Guardians of the Water City, Latias and Latios

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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 2011! I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




BLACK AND WHITE TOMORROW (today?)

so I guess doing a new Pokemovie post is appropriate! Although I actually meant to do this yesterday but things came up, oh well.

ANYWAY I'm almost positive this movie only came out on DVD, and it sort of bridges the gap between the older generations of Red/Blue and Gold/Silver, and the newer generations of Ruby/Sapphire. Also one of the last movies to have Ash, Brock and Misty all together as a team, and wearing their old outfits. ENJOY THEM WHILE THEY HAVE THEM

It's also somewhat unique in that it's one of the very few Pokemon things that has a permanent death. There's no fakeouts like in Mewtwo Strikes Back or A Timeless Encounter - someone dies for real. BUT WHO COULD IT BE?

I always liked this one. It has a neat setting and is about siblings, which is something that I've always had a big weakness for. I got this one as a bootleg off Ebay many many years ago, along with the Celebi one, and as it turns out, the translation in this one is pretty wonky as well. :O Not quiiite as bad as the Celebi movie, but worse than I remembered, haha. SO IF YOU LIKE BAD TRANSLATIONS WELL COME ON DOWN

Like most Pokemovies, I've never seen the dub for this one, so I can't compare them. But I heard that the dub for this movie cut and changed the most stuff as compared to the others. :O

Dewgongs for sheena

GRAVELER NO YOU CAN'T DO A FLIP

OH GOD WHAT DID I JUST SAY

I just like Beedrill

GALLOPING ACROSS THE PLAINS, SETTING THEM ABLAZE

PORYGON :O

After the Porygon seizure episode, it's very rare to see Porygon in any animated episode or movie.

This may be the first time they really start doing this, but this movie has a fairly longish sequence recapping the animated series, I guess in case you have no idea what it is you're watching for some reason.

REMEMBER THESE TOUCHING SCENES, POKEMON FANS?

But Ash failed out like the second round, what gives

^_^

OH GOD RIGHT IN THE EYE

Well not for Misty and I think Brock, who have both gotten replaced I think. At least, I heard that they replaced Brock in the new Black and White anime with someone else, I'm not sure since I haven't seen it. BUT WHO KNOWS

Misty is long gone though.

Anyway recap done, let's get to the actual plot of this thing.

...GO ON.

Flood season again ma

CALLED... PROGRESS!!! or something

NO OUR GRECOROMAN WAY OF LIFE

Kind of a vague monster

JESUS WAS BORN

I like that one of the two boys changes into Latias, which is a Pokemon that can only be female. It's interesting. I wonder if they changed that in the english dub.

I wonder how many people raise Pokemon instead of children without knowing about it. Does this happen a lot?

Heh, pokemons.

SEE CELEBI MOVIE, IT HELPS TO ESTABLISH THAT THERE ARE MANY OF WHATEVER POKEMON IT IS BEFORE JUST RANDOMLY PULLING THEM OUT OF NOWHERE

pyew pyew

yay woo whatever

A JEWELRY

I think this is the Soul Dew that the Latis carry in game? I guess Heart Drop and Soul Dew could both come from the same set of words. Soul/Heart can at least.

I kind of like Heart Drop better

AND SURELY ONE NEVER WILL!

I want a new story

OH MY GOD WHAT IS THIS THING

Smoochums, I knew it.

And here are our lady thieves who stole this book of fairy tales which was in a museum or library or something

You know even for Pokemon the blond lady's hair is ridiculous. I remember boggling at it like the whole movie when I watched this the first time. HOW MUCH HAIR DO YOU HAVE LADY

AND WE'RE GOING TO RUN THEM OVER

This is actually blondie talking, it's a bit hard to tell.

Oh yeah their car can turn into a plane btw

That's a pretty long title, Pokemon.

