Entei, Lord of the "Unknown" Tower

In my restless dreams, I see that Pokemon



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 2009! I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




As I mentioned in the Revelation Lugia entry, the only Pokemon movie I ever saw in theaters was the Mewtwo one. All the rest I've only seen subbed, so I really couldn't tell you the sub/dub differences here. I picked up a subbed VHS of the Entei movie off Ebay at the same time as the Lugia one, so the hype for both was mostly over at that point. The Entei movie was near the end of Pokémania in America really, and I think the next movie was only released on video. POKEMON'S TIME IN THE SUN HAD PASSED IN AMERICA

But I like the Entei movie, I dunno. There's no real villain, and you go inside someone's thoughts and dreams which is always interesting to me. It's odd because generally I don't care for Entei, much like I don't care for any of the legendary dogs. BUT I DO LIKE THIS MOVIE, WHAT CAN I SAY

Even if it, like many Pokemon movies, doesn't quite make sense most of the time.

JUST LETTING YOU GUYS KNOW

YES I WENT AND SUBBED THIS ALL MYSELF

it was pretty boring

Actually it was sort of nice in a way, since I was only used to the terrible VHS quality graphics (I think it might have been a second/third generation copy) so seeing it all in DVD clarity really made me appreciate the art in this movie more. :B

I also learned how to rip a DVD, good times.

QUALITY TRANSLATION YES

I kept awkward phrasing here and there to keep that bootleg sub feel you can only get from old VHS subs.

Surprisingly, none of them look like dongs.

OR DO THEY

wow that's a pretty accurate guess there, mystery artist

BETTER THAN RAIKOU OR SUICUNE I GUESS

really?

Then he's all GRAAAOO GRAAAAOO and it's really adorable okay quiet

AAA WAIT

plop

Anyway, Mi and her dad run around and be cute for a while. THEY LOVE EACH OTHER GUYS

PIDGEY MAIL

THIS MUST BE SERIOUS

I love that Ponyta rocking horse, that's so cute. I LOVE ALL THE POKEMON INSPIRED DOODADS IN THE POKEMON WORLD OKAY

Yes that's his name in Japanese as well.

That one, you know, the one you've been ignoring and blowing off their calls. That one.

WILL SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPEN TO MIDAD

CAST YOUR VOTES

PICTURES

do those people in the one on the left look familiar

MEANWHILE, IN SHAPEIR

I think that language IS Unown, you doofs.

(Side note: the sub always calls them Unknown. As a result, I can never spell Unown the way it's supposed to be. It IS Unown, right? RIGHT? Whatever, Unknown works.)

HEY WHATCHA LOOKING AT

tee hee hee

hey cool unknown tiles in this box this looks very normal and not at all threatening

OW MY HAND

HEY MULLET MAN WANT TO COME WITH US AND HAVE AN UNKNOWN PARTY

THAT'S NOT REALLY A REQUEST

The Unknown, for reasons unknown (hurr hurr) suck up Midad into their strange Unknown dimension. I love how the Pokémon world is randomly lethal without warning. BOOKS, TILES, LOOKING AT A POKEMON FUNNY, A LEGENDARY HAVING A BAD DAY

IT ALL COULD KILL YOU

THERE'S A REASON THERE AREN'T MANY PEOPLE THERE I GUESS

John comes back to Midad's huge palatial estate with the bad news. SOMETHING TOTALLY RANDOM AND INEXPLICABLE JUST KILLED HIM WITH NO WARNING

THAT'S LIFE IN THE POKEMON WORLD FOR YOU

Butlerguy offers this sad statement. As mentioned, he uses oujou-sama for Mi.

IS IT TIME TO HAVE MY YOUTHFUL INNOCENCE CRUSHED BY AN UNCARING WORLD

yes

Mi fiddles around on her dad's computer, presumably after she's bawled her eyes out a few times.

I see a scroll bar, maybe a progress bar, what looks like a version of Quicktime, and icons bizarrely situated at the top of the screen. HMM.

