20 August 2014 @ 02:51
I am so, so glad that this is the way Sakaki and Satoshi officially met in the anime for the first time.
Psssh, no, not because of the cage. Well okay, partially because of the cage, but it was the little cherry on top. I swear.
“Team Rocket” and “Satoshi and Pikachu” are the two elements that travel from regions to regions, notoriously confronting each other in almost all episodes (not anymore but still proportionally a lot). It has always been casual and at the same time pretty obvious and ever-present, but Satoshi and Sakaki both share similarities meta-wise: with time flowing by, Satoshi is travelling to other regions, but he is still from Kanto, which is also Team Rocket’s turf. In a series that heavily plays on katakana spellings, their names share a first kana — サ [sa] (and, even though katakana are learnt by columns, the キ [ki] and シ [shi] are side by side on same line, in the same way that カ (Kasumi’s ka), サ (Satoshi’s sa) and タ (Takeshi’s ka) follow each other on a line from right to left). Sakaki and Satoshi were, of course, also presented with dichotomic traits: Satoshi is supposed to represent the “good” side, helping people and Pokémon, while Team Rocket is the “bad” side, using, stealing, threatening people and Pokémon; most of Satoshi’s adventures take place by daytime and in open spaces while Sakaki’s voice was distorted at the beginning, his face wasn’t fully revealed until EP063, and his office is still dark and shadowy in a lot of his recent cameos; Satoshi is a constant presence while Sakaki’s existence is most of the time alluded to by proxy (the Rocket trio wanting to capture Pikachu “for Sakaki-sama’s sake”, Team Rocket working for him in general); Satoshi being a young trainer beginning his journey at first while Sakaki is an adult running an already wealthy and organized criminal syndicate.
So, logically, you would expect them to come face-to-face at some point as Notorious Bad Guy vs. Good Hero Protagonist.
#mirror!version of myself where i'm not shameless (i guess)
#cut because some pics (not bcause Quality or Really Long)
#(poteeential warning for mention of manipulation (meloetta.))
#meanwhile in a 20 mile radius of even: sakaki's power boner laser-beaming the sky; the rocket trio having a sakaki kink;
#satoshi-fans having a captivity kink. it was amazing.
#best wishes season 2
#masaaki iwane represents
#i think iwane-san just accepts to take care of 'crisis' episodes if satoshi is restrained
#mewtwo oav; ep236; dp152; bw097? 'GIMME.'
#ag097-8? 'whaaaat only locked up and not even in a cell? no; i'm doing the following gym battle right after tamagawa's ep instead. yolo'
#(COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT.)
#... damnit it's getting early
#aza: in fact it's called 'shattershipping' because you can hear maincharactersatoshi's ego falling into pieces