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There is a legend that the God of Flames, God of Freezing, and the God of Thunder should not be disturbed or else the Heavens and Earth will become angry and wreak havoc on the planet. Only the God of the Sea can qualm their anger and restore peace to the planet. Gelardan, a Pokemon Collector, believes in the legend and decides to capture all three of the bird pokemon to bring out Lugia, the God of Water. He succeeds in capturing Fire (the God of Flames) and goes after the other two (Freezer and Thunder, the God of Freezing and the God of Thunder, respectively).
Satoshi crash-lands on the island chain where the Pokemon Gods are said to reside and is asked to go to the islands of Flames, Thunder, and Freeze to get small orb-like gems that'll calm the gods' angers and keep balance in the world. Satoshi gets the treasures of Freeze and Thunder before meeting Freezer and Thunder, who are arguing over who should get Fire's territory. Gelardan arrives to claim Thunder, and in the process he captures Satoshi-tachi as well. The Pokemon Trainers are soon released and eventually succeed in freeing both Fire and Thunder.
The three Pokemon Gods, having been brought to the same location, begin to fight. Suddenly, Lugia, the God of Water, appears. It fights off the legendary pokemon for a while to allow Satoshi to claim the final orb. After being aided by the Rocket trio, Satoshi finally obtains the third orb. He sets the three treasures on a pedestal as Fleura, the priestess who had been helping Satoshi and his friends on their journey, plays a soothing melody on her flute. The three Pokemon Gods are calmed down and return to their respective islands as the balance of nature is restored. Satoshi's mom appears and scolds her son for putting himself in so much danger, but she is proud of the fact that he helped save the world. Satoshi-tachi leaves the archipelago as Lugia returns to its home in the sea.
Satoshi and the others sleep as their pokemon have an adventure. Togepi goes exploring after a Ledyba when it gets lost in a pokemon valley. The other pokemon follow it into the valley, led by Elekid, where they are entertained by various pokemon. They're side-tracked for short while, but soon get back on the trail to rescue the little egg pokemon. A big storm comes as the pokemon struggle to hold on to the nest that Togepi's in, but by working together they're able to keep the egg pokemon safe.
The bigwigs involved with Mewtwo Strikes Back were overjoyed with how successful it was but they still didn't like how dark and grim it was. The goal of the second movie was to make it a much more light-hearted adventure film.
The producers of the movie had trouble deciding which pokemon would be the main stars. Mew and Mewtwo had already been used in the first movie and Ho-Oh had been rumored to appear in some temple somewhere in the Gold & Silver games so the only legendary pokemon left for them to use were the legendary bird trio Fire, Freezer, and Thunder. Screenplay writer Shudou Takeshi asked the game designers if he could create a new pokemon to act as a fourth legendary who represents the deep sea currents and, much to his surprise, they said yes. Shudou Takeshi doesn't actually state on his blog that he was the one who designed or even named the pokemon but it seems like the overall idea of "legendary pokemon who represents the sea" did come from him.
The working title for the movie was "The Mythical Pokemon X's Explosive Birth" (幻のポケモンX爆誕). This "X" codename for Lugia would later be used in the TV series and the 2005 GameCube game Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness Dark Lugia.
English title for this movie in Japan, as seen on its title screen and various promotional
materials, is "Revelation Lugia." The title is not a translation
of the Japanese title (that would be "The Mythical Pokemon Lugia's
Explosive Birth") and instead just seems to be a title the movie
producers thought would sound cool. The 4Kids dub ended up going
with a completely different title altogether.
Speaking of the
movie's title, Shudou Takeshi apparently wasn't comfortable with the
Japanese title "The Mythical Pokemon Lugia's Explosive Birth" and instead
preferred to refer to the film as "the second Pokemon movie"
instead. He explains
that the flashy word the title uses to stand out, bakudan (爆誕), doesn't actually
exist in the dictionary but is instead a made-up word that's a
combination of "explosive" (爆) and
"birth" (誕). Mr. Shudou was
uncomfortable with this word because it brings to mind hibakusha, the (somewhat
derogatory) term used to describe those who survived the atomic
bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in 1945. Mr. Shudou was
born a few years after the war ended but he still remembered being in
first grade and finding out that one of his upperclassman was a hibakusha. For him, the bakudan used in the movie's title
doesn't mean "explosive birth" (which doesn't even make sense, he adds,
since nothing is actually born in the movie) but instead means "birth
affected by the (atomic) bomb." When the title was proposed
during the writers' meeting Mr. Shudou said he didn't raise any
objections but that years later, looking back, he doesn't remember why
he kept his mouth shut. He goes on to admit that he's probably
the only person
who thinks about the title this deeply.
There was originally a scene that would have explained more about Gelardan and his connection to the Mew card we see him pick up at the end of the movie but it ended up getting cut for time.
Revelation Lugia and Pikachu's Exploration Party have seen six home releases between the two of them.
Fans who purchased a pre-order ticket also received a set of exclusive postage stamps.
The movie made 6.2 billion yen during its theatrical run in Japan. This is down from the 7.24 billion the first movie made.
Pokémon The Movie 2000 made $43,758,684 during its theatrical run in the U.S. The movie came in at number three in its opening weekend and made $19,575,608 over the weekend. The movie was released in 2,752 theaters nationwide.
The manga adaptation of Revelation Lugia was printed in booklet included in the July 1999 issue of CoroCoro Comics.
It was never collected into graphic novel format and is therefore one of the most difficult manga to get a hold of.
A total of three CDs were released specifically for this movie.
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