YOU ATE MY DAD DIDN'T YOU

Anyway Mi pushes over the box of Unknown tiles and begins to play with them. WHY TAKE THEM OUT OF THE BOX

I'M SIX AND AN ORPHAN, I DON'T NEED TO BE CAREFUL

Mama, Papa, and Me (or is it Mi?). Mi cries tears of sadness. I forget what her name in English is, I really couldn't tell you.

THE UNKNOWN HEAR YOUR DISTRESS

AND THIRST FOR MORE BLOOD

Mi sounds delighted that the Unknowns have magically appeared out of nowhere, which amuses me. I guess if you live in the Pokemon world you have to get used to insane things happening without warning all the time.

Also she's like six so I don't blame her for being enthralled by new things. YAY POKEMON :DDD

also it's not like Unknown are particularly threatening looking

If by play you mean turn the world into crystal THEN SURE

oh what is this it's like four am Mi

HOW'S MY DOOR BREAKING GOING AUDIENCE

WHAT DO YOU THINK

GET OUT

Mi picks up her book and flips to this page yet again.

ALL THE WEIRD CHIRPING LETTER POKEMON AND CRYSTAL IN THE WORLD CAN'T FILL THE HOLE IN MY HEART HE LEFT

Because I am going to kill you

I like the "oh god please say you are please please" look on her face here. THINGS ARE OKAY NOW RIGHT

YOU'RE OKAY RIGHT

I'M NOT AN ORPHAN RIGHT

PLEASE SAY I'M RIGHT

Why not, got nothing better to do

John and Butler dude share a loving embrace in the meantime outside of Mi's new crystal flowercastle.

Because of this, I've referred to this as Lord of the Unknown Crystal Tower for years. Looking at it now, I think it just says Unknown Tower, and the (Crystal) bit is just... uh

EH WHATEVER

BACK TO OUR MAIN CHARACTERS, SUPPOSEDLY

As opposed to giving up and going home

YOU'RE OUR INCIDENTAL RANDOM TRAINER WHO WILL BE TOTALLY FORGOTTEN AFTER THIS MOVIE ENDS, AREN'T YOU

I love Brock so much you guys.

CROTCHFIRST

NO WAY THIS'LL FAIL

Misty come on what do you THINK Ash will do

Ash throws out all these super dramatic handgestures while saying this, it's kind of hilarious.

THE SUB SPLIT THESE TWO LINES THIS WAY

I JUST TRANSCRIBED IT MAN

Hey a Great Ball, neat! I like seeing different kinds of Pokeballs. :B

TOTODILE, PELVIC THRUST!

Climb right inside Totodile, it'll be fun

The opening theme for this movie is OK! 2000, which I love. OK! has a very aggressive garage band sound to it, with wailing guitars and a reprise of OKAY!! that's hard to resist singing along to. :D It's one of my favorite openings, haha. IT'S SO CATCHY AND HAPPY

YAY GIRAFARIG

I LOVE GIRAFARIG

raaaa

OH YOU DID NOT JUST TRIP ME

pzow

I like trying to name the attacks in these sequences. :D PSYBEAM, PYEW PYEW

and earlier it used Stomp and it's like yessss

EVEN GIRAFARIG'S TAIL IS PLEASED

ASH DOES AN INTERPRETIVE DANCE FOR YOU

I did not notice this, what with my VHS copy and how they really look pretty much the same, but Ash's Noctowl is a Shiny Pokemon. :O THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHINY AND NON-SHINY NOCTOWL IS FAIRLY NEGLIGIBLE BUT YOU CAN SEE THE SPARKLES COME OFF IT WHEN HE THROWS IT OUT

I had no idea he had a Shiny Pokemon for the longest time.

Ash's Noctowl and Rin's Aipom have a fairly neat battle on this jungle gym here. I LIKE IT WHEN THEY ACTUALLY USE THE ENVIRONMENT AROUND THEM TO CHANGE HOW THINGS WORK OKAY

IT INTERESTS ME

YOU'RE SCREWED

Sidenote, but man I do not care for Aipom. Something about it just doesn't sit right with me. See also: Ambipom.

