Pokemon Extravaganza: Movie 08 (Dub) Lucario and the Mystery of Mew Review

Plot: Many years ago, a kingdom was under threat of destruction by a war between two factions unrelated to the kingdom. Sir Aaron, Guardian of Aura, is credited for saving the kingdom and being a hero of the land. However, he sealed away his student and friend, Lucario, in his staff for hundreds of years. Lucario is suddenly released from the staff by Ash, and he believes Sir Aaron abandoned the queen, the kingdom and him all those years ago. When Ash and the others lose Pikachu to the Mew that lives in the mysterious Tree of Beginnings, they begin a journey to retrieve him with Lucario reluctantly leading the way. Is Sir Aaron really a hero? Or is he nothing but a traitor?

Breakdown: Obligatory poster babble – This poster’s pretty good, even if it does look slightly muddled. And why exactly does Munchlax take up more of the poster than May, Max or Brock, whose face basically gets sliced in half?

I will point out that Ash’s hero outfit is not purple like it’s being shown here. It’s dark blue as Aaron’s was. No idea why that’s like that.

Anyway, finally entering into mostly uncharted territory. I say ‘mostly’ because despite the fact that I have never seen this movie outright, I have seen clips and heard a lot about it. There’s a lot of praise surrounding this movie. Even some critics I watch who don’t seem to be Pokemon fans have listed this movie as one of their favorite movies or animated movies ever.

But what makes it so good? And is it really as great as many people claim?


Our movie starts out, predictably enough, with yet another variation on ‘The World of Pokemon’ intro. However, unlike the previous intros, this one actually doesn’t mention Ash or his friends directly. Clips of him and his companions are put behind the explanation of Trainers in their entirety, which I like. It doesn’t put so much emphasis on Ash being the big hero of every story and instead allows him and his friends to just be a handful among the many talented Trainers around the globe.

Our narrator brings us back into olden times ‘before Pokeballs ever existed’. Really, movie? You’re going to make me get nerdy before the title screen? Okay, let’s do this. Ahem. Skipping ahead a tad, we see that this movie seems based roughly in medieval England-ish times considering Sir Aaron’s outfit design, the fact that he’s titled ‘sir’, indicating some knighthood, and some of the designs of the architecture. Plus, the description for the movie says this is a some hundreds of years in the past, not thousands.

There have been artifacts found in ancient times that have powers that were basically the exact same as Pokeballs – most notably in the episode The Ancient Puzzle of Pokemopolis. These artifacts were of varying designs and none of them were really similar to the modern Pokeballs we know today, but they served the exact same function.

If you want to make the argument that that doesn’t count somehow, there is also an ancient Pokeball from Pokelantis that looks very similar to the modern Pokeballs of today and served the same function shown in the episode Battling the Enemy Within. So don’t tell me this is a time before Pokeballs, movie.

We see a rather beautifully animated Lucario traversing the mountains, and he uses his Aura ability to seek out other living beings. Using this ability, he spots an army of people and Pokemon in red armor. I gotta say, while there’s no real point for a lot of these Pokemon to be wearing armor, such as Rhydon and Steelix, these Pokemon look awesome with this armor on.

Using his Aura ability again, he looks off into the other direction to sense another army, this one wearing green armor. I know it’s unlikely, but I like to think that this is a poke to the original Japanese versions of the first games, especially seeing as how there’s a Charizard on the red side. There’s a Blastoise on the Green side, if they’re making it some kind of combination reference for the original Green and later released Blue.

As a Ho-Oh flies overhead, Pokemon from the Red army start to corner Lucario, so he contacts his master, Sir Aaron, through a nearby crystal.

At a really beautiful castle on an even more beautiful barring the sickly sepia-tone-ish colors everywhere landscape, we see Sir Aaron and the queen, Rin, whose hair must weigh 70 lbs, as Aaron answers the crystal. Lucario updates him on the situation and the Queen claims that the kingdom will fall once the armies reach the castle.

Lucario fights off the Red Army Houndoom with his Aura abilities after getting temporarily blinded in battle while the Queen stands firm in staying with her people and the castle no matter if they all shall fall and perish. And yes, while they don’t say ‘die’ they do say there won’t be any survivors so….

Sir Aaron flies off towards the armies with his Pidgeot—Oh look, a Pidgeot. Isn’t that quaint not-even-born-yet-Ash?

Aaron’s Pidgeot gets badly wounded and crashes into the trees and Aaron doesn’t seem to give a crap about it. Doesn’t say anything, no visible emotion on his face, just ‘Well, that happened. Where’s Lucario?’ Pidgeot can’t catch a break.

As Lucario catches up to Sir Aaron, he reveals that he’s no longer Lucario’s master nor is he allied with the Queen or the Kingdom anymore. As Lucario tries to make sense of Aaron’s seeming betrayal, Aaron recalls Lucario into the crystal on his staff before running away. I like the added bit of the staff shaking after Lucario is inside of it. Either it’s a nod to how Pokeballs shake when a capture is in progress or it’s showing that Lucario is so upset by Aaron’s actions that he’s actually causing the staff to shake. I prefer the latter.

The two armies converge, Pidgeot appears and seems fine, so that’s good. Ho-Oh turns out to be a Mew in disguise, and Pidgeot returns Aaron’s staff to the queen. Suddenly, the Tree of Beginnings and all of the crystals across the land glow green. We then get narration by a woman who is telling her daughter a story as the scene turns into a storybook. She explains that Aaron went to the Tree of Beginnings and did….something with Mew that caused peace to fall over the land. The armies lost the hatred in their hearts, left the land, and the kingdom was restored. Sir Aaron was forever memorialized as the hero of the land.

We then get our title screen, which, despite some iffy CGI on Aaron’s staff, weird animation effects on the text and holding on shots for too long, is a pretty nice intro. I like when they showed the evolution of certain aspects of technology through time.

We’re back with Ash and the others as the narrator, the actual one, explains that Ash and his friends are currently at Cameran Palace where an annual festival is being held in honor of Sir Aaron. A bunch of awkwardly animated CGI Pokemon Trainers gather together for a competition in which the winner will be crowned Guardian of the Aura. Ash, May, Max and Brock are also planning to partake in the festivities while Mew wanders the town turning into a bunch of different Pokemon for really no reason.

Ash and the others go buy some traditional costumes for the festival, and I do like May’s outfit. She did a nice bow with her bandana and the Beautifly bow on the back is not only pretty but it suits May considering that she has/had one. Meanwhile, Brock chose clothes that make him look like a monk or a priest while Max chose an outfit that makes him look like Mickey Mouse.

Three guesses as to what Ash looks like….

Yup, he chose an outfit that made him look exactly like Sir Aaron. Well, I guess if we’ll take him out of the ‘World of Pokemon’ intro to make him feel more like an everyman Trainer we have to take the time out to purposely dress him like a real hero…who is also a storybook hero and a legend….and then later crown him as the Guardian of the Aura….essentially making him a pseudo-Sir Aaron…Hero of our story…I’m probably more bitter about this than I really should, especially since Ash has really only been a ‘chosen one’ hero in one other movie, but something about it just irks me. I do have to say, though, the costume does look pretty good on him.

Even Pikachu gets a spiffy new costume that makes him look like a court jester, and it does make him look pretty cute.

The costume that Jessie picks out looks horrendous. It’s just so busy.

At the arena, Queen Ilene, descendant of and near mirror image of Queen Rin, announces the start of the tournament where…..We get our theme song? Again? Finally?! YAY!

While this is yet another opener with a theme song overlaid on a Pokemon battle, 1) I don’t care, I’m just glad they have the theme song back and 2) Advanced Battle‘s theme song is great, so I still don’t care.

Ash is up first against an unnamed Trainer with a Breloom. I should note that the Trainer’s traditional garb costume clearly has a Pokeball symbol on it. That could just be attributed to non-accurate costumes, but considering the ‘time before Pokeballs’ line earlier, I felt like nit-picking.

Ash chooses Pikachu, because of course he does, and somehow Pikachu loses his costume between shots. One minute he’s charging up his electricity with his costume on, the next he’s landing a hit without the costume and it never returns. It was probably for the sake of making him easier to animate, but at least show him taking it off or something.

Next, we get a battle between some dude in cool looking armor and his Weavile against Not-Ash!? Opener battle showcasing someone besides Ash? Holy crap! Anyway, his opponent is someone in robes with a Tropius. Weavile wins the match.

Next battle is someone I can’t see with a Misdreavus against a Ninetales! Awesome! We hardly ever get to see a Ninetales do anything. Not that it matters, because it ends up losing, I believe, by a rather cool attack from Misdreavus.

We get a quick montage of battles with the tournament bracket overlaid on the scenes, but they don’t put names or pictures on the brackets and animate it to show a passage of time, they just increasingly zoom in on the ‘final’ part. Obviously, Ash is a finalist and he’s actually facing off against the armor guy and his Weavile. Nice consistency, movie!

Pikachu, of course, ends up winning the match through a gigantic, dangerous to the spectators and Trainers, Thundershock.

As Ash is crowned the Guardian, the armor guy shows up to congratulate Ash and reveals that he’s actually a girl named Kidd.

Later that night, in the palace, Ash is being formally presented with Sir Aaron’s staff. Team Rocket are in the background and we see James’ outfit, which is actually pretty damn tame compare to Jessie’s. He just looks like a stereotypical 1800’s Englishman.

Nitpicky again, but Ilene says that the staff of Sir Aaron is Ash’s now….I only bring this up because the wording makes it seem like he can keep it – “The staff is yours now.” – which, since this has been a long-standing tradition with every winner getting the staff, can’t be true.

Ash accepts the staff. As he marvels in it, he suddenly hears the voice of Lucario from within the crystal asking why he was betrayed by his master.

They have a ball in Ash and Sir Aaron’s honor, and all of the creepy CGI models stiffly dance.

May dances with someone who looks twice her age, Brock dances with Kidd, Pikachu dances with the Mew disguised as an Aipom and Max stuffs his face. Meanwhile, Ash just sits on the throne watching everyone else have fun. He’s forced to do so in order to keep up appearances, and golly gee it sure is a nice prize to miss out on a party to sit in a chair and hold a pretty stick.

He lets out all of his Pokemon to have fun at the party….without asking the Queen if it’d be okay to do that. I mean, yeah, she has a Pokemon, a Mime Jr., and Pikachu and Aimew are able to be out just fine, but seriously you should ask first before letting a bunch of animals run loose in a fancy palace.

May does the same thing, again, without asking.

At this point, I have to ask….is there something different about the VA’s in later seasons (Pre dubbing company change, I mean)? Eric Stuart and Rachel Lillis sound weird for some reason.

Kidd breaks away from Brock for a second to make a call in private. We learn that she’s actually working for some strange organization with someone named Banks. She asks for blueprint information to be sent to her visor in an effort to hunt down Mew.

Meanwhile, the Pokemon all head upstairs to the attic to play with a bunch of toys. I would ask why there are so many toys in a palace attic, but I want that Suicune rocking horse and Legendary Birds mobile too much to care. I will, however, complain again about the lack of supervision for these Pokemon. Letting them out in a fancy palace is one thing, not bothering to keep an eye on them is quite another.

Kidd starts to swing around the rooftops of the palace like she’s Spider-Woman, and man, Kidd’s hair is ridiculous when she’s in her ‘stealth’ outfit. How does she get through doors?

She finally spots Mew when it transforms back at the worst time possible. There wasn’t even any reason for it to transform back into its original state. Kidd sends out her two Weavile to place a transmitter on the Mew.

The Weavile pursue Mew, freezing all of the other Pokemon besides Pikachu and Meowth because, oh god, wouldn’t want them to actually contribute or anything.

The Weavile manage to blow Pikachu away by combining their Ice Beams and creating an explosion when combined with Pikachu’s Thunderbolt. I do find it rather cute that Meowth not only catches Pikachu, but he carries Pikachu around afterward. Granted, yeah, Team Rocket wants to steal him, but I really don’t get any bad vibes from Meowth when he’s doing this. Then the Weavile dance and pose like they’re a slightly more graceful version of the Ginyu Force.


Max spots the Pokemon upstairs, though can’t get to them due to the ice blocking the door, and Mew teleports them away. Hey, Kidd, ya know, a good way to capture a Mew, a Pokemon that seems to love teleporting, might be with a Pokemon that knows Teleport. Then again, you seem way too surprised that Mew even could teleport.

Mew transforms yet again, this time into a Pidgeot, and flies Meowth and Pikachu away from the palace.

It should be noted that Kidd is actually angry that her Weavile were being so aggressive with Mew and the others, so her intentions don’t seem to be very bad.

Lucario pipes up again as he sees the painting of Sir Aaron, and, as Ash holds the staff up to call for the fireworks to start, Lucario releases himself. Still blind….somehow (he was blinded by dust hundreds of years ago, why did he not recover from that yet?) he believes Ash to be Aaron since he’s only using Aura to see. However, when Ash starts to talk to Lucario, he slowly opens his eyes and sees that he’s not Sir Aaron. Has he been in stasis this whole time or has Lucario never thought to try and open his eyes?

…Actually, now that I mention it, maybe he was in some kind of stasis. That would explain why Lucario hasn’t died of old age.

