Pocket Monsters: Celebi a Timeless Encounter
International Title
 Pokémon: Celebi a Timeless Encounter
Music By: Shinji Miyazaki
Record Label: Media Factory
Running Time: 40:21 Discs: 1
Release: August 2001 CD Number: ZMCP-1260
Anthony Romero
This disc from Media Factory features the soundtrack to the short feature Pikachu's PikaBooand the 2001 movie that it screened with: Pokémon: Celebi a Timeless Encounter.

In terms of the music for the short feature, it's expeditely upbeat, starting with a rustic sounding cue called "Residence" before moving into a vocal track by artist Whiteberry that isn't bad, although isn't particularly memorable. The next three tracks sound like what one would expect from a standard Saturday morning cartoon show, featuring a wide range of instruments in an over the top manner while a quick tempo is kept through out. The last track for the short is a song by Kumiko Endoh, which is fairly pleasing if one enjoys Japanese pop.

The remaining eleven tracks are dedicated to the feature film, and feature a noticeable shift in conducting style from Shinji Miyazaki. There are several nice cues here, including "The Legendary Forest's Theme" and "Vicious' Theme". There is also an updated version of "Aim to be a Pokémon Master", the animated series' first opening song done by Rika Matsumoto, which is arguably its best version to date. The best track off this release, though, is the amazingly soothing "One Celebi" theme that is supported by light vocal work. As for the closing song by Fujii Fumiya, its a very pleasant track that features both nice vocal and piano work.

Overall, this is a fairly good soundtrack. Nothing remarkable or great about it, but still not bad all the same. It's not the best soundtrack attached to the theatrical Pokémon features, but is certainly better than some of the lesser ones Miyazaki has composed for. It's a shame, though, that it's a fairly short CD, especially since it contains music to both features.
Rating: Star Rating
    Pikachu's PikaBoo
    By: Akifumi Tada
  1. Residence
  2. Hide and Seek (Exciting · Special Version)
    By: Whiteberry
  3. Vacation
  4. Lawn-Mowing Master's Exasperation!
  5. Super Lawn-Mowing Master 2
  6. Assemble Everyone!
  7. Big Plan for Midsummer!
    By: Kumiko Endoh

    Pokémon: Celebi a Timeless Encounter
  8. The Legendary Forest's Theme
  9. Vicious' Theme
  10. Theatrical Pocket Monsters Title Theme
  11. Aim to be a Pokémon Master 2001
    By: Rika Matsumoto
  12. To a Flying Legend
  13. Celebi's Revival
  14. Satoshi and Yukinari's Friendship Theme
  15. Golem Celebi
  16. Suicune's Theme
  17. One Celebi
  18. Let's Have Good Weather Tomorrow
    By: Fujii Fumiya