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Relation to the main anime
==Relation to the main anime==
Generally, Pokémon movies and long specials have little to no impact on the overall plotline of the anime and fans will argue as to whether or not they are considered true [[canon]]. Evidence going either way is sparse, with many details, such as the fact that {{Ash}}, {{an|Dawn}}, and {{an|Brock}} having met {{mov|Dialga}} and {{mov|Palkia}} in ''[[M10|The Rise of Darkrai]]'', ''[[M11|Giratina and the Sky Warrior]]'', and ''[[M12|Arceus and the Jewel of Life]]'' going unmentioned when the [[Legendary Pokémon]] are seen again in ''[[DP152|The Battle Finale of Legend!]]''. Other details introduced in movies, such as Ash's [[Aura]] abilities as well as Dawn's [[Lunar Wing]], have in fact been referenced by the main anime. ''[[M20|I Choose You!]]'' is a unique exception in these regards, instead being an alternate retelling of Ash's early journey, with the following movie, ''[[M21|The Power of Us]]'', being strongly implied to take place in that same alternate timeline.
The three Sun and Moon series movies are unique exceptions in these regards: ''[[M20|I Choose You!]]'' is an alternate retelling of Ash's early journey in a continuity completely independent of the main series, with the following movie, ''[[M21|The Power of Us]]'', being an original story also set within that continuity. Finally, [[M22]] is the first Pokémon movie to be a remake, being a CGI retelling of ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back]]''.
It is possible that early on, the movies were intended to have no impact on the main anime continuity, as Mewtwo's erasure of everyone's memories at the conclusion of ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back]]'' means that the events of the movie don't have much continuing impact on the series. However, as the series has progressed, more references to past movies have been made, with Ash recognizing a {{p|Latios}} immediately in ''[[DP189|The Semi-Final Frontier!]]'', despite having only seen one previously in ''[[M05|Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias]]''.