The movie is the scariest anime movie for kids

With a creepy season in the making, anime lovers will no doubt be looking for the next shocking and gory anime to satisfy their lust for fear. But even these people will probably want to watch anime with younger viewers every now and then. Of course, classic movies like Spirited Away and Kiki’s delivery service would serve anime fans well, but one movie really taps into the depths of horror, despite being intended for kids.

Premiered in 2001, Pokemon 3: The Movie begins with an ancient curse in a ruined city a la Universal’s classic the mummy. A child’s superpowered wishes distort reality and force a woman to lose her mind. Although at first glance an action/adventure movie like most pokemon movies, the anime’s third major entry features a horror-informed plot and twists and turns on the pokemon formula, making the film much more of a Halloween-worthy entry than the rest of the pokemon movies. From beginning to end, Pokemon 3: The Movie is a great horror anime for kids.

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Pokémon 3: The Movie Twists a Child’s Wishes to Help an Alien Force

Pokemon 3: The Movie begins with the creation of the main antagonist, a young child named Molly, who loves her father very much. He is called away to an archaeological expedition, where the horror begins. The man is simply an explorer trying to find out about a bygone civilization, but he is stolen and disappears into another world full of strange creatures and psychedelic effects. He was last seen aimlessly and presumed dead by the members of his estate, which is now a huge mansion that is empty except for his daughter. As she innocently plays with what she believes to be a toy in a Ouija-esque crossword puzzle, the same creatures that stole her father now isolate the girl in a crystal fortress.

This crystal fortress, like the rest of the film, is a perverse representation of what the girl actually wants. She wants her father back, so she gets a roaring, fire-breathing monster, Entei. She wants to have a Pokémon battle, so her creature is reconfigured to look older and given Pokémon that have been ridiculously overpowered. The whole story revolves around the extra-dimensional creatures with psychic powers who essentially perform a “Monkey’s Paw” scenario with the girl’s thoughts and dreams.

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Elements of the film are especially frightening for children

Within the first few minutes of the film, Ash’s mother, Delia, is stolen by the same Entei whom Molly must believe is her father. She is hypnotized into believing she is Molly’s mother, and eventually realizes she isn’t, just in time to see her son and his companions run across the gamut by this girl. This all takes place after it is determined that both of Molly’s parents have died very recently and suddenly, meaning the first 20 minutes of the film essentially serve to have children abandoned by their parents three times over.

This is not to say that so much of the film is based on the concept of twisted wishes. Every child would love to have their own beautiful castle, but at what cost? Even the ending of the film, though upbeat, teases that Molly and her father have been reunited with Molly’s mother, even though she is determined to have passed away before the events of the film. Even after the film’s end, there’s some implication that the Unown’s curse is present in Molly’s life, meaning all is not well in her world, even if viewers are lulled to sleep hoping otherwise.

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