Hello again,fellow pearlshippers! I've been a terrible co-owner as I don't post **** in god knows how much time.But I've been watching the discussion in the shadows still!
As I didn't post much,at least now this post will be huge.And will also bring loads of memories to everyone here haha
So I was wondering what would be nice to give the thread some DP content.So I decided to make a Pearlshipping images compilation.I scattered through 191 episodes and the movie trilogy for the best images of our beloved pairing.And here it is the result:
P.S.: Not every image is directly Pearlshipping.They are all there for Pearlshipping context,as I will also describe each section of images in spoiler tags.I more or less divided the images so they are related to the timeline of the shipping.In my belief,Pearlshipping gradually grew over the time and can be divided in several stages.That's why each one has a "title".
P.S.2: Sorry for the quality of the images and occasional subtitles.
P.S.3: This is also supposed to review DP a bit ^^
The meeting,the beginning.
DP003: Well,it's here where our couple first meet.Satoshi made quite an impression being the hero once again and making Hikari look quite shocked.
DP004: So not much after they meet,they have a fight and one of the few also ^^ Pearlshipping is a very peaceful-like shipping,which I find to be awesome.Harmony is definitely a quality.This episode is the first step in making SatoHika frinedship deepen.To me,a fight in the very beginning can serve as a decider whether they were meant to be friends or not.
DP011: This episode was iconic for being the moment when Satoshi and Hikari exchange their first high-five.Later,this would turn into some of the most important symbols of the pairing.My opinion on highfives are that they express what I most liked about Pearlshipping : support,cooperation,mutual feelings.High fives can't exist without the two sides.
DP016: Well,it is not directly Pearlshippy.But I find that Hikari was trying to help out Satoshi,support him,for the first time.Like she wanted to intervene in Satoshi's business with Shinji.Hikari took a defensive behaviour which would be recurrent as one saw the other being attacked or offended by someone else.
DP018: Supportive!That's how I describe Satoshi and Hikari to one and another.This episode marked the first time Hikari would dress as a cheerleader for Satoshi.She also created some moves to help Satoshi win haha (According to the raw version).
DP027: Many will disagree on this one.But I think rivalry is healthy for shipping as well.It helps both shippings develop,but in a way...I think Pearlshipping only grew much stronger lol Thanks to Penguin being one-sided confirmed,we could see how Hikari would behave to it.
But as for the episode,Satoshi showed the same type of support Hikari gave her,and not only that.Unlike in AG,he watched all contests,and I think it was a natural way of him thanking Hikari for her support. :3
Their second high five is exchanged,and just in time for Kenny to watch it XDDD Take that !!! XD I speculate the way Kenny stared at Satoshi in some parts of the episode were because he saw some chemistry happening between Hikari and Satoshi.
They support each other.But how do they cooperate?
DP029: This episode is a milestone for SatoHika's sync.By now,we know that Satoshi and Hikari used to form an awesome team.It's also interesting to note that after they fight over something,they just grow much closer in that aspect.They became much more cooperative after this episode.
Movie 10 : The first and best of a shipping trilogy
M10 was simply amazing.And it gave the pace that the next movies in the trilogy would follow.Satoshi and Hikari worked together in dangerous situations like a real team.Movies normally resolve in an epic plot,and it seems that SatoHika exposed by the thrills just grow tighter and more explictly.Their feelings pass through easily when facing a big obstacle and that is also valid for the series(Hikari's downfall in early-mid DP).
As for the images,Satoshi and Hikari saved each other a couple of times during this movie.Since romance and heroism are one of the big thematics of the movie(just see Tonio and Alice),I decided to make a parallel with the other couple of the movie.
The last row of images demonstrates how Hikari cares for Satoshi's well being,as she gets really depressed by seeing Satoshi mourning over Darkrai's death.
