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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' Judgment)
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?
The most meaningful or helpful answer I could provide can be best displayed in Dialga & Palkia's return to M12, roughly 1/3rd thru the film: rage-blinded, Arceus casts off a Judgment in a generally messy display of power; as the original blast hits its crescendo and bursts forth as a falling shower of meteoric bolts, we suddenly cut to a pair of dimensional portals abruptly manifested, and the dragonic duo emerging forth; as energy bolts [still in freefall following the wormhole(s) cut] approach Satoshi & co.'s immediate location, Dialga and Palkia are able to comfortably intercept the descending blast(s), with time to spare to erect their shield bubble(s) once in position, and harmlessly dissipate the otherwise fatal fireworks.
The sequence rather convincingly suggests at least equivalent speed range for Arceus' Judgment and the reaction rates/possible "burst" speed for the Cosmic Trio, at least in my humble opinion.
2# - Attack Speed (Arceus' Flamethrower)
In addition to its signature move o' doom, Arceus also displays a variety of extra-spicy elemental powers, appropriately in line with its divine creator status. Flamethrower is its second-most prolific display of gratuitious indignation. We're also given a straightforward, no-frills sequence of remarkable speed for the fiery breath: but exactly how fast is it?
(source for Arceus height)
4/24 = 0.17 seconds
30.11/0.17 = 177.12 m/s (Mach 0.5205)
...yeah, not quite in the same realm of velocity as Judgment. Solidly subsonic holy fire ain't nothing either, though.
For those curious as to why I've left this entry effectively abandoned over the course of the past year: aside from general inconsistent presence in this area and on NF in general, a more specific reason was on-and-off mulling over the parameters of a particular "feat", which appeared to be potentially calculable in a productive fashion: Arceus sacrificing 5 of its 12 self-preserving Plates to produce the Orb of Life, an artifact capable of restoring vitality to an entire region (likely several dozen kilometres in expanse at minimum, given real-life geographic parallels), and demonstrated to do just that in the film, re-greening a desolate wasteland ravaged by meteorites.
However, when it came down to the actual business, I struggled to wrangle the calc's probable mechanics to any degree of meaningful accuracy or legitimacy. Badly. On top of that, when I seemed to finally parse out a vaguely acceptable result...the outcome was so miniscule (relative to the general scale of the feat) as to be largely irrelevant to not just the Orb's capabilities or Arceus, but to any Pokemon of distinction I've already chartered in this film series coverage, up to this point.
So I made the ultimate decision to eliminate this tedious writer's block entirely from my mind, by simply scrapping the notion of covering this feat altogether. Just not worth any further morsel of effort or energy to divulge in, at least in my humble opinion!
3# - Durability (Arceus vs. Giant Asteroid)
Perhaps the most famous and well-regarded feat showcased in M12: during the flashback of historic character Damos, our qilin saviour opts to wholly disregard its own well-being, and mount an explosive front charge against a particularly massive meteorite, easily of the scale with land-ending implications, as it were...
(A little embarassed to say exactly how long it took me to figure out how best to obtain the width for the meteorite, but in my defence, we receive a grand total of zero full-view shots of the asteroid from any angle that allows for both length & width viewing...)
Seems simple enough of a scaling, right?
Just lemme toss in a dash extra to make it all a bit muddier!
The vague oblong proportions of the meteorite has me feeling doubtful that assuming a basic cuboid shape for the volume formula is necessarily the most accurate or honest approach, so I decide to compromise down the middle (as I am wont to do in these calcs), and treat you to 2 separate equations:
(where a, b and c denote the diameters [full dimensions] of the measured object)
2448*1550.40*742.05 = 2,816,361,135.36 m^3
(where a, b and c denote the radii [half dimensions] of the measured object)
(1.33)*3.14*1224*775.20*371.025 = 1,470,210,921.69 m^3
So yes, a pretty radical divide across this spectrum, no doubt. But even the lower result is mighty impressive to me: not what I would've anticipated out of this feat, just from an eye test of the meteorite. I'll opt to maintain coverage of both volume result(s) going further.
