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Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Power Of... Us? What Happened to One?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Completely changing the message of Pokémon the Movie: The Power of One, and the consequences...

Continuing off the rebooted alternate timeline established in the 20th Pokémon movie, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You (live-reacted-to by KoopaTV's staff over here), the 21st Pokémon movie is based off of Pokémon the Movie: The Power of One (otherwise known as Pokémon 2000), but in an alternate timeline. And by based off, I mean they have little in common other than Ash, Pikachu, Team Rocket, and there being a plot focused on Lugia. The 21st movie is the second movie in the alternate timeline, and The Power of One is the second movie in the original timeline.

It'll be called Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us.

The Power of Us's trailer is about “some things I can't do alone, but together...!”
The Power of One's trailer is about “how one person will make all the difference.”

See what they did there? They turned “One” into “Us”. Now, there are two possibilities that I can think of for why that happened:
  1. Consider that, in a way, The Power of Us is a sequel to The Power of One... like, “The Power of One 2”. Given that, they decided to just pluralise it as wordplay.
  2. They wanted to do away with the individualistic, “one person can make a difference” message and turn it into a collectivist one because of ideology.

One of the reasons that we're big fans of Pokémon the Movie: The Power of One is because of the song, The Power of One, sung by (the late) Donna Summer. It drives home that one person can make a difference, and it empowers individuals.

Herman Cain, the guy who inspired KoopaTV, also really likes the song and its message. He dropped out of his 2011–2012 Republican presidential bid by quoting The Power of One:

Will The Power of Us have a phenomenal song like that? That's how we'll be judging it.

...Also, awkwardly enough, today Herman Cain announced that he's ending his radio show stint at WSB. This is after we've watched his radio show go from a full three hours, to two hours, to just one hour, over the span of just a couple of years. He'll now have two...minutes.

Is it coincidence that when the reboot movie's title was announced to be dramatically different from the original movie's message, that Herman Cain drops out of the radio hosting business? I think not. 

With Herman Cain's life tied to The Power of One, what is KoopaTV tied to? Speculate in the comments section, and also speculate about the thematic differences between The Power of One and The Power of Us! It will have a limited theatrical release at the end of November 2018.

KoopaTV actually interviewed Herman Cain and asked who his favourite Pokémon is.
KoopaTV's staff actually watched and live-reacted to the entire The Power of Us movie here. Check it out!

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