Pokemon Vol. #45: Team Green (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2001
What They Say
It's time for Chikorita, Sunflora and a Hoppip-impersonating Oddish to grow out of old habits and mature. Fortunately, they have Brock, Ash, and Nurse Joy to help them. Even Team Rocket gives an accidental assist as their plots predictably backfire - Team Rocket's blasting off again!
Our gang has a few more encounters on their way to the Azalea Gym.
This English language only release comes with a basic stereo mix that has all sound directed towards the front sound stage. Dialogue and sound are clear though.
Another decent release from Pioneer and Viz here. There were no major compression related problems, though you can notice some macro artifacting in a few of the sky background. There?s a little line shimmering present, but nothing distracting.
The next packaging in the Gold & Silver sequence is a gold keep case for this volume. On the cover, is another of Team Rocket?s machines, with Chikorita, Pikachu, and Meowth on the bottom of the cover. It?s not a very Pokémon like image. A volume label of 45 is present on the top security tag. The back lists the three episodes present on the DVD, and has Pikachu playing with a Sunflora. Hoppip is the Pokémon featured on the back this time with statistics. Inside we have a chapter insert, and a holocard featuring Bulbasaur performing its razor leaf attack.
The menu is a very simple selection screen featuring a Pokédex. You can start from the opening, the beginning of one of the episodes, or the end credits. The menu is static and has no audio.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Team Green! has the gang reach the town of Bloomingdale where a contest is about to begin for the local Sunflora Pokémon. A local Sunflora trainer, Sunresa, is having problems with her Sunflora being depressed. Ash, Misty, and Brock try to help find out what?s wrong with the Sunflora before the contest starts. Unfortunately, they can?t seem to come up with anything until they rescue Meowth who was caught trying to steal a Sunflora to enter the contest with. Meowth communicates with the Sunflora for the team to find out what?s wrong, and the solution is simple. Now they just have to win the contest, and stop Team Rocket from stealing all the Sunflora, but is that what they are really after?
The next episode, Chikorita?s Big Upset starts with Ash battling another trainer?s Ratticate with Chikorita. The battle is going well, until Chikorita gets tired. When Ash tries to recall Chikorita though, it refuses causing the match to eventually end with no winner. Afterwards, back at the Pokémon Center, Chikorita refuses to eat with the other Pokémon. The Nurse Joy here though, is skilled in Pokémon psychology, and finds out that Chikorita is jealous of Pikachu. That night, Chikorita runs off, and finds itself facing some fighting Pokémon. Pikachu follows Chikorita off into the night. The next morning, the gang has to try and find them, and Team Rocket is ready to find both Pikachu and Chikorita first.
As they continue their journey towards Azalea Town, Ash and friends pass through a grass field with lots of grass type Pokémon inFoul Weather Friend. Soon, they encounter a Hoppip, which gets carried away by the wind. A girl named Mariah catches the Hoppip, and we discover she?s a weather forecaster. She uses the seven Hoppip she has to gauge how strong the wind is. Unfortunately, she also has an Oddish that is determined to act like a Hoppip. A major storm comes though, and destroys Mariah?s house and blows all the Hoppip away. Oddish doesn?t get blown away, so it helps to lead the recovery effort for the lost Hoppip.
We have three episodes of absolute filler here, as Ash makes his way to the next Gym. Brock continues to find ways to get to the ladies, and Misty is always on his ear to lead him away. Poor guy. Anyway, this is only for the completist fan.
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: B
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Viz Media
Running time: 70
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2