Rin does this super goofy dance when her Butterfree wins, hahaha.

BAD PLACE TO BE

GOOD THING THAT DIDN'T HIT YOU RIN OR YOU'D BE DEAD PROBABLY

HA HA HA

YAAAAAAAAAY QUAGSIRE WOOOOOOOOOOO

HA HA HA, QUAGSIRE IS PART GROUND

YOUR PUNY ELECTRICAL ATTACKS MEAN NOTHING

DAREDEVIL!!

bonk

I took these caps because I love Quagsire, shut up.

See above

ALSO GIRAFARIG

What a creative name.

It's actually Green Field said in english, which I guess helps it sound more interesting for Japanese viewers.

DO BOYS NOT WANT TO BE PEACEFUL AND CALM

Oh Brock!

I just liked this shot, don't mind me.

OR IS IT

And you two dorks that keep following me, you too I guess

Apparently Meowth says this particular phrase a lot, which is appropriate I suppose.

FIRST APPEARANCE OF JESSIE'S WOBBUFFET IN A MOVIE

who would become a mainstay of Team Rocket ever after

As a side note, Wobbuffet's japanese name is Sonansu, which translates roughly to "That's the way it is" or "that's right" or something along those lines. Common theory has it that Wobbuffet may have been based off a Japanese comedian that would often touch his forehead and respond to things with sounansu. SOUNDS PLAUSIBLE

What this means is that Wobbuffet's random interjections have something of a different feel in Japanese than in English, since Wobbuffet is actually kind of contributing to the conversation in Japanese. BUT ANYWAY

THIS POKEBALL IS FAULTY

I kept this because of Ash's eyes. just look at them.

HEY OFFICER JENNY

ARE YOU GOING TO BE DOING ANYTHING USEFUL OR OF WORTH IN THIS MOVIE

(answer: no)

Meanwhile, reporter lady and her cameraman show up to chronicle this strange tale.

THIS IS WEIRD EVEN FOR THE POKEMON WORLD

AND THAT'S PRETTY WEIRD

Hey, it's Ashmom!

GASP

Ashmom's a hit with aaaall the guuuuys

Prof. Oak and his wife Tracey are also watching the news

DANG YOU CAN'T QUITE READ IT HERE ANYMORE but the letter is amusingly engrish-y, let me see if i can transcribe it for you. typos included for full effect.

What is UNKNOWN?

-As Unknown had very timid and carefull character, UNKNOWN (possibly something hidden behind Tracey's head) not want to go out to the external world.

-UNKNOWN is still Pokemon (creature).

-To have power perceiving sense of other creature (including human being), however it's not power like telepahty but just to feel with keen sense.

-Sharpening keen senses of wild animal.

-UNKNOWN speaks each other over the electric wave.

FASCINATING

how he got a research grant, it's unknown

Tracey: HEY GUYS CAN I COME

GUYS

GUYS?

let's have everyone out for a bow

I include these shots because it really looks like Pikachu is humping Ash's mom's boobs. SERIOUSLY.

IT'S A BIT WEIRD

you can't really see it in the caps but i assure you it's there

UH OH

is that what they call it these days

Oh Ash, even as a kid you were just so enthusiastic.

HEY DO YOU GUYS HEAR SOMETHING

Hi Entei. As a sidenote, wherever Entei steps, a little crystal flower blooms. DETAILS

AAAA

well that was exhausting i need a nap

Courtesy Entei Pickup, plz tip

BYE

Frolicking through the grass and flowers, tra la la

I'M A LEGENDARY, DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH

Brock holds Ash back without much problem, when you come down to it. BROCK IS STRONG OR ASH IS A WUSS, YOUR CALL

WHY POKEMON WORLD

WHY ARE YOU SO CALLOUS AND RANDOM

This will definitely work out.

I just like the crystal spirals on the trees, don't mind me.