Spoiler:- M10 - Parallel between SatoHika and Tonio x Alice:
If you take the second row of images from M10-Pearlshipping and compare with Tonio and Alice scenes,you will see some similarities.Why would that be important?Well,the movie also tells us a love story between Tonio and Alice beginning with a "fake-ish" act of heroism from Tonio.As the movie continues,Tonio admits it wasn't him,even so...he could make up everything by saving her afterwards.Alice definitely liked Tonio and started admiring him more after him legitly saving her.While SatoHika didn't have a hug(that would be too forced for 10 year old children as naive as Satoshi and Hikari),they held hands affectionally.It wasn't because she would fall anymore...they really held hands in a very suggestive scene!The parallel makes sense that way(look at Hikari's face and compare with Alice's face haha)
From worry to trust (Middle Early DP)
DP046: Something that would become common is one worry for another.Satoshi completely ignored Brock lol All DP was actually about Satoshi and Hikari,while Brock was left as the cook,basically.
DP049: Here it is the sart of an emotional part of DP.It was the first time Hikari would lose on the first round.Satoshi tried to cheer her up by registering her in the Tag Battle Tournament.Since both Satoshi and Hikari are quite innocent and oblivious,they don't know very well how to express their feelings,so it is suitable for Satoshi to do that as a form of helping out is friend in need.The thing that differenciates SatoHika from other couples was that they not only helped each other out,but crossed many lines to do that.They tried their best like if there wasn't anything else there.
DP054: They trusted each other a lot.Satoshi would probably never trade with anyone else.
Second time!No worries,Satoshi actually understands you
DP061: Hikari was eliminated for the second time in the first round.While Kenny didn't seem to be taking the opportunity to cheer her up(as he just accepted she was ok more or less),Satoshi proved to worry a lot about Hikari.Something others couldn't see,he could : she wasn't ok.
DP062: Miltank episode.Everyone remembers this one,right?
This period when Hikari is just down,she starts admiring even more Satoshi.She wants to be like him,never give up,she sees him as an ideal person.But then she remembered the last contest - sad she was.While Satoshi didn't seem to know why she was crying,I got another theory about this one.
Satoshi knew about it all along.He is oblvious,but not stupid.Especially in DP,Satoshi was mature enough to display feelings and understnad feelings,and as he was the only one to notice Hikari's restrained sadness in the last episode,I rarely doubt he would forget it.So I think he tried to lighten things up there.Thanks Satoshi,this really helped her c:
Hikari : Time to repay Satoshi for helping me out.
DP066: Hikari was worried she was helding Satoshi back,according to her talk with Maylene.Up until now,both proved to be pretty worried about each other,and that is just something unique about pearl.
DP068: In the last episode,Hikari battles Maylene to see if she can make her cheer up so that Satoshi can proceed in his journey.In this episode she wears again her cheerleader outfit so that she can support Satoshi's battle.
DP069: After the effort to solve Satoshi's problems(yeah,I think Hikari did it :3),after Brock mentioning how Hikari should be the one to be thanked(and she didn't care much about Brock saying that xDDD) Satoshi agreed(then she gave a **** xD She cutely blushed after being recognized by Satoshi,and I think that was her intention : making sure Satoshi also acknowledged her effort to help him haha).
Admiration and discoveries(maybe?)
DP075: This episode always gave me a lot to think about,especially the last image.The two first images are about Hikari admiring Satoshi by the window haha
She said he was amazing,she always seem to be admiring Satoshi : D
As for the last picture,this was taken after Champion Wallace said some interesting stuff(In the raw,at least).He said that the most important thing for a trainer/coordinator was to love.Without love,your pokemons wouldn't shine.Hikari agreed and immediately looked at Satoshi with an astonished face.Would she be recognizing a small crush on him?Or maybe she would be recognizing him as one of the persons who yield that power to love?Either way,I like this scene because they left it a bit unnoticed and unexplained.Satoshi looked at Hikari after this scene with a doubtful expression.The way Hikari reacted resembles pretty well her expression when Lyra asked if Satoshi was her boyfriend.