Lucario runs away from the party and looks around the palace, confused as to why people are celebrating when the kingdom is under attack and why everything looks odd. He flashes back to when Sir Aaron first brought him to the palace as his new home and started training him in using Aura.

Queen Ilene, Ash and the others meet Lucario in his old bedroom where they reveal the sad news to him that he’s been sealed and asleep for hundreds of years. This deeply shocks Lucario as he looks at the relics encased in glass like a museum.

In the throne room, Lucario explains what happened all those years ago, particularly why he seemed to disappear in the middle of the battle. Wait, if Sir Aaron and Lucario seemingly disappeared at the same time during the war and were partners, why not assume that Lucario also gave his life in some way to quell the fighting and save the palace? Why just believe he vanished without warning? Makes it seem like Lucario’s a traitor while Sir Aaron is the only hero. Actually, if they knew Lucario was trapped in there, wouldn’t anyone be questioning why Aaron did that?

Queen Ilene explains the legend as it has been passed on through the centuries, but Lucario argues that Sir Aaron abandoned the Queen and the palace, not that he managed to miraculously end the war and save the palace.

Ash asks why Lucario thought he was Aaron and Lucario states that the aura within Ash is similar to Aaron’s. Look, I have all sorts of questions as to how this tradition has gone on for so long without a single person triggering Lucario’s awakening and release, but I suppose I can just accept the really unlikely possibility that Ash’s aura is so much like Sir Aaron’s that it spurred/allowed Lucario’s release and that no other tournament winner ever has had an aura close to Sir Aaron’s. But if I have to accept that, everyone else has to accept that that I’ll be salty about this basically meaning Ash is another ‘chosen one’ because I hate that trope.

James: “He was locked in that staff for over a thousand years.” Err…I guess I can also accept that the Pokemon world doesn’t work on real world timelines because, given the setting they were in, it really just seemed like medieval England-ish, which was far from a thousand years ago. Then again, this is Team Rocket, so they could very well be wrong.

Max returns and relays the information about Mew, Meowth and Pikachu to Ash and the others while they catch him up on Lucario. This whole conversation showcases a really odd dynamic. Ash and the others are not surprised in the least that Max saw a Mew, only May asks if he’s sure it was a Mew and not some other Pokemon. Though I do have to ask how May even knows what a Mew is. I would say Ash and Brock know and are cool about it because of Movie 01, but they forgot about it so I’ll just stand firm in my belief that Ash and his friends are just used to seeing Legendary Pokemon now.

However, when they relay the information to Max about Lucario, Brock is prattling the info off like it’s no big deal or even something odd while Max is going ‘Whaaa?!’

Kidd is back in her ball garb because….I don’t know why. She’s explaining that she was on the roof and she doesn’t have bad intentions really so there’s no reason why she felt the need to change. Also, if you thought people pronouncing Charmander as Charminder was bad – Kidd pronounces Pidgeot as PIDG-IT. I’ve never been so badly irked so quickly. I got irk-lash.

Queen Ilene explains that it’s not surprising that Mew took them and was probably playing with them since Mew is frequently around the palace playing around and taking toys to someplace never to be seen again. This freaks out both Ash and Team Rocket….well, James anyway, as this may mean that Pikachu and Meowth are gone forever.

The Queen tells them that Mew is likely at the Tree of Beginnings, which is revealed to not actually be a tree at all but a rock formation in the shape of a tree, which might explain all the weird crystals around the city. Ash is determined to go there and find Pikachu, but Ilene warns that Mew takes on many forms and doesn’t usually show its true form to humans. However, Lucario’s abilities with Aura allow it to see Mew’s true form, so Ilene requests him to join Ash on his journey, which he accepts.

Kidd returns now in her stealth clothes….. Why’d you get back into that ball gown if you were just gonna change your clothes back ten minutes later?

She says that she wants to join Ash and his friends on their journey when Brock suddenly gushes as he recognizes her as the legendary Kidd Summers, a woman who has broken the world record for most world records broken. She’s basically perfect at everything, but that doesn’t have much to do with anything. Thanks for adding some characterization, though.

Also, I really like that Mime Jr. is mimicking Brock as he gushes over Kidd.

It is a bit strange that it took Brock this long to realize who she was, though. He keeps a book with her adventures on him at all times, he’s seen her face several times and even danced with her and he knew her name was Kidd. How could a person who is so into women that he can actually tell the Jennys and Joys apart easily not recognize that this woman was someone he seems to idolize?

It’s not like Kidd is a common name either, nor does she have a generic face. He really needed to see her in her trademark pink outfit and weird illogical hair poofs to realize it was her? I guess that explains why she needed to change back into her ball gown earlier, though. Didn’t want her backstory to interrupt the plot.

Kidd explains that the reason she’s here is to explore and research the Tree of Beginnings and Mew to unlock the mystery behind them. Uh, okay….why not just ask the Queen if you could do that? Hell, considering the Queen seems to know Mew, perhaps she could’ve convinced it to wear the tracker, like a toy or something. Why did she feel the need to sneak around in order to do her work?

Ash and Lucario meet later that night in one of the chambers. Ash thanks Lucario for helping him out with Pikachu, and Lucario asks if he’s Pikachu’s master. Ash says no, even though that is technically correct, and says they’re best friends. He asks Lucario if he’d do the same for one of his friends, and Lucario says he doesn’t have any nor does he want any friends.

Ash grumbles over Lucario’s attitude, but dude, keep in mind, he still believes the one person he thought was even close to being a friend betrayed him by locking him away in a staff for however many years while abandoning the palace and the Queen and then was hailed as a hero for it. Lucario may seem a little touchy, but he has a bit of a right to be.

Lucario leads the group through a dense fog using his Aura abilities, and I’m just now realizing that there’s no real reason why Lucario should be able to sense rocks….Aura senses energy within living beings. Plants I can buy; not rocks. And, no, I’m not counting Rock Pokemon.

While discussing the power of Aura, they basically spoil a part of the movie by deducing that since Ash’s Aura is very similar to Sir Aaron’s (how is that really possible without reincarnation being a factor?) that he should be able to control Aura too. Gee, I wonder if he’ll do that in this movie….

I guess this is one way we might be differentiating this Mew from Movie 01’s Mew – its voice is entirely different….and not in a good way. Movie 01 Mew sounded like a kitten and was really cute. This one’s voice is much lower, basically hums its one word dialogue and sounds like a baby.

The group stops for a nice lunch, and a wild Bonsly tries to steal a plate of food. Lucario takes the plate from the Bonsly and scolds it for stealing while offering a bit of fruit to the Pokemon. I could’ve skipped this part, but it really does seem like a sneak peak at a more soft-hearted Lucario.

Pikachu wakes up in the Tree of Beginnings after being tended to by Mew and Meowth. Pikachu and Mew play for a bit and, again, I see legit caring for Pikachu from Meowth. He seems elated when Pikachu wakes up, gets worried when he sees Pikachu fall and then breathes a sigh of relief when Pikachu shows that he’s fine and gets back up. Did Pikachu and Meowth bond somewhere down the line in the show and I never caught it? I know there have been some bonding moments for them, but it’s always retconned.

Meowth leans against a knot in the tree which sends him through a portal, leading him into a green room with a bunch of green floating bubbles. Pikachu and Mew follow suit, bouncing on the bubbles and having fun. At the end of the line, Meowth, Pikachu and Mew find themselves in a beautiful spot with a gorgeous view.

As the group comes to a bunch of geysers in their path, they decide to stop at a hot spring to take a bath…..Ya know, I let the lunch thing slide because they have to eat. I will not let the bath slide. Pikachu, for all they know, is injured and being held in some place where Mew keeps all its toys for all eternity. Yet they decide to stop in the middle of their journey for a bath in a hot spring.

Even if Pikachu wasn’t injured, he’s still being held in some strange place far away from his best friend/master. Again, for all they know, he’s lonely and scared. Yet they decide that it’s bath time.

Ash does bring up missing Pikachu….but dude, if you were really that eager to get Pikachu back you’d be in the car right now not bathing.

This does, however, set up another flashback for Lucario back to a time where he and Sir Aaron also enjoyed the hot spring.

Ash tries to invite Lucario into the hot spring, but he just walks away.

Ash: “Wonder what’s wrong with it?” Did you not hear the whole ‘my master betrayed me, abandoned me and the kingdom that was so precious to us’ story?

May and Ash find a flower-like crystal in the rocks nearby and accidentally pick it, causing another flashback in which Sir Aaron reveals that the flower is actually a time flower –  an object that allows you to see the past if you have the power of Aura.

Ash and the others decide to replant the time flower, which, when handed to Ash, starts to glow. So is it that it reacts to a person’s aura period or that it reacts to people who are trained in controlling Aura? Because according to Sir Aaron, aura is something everyone has but requires training to control. Yes, Ash’s aura is similar to Sir Aaron’s, but unless he’s a straight up reincarnation with Aura control simply for being like Sir Aaron, it doesn’t make any sense as to why this is happening.

When the plant responds, it shows Ash accidentally picking the time flower earlier and falling off the cliff……wow, such a useful flower showing what happened a couple hours ago….to the person holding the flower…

Hehe, it looks like Ash is holding himself.

When this happens, Kidd explains the legend of the time flower and says it reacted to Ash since his aura and Sir Aaron’s are the same. Wait, we’ve jumped from ‘similar’ to ‘the same’. How can their auras be identical to each other if reincarnation is not a factor? I guess you could surmise that Ash is a distant relative to Sir Aaron, but, to the best of our knowledge, Sir Aaron never reproduced before running off to his supposed death.

Later that night, Ash is, for some reason, recalling that Pikachu didn’t like him at all when they first met and that they became friends after Ash tried to save the wounded Pikachu from a flock of Spearow, and how Pikachu, in turn, saved him way back in episode one. Geez, that’s a hell of a distant flashback.

Also, they loyally redid the entire scene from that episode instead of just ripping the shot straight from the episode. Good on ya, guys.

…..Though….I do have to point out a gigantic problem here….Ash, why the hell are you sharing such a touching tale of friendship blooming between a Pokemon and human….when Lucario is five feet away? Ixnay on the otentiallypay urtfulhay orystay.

In response to this tale, Lucario has another flashback about Sir Aaron training him in using Aura by avoiding swinging logs while blindfolded. After the flashback concludes, Lucario angrily states that all humans are untrustworthy and starts to walk away. I have to ask why Lucario is still so loyal to the Queen if he now distrusts all humans. This isn’t even the same queen he knew back then.

Hearing this, Ash confronts Lucario stating that he is trustworthy and would never abandon Pikachu, though Lucario doesn’t believe him. In a rage, Ash accuses Lucario of lying about Sir Aaron’s betrayal and even goes so far as to accuse Lucario of being the one who betrayed Sir Aaron and abandoned the Queen. Yeah, and then he sealed himself away in Sir Aaron’s staff for hundreds of years because reasons. Good detective work, Ash.

Angered even further, Lucario surmises that maybe Pikachu wasn’t abducted by Mew and that he might have ran off because he didn’t want Ash for a Trainer.

Ash then flips out and tackles Lucario to the ground, causing them to roll down a banking and into a nearby river where they have a wrestling match, which Lucario wins. After Lucario walks away, Ash dries off and gains some clarity on his words by May. Ash feels remorseful for what he said and did. Ooh wait, I just remembered. Ash tackling Legendary Pokemon is back!

“But Lucario’s not Legendar–” *brick’d*

Later, Max meets Lucario on a hill and offers him some chocolate to cheer him up. Never having eaten chocolate before, Lucario enjoys the sweet new taste while not trying to openly show his enjoyment or appreciation to Max.

Back at the Tree of Beginnings, Pikachu, Meowth and Mew continue to enjoy themselves with neat toys like a music box that has a surfing Lapras and plays Jigglypuff’s song. However, Pikachu says that he wants to go back to Ash and the others. In an effort to make him want to stay, Mew shows him more cool toys like a noisemaker that looks like a Shuckle shell that shows the Shuckle when you blow on it and a spinning Hitmontop on a yo-yo string.

Pikachu resigns himself to staying with Mew, but sadly looks up to the sky while saying Ash’s name (Pika-pi is Pikachu’s way of saying Satoshi, Ash’s Japanese name.)

Somehow, Ash immediately wakes up in response. I know this is meant to highlight what a strong bond the two have, but it’s so instantaneous that it seems like Ash has psychic powers. He leaves the van and quietly stares at the tree before he says ‘Pikachu’ which Lucario overhears and sees.

The next day, Lucario stops in the middle of the path as he realizes that he’s at the spot where Sir Aaron sealed him in the staff. He drops to his knees in front of a time flower. I would say this is incredibly convenient, but it was established in that scene that there was a time flower nearby…..how it stayed there for that long is beyond me, but they did.

The time flower shows exactly what happened on that day. Aaron sealing Lucario away and then him flying away on his Pidgeot. However, we get even more than what we saw before as we see the two armies intersecting directly on top of where the group is now. Aw, does that mean the staff was shaking because the ground was?…..I’m still going with my theories, they’re better. *pout*

Lucario freaks out and starts attacking the illusions, only to be brought to his senses by Ash before the vision ends. I don’t really know why Lucario didn’t figure that out for himself. He’s a master of Aura, he can sense life forces. He should’ve realized the armies weren’t really there.

Brock: “You know what I think? Lucario was right.”

