Celebi - A Timeless Encounter

Celebi ex machinae



Current Zar note: I eventually branched out from just doing game screencaps to doing them for Pokemon movies as well cause why not, who's going to stop me. I did this LP (?) in 2010! I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




At this point most Pokemon movies were going direct to DVD, so I doubt that this one ever got a theatrical release. But I could be wrong, maybe it was the next one that got relegated to just DVDs, idk. BUT EITHER WAY

I picked up this movie and the next one off of Ebay and they are totally bootlegs. This one in particular is of iffier quality than the next one. SO IF YOU WANT TO SEE A LOT OF MISSPELLINGS AND BROKEN ENGLISH THEN THIS IS THE INSTALLMENT FOR YOU

If you ever watched bootleg anime back in the olden days then this should probably bring back memories, haha. The subtitles are a bit small but there's nothing i could really do about that, they were like that on the DVD.

As for my personal thoughts, I never liked Celebi and I don't really like this movie. It's down there with Revelation Lugia at the bottom of my Pokemon movie list. BUT there are a FEW things in this that are kind of interesting, I must admit.

Anyway our movie opens with Celebi flying clumsily through a CG forest for what feels like an eternity. It's being chased by some stock evil Pokemon, this time Houndoom and Scyther. Oh nos.

MEANWHILE some bowlhaired chap is walkin about

As usual, no one remotely thinks this is strange or demands an explanation or asks how it works or doubts that this happens. IN THE POKEMON WORLD THINGS WILL RANDOMLY TAKE YOU THROUGH TIME AND YOU WILL DISAPPEAR FOREVER

EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING WILL KILL YOU FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER

Woah, Mother 3 flashback all of a sudden.

HOUNDOOM IS A BEAUTIFUL POKEMON

SPIKE!

These shots are included because I like Houndoom.

you're dead, man

No, not a Spathi Eluder!

So hay what's going on

HELP POLICE

And can occasionally cause odd glitches in later generations!

I'm sorry were you telling the flamebreathing dog of hell what is unfair or not

no wonder there are so few people in the pokemon world

Real intimidating, Celebi.

JUST HOLD ME

TELL IT TO THE CELADON CITY GAME CORNER, KID

BAD TOUCH, BAD TOUCH

I NEED AN ADUUUUUULT

Another young life lost for no real reason.

Oh hi can I help you

WOULD YOU KINDLY

Wow you're not threatening in the least

Stupidest Pokemon villain award goes to

HEY A PILOSWINE

You so rarely see a Tyranitar looking that hesitant. also the sandshrew curled up aww

Tyranitar isn't sure about this guys

this doesn't seem like a good idea

DURRRR

interesting note - dark balls actually do exist in the games

Although this is not a side-effect of using them, sadly.

WHY MAKE SOMETHING LIKE THIS? WELL WHY NOT

Bangiras, but the Pokemon names in this are less than consistent, as you'll see.

You know do you really need to tell Pokemon to destroy stuff

I mean they're pretty good at it just on their own

I'LL GIVE YOU THE BLOWJOB OF A LIFETIME JUST PLEASE STOP

Hahaha sorry I just remembered Cindy's blonde joke, hahaha

Pfffffft.

DEAD, ALL DEAD

NO

well i for one am shocked

QUALITY TRANSLATION

QUALITY TRANSLATION

Ash just isn't made that way, baby

Total type advantage! Sucker!

Thanks for that, subtitles.

The opening for this movie is Mezase Pokemon Master 2001, which is a fairly straightforward cover of the original theme song from the show. Interestingly enough, the movie version is sung by Ash's voice actor (which is the case for like 80% of the anime's openings) but the CD/TV version is sung by a different pop group called Whiteberry. IF YOU EVER NEED TO KNOW RANDOM POKEMON MUSIC TRIVIA WELL YOU KNOW WHO TO ASK

Either way, it's not a bad cover by any means, but the 2002 version is more interesting to me since it does more with the original theme. But there's some part of me that's always all :DD whenever I hear Mezase Pokemon Master, so I can't help my fondness for it.

Mezase Pokemon Master 2001 Movie Version

CD version

MY GOD IT USED WATER GUN, ASH CAN'T BELIEVE THIS

Take a moment to think about how this shot is possible.

Haha Pokemon beating each other to death in the plaza that's great

GET IN MY MOUF

oh hey that was an accident i swear

WELL GOTTA GO UH NO NEED TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION IT'S FINE KAY BYE

Croconaw can't believe this.

