Pokemon Vol. #17: Picture Perfect (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2000
What They Say
Team Rocket has taken control of police-officer Jenny's Arcanine corps!? What will Ash and his friends do? Then, shake hands with Snap, the world's best Pokemon photographer! Later, Ash learns that he can enter the Pokemon league if he passes a Pokemon exam! How much Poke-trivia does Ash really know? Plus, meet Team Rocket members Butch and Cassidy! Do Jessy, James and Meowth have even worse enemies than Ash? Season One, Episodes 49-52--the final 4 episodes of the first TV season!
In an amazing turn of events, there are four Pokémon episodes on this DVD! Let?s get started then.
The English language soundtrack here is stereo, yet there is no directionality present at all. All sound is directed towards the front sound stage. Dialogue and sound effects are clear.
Despite going up to four episodes, the video quality of this DVD looked good. No mpeg artifacts were present, including line shimmering or cross coloration. Colors were bright and clear.
The front cover has a beautiful picture of Ash hugging Pikachu without realizing a picture is being taken of them. It?s a great shot that shows how much Ash and Pikachu care for each other. Snap is in the foreground with his camera. On the back cover, we have more pictures of Pokémon and the gang. There?s also a cute Growlithe. Episode titles and a short one sentence description completes the cover.
The same familiar menu consists of just a chapter selection scene where you can select an episode, the opening, or the ending.
Inside, we have an Electric Pikachu Boogaloo, the start of a whole new Pokémon mini-comic.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
A new friend joins our trio on the way to Cinnabar Island and the seventh Pokémon badge.
In The Case of the K-9 Caper, Ash, Misty, and Brock accidentally wind up at a police canine unit training session that is made up of Growlithe. Team Rocket spots the puppy squad and makes it the next target on their hit list. Ash also gets the bright idea of having Pikachu attend a few of the training classes with the Growlithe. Of course, the classes start at 4:00 AM in the morning, and Ash is supposed to take the same course that Pikachu does! Of course, how can Team Rocket even hope to take the canine unit by directly attacking a police training center? Their plan is cunning though and when they get the Growlithe to obey their commands, what can Officer Jenny do?
Voyeurism is the main subject in Pokémon Paparazzi. Ash notices a lens being pointed at him from the bushes and thinks a sniper is after them. It turns out that it?s just a boy named Snap, who is a Pokémon master-photographer. Snap likes to take his shots of Pokémon acting naturally, and he really wants to take a picture of Pikachu. Pikachu is absolutely camera shy though, and is wary of having his picture taken. Ash has problems with Snap though, and doesn?t believe Snap cares about the Pokémon. What can bring Ash and Snap closer together?
Misty is making fun of Ash not getting another badge for a while, when Snap, who joins our group, tells them about the Ultimate Test. Instead of just getting gym badges, you can take the Pokémon League Entrance Test and if you pass, you get an automatic admission to the Pokémon League. Ash decides to take the test; there?s even a Nurse Joy taking it as well. Jesse and James disguise themselves and take the test also. The exam proves to be very difficult. The first part of the exam is written, while the second part is Pokémon identification. Pokémon battles are the third part of the exam. I?m sure Team Rocket is sure to mess things up though, anyway.
Finally we have The Breeding Center Secret, a new center opens up that advertises that their experts will evolve your Pokémon for you. Misty is a little suspicious of their promises, but decides to test the place out by turning in Psyduck. They find a restaurant offering a free buffet if you show them the chef?s favorite Pokémon. Of course, it ends up being that the chef?s favorite Pokémon is a Psyduck. Everyone rushes back to the breeding center but discovers that the place is closed. They sneak in the back, and discover the entire center is a scam being run by Team Rocket. Except it?s not Jesse and James, but two other Team Rocket members, Cassidy and Butch! And these two actually seem competent.
Things get shaken up a bit here with the addition of Snap, and the introduction of two more members of Team Rocket. James even gets one of his Pokémon evolved. A lot happens here, including lessons of long time friendships that last. Snap only hangs around for this volume, before our trio continues their journey to Cinnabar Island. Not an exciting set of episodes, but at least you get four episodes for what three usually costs.
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: B+
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: C+
Menus Rating: C-
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Viz Media
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2