Pokemon 2000: The Power Of One (mild -) 

Phen and I watched this tonight; while it was nice to experience as an artifact of the license, I read up on the localization changes and couldn't help but feel resentful. AFAIK, the original casts Ash as the person who happened to be in the right place/time to step up and do the hero thing (which he's able to do with a lot of help), the dub makes him out to be a Chosen One called out by name who fulfills the prophecy because he's Just That Great

Pokemon 2000: The Power Of One (mild -) 

There's a pretty significant difference: "Well, it could've been anyone else in my position, but I'm in the middle of it, so I need to give it my best shot" versus "I, specifically, was ordained by God to perform this grand task." The latter feels like a marketing move to me: the world suddenly revolving around Ash (combined with the similarly dub-emphasized will-they/won't-they with Misty) acts as a hook for people to continue following the TV series

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Pokemon 2000: The Power Of One (mild -) 

Through the Adventures in the Orange Islands arc, no less! A fate I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy!

(Otherwise the film was a suitably flashy anime spectacle and I enjoyed Lugia's introduction; I remember how feverish the wait for Gen2 was, and can only imagine what audiences must've felt seeing Togepi, Donphan, Marill, Slowking, then suddenly THIS)

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread 

Literally every third work of media I take in these days appears to be Pokemon-based, so for consistency's sake I've decided to consolidate future thoughts about them into a single thread that can be muted at your leisure. Hi there! I'm Lobst, I haven't beaten a Pokemon game since X but I love these creatures and the stories told with them nonetheless

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread 

Mainline game history: Red, Emerald, LeafGreen, Pearl, X; haven't beaten generations 2, 5, or 7 yet but I do have a digital copy of Moon I'd like to get into; we'll see if I get around to it before Sword/Shield come out. (And I don't keep a living 'dex, I prefer viewing each region as a microcosm in itself.)

Spinoff game history: Mystery Dungeon Blue Rescue Tea/Explorers of Time/Gates to Infinity. (I like what I've played of Super Mystery Dungeon so far, though)

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread 

Oh! Nearly forgot about Pokemon Art Academy as well, which I fully completed the campaign of by drawing the creatures in different poses; I recommend it to anyone looking to cultivate or refine basic digital art skills. This was the main reason I was hoping the Switch would have a resistive touchscreen, so this game could receive the direct sequel it so richly deserves

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Sun/Moon Anime 

Phen and I have been watching this recently; it's very different from the original series not just in terms of animation style, but in a thematic sense! Instead of walking from town to town Ash lives with the local Professor, goes to school, and cultivates friendships with his classmates who each have their own stuff going on. These are all welcome changes, IMO; domestic adventures are highly underrated in sci-fi/fantasy and deserve representation

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Sun/Moon Anime 

Out of the episodes we've seen so far, my favorite is "A Shocking Grocery Run!" which begins with 5 minutes of Ash just attempting to pass the time at home and absolutely failing at it. Four episodes earlier he and Pikachu were firing off a Z-move at an island guardian, now he's dumping an entire box of detergent into a clothes washer with the energy of any other ten year-old with no home-ec skills whatsoever. I am absolutely here for this

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Sun/Moon Anime 

It seriously reminds me of when Stargate SG-1 teased the concept of Teal'c having a Star Wars movie night with O'Neill and Carter; I bounced off that show the first time I attempted watching it after realizing they weren't going to show me anything relating to THAT story instead of whatever mystical military space intrigue was threatening planet Earth that week. Let me see how these characters are when they're fully removed from extreme situations

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Pokemon 3: The Movie: Spell of the Unown 

Not much to say about this aside from it being a coherent and well-directed (if simple-in-comparison) story with a lot of technically impressive action setpieces (like the Charizard/Entei fight)! I also ended up having nostalgia pangs for the Johto theme song despite having first never watched those seasons when they originally aired, then never getting to it when I tried to watch the anime start-to-finish as an adult

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Sun/Moon Anime episode 21, animal death mention 

This episode tries to thread the needle in depicting an older Pokemon dying of natural causes, so the story:

1) comes across successfully to kids familiar with the concept of death
2) minimizes the risk of upsetting kids who haven't had it explained to them yet

It was interesting to watch! The morose side of me was hoping the answer to this episode's "Who's That Pokemon?" was accompanied with "1999-2017", though

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Sun/Moon Anime episode 26 

"So Long, Sophocles!" had Phen and I legitimately bracing ourselves for the sitcom moment we've all seen 1000000001 times, where the series of escalating misunderstandings that could've been avoided with a single open talk ends up crashing down on the person who Shamefully Lied By Omission; instead his friends instantly understand and forgive him when the truth finally comes out, because that's what IRL friends SHOULD do

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Sun/Moon Anime episode 26 

That ending moment was about as touching as an earlier moment (where he programs an HTML5 infographic presentation to explain the concept of 'moving away' to his until-then-blissfully-ignorant Togedemaru) was ridiculous. Good going, kid; at least now your pet mouse is as sad as you are

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Detective Pikachu (3DS) 

Related to LB, I've been going through this very slowly; it's like a high-budget Telltale game for babies and all the mysteries are junior-detective fare (you'd be a fool to expect anything else). I got to the culprit reveal of a case earlier today where Tim pointedly accuses a real estate developer of inventing a doughnut-shaped sticker so a box could be delivered to the wrong location, to give you an idea of the drama on display here

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Detective Pikachu (3DS) 

The seller at a private auction of illegal/stolen merchandise is asked "with the help of [chemical compound], would it be possible to cause crimes without getting caught?" and answers "yes" to it with a straight face

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Detective Pikachu (3DS) 

(I make it sound like I'm expecting this to be grittier or more difficult than anyone has a right to expect it to be; I should make it clear I am not one of Those Fans who believes media should bend over backward to meet my personal tastes, and every joke I make at its expense is done from the perspective of someone well outside Pokemon's targeted demographic)

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You! 