………..Brock….why do you always point out the obvious? Really, it seems to be a rather consistent character trait with you. Lucario’s story was right? After you witnessed the entire event unfold in front of your eyes? No way! Hey, I wonder if this HD video evidence of someone committing a crime will be enough to convince a jury that the person committed the crime.

May: “But, I don’t get it. How does that vision prove anything?”

……………………………………………May….are you an idiot? No, it doesn’t give proof that Sir Aaron completely abandoned the kingdom, but it does show pretty damning evidence that he betrayed Lucario and the kingdom because of what he said and did to Lucario, and it also shows him flying away on Pidgeot. It proves that Lucario’s story was technically right. It’s obviously an incomplete version of the story, but it’s right.

Max: “I think I know. There was a big battle, and Sir Aaron must’ve abandoned Lucario.”

YES, we know that already. Lucario said that in his story, it’s part of the legend and you just saw it before your eyes. Did you boil your brains in that hot spring?

Ash apologizes for what he said the other night in light of this vision, and he even cries about it. I know that him crying adds weight to this whole scene….but I am so tempted to hop back on my ‘Ash is completely inconsistent on when he cries and when he doesn’t’ soap box.

Lucario asks him to promise that he’ll never abandon Pikachu. Lucario, you really should be saying ‘promise me you’ll never abandon any of your Pokemon.’ Yes, Pikachu is his partner, but he still has plenty of other Pokemon that he should feel obliged to pledge that to. Ash agrees, and Lucario suddenly senses something. He pushes Ash out the way as they’re attacked by a Regirock.

Ah the Regis…….I don’t care for them…..That’s about it. I just don’t care for them. Their designs, their names, their powers, their backstories….nothing. Regirock does have a stupid voice, though.

Lucario leads them to a hidden tunnel, and on the other side is a beautiful oasis filled with Pokemon, even several fossil Pokemon that the group isn’t batting an eyelash at. I guess they’re alive because it’s under the Tree of Beginnings?

Since they’re directly under the Tree of Beginnings…somehow, I could’ve sworn they were still quite a ways away, Ash and the others rush towards the surface to find Pikachu. Meanwhile, Kidd sends out a bunch of cool little survey robots to send data back to Banks. She says this area has been isolated and protected for tens of thousands of years, but if it’s only protected by a fairly easily avoidable Regirock, I don’t see how that’s possible.

Seriously, how has this place gone overlooked by scientists for so long? It’s a place that is not only known to harbor a Mew, but has a bunch of extinct Pokemon living below it. Not like it’s easy to overlook – the damn ‘tree’ is essentially a mountain.

The robots survey the area and start lightly piercing the crystals to investigate them, but Registeel shows up to crush them, and his voice is just as weird. One of the robots ends up being consumed by a crystal after it mysteriously starts turning orange.

Banks reveals that the Tree of Beginnings is actually a living being, feeding off of sunlight, that is an active part of the ecosystem. So the tree rock is literally a tree made of rock……I feel like we’re going in circles.

Also, Banks’ beard looks like he has a huge chin that was painted gray…..That doesn’t have any bearing on anything, but it’s true.

Out on the surface, Ash and Pikachu hear each other calling the other’s name, and, as Ash rushes to find Pikachu, he comes face to face with Regice.


First, how the hell do you know what a Regice is? To the best of my knowledge, this is the debut of all of the Regis.

Second, it’s redge-ice. Not Reggie-ice. At least that’s how I’ve always said it considering the spelling. If it was Regi-Ice wouldn’t it be spelled ‘Regiice? Call me out if I’m wrong, but if I am, I feel like the spelling needs to be changed.

Also, his voice is even worse than the other two because it’s a lot higher pitched.

Lucario helps protect Ash with his poorly animated shaky ball of doom.

They realize they can’t fight Regice, even if Ash doesn’t bother trying with his own Pokemon, so they run off and get trapped in a cave where Registeel and Regirock join the party.

Man, they really did up the 2D animation in this movie by quite a bit. James is being animated like he’s in a much better show.

But jeez, Eric Stuart is really phoning in his James voice. He can’t yell or emote in the least today.

Jessie gets absorbed by a weird orange gooey Lileep while James gets absorbed by a weird orange gooey Omastar. Before he does so, however, he releases his Chimecho to save itself (Cacnea was already out, but I like to think he’d do the same for it.) Small thing, but a nice gesture. I know how much James likes Chimecho.

Weird orange gooey fossils start pursuing the others as well, so now they have a bunch of powerful weird stuff attacking them from all angles in a confined area.

Kidd analyzes the goo, and Banks tells her that the goo is essentially the equivalent to the Tree of Beginnings’ white blood cells. It’s viewing the group as a threat and is assimilating them in order to protect the tree. Hm, that’s actually a really clever idea.

As they continue running, Kidd almost gets absorbed, but Lucario takes the hit for her. However, the goo doesn’t end up absorbing him because….

Kidd: “I guess Pokemon aren’t considered dangerous.”

Whaaaat? Pokemon, of all things, aren’t considered dangerous? Have you met Pokemon? They’re pretty damn dangerous. I get that this probably means that, since it’s a haven for Pokemon, it probably refuses to absorb Pokemon as a failsafe to protect the Pokemon housed within its walls, and humans are considered a bigger threat not only to it but to the overall ecosystem, but humans train Pokemon and they can be really dangerous. It just seems like a weird way to put that.

Ash decides to stay behind and buy the others some time, and Lucario also decides to stay behind in loyalty to helping Ash find Pikachu.

Lucario: “And I know you’d do the same for me.”


Using Corphish and Grovyle, Ash starts his delay tactics. And damn it’s cute that Grovyle decides to carry Corphish to help him run.

Later, Brock, Max and May also get absorbed, releasing their Pokemon as well to save them from their fate. Again, really great gesture.

I also find it weird that all of the Pokemon but Forrettress walks sadly to the spot where Brock and May disappeared. It’s not like it’d be difficult to animate him going to the spot. Did they just forget?

Pikachu and Ash finally meet back up, but they’re on two different sides of a huge crevice with only the giant crystals bridging the gap. Ash and Pikachu attempt to make their way to each other while trying to maintain their balance on the slippery crystals as well as fighting off the severe winds gusting through the center.

Pikachu and Ash nearly fall into the abyss after catching each other in midair, but Kidd manages to catch them and return them to safety. And, ya know, as much as Pikachu tends to irk me, the way he nuzzles Ash’s cheek when they’re back on solid ground is endlessly adorable.

Lucario gets captured by Registeel, and Ash and Kidd get captured by the goo–

Lucario: “Ash!” I know you’ve really only bonded with Ash, but Kidd’s getting captured too. Have some courtesy.

Ash and Kidd let out their Pokemon before they’re consumed, and despite the valiant efforts of Pikachu and the others to save him (Guess screw Kidd, huh, Weavile bros?) they fail, and Ash and Kidd disappear.

Well, Pikachu and the other Pokemon are crying. Does that mean Ash and the others will come back from being consumed by gooey Pokemon shaped white blood cells?

Oh did I say the other Pokemon? I meant only Ash’s because apparently the Weavile really don’t care about Kidd as they stand there with no expression.

Geez, Pikachu is legit sobbing. Stop, you’re breaking my heart and giving me more than my fair share of Movie 01 flashbacks.

Seeing that Mew can’t cheer up the distraught Pikachu, it decides to take action and imbue its power into the Tree of Beginnings, allowing everyone to return. So…where the hell were they this entire time? If we take these things as real white blood cells then shouldn’t they have really…died? Were they stuck in some sort of rock purgatory?

At least the Weavile express happiness at Kidd’s return, though they’re probably thinking “Damn, that was our best shot at getting her millions!”

Haha, I love the way the other Pokemon dogpile Ash and Grovyle just walks up to him with his arms crossed like ”sup?” I really love Grovyle.

Meowth explains what Mew did to the tree, and Kidd surmises that the mystery of Mew’s connection with it is that the two are symbiotic – they rely on each other to survive…..That…what? How did you come to that conclusion?

All Mew did was tell the tree that the kids weren’t ‘germs’, causing it to expel them. The oasis might be helping Mew survive, though FirstMovie!Mew had no trouble wandering around undetected and safe, but how is Mew really helping the tree survive? I don’t think keeping the kids would’ve damaged it, and surely there has to be some way the tree discerns between threats and non-threats, like the human body can, to some degree anyway. Also, that doesn’t explain why this particular Mew has these strange tree powers in the first place.

Mew suddenly falls ill and the tree starts to become seemingly ‘infected’ and extremely hot. Wait, so does that mean Mew and the tree are essentially one in the same? Does that mean Ash and everyone else has been wandering around Mew’s body for half the movie?

Banks tells Kidd that the tree is going into shock due to the sudden expulsion of energy on its immune system. If something isn’t done soon, the Tree of Beginnings will collapse, as well as the kingdom surrounding it due to the various crystals from the tree covering the land. Since Mew and the tree are one in the same, this also means that Mew will not survive if the tree collapses.

The sickly Mew directs Ash and Kidd through the tunnels and into the heart of the Tree of Beginnings where Lucario finds Sir Aaron trapped in the crystals.

Curious as to why Sir Aaron is there, Ash conveniently finds a time flower right in the room which shows them exactly what happened with Sir Aaron all those years ago.

In an effort to save the kingdom, Sir Aaron called upon Mew in the heart of the Tree of Beginnings and offered his aura to Mew since they’re one in the same, making the tree thrive and somehow quelling the hearts of those in the war. I don’t quite get it as there was nothing wrong with the tree, but okay.

Since his aura is essentially his life force, Sir Aaron had to sacrifice his life for the kingdom, making him a true hero after all.

Lucario kneels before his fallen friend, deeply regretting that he had ever doubted him. While this should be a very emotional scene, Lucario’s VA does a piss-poor job at conveying the emotion. Especially when he goes ‘Ughhuh’ when he bows his head in grief and shame.

Mew tells Lucario that he can help revitalize the tree with the power of his own aura, but Kidd warns him that doing such a thing will put Lucario in the same state of suspended animation that Sir Aaron is in. While Sir Aaron’s body is indeed encased in crystal and perfectly preserved….he died. Just say Lucario will die if he does this.

Lucario tries to transfer his aura into Mew, but finds he’s not strong enough to do it. Ash, realizing he’d have to do what we all knew he’d do since they said his aura is like Sir Aaron’s, dons Sir Aaron’s gloves….that he took off and neatly placed on the crystal he’s trapped in

because they’re…..magic I guess?

and begins transferring his aura to Mew because he just knows how to do that all of a sudden without any training or instruction.

Again, he’s not Sir Aaron’s reincarnation, he just has an aura like Sir Aaron’s. Even if he was a reincarnation, like, say, Kagome was to Kikyo in Inuyasha, you usually still have to condition such powers in order to properly use them.

Kidd: “No. It’s too dangerous! You’ll end up destroying yourself!” Yeah, Ash, you might end up in the Shadow Realm!

So Lucario and Ash combine their auras into Mew. At the last second, Lucario knocks Ash away, cutting off his aura contribution, leaving Lucario to sacrifice only himself.

Lucario: “The aura is with me!”

May the aura be with you….always.

The transfer completes, and, after a beautiful light show, the Tree of Beginnings is restored back to its rightful glory. Jessie and James reunite with Meowth in a legit happy moment for the three of them, not interrupted by a dumb insult or joke, thank god. Though I do have to point out that Jessie was the only one who didn’t release her Pokemon before she was absorbed. Granted, she didn’t know what the goo was doing to her, but still.

Everything’s all fine and dandy now with Mew, and Banks congratulates Kidd on her findings, claiming it will be a media sensation. However, Kidd asks that they keep this whole thing between them to avoid tourism. Uh, they have a big festival where a bunch of tourists come together every year to honor the legend that includes the tree and you can easily see the tree as well as the copious amounts of giant crystals everywhere from the palace. How this place is not a tourist attraction is beyond me. How this place is not being investigated by scientists is beyond me. A lot of things about this are beyond me, but okay.

As Lucario starts to di—err, destroy himself, wow that sounds so much worse in this context, he activates the same time flower to see Sir Aaron’s final moments. While they do show him taking off his gloves, I still don’t understand why…

They see Sir Aaron apologizing to Lucario for sealing him away, stating that he had to do it in order to protect him since he knew he’d follow him and sacrifice himself as well. Sir Aaron gives a rather touching final speech as his time twindles down, telling Lucario that he was his closest friend and maybe they’ll see each other again some day. Lucario wants nothing more than to speak to Sir Aaron one last time, but the vision fades with Sir Aaron’s life.

Lucario also starts to fade away, despite Ash’s pleas to hold on. He holds no regrets and knows that his place is back at Sir Aaron’s side. Lucario fades away, and the auras of both Sir Aaron and Lucario meld into the Tree of Beginnings, causing it to shine yet again.

I don’t know why Sir Aaron’s body was placed in suspended animation while Lucario’s sacrifice caused his body as well as Sir Aaron’s to turn into aura light and meld with the tree, but okay.

I find it horribly tragic and a bit ironic that Sir Aaron went through all of that trouble to save Lucario from his fate and a mere two days after he’s released from the staff, Lucario suffers basically an identical fate.

Ash reunites with his friends and shares the sad news of Lucario’s passing, but his fate is not held in grief as Ash proudly proclaims that his aura is with him.

