Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea, Manaphy

BABIES BABIES BABIES



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 2017! I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




I'm sick of sorting through these caps WHATEVER JUST TAKE THEM

You may have seen me hatin on this movie in previous movie posts, and upon rewatching it I think my dislike was a little OTT. The Manaphy movie isn't egregiously terrible exactly, it's more that it's the first one that falls into a frustrating trap that many of the later movies would fall into, in that it is crammed with boring, pointless filler. Previous movies had filler too of course, but it's the Manaphy movie where it really starts to feel like stalling for time on a plot that's already pretty slight. Little did I know that this would become standard for the movies after this point! Well, not all of them, but a lot of them.

If you're really into water Pokemon though, this is the movie for you! If you're afraid of drowning this movie is not for you.

Hey, it's the RuSa trainer!

And the lady from the Deoxys movie!

And Kris from Pokemon Crystal! Lot of cameos goin on here.

THIS ONE IS PARTICULARLY FRUITFUL

Those stupid hairstyles down there look familiar... aren't they one of the Team Rocket B-teams?

Guess what spin-off series had just come out when this movie was released!

Sentret is not feeling this.

The huge gray fellow, well we have no idea

DON'T HURT MY DODRIO, I'LL DO WHATEVER YOU WANT

I think this may be the last time we see May and Max. THE ERA IS COMING TO A CLOSE

Update on their current Pokemon for anyone who's paying attention, for some reason.

o)

CORSOLAS, SHINY CORSOLAS it never ends

A Mantyke! A pre-ev for Mantine which got introduced in Diamond and Pearl, I think. This movie was right on the cusp between RuSa and DP, thus more new Pokemon cameos.

PUT YOUR HANDS UP

glom

You seem the amiable sort.

The parrot over there is a Chatot! Also introduced in DP, one of my favorites from that gen.

Sir we're so hungry, stop spouting nonsense at the egg and let us eat

LIFTS BRO

HOW CAN WE SEIZE SOMEONE WHO CAN DEFY PHYSICS

What an AMERICAN name

duuuh wha

No, the rare candies!

English is hard you guys

Why does she have a bottle of milk with a nipple on her desk

Not like BIG BOOTS

These guys probably have one

Huzzah!

That wasn't an accident!

Haha I made a gif of this once, where is it

Heehee

Anyway on top of the flight carrier

my virginity, I'll take that back

YAAAAY HE HAS A PARASECT YAAAAAY THE PIRATE DUDE IS NOW MY FAVORITE CHARACTER

Oh right, if you missed out on it, Pokemon Ranger was this spin off where you wandered around and you'd use a Capture Stylus to capture Pokemon, basically you'd draw circles around them on your DS screen. Then they'd do a thing for you and run off. I never did get anywhere in the one Ranger game I got.

So you're still here eh

This is probably the best shot of this guy in the entire movie.

splap

COME BACK YOU FORGOT YOUR ORANGE

:I

(man that emoticon doesn't work without serifs)

Made a gif of this too because of course I did.

POOR PARASECT

>:<

That magical mouth thing that so often shows up in anime

Anyway title sequence something something

I don't have to see a doctor my pustules are fine

BUY POKEMON RANGER (tm)

Meanwhile at the nuclear explosion

THE AFTERLIFE IS VERY POORLY MAPPED

To be fair, a pretty easy thing to do in the Pokemon world

come over heeereee

LOOKS LIKE... BLOOD

well i mean the water pokemon have been peeing in it and all and

but uh can't stop you i guess

ENJOY MY BREASTS

Anyway basically the water pokemon spit water and the psychic pokemon shape the water into floating balls.

sorry turned into a sea urchin for a second there

Hey, that's the same book he had in the Lucario movie!

PLEASE MAX JUST LET ME TALK TO A GIRL JUST ONCE

May lays on the charm

woop woop woop woop

Buoysel! Another DP pokemon.

Would you like some Square Water

WHAT WOULD JIRACHI SAY

duuuh

duuuuh

gotta go brush my flowing hair

duuuuuuuuh

Anyway there's a water show, la dee da

NO IT LOOKS COLD

Haha it looks like that shark is pooping!

Brock is so into this

WAIT NO I CAN'T BREATHE WATER

AAAAA WE'RE ALL GONNA DROWN

oh well i guess the breathing problems taken care of, never mind

KABOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

someone stood that poor guy up!

Binocular segue, again!

tra la la

Man can you imagine

10% off meowth chow

And we can now get involved in the plot!

That'll protect my priceless rare egg

If you want to see your dog alive again send

I always appreciate your interludes, Team Rocket.

someone CLOSE THE CURTAINS I AM TRYING TO SLEEP

beep

Deep in the copypaste ocean

HI I'M THE TITLE CHARACTER

Say did you see that explosion of pink light last night, just me huh

Man I could go for a pizza

i peed in that water

I just liked this shot, don't mind me

Meanwhile, TR takes advantage of no one locking anything

WHAT ARE THOSE

drown in the fathomless depths, leave this cruel world forever

Pokemon world lousy with weird tribes, can't have an adventure without running into one of them

Just us here at the table, actually!

