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October 2nd, 2018, 2:03 am

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posted by NikuComics on October 2nd, 2018, 2:06 am


wait is gengar holding a CABBAGE

posted by Guest on October 2nd, 2018, 2:13 am


Its probably not a cabbage, unless it is a cabbage. Lovrina hurt Darkrai very deeply, and is this the first time he has referred to her as his Partner?

posted by Feartheswans on October 2nd, 2018, 2:24 am


Seriously after everything he still referred to Lovrina as his partner O_O

posted by Lupinred (Guest) on October 2nd, 2018, 2:32 am


Poor Darkrai and Victini...Both transformed and traumatized by Lovrina. If I was a Lunala...I'd Moongeist beam her to the distortion world and ask Giratina to punish her for her sins.

posted by Lunala Lady on October 2nd, 2018, 2:38 am


Please don't refer that walking hell as you partner anymore....
You deserve better, Darkrai...

posted by ILeninVelikyNamPutOzaril on October 2nd, 2018, 2:40 am


Well I understand, Darkrai. U-U

posted by AndreTheLugia on October 2nd, 2018, 6:45 am


Not a cabbage, what he's holding is just wrapped in leaves like a package wrapped in paper.

posted by Hero of Comedy on October 2nd, 2018, 6:49 am

  aww dang

It's probably best if they talk to Darkari about Lovrina, and this "Partner" business. Darkari considers himself captured. There is ALWAYS an opt out and this whole ordeal screams of opt out to me.

posted by biblioholic (Guest) on October 2nd, 2018, 6:52 am


Darkrai don't yell at Jen ;^;
Or y'know, at all
Everyone's a bean here you must protecc each other

posted by WiispNightmare on October 2nd, 2018, 8:06 am


Someone go up and hug him he needs a hug rn

posted by Neolancer on October 2nd, 2018, 8:26 am


Nice touch with the hay moving with Darkrai getting up.

posted by orgostevani on October 2nd, 2018, 11:31 am

Darkrai's Partner?

Panel's six and seven, captures the whole page. Poor Darkrai is remembering their toxic relationship. @Neolancer I agree, Darkrai Needs a Hug

posted by SmartTurtle04 on October 2nd, 2018, 12:02 pm


@SmartTurtle04 he needs to understand that he has the right to choose his partner, and that his partner needs to be worthy of him, Lovrina is not worthy of that. Let her be on the receiving end of things and have her understand what it was like, even if she is a sociopath or psychopath, she should understand what he went through, maybe she needs to have a partner who can foce her to be a pokemon, I have a feeling she isn't going to be able to be human anymore and maybe that will be the Proverbial straw. One can hope she can see. Because she needs to hit rock bottom...hard, and fast. Maybe when that happens and she learns, maybe, just maybe she might get some sympathy and the ablity to earn that trust back, but as the pokemon with Darkrai as the trainer, can we get fan art of Darkrai in a train outfit like Ash ketcham and a very annoyed Lovrina as the pokemon being told to battle and do a move. It would be so much poetic Justice even if it isn't going to be can in the story.

posted by MercenaryX on October 2nd, 2018, 12:45 pm


I think I can guess the origin of "partner".

Remember at the end of Explorers, Darkrai had been punished by Palkia and as a result was wounded and had amnesia. Darkrai was left to traverse both the human and PMD worlds until one day he was corrupted by an evil stone in the human region of Almia (this leads to the Pokemon Ranger game Darkrai is involved in).

After Darkrai was freed, he unfortunately ran into Team Cipher and eventually Lovrina. Maybe at first, Darkrai and Lovrina started well with him not knowing it was a facade until the day everything changed happened...

What's not known is how Darkrai recovered his memories. Was it because of the events of that one Pokemon Ranger game? Was it due to Team Cipher's treachery? It's anyone's guess at this point...

posted by Ngamer01 on October 2nd, 2018, 2:23 pm


That's right, I forgot that the Pokemon term for trainers was partners. I was a bit confused when I read that at first until I remembered that in the games Gardevoir and Grovyle referred to their human companions as "partners"

posted by VelvetRainbow on October 2nd, 2018, 4:08 pm

  Am I Permitted to be Angry?

