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Pokémon The Series: XYZ Set 1 DVD Review

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The first set of “Pokémon The Series: XYZ” is hit-and-miss.

In the first 24 episodes of “Pokémon The Series: XYZ,” Ash, Clemont, Serena, and Bonnie discover a special new type of Pokémon Bonnie later names Squishy. As it turns out, Squishy is being sought by the ever meddlesome Team Rocket and a mysterious group of people known as Team Flare. Among the other plots scattered about this season are the Z creature (which may or may not be tied to Squishy), Quilladin falling in love with Eevee, Nurse Joy, Pyroar, bad dreams, a Ninja army, the Frogadier Pokemon, Serena trying to get her third Princess Key and become the Kalos Queen, co-owners of the Binacle Pokémon, Pokémon battles (involving everyone from Pikachu to Dedenne), and Ash struggling in his quest to get the eighth Kalos Gym Badge.

For those that can’t get enough of the Pokémon franchise, you’ll be happy to know that Viz Media has now released the first volume of “Pokémon The Series: XYZ.” Even though my personal experience with Pokémon is fairly limited, I can say that XYZ is an improvement over what I have previously seen…to a degree.

Right off the bat, I found the arcs involving the characters of Ash, Serena, Squishy and Z to be the show’s strong suits. The series is at its best when it’s more focused on mystery based stories and character emotions instead of throwaway one off episodes with kid friendly antics and or tiresome Pokémon battles. On the downside, the character and story arcs are only a chunk of the 24 episodes. More often than not, viewers must bare witness to the whiney kid Bonnie, cutesy Pokémon characters with squeaky voices, and endless battles. For some viewers, that is all fun material and that’s perfectly fine. I’m glad people derive enjoyment out of this show. For me, however, those elements detracts from the interesting elements of the show.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? Having previously reviewed the Johto League Champions set, I must say the animation quality was decidedly better in XYZ and this transfer definitely reflects that.

Audio Track: Unspecified English Audio Track. How does it sound? However one may feel about some of the voice acting, this track does the job.

No extras.

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September 17, 2017 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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