TOTODILE JUST LOVES ALL THIS CRACK

EVERYBODY FEST, WOOOOO!

i had to save this screenshot for that guy's face

totally worth it

WILL IT BE... ASH?/?

can see the future, have a brain like a supercomputer, but sure i'll be a starting light for your race, whatever

And the opening song for this movie is Mezase Pokemon Master 2002! Unlike the previous movie opening, Mezase Pokemon Master 2001, this version actually remixes the original theme in a unique way that fits the setting for this movie. :D It's a really fun, different take on the original opening theme, and I love it to death. I ASSOCIATE IT VERY STRONGLY WITH THE THIRD GENERATION OF GAMES AS A RESULT

Nice lazy eye you got goin on there, background guy

OOPS

GOTTA MAKE SURE TO TRANSLATE EVERYTHING

THIS BIG GREEN SCAB HERE

FRIENDS IN EVERY TOWN, AND YET WHERE DOES HE HAVE A HOME?

Most detailed Misty

OH GOD IT'S A GHOST

Crayon Shinchan?!

Gnarly shades dude

Breaking with tradition, Team Rocket does not appear via binocular segue this time! Instead they are eating pasta. I'll blunt your disappointment now by telling you that they do very little in this movie.

THE DANGERS OF LAKEFRONT EATING

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GO FOR IT BROCK

Peeping Latis, it's terrible.

Latias stops Ash from hitting a wall, for some reason!

A Wailmer! One of the few RubySapphire Pokemon to be premiered in this movie.

Corsola! Whenever I see one, all I can think of is that time Sheena saw a legit shiny Corsola in her old Gold/Silver game, but accidentally fainted it. SUCH A TRAGEDY

Or Waninoko in Japanese, and it's kind of weird they switch it in the translation since they normally use the Japanese names, but whatever. YES I NOTICED WHAT

SHENANIGANS! SHENANIGANS!!!

Latios is having none of this.

Heh, Spurt. That was actually an opening song later on.

OOPS

I HAD A TENSPOT RIDING ON HIM

I like how everyone in the Pokemon world is a good sport.

Probably running facefirst into something, you know how it goes.

Latias and Latios crashed Ash into a wall, just like I said! But Ash shakes it off.

YOU'RE JUST SO HYPER I CAN'T STAY MAD AT YOU

Just as the Latis planned.

I'd have more shots of the scenery in here but I was trying to restrain myself.

As opposed to that UNSAVORY TYPE, UGH

FOR SHAME

I mean we can do it right here, no one will care

It happens all the time

SENSING A THEME?

Guardians of a city, where have I heard that before

I'm just endlessly amused by Pokemons, don't mind me

I'm used to people being like DUUUUH BUT WHAT COULD THIS MEAN and then have an epiphany way later, so it was kind of nice for Misty to be like OH I GET IT so quickly

BUT SURELY NOTHING BAD WILL HAPPEN TO US NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE

Gotta get some spyin done here

The what tale

This is why Magmars make terrible undercover agents.

Lower, huh?

LET'S GO SAY HI

STOP EATING BY THE WATER GUYS

Finally get some names for these villains, as opposed to Jirarudan from the Lugia movie who NEVER SAYS HIS NAME

Which is which though, who can say

Not that James heads their fanclub or anything.

heh

Frick I want a crepe now

MUST MOISTURIZE THE SKIN

Pikachu can't get the thing to work, but a friendly person comes by to help him out!

I WONDER WHO YOU COULD BE

It's no big deal, Ash is used to girls running away from him.

how could this happen to meeee

but you'll always love me pikachu

always

CRUISIN FOR BABES

THIS COULD BE TROUBLE

BUT WHO CAN SAY FOR SURE

and how long will they take to take off

HEY GIRLY

HEY HEY

OVER HERE BABY

YOWZA

oh god my mace i forgot my mace

Ariados, a typical "evil" Pokemon, but Espeon's usually on the side of good. PECULIAR

Ash thoughtfully turns off the tap before running off

LOOK HOW BIG ARIADOS IS

LOOK AT THAT

suck the blood right out of your body

Weirdly, Latias makes no noise while this happens.

YET, BWAHAHAHAHA

oh hi when did you get here

BURRRRNN

And then they whipped out the revolvers

I love that Ash just shakes off the Psybeam like nothing. HE'S USED TO GETTING HIT WITH POKEMON ATTACKS ALL THE TIME, THEY DO NOT STOP HIM

AND THEN THE BOAT EXPLODED wait no

ALIVE IF YOU CAN, DEAD IF YOU HAVE TO

Anyway a really long chase scene goes here. I swear a ton of this movie is just people running around.