I wonder what it is in Mi's mind that makes everything crystal. When I was little, I had a real fascination for crystal shiny things myself. Maybe it's just something as simple as that, just thinking it looks pretty. IT COULD BE A METAPHOR FOR HER FEELINGS OR SOMETHING BUT MAYBE IT'S JUST A LITTLE GIRL THAT LIKES SPARKLY THINGS

WHO'S TO SAY

What a lovely family.

I like the different stylized interpretations of Entei, they're neat. :B

THE UNKNOWN ARE COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!!!

Meanwhile, somewhere I've never seen before but is apparently fascinated with Charizards.

WONDERING IF THAT TV CREW WOULD BE RELEVANT WEREN'T YOU

ASH NEEDS ME!!

I had stopped watching the show mostly by this point (I kept up with it fairly faithfully up until around Tracey showed up, then never got back into it) but I picked up plotlines and such here and there. Ash eventually left his Charizard at a Charizard sanctuary or something to hang out with other Charizards and presumably have babies or something. BUT CHARIZARD'S BEEN SUCH A KEY FIGURE IN THE LAST TWO MOVIES

WE HAVE TO PUT HIM BACK IN THIS ONE GUYS

Bulldozer and Moon, by da Vinci. 50000$.

YES A BULLDOZER

THIS MOVIE IS REALLY PICKING UP GUYS

THOSE ARE MY CRYSTALS >:O

LOOK OUT TV CREW

DON'T WORRY KIDS THIS GUY IS FINE

This is one of the few outright aggressive things Mi does in the movie, really. And I don't think she wanted to really hurt anyone, just stop the bulldozer. THE UNKNOWN HEAR HER CALL AND JUST REACT, THEY CAN'T CONTROL IT

LET'S BLAME THE POKEMON

IT'S NOT LIKE IT CAN DEFEND ITSELF IN COURT

GASP

I like how no one is angry or even remotely threatened or upset about her message either. Just OH THANK GOD SHE'S OKAY

ASH'S MOM GOT KIDNAPPED BY ENTEI

MI SUDDENLY HAS A MOM

I JUST DON'T SEE A CONNECTION!!

Ash is, for once, apparently a bit quicker on the uptake.

Meanwhile, Entei runs around the castle and wiggles around with Mi on his back and it's all adorable.

I like things. :)

I JUST GOTTA DANCE

And he said Takeshi here but I missed it. OBLIGATORY MOMENT WHERE ASH CRIES/NEARLY CRIES ABOUT HIS FRIENDS, CHECK

REMEMBER WHEN POKEGEARS WERE THE BIG COOL THING

AH, THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO

What is Prof. Oak going to beat Ash with a belt if he finds out or something

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING

OH TEAM ROCKET

WOULD YOU LIKE THIS BEACH BALL

wump

WE'VE BARELY BEEN IN THE MOVIE

Team Rocket you live in your own little wonderful world

Ash's Noctowl's had enough of this, it's outta here

PLEASE

SOME EXCUSE

ASHMOM IS BROUGHT BACK TO HERSELF BY HER SON DOING STUPID DANGEROUS THINGS

it's surprising this didn't happen sooner, considering

Haha nothing nothing don't eat me Entei please

I was chatting with someone while doing this, and I was like MAN SHOULD I REPHRASE THIS LINE

NO KEEP IT IT'S BETTER THAT WAY

so here it is in its unaltered form JUST FOR YOU

Ashmom is weirded oooout

I'M GOING TO KILL YOU ASH

hahahaha

YOU'RE NOT MY DAD PROF OAK

I DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN TO YOU

Although I like that approach. WELL WHATEVER TOO LATE NOW, JUST GO FOR IT

Mi likes flowers and sparkly things OR IS THERE SOME DEEPER MOTIVATION HERE

Anyway there's some sequence when they have to get into the castle, yadda yadda but just think it's neat that everytime someone blows a hole in the walls or something, it grows back in a flower shape.

SPLOOSH

I didn't catch Brock falling out, unfortunately.

