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.
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
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
HOW CAN WE SEIZE SOMEONE WHO CAN DEFY PHYSICS
What an AMERICAN name
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
That wasn't an accident!
Haha I made a gif of this once, where is it
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.
COME BACK YOU FORGOT YOUR ORANGE
(man that emoticon doesn't work without serifs)
Made a gif of this too because of course I did.
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
gotta go brush my flowing hair
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
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
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
JamesMeowth scrambling around on all fours, haha
Parked it over here just in case
FINE I GUESS
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
Phantom enjoys life
Spent all day thinking up that insult.
I'm just not threatened by Phantom, he looks like a plush toy
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
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
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.
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
Anyway down below they got this thingy
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
[SCREEK, SCREEEECH WOOOP WOOOOOOOOOOP]
what did you just say to me
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!
eyeshine contest GO
Floatin around in a big egg like thing
Well me and a bunch of strangers BUT MOSTLY ME
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
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
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
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
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
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.
THE TENTACLES ARE BACK
just here for my cameo, need the bucks to make rent
lol nice face
oh it's you again
Phantom adjusted to this surprisingly well
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
Brock why do you look so disappointed?
copy dust cloud, paste
FINALLY OUR BIRTHRIGHT
may does not look impressed
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!