HOT OUT TODAY

Suddenly Latias takes the lead!

Spend the day knitting with your pet Vulpix, you won't regret it.

WE SOMEHOW KNEW YOU'D BE UP THERE CMON

For some reason "after we finish crepe" is cracking me up

YOU KNOW, WERE THEY TAUROS IN DISGUISE

Dun dun duuunnn

ANYWAY LET'S GO TO THE BASILICA

Our Basilica, complete with strange pointy thingy.

Or Ptera, as it's usually done. Aerodactyl of course!

Apparently the years have not been kind to Mario.

A GIANT TWELVEFOOT BEETLE?

LENSFLARES PROPAGATE HERE NATURALLY

what

What, did Latias and Latios give you the plans?

But it probably won't kill us all. Anyway, tea?

Hey, you look familiar.

DON'T LEAVE US ALONE WITH THE MASS MURDERER

I like the little Dragonair there, haha

Some Murkrows for your pleasure.

Yanma carrying away a small child

BUT LET'S RUN AROUND IN IT SOME MORE ANYWAY

HAHA SUCKER

sorry what

MORE CHASE SCENES

Pidgeys in the drinking water, filthy birds

Holding a knife behind her back

...huh

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG

Oh well now I have no choice

Pfff who would ever notice this

WELCOME TO YOUR DOOM

Ash's face in these screenshots was too good for me to pass up.

WOOPERS IN THE GAZEBO!

But then a whole bunch of windthingies start whizzing like crazy. WHAT COULD BE HAPPENING

OR IS IT

Dude come on I haven't killed anyone in like a week, I really want this

>:[

YOU MAKIN EYES AT MY SISTER BUDDY

Not even a sprite recolor, just a straight up cut and paste job

TELL HER PIKACHU

OR YOU'LL ALL BE DEAD

The graveyard where you bury your victims

Shh, no one can hear you scream here.

PLAY WITH US DANNY

FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER

DUUUH HI

I guess Latias just copies the person she's most familiar with? Does that mean Latios's human form is the same as Mario the Serial Killer? D:

The floor, it calls to me

Get you in position here

HE'S RUN INTO SO MANY THINGS BEFORE, IT BARELY LEAVES A MARK

HE LOOKS DELICIOUS

thhhpth

Actually Latios licked Pikachu's cheek here but anyway

LONG FROLICKING SCENE GO this is a bit notable in that it has a special song that plays during this sequence, which is unusual for the movies at this point. It's called SECRET GARDEN and it's just kind of mellow and happy.

ENJOY THESE HAPPY MOMENTS WHILE THEY LAST these sequences always seem to say

WHAT A SHOCK

om nom nom

I DIDN'T TOUCH YOUR SISTER MAN

WE'RE COOL RIGHT??

Latios goin for a swim

Otherwise known as a plot device.

Or we gotta set this up to use this later, whatever

i'm coming to get you, audience

i'm coming to get you

AND NOTHING BAD WILL COME OF IT

all of you

all dead

or my lazy eye

NOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHERS

OOPS

haha it's all fun and games but you touch my sister i swear i will kill you

if you want to call it that

IN MY BASEMENT, WITHOUT YOUR SKIN

whatever

OH NO

This is where I dry and sew all the skins I've harvested together into my fine leather suits.

That's what you're going to tell the police.

REMEMBER THIS SECRET CODE FOR THE SPECIAL ENDING!

Or take him in the motorboat, either way

But I thought Latias was into me

Meanwhile Zanna and Leon run around all fancy and acrobatic like

who

And so a sequence went down where the competent thieves did fancy moves, and TR bumbled along behind them, but it didn't screencap very clearly or well, so just imagine it in your head.

IT ENDED AS ALL THINGS WITH TEAM ROCKET MUST

At this point I hope I don't have to explain this feels bad/sounansu, haha.

Anyway

scrape the flesh right off the bones hmm yes yes get the salt, it'll be perfect yes

YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'LL MAKE A NICE HAT

A fatal brain hemorrhage, that's great!