Our credits play, showing Ash and the others returning to the palace. We see that, somehow, the painting of Sir Aaron has been altered to include Lucario. Either Ilene has a friggin’ quick painter on hand and wanted Lucario in that painting for some reason, or that was magically changed to include Lucario. In which case, that’s a little dose of BS. A nice touch, but BS…Oddly enough, they show a closeup of Ash as he talks with no sound coming out. I thought 4Kids was paranoid of that…or not….do they ever make up their minds?

They say goodbye to Kidd, Mew has found a friend in Bonsly, the Pokemon who had absolutely no role until that little shot. Mew kept Sir Aaron’s gloves in its stolen toy pile, and we see the also unexplained Regis (were they guardians of the tree or parts of its immune system or what?)

There are some more random shots of Kidd and Ash and co. just doing random stuff, then we cut to Lucario and Sir Aaron in…the past? Or a heaven version of the past? If they went into the tree, they can’t be in heaven, right? Or is the tree creating a heavenly experience for them? Anyway, Sir Aaron eats a chocolate bar….I have no qualms believing there’s chocolate in tree heaven.

And the group continues on their journey.

Throughout the credits, we get the song ‘We Will Meet Again’. It’s a pretty decent little song with instrumentals that sound very similar to the BG soundtrack.

The end!


So that’s Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, and I have to say that it’s definitely the best made and most well-written of all the movies so far. I’d definitely put it side-by-side in my top favorite Pokemon movies list as number one.

The art was amazing, the animation was fantastic, barring some issues with the CGI sometimes. The story, while having some problems, mostly in how Aura and the Tree of Beginnings as well as Mew work, was very well-written and emotionally impacting. The flow and pacing were great, and the characters were mostly good.

The music was outstanding and very fitting for the theme, and there were many more little details that I enjoyed than there were little things that irked me.

Even Team Rocket’s role, while not being at all useful, didn’t bother me. Brock, May and Max also got really nothing at all to do, but I wasn’t that bothered by it this time around, plus their absorption scenes gave them a tiny bit of spotlight.

The tone was just right, and I actually didn’t mind that the main Pokemon focus this time wasn’t even a Legendary. This story really is Lucario and Sir Aaron’s even if Ash and Pikachu take the spotlight a few times.

Mew is a part of the story, but could’ve mostly been removed without much trouble. Sir Aaron and Lucario could’ve just transferred their auras directly into the tree, though I guess having a living being personify its pain and vitality is a bit beneficial to the emotional impact of the story. The Regis were also relegated to basically being bodyguards (…literally?) for the tree, and they weren’t even really acknowledged as Legendaries.

I’m perfectly fine with the way this is because it really seems like this was one of those times where the writers had a legit story they wanted to tell and didn’t feel like writing a movie plot around a new Legendary that they were contractually obligated to make the star of the movie. Hell, Mew is an OLD Legendary at that. The Regis are new, but like I said they’re not given Legendary focus, they’re just powerful.

I also like how this movie didn’t have a big baddie. There was plenty of conflict to be resolved in Lucario and Sir Aaron, Lucario and Ash, Ash finding Pikachu, traversing through the Tree of Beginnings and saving the tree as well as Mew from utter destruction. There was no big baddie to beat, no big threat came about by some evil person; – just perils that our heroes have to survive. That’s a pretty big breath of fresh air in this series.

It’s very appreciated that they didn’t go down the terrible route of somehow just freeing Sir Aaron from the crystal and having him and Lucario live happily ever after or somehow talking to his ghost. They have Sir Aaron stay dead and Lucario follow, as it truly should be.

In addition, it was a relief that they didn’t go too far with Ash’s Sir Aaron Aura stuff. Yeah, it allowed him to easily manipulate it at the end (with the help of magic gloves? I still don’t get that) but it didn’t give him some super mega deus ex machina power to make him this fantastic hero at the end. He’s about as powerful as Lucario with no real example of true power outside of transferring it.

I do have to ask why Sir Aaron acted like he was betraying Lucario and the kingdom, though. Why not tell Lucario what he was doing but seal him away anyway? Lucario still wouldn’t have been able to escape and he wouldn’t leave the staff thinking so badly of Sir Aaron.

Why say that stuff about not being allied with the Queen or kingdom anymore? Sacrificing your life to save the kingdom is about as loyal as you get. Plus, if Lucario really did believe that Sir Aaron was a traitor, how does he make any logic out of who or what stopped the fighting back then?

I can definitely see why so many people love this movie. It’s almost hard to believe that they managed to find their way back to such quality after so many instances of blah to crap.

I also find it to be a fitting send off for 4Kids. Yes, this is the last Pokemon movie (and maybe the last Pokemon thing? It’s difficult to confirm) that 4Kids dubbed before handing over the reigns to PUSA.

Instead of being bitter buttmonkeys and making a terrible dub, they decided to actually make one of their best dubs, if not their best dub, ever. While some emotional scenes get lost in their impact due to lackluster voice acting (though I must admit, Jason Griffith did a fantastic job as Sir Aaron), and there’s the whole ‘can’t say ‘die” BS, everything is incredibly well-done. Though I can imagine that, since changes and edits cost 4Kids time and money and they likely didn’t have much to spend at that point, they probably just didn’t want to bother making too many changes either way.

RIP in peace, 4Kids. You’re….kinda….mis–….we’re sad to see you g—….Well, bye.

Recommended Audience: The death scenes are a bit heavy for younger audiences, but it’s definitely not on the same childhood scarring level as Mufasa or Bambi’s mom. E for everyone!

Final note: Here’s something to ponder – Kidd is responsible for Lucario’s death and nearly destroying the Tree of Beginnings. If she had just asked Ilene about seeing Mew or properly instructed her Weavile, Mew never would’ve kidnapped Meowth and Pikachu, and Ash and the others never would’ve gone to the tree at all. It could be argued that without her interference Lucario never would’ve found out the truth about or reunited with Sir Aaron, but I can imagine Lucario would’ve investigated on his own either way.

Also, Kidd never seems to admit to Ash and the others that her Pokemon attacked them and caused Mew to run off with Meowth and Pikachu. If she had, I can imagine Ash would be a little pissed at her. Pretty good character, kinda slimy with her methods and honesty.

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CSBS – Danny Phantom S01 Ep 04: Attack of the Killer Garage Sale


Plot: Danny finally has a chance to be in with the popular kids when Jazz coerces Dash into inviting him to his big party. While he’s enjoying a taste of popularity, Sam and Tucker don’t enjoy being ignored and blown off by Danny. In an effort to get money for new cool clothes for the party, Danny decides to sell all of his dad’s old tech in the garage. However, it’s been tainted with ghost goo from battling Technus – a ghost who controls all machinery and gadgetry.

All of the tech he sold starts coming to life, controlled by Technus, and Danny will need a little help from his friends to take him down.

Breakdown: This episode was alright. It was half and half. I had my problems with the main plot because it’s just such a tired sitcom plot to have the dorky protagonist suddenly become slightly popular, ignore and abandon his non-popular friends only to discover, gasp, that the popular kids are jackasses and he wishes he were unpopular and back with his friends again.

There was also more cringey slang this time around, and I had to pause and rub my temples when Sam used the term ‘vaporware’ to describe a regular ol’ piece of shitty software. Tucker, as a tech guy, should’ve called her out on that.

Also, Danny’s resolution to Dash’s problem of ‘My computer’s being overloaded with schoolwork (?)’ is to replace the motherboard and install a new OS. Not only is that all sorts of wrong, but I sincerely doubt Dash would have the know-how to do that on his own.

However, I did like the revelation that Sam is filthy rich, she just chooses to keep it a secret to not be treated differently. Says a lot about Sam as a person because she could easily be popular too if she wanted to be. It’s also funny how she was clearly going to offer to buy the clothes for Danny, but stopped herself when he blew them off again.

Technus is a really great enemy because he not only has ghost powers, but he also has technopathy and makes creative robots with junk. He’s pretty funny and can definitely stand his own in a fight.

All in all, I liked this episode. The plot with the popularity is moreso worn out than it is something that really bothers me, but Danny was a bit of a jerk in that part, as expected, though.

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Hell Girl: Two Mirrors Episode 13 – Tragedy of the V Review


Plot: A random serial killer is going around killing people with a bamboo skewer and purposely positioning their arms and fingers in a V for victory sign after they’re killed. A man named Kihachi Kusumi attempts to contact Hell Girl to kill someone he’s supposedly never met and has no connection to. Why is he targeting this man, and what is the true motive of the seemingly random serial killer?

Breakdown: This is definitely one of the best Hell Girl episodes to date. Possibly the best one-off story so far unrelated to Ai’s backstory.

The story is a changeup from the norm. The client is a serial killer, stabbing people with bamboo skewers and positioning their hands and arms in a V for victory sign. The Hell Team are investigating him, without initially knowing he’s the culprit, because he’s been attempting to input a name into Hell Link but not going through with it. The target in question is a man he seemingly has no connection to.

Kihachi suffered from a horrible tragedy five years ago. He lost his wife and son when a truck driver crashed into their house. For the record, the truck driver died in the crash also, meaning he’s not the target.

His daughter, Tsubaki, survived the crash, but she lapsed into a coma and has yet to wake up. Her doctors have given up hope that she’ll ever wake up and so has her father, after five years of hoping and praying for her to do so.

The mystery surrounding this episode isn’t who the target is, it’s what Kihachi’s motives are and why he’s suddenly turning to Hell Girl when he’s been killing people this whole time. It’s a nice change of pace, and the entire situation keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Turns out, Kihachi is terminally ill and reaching the very end of his life. These random killings were not random at all. At the scene of the accident five years ago, a bunch of dumbasses jumped in front of the cameras as some reporters were doing a news report on the crash. And, of course, they were all grinning like idiots and doing the V for victory pose. They were rudely trying to get their fifteen minutes of fame….in front of a burned down house in which most of a family died….while the father, the lone full survivor, stands mere feet away.

After a few years of waiting in vain for Tsubaki to wake up and getting the diagnosis of his illness, Kihachi decides to dedicate what was left of his life to killing the idiots who photobombed the news report.

However, he’s getting too weak and can’t kill the final target – hence his need to call Hell Girl. He wanted to try one more time before actually inputting his name, but he was too weak to fight him properly. He escaped, and even managed to see Kihachi’s face before leaving.

Now, you’d think this is where we’d start slowing down, but oh no. Here’s where the shit hits the fan.

Ai meets with Kihachi in the Realm of Eternal Twilight and goes through the typical Hell Girl spiel. Kihachi says the price of going to hell doesn’t bother him because he’s certain he’s destined for hell anyway given the murders he’s committed.

This situation actually answers a question I’ve had for a while now – What about clients who are going to hell anyway? Is the covenant really useful when dealing with these clients?

Well, yes and no.

True, these people are destined for hell no matter what, but Ai explains that her only job is to carry out the initial payment of the covenant. The other sins that would’ve lead the client to hell in the first place will be paid for in an additional punishment outside of her knowledge and control.

Kihachi accepts anyway as he feels like he has nothing to live for and no more options. He immediately pulls the string and the man gets sent to hell.

Kihachi is sent to the hospital while trying to navigate a flood of reporters who are trying to question him. The target had ample time to point his finger at Kihachi before he was whisked away to hell. He doesn’t really care anyway…..

Until, that is, he gets some shocking news. Tsubaki has woken up. Kihachi cries out in despair, realizing what he’s done. Not only will he spend what little time he has left alive in jail or otherwise detained, meaning he can never be by Tsubaki’s side, but he’s damned Tsubaki to being known as the daughter of a killer for the rest of her life, and it’s likely Tsubaki will be traumatized upon hearing this news in addition to the news of the rest of her family dying.

The Hell Team wonder if this was the additional payment Ai talked about – and it is.

Tsubaki didn’t just wake up randomly, either – Kikuri woke her up on purpose. (Through a rather gross French kiss……Kikuri’s like five…..)

This would be another ‘God, I hate Kikuri’ moment, but you have to keep something in mind. Kikuri is, supposedly, the Master of Hell or at least possessed by him. If another payment is required in this circumstance that Ai doesn’t have anything to do with it, it makes perfect sense that Kikuri would be the one to carry it out.

My issue with it is that this seems more like a punishment for Tsubaki than it does Kihachi. Tsubaki already has to deal with the loss of her mother and little brother and the fact that she’s been in a coma for the past five years. Now she also has to deal with the fact that her father is a serial killer, killing people in the name of her dead mother and brother, AND that her father is on death’s door with a terminal illness, AND that he probably can never see her in the time he has left since he’ll be in police custody.

Poor girl.

Outside of that, we do get some funny moments as well such as Ai, Ren and Kikuri working at the restaurant Kihachi owns, and Ai being so vicious eating the last hot dog in front of Kikuri, who really wanted it. It’s borderline potato-chip-from-Death Note levels of dramatic eating, and I love those brief moments when Kikuri gets some modicum of comeuppance.

All around, this was a fantastic and brutal episode. While Tsubaki waking up at the end was a little predictable, the way they handled it was fantastic. You really feel the insane levels of remorse and devastation dripping off of Kihachi when he’s told Tsubaki woke up. He had totally resigned himself and given up, and the weight of what he had done, both to those men and to Tsubaki, hit him like a meteor.

