Pokemon Vol. #13: Wake Up Snorlax (Mania.com)

By:Andrew Tei
Review Date: Sunday, September 14, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2000



What They Say
Eevee Evolve!

When young Mikey isipressured byihis big brothersito evolve his Eevee before it's ready, it isiupito Ash, Pikachu andifriendsito teachia Pokemon lesson. Then, Snorlax takesia napiin theispring that suppliesia town with water! Can anybody wake him up!? And finally, when two Pokemon gyms brawlifor theirightito become an official gym, Ash, Misty, Brock anditheir Pokemon are caughtiin theimiddle. Which side will they take, andihow isiTeam Rocket involvediin all this?

The Review!
Evolution is the answer, on this next volume of Pokémon.

Audio:

The English language stereo soundtrack on this DVD sounds clear. All sound is directed to the front soundstage, and no directionality is used.

Video:

Either this DVD features a lot of the darkening effect that 4Kids uses to reduce the possibility of seizures in viewers (like this works) or the DVD’s picture quality appeared soft through most of the DVD. The parts that are good are bright and clear. Very little macro blocking was present, but there were trace amounts of line shimmering.

Packaging:

A sleeping Snorlax gets the front with Ash desperately trying to wake it up. Pikachu is frolicking around the Snorlax. The cover seems pretty plain, but a sleeping Pokémon isn’t all that exciting. The back cover features Eevee surrounded by his three different possible evolutions with a blurry Stone Town in the background. A quick description of each episode is also present, plus episode titles. A chapter insert inside is just a picture of the menu on the DVD.

Menu:

The same familiar menu consists of just a chapter selection scene where you can select an episode, the opening, or the ending.

Extras:

None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

Filler, filler, and more filler on this disc.

First up on our plate isThe Battling Eevee Brothers which starts with the gang finding an abandoned Eevee near Stone Town. Stone Town specializes in having stones that can cause a Pokémon to evolve to its next form. It turns out the Eevee belongs to a boy named Mikey, who’s brothers are pressuring him to make his Eevee evolve. An Eevee is special since it can evolve into three different Pokémon depending on what type of evolution stone is used on it. Mikey doesn’t want to though, but he can’t seem to communicate that to his brothers.

Music charms the savage beast in Wake Up Snorlax!. As the group passes by a town, they discover that the river besides the town has completely stopped flowing, thereby stopping food production at the town. Despite this, one of the town members feeds our starving group. In return, they travel up the river to discover why the river has stopped running. In front of the spring for the river, they find that a Snorlax has completely blocked the flow of water. Now they have to find a way to wake him up, and they’ll even try using Team Rocket’s help.

Two rival Pokémon Gyms, the Yas and Kaz Gyms, are battling inShowdown at Dark City in order to become the official Pokémon Gym in the town. The battling between the two Gyms has spilled onto the streets, and now everyone in town hates the two gyms. Team Rocket has joined sides with the Kaz Gym, and Ash makes the mistakes of beating them in public. The Yas Gym then attempts to recruit Ash, Misty, and Brock to join their forces. After Ash sees how the Yas Gym treats their Pokémon, he turns them down also. How can this turf war end though?

A lot of the game creeps into the first two episodes on this DVD. While we saw one type of evolution stone earlier (the Moon stone), the first episode here focuses on the rest of the evolution stones, and why trainers use them. In the second episode, the Pokémon flute comes into play, as in the Gameboy game you must use the flute to move a sleeping Snorlax out of the way. The last episode is just a waste of time. Nothing much exciting happened on this DVD, and I found that I couldn’t get interested in what was going on. Only a DVD for the serious Pokémon collector.

Features
English Language

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36” Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears




Mania Grade: C+
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: C+
Packaging Rating: C+
Menus Rating: C-
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 24.95
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Pokemon