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Pokémon: Indigo League Season 1 Blu-ray Review

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The first season of the original “Pokémon” series hits Blu-ray in a special Champion’s Edition set.

Having reviewed random sets from different seasons in the past, I have finally been given the chance to go back to the beginning and watch the debut season of “Pokémon” known as Indigo League. The 52 episode first season introduces us to Ash who is dreaming of becoming a Pokémon master. First, however, he has to begin training and get his first Pokémon (which we all know is Pikachu). Throughout the season, we see Ash meeting his trusted pals Misty and Brock as they travel and adventure together. Among the events that occur this season are Ash trying to get Gym Badges, Ash struggling with his dream, Ash learning to capture Pokémon (such as Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Jigglypuff), Pokémon battles, Ash and co. helping people, and, of course, endless encounters with the villainous Pokémon thieves known as the Rocket Leagues. Fans can also expect to see plots about destructive Pokémon, a Pokémon race, injuries and ailments (mostly involving Pikachu), and ghost Pokémon.

Having not grown up with “Pokémon” but always being aware of it, it was an interesting experience to see how it all began 20 years later. Honestly, it’s not much different from series that follow it that I have seen. The show definitely has a formula and a set amount of plots as the characters go from town to town, engage in Pokémon battles, squabble with Team Rocket, and deal with some sort of Pokémon problem or mishap. That’s pretty much all that happens in the fairly one-note show. With that being said, I can understand the appeal that the franchise has especially outside the show. As someone who appreciates collecting things and or collectibles, “Pokémon” definitely has so much to offer in various mediums where it be video games, card games, toys, and what have you. It makes you feel like you are apart of that universe.

As for the actual show, the early episodes are the most appealing as you feel like you are journeying with Ash and experiencing this weird world with him. After awhile though, it all becomes very samey and repetitious, but that’s to be expected with a lot of animated series.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 4:3 1080p. How does it look? Truthfully, you can’t really tell it is in hi-def. It looks like a standard def release for the most part. With that said, the colors are sharper but the transfers aren’t likely to wow anyone.

Audio Track: 2.0 English dub. How does it sound? The English dub itself is passable while the audio quality is pretty solid. There is no Japanese track here though in case fans out there were wondering.

Extras: A Pikachu Sweet Potato recipe card, a “Pokémon Adventures” manga sampler which contains chapters 1-4 of volume 1, “Who’s That Pokémon?” guessing games, and the complete Pokérap.

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January 28, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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