So most people who follow me should know I’m a pretty big fan of Meowth. protector-of-kalos, in the midst of her BW rewatch, wondered what I thought of the Nyagotiator arc. And oh man, do I have a lot to say about what happened.
Let’s break it down, shall we?
This arc started out quite promising. I’m usually hyped for anything involving Meowth, and that doubled when I saw that Meowth supposedly had his old personality back for this next batch of episodes. And watching the first episode, it didn’t disappoint! The plot revolves around Pokémon-specific problems that the gang needs Meowth to solve, and Meowth and Cilan have a great scene interrogating Scrafty. Sure, the plot wasn’t that mindblowing, but there were more episodes to come. Overall, it was a pretty fun twenty minutes.
That is, until the last one.
Welp, I just finished a 2000 word essay about the Pokémon animé. I am a coolkid. (Y)
I’d really like to see an arc where one of the main characters catches a Pokémon that doesn’t want to be captured.
And I mean really doesn’t want to be. I want to see a Pokémon who, even with a caring and friendly trainer who tries their best to make their new capture happy, would like nothing more than to return to the wild. I think it would be a really interesting character arc to have someone deal with the fact that sometimes, even if you do everything right, some Pokémon are better off on their own.
I don’t even have anyone specific in mind because I think it could work with any character. I just really want to see it.
Wow thanks Crunchyroll for COMPLETELY CRASHING MY LAPTOP when I try to watch a certain episode of an animé.
I want to watch my stuff legally, but clearly you don’t.
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So I’ve finished another Digimon series. This time it was Digimon Frontier! I hadn’t originally planned on watching this one, but the fifteenth anniversary and all the praise from kimikoheroux changed my mind. For anyone interested, here’s what I thought.
Tag game; give us five random things about yourself & pass it on to ten of your followers. I was tagged by partymeowth!
1. As of a couple hours ago I now have 266 level 100 Pokémon! I’d probably have fifty more if I actually played X… -w-
2. I love fiction that has sapient, non-human characters, especially if they’re important. They’ve fascinated me since I could think coherent thoughts and it’s a huge reason for why I love Meowth so much.
3. I really, really, really want Danny Phantom to get a Hollywood blockbuster reboot like the recent Spiderman movies but I know that’s never going to happen. ;_;
4. My Myers-Briggs personality type is INTJ and every single description of it has made me sound like a cold, heartless villain. I kind of hate how popular that personality test has gotten because everyone goes around praising its accuracy and I’m just here like… no… not at all…
5. I’M PLANNING A GIANT MEOWTH FANFIC RIGHT NOW because of all the inspiration I got tonight. :DDD I had a few ideas before and now I feel like I need to share them.
Meowth’s level of sentience really bothers me sometimes
Like he’s of average human intelligence, does he have to pay taxes? Would he be charged as a human in a court of law? Does he have any legal protections or a right to a lawyer? Can he get married? Apply for health insurance?
What is the limit
This is legitimately my favourite thing to discuss ever.
I don’t think Meowth is that much more intelligent than your average Pokémon. He’s constantly outsmarted by Pikachu and others, and none of the Pokémon he’s ever talked to seem to treat him like he’s anything special. Most humans don’t, either, but “Oh hey a talking Meowth” has come up enough to assume that humans think it’s unusual. The only thing that sets him apart is his walking/talking (which, judging by Go West, Young Meowth, was achieved through sheer willpower rather than intelligence or talent) and his skills with building mecha, which has only really become a thing since DP. I’d argue that he’s simply gained enough experience from his career with Team Rocket to be as good at building machines as he is. That said, his level of sentience is probably the same as most other Pokémon.
To treat Meowth as a human in a court and other legal procedures would depend on whether he’s legally identified as a person, and that’s where the line gets foggy. Most definitions of “person” contain the word human in them; however, those definitions are from our world. Given how the Pokémon world treats every Pokémon other than Meowth like animals, though, their definitions are probably similar. He most certainly doesn’t have a birth certificate, so I can’t imagine it’d be easy for him to get any form of identification, which is needed for things like marriage and health insurance and whatnot. At any rate, I think if the law were to treat Meowth as a person, they’d have to treat every other Pokémon as a person, too, and something tells me the Pokémon world would be very reluctant to do something like that.
Perhaps if he wanted to, he could appeal for those things somewhere, and then cause a big stink about Pokémon rights. But the animé would never get into a topic like that. (WHICH IS A SHAME BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE ME SO HAPPY YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW. FAVOURITE THING.)
So would they tax him? I suppose that depends on whether he has a registered occupation or not. If Giovanni has him listed as a paid employee, then yeah, I guess they would. Otherwise, I assume his salary is included with Jessie and James’s (or else is nonexistent, which would be really sad for Meowth but also wouldn’t surprise me). Team Rocket in general is probably pretty under-the-radar, so I’m not sure if any member, human or not, gets taxed at all.
(The limit is the ENDLESS FANFICTION that you can write about Pokémon rights. MORE PEOPLE NEED TO SEE HOW INTERESTING THIS IS.)
i think about this a lot, too! its so interesting to me aaahh tbh i think pokemon rights is probably something meowth himself is really invested in. ill leave the meowth thoughts to partymeowth tho (;
ive always kinda thought that with pokemon intelligence its kinda like, all pokemon have the potential to have humanlike intelligence (or even surpass human intelligence in some cases) but it might have something to do with how civilized/domesticated they are?
like, i feel like their intelligence probably works similar to humans—without anyone to teach them anything outside of “wild” customs, however wild society works idk, wild pokemon tend to act more animalistic, but they’re still sentient. i guess kind of like a human would act if raised outside of society. i feel like once a pokemon gets caught, the more time they spend around humans maybe the more developed their intelligence gets?? just like, to me it seems like all pokemon are “people”, not insentient animals dshgdf
i mean theres probably a lot of inconsistencies with that in the anime because a good bit of the time tamed pokemon tend to act very animal-like? like compare may’s skitty to meowth. when he was having a conversation with it in one ep it seemed like it didn’t really understand what he was saying lmao… but that might just be to make things simpler and cutesy for the show’s sake tbh haha i don’t know. and surely some pokemon are dumber than others just like with people
partymeowth brought this up to me awhile ago and its a really good point i think—sometimes i think about pikachu’s interactions with the wild pikachu in pikachu’s goodbye? the wild pikachu all walked on four legs most of the time, but ash’s pikachu tends to walk on two. and it might have just something to do with the fact that ash’s pikachu spends more time around humans than they do? but i don’t know, just guesswork here sdhfdf
i feel like ash’s pikachu really is smart in general though tbh, like i personally think his intelligence is about as developed as meowth’s is. its just the language barrier than might make it seem otherwise, i think?
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Yes, the language barrier is definitely a thing that gets in the way of apparent intelligence/sapience. It always bugged me in the show whenever the cast would see a group of Pokémon angry at something and be like “whoa IT SEEMS THEY’RE MAD ABOUT SOMETHING maybe it’s because HUMANS ARE DESTROYING THEIR HABITAT” or whatever, but then they’d pick up on Pikachu being mildly upset. I like your points about the domestic versus wild stuff, too! Very interesting!