Last Call, into a New Dawn, for Divine Judgement (Pokemon Movie #12)
Marking the close of 2018, and the arrival of 2019, I figured I should drop a line to you fine folks who've bothered to stick around and have born so much patience with me~!
An intriguing film to cover, given the eponymous role of what the literal Alpha Pokemon within the entire setting from its introduction in 2006 to the present date: the universal creator, Arceus.
As it turns out, this movie is fairly giving in terms of impressive feats for the fella! It's mostly a matter of determining the legitimacy of said feats in terms of my methodology, honestly...
1# - Attack Speed (Arceus' Judgement)
As it happens, the G.O.A.T. appreciates a festive display of fireworks along with the rest of us humble mortals, except it's all year long and they're a touch more spark than sizzle...
As you may have already discerned, the stopgap place between each "pair" is very much deliberate: they showcase the initial and the final frame of each Judgment "bolt" that I am planning to scale and rate for projectile speed. So there's 4 seperate values to be determined under this sub-heading.
But first things first, we're going to need to establish some location groundwork, which will be essential for determining our foundational measurement(s) for the upcoming scalings. Per Dogasu, the geography of M12's town and surrounding countryside of Michina was primarily inspired by the real-world location of Metéora, in northwestern Greece.
A couple of comparative images to properly illustrate the parallel: RL [1, 2, 3] | M12 [1, 2, 3]
Of course, before we progress with the bolts themselves, I need to establish the height of our rocky outcrop that bases the entire scaling!
The average height, per Encyclopedia Britannica, of a Meteora rock pillar, appears to be roughly 300 metres (though the tallest megaliths in the region have been measured up to 550 metres, just to keep in mind). A perfectly cromulent low-end figure for us to use here!
There is a pixel scaling approach I could take into account, evaluating direct parameters of the landscape to develop a more "direct" final height of the pillar, which would almost assuredly yield much higher results, but I'll get to that in a bit...
Pokemon M12 was filmed at 24 FPS.
4/24 = 0.17 seconds
177.30/0.17 = 1042.94 m/s or Mach 3.065
5/24 = 0.21 seconds
195.04/0.21 = 928.76 m/s or Mach 2.73
8/24 = 0.33 seconds
283.69/0.33 = 859.67 m/s or Mach 2.53
326.64/0.33 = 989.82 m/s or Mach 2.91
Virtually the same as the low-end evaluation, just substituting out the relevant megalith's height of 300 m for the "maximum" measurement of 550 m.
So, in summary:
M12 rock pillar height (423 pixels = 550 metres)
Bolt #1 (250 pixels = 325.06 metres)
Bolt #2 (275 pixels = 357.565 metres)
Bolt #3 (400 pixels = 520.09 metres)
Bolt #4 (460 pixels = 598.11 metres)
325.06/0.17 = 1912.12 m/s or Mach 5.62
357.565/0.21 = 1702.69 m/s or Mach 5.0038
520.09/0.33 = 1576.03 m/s or Mach 4.63
598.11/0.33 = 1812.455 m/s or Mach 5.33
So. Comfortably mid-range supersonic velocity if we go by the most conservative estimate for the M12 Meteora tributes' size; transitional to low hypersonic range if we're being a touch more generous and assume that the megalith containing the major temple structure that the film is mostly set around is actually one of the more impressive lithostructures of the landscape (not an entirely unreasonable premise honestly, particularly considering what I'm about to show here)...
...but there's always a ceiling for us to slide our fingertips across, no?
As I already mentioned here, I'll be getting a bit more down 'n dirty with this high-end assumption, employing my lifelong application of gratuitious pixel-scaling to hopefully interesting use~
So, our ceiling figure for the megalith is a whooping 2158.53 metres, or 2.15853 km! You can begin to imagine what those bolt speeds are going to look like already...
M12 rock pillar height (423 pixels = 2158.53 metres)
Bolt #1 (250 pixels = 1275.73 metres)
Bolt #2 (275 pixels = 1403.30 metres)
Bolt #3 (400 pixels = 2041.16 metres)
Bolt #4 (460 pixels = 2347.34 metres)
1275.73/0.17 = 7504.29 m/s or Mach 22.05
1403.30/0.21 = 6682.38 m/s or Mach 19.64
2041.16/0.33 = 6185.33 m/s or Mach 18.18
2347.34/0.33 = 7113.15 m/s or Mach 20.90
...that's, eh...that's a big step up. "Neil Armstrong landing onto the Moon" kinda big step, maybe.
Dunno what else to say about it, really: I'm a little sketchy if I'm actually scaling the correct staircase in the second scaled image of the closest spoiler box up, but frankly, that'd probably mean I've only low-balled my final result of the high-end, given it's the sole visible steps from that vantage point, and knowing that the platform from which I started scaling Girl of the Movie with Satoshi Gang is directly above the ruin section directly etched into the mound itself, thus 99% ensuring that I've correctly located the immediate area.
So: low-end, still solidly supersonic. Mid-end, trans-hypersonic, so to speak. High-end appears to be blatant high hypersonic threshold, which is nice.
As for speedscaling?
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