Pokemon Vol. #14: Jigglypuff Pop (Mania.com)

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



What They Say
Meowthiin love!?!?

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The Review!
Ultracute and the cure for insomnia, Jigglypuff makes its triumphant entry into the world of Pokémon.

Audio:

An English language stereo track is the only soundtrack provided for the domestic release of Pokémon. Sound is directed towards the front stage and no directionality is present.

Video:

The video quality for this DVD was excellent; I didn’t even notice the usual darkening of episodes, though I’m sure it was there. No line shimmering or cross coloration was present either.

Packaging:

A pink blob takes the front cover as Jigglypuff is introduced on this DVD. It’s singing to Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Psyduck while Charmander and Pikachu also perform a duet. A psychedelic pink and orange background completes the front cover. The back cover also has Jigglypuff, but with its trademark marker. Pictures of Ash, Misty, and Pikachu with marker-drawn images on their faces help demonstrate what a Jigglypuff with a marker can do. Episode titles are listed, and a pretty lengthy description of the episodes on this DVD is also provided. The insert inside is just an image of the menu.

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)

Another DVD of just filler.

The carnival is in town in The March of the Exeggutor Squad, so Ash, Misty, and Brock stop by. At the carnival, Misty meets a magician named Melvin who’s very down on his luck, and just lost his assistant. Misty feels sorry for him, and agrees to be his assistant for the day. Even with her assistance, Melvin gets fired since he’s really an awful musician. After the firing, Melvin’s Exeggcute hypnotizes Ash, and Melvin uses Ash to catch a bunch of Exeggutor. Melvin’s plan backfires though when all the Exeggutor begin a stampede into the carnival.

After their supplies get low, Ash, Misty, and Brock head to Moss Green Village in The Problem With Paras. Team Rocket is following them, but they are slowed down when Meowth gets ill. Fortunately for Team Rocket, a girl in the forest quickly nurses Meowth back to health. Back in town, Ash visits the local Pokémon pharmancy where they meet the girl, Cassandra. Cassandra challenges Ash to a battle with her Paras, because she needs to evolve it into a Parasect as soon as possible. A Parasect has a mushroom on its back that is very useful for making potions, but this Paras is such a wimp it doesn’t look like it could ever win a Pokémon battle. Ash’s Pokémon prove too powerful for it, so it’ll be up to Team Rocket to help?

We end with The Song of Jigglypuff where the gang reaches the town of Neon City, a city that never sleeps due to twenty four hour gambling. They leave the town the next morning due to the amount of noise and discover a Jigglypuff in the forest. Misty attempts to catch it, until she discovers that this poor Jigglypuff has lost its ability to sing! Brock eventually finds a fruit that helps cure Jigglypuff’s voice, but it only introduces another problem. Everytime Jigglypuff sings it puts everyone who hears the song to sleep! Jigglypuff is desperate for an audience, but can our heroes find one that will stay awake?

These are about the three most boring episodes of Pokémon you could put together on a DVD. Melvin is a total bore, Paras is just plain annoying, and Jigglypuff just gets irritating. While one story element does take place, it doesn’t change the fact it’s mixed into a really bad episode. This is definitely a DVD to pass over.

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