Oh hey there you are well we're going to get on the boat and assume you'll make it on okay bye

have to peeeeee

This kind of sums up Ash.

OH NOOOO

Don't worry Ash I got your ankle

Okay I'll hold him and you punch

The way the subs capitalize MR makes me crack up. Everything sounds so sarcastic.

What are the odds.

OH GREAT.

I'm going to make up a Pokemon for no reason, say there's a legend about it, see if anyone bites.

Will this be relevant later? Cast your votes.

Prof. Oak loves haikus/poetry in the Japanese version, as a note. I can't remember if they did something with that in the English one over time or not. WELL IN CASE THIS SEEMED RANDOM

MUK NO THERE ARE PEOPLE WATCHING

Muk is totally poisonous so you better have protection

your candy lips, i must have them

Tracey will clean up, you guys go on ahead

You don't say.

There you guys are. Come to think of it, do you appear via a binocular segue in EVERY movie?

That Team Rocket determination, it's incredible.

FOR YOU, TEAM ROCKET FANS

Woah all of a sudden I want to play Skies of Arcadia again.

it is a tree village, and also delicious

Cause you would not be the first group of children to die in there.

Just saying.

UH HUH WHATEVER OLD LADY

Nidorans everywhere.

Leaves turning blue... eh, could go either way.

GUYS?? GUYS??

well that was great kid

uh

i'll call you

HOW DARE YOU ASK ME THAT

Ash's face here cracks me up.

GIVE POP-POP YOUR HAIR

Is it just me or does Brock suddenly look much taller here

>:C

what are you guys talking about

Gee Ash really with a name like that it could be anything

I'M UNCLEAR AS TO WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, IS IT CELEBI

Celebi could be murdering them and drinking their blood for all we know, really. Anyway, tea?

That's an odd way to describe yourself Misty, idle/idol thing aside.

Bowlhair kid finally gets a name.

team rocket please there are children present

The wonky translation really adds something to this, I think.

Dang them's some big trees.

HEY A PARAS

Ash and Yuki decide to climb on up and Yuki slips. WAY TO GO

LIKE YOU CAN TALK, ASH.

oh no he didn't

uh hey this is a private party, uh

who tf are you

QUICK RUB YOUR HANDS ALL OVER IT

IT'S LIKE WE WERE TRYING TO TOUCH YOU WITHOUT ASKING OR SOMETHING

AND POSSIBLY BECAUSE WE WERE TRYING TO TOUCH IT WITHOUT WARNING, PROBABLY NOT THOUGH

that's right celebi obey

obey

trust us

obey

oh god he's doing it again quick play dead

are you serious

get your hand off me this second

Another legendary Pokemon successfully groped

uh hey wait guys i'm not

uh i don't really want to but

okay i guess

Oh great.

THIS SMOKE CLOUD WILL HELP

Those are just some great faces on Ash there.

Tree branches break left and right in this movie, it's an epidemic.

THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME, BELIEVE ME

Brock does not approve.

JUST ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER WITH YOU PEOPLE

YOU LOOK PRETTY STUPID

JUST SAYING

oh did my giant spidermech get in your way accidentally

terribly sorry

i'll move right away

Surprisingly proactive for James.

SLIGHTLY DARKER COLORED, AN INDICATION OF HIS NEW BLACK SOUL

Was pretty much going to do that regardless but alright

Misty falls and hurts herself because she's a woman, as is required.

Award for best screencap taken out of context goes to

Won't allow any what now

LIKE THAT ON A PROUD MIGHTY SHIP

WHO STRANGELY HAS NEVER BEEN MENTIONED UP TO THIS POINT

I'm pretty sure this is supposed to be Vicious, so let's go with that. A stupid name for a stupid looking villain!

Cause I'm pretty competent and you guys

It just seems odd to me

MEANWHILE

It's a frog!

Scizor cleared for landing, beep beep

IN THAT THEY BOTH LEARN PURSUIT, HAHA

THANK YOU TIP YOUR WAITER

It probably says something that this is the most interesting part of the movie to me, but Yuki has an old-fashioned Pokeball! It doesn't shrink and grow like any of the modern Pokeballs, and has a knob at the top here. You twist the knob to unlock the ball...

And voila!

Ash looks a bit confused by this, understandably.

