– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I know many of us didn’t have much hope that a live-action Pokémon movie would actually be any good. To tell a story about a trainer who is set to become a Pokémon Master isn’t really a story you can tell in one movie, so it made sense that they would instead go with Detective Pikachu — a mystery tale set in the world of Pokémon. The only problem? You can’t exactly fill it with as many Pokémon as you would in a typical trainer story.

At least, that’s what I thought. Before we saw that first trailer, I thought maybe there’d be in the neighborhood of 10-20 Pocket Monsters for audiences to feast their eyes on, but director Rob Letterman really made the effort to squeeze them into every opportune moment, integrating them into the society in funny an intuitive ways. But how many Pokémon are there? Here’s what Letterman had to say to Screen Rant.

“I don’t want to get this wrong. I want to say 54, but I may not be right about that because I lost count at one point. Do you mind doublechecking? People are going to be out there counting them, and I don’t want to be wrong.”

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Is he wrong? Hell if I know. I’d love to say I could sit there with a tally chart during the film, but the reality is I’m more of a Gen 1 fan than anything else. I bled into Gen 2 a bit, but I’m not master of recognition with anything beyond that. Though, regardless of my familiarity, the reality is this is a pretty solid number, effectively giving us a new monster every few minutes of runtime.

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.