Well, considering that your anger drives you to do things like decapitate Dialga and lay nightmare curses on people, even if they totally deserve it, scare poor Jen, and break Mewtwo's nose... maybe not.

But, why, Lovrina, why?

And how can Darkrai hold the hurting in so well?

Also, Wes, giving commands to XD002, the Shadow-crazed Myth, is probably not the course of wisdom.

posted by Nightingale (Guest) on October 2nd, 2018, 4:40 pm

Lovrina at Rock Bottom.

@MercenaryX, Nicely put speech, and Darkrai does deserves better.... But riddle me this:

What exactly is "Rock Bottom" for Lovrina?

1) Lovrina was put in a never ending nightmare by Darkrai, and wakes up like it was a dream.)

2) On top of that she wakes up a prisioner in a Pokemon's body. (And is not freaked out at all that she is a pokemon).

3) She is threatened by Wes, to be afraid of Mewtwo who she attempts to BLACKMAIL.

4) She get's roasted alive by Darkrai's speech.

5) She does all this with a stare of utter confusion.

Conclusion: She fears nothing, and regrets nothing, how does she have a rock bottom?

(Also, That would be awsome if Mewtwo and Darkrai had a Pokemon Battle as trainers, and Lovrina lost to either a Metapod, Wobbuffet, or Magikarp.)

posted by SmartTurtle04 on October 2nd, 2018, 5:18 pm


@SmartTurtle04 Darkrai forgives her, it is the worst thing he can do to her because it says that she is beneath him, more so th as that it is a cleaning of the poison that is in him, be it Literal or metaphorical, he needs to let go or else it could keep building up in him and could possibly kill him.

And Darkrai and Mewtwo? Darkrai uses Lovrina and Mewtwo uses her sister Jen, Wes who is getting good at this, or N who might feel like he could do this to understand pokemon even more then before?

posted by MercenaryX on October 2nd, 2018, 5:36 pm


but she did

posted by darth deebious the wise on October 2nd, 2018, 6:54 pm


Well, I guess the good thing is, partnerships too can be dissolved. Of course, maybe he already has and is only saying this to deflect Wes, though that's probably hoping at straws at this point.

A lot what this reminds me of is the many, many companies who refer to their lowest employees with some pretentious shuck-and-jive title like "sales associate" or "team member" to their faces - and as "human resources" behind their backs. The same dynamic is in play here. Darkrai truly wanted to befriend Lovrina, but to Lovrina he was just a tool, inferior, unworthy of any dignity. Dress it up with words like "partner" all you want, this is what happens when people become mere things.

The strange part is, I would say that working in customer service has kind of given me a taste of what Darkrai is feeling and thinking like here. Work in such a job for any length of time and you will feel it. Hopping salty, yet still submissive out of some sense of duty or powerlessness, fully aware that your soul is dying inside you but compelled to hide it or else get written up and your hours (that you need more of to eat) cut. I worked for "a certain US fast food chain that charges Wendy's prices for food one level above McDonald's" for almost two years and it ruined me. Even still, months later, I have symptoms which I can trace to that place. I'm still terrified of being considered inadequate, and will do incredibly stupid things just to prove I'm not a slacker. I'm shaken any time I have to give a manager bad news - even though the nature of my current job means we have never met face-to-face and communicate only by phone or e-mail. And worst of all, I unconsciously apply these attitudes to other people in my life who never put a foot wrong themselves. I'm an adult and should be able to stand for myself like one, but instead I freeze up mentally and cower like a child whenever anyone with a title or a slightly angry voice starts talking to me, while still getting violently angry inside. I know I don't have to answer to them or take what they're saying personally, but I still feel like I'm under their thumb and have no real recourse.

posted by Shotgun Chuck on October 2nd, 2018, 7:09 pm


yeah this is good.

posted by comercole on October 2nd, 2018, 9:56 pm

Darkrai Letting Go

@MercenaryX, So basically, Darkrai is forgiving her so he can move on, and heal. This is good for him, and everyone around him. Thank you.

posted by SmartTurtle04 on October 2nd, 2018, 11:09 pm


No @SmartTurtle04
I mean he HAS to do this, right now he is on stage 3 and 4 of grief really. But for him to save himself, he needs to let go of the pain, find a partner in Jen possibly, someone who won't abandon him or hurt him again.