If a Lati lands on its back is it stuck like a turtle?

OH REALLY IF THAT'S THE CASE I KNOW A PERFECT PLACE FOR IT LET ME SHOW YOU

but DEAL WITH IT

Or Swift, as you might know it. Which will always hit your opponent, no matter what!

lati PUUUUUUUUNCH

Confuse Ray? I'm not sure what this is.

Looks like Confuse Ray

And Latios takes the blow!

Or we'll throw this Owa at you!

YOU'RE DEAD

Oh come on you're dragon/psychic type that should do nothing, get up

I still don't know how he does this.

This scene is really touching and all that, but it's sort of killed by the fact that these two have really ridiculous voices in japanese, particularly Latios. He constantly sounds like he's going WAHOO WAAAAAHOO

It just sort of kills it

Not very webby looking now is it

WAAAHOO WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHOOO!!!

Latias sounds kind of like a sheep.

Tchuh, whatever, you WOULD say that. I don't even care man

just gonna

go over here

And Latios somehow leaps up and takes the second net as well! However that works

Latias ducks underwater and runs for it

Tee hee

MORE RANDOM CURSING, MORE

Yeah I didn't really catch a lot of that but sure let's go for it

And the water stops flowing OH NOOO

No big deal though, let's just get the backup

TELL ME ALL ABOUT THEM

plop

my best drawing of a ducky ever

And these lines appear, I guess to siphon power from Latios.

Although apparently it hasn't been in use for hundreds of years but whatever

I missed this but she told Espeon to Psybeam em again.

FOREVER

MEANWHILE

At the two story Pokecenter/Hotel

MY PRECIOUS PILLOW

SOB SOB actually she doesn't cry, which is weird THIS WAS A PLOTPOINT IN THE FIRST MOVIE GUYS

oh god what is wrong with you ash

GET THE KNIVES

How many deaths per year in the Pokemon world are due to Ariados breaking through your window at night and sucking out your body fluids? Probably a lot.

YOU'RE ALL GOING TO DIE

nah

YOU MESSIN WITH ME, IRON RINGS

WHO PUSHED ME

CONVENIENT HUH

So much handmovement based technology in Pokemon.

Yes this is the perfect picture

THEN WHY WAS IT MADE

FOR YOU FOSSIL POKEMON FANS!

hahahaha

check out that gal's kabutoboose

How is this a tragedy, she brought em back to life

CAN DO

hahahaha

Were none of you listening?

WHAT ARE YOU GUYS UP TO

what is

WHAT INDEED

a long sequence of barriers popping up everywhere ensues

How does that back one stay up

What enemies, they said no monsters ever attacked them again

Unless people just loved invading Altomare

YEAH THIS IS REALLY NOTHING TO GET CONCERNED ABOUT

ASH I DON'T THINK THAT WAS NOTHING

ASH?

ASH WE BARELY TALKED TO THEM WHAT

ASH

you guys will be fine without me i'm sure

Oh here's a shot of the whole weird looking thing, it spins around like crazy.

One should always look behind oneself when sailing a butt down the river

WHERE'S THE BLOOD

THERE SHOULD TOTALLY BE BLOOD

Ash jumps on it THE ONLY SOLUTION

YOU WUSS GET BACK HERE GOD

I TOOK THAT THUNDERBOLT FOR YOU

RUN WHERE?!

Oh now you come back

a beautiful moment together

WE'RE GOING TOO FAST

LET'S CHECK OUT THESE CLAYDOLS FIRST

wheeeeee

I'M GOING TO EAT YOU

ALL OF YOU

and here the Aerodactyl apparently quadrupled in size

YOUR BEAUTIFUL MUSCLES CAN'T FAIL US NOW BROCK

durrrr

Crobat just like yeah whatever, just feed me

YOU COULD HAVE DONE THIS ANY TIME

That's a big Kabutops.

GONNA CHOP YOU IN HALF BOY

You don't want to get cornered by one of these things

The rare shot of the underside of a Kabutop's head.

SUCKER

BUT I GOTTA GO

Oooh so she's Leon, okay.

