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* This is the first Pokémon movie to not air a [[Pikachu short]] alongside it since the [[M14|fourteenth movie]]. Executive producer Okamoto Junya explained that the decision was a consequence of how challenging [[PK27|the previous Pikachu short]] was.<ref>[ ポケモン短編映画が今年「おやすみ」の理由(1/2) - シネマトゥデイ (Japanese)]</ref>
* Of all Pokémon movies to star [[Mythical Pokémon]], this is the first time more than one has a starring role.
* This is the first movie to have its manga adaptation radically diverge from the filmmovie in terms of plotlineplot since ''[[M07|Destiny Deoxys]]''.
* This filmmovie's introduction shows the beginning of [[Alain]]'s battle with [[Korrina]], the resolution of which was seen in ''[[XY123|A Diamond in the Rough!]]''.
* This movie is the first time since the {{series|Best Wishes}} where the animation of {{m|Iron Tail}} has a metallic {{wp|Computer-generated imagery|CGI}} appearance.
* This movie is the lowest grossing Pokémon movie in Japan to date.
** To feature [[Kayzie Rogers]] before her retirement from the {{pkmn|anime}}.
** To be animated by Team Kamei. Team Kato takes over the movie production starting with the [[M20|twentieth movie]] and onward.
* At one point in the movie, [[Levi]] and [[Cherie]] send out their entire Mega Wave army, which consists of 14 Pokémon, even though it should not be possible for a single person to carry more than six Pokémon (allowing a maximum of 12 for two people).