But once he forgives her, which is what I think will break Loveina, he can have that healing he needs so badly.

As for hitting that breaking point, I think it will drive Lovrina nuts trying to figure out his game when all it is isn't any kind of plan but him trying to cleanse the poison that his anger and hate has caused him and others. I can see Lovrina trying to figure it out until the point where it finally drives her nuts and breaks her mind. Only then when she is nothing but peices can anyone start to help her. It is less growing up really and more understanding what she did wrong and fixing it. That is my hope at least for these two.

posted by MercenaryX on October 2nd, 2018, 11:56 pm


@MercenaryX, Well said, sorry if I misunderstood, Thank you.

posted by SmartTurtle04 on October 3rd, 2018, 11:36 am

  Quite interesting

This is an interesting concept, seeing as everyone's trying to keep Darkrai from going shadow nuts, but Darkrai wants to confront his anger without anyone looming over his shoulder like some kind of thought police. And without any sort of shadow nonsense happening.

It really bangs home the progress Darkrai has made, to be absolutely livid and yet still be in complete control over his actions.

posted by Muddy (Guest) on October 3rd, 2018, 6:04 pm


@SmartTurtle04 It's all good, what matters is that all this leads to back to the theme of redemption and forgiveness.

posted by MercenaryX on October 3rd, 2018, 8:14 pm


Darkrai doesn't need a trainer, he needs what Mewtwo has, a friend. I realize that caught pokemon probably see being a captured by a trainer differently than humans would, but at some point, he's gotta come to terms with the fact that Lovrina's not worth it. She might ne be clinically insane, but her choices still caused pain. Sometimes you just have to accept the hand you're given and try to make the best of what you do have. He has friends, Wes, Jen, Gengar, etc.) If you can't let go of the past and move on, then those feelings will consume you. Mewtwo has already learned that the hard way from people like Ash and N.

She doesn't deserve forgiveness. She doesn't deserve him as a partner. It's time to move on.

And as for Lovrina, I only hope that her blank stares are just an act, and that she's just trying to suppress what she's done by lying to herself. To me, it just wouldn't be very satisfying to see it revealed that she feels nothing after everything she's done. I realize there are people out there like that in real life, but it still pisses me off that murderers can still avoid the death penalty by reasons of insanity. If you take a life intentionally, you should lose your life, period.

posted by Guest on October 3rd, 2018, 10:50 pm

For the sake of her research

Lovrina ruined the lives of both Victini and Darkrai. Though Darkrai considers her as a partner, she had to ruin that by putting him through hell. Darkrai has more reasons to be angry but he still wants to know why she even did that to him in the first place.

May she atone for what she has done or forever burn in the nightmares her conscience will bring forth in the night.

posted by Haowureyon on October 3rd, 2018, 11:21 pm


I wonder if Darkrai is saying Lovrina is their partner for purely sybolic reasons, it's clear their relationship doesn't deserve such a name.

Also blue eyes, so we are quite fine right now.

posted by Wolfier (Guest) on October 4th, 2018, 12:18 am


Jen needs to be Darkrai's partner. It might be the only way to heal him fully.

posted by MercenaryX on October 4th, 2018, 5:15 pm

  The cure for everything

Cabbage, my friend, is the answer for your problems. Here, *puts cabbage beside darkari, this is all you need.

posted by Nosh Ware on October 4th, 2018, 7:07 pm


I really love the way you drew Darkrai in the third and fifth panels, they could be icons!

posted by Ocean Jasper (Guest) on October 7th, 2018, 5:01 pm