These shots are because I think Brock looks adorable all wet with his hair down. DON'T MIND ME

MI LIKES PINK FLOATING BALLS

THEY ARE HER FAVORITE THING

WOW THAT'S WEIRD well whatever let's go

It's kind of pretty, really. MI LIKES NATURE

AND PINK SKIES

JAMES FALLS FACEFIRST ON THE FLOOR FOR YOUR AMUSEMENT

Oh Team Rocket.

You're so supportive, Entei.

Entei walks through the floor WHEEEEEEEE

Meanwhile an Illusion Mi forms on Entei's back. MULTITASKING!

WITH THE SUPPORT OF MY LOVED ONES I CAN DO ANYTHING!

It's sort of a nice message, really.

MI HAS EVOLVED INTO

TRAINER MI

This is a kind of a weird detail, but that strange billowing cloud thing on Entei's back is constantly in motion. I thought maybe it was supposed to be wind or something, but no, apparently it just moves like that on its own power. You can see it moving here while Mi is sitting on it, and it shifts her skirt around. IT JUST DRAWS MORE ATTENTION TO HOW BIZARRE ENTEI'S DESIGN IS

LOTS OF THEM

ALL THE TIME

Brock's got this, guys.

SHE'S RIGHT BEHIND YOU AS WE SPEAK

BROCK STEPS UP TO DO SOMETHING USEFUL IN A MOVIE FOR ONCE

Ash protests but Brock will hear none of it.

Ash and Misty book it.

I just like Brock, shut up.

FLAAFY AAAA I LOVE FLAAFY

OH NO SUPERSONIC

I really wish you could just go DODGE in the game and have it work as often as it does in the anime. Which is all the time.

ZUBAT SUCKS

badumching

FLAAFY HUGS YAY

I think I may have mentioned this before, but I chose Pokemon Blue way back when because of Vulpix, since I like foxes. :B I STILL HAVE FONDNESS FOR VULPIX AND NINETALES TO THIS DAY

Himeguma, in straight Japanese, guma being the word for bear. This was how it was translated in my VHS, which struck me as odd because it's only halfway - either make it Princessbear or Himeguma, but Himebear is like a weird mix of english and japanese. :O

WELL WHATEVER, IT'S A TEDDIURSA LET'S GO

JUST GOT SERVED, VULPIX

I originally had many more caps of Vulpix, but I cut most of them for space.

I WONDER WHY THAT IS, BROCK

These screenshots are included to catalogue James looking effeminate.

TEAM ROCKET NEVER GIVES UP

Everyone's so polite in the Pokemon world, as opposed to the U SUK FAG sort of discourse common among competitive games online.

OH BROCK

he actually says nice smile in english, haha

I don't like Phanpy or Donphan. THERE I SAID IT

OMG HAX

I keep wanting to bust out game mechanics here but must resist

(it would have to hit it like three times at least to build up the damage and NO STOP IT)

MEANWHILE, UPSTAIRS WITH MI'S REAL BODY

Which is impressive, since it doesn't seem to have words.

I can relate to this, since when I was very little I often tried to give things to people to show them I cared about them. I'm not being sarcastic, I did that a lot. I even tried to give away things that weren't even technically mine to give away. EVENTUALLY MOM BROKE ME OF THE HABIT

i think

Ashmom isn't upset about being kidnapped or nothing, it's cool

OH MI, THIS ISN'T GOING TO WORK OUT FOR YOU

That sun is going to murder me.

It seems to be perpetually sunset in Mi's world.

WILD MI APPEARS

Dead! DEAD!

Ash gets all indignant on Brock's behalf here, aww.

Woah, I didn't know Misty had a last name. WHAT DO YOU KNOW

IT'S NOT A RULE THAT I THINK IS VERY STRICTLY ENFORCED IN THE POKEMON WORLD

TRAINER MI

EVOLVES INTO

GYM LEADER MI

You know it bugs me that it's presented as Brock=breeder Misty=gym leader since Brock was also a gym leader

and actually was a gym leader for a good amount of time no less, as opposed to Misty who was almost a gym leader

but eh details

Everytime this tsunami comes up I get all nervous.

