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Triple Extravanganza!

Posted December 18th, 2010 at 06:58 PM by I Laugh at your Misfortune!
Updated December 30th, 2010 at 06:38 PM by I Laugh at your Misfortune!

Hi guys! I know it's been a while since there's been one of these out, so I'm doing three whole episodes this time to make up for it. The fact that it's a three parter is just a nice bonus, ehehehe.

First up is Battle aboard the St. Anne!



It's not a bad episode but it's not exactly a good one either. Although its nice to see some stuff from the games, there's just so many moments during this episode which had me going "WHY GOD WHY?". The Poképyramids. James as a girl. The use of two seconds stock footage of jumping Pikachu. Not episode ruiners, but certainly head scratchers.

Personally, I would've liked to see something else from the games - the truck on the port. Ash could have spent the whole episode flat on his stomach trying to reach underneath to grab a Mew Pokéball. Now that would've been quality entertainment, amirite?

Er, anyways, here's the ELoT:

Spoiler:
- WHY DOES THE CAMERA FOCUS ON JAMES'S ASS FOR SO LONG?

- WHY DOES HE KEEP SAYING COOL LIKE THAT?

- WHY DOES HE TURN ME ON SLIGHTLY?

- Geovanni's voice is a little robotic to say the least.

- Maybe he just needs to lay off the cigars. I always imagine Giovanni smoking a cigar, even though I swear he never actually is.

- My Squirtle's bigger better than his.

- Raticate doesn't actually learn Hi Jump Kick. Pointing this out makes me clever.

- Did the Magkiarp salesman have to be mexican?

- Yeah, let's start 'trading'. Ehehehe.

- WHAT WAS THAT? Seriously, I don't normally have screenshots, but this has to be seen to be believed.



- WHAT IS JESSIE DOING TO THAT POOR FELLOW?

- Why does nobody bother securing their Pokéballs?

- Why does no-one think to fight back before Ash starts it?

- WHY REUSE THAT STOCK FOOTAGE?

- WHY DO THEY HAVE TO STAND IN PYRAMIDS?

- WHY DOES ASH HAVE TO BE REMINDED THAT HE TRADED HIS POKÉMON EVEN AFTER HE TRIES TO CALL IT OUT AND RATICATE APPEARS INSTEAD?

- WHY DOES IT TAKE NOTHING MORE THAN A FEW WAVES TO SINK SUCH A MASSIVE SHIP? IS IT NOT DESIGNED TO SAIL IN WAVES?

- Best. Captain. EVAR.


I don't think I've ever used so many capital letters.

Er, anyway, onto episode two - Pokémon Shipwreck!



I'm not sure about this episode. It feels a little bit like it's stuck joining together two separate stories and so can't carry a story of its own. The only over-arching story in this episode is Magikarp being useless and evolving into Gyarados.

And so starts a long traidtion of us never, ever meeting a Magikarp for more than a second and not having it evolve into a Gyarados at some later point. Although, to be fair, Gyaraods is a lot more interesting. You have to question the cast's sanity, though. After Pidgeotto finds Team Rocket floating in the waves - having sent him out to find land - they then forget to try and find land and instead just float their for what seems to be a whole day, getting hungry. Did nobody at any point say "well, shouldn't we try and find dry land?" They deserve to starve on a raft if that's their survival instinct.

Anyway, enough ranting, here's the ELoT:

Spoiler:
- Holy Titanic! Was that just to remove ANY subtlety left in the reference?

- Wait...is the Pokémon anime actually acknowledging the existence of DEATH? What happened to this?

- Why didn't they get him down while he was unconscious? Y'know, rather than leaving him hanging, unconscious, in a very dangerous situation?

- On the other hand, his pain IS amusing.

- Why didn't Meowth move THEM? It's like everybody enjoys watching other people in pain.

- WHY WOULD OPENING A HOLE IN THE FLOOR EVER BE A GOOD IDEA?

- Did I just watch imaginary Ash drown? It was disturbingly hilarious.

- Goldeen does something useful for the first time ever!

- Wait, so the small Pokémon could tilt the ship, but Onix makes no difference? This makes less than no sense.

- To be fair, Misty, James IS a pretty snappy dresser.

- So Pikachu electrocutes Ash and suddenly he realises what is obvious to everyone else?

- Weld through? Is that welding?

- Nice of them to abandon TR like that. I was getting worried that our heroes weren't big enough *******s.

- Wait, Noah? So does religion exists in this world, then?

- Pikachu's finger snap when he realises Meowth isn't dead is epically hilarious.

- James used Mega Kick!

- Gyarados looks silly doing Dragon Rage.



And finally, it's time for episode three - Island of the Giant Pokémon!



This episode verges back towards the terrifyingly weird. The giant Pokémon. The Pokémon speak. The scene where all the Pokémon appear to be getting drunk on orange juice at a bar in the middle of a forest. But terrifyingly weird episodes are at least entertaining.

It's also nice to see some genuinely funny lines getting thrown around. Team Rocket's whole bit near the end of the minecart sequence is gold and this episode basically made me fall in love with Squirtle. There's also the heavy handed moralising, unfortunately - "Pokémon not bad! Master bad!" - but at least that's over quickly. To be replaced with drunk Pokémon. Yeesh

Anyway, here's the third and final ELoT for today:

Spoiler:
- PIKACHU CAN SPEAK OMIGOSH

- Slowpokelol

- Squirtle's an *******. And awesome.

- Koffing's face is hilarious. He's high on constipation.

- Also, how come Ekans and Koffing speak in weird broken English subtitles?

- Pikachu lurves Meowth

- Wait, Ekans and Koffing are drowning their sorrows, Meowth is passed out and Bulbasaur appears to be getting into a drunk argument with Squirtle. These old episodes are WEIRD.

- Why does hiding in a phone booth make you safe?

- "Go ask for directions". That settles it, Pikachu definitley is female.

- That was some accurate falling.

- Giant Pikachu's constant smile is REALLY creepy.

- Team Rocket's predictions are genuinely hilarious.

- The beach? They haven't had enough of the sea and sand?

- Slowpokelol

- Slowbrolol


And so ends the three part bonanza. I hope you enjoyed it - it was certainly fun for me to watch these classic episodes. Now, just to set something down. The idea of this was originally to help me catch up on the anime. That's...not going too well. So, I'm giving myself a timetable. I'll aim to get one of these up each Tuesday and Sunday, at least. I can't guarantee it'll actually work out like that, but there'll be one during the week and one at the weekend, possibly with more in the middle if I get the time and motivation. So, thanks for reading and I'll see you guys again soon!

Next Time: Yeah...I'm going there. Beauty and The Beach


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