Let's cook it up

This is probably easier to follow with the audio BUT JUST ROLL WITH IT

THAT'S ALL THE EXPLANATION WE'VE GOT FOR IT, GOODNIGHT

I'LL TICKLE YOU SENSELESS

MOTTO TIME, MOTTO TIME!

No you guys are nailing it

gotta daaaance

JamesMeowth scrambling around on all fours, haha

Heeheehee

Parked it over here just in case

nah

FINE I GUESS

neeeroooom splat

Just in time Pikachu catching service

HEY HOW STRONG IS YOUR BALLOON, JUST CURIOUS

blasting off agaaaaaiinn

Anyway now that that silliness is done

Something in my eyes, ow ow

"How do we spell the temple name?" "I DUNNO, JUST PUT A LOT OF CS (for sea)"

SUP WE BROUGHT CHIPS

They'll never get my priceless self portrait!

Anyway long chase scene, yadayada

HAHA WHEEEEEEEEEEE

Phantom enjoys life

Spent all day thinking up that insult.

I'm just not threatened by Phantom, he looks like a plush toy

CATCH

Wanriki and Kairiki being the names of Machop and Machamp in Japanese, if I recall correctly. SOMETHING IN THE MACHOP LINE ANYWAY

>:<

But I was gonna go fishing

May has encountered a critical error

WOOPS

Who's surprised that the egg hatched for May, anyone, anyone

About the right reaction to have

Quick, use Sleep Powder!

I SO WANTED A CHILD

Anyway something something back here now

You know just being an experienced mom and a member of the tribe that's tied to this Pokemon through blood like it's my birthright no big deal or anything

NO ONLY MAY GETS TO HAVE EVERYTHING

i wanted to be a mother

sucker, played right into my flippers

Team Rocket's back to normal!

And happened to land at the same ruins where the main gang is! What a coincidence.

WHO WANTS TO PLAY TWISTER

JESSIE THINKS ON HER FEET

Magic bracelets!

Cause we're not letting you borrow ours.

THE TRIAL TO THE DEATH BEGINS NOW

don't mind us

Everyone's gonna be wet and clammy the whole day

NO GENGARS ALLOWED

Wrecking ships, knocking big chunks out of coral reefs, running over small fish

IF WE CAN'T HAVE THE TREASURE NO ONE CAN!

Thanks for bein watery, water pokemon. Enjoy our temple we can't see or use.

Old Manaphy are too jaded to believe in such water temple legends!

Not that other bearded guy

He's so fuzzy!

Could always use some more swabbies

What happened to the Water Folk anyway, they seem to have a huge footprint here and then pfhht! Nothing! Given the dangers of the Pokemon world I bet Kyogre ate them all or something.

We'll just wait until the plot dictates we intervene

Get it cause diamond and pearl are coming teeheeheehee

I'd trust a trainer before I'd trust a ranger but what do I know

And it's NOT GETTING MY ICE CREAM CONE AGGLMPH

I wanna hear more about that story

OMG MY NEW FAVORITE CHARACTERS NO DON'T LEAVE BEHIND YOUR OLD MAN CREW

GO ON SOME OLD MAN ADVENTURES

Jackie has the look of a 3d anime head here despite being in 2d.

babies BABIES BABIES

I want a movie about these old dudes.

lolol jackie's face

I'M OVER IT manaphy says

you're a dead man

WAS IT AN ABILITY yes it was an ability BUT WAS IT AN ABILITY

It actually is a move that Manaphy learns, it has limited utility from what I know though. It just switches whatever stat boosts/drops the enemy has with yours.

Maybe they'll go completely insane, or if there's any mercy, they'll die quickly!

not sure how those things are connected but alright

This is how it starts, May

There wasn't really a way to get a cap of it JUST TAKE THEIR WORD FOR IT OKAY

I talked about this briefly I think in the Deoxys movie but May has this thing where she ends like all her sentences with "kamo" which is something like going "I guess" or "maybe" after everything you say. Sort of wishywashy. AND NOW IT'S A PLOTPOINT

There are a lot of little asides about this water family that, while I didn't keep all or most of them, I appreciated them being in there. Even though we'll never see these people again.

GET BENT

Kawaiikamo

This raises some weird questions. Is Manaphy picking up human speak just by being around humans so much? Would ANY Pokemon be capable of this, or just Manaphy? Is Manaphy just more intelligent than most Pokemon? We know Meowth learned how to speak human just through sheer force of will, can ALL Pokemon do that if they wanted to? If a Pokemon was raised by a human, would they speak human or pokemon? Does it depend on the species? Where does that line get drawn? AGAIN THE BORDERS BETWEEN HUMAN AND POKEMON GET FUZZY

I'm sick of looking at it

SEE YA, SUCKER

instantly drowns

Anyway down below they got this thingy

DONK

I'M OVER IT

They're all dead so it doesn't seem to have done them much good

If only I could parasail like they can!

Hello giant sushis

what a pretty shot

STOP BEING WET YOU'RE GOING TO WAKE MY BABY

Jackie really looks like Zell from FF8.