There are three primary "layman" categories for asteroids by composition: C-type, S-type and M-type. "Forming around 75% of known asteroids" [C-type Wikipedia article, citation provided on page], and approx. 80% of the bollides within the outer rim of the Sol system's asteroid belt (the most probable origin point of this particular extraterrestrial menace), the C-type or carbonaceous asteroid will be the composition type I'll choose to focus on here.
Per this detailed article (page 7 of the .pdf file, Table 2 in section 4.3 ["Indirect density estimates"]), bollides with a diameter "...of a few to tens of kilometers" (bottom right of page 6 in .pdf) are simply too small to have their density pinned down to an exact science or specific equation, and thus necessitate a higher degree of ballpark estimation, utilising the density of water as a normalising control factor.
The section of aforementioned Table 2 we should be focusing on is CI->CK, or the carbonaceous chondrites. Unfortunately, lacking so much information on the Pokeverse asteroid past size, I cannot confidently stride in and select one with assurance for accuracy. Once again, I peer toward the aisle of compromise for aid: derive a mean figure out of the mean density range already provided!
1.60 + 2.25 + 3.10 + 3.03 + 2.79 + 2.85 = 15.62
15.62/6 = 2.60 g/cm^3 or 2600 kg/m^3 is the density I'll be sticking to going forward.
2816361135.36*2600 = 7,322,538,951,936 kg
1470210921.69*2600 = 3,822,548,396,394 kg
The Encylopedia Britannica article on meteors and meteoroids informs us that: "The minimum velocity with which a meteoroid can enter the atmosphere is equal to Earth's escape velocity of 11.2 km per second" (quote lifted verbatim from excerpt under "Basic features of meteors"). The sheer size of this particular asteroid, in conjunction to the obvious visual indicators of ablation in effect (immense heat emission along rocky surface, constant disintegration and splintering of original mass upon atmospheric entry), support the use of this minimal benchmark figure.
(0.5)*3822548396394*11200*11200 = 2.397502354e+20 J or 57.30 gigatons of TNT equivalent.
(0.5)*7322538951936*11200*11200 = 4.592696431e+20 J or 109.77 gigatons of TNT equivalent.
Not quite the Dinosaur Killer we're talking about here, even on the higher-end rating, but still a pretty mean mound of space rock to deal with.
Arceus single-handedly neutralises this mighty meteorite: not just through halting further advance with a direct collision, but seemingly overpowering the bollide's KE output with its own momentum, boring through the rock itself until finally triggering a large burst of light and a spectacular explosion.
Two very important notes to make:
1. This feat scales to no one [NO ONE] in the Pokeverse anime, except Arceus at 100% output. By "100% output", I define that as Arceus in its physical avatar state, with all 16* elemental Plates firmly attached to its body. This assessment is mostly reinforced by Arceus' dominant performance in combat vs. the Cosmic Dragon Trio throughout M12, despite being devoid of 5 of its life-essential Plates in that period (a little over 25% of its strength absent).
* = Predates the introduction of the Fairy-type in Generation VI of the franchise.
2. Even at full (mortal) strength and providence, the violence of the collision and resulting explosion was still easily sufficient to incapacitate Arceus, to the degree of comfortably satisfying a K.O. stipulation by general OBD standards, and even severed its connection to its many Plates to the degree of requiring external assistance to be resuscitated. This is mostly a ceiling estimate for actual durability, not a guaranteed capacity for physical endurance in a hypothetical combat scenario. Important to consider.
Still, with that being said, anime!avatar!Arceus is undoubtedly a tank that's not be to be trivially trifled with, if you're ain't packing the biggatons at least.
And with that...finally, F I N A L L Y, I conclude this chapter of feat coverage!
Pokemon Movie 12: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009)
Speed (Attack, Arceus' Judgment): Mach 2.53 - 3.065 [low-end] - Mach 4.63 - 5.62 [mid-end] - Mach 18.18 - 22.05 [high-end]
Speed (Attack, Arceus' Flamethrower): 177.12 m/s
Energy Output (Photosynthetic, Jewel of Life): Indeterminate
Energy Output (Kinetic, Giant Meteorite): 57.30 gigatons [assuming meteorite is an ellipsoid] - 109.77 gigatons [assuming meteorite is a cuboid] of TNT equivalent.
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