Victini and the Black Hero,
Zekrom & Victini and the
White Hero, Reshiram

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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | BW Movie 01

Pocket Monsters Best Wishes
Movie #1
Pocket Monsters Best Wishes
Movie #1
Victini and the Dark Hero, Zekrom
ビクティニと黒き英雄 ゼクロム

(Victini and the Black Hero, Zekrom)

"Pokémon The Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom"
Victini and the Light Hero, Reshiram
ビクティニと白き英雄 レシラム
(Victini and the White Hero, Reshiram)

"Pokémon The Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram"

Victini and the White Hero, Reshiram Pokemon The Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram
Pokemon The Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom
Click on the posters to view the full-sized version.

Main Film Basic Synopsis

Satoshi, Pikachu, Iris, and Dent have traveled to the town of Aint Oak (アイントオーク) to see a castle in the middle of the town called "The Sword of the Earth" (大地の剣).  The town used to flourish as "the country of the people of the earth" (大地の民の王国) but has fallen into decline in recent years.  Satoshi and his friends are competing in a battle tournament at the Harvest Festival being held in Aint Oak when they befriend Victini, a pokemon capable of giving its mysterious power to humans and other pokemon.

One of the descendants of the people of the earth, a man named Dread Grangil, wishes to return the country to its former glory.  He plans to use Victini's power to mobilize "The Sword of the Earth," causing trouble for the town of Aint Oak!

Can Satoshi and his friends save the town?  What will become of Victini?  Together with the mysteries of Reshiram and Zekrom, the most adventurous and emotional story in pokemon history is approaching!


A teaser trailer for the film was shown at the end of The Master of Illusions, Zoroark.  A small ad was also printed in the back of the pamphlet for the film.

"To be released in 2011!  Wait for it at the theaters!"

For the first Best Wishes! film, director Yuyama Kunihiko went location hunting in France.  They went to Nice, Gourdon, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Èze, Mont St-Michel, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Sainte-Agnès, Peillon, Cagnes-sur-Mer, and the French Riviera.  The crew spent five days in the country.

In a special message posted on the movie's official website, director Yuyama Kunihiko reveals that Victini will live in a village on top of a mountain and be able to share its energy with the other pokemon who live there.  It will also be able to camouflage itself from the village's inhabitants.  Mr. Yuyama goes on to say that Satoshi and his friends will visit the village, meet Victini, and find themselves caught up in a number of incidents.  Unlike the previous movie,
The Master of Illusions, Zoroark, the action in this movie isn't be confined to just one town.

A special Vicitini with the fire-type move "V Generate" was given out as a pre-order bonus.  It knows
"Flame Bomb" ("Searing Shot" in the English version of the games), holds a Flame Jewel ("Flame Gem"), has a Wish Ribbon, and be kept in a Precious Ball.

Release/General Information

Japanese Premiere Date July 16th, 2011
Japanese Availability N/A
Domestic Premiere Date December 2011
Domestic Availability N/A
Opening Theme
ベ ストウイッシュ!(Movie Edit)
(Best Wishes (New Mix & Edit))
Performed by Matsumoto Rika
Closing Theme
("Victini and the Black Hero,
宙 -そら-
Performed by Every Little Thing
Closing Theme
("Victini and the White Hero, Reshiram")
響- こえ-
Performed by Every Little Thing
Main Staff
Original Story Tajiri Satoshi (田尻智)
Production Company
Shogakukan Production
Animation Production Company OLM
Executive Producers
Kubo Masakazu (久保雅一)
Fukunaga Susumu (
福永 晋)
Ishihara Tsunekazu (石原恒和)
Animation Supervisor Kotabe Yuu'ichi (小田部羊一)
Director Yuyama Kunihiko (湯山邦彦)

For a detailed list of the entire staff of the film, click here.