You and everyone else, buddy

suddenly, cotton swabs

Who knew Altarias and Furrets were so tight

So I could then BEND THEIR WILL WITH MY CAPTURE STYLUS

Not too late, apply now

QUICK SHOVE IT IN A POKEBALL BEFORE IT LEARNS TOO MUCH

there are so many scenes in this just BABIES BABIES BABIES MOTHERHOOD

YOUR BOYFRIEND IS SO GOOD IN THE KITCHEN

Yaaay I get to play with the xerox machine!

And I have to stick my nose in other people's business I'M A POKEMON RANGER

It's not like I care about the little flippery freak after all

Summer lovin, it happened so fast

I would but that look on your face is really distracting

HI AM I INTERRUPTING ANYTHING

I just told her to ditch Manaphy and then she ditched it, what's her deal

HEY MOM LOOK I'M JUMPING MOM, MOM

Lot of attention getting paid to this one-shot character who'll never come back.

JUST WAIT UNTIL THE PLOT DECIDES TO PICK BACK UP AGAIN

get it

[SCREEK, SCREEEECH WOOOP WOOOOOOOOOOP]

what did you just say to me

beep boop

something something anyway she gives may her magic bracelet

Obligatory frolicking scene, go!

HELP SHARK STOLE MY HEADSCARF

what's YOUR deal

I cut a big long sequence here with Manaphy looking for the scarf, here is the end result

OH NO DRAMA

oh well, never mind

Have we eaten up enough time to actually go to the real plot, let's find out

Neon Genesis Evangelion, 1996

HEY WE FOUND THE MYSTERY TEMPLE!

glub glub

eyeshine contest GO

Floatin around in a big egg like thing

Well me and a bunch of strangers BUT MOSTLY ME

yippee, yaaaahooooo

Get all our players in the same place

woops the file glitched up YOU'LL HAVE TO IMAGINE IT

Stop breathing immediately!

Had to date a water folk for like a year

Just wanna give him a big squeeze, he looks so soft

WHAT ABOUT TOTALITY

SORRY JACKIE PARTY'S FULL

Our beautiful crystal sea urchin

NO LET ME SWIM IN IT FIRST

wheeeeee

Nice to just relax and forget about villains for a while, stop and smell the roses

HOW DID A GROWN MAN OVERPOWER ME, A BABY

Now you've done it

Well that's convenient

Everyone's being surprisingly chill about this

I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOUR BROTHER, GO AHEAD AND FUSS OVER YOUR POKEBABY

And there are no Pokemon down here so I'm in big trouble!

He's got like a cat face

I want my tapes back

Haha, keep away, keep away!

Haters gonna hate

The tension, you could cut it with a knife

GETTO DA ZE

Because...?

KICKFLIP

WOOPS

oh what i can't even believe this

THROW MANAPHY IN THE WATER IS THAT WHAT YOU SAID

left a fork in the microwave, be right back

WHY DIDN'T THEY GIVE ME FINGERS

say do you have gills, no reason

A little slow on the uptake, Phantom

IT'S OUR SUBMARINE WE STOLE IT FAIR AND SQUARE

Not sure how it happened but TR floats away

wheeeee

ankles broken

you can be my new parrot friend

Maybe Phantom has gills

YOU AREN'T CLAUSTROPHOBIC ARE YOU

GET IN GDIT, GET IN NOW

DO WE GET ANY SAY IN THIS, NO

Parkour!

Oh right, air

SO WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO IN HERE IF YOU DON'T COME BACK

SLOWLY STARVE OR SUFFOCATE?

nice work, jackie

I CAN'T GIVE UP

(gives up)

manaphy dgaf

Really runnin out of time here Ash

Man if you had any fears about being trapped in a small flooding space this movie would make you very anxious.

KABOOOOOOOOOOOM

what

THE TENTACLES ARE BACK

duuuhh

just here for my cameo, need the bucks to make rent

sup

lol nice face

oh it's you again

what

what

Phantom adjusted to this surprisingly well

whaaaaat

WHEN SWIMMING ISN'T ENOUGH

Time for all the water Pokemon to make their cameos!

why is this movie not over yet

re: your otp

lol her face

WE GOTTA WORK THIS HEART SWAP THING IN HERE AS MORE THAN SPACE FILLER, BUT HOW

just roll with it

GET BUBBLED

rip

Brock why do you look so disappointed?

copy dust cloud, paste

FINALLY OUR BIRTHRIGHT

may does not look impressed

get it

and THAT'S the sea crown, and THAT'S the sea crown

that's the sea crown

that's the sea crown

dang if i don't like that scattery effect in the background whenever it shows up

HOW SENTIENT IS MANAPHY

Who wants lunch?

that's the sea crown

the waves roll just like my eyes

HEY GUYS YOU WON'T BELIEVE HOW DUMB THIS HUMAN I MET IS

yes best characters

OH right, the ending song is A Thing To Be Protected. It's your standard boring ballad.

You still look like a plush doll, Phantom. I'd hug you.

JACKIE NO YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR

BUY POKEMON RANGER AND THIS COULD BE YOU!!

Team Rocket is fine, for those concerned

gonna eat you corsolas

AND OFF INTO THE DISTANCE

Next up, the Darkrai movie!

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