THINGS SEEM TO BE GOING BADLY

GO SENTIENT WATER, DESTROY THEM

wait how does that work

or to suffocate you to death, same thing

LATIAS POWER

All my ball bearings!

what WAS that

UH OH

HE'S GETTING SCUFFED

THIS IS SERIOUS

finally

they're probably fine quick go

is that how it works

Just stopping my crazy spinning here to show you that Leon is out for the count!

They're sisters?! Ooooh okay. I had no idea what was going on with them until this moment.

JUST STRAIGHT UP SAID RIGHT OUT LOUD

NOT RUN OUT OF ENERGY

NOT DISAPPEAR

HE MIGHT DIE

Ash that's your answer to everything

But to no avail!

TIME FOR THE LAST RESORT!

Every single time. You're so predictable Ash.

AGAIN AGAIN

There I got it for you Ash you big baby

And the machine stops going crazy

YOU'RE ALIVE HURRAY

LEON?

...LEON?




just messing with you, she's still alive too

HMMPH.

AAAAAAAAA

OH

Blasts her into the same dealy as her sister

KABOOM

Well it's probably fine

WE CAN DO THIS BRO

Giant tidal wave comin in!

The great Latiball

And this... I guess splits the wave in half so it goes around the island, or something. It neutralizes it, basically.

INSIDE THE LATIBALL

DID YOU GUYS JUST SEE THAT

THAT WAS PRETTY WEIRD HUH

Did a different animator do his eyes here, they don't look quite as terrifying

THIS IS PRETTY MUCH ALL TEAM ROCKET DOES, SORRY

Meanwhile, Kabutops and Aerodactyl vanish finally.

That's a rather peculiar phrase!

My Gloom into a Vileplume, if you're not sure.

Bellossom. :B

And then the thing slams shut on them.

FINALLY A MENTION OF HER LUDICROUS HAIR

Apparently not a single soul saw any of this happen.

Ash and co go looking for Latias and Latios AND

IF ONLY POKEMON COULD CRY, BUT FOR SOME REASON

OBVIOUSLY HIS SOUL I MEAN WHAT ELSE COULD IT BE

disk read error

please reboot

THE POKEMON WORLD, FOR THOSE CURIOUS

This would be an easy place to cram in a moral.

So your city is powered by the soul of a dead Pokemon! Like a Pokemon version of Those who Leave Omelas.

WAY TO RUIN THE SCENE WITH YOUR CRAZY EYES, GRAMPS

and he's gone forever. dead. DEAD!

BLAAAAAR

not like you have a choice, your soul being trapped in this orb and all

And the water begins running again, hurray!

I haven't killed you yet!

Let me just get my gun.

DON'T LOOK NOW

And millions of diehard Ash/Misty shippers had a complete meltdown.

IS THIS ILLEGAL, BASICALLY?

WHY WON'T ASH EVER KISS ME

The smudge stick filter is your friend

And time for our ending song! It's called Hitoribocchi ja nai, and it's got this great energy to it, lots of... I think it's accordions? It fits the general Venicetype theme of this place very well, haha. It's a lot more energetic than your usual ballad-y ending.

wtf i thought you were dead latios what a ripoff

latis fly around all over the place during the credits, so many latis

YES LET'S ALL LISTEN TO THIS CRAZY MAN HE CLEARLY KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING

BREAKING NEWS: OFFICER JENNY ACTUALLY DOES SOMETHING

y halo thar jirarudan

NO WAY THAT GUY LIVES IN A TWO STORY FRISBEE

WHOEVER WE ROB NEXT WON'T SEE IT COMING

I think this is the only prison I've ever seen in Pokemon, come to think of it.

And a Latios passes wind. I mean passes like the wind.

In this empty garden

REMEMBER THESE WHEN LATIOS WAS ALIVE

HE'S DEAD NOW

DEAD!

And there you guys are, I was wondering.

And the traditional shot of them walking into the sunset.

IT'S A POKEMON WORLD

OMG RUBY AND SAPPHIRE ARE COMING OUT SOON YOU GUYS OMG OMG

And that's the end, hurray! Next up, the Jirachi movie!

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