Principal Cast

Satoshi Rika Matsumoto
Sarah Natochenny
Pikachu Ohtani Ikue
Ohtani Ikue
Dent Miyano Mamoru
Jason Griffith
Yuuki Aoi
悠木 碧
Eileen Stevens
Tsuda Minami
Kayzie Rogers

Musashi Hayashibara Megumi
Michelle Knotz
Kojirou Miki Shin'ichirou
Billy Beach
Nyasu Inuyama Inuko
Billy Beach
Narration Ishizuka Unshou
Rodger Parsons

Utsumi Kenji
Dread (boy)
Takahashi Chiaki
Mogami Tsuguo
Furushima Kiyotaka
Satou Kensuke
Fukuen Misato

Mizuta Wasabi
Kanai Mika
Kanai Mika
Fujimura Chika
Watanabe Akeno

Nishimura Chinami
Kotobuki Minako
Takagaki Ayahi
Tomatsu Haruka
戸松 遥
Toyosaki Aki
Hayashi Yuuki

Takahashi Hideki
Tanihara Shousuke
Carlita Ishihara Satomi

Tsuruno Takeshi
Momont Yamadera Kou'ichi
Victini Mizuki Nana
Shade / Aude
Nakagawa Shouko

Janta Daichi Mao

Japanese Box Office Performance

Gross-to-date (both films):  4,076,078,300 yen (as of September 7th, 2011)
Gross-to-date (Black Hero, Zekrom):  174,438,500
yen (as of August 24th, 2011)
Gross-to-date (White Hero, Reshiram):  1,949,341,500 yen (as of August 24th, 2011)

The films opened in second place, being beaten by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.  The first Best Wishes! movies debuted in 351 screens across the country, with each screen switching back and forth between the Zekrom movie and the Reshiram movie at regular intervals.  Individually, Victini and the Black Hero, Zekrom earned 386,201,950 yen while Victini and the White Hero, Reshiram earned 440,104,850 yen.  Rounding out the top three for the weekend was Studio Ghibli's Kokuriko Zakara.

The top three remained the same for the film's second week in theaters. 

The films dropped to fourth place in its third weekend, with Harry Potter keeping its first place spot, Transformers Dark of the Moon in second place, and Cars 2 in third place.

They dropped one more spot in their fourth weekend due to the arrival of the new Kamen Rider film.  Theatrical Edition Kamen Rider OOO Wonderful the Movie: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals came in first place, knocking Harry Potter down to number two, Transformers to number three, and Cars 2 to number four.

The movies continued their way down the chart in its fifth weekend, dropping to sixth place.  No new films were introduced to knock the film down a spot; instead, the fall was due to a reshuffling of films that were already showing in theaters.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 regained its number one spot, Transformers Dark of the Moon regained its number two spot, Cars 2 reclaimed number three, Theatrical Edition Kamen Rider OOO Wonderful the Movie: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals dropped three ranks down to fourth place, and Kokuriko Zakara climbed back up to fifth place. 

In week number six, the movies remained in their sixth place spot. 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 kept its number one spot, newcomer Kung Fu Panda 2 opened at number two, Transformers Dark of the Moon dropped to number three, Kokuriko Zakara came in at number four, and Theatrical Edition Kamen Rider OOO Wonderful the Movie: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals dropped down to fifth place.

In its seventh week, the Pocket Monsters Best Wishes movies jumped up two ranks to number four, most likely due to kids flocking to theaters for the last weekend of summer vacation.  First place went to God's Clinical Records, a Japanese film based on the best-selling book by Natsukawa Sousuke.  Second place went to
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, and third place went to Kung Fu Panda 2.

School starting back again after summer vacation is most likely to blame for the films' steep drop to tenth place in their eigth week.

Overall, the two films together brought in
4,076,078,300 yen, making it the fifth year in a row that a Pocket Monsters film has passed the four billion yen mark.  They have also been the best performing Japanese films of 2011.

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Further Information

(BW Movie 01)

The Manga Adaptation

Character Bios - Humans
(Victini and the Black Hero, Zekrom)

Character Bios - Humans
(Victini and the White Hero, Reshiram)

Character Bios - Pokemon
(both films)

Differences between the two films
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