The Hell Torture this time around was also really good. The hands on the boat were a bit over the top, though, plus we’ve seen the hands on the boat too many times.

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Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 Review

Plot: In the year 2124, or Universal Century 0079, humans have built and lived in space colonies that have been orbiting earth for over half a century. The colonies on the outermost section, called Side 3, united and started calling themselves the Principality of Zeon. In an effort to win their independence from the Earth Federation, Zeon declared war. The war has lasted for eight months, and while both sides have endured heavy casualties, it seems there is a stalemate. However, the war has quickly been turned on its head by the creation of humanoid mechs called Mobile Suits, and the newest model, the Gundam, is the most powerful to date. The problem is, no one has manned it yet.

The engineer’s son, Amuro Ray, hijacks the Gundam in order to help protect his friends in a nearby battle and finds himself the designated pilot of the Gundam and a reluctant soldier of one of Earth Federation’s best ships, the White Base. Under the command of Bright Noa, and with a crew of civilian soldiers, Amuro faces off in numerous battles against the Zeon forces, including their fiercest soldier, Char Aznoble.

Breakdown: The first ever Gundam series, and the show most people hold as a standard set for all Gundam series to follow, Gundam 0079 is a vast exploration into the many facets of war.

One of the most interesting aspects of this series is the fact that almost all of the people on White Base are not soldiers, nor do they have any formal combat or technical training. In fact, many of them are teenagers and several are children. Almost all of them are reluctant soldiers at that, having been suddenly drafted after an attack on their colony.

You usually only get a civilian point of view from outside of the war, but still experiencing the effects of it. This set up gives a realistic take from both sides of the horrors of war. You see characters struggle to learn, break under the pressure, emotionally cope with the fact that they’re being forced to kill people as well as deal with the losses of their comrades, try to force themselves to grow up in order to protect themselves and their loved ones and even develop a family on board that familiar Trojan Horse (The White Base’s nickname).

Interestingly, a bulk of the time, the Zeon forces also aren’t treated as soulless evil bastards you never care about. Unlike many other similar shows of the time, the Zeon forces are frequently shown in a light that both reflects their status as the enemy but highlights their humanity. They have families, they fall in love, they deeply care for their comrades and they feel the horrors of war like the Earth Federation.

I appreciate this view, but it gets ruined later in the series. While Char and some other Zeon soldiers maintain a fair amount of humanity to continue to relate to them, the Zeons are, as a whole, completely solidified as heartless evil bastards who just want to take over everything instead of winning their independence. If you don’t believe me, many Zeon soldiers are given that stereotypical stupid thug voice, speak like the average violent thug would speak, and some of the higher ups, even Char, commit incredibly deplorable acts both against the Earth Federation and their own people, especially the giant mess that is the Zabi family, leader of the Zeons.

But as a topping on this MUAHAHA cake, we have a conversation between Degwin Zabi, sovereign ruler of Zeon, and his son Giren, a high ranking soldier in the Zeon forces. Degwin compares Giren’s ideals to those of Hitler, and Giren gladly accepts this comparison and even calls the Zeon forces the followers of Hitler. Yup, Zeon is literally Hitler.

The Earth Federation forces have some bad eggs, but for the most part it’s a politically clean and non-corrupt military force. There are some atrocities to be had, but these are mostly always shown as necessities to the war effort instead of furthering some personal or political agenda.

This series is largely battle-based as the main linear story, and, outside of the political mess happening in Zeon, is fairly disjointed. I’m not saying the story doesn’t make sense, but it’s more a collection of mini-stories that are built on character development milestones.

Speaking of characters, the collection we have here is interesting and likable, though there are some speedbumps.

Frow Bow is a very kind and gentle mothering character who serves as the pseudo-love interest for Amuro. I say ‘pseudo’ because he treats her poorly for a bulk of the series – despite being childhood friends and one of the only people from his home that he has left beside him. However, a significant chunk of their time on screen is them fighting or him being dismissive and rude to her.

Frow Bow seems to take up more of an older sister with a rebellious younger brother role than she does love interest, and that’s fine. I just wish there had been more in regards to serious bridge mending between them later on in the series. He quite drastically shifts his tone to her out of nowhere, even calling her ‘beloved’.

Bright Noa is a strong leader who is one of the few who doesn’t want to take any of Amuro’s crap, even though he gives into his behavior several times because he needs him as a Gundam pilot. He has a very strong moral compass, and is always striving to do what’s right, even if it means disobeying military orders. Bright’s not without his flaws either, as he definitely struggles with his position sometimes.

Mirai takes to military life surprisingly quickly and basically becomes Bright’s first mate and one of the most effective and useful people onboard the White Base that never pilots a mech. She’s very mature and, if Frow Bow takes the role of older sister, Mirai definitely takes a motherly role. She is extremely loyal and close to Bright, and despite some uninteresting/annoying intrusions of her love life, she is one of my favorite characters.

Kai is voiced by Richard Ian Cox, so I love him yet hate him. (I love Richard Ian Cox’s voice work, but he has what I call “jerk voice” as in he’s very good at playing jerks, so it can be hard to really love him sometimes. And yes, that’s with keeping Inuyasha in mind.) Kai is an annoying smart-aleck who is always taking shots at people, particularly Bright and Amuro, but he is a very brave individual who is usually willing to fight to protect his allies on the White Base with the Guncannon. He grows on you a little, especially after his mini-arc where he abandons White Base, but he still grates on the nerves a bit.

Hayato is another childhood friend of both Frow and Amuro, though he’s more strongly connected with Frow than Amuro. He’s very short and gives off more of a vibe of being a kid than anyone else on the White Base, despite being the same age as Frow, Amuro and Kai. Because of this, he kinda sees Amuro as a measuring stick of his own successes. Even in the end, he seems to feel like he can’t match up to Amuro given his increasingly impressive abilities with the Gundam and his status as a Newtype.

No matter what, however, Hayato gives it his all in everything he does on the Trojan Horse, particularly in piloting the Guntank. He deeply cares about his friends and always wants to keep fighting to protect them, even when wounded. Hayato was another of my favorite characters.

Sayla was just kinda there to me for a good chunk of the series until she’s finally given more development and backstory midway into the show. Until then, she’s mostly just another pair of hands on the White Base. After she steals the Gundam in order to find out more about her family, she is rightfully reprimanded (because those few episodes were stupid, to be honest), but, in light of her piloting skills, she is designated as the pilot of the Core Booster, being Amuro’s main support in battle. She eventually becomes more ingrained into the story as a whole, but I won’t spoil that.

We’re now at the first ever Gundam protagonist and Gundam pilot, Amuro Ray. And, I gotta say, it took me an insanely long time to warm up to Amuro.

Amuro, at least in the beginning, is hard to root for. I know he’s 16, but he’s incredibly impulsive, abrasive, immature and just has a bad attitude. I get that he’s a teenager thrown into war, but he basically threw himself into the war by stealing the mobile suit. Then he feels entitled to being the pilot of the Gundam despite breaking numerous military rules and laws, not being technically a military officer and the fact that he, ya know, stole the damn thing to begin with.

At the very least, he gets a serious reality check when he returns. I can at least be thankful that those at White Base don’t welcome him back with open arms when he does decide to come back after his little tantrum in stealing the Gundam after hearing he might be replaced as pilot. They throw him in jail the instant he returns and claim that they only want the Gundam back and not him.

This is a good start at that reality check because now Amuro is basically going nuts with egotism claiming he’s the best pilot and only logical choice for the Gundam. He even claims he has a perfectly reasonable explanation in leaving which is complete BS.

Dude, you left because you were sad they were going to take your robot away so you selfishly and immaturely stole the thing and ran off into the desert, leaving White Base very vulnerable to attack. You may have done a couple of good things in your absence that benefit the federation, but that doesn’t change the fact that what you did was done under selfishness and immaturity not because you had White Base’s or the federation’s best interest in mind. In no scenario would taking their best line of defense and refusing to return when requested would be beneficial to anyone but you.

Amuro did grow on me slowly but surely, but even at the end I wasn’t sure how much I really liked him as a character.

Speaking of characters, there was another issue that annoyed me throughout the series. Gundam 0079 has a nasty habit of introducing characters from nowhere, leaving them around for a few episodes, then killing them and having their death be extremely impacting for one character or another. They do this so frequently, especially in the second half of the series, that it seriously gets annoying. Half of these characters seem so superfluous or weren’t fleshed out nearly enough that I honestly can’t remember most of their names. Sleggar and Matilda come to mind, and there were countless Zeon higher ups that suffered from this.

The fact that Lalah became so focal in the end was also unwelcome. They act like she and Amuro had known each other very deeply and spent a lot of time together when they spend, collectively, a few hours together and had a psychic back and forth a few times.

The introduction of Newtypes was a little on the out-of-nowhere side, but I’m glad that everyone, to some degree got Newtype-ish powers instead of having everything cool go the hero again. Though it is odd that Char is only recognized as a Newtype when someone suspects he’s a Newtype. He doesn’t really display any Newtype abilities before then, outside of just being really good at piloting mechs.

If I had one more big complaint about Gundam 0079, it’d be the ending. The series just kinda ends out of nowhere. I mean, there is a little buildup when a sudden major death happens, but other than episode number, you really don’t expect the series to end on those last few episodes. And while the climax is pretty good, I was expecting more bang for my buck.

Plus, the dub completely ruins it. In their ED’s background scenes, they play the very last scene of the show full out without really any editing. Why? Why? Why? What is the goddamn point of doing that?

Art and Animation: Very dated, very noticeable reused footage, craggy in several respects, but for the time it’s not that bad. The art is classic and has many great designs. They don’t go too fancy with the mobile suits, but that’s alright.

Music: Also dated, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it. I sing along to the OP whenever it comes on and the ED is a great way to come down after an episode, particularly emotional ones.

Voice Acting: English – This dub is pretty dated, but stands up fairly well. Everyone’s voices fit well, and there’s a decent amount of emotion in each performance. Char’s VA in particular really helped bring this character to life.

Bottom Line: Gundam 0079 was a fantastic first run of a much-loved franchise. I wouldn’t say it’s phenomenal, but I never disliked watching it, even during episodes where I was angry at some of the characters. Even during those times, at least I was invested and felt strong emotions for what was happening. It may be a bit too dated for many anime fans today, but any fan of Gundam or mech as a whole, or space operas, should watch this. You won’t regret it.

Additional Information and Notes: Gundam 0079 was directed and written by Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of Gundam as a whole and director and writer of many, many Gundam titles. It was produced by Sunrise and is currently licensed in North America by Sunrise as well.

Year: 1979-1980

Episodes: 43

Recommended Audience: There are some mildly sexually suggestive themes-ish, but not really. People die by the droves, but there’s nothing horribly graphic. The tones and subject matter may be a bit heavy for younger viewers out the gate. 13+

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SSBS – Tokyo Mew Mew Episode 42: Zakuro’s Dilemma – Only Four Mew Mews Now?

SSBS - TMM EP42 Screen

Plot: Shirogane and Akasaka detect a new source of Mew Aqua seemingly on a ship headed for a harbor in Tokyo. As they try to figure out how to find it among the numerous cargo boxes in the ships, they hear the girls freaking out over the latest news – Zakuro has been offered a movie deal in Hollywood, and it’s speculated that she’ll move to America, leaving her standing as a Mew Mew in jeopardy.

When Zakuro arrives, she tells them that she has indeed been offered a movie deal in Los Angeles, but she’s currently debating whether or not to take it. The girls all argue amongst themselves, especially after Mint tries to beg Zakuro to take her with her to America if she decides to go. Fed up with their arguing, she chastises the group for their behavior, tells Mint she has no reason to take her to America if she decides to go and leaves the café.

Later, Zakuro returns, and the girls are sent out to the harbor to see if the Mew Aqua reacts to any of them, even though they know that the Mew Aqua will only react when their emotions are high.

The girls split up and look around, to no avail. Zakuro reads a letter she got from home and remembers a painful time from her past, which triggers a reaction to Mew Aqua nearby, but she can’t tell exactly where it is.

The aliens arrive and corner Zakuro, prompting the other Mews to transform and rush to her location. They’re shocked to find that Zakuro not only hasn’t transformed yet, but seemingly doesn’t want to, claiming she’ll decide if and when she wants to fight.

Nonetheless, the battle between the aliens and Mews starts. The aliens conjure a Chimera Animal based on a crab. In the middle of battle, the Chimera Animal attacks Zakuro, who stands perfectly still and doesn’t react. Mint steps in and saves her, but Zakuro’s expression is still emotionless and she remains silent.

Mint falls while trying to save Zakuro from another assault, and Zakuro doesn’t even react. Angered, Ichigo steps in and defeats the Chimera Animal with a Ribbon Strawberry Surprise. As Taruto is about to make another Chimera Animal, Pai stops him. He believes that they truly don’t know where the Mew Aqua is so it’s just a waste to continue the fight.

They leave to search for the Mew Aqua themselves.

The girls rush to tend to Mint, but Zakuro, again, stands without response.

Later, Zakuro tells Ichigo to take care of Mint since she tends to stress herself out with worries over the future and needs someone by her side.

That night, the girls meet up to discuss Mew matters, but Zakuro fails to show up. She leaves a note with Masha implying that she really has quit and plans to move to America.

