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Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions
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Caution: spoilers.

This is the 13th movie based on the Pokémon TV series.

At the start, Ash, Brock, and Dawn are watching a new sport called Baccer on TV, which is played by pokemon. There's a man named Kodai who apparently has the legendary pokemon Suicune, Entei, and Raikou, and is transporting them to Crown City for a Baccer championship. But we soon see that he actually doesn't have these pokemon, though he does have holographic representations of them, which he uses to teach a pokemon called Zoroark to assume their forms by using its power of illusion. Kodai is able to force Zoroark to follow his bidding because he also has caught a Zorua (Zoroark's pre-evolutionary form). It's not clear whether this particular Zorua and Zoroark are actually related, though they do want to protect each other. Anyway, Zorua escapes from Kodai's airplane, though Kodai still has visual data on it that he's able to use to trick Zoroark into believing he still has Zorua. So he gets Zoroark to appear in the guise of the three legendary pokemon and create the illusion of wreaking havoc on Crown City. After a while, we learn that he does this in order to get the city evacuated so he'll be free to pursue his true goal, which is locating a time ripple which appears somewhere in the city. 20 years ago, he discovered another time ripple there, and when he touched it, he gained the power to have visions of the future, which allowed him to become successful in business. But now his power is fading, and he wants to find another time ripple, to refresh his power.

Meanwhile, Zorua hooks up with Ash and his friends, and talks to them using telepathy. They decide to help it find and rescue Zoroark (who Zorua calls "Meema"), even while Kodai is airing footage of the illusory legendary pokemon rampaging, so he can promise the people of Crown City that he'll catch the Zoroark, which he says is controlling the legendary pokemon (which are supposed to be the city's guardians). Another important pokemon in the story is the time-traveling Celebi, which had appeared 20 years ago to restore the plants in the city after they mysteriously died. Now Celebi is back, and hooks up with the good guys. Also there's a reporter named Karl who is investigating Kodai, and hooks up with our heroes. We also see a bit of an old couple who I think are Karl's grandparents. (Or maybe they're not even a couple, I'm not sure, but at least one of them is his grandparent.) And there's a woman named Rowena (who we like), who apparently works for Kodai, though actually she's an undercover reporter who's also a friend of Karl's. She eventually joins our heroes, as well. And all of them work together to try to reunite Zorua and Zoroark, and foil Kodai's evil plans.

And, that's about all I can think to say. I feel like I've already given away too much. Anyway, the movie wasn't bad. *shrug*

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