Ash and Pikachu desperately try to outrun it AND FAIL

blubblub

BUT IT'S OKAY YOU CAN BREATHE UNDERWATER IN DREAM WORLD

Misty does say "my steady" pretty clearly in English here, which is a bit confusing. I don't know if she's always referred to her Goldeen that way or what, but it was still a bit jarring. I GUESS MISTY REALLY LIKES HER GOLDEEN??

what

Some of the attacks on my VHS weren't translated completely, so I tried to fill in the gaps. In retrospect, this is probably Fury Attack. OH WELL.

GOLDEEN FALLS

Pokemon battles are so supportive.

DON'T LET ANYTHING KEEP YOU DOWN, TEAM ROCKET

Mantine has the goofiest voice in Japanese. MAYBE IN ENGLISH TOO I DUNNO BUT MAN

in japanese it's this kind of deep yodeling LAAAAAAA sound and it's hilarious

Although thankfully this is not as annoying as it was in Red/Blue. TOXIC/WRAP ::shakes fist::

I can't remember if this was an actual GS move or not and I couldn't think of a move offhand that this corresponded to, SO WHATEVER

Rapid Spin maybe?

WHATCHA THINK OF THAT EH

WUSS

Staryu and Mantine have a dance

Entei's such a nice guy. Although I guess if he's the manifestation of what Mi wants her father to be that'd follow.

(Unless her desire for a father just birthed him initially, and now he's a sentient creature capable of his own decisions/opinions/feelings? BLAH BLAH BLAH)

Meanwhile Ash finally makes it to the top of the tower.

Ashmom laughs. IT'S TRUE YOU ARE PRETTY DUMB ASH :D

wait what honey that doesn't

alright whatever

ASHMOM AIN'T SUGARCOATING THE TRUTH FOR YOU, MI

I like that even though this is all ostensibly Mi's fault, no one blames her for it and Ash here is even trying to be friendly. HE KNEW MI FROM BEFORE, SHE'S A GOOD KID

SHE'S JUST IN OVER HER HEAD

Unknowns: AAA AAAAAAAA AAA WHAT'S HAPPENING AAAA

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

I can understand Mi being upset, considering she's what, six? AND lost both her parents in probably a fairly short time period to forces largely out of her control, only to get them back again for a few blissful hours, then abruptly get faced with the possibility of losing them again. I FOR ONE WOULD BE A BIT EMOTIONAL

And the flower outside Mi's crystal castle starts to close in. :o

THAT BOOKS GIVING YOU IDEAS, I DON'T LIKE IT

Mi starts shutting herself away from everyone else, which is sort of an interesting reaction, considering. AT LEAST, THAT'S ONE INTERPRETATION FOR WHAT'S GOING ON HERE

I FELT SOME INTENSE WAVES OF DISTRESS AND TERROR

IS SOMETHING WRONG

oh

oh is he now

I like Ashmom's pose here.

An oddly phrased response, Ash

ASH THIS MAY NOT GO WELL

BUUUURN

NOPE

MY DAD'S STILL ALIVE

HE HAS TO BE ALIVE

AAAAAAAAAAAA OH GOD AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA GUYS WHAT'S GOING ON WHY IS SHE UNHAPPY AAAAA

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

This is interesting because this movie predates the appearance of Beautifly, and yet it's patterned almost exactly after that fairy there. FORESHADOWING!

UNKNOWNS

GIVE ME GOOD HARVEST

And Trianna the sky warrior rode into battle on her mighty steed

IT IS THE CENTER CORE OF MY EXISTENCE, THE BASIC TENET THAT GAVE ME LIFE

IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT'S REAL

going to eat you whole pikachu

BUT THEY'RE GONE

I LOVE THEM BUT THEY'RE NOT HERE AND ENTEI IS HERE

BUT

BUT

y halo thar comedy reliefs

LOOKS BAD FOR YOU GUYS

I'D SUGGEST MOVING

MELON FOR SALE

In the ensuing explosion, Ashmom shields Mi which I just think is sweet, shut up

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

award for most amusing screencap taken out of context goes to

Mi says yes then oddly takes a step back away from Ashmom, to her surprise. PULLING AWAY FROM HER?

