If you grew up in the 1990s, the saddest part of your childhood was probably when you watched Ash Ketchum die in the first Pokemon movie. After Ash saw all the pain his Pokemon were going through fighting their Mewtwo-created clones, he tried to intervene in the Legendary Pokemon's battle against Mew. Unfortunately, Ash got in the way of dual psychic blasts from Mew and Mewtwo, which turned him into stone.
The newest Pokemon movie, which had its world premiere earlier this week, features a similar tragic moment. During the movie, Ash and Pikachu encounter the wild Mythical Pokemon Marshadow. During the movie's climax, the mythical Pokemon Marshadow possesses numerous wild Pokemon and attacks Ash and his friends. When the wild Pokemon team up against Pikachu, they collectively fire a massive attack against Pikachu.
However, in a scene reminiscent to the first episode, Ash jumps in front of Pikachu and takes the blast, causing his body to disintegrate.
That's right: Ash Ketchum dies AGAIN in the 20th Pokemon movie.
But don't worry, there is a happy ending for Pokemon fans. Eventually Ash is resurrected by the Legendary Pokemon Ho-Oh, whom he had been looking for throughout the movie.
While that might seem a little cheesy, Ho-Oh has always had the powers of resurrection, having first used them to create Entei, Suicine, and Raikou when their original Pokemon forms perished in a fire in the ancient Johto region.
We won't spoil everything about the new movie (at least, not in this article) but we can say there's a very touching scene between Ash and Pikachu during his death that will leave every Pokemon fan in tears.
The new Pokemon movie comes out in Japan later this month and will likely come out in the US and Europe later this year.
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