Dudes. Remember that kinda neat grim n’ gritty live-action Pok?mon fan trailer from last week? The one that someone had tried to pretend was a real trailer, so they added in some shaky-cam and crowd noise? Well, the regular trailer is now out, and it turns out the damn thing is totally awesome. First of all, I can actually tell its subtitled Pok?mon: Apok?lypse; second, it takes Pok?mon battles to its inevitable, cock-fighting end; the effects are great (for a fan trailer, come on), and the dude who plays Brock keeps his eyes closed the whole time. Outstanding. Please, please, give this a watch. And if happen to be the geniuses behind this trailer, please, please, don’t pull anymore of that handy-cam bullshit again. You made your awesome video almost unwatchable — you just outsmarted yourself. That’s something Team Rocket would do. Thanks for everyone who sent this in.
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