Hmmm hmmmm what would that scene mean?Even after much thoughts on entire DP,I still don't know haha But looking at the bright side,that makes it even more interesting ^^
Hikari is shy, but not when she is in "danger" or scared.
DP82: Just as the movie proved,exposing them to scary or dangerous situations makes shipping more viable,especially when the two are so innocent c;
The first two pics answers a bit what Lyra would ask Hikari: "Who would you choose?" Clearly,it seems Satoshi is the most interesting option for her.
After the episode of basically the two being together,Satoshi asks her to dance haha While it may not have been the best answer possible,being completely crushed by a similar time in OS between Satoshi and Misty,that is not completely true! It seems Hikari was a bit shy about the reaction of others haha She was a bit shy,and - to be honest - I don't know what the last image really meant.Was she relieved by the fact that she could escape the dance?Or was she relieved by the fact she didn't know how to handle the dance with a boy?Or did she sigh in disappointment that Satoshi went anyway?Many possible interpretations.I think she is shy and didn't like much that Satoshi went anyway.
M11 : Cooperate to win once again!
Another movie that Satoshi and Hikari were the stars,while Brock was left in the background xD
I don't have much to say about the movie actually.The images are out of order because I forgot about the last one,which is just something interesting.Satoshi saved Hikari once again,and he always seem to save her in the most suggestive ways XD
High Touch!,Symbolism and defending each other verbally and physically.
High Touch: Basically the pearlshipping anthem.They tlak about being there for each other,their gratitude for one and another.The song is awesome,I can't describe it here :3
DP106: Satoshi decided to defend Hikari by risking his own while Piloswine was charging against her.Quite similar to what happen in movies.
DP108:Hikari gets very angry at both Brock and the gym guy saying that Satoshi was in disadvantage in the match.
DP113: Subtle as a real hint but very screamy as a symbol.Luvdiscs haha
DP114: It's time for Satoshi to defend Hikari when Ursula offended her.
The rivals reappear!
DP123: This episode may seem very Penguinshippy,but to be honest...for me it just reassures the obvious: Kenny likes Hikari haha.As for Pearlshipping,Hikari would dedicate the contest win to Satoshi :3
But she lost anyway loloolol
.The images I put are actually very subtle may-be-hints from Satoshi's side.Hikari was flattered by Kenny saying she was his objective,Satoshi looked a bit jelly?Idk,he didn't seem very fond of the sentence whatsoever(look at his face).He then suggested Hikari should overcome him then! Idk,I found it nice to Satoshi very subtly get jealous.
DP133:Satoshi's rival destroyed him literally lol Hikari made a weird play to cheer Satoshi up.It was very awkward,but the intention is what counts.Satoshi enjoyed it,and I think Hikari made that as she cannot express herself so well,just as Satoshi can't went it comes to feelings.It's cute in her own way,you know?
M12 : Partnership and Innocence
I actually won't say much about the movie again.First because my memory is quite rusty,I already remember too much about DP(everything I typed here I know by head).Second because the movie reassures what the other two already did,which is very welcomed
It just again comes to my mind that they are Soul Mates :3 They just work too well when they cooperate. <3 The way they played with each other is what I would expect from a couple that is quite dense on how close they were to each other c;
Kotone,the Pearl Cupid.
DP144: These HGSS series here were just awesome,shipping-wise.Not only the writers made a parallel between the two couples in the group but also made Kotone realize about it,so that it isn't just an outside the anime conclusion but an in-the-anime conclusion as well.As for the episode,notice what I said about DP075 X DP144 haha I actually don't think Hikari was lying about never giving it a thought though.She was being honest and it is quite in-character of her.She is quite dense,just as Satoshi so she probably never gave it a thought.That's what Kotone was there for,she made Hikari wake up,at least a bit.
