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
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.
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?
SEE CELEBI MOVIE, IT HELPS TO ESTABLISH THAT THERE ARE MANY OF WHATEVER POKEMON IT IS BEFORE JUST RANDOMLY PULLING THEM OUT OF NOWHERE
yay woo whatever
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
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
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
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
Latios is having none of this.
Heh, Spurt. That was actually an opening song later on.
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
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.
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.
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
CRUISIN FOR BABES
THIS COULD BE TROUBLE
BUT WHO CAN SAY FOR SURE
and how long will they take to take off
OVER HERE BABY
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.
oh hi when did you get here
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, 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
MORE CHASE SCENES
Pidgeys in the drinking water, filthy birds
Holding a knife behind her back
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
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
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
or my lazy eye
NOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHERS
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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
Latias sounds kind of like a sheep.
Tchuh, whatever, you WOULD say that. I don't even care man
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
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
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.
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
YOU MESSIN WITH ME, IRON RINGS
WHO PUSHED ME
So much handmovement based technology in Pokemon.
Yes this is the perfect picture
THEN WHY WAS IT MADE
FOR YOU FOSSIL POKEMON FANS!
check out that gal's kabutoboose
How is this a tragedy, she brought em back to life
Were none of you listening?
WHAT ARE YOU GUYS UP TO
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 WE BARELY TALKED TO THEM WHAT
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
Oh now you come back
a beautiful moment together
WE'RE GOING TOO FAST
LET'S CHECK OUT THESE CLAYDOLS FIRST
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
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.
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
All my ball bearings!
what WAS that
HE'S GETTING SCUFFED
THIS IS SERIOUS
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
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.
There I got it for you Ash you big baby
And the machine stops going crazy
YOU'RE ALIVE HURRAY
just messing with you, she's still alive too
Blasts her into the same dealy as her sister
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.
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
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!
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
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!