I didn't quite catch this, but when Ash throws out his ball, what with its magical fly-back-to-your-hand properties, Yuki looks at him all wtf is that, what

AGAIN, UNDERSTANDABLE

Thank you for that zen koan, Yuki.

We sadly do not get to see Yuki recall his Charmeleon because I'm interested in how that would work. Normal Pokeballs have that beam shoot out the front, would that happen with the old Pokeball? Or would you have to hold it open near the Pokemon and wait for it to voluntarily will itself into energy to return to the ball? THESE ARE INTERESTING QUESTIONS FOR ME OKAY

I'm sorry Vicious I wasn't listening you're so lame it's hard to focus on anything you say

THE ASH APPROACH TO EVERYTHING

Ursaring can't believe you people.

Stantler: C:

So Breadlady's name is Towa, huh.

I can't believe I'm stuck with these losers, god

UH YUKI YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO THAT FAR

YUKI?

YOU'RE GOING TO GET REALLY WET AND BE MISERABLE FOR THE REST OF THE DAY

YUKI?

PARASECTS YAAAAAAY

Screw this celebi is out

Celebi gets healed, yada yada

A PHRASE THAT CAN BE USED IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

NO, REALLY??

Celebi says hi, yada yada

I WANT TO SWIM IN THE LAKE OF LIFE TOO

YEAH ME TOO

oh wait humans can't breathe water can they

JESUS HOW DEEP DID YOU TWO GO

Anyway Celebi can make them fly, cause I guess Ash flying is a recurring theme in these movies.

HEY ASH CAN WE FLY TOO HEY ASH HEY ASH

gdit

Celebi has magical healing powers for this moment and this moment only

Jumpluffs for the Jumpluff afficionado out there

HA HA HA THESE BERRIES ARE POISON

FOOLED YOU

Possibly evidence that humans can eat Pokemon berries, maybe

No one will ever find your bodies

Hoothoot is judging you.

THEN I WAS ABRUPTLY TAKEN TO THE FUTURE AND EVERYONE I LOVED AND KNEW MAY NOW BE DEAD

HOW ARE YOU

Ash being surprisingly sensitive for once.

SHE COULD BE DEAD FOR ALL I KNOW

BUT HEY SPILLED MILK RIGHT

NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT NOW

THAT'S HOW OUR WORLD WORKS

Ashmom does not make an appearance in this movie though, if you're wondering.

Describing bread as having a vintage, that's something.

Anyway Pikachu hears something in the forest, they follow it and come across many Metapods

So Butterfree leave no coccoon behind when they evolve, hmm.

Also all these Metapod evolved at the same time at some kind of cue, so I guess evolution isn't necessarily tied to "experience" and may be something that happens to Pokemon as a side-effect of age or environment, Everstones could potentially screw up a Pokemon's development if they were supposed to evolve at some point, something something something

Sparkling butterflies remind me of your time-displaced pain for some reason, I dunno

Ash and Yuki share a tender moment.

But this romantic tableau can't last forever and so we move on.

OH NO

THIS IS A SHOCK

And for good measure

Little late, Ash.

SURPRISE!!

Vicious let me love you

SMILE FOR THE CAMERA

Vicious please, don't shut me out

No wait I think THIS might win for the best screenshot taken out of context.

VICIOUS I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE HOME

Finally

Ash grabs the ball, and then Vicious stomps on his fingers. Ash replies to this by passing out.

Honestly I would not mess with a Nidoking.

Celebi's all out of bubblegum, that's what's happening

However we nebulously decide to define that word

Celebi does this by sucking in a bunch of branches and leaves from the forest. Okay?

This is sort of a play off the FEELS GOOD sort of pun Team Rocket uses all the time in Japanese

I think

That definitely looks like something we should get closer to.

James, for James fans.

Purple mountains majesty, above the Pokeplain.

Badly celshaded 3D Suicune hops around or something, who cares.

I like that they don't mind that James and Meowth are hitching a ride.

That's for sure

OH GOD YOU GUYS RUN IT'S A GIANT SPIKE BALL OH SHI

This thing is weirdly hairy.

Fetish fuel for countless people.

Could that be the lake of life? Where could this be going?

Sakaki = Giovanni, if you're wondering.

DON'T I LOOK NATURAL ON THIS CG HAIRMONSTER

YES

that better not be those two weirdos again

CAN DO

I like her Hoothoot staff. Sidenote.