CHARIZARD AIN'T STANDIN FOR THAT KINDA TALK

WAIT THIS DIDN'T WOOOOOOOOORK

But Ash is saved from his second potential death from falling in the past five minutes by HIS FRIENDS

OMG

Any excuse for the motto with you people

QUICK THINK OF SOMETHING

And letting you plummet to your death seemed a bit hardcore for us

YOU TWO GROUPS ARE LIKE YIN AND YANG

FOREVER DRAWN TOGETHER

WE DON'T HOLD ANY OF THIS AGAINST YOU AND WE'RE NOT ANGRY AT YOU

JUST PLZ STOP OKAY

LET'S GET CANDY

RIGHT

RIGHT

Entei responds to her call by GOING ON THE RAMPAGE QUICK RUN

THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS

THAT'S ALL I HAVE

Haha tiny claws

Anyway big Entei-Charizard chase scene ensues here, yadda yadda

Entei used MURDER

Meanwhile, the flower comes closer and closer to closing up

RING ATTACK

IT'S MY FUUUUNCTIOOOOOOON!!1

would you like this pink orange

This is probably the defining line in the movie for me.

THERE ARE REAL PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR ILLUSIONS MI

WILL SHE REALIZE IN TIME

The world rearranges itself around to help Entei and hurt Charizard. I love the cheesy cgi effect there on the shards, awesome.

EVENTUALLY

CHARIZARD GETS ITS HEAD BLOWN OFF

RATED M

Mi says tearfully. WELL ALRIGHT IF YOU SAY SO

WE DON'T HOLD ANYTHING AGAINST YOU OR YOUR NEAR MURDER OF ASH BY THE WAY

well technically that was more entei than mi, depending on how much independence you subscribe to entei

Hostilities in battle do not carry over outside of it, that's nice. APART FROM RANDOM LETHAL DANGER, THE POKEMON WORLD IS A NICE PLACE

ASH IS TAKING THIS ALL VERY WELL

with benefits!

MI GOES FOR IT

And the flower opens, which reminds me of that quote from the Maxx. How did it go? "And the time came, when the pain of being closed in a bud became more painful then the risk it took to blossom" or something like that?

Mi's other phantom Pokemon cease to exist, in a sense dying. If they were ever truly alive. IT DEPENDS ON HOW YOU DEFINE IT

Read: if it means my death

MI ISN'T QUITE SURE HOW TO FEEL ABOUT THIS

Unknowns: AAAAA WHAT'S GOING ON AAAAAAAAA

this beautiful screencap is just for you

obligatory team rocket holding hands shot got it

THE SIX YEAR OLD GIRL IS OUR FIRST CONCERN

which is sort of realistic i guess

This is about all the explanation you ever get for what happens next, which really doesn't explain much of anything. JUST ROLL WITH IT IT'S POKEMON

Maybe Mi trying to desync from her fantasies caused an overflow? Mi's conflicted feelings about leaving or staying caused an overflow? Mi trying to stop her fantasies caused an error loop in the Unknown (run fantasy = stop fantasizing = run fantasy) and it overflowed? WHO KNOWS

THEY DIDN'T KNOW THIS WOULD HAPPEN MAN

Frick this reminds me of King's Quest I all of a sudden.

RUN YOU MINOR CHARACTERS RUN

INTO THE UNKNOWN ROOM

I DON'T KNOW

HOW IS ASH GOING TO STOP IT

ANYONE WANT TO TAKE A GUESS

YESSSSSSSSS

EVERY SINGLE TIME

FAIL

This cap is just for Team Rocket.

FAIL

Charizard: oh yeah i'm fine too don't ask about me or anything

HELP WE'RE SO USELESS

Ash when has this ever worked

Mi's fear continues to feed into the Unknown's overflow, or so I would guess. IT'S A DOWNWARD SPIRAL

what's that

rarr

Entei used SLAUGHTER

"Do I look like your father?"