At the meeting, Shirogane tells the girls to just let Zakuro go, citing that she let Mint get hurt in battle and didn’t make any effort to help either before or after the fact. They can’t make her fight if she doesn’t want to, and she’s a detriment to them if they try to force her.

Ichigo chews out Shirogane for his words, stating that he’s forcing them all to become Mew Mews in the first place, and Zakuro is simply feeling alone and lost right now. She can’t leave her behind in such a state, so she decides to grab Mint and the other girls to go find her and bring her back.

They find Zakuro in her church, but she’s not alone. Kisshu is there with her, on friendly terms.


– They’re saying that noise is the signal of Mew Aqua, but it sounds exactly like a heart monitor.

– They do call her out on this, but why is Pudding so nonchalant and damn near happy to announce that the Mews are splitting up?

– I was actually content with the way the transformation mashup was working today. Each Mew got mostly their full transformation sequence, and they even went through Lettuce, Mint and Pudding before Ichigo….but then I realized they were plowing through their transformations to get to the ‘main event.’ Ichigo’s is not cut down at all, and they switch to an entirely different music track for it. It’s better than spitting out the other Mews transformations while Ichigo gets all the spotlight, but it still irks me.

– Wow, I feel like it’s been forever since we’ve seen the other girls summon their weapons. They usually only get their attack animations, and even those are usually cut down some.

– Though, admittedly, I am getting tired of the girls’ (barring Zakuro and Ichigo) attacks hardly ever working….

This episode sure is a back and forth on positive focus on the other Mews and then turning around and ruining it.

– Ya know, I usually think Zakuro is cool and reasonable, and I didn’t fault her for not helping the other Mews, but how big of an asshole are you to not even react, not in the slightest, when one of your friends falls in battle trying to protect you from an attack and falls unconscious as a result. No flinch of the eyes, no looking her way, definitely no going to her side to see if she’s okay – nothing. Not making a pun on the fact that she’s literally a female dog – what a bitch.

– The fact that no one’s angry about this is even worse. Again, I can understand if they were being sympathetic with her not transforming or fighting, but what she did to Mint is worth at least some anger.

– Zakuro makes a nice speech and observation about Mint after that scene, but if she’s so concerned about Mint’s well-being, why did she act that way? Am I not getting something? ‘Yeah, take care of Mint. She gets so stressed out about the future, but screw her if she gets injured and knocked unconscious. I don’t care.’

– So Shirogane’s the only one who even mentions what Zakuro did to Mint? Fair enough that it at least gets mentioned, but I feel like it should be more of an issue.

– By the by, that attack Mint protected Zakuro from? It was a huge glob of acid – powerful enough to melt a metal building in one second. Mint could’ve easily been terribly disfigured or killed if she didn’t have the power to stop that attack. And considering Zakuro still hadn’t transformed and couldn’t be arsed to react to the point of even removing her hands from her pockets, she could’ve easily been killed by that if Mint hadn’t stepped in.

So either, according to Ichigo, Zakuro’s confused about what she wants out of life and is lost to the point of near suicide, which I sincerely doubt, she’s incredibly stupid or she doesn’t care what happens to her or anyone else.

– And sure, let’s pepper in a dash of irony in that we’re also focusing on the fact that Zakuro’s religious in this episode. I’m sure God would’ve loved it if you let Mint become a burning husk on the ground as you stared off with that stone-cold expression.

I know it seems like I’m harping on this or being too harsh, but I can’t help thinking how I would’ve felt in that situation. I know Mint is more hurt than she’s letting on, the next episode preview shows that much, but the fact that the others aren’t even giving it a passing thought is annoying.

I know that this is all leading to Zakuro teaching the girls, particularly Mint some big lesson that I forget at the moment (it’s been a while since I’ve seen the tail end of this series), and maybe I won’t feel as angry as I do right now when that episode is done……but fuck off. You don’t have much of a lesson to teach to Mint if she’s a blob of melted flesh and bone.


All in all, I probably have more malice for this episode than I should, but I’m not taking it back. That scene with Mint really, really bothered me, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t much care for Mint. From what I recall of the second part of this episode, I honestly don’t think Zakuro’s reasoning will be of much comfort either.

Again, if you have a lesson to teach the girls, fine. Don’t transform. Fine. Don’t fight. Fine. Make them believe you’re quitting. Fine. Don’t flippantly nearly let one of your friends be killed in a terrible horrific way to get your point across. The aliens had much more of an emotional response to Kisshu being injured than Zakuro did to Mint being knocked out and nearly melted to death. What does your lack of response help with this little lesson either? I don’t get it.

Ichigo’s also kinda acting poorly here. I get that she wants to help Zakuro because she realizes she’s going through something, but the Mint thing coupled with the fact that her reasoning comes off as basically ‘Shirogane is forcing us to be Mew Mews so we have a right to hunt her down and drag her back’ is a bit off-putting.

If it’s any consolation, I do recall this leading to one of the better episodes in the series, but I also believe that will be tainted with the explanation behind Zakuro’s actions.

Last note, the art and animation for this episode is weird. The animation is average but the art keeps jumping from bad to ‘oh they’re spending money this episode’ levels. One minute everything’s all nicely lit and well-detailed, the next Zakuro’s face is smushed and she has eyelashes that might as well be woolly caterpillars.

Next episode, is Zakuro gone for good? What will Mint do if she’s gone? What does this mean for the Mew Mews?

….Previous Episode

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Pixar’s Lamp – Finding Nemo (2003)

Plot: A clown fish named Marlin had it all. The love of his life, Coral, a new home in the anemone and a clutch of fish eggs nearly ready to hatch. His perfect life comes to a grinding halt when a barracuda suddenly attacks. Coral, in an effort to rescue her babies, is killed and the eggs are eaten anyway. Marlin, having been knocked unconscious in the scuffle, wakes up to find everything gone except for one lone egg that was damaged in the attack. He names the fish Nemo – a name chosen by Coral right before she died.

Some time passes, and Nemo has grown up enough to go to school. However, considering past events and the bad fin Nemo was left with as a result of the attack, Marlin has become an incredibly overbearing and protective father. It takes nearly everything he has just to let him go to school.

Marlin catches him wandering in open water with his classmates, trying to play a game of Chicken to see who can swim closest to a nearby boat. Marlin is outraged and demands that Nemo come home, but Nemo, sick of his father’s restrictions, decides to swim right up to the boat and touch it in defiance.

A scuba diver soon grabs Nemo and makes off with him. Marlin is too slow to keep up. He ends up in the fish tank of a dentist and learns from the other fish that the dentist plans on giving Nemo to his niece, Darla – an obnoxious girl who killed her last fish by shaking the bag too much.

Meanwhile, Marlin and the forgetful Dory set off on an adventure to find Nemo while Nemo and the fish from the tank try to break him out before Darla gets her mitts on him.

Breakdown: The best animated movies are ones where adults and children alike can enjoy it at the same level. The best animated movies are ones in which both adults and children alike walk away having learned something. The best animated movies are ones like this.

Finding Nemo is one of my favorite movies. It’s incredibly well-written, has fantastic characters, is very funny as well as being emotionally impacting, and it never talks down to its audience. Some movies you enjoy as a kid and you reconsider watching them as an adult, but worry that you’ll end up focusing on all the goofy or stupid parts and realize that the movie wasn’t as good as when you first watched it.

This is definitely not one of those movies. In fact, I’d say this is one of those rare movies where you gain an entirely new appreciation for it when you become an adult. It makes sense, because Finding Nemo seems intentionally split to relate to both adults and kids by separating the movie between what’s happening with Marlin and what’s happening with Nemo.

In Marlin’s story, he’s hanging around with Dory, who has short-term memory loss. She’s trying to help him find Nemo, but her condition leaves her to being an annoyance to him sometimes, and, like Nemo, he starts to get overbearing with her too because he doesn’t trust that she can do any of the things she claims she can do since she has such a terrible memory.

Marlin’s journey is all about realizing that he can’t protect Nemo at all times, and, honestly, he shouldn’t, because that’s bad for Nemo’s growth as a person (fish?). Dory said it best.

“Well, you can’t never let anything happen to him….because nothing would ever happen to him.”

A parent protecting their child is only natural. A parent becoming overprotective after what Marlin went through is completely understandable. Here, he has to realize that his fears are getting in the way of not only Nemo’s life, but also his happiness. If you protect him from everything that is perceived as possibly bad, you’re also shielding him from any good experience he could possibly get. And sometimes you need to experience bad things, even pain, to have a truly fulfilling life.

I may not be a parent, but I definitely understand the negative effects of having a sheltered childhood and overprotective parents.

While we’re on the topic of Dory, she is just as funny as I remember her, even if she did get a tiny bit annoying in spots. And I am so glad they didn’t try to force in some sort of weird romance between her and Marlin.

Nemo’s side of the story is not only about becoming independent, but also overcoming his own fears and limitations. Simultaneously, it’s about him understanding his father’s stance. While Nemo is more than willing to try and prove his father wrong in what he can and cannot do, he still holds hesitation rooted in his bad fin. We never see it hindering him much, but the fact that he has it makes him feel like he sometimes can’t do things.

One of the most important scenes with Nemo was the failed escape attempt. After gaining some self-confidence in his abilities by the gritty Gill, Nemo is quickly recruited to be a part of Gill’s newest escape plan – which involves jamming the filter system for the tank and swimming out of the narrow tube.

Everything goes according to plan until the pebble that was being used to jam the system suddenly slips, sucking Nemo down into the rotor. The other fish manage to save him, but Nemo is very shaken by what happened and Gill gives up all escape plans out of shame.

This scene is especially important because it teaches Nemo that there was a reason behind Marlin’s concerns. The world is dangerous and you do have to be cautious within it. You could argue that the incident with the boat did the same thing, but this is a little different.

Gill gave him confidence in his abilities, whereas the boat incident was fueled by defiance for Marlin. He wasn’t concerned with his abilities or the danger at hand because he was too focused on defying his father, like most kids do. It was an immature thing to do.

In this case, Nemo was focused on getting them all out of there, escaping Darla and being reunited with his dad. He still had reservations, but he was willing to give it a try. This is more mature and is a sign of actual bravery.

In the end, he manages the entire operation by himself after finding out that his father was braving terrible danger, including sharks, to find him. His father facing his own personal fears to find him gave Nemo a more healthy dose of confidence and clarity that allowed him to pull off this feat.

You could say Marlin and Gill are pretty good opposites – especially as father figures. Marlin is an embodiment of the dangers of living too cautiously while the scars on Gill’s face from a failed escape attempt and the fact that he nearly got Nemo killed doing the same make him an embodiment of what happens when you’re overly headstrong. In the end, they all find a good balance.

This film is also a rarity in that there’s not a single side character that I disliked. While some segments could be classified as filler, I was always more than entertained enough to not care. The sharks, the synchronized school of fish, the seagulls and especially Crush and Squirt were all very funny and great to watch. Some of the fish in the tank were a little weak on the comedy, such as Bubbles (His shtick is he likes bubbles…) Gurgle (germaphobe) and Bloat (a kinda gross pufferfish voiced by Brad Garret.)

If I had to say anything negative, some of the jokes are a bit too juvenile and there was nary a single human character who wasn’t despicable. The only two main human characters are the dentist, who is annoying and gross, and Darla, who is an obnoxious little brat. I get that kids do indeed do this, but I about wanted to smack her upside the head when she started violently shaking the bag Nemo was in while yelling “FISHY! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WHY ARE YOU SLEEPING!?” The kid watching all of the commotion from a little window, thinking the dentist is torturing her, is pretty funny, though.

Also, there are way too many death fake-outs. Nemo has a grand total of five death fake-outs. Dory and Marlin have one together, and Dory kinda has one on her own (It’s more like a ‘severe injury’ fake-out)

Finding Nemo has aged wonderfully in the art and animation department. 15 years have passed, and I am still in awe of the attention to detail and the beautifully fluid motions of the fish. This movie does an outstanding job at really making you feel like you’re in a vast ocean, and I give them double props for this because underwater animation is insanely difficult.

Pixar is also noticeably better at making human character designs at this point.

The music is good and fitting, but a little forgettable.

The voice acting is fantastic. I loved Willem Dafoe as Gill, and Alexander Gould did a great job as Nemo.

All in all, I still love Finding Nemo as much, if not more, as when I was a kid. It’s a timeless (outside of one mention of 2003) film that is a fantastic ride for adults and children alike. It’s funny, emotional, full of great action and just a joy to watch. You’re truly missing out if you don’t see it at least once.

Recommended Audience: There’s quite a bit of death. Either characters dying or talking about death. This movie probably has the biggest Pixar body count if we count every one of Marlin’s kids. It’s all very well handled, however. There are no dead bodies….well, one, and the language is very tame. It’s not like that scene in The Little Mermaid where Sebastian watches fish being slaughtered. Other than that, nothing really. They avert saying a swear once, but that’s the worst of it. 6+

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Ojamajo Doremi/Magical Doremi Episode 4 Sub/Dub Comparison

Plot: In an effort to keep Hazuki and Aiko from figuring out that she’s a witch, Doremi accidentally leaks the secret to them. Given no choice, Majorika turns them into witches too. Now needing more magical spheres than ever, Majorika recruits them to sell items in her store since only currency obtained by selling magical items can be used in the Witch World for magical spheres. While Majorika is away, the girls decide to completely renovate the shop the way they want it.