And not some of them, I think that's where we made our mistake last time

I like taking caps of James, I admit it.

AND SO OUR MOVIE COMES TO A CLOSE

oh it's you.

By get them I meant fall on the Tyranitar, that's it

This shot is amazing. Look at Tyranitar's face.

Onix actually gets to kind of do something useful for once

oh god they've found me

ONIX IS THE WINNER

for once

ACCURSED MOUNTEBANK

Way to go, Suicune.

>:D

So that's why Jesse was there.

I KNEW YOU FOR A DAY, SO I SHOULD KNOW

Subtitler fell asleep at the wheel here for a second I guess

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IT CAN'T BE TRUUUUUUUUUE

Pokemon gather to watch and do nothing, a common theme in these movies

oh

i remember you

WHAT IF THIS IS WHO CELEBI REALLY IS KID

I MEAN WHO REALLY KNOWS FOR SURE

When I watched this for the first time, I spent a good chunk of it wondering what that thing was supposed to look like. It's sort of Dragonite-ish, but also sort of Scyther-like?

OH GOD MY HAND

The thing crashes into the lake, escape sequence yada yada

But Celebi collapses halfway through, although that's not a huge surprise

this is what happens when you don't water your plants

HELP I CAN'T BREATHE

BLUB BLUB

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS

wow who saw that coming

you can leave now suicune no one likes you

Shockingly, it doesn't work.

Whoops, butterfingers

It'd probably help if you stopped dropping them all over the place, Ash.

THIS IS HOW THE WORLD WORKS

Even Brock sheds a tear. I guess we're supposed to feel sad about this or something.

Parasect: D:

Oddly enough, despite it being a huge plotpoint in the first movie, none of the Pokemon cry.

wait what

wtf

WHAT

celebi movie we are done

we are f---ing done professionally

WERE THOSE OTHER CELEBIS OR THE SAME CELEBI AT DIFFERENT POINTS IN TIME WHY DIDN'T ANYONE MENTION THIS WHAT

WHAT

Oh hai Vicious.

Miku's face here cracks me up.

Suicune could, you know, shoot an ice beam or something but no it'd rather stand there and do nothing

which is what it's pretty much done the whole movie

OUR LOVE IS FOREVER, VICIOUS

Somehow I don't think you thought this through, Ash.

Oh what a surprise

Vicious died instantly.

OR NOT why the stupid helmet vicious

it definitely doesn't make you look intimidating by any means

GRANNY BEATDOWN

AND NOW THIS URSARING BEHIND ME IS GOING TO TEAR YOU LIMB FROM LIMB

HA HA HA HA HA

for not doing anything, that was really helpful

ugh i hope not

Thanks Ash but I wasn't about to ask your permission to leave okay

I'LL NEVER FORGET OUR BEAUTIFUL NIGHT TOGETHER

That's a nice line that I'm pretty sure wasn't intentional.

I'VE CHANGED MY MIND COME BACK I LOVE YOU

gay

Ash's first love is lost in the mists of time.

Well apart from the life-threatening danger but hey that's every day in the Pokemon world

hi

YOU'LL NEVER SEE ME AGAIN BYE

we're out of here

VAGUE CONTEST GO

Our traditional ending.

The ending song is Ashita ni tenka ni shite okure, or May Tomorrow Be A Nice Day. Or something along those lines. It's a slow mellow song and kind of boring, to be honest, although there are worse Pokemon songs. I think it's sung by Brock's voice actor, maybe.

Man where did I put Skies of Arcadia

THROW TOGEPI OVERBOARD

NO JURY WOULD CONVICT YOU

what are these "boox"

6_9

wait how did Prof. Oak get this

Honey I heard you sneeze are you getting a cold

Prof. Oak going to smack you one

get out of my sight, i don't want to look at you

This is the only implication there is that Prof. Oak is Yuki, which raises all sorts of time paradox questions. If he was gone for 40 years, what about the alternate timeline where he was actually gone? Who did Ash get his Pokemon from if Oak had been gone for 40 years? Why didn't he mention that he once knew him to Ash? UGH TIME TRAVEL

I HATE TIME TRAVEL

that is probably part of why i dislike this movie, come to think of it

Spidermech is now a part of the forest, the circle of life continues

SYMBOLISM

Celebi's delicious poison berries.

Celebi is watching you.

THE END

next up, the Latias/Latios movie!

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