DP145:This episode is the second in a series of shippiness.In this,Kotone tests out how switching couples would work together.While it seemed that they worked out pretty well,Satoshi and Hikari entered in an argument xD Satoshi wassn't very fond the other couple was doing well and decided to go ahead and woops,almost died! XD So the argument was about why was he so reckless when it comes to pokemon.And Satoshi tld Hikari that she didn't know him that well,and then the argument started.Kotone noticed how much they liked each other by that small fight(Hikari was angry Satoshi could get hurt by being reckless).Kotone also realizes that maybe she and Kazunari are also somewhat of a couple.Then in the same episode,the switched couples are separated and *drums* the original couples are back together.As you can all see,by the third image Hikari saw Satoshi in the dark and was relieved,just as Kazunari could find Kotone.Symbolic,to say the least.The couples were now back to where they belong.
DP146:Kotone tries to tease Satoshi now.Since he is all dense,he didn't get why Kotone asked him if she looked pretty.Kotone was disappointed,but then Brock added that Hikari also didn't understand.Once again SatoHika exchange a high five and then Kotone smiled saying they liked each other.By this point,she realized that her efforts to unite the two would be in vain for the time being.They were just too dense,too innocent for that now...but Kotone was sure that they would one day realize that they were made for each other(like soul mates haha).One of the reasons to make it more believable is that Satoshi actually said Hikari was the best,even if it isn't the word PRETTY it is damn close when it comes to Satoshi.
DP147:This shipping overdose ends in a high note.Kotone realizes she may hold feelings for Kazunari,she realizes that SatoHika is indeed strong as she can relate their possible love with hers and Kazunari's one.And we get a tag battle,with the right couples this time.SatoHika wins and displays how strong their bond is.
Support to the limits
DP154: Another support episode.Hikari probably wasted her night sleep to make the "silver dust" to help Satoshi in his training.And everything suggested they stayed the whole night awake so that Gliscor could learn everything about the wind.I can just imagine how romantic it was :3 The two there alone in the wind by the moon's light <3
DP161: So Satoshi was worired about Hikari's state after she fell unconscious.When she woke up,Satoshi received her with hot milk.Even being Brocks idea,Hikari was all over thanking Satoshi haah
Another high five is exchanged by the end of the episode,as a celebration for her passing through the appeal round.
Decision times!Rivals vs Satoshi
I didn't put Grand Festival here,but it is valid to say Satoshi was just as supposertive as Hikari was during the League.But there are more important episodes here.
DP177: The Grand Festival ended and so did Hikari's journey.The history repeat itself: During BF,May was invited to go to Johto by Drew,she refused for the time being to finish watching Satoshi's final Frontier Brain challenge.But she went to Johot anyways.Similarly,Hikari refuses Nozomi's request to go to Snowpoint with her.The only real difference is that she didn't have plans to follow Nozomi afterwards.She actually could have stayed with Satoshi if it wasn't for the Pokelist thing
and her mom.Seriously,she should have stayed quiet.
Nozomi was the first rival to "fall" (no offense intended,just for analysis purpose).
DP179: Hikari dresses up again for Satoshi's last gym battle.
DP180: This episode.This episode.This episode made people flip up tables and break everything XD In all honesty,this episode was a WIN,not a LOSS.
The images in the second row are self-explanatory(ish).