The sneak peak of the episode is removed.

The closeup of their feet is removed.

The face Doremi makes right before she yells at her friends is removed.

Entire Show Edit: The theme song is usually right after the preview for the episode in the original. In the dub, it’s usually right after the first scene.

Aiko describes Majorika as a tadpole and Lala laughs at her saying that. In the dub, Mirabelle says she saw two folks in the shop and Lorelai says ‘You can’t always believe your eyes.’….Obviously she can…because she saw you…and you exist.

Doremi refers to Majorika and her form as being a ‘witch frog’. In the dub, she keeps calling her a green blob.

Forgive me if I’m wrong, but they specifically told Doremi at the start that if anyone found out her secret that she’d turn into a frog thing, right? Why did they change it to having a disclaimer of ‘only if you’re a full witch.’?

Aiko points out that it was Doremi who made her father disappear before. In the dub, she says she always thought there was something strange about Dorie.

Hazuki says Majorika doesn’t look like a witch. In the dub, she says she wants to analyze her in science class.

In the original, Doremi merely tells them what happened to turn Majorika into a frog thing. In the dub, they shoehorn in a flashback to when it happened. Also, apparently, dub-wise, it’s only been a few days since Dorie became a witchling, which is hard to believe if you ask me.

They cut out Hazuki attempting to point out that Doremi is a witch again and Majorika and Lala freaking out about it, saying she’ll definitely turn if she says it again…..What? How the hell does that work? Once you’re outed, you’re outed. Why is it, for witches in training anyway, that if you keep saying it, she’ll turn into a frog thing but not if you only say it once?

Aiko says she’d never let Doremi turn into a frog thing. Mirabelle says she can keep a secret because she never let her dad know where the dog buried the TV remote.

Majorika explains that she can’t risk Doremi’s secret being outed and her being turned into a frog, because, if that happens, she’ll be unable to turn back since she was the one who outed her. In the dub, she says Mirabelle and Reanne are of no use to her.

Hazuki just thinks to herself that she can get whatever she wants. In the dub, Reanne thinks she can make herself more popular.

Aiko originally says she could use her magic to give her dad more time to relax, which is a very selfless and kind thing to do. In the dub, she says she can use her magic to do all of her chores, which would be helping out her dad, but the wording implies that she’s doing it more for herself.

A shot of the girls’ backpacks is removed because of the commercial break in the dub.

Aiko and Hazuki originally call Doremi ‘Senpai’, which causes her to gush. In the dub, they just say that she’s so cool.

Majorika calls Doremi an Ojamajo and Aiko asks what she means. She then explains that it’s the word used to describe a troublesome witch apprentice. In the dub, Patina yells that she’s not getting any younger, Mirabelle asks why she’s so angry and she says it’s because she’s a green blob (and doesn’t want to put up with their BS while she’s trying to turn back.)

Aiko says ‘Pretty Witchy Aiko-chi’ In the dub, it’s the same ‘faladeiladongding’ blah, but it somehow sounds worse coming from her.

Majorika says she’s found ojamajo number two when Hazuki can’t put on the uniform in time. In the dub, she says “What are you lookin’ at me for!?”

Hazuki doesn’t say anything when she gets her uniform on. In the dub, she meekly says the ‘faladeila’ blah blah.

This line is kept the same, but they ruin it a bit on delivery. When it’s shown that Hazuki succeeded, Aiko and Doremi quietly say ‘Saaaaafffeee.’ In the dub, they just yell “Safe!”

Doremi says her typical magic words followed by ‘Big tasty steak, appear!’ In the dub, she says ‘Give me a break, and make a witch a steak!’ I think. Like always, the middle of it is mumbled so I don’t know for sure.

Wait a minute, why does it look like Aiko’s Peperuto Poron holds many more magical spheres than Doremi’s?

Hey, wait, Hazuki’s is the same blank baton-like Peperuto Poron as Aiko’s?…..Oh great. Leader gets something better looking because pbbbt she’s the leader. Bite me.

Dorie: “Their wobblers look a bit different than mine.” First off, thanks for pointing out this fact, even though it’s never explained why they’re different nor why they’re named different things but look exactly the same.

Second, uh, cut! Take 2? Wandalars, Ms. Palant. Wandalars. Not wobblers. I would say that Dorie is just being a moron, but she knows exactly what it is, what it’s called etc. In fact, she just gave the girls a lesson on their magical items mere moments ago – the ‘wandalar’ included.

Hey wait, the dub actually does give an explanation. In the original, Lala explains that the wands Aiko and Hazuki have are not the Peperuto Poron, but rather the Poppun Poron (Aiko’s) and Puwapuwa Poron (Hazuki’s). That doesn’t explain why they look different than Doremi’s nor why they’re identical to each other, but whatever. In the dub, Lorelai explains that Dorie’s wandalar is an earlier model. The one that looks cooler and seems more efficient is the earlier model? Also, you just said Dorie’s been a witch for a few days. They really came out with a new model wandalar in that short amount of time?

Hazuki’s magical words are Paipai ponpoi puwapuwa puu…..That sounds incredibly dumb to English ears. I’m just hearing pie and poo mixed together. In the dub, since all spells are just rhymes, Patina explains to Reanne that spell drops are very precious, so they should only use them when necessary. Reanne promises to do so.

Aiko’s spell is Pameruku laruku larilori poppun. Aiko has trouble remembering the words, and she and Majorika have a back and forth about it. In the dub, same issue, so this is changed to Patina calling Mirabelle ‘Hayseed’, a play on her last name of ‘Haywood’ (She was also called this by a kid in her class last episode). She then argues with her over calling her that.

This also makes a weird transition in the dub. Originally, Aiko finally thinks she has the spell down and wants to try to use a spell to make some takoyaki. In the dub, she had been arguing with Patina about the insult, saying she’s making her mad, then we suddenly skew to a happy tone and her saying she’ll make some biscuits and gravy.

Aiko says her magic words, which are obviously changed in the dub to “Forget the hominy grits, just make me some biscuits where she (Patina) sits!” Uh, how does the spell work for biscuits and gravy if you forget to include the gravy part in the spell?

Originally, they kinda explain why Aiko’s spell didn’t work. She produced yakitako (fried octopus) instead of takoyaki (octopus dumplings), supposedly because they are made up of the same sounds just flipped. However, that’s not what she said, so I don’t know how this screwed up. In the dub, she just points out that she messed up. I guess because 4Kids couldn’t think of anything clever to make up there to relate to biscuits and gravy.

Aiko tries over and over again to make the takoyaki while Majorika stews and says she’s also an ojamajo, then she blows up at Aiko for wasting magical spheres. Aiko stops and asks what magical spheres are, then she looks at her wand as Majorika explains. All of this is removed, and I don’t know why. Yeah, she brought up the spell drops in the dub already, but she can still point out that Mirabelle’s wasting them.

Praise be the Reanne, we have a character who friggin’ enunciates when she casts a spell in the dub.

Also, her original spell words are changed to ‘Dusty toy in dreadful store, scamper right across the floor!’

Doremi originally says she doesn’t care what she makes move, just to have anything move. In the dub, she says ‘Mirror, mirror, on the wall, spin around and please don’t fall!’

There’s also a lyrical song here in the original and it’s just regular BG music in the dub. Doesn’t matter much because the song seems out of place, especially if you listen to the lyrics.

Majorika tells Doremi to cancel her spell, and she says she never taught her how to cancel spells. In the dub, Patina tells her to stop the suit of armor, and Dorie says she doesn’t understand how she got it to move in the first place.

Majorika and Lala talk about forbidden magic. In the dub, they explain the fairy test.

Several parts of this conversation are removed, I guess because the subject was changed?

First, Majo Rika says to never use magic that brings back the dead. Doremi asks what happens if you do it by accident, and she responds that the user will likely die—Oh now I get this cut…Oh wait, no I don’t, because the subject was changed anyway so who cares?

Next, you’re not allowed to perform healing magic, something we’ve already seen in the first episode. When you use healing magic, the injury is transferred to you. They then have a brief flashback that references that.

The subject then changes to the fairy test, so we’re back on track. About a minute of footage removed for no real reason, however.

Uhm, why are the imagined fairies winking, have hearts above the heads and are in alluring poses?

How does Hazuki need magical spheres already? Aiko used a lot while trying to make takoyaki, and Doremi’s been a witch for a while so she might be low already, but we’ve only seen Hazuki do one spell.

The witch world is changed to Lunaverse. I actually like the dub’s name more again.

Doremi says triumphantly that Hazuki is the first ranked student in their class. Majorika bursts her bubble by pointing out that Doremi’s the last. In the dub, Dorie proclaims that they should have a half-price sale and Patina shoots her down.

Majorika says to go home and get some rest if they want to sell goods tomorrow. The girls then agree. In the dub, Patina says witchlings can only sell magical goods that they make. The girls then agree to make some.

The girls huddle and whisper that the shop’s out of fashion, making Majorika furious. In the dub, the girls huddle and mutter, making Patina yell out to be quiet….they’re quietly whispering in a huddle, and you can’t make out what they’re saying. Why is she getting so pissed about their volume?

They cut out Majorika reassembling the suit of armor, getting into her witch outfit and going to the Witch World.

Text is erased from the paint cans.



Doremi says it’s partially their shop now too, so they should be allowed to fix it up. In the dub, Dorie says with a snotty tone, “You don’t expect us to work in this dump the way that it is!”

I’m just now realizing how selfish and bratty these three are – particularly Dorie. She turns Patina into a frog, is given her greatest wish of being a witch in return, she doesn’t seem to give a crap about succeeding for the sake of Patina and only wants to use magic for herself. Then when she’s told she, Reanne and Mirabelle will have to actually work for the spell drops they keep using like water, they basically say ‘fuck it’ to Patina’s store, take it over and insult everything about it. Granted, Majorika/Patina is very abrasive, but I think she kinda has a right to be, given the situation Dorie put her in.

Lala says fixing up the shop sounds interesting, and Doremi and Hazuki happily respond. In the dub, Lorelai says Patina won’t like it and for some reason Dorie happily responds “Why is that?”

Lala then continues and says she agrees that the shop is out of fashion, so she’ll allow them to fix it up. Doremi breathes a sigh of relief. In the dub, Lorelai continues that Patina is more into the old-school creepy type of witch and Dorie agrees.

Entire Show Edit: In typical 4Kids fashion, all flashbacks have fuzzy white ‘we’re alerting you to the fact that this is a flashback’ borders.

Why does Aiko have a sentient broom? Do the brooms need to be sentient before you can ride them?

Hazuki suggests writing ‘Maho’ in romanji. In the dub, Reanne suggests putting the first two letters of each of their names together to make the DoReMi magic shop….so now it’s not about sharing the shop, they’re taking it over in its entirety. Nice.

We have another lyrical song during the montage, and this time they actually do replace it with their own lyrical song. I don’t really care. It’s an exchange of one bleh-y bubblegum pop song for another.

They trade the shots of the girls putting up banners and the one of them working on the counter. I dunno.

Really? One of the lyrics in the Japanese song is ‘Being selfish is very good!’?….Wow.

They add a yellow shining effect to the mirror Hazuki’s holding because the lyrics of the dub song mentioned shining.



The banner, sign and posters are all changed.



(Included the closeup too because the video quality of the dub is such garbage)

Doremi says the new name goes better with the cute accessories. In the dub, Dorie says they couldn’t include Patina’s name in the title because DoReMiPa doesn’t sound right. It kinda could considering it goes do re mi FA, but I get her point.

Hazuki and Doremi cheer that that’s the Naniwa spirit (since Aiko just gave a good argument – Naniwa’s her last name) and Aiko thanks them. In the dub, they say ‘Team DoReMi Forever!’ and Mirabelle says she got carried away.

Lala asks if she can give the girls magic clay, since the items supposedly need to be infused with magic to make this weird currency exchange work. (They buy magical spheres in the Witch World using real money, but just using real money doesn’t work. You have to sell magical goods and then use the money obtained from the sales to buy magical spheres. Yeah, I don’t get it either.) In the dub, they don’t even say that the clay is magic.

Hazuki’s making a necklace. In the dub, it’s implied that she’s making a bracelet.

Aiko points out, if they sell a lot of stuff, they’ll get a lot of magical spheres. In the dub, she says she could sell corn to a scarecrow on the fourth of July…..I don’t quite get that one.


This episode was….kinda a mess built on a mess. First things first, Doremi thinks her friends are catching onto her being a witch, of which there is no concrete evidence. Instead of asking Majorika and Lala what to do on her own, she drags them to the magic shop for seemingly no good reason specifically to ask Majorika and Lala what to do about it.

They seem to screw up their own rules by saying Doremi can be ousted as a witch without being turned into a frog thing, but if it happens a ton of times then she will?

Instead of erasing their memories or something, somehow the next logical step is to turn Aiko and Hazuki into witches too, which just triples the witchling training workload and risk of being discovered, and doesn’t give Majorika any real benefit.

We have to go over the same witchling training crap we’ve already been through with Doremi, making a good chunk of the episode moot. I know it’s good to see how Hazuki and Aiko start off, but it’s really redundant when they’re just doing the same things we’ve already seen.

There’s absolutely no conflict in this episode outside of that one scene with the suit of armor coming to life, but that was taken care of off-screen during a commercial break.