Setting aside that this was another film story Team Rocket had nothing to do in, this film was an amazing tribute; a supercut of formative Ash moments from the Indigo League, in an AU where he quickly/wordlessly got Brock and Misty's gym badges and moved on by himself. I'm sure Origins also did this well, but it's still great to see anime Kanto reinterpreted in the wake of what the world of the franchise has become

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You! (spoilers) 

Lots of landmark moments in it, too; the (...no, no thanks) first instance of Ash's Pikachu speaking perfect English aside, a dream sequence has Ash waking up in a world based on our modern reality, and for the first time he's depicted with his personality absolutely stifled by having to live in a regimented antiseptic classroom setting, even in an apparently rural environment. The moment was brief but impactful for me

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You! 

I will be freezeframing and studying the Pokemon Center interiors depicted here. They put so much work into showing off the infrastructure of this world and it's all beautiful

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Pokemon: The Power of Us 

I like this trend of Pokemon films presenting themselves as stories first and tie-ins second! This one contains stories from five characters who each have insecurities, personal secrets, and complete (if brief) character arcs, alongside Ash who exists entirely as an excuse for the story to have (nicely-choreographed and visually impressive) battles in it

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Pokemon: The Power of Us (spoilers) 

Note I said tie-ins "second" and not "not at all" (this is still a promotional work for a multibillion-dollar multimedia franchise); even though it takes place in a whole new location it DOES still have an extended sequence where a Pikachu plays with an Eevee and the central conflict revolves around an Alolan legendary. Still a nice step up from the film being called "Zeraora and the Winds of Calamity" or somesuch

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Pokemon: The Power of Us (spoilers) 

I also liked the message of cooperation making us stronger than the sum of ourselves individually, though Ash's big speech tied the idea a bit too closely to the notion of Pokemon actually existing for me to say it hit the mark dead-on. I really think this could've made the difference between the story surviving on its own merits vs. it being mainly just consumable as a lovely piece of merchandise

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Pokemon: The Power of Us (spoilers) 

I appreciated the segments that showed off people being inconvenienced by Pokemon existing, -including- a part where a human gets hit with Sweet Scent and suddenly has to deal with an escalating crowd of charismatic animals following her home. Imagine being in a world so filled with these fantastic forms of life that it becomes a problem for you

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Pokemon: The Power of Us (spoilers) 

The credits song is a soothing and emotionally resonant ballad to me, also (the one for I Choose You was great as well). I was surprised to find out that these were by the same composer as Under The Alolan Sun, which (to be fair) had a high bar to live up to as far as Pokemon TV themes are concerned youtube.com/watch?v=tTqIPwWJLQ

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (spoilers) 

Phen and I watched this yesterday; I thought it was fine while watching it (bits and pieces absolutely feel cobbled together), but it's grown on me quite a bit since. Lucario's emotional arc is well-telegraphed and believable, and the final few scenes are right out of Xenoblade 1 (right up to the cut to credits, where Ash reads a dramatic line and the camera reveals the scale of the setting). Slow burn, but top-notch work

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (spoilers) 

That said, I feel like the Advanced Generation setting straight-up didn't exist before I watched this and the animation staff had to quickly assemble a supporting cast of Gen3 Pokémon at the last minute. Ash now carries a Phanpy and a Corphish; Brock fights proudly with his trusty Forretress, and Jessie and James enact their mischievous plans with their Chimecho and, uhh, Cacnea, or something, IDK, w/e

Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (spoilers, AMV) 

Searching "Lucario and" on Bing autocompletes to "Lucario and Mewtwo AMV" before this movie title comes up. This led Phen and I to search for Pokemon AMVs, and I was glad to see one for this film set to my personal ultimate AMV audio. Considering its lyrics, any notion of them actually lining up with the content is miraculous to me youtube.com/watch?v=zHHMR-ktR6

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Pokémania Catch(-'em-)all Thread: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (???) 

(there are other autocompletes for "Lucario and" and I made the mistake of seeing the first page of results for one of them. This is a PSA)

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Pokémon Direct 1.9.2020 

The thunder of "there's a new PMD" was stolen for me by the fact that it's a remake, but Rescue Team is a great game and this ensures it won't be trapped on the GBA or DS (which both have clumsy interfaces these days, especially now that the DS hardware is on its way out), so not only am I OK with this, I hope they do it with Explorers as well

Good on them for letting the Sw/Sh Expansion Pass take the place of this year's main-series release, also

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Pokémon Direct 1.9.2020 

Not bashing the presentation at all, but the fact that they mostly showed off concept art and environments (despite these packs being scheduled for later this year) really speaks to how hectic the production cycle at Game Freak must be

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX 

I used to use Bulbasaur as a stand-in for myself in situations like this, but Phen recently described me as more of a Totodile and I can't say I disagree

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Pokémania Catch-'em-all Thread 

Kind of tempted to try something either in long-form written or audio format where I attempt to watch, analyze, and evaluate older episodes of the Pokémon TV anime with a reverent but gently critical perspective. (I'm sure this is the blogging equivalent of artists deciding to draw every Pokémon, getting to #11, and abandoning the project entirely).

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Pokémania Catch-'em-all Thread (Moving this topic to an alt account!) 

I ultimately decided to make a whole new fediverse account JUST for talking about Pokémon, complete with a new OC/gimmick! Art of the trainersona and their team will come shortly, and I might boost the occasional post from it on this account if I'm super proud of it: @lobst@donphan.social

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