The first is not pearlshipping(obvious) but it is supposed to give context to the episode.So Kenny wanted to battle for Hikari(haha he wanted to bet a girl in a battle,way to go xD).Satoshi was just dense as always and Hikari is dense but not thaaat dense,mainly cause even if people claim her to be female Satoshi,she is still FEMALE first,so she is more aware than him just as others girls are as well.She got what Kenny meant,probably.(very probably).Though she didn't once said she would take that possibility in consideration(I mean,using the battle as a judge).Later,Hikari was telling Jasmine about something "personal",you would think it was about Kenny..but NO.Apparently it wasn't! XDD She just said she wanted to become a Top Coordinator,but for now she was thinking about cheering for Satoshi.She also mentioned she didn't know what she would do after.Kenny was stalking her
(as per usual)
and Brock tried to help him out because,he probably identifies Kenny as the underdog,just as he always is.The first image of the second row was how Satoshi was taking the battle : as training.It is one of the reasons why I really didn't like Brock's behaviour,he just hid everything under the curtain and Satoshi was unaware the battle meant something more.If it meant,he wouldn't be reckless nor anything.It didn't really work out for Kenny anyways,so I won't complain.The last image closes the chapter in my opinion.Hikari was quite sad Satoshi lost,so I really don't know how could this episode be anti-pearl.It was all screaming Pearl and Hikari's preference for Satoshi.The "handsome" comment is just a dub hype that first of all: Didn't make sense at all in the context,second that the original says "kinda cool" and this could just suggest she wanted him to feel a little better,she isn't the mean type afterall ^^ Her decision seems a lot clearer by the last episode of DP or by the post-DP episodes.She didn't even remember about Kenny request haha
VERY different from May's reactions and intentions and
(I am sorry,advancedshippers...but this was VERY SHOVED on our faces)
So yeah,I got enough reasons to not face Penguin as the new Contestshipping or murderer of Pearl.
Plus I think Hikari really didn't like the whole Pikari/Dee-Dee thing,it traumatized her
Horrayz for Pearl,I think it won!
Hikari's admiration,gratitude (and maybe passion?) for Satoshi was stronger.
The Final Showdown.The league!
DP185: Hikari dresses Piplup to cheer for Satoshi.I think she was a bit embarrassed(remember the dance thing I said?) about what others would think of her dressing ALONE as a cheerleader for Satoshi haha
DP185-8: Her expressions here are golden and there are plenty of them.I wouldn't put everything here.
Meanwhile,she isn't really thinking about her future anymore lol Hikari enters a don't care mode to the world when it comes to Satoshi.
DP189: She does an in-anime HighTouch scene,she wants Satoshi to go forwards,but wants to state that she supports him still.Haha,they end up laughing together.
Memories are Pearls!Friendship is a Diamond!
First of all,the title of the episode is the title of the section for a good reason: It is simply amazing as a title.It also describes very well SatoHika.Notice the word "friendship" not "friendships".The memories are precious just like pearls,not only for us(and a LOT for me,I always get teary in this episode) but for Satoshi and Hikari.They will never forget what they've been through.Their friendship is eternal or unbreakable as a Diamond.
As for the episode itself,Hikari didn't have plans to leave the group.Satoshi actually suggested that they could go to Pallet.Plot device came and random Pokelist stuff came with it.The first image shows how her first Pokemon(that became pretty much Pikachu 2.0 as Hikari started doing like Satoshi) felt about the separation.Hikari was definitely sad,and her pokemon transmitted that.She could endure it pretty well,till the last scenes.She asked Satoshi to wait a bit before getting in the boat,and raised her hand for their last high five.Satoshi smiled widely.Not much after the boat started to move,she got depressed(just as Piplup did before),she could be cheered up by Satoshi screaming her name and her catchphrase.My favorite shot of Hikari comes next,her smile simply won the day as she tried to run for the boat and screaming good luck to everyone.And that is how DP ended,and our Pearlshipping came to a close ^^ I can't deny the story had many chapters and each one enhanced their bond one way or another.I was satisfied by all the content,even though I still find it quite sad that they are now separated,which isn't what soul mates are supposed to be :c
But as I think they are soul mates,they will definitely cross paths again,and when the time comes,they will realize this "almost spiritual" bond they share.
But for now,let pearls be their memories of each other and let their friendship be preserved as a diamond.
Well,that's it.For anyone could read the entire thing,my sincere thanks.It was a pleasure doing this for my OTP.