The second half of the episode is just renovations and the girls somehow thinking they’re entitled to completely taking over Majorika’s shop, which is also her house.

It just seems like they were insanely impatient to get the girls together as witches and finally get everything all settled for their main plot base, which they could’ve avoided by having them all be witches at the start or something.

And I really must reiterate that the girls seem insanely entitled in this episode. ‘Give me spell drops.’ ‘We’re taking over your store.’ ‘We’re renaming the store to reflect us and not the one who actually owns it. ‘

I just don’t really like anything about this episode. We don’t learn anything new, outside of the rule about not bringing dead people back to life, that Hazuki has a flair for spells, and Aiko has a talent for riding brooms. Oh and that thing about the Witch World currency that still doesn’t make sense to me. Does buying magical items make the money magic? If the items are real magic, isn’t selling them to normal people a horrible idea? Most of the comedy isn’t that funny either. It’s just an episode that needed to be made so the actual plots could move forward.

Next episode, it’s the Maho-dou grand opening! But customers aren’t exactly pouring in.

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33 Confirmed Dead, 36 Injured in Kyoto Animation Arson Fire


I never know what to say in times like these. Probably because I’m always so confused on the ‘why?’ Not like it really matters, nothing could justify something like this.

I stayed up late last night and was dumbfounded to merely hear of the fire itself. I went to bed with the death toll still at around 12 with several horrific details about the ordeal added into the mix. To wake up and hear that it spiked to 33? I don’t know what to say.

My heart goes out to those who were killed, injured and their loved ones. I hope those who were lost in the fire find peace. To those who were injured, I hope you’re able to recover fully and quickly.

I’ll save my malice for the perpetrator another day. He’s already been caught. He’ll get his dues.

And to those taking the time out to make jokes or groan that their projects are going to be delayed, do me a favor and take a long look in the mirror. Gain some perspective.

For now, let’s celebrate the happiness KyoAni has brought to us, mourn those who were lost and try our best to help those left behind pick up the pieces.

There are probably many fundraisers going around for KyoAni right now, but here’s Sentai Filmworks’ GoFundMe for the survivors of the arson attack. Please donate if you can. If you can’t, please share the link on social media or on your own blog.


Space-Time Detective Genshi-Kun/Flint the Time Detective Episode 3 Sub/Dub Comparison

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Plot: After learning about the effects of greed for gold by Ms. Aino, the group heads to 16th century South America to save a Space-Time Monster named Eldora from the clutches of TP Lady, who is using its gold-making powers to manipulate an army captain into terrorizing the local villages for the sake of finding the legendary golden condor.


Title Change: The City of Shining Gold is changed to Eldora.

They remove most of the shot of Genshi getting stuck in the door because you get a couple, for lack of a better term, upskirt shots. Seems weird that they removed this yet kept his naked ass in that scene where he got a bath in the first episode. Don’t really feel comfortable getting screenshots of this one – just trust me, it’s missing.

They repeat the edited shot before we cut back to the closeup shot of him still stuck. The closeup shot of his underwear is also removed.

So they bring Genshi to school because he’s a kid and needs to go to school, but they don’t bother giving him a haircut or giving him non-caveboy clothes?

These kids are in EIGHTH GRADE? Holy crap! I thought they were like seven. Ten at most.

Genshi originally asks Ms. Aino to teach him about tasty food. In the dub, after Sarah lists off all of the stuff Ms. Iknow teaches them, lists off the same things and then says something I can’t hear at all because sound mixing and editing is sure fun.

The music cue in the original after Ms. Aino/TP Lady recognizes Genshi is hilarious. It’s like a cartoony bugle riff. In the dub it’s just comedic music.

The kanji on the sign, which I believe roughly translates to ‘School Principal’s Office’ (I can’t figure out the last kanji.) is changed to ‘Miss Iknow’, which makes no sense because 1) Teachers don’t get their own offices outside of their classrooms and 2) It’s obvious the office is the principal’s, not hers.

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Dubbed: FtTD Episode 3 SDC 2

Okay, I might MIGHT be able to buy that Sarah and Tony are in the eighth grade. Genshi!? He’s second grade age, tops.

They add in a wipe transition after Petra’s meeting with her lackeys.

They remove Ms. Aino smacking her hand against a picture of an idol for some reason.

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One of the students says that Ms. Aino really has an excitable personality, and another says that’s one of the reasons why they like her. In the dub, the student asks why Iknow always teaches them about rich civilizations, and the other says it doesn’t matter since they don’t have homework.

I’m kinda surprised they didn’t digitally paint the coin since it clearly says 100. Though, I suppose they could just say it’s actually a silver dollar.

Surprisingly, the time shifter for this episode, Eldora, does not get a name change.

TP Lady apparently has her own vocal theme song that plays as she travels to 16th century South America. In the dub, it’s just regular music, and Petra is having internal monologue through the whole scene basically just explaining what she’s doing.

Name Change: Rei Jinguuji is changed to Jillian Grey.

The computer screen has a plate with text on it when Eldora pops up. This is entirely removed in the dub.

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The professor yells to Sora and Tokio that they were not told to go with Genshi. In the dub, he tells them to bring him back a T-shirt.

They left the Japanese text on the Ridon’s readout alone? Not complaining, but why?

Genshi says that the jungles of gold is what it really means to have a lot of money. Flint says the golden jungle looks yummy.

Genshi states that he’s having trouble seeing because of everything being gold and all of the sunlight reflecting off of it. As Sora is also affected, she says that the golden jungle is more gaudy than it is beautiful. As Genshi rubs his eyes to get a better view, a golden soldier pokes him with a spear.

In the dub, Flint says he feels funny. Sarah says, as she’s obviously also being bothered, it’s all the time travel they’ve been doing; it’s made him hungry. Why the hell could you not just say that being in a golden jungle in the bright sunlight would be disorienting and blinding?

One of the soldiers scoffs at Genshi’s statement of being a Time Detective, making him fall over comically. In the dub, the soldier accuses Flint and the others of wanting all of the gold. He says ‘No, thank you’, the soldier scoffs and for some reason Flint falls over comically.

Why did those trees break like trees? I thought thought everything was turned into gold.

They repeat the shot of Genshi cutting down the trees after the soldiers run from falling trees, but they also flip the angle to make it look like a different shot. Because reasons.

The acting of that Captain guy in the dub is appalling.

The Captain guy asks about a treasure, and Genshi says he’s never eaten anything like that. He then clarifies that he’s looking for a legendary treasure that is supposedly in the area. In the dub, he asks them where the golden condor is. They refuse to tell him. Not like they know anyway.

Genshi freaks out purely because they’re taking his dad. In the dub, he freaks out because they’re going to feed him bread and water. Asking for his dad back is a complete afterthought. The dialogue literally goes like this. “BREAD AND WATER?! I can’t live off of that!…..And gimme back my dad!”

Name Change: Rene is changed to Lucas.

I don’t know for certain, but I’m almost positive Lucas is voiced by older TK’s (Digimon A02) VA, Doug Erholtz.

Mite: “He always wanted to be a goldfish!” Reach for the stars, there, Dyna.

Also, originally, he just points out that Eldora turns everything to gold. Noooooo kiddinnnnggg.

They remove a shot of TP Lady talking. Maybe because of the pose she’s in.

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They add in a flipped shot of Genshi struggling with the bars and repeat the shot of the kids cheering I guess just so they could use another cheer they thought up. To be honest, though, the second cheer is stupid and doesn’t even rhyme. Plus the sound mixing makes it difficult to understand anyway, so this whole thing is pointless.

They remove Ototan scolding Genshi for being weak just because he’s hungry when fighting spirit is all he needs. Instead, they just have Flint basically parrot all of it since he knows what his dad will lecture him about anyway.

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Because of this change, they greatly extend Genshi’s original talking shot.

The village chief says he’s never heard of a Time Detective before, making everyone fall down comically, even though, why would he know of such a thing? He then accuses them of being with the Captain and his men who stole his village away, and Tokio says they just escaped from them. However, the chief doesn’t believe him.

In the dub, the chief doesn’t believe that they’re Time Detectives or from the future (and seriously guys maybe you should stop introducing yourselves as such. No one recognizes their authority, and it just makes an even worse ripple in the space-time continuum) He says it’s bologna, and Tony says it’s not bologna or any other lunch meat. The chief then says that it’s beans then. The chief really shouldn’t know what bologna is…..

I find it funny that so many of these shows cut out prayer and religion and mentions of it, yet here we have a robot pterodactyl pretending to be an ancient deity, identifying himself as such and the villagers bowing to him and nothing is changed between versions.

So now Putera, the little pterodactyl robot, can turn gold out of nowhere?

It’s irritating that the dub seems to make light of the fact that these villagers have been forced to live in a cave. “Where’d you get this high-rent cave?” “It’s nice. I like the lighting.” “Thanks, I made the torches myself. I love interior decorating.” 😐

The original Chief doesn’t mention anything about praising Putera’s name in ‘paperback and on video’ because, while it’s for joke’s sake, there’s no way a 16th century man knows about paperback books and video….

Sora tells Putera that it will be okay to keep up the charade because they will help them. In the dub, Sarah mocks Pterry’s predicament. Yeah, you’re the one who told him to trick these people into thinking he was the golden condor, and now he feels bad because they’re putting so much faith in his lie. What a dumbass.

The Chief tells the women and children to hide back in the cave before telling his troops to prepare. In the dub, he tells his men that, since the battle will be rough and some people won’t make it back, everyone else will be eating their desserts.

Name Change? The unnamed Chief in the original is called Chief Dinka Dinka in the dub. I am almost certain that’s racist somehow.

Again, they mirror a shot and repeat it for no reason, this time with the Captain’s archers.

During this next fight scene, there are some recycled shots. We get a repeat a shot of Ototan growing bigger, the little siren on his head and Genshi preparing for the attack. They flip and repeat the footage of Genshi hitting back the arrows.

Well here’s another stupid edit if I ever saw one. They edit the shot of Rene’s face getting more determined to make the eyebrow movements repeat in a goofy manner. They also add that if his pleas to stop the fighting aren’t enough he’ll do the funny eyebrow thing. Wow.

Genshi points out that TP lady was behind everything all along and she yells at him to not tell her something like that like she’s stupid. In the dub, Flint says she has a big mouth and Petra says she doesn’t.

Name Change: Eldora’s bad transformation is called Warudora. In the dub, it’s Eldoracon.

Also, I’m very surprised that they left in TP Lady whipping Eldora. They always edited that out of Digimon.

Eldora doesn’t talk in the original. In the dub, it says ‘Petrifying Blast’

They repeat and flip the shot of the soldiers attacking.

Oh my God, three times in one episode?! Again they repeat the footage of Ototan growing before Genshi hits the side of the cave.

Okay, this time I can’t fault the dub for replaying the Ototan growth shot because it’s also in the original……..but that just means that this is the FOURTH DAMN TIME that we have to see that shot in the dub. Holy friggin’ recycled footage.

Genshi was yelling out to protect Eldora. In the dub, he’s yelling out to stop Petra from getting the idol, which doesn’t make sense because he doesn’t do anything like that, he saves Eldora from a falling rock….

What the hell?….I don’t eve…*sigh* In the original, Genshi saves Eldora from a falling rock. In the dub, Flint, no matter what the shot of Genshi saving Eldora says, actually SMACKED ELDORA IN THE HEAD WITH HIS HAMMER. Eldora wasn’t even about to do anything. He just smacked it for no reason. Enjoy your brain damage, Eldora.

Oh so NOW they remember that they brought a Space-Time Monster with them that has the ability to make people get along. That would’ve been useful…..from pretty much the instant they traveled back in time. They could’ve used it on the soldiers, on the Captain, on the Chief, on Eldora, on TP Lady….the damn thing’s pretty much a Deus Ex Care Bear.

Why even bother with the memory erase beam if you’re just going to yell your farewells to them after they’re hit by it while riding your flying dinosaur time machine?

Toki-G praises the group for retrieving another Space-Time monster. In the dub, he praises Flint’s skill with a hammer and says he’ll do great in shop class.

Japanese Text is removed from the board.

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Dubbed: FtTD Episode 3 SDC 11

In the original, Genshi, in a daze from waking up, bites Ms. Aino on the ass, and that’s the end of the episode. In the dub, they obviously wouldn’t go for that, so they cut away after Ms. Iknow yells at Flint and we cut back to Old Timer who laughs at Petra for being cranky after she gets defeated. They then add in Jillian talking with Uncle Bernie about her visiting to see what’s up with Eldora. He keeps trying to prod her for a date, but she just keeps brushing him off before ending the call. He swoons over their chemistry for a while before suddenly becoming sullen for some reason. The end. No idea where this conversation comes from, but I assume it’s heavily edited to fit this dialogue and is lifted from a separate episode probably in the future.

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This episode was okay. I like the message of the episode, and Eldora is a pretty unique monster. Dub-wise…..it’s not that good. The repeated footage was irritating, and the fact that they edited some footage for sake of a stupid joke was lame to say the very least. Plus, I didn’t much care for the fact that they kept making light of the situation that the villagers were in. This was supposed to highlight how greed can cause suffering, yet the dub makes it out like the Chief’s a goofball and the villagers are living in a nice place.

Next episode, the group heads back to the Heian period of Japan to find Talun, a time monster who can enter storybooks.

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