"You could be his twin! Your hair, your eyes-"

"My name is Entei."

"You always were so forgetful, Mi. Remember that time at the mansion?"

"Aren't you... Entei?"

"I'm not your papa."

"Not very cute, is it? Here Mi, you can have it."

"Thanks."

COULD YOU BELIEVE A LITTLE HARDER MAYBE

JUST A TAD

lol his little spread toes

PAPA NO DON'T BE A HERO

ARRRRGH WHY ISN'T MY FACE WORKING

Every stupid time I get all into this part. I'm so lame.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH

man Ash just said something about entei, now what was it

BLAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH

Yeah that'll do it.

Mi's fear of out of control Unknowns vs. Mi's belief in Entei FIGHT

YOU'RE ALL DEAD

LOOK IT'S WHAT WE DO OKAY

DON'T BLAME US

MEANING I'M DYING NOW

I'M DEAD

Unknowns and Unknown tiles rain from the sky

YOU'VE BROKEN THE UNKNOWN CURSE HURRAY NOW WE'RE FREE FROM THE SPELL OF THESE TILES really i have no idea

Unknown: F--- THIS WE'RE OUT OF HERE

AND EVERYTHING GOES BACK TO NORMAL YAAAAY

WHERE ARE THE LADIES

OMG CLOUD ENTEI

Mi has grown up and no longer needs her Entei. A TOUCHING COMING OF AGE STORY

And butlerdude hugs Mi and is all weepy and such, which I thought was cute.

SOMETIMES I THINK THAT MAYBE OUR UNIFORMS SHOULDN'T BE SO FLASHY

NAAAAH

OH YOU TWO

haven't seen James' rose in a while, I miss it

AND OUR TRADITIONAL ENDING FOR THE MOVIES

Meanwhile, the Unknowns have apparently finished doing whatever it was they were doing to Midad in the Unknown dimension and spit him out. Ptew.

what happened and why is my underwear on backwards

The ending theme for the movie is Niji ga Umareta hi, or The Day a Rainbow Was Born. It's a slow ballad, and a bit boring, honestly. It's pleasant enough, sure, but still most ballads tend to leave me uninterested. It's a bit notable for the fact that at the end the notes get SUPER high. It sort of reminds me of the song Mrs. Brisby sang for her kids in Secret of Nimh, if you saw that.

Interestingly enough, the single for this had an english version of it called Just Like a Rainbow, which sounds just the same and is sung by the same singer, but has english lyrics. Which means lots of amusing mispronunciations ahoy. SHE TRIES HER BEST

Midad comes home TEARFUL REUNION HURRAY

I love how the Butlerdude is dabbing at his eyes with a handkerchief, aww.

BYE CHARIZARD

BYE RIN

KARP KARP KARP

Tracey cleans house for his lazy layabout husband

Honey did you fall off the couch again

I've told you to be careful a thousand times honestly

Ashmom is back home with her Mr. Mime and feelin fine

Mi has a real Teddiursa now! I bet small cute Pokemon like this are used as companions for little children all the time.

HEY DAD WHAT'S UP

On my VHS the quality was pretty iffy, so I couldn't tell who this lady was. I actually assumed she was a new lady, and that Midad had gotten remarried.

Thus Mi's initial reluctance, then acceptance of her new mom.

Also I'm pretty sure there's such a thing as real genuine sorrow Pokemon I have to disagree with you there.

BUT SUPPOSEDLY IT'S MIMOM? I assumed she was dead from the beginning of the movie (they never explain what happened to her), but maybe she was just on a really long vacation or something. Or she and Midad broke up over something like Ai's mom and dad did in Birth of Mewtwo, although why they got back together again now is a bit unclear. I GUESS THE UNKNOWNS TAUGHT MIDAD A VALUABLE LESSON

OFF TO THE NEXT TOWN AND LET'S NEVER SPEAK OF THIS AGAIN

AND SO ANOTHER YEAR GOES BY, WITH ANOTHER POKEMON MOVIE DOWN

Next up, Celebi movie! I haven't seen that in years.

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