and human characters. Naturally, this creates some discrepancies and contradictions between the movies and the anime series. And then there are certain movies that ignore the anime outright.

10 None Of The Pokémon Ash Has In The Anime Appear In The Power Of Us (Besides Pikachu)

Pokemon Movie The Power Of Us Ash With Pikachu Totodile Togepi
Pokemon Movie The Power Of Us Ash With Pikachu Totodile Togepi
With The Power Of Us being a spin-off from the main series, it's difficult to place it in terms of where it fits with the anime. It was released between episode 81 and 82 of the Sun & Moon series, but it bears no correlation to the events that took place in the anime. If the movie featured any of Ash's Pokémon other than Pikachu, fans would have an easier time placing it, but the writers neglected to include them.

9 Brock & Misty Were Replaced With New Characters In I Choose You

Brock and Misty were Ash's main traveling companions in the original series. I Choose You was set in an alternate timeline, but as a reboot of the original, which tied in heavily with the events of the anime, the omission of Brock and Misty made for a controversial choice.
It is not strictly true to say that Brock and Misty didn't appear in this movie, as they did make a small appearance but only in the credits. As for the actual movie, fans were instead introduced to Sorrel and Verity.

8 A Major Rule Is Ignored In Volcanion & The Mechanical Marvel

Volcanion drags Ash around
Volcanion drags Ash around
The 19th Pokémon movie featured a battle that not only ignored the anime but also the rules of the franchise as a whole. In Volcanion And The Mechanical Marvel, Levi and Cherie, two of the antagonists, send out their Mega Wave army in a battle with Ash. It shouldn't be possible for a person to carry more than 6 Pokémon, but Levi and Cherie's army was made up of 14, giving them an unfair advantage.

7 Ash Didn't Have His Usual Traveling Companions In The 21st Movie

Pokemon Ash and Pikachu Happy
Pokemon Ash and Pikachu Happy
The 21st Pokémon movie was somewhat of a departure from what fans have come to know and love about the series. One of the ways this movie ignored the anime was that, with the exception of Pikachu, Ash traveled alone. He had human companions, the main one being beginner trainer Risa, but they didn't travel beyond Fula City, where the events of The Power Of Us took place. The movie also neglected to include any of Ash's previous companions, with the likes of Brock, Misty, Serena, and May nowhere to be seen.

6 Team Rocket Had Non-Speaking Roles In Kyurem Vs. The Sword Of Justice

Team Rocket Pokemon Meowth Jessie and James
Team Rocket Pokemon Meowth Jessie and James
Since their first appearance in the second episode, Jessie, James, and Meowth, better known as Team Rocket, featured in every episode of the anime series until Black & White, in which they began to appear more sporadically. While the iconic villains are featured but do not meet Ash and his friends in several of the movies, Kyurem VS. The Sword Of Justice is the only movie to see them adopt non-speaking roles. This is a far cry from the anime, where their cheesy wordplay and trademark catchphrases have been a mainstay over the course of the entire series.

5 Ash Sees A Pokémon For "The First Time" In The 4th Movie That He's Already Seen In The Anime

Goh's Suicune
Goh's Suicune
The 4th Pokémon movie was released between episodes 205 and 206. It centered on the legendary Pokémon Suicune, which Ash saw in episode 117, "Don't Touch That 'dile." Despite this, when Ash saw Suicune in Celebi: The Voice Of The Forest and called Professor Oak to ask about it, Ash made no mention of having seen it before. It's hard to believe that he would have forgotten, given it's a Legendary Pokémon, so it's most likely that the writers simply ignored that Ash had seen Suicune in the anime.

4 There's No Mention Of What Region Ash Is In During The Power Of Us

Pokemon Movie Power Of Us Ash and Pikachu Windy
Pokemon Movie Power Of Us Ash and Pikachu Windy
The Power Of Us saw a number of things that have been featured throughout the entire anime series get thrown out the window. One such thing was that there was no confirmation regarding the region in which the movie takes place. The action takes place in Fula City, but the movie doesn't say what region the seaside city is in.
Usually, the region of a particular movie is made known to fans to make them aware of the setting and the kind of Pokémon Ash and his friends are likely to encounter, but not this time. There were also no references in this movie to what regions Ash had visited or what adventures he'd been on.

3 Squishy's Miraculous Evolution Happened In Volcanion & The Mechanical Marvel Even Though Z2 Was In Team Flare's Possession

Pokemon Squishy in Forest
Pokemon Squishy in Forest
There are certain idiosyncrasies in the Pokémon world that even the writers must have trouble remembering. Zygarde is one such case. The 19th Pokémon movie saw Squishy evolve into Complete Zygarde. In an episode that came out after the movie was released, it was established that in order for this to happen, both Zygarde cores, Squishy and Z2, need to align and be in agreement to use all their cells. Volcanion And The Mechanical Marvel takes place after the events of episode 123 of the XY series, but in episode 107 of the series, Z2 had been captured by Team Flare, making it theoretically impossible for Complete Zygarde to form in the movie.

2 I Choose You Created An Alternate Timeline From The Anime

Pokemon I Choose You Ash Pikachu Ho-oh
Pokemon I Choose You Ash Pikachu Ho-oh
The 20th Pokémon movie, I Choose You was the first to create an alternate timeline for Ash. As such, it didn't follow the continuity of the anime series in a number of ways. For one thing, none of the human characters introduced in Sun & Moon, the series that was airing at the time I Choose You was released, appeared.
Additionally, various Pokémon knew moves that they didn't learn until later series, such as Pikachu's Iron Tail, or ones that they didn't learn at all in the main series, such as Butterfree's Gust. Also, only Pikachu, Butterfree, and Charizard are shown being owned by Ash, with others that he obtained throughout his Kanto journey—notably Bulbasaur and Squirtle—not referenced as belonging to him.

1 Ash Doesn't Catch Or Keep Any Pokémon In The Power Of Us

Ash from Pokemon Worried
Ash from Pokemon Worried
Given that a major part of the anime is about Ash trying to catch Pokémon to become a Pokémon master, it's a little strange that in The Power Of Us, he doesn't catch any. Well, technically speaking he does, when he enters the Pokémon Catch Race competition, where Trainers try and catch the strongest Pokémon that have been sent roaming around Fula City. The only thing holding Ash back is that they are not allowed to keep the Pokémon caught during the competition. Ash even helps Risa catch an Eevee, but in terms of him progressing toward being a Pokémon master, that aspect is ignored in this movie.
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