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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 19.98
  • Running time: 250
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Pokemon

Pokemon: Adventures on the Orange Islands Vol. #1

By Chris Beveridge     December 10, 2002
Release Date: November 12, 2002


Pokemon: Adventures on the Orange Islands Vol. #1
© Viz Media


What They Say
Ash and his friends depart for the Orange Islands! While they may leave some old friends behind and meet new ones, Ash and Pikachu continue their wild adventures on Ash's quest to become the best Pokemon Master!

Contains four volumes, 12 episodes on one disc!

The Review!
Twelve, there are twelve whole episode of Pokémon in this whole volume. Consider how much farther the TV series is on the air, and perhaps to ride Pokémon’s waning popularity, Viz pumps out the first volume of the Orange Island episodes.

Audio:

The only language included is the English dub in a stereo mix with pretty much all the sound directed towards the front sound stage. The sound track is clear though, and there were no problems in the sound levels. Dialogue is also very clear. At least the sound track didn’t suffer from putting twelve episodes on one DVD.

Video:

As I hinted above, putting twelve episodes on a DVD has an effect. The encoding has suffered quite a bit. While I was watching some of the episodes, I kept thinking it looked better when I saw the episodes on cable. Macro blocking is very evident in dark blues, grey/silver, and extends into light browns. The picture looks dark also. While this is a great deal, you are paying for less quality.

Packaging:

Pokémon Adventures of the Orange Islands 1 graces the cover with a big “contains 12 episodes” printed on the bottom. The background is an adventure type map of the Orange Islands with arrow depicting the group’s path. A picture from each of the twelve episodes is also present. The back cover even features a listing of all the episodes. The insert inside also lists each episode again, and a reminder is made. After each episode, the DVD will boot you to the Episode selection screen. I found this extremely annoying.

Menu:

The menu is extremely simple and features no music or animation. You can select play, which will play the opening song, episode 1, then boot you to the episode selection screen. From there, you select any of the twelve episodes, the opening, or closing. You can turn on closed captioned DVD subtitles from the main menu, and view the Pokémon 4Ever trailer.

Extras:

None.

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

Ash, Brock, and Misty have returned to Pallet town after Ash finally got eliminated from the Pokémon tournament. As Team Rocket causes more trouble, it’s not long before Professor Oak asks Ash to retrieve a special Pokéball from Professor Ivy in the Orange Islands.

After a quick blimp ride over to the Orange Islands, the trio find Professor Ivy, a babe in a swimsuit in the middle of training a Gyrados. As Brock puts it, “She can train me anytime.” Their objective is a mysterious Pokéball called the GS Ball that, despite Professor Ivy’s many efforts, refuses to open. Before Ash leaves though, Brock makes a decision to stay behind and help Ivy maintain her lab and help her with her breeding experiments. As Ivy puts it, “oooh, a breeder.”

Misty, Ash, and Pikachu continue on alone and encounter a bunch of bullies attacking a Lapras. They interfere, but also meet Tracy, a Pokémon watcher. He observers and records the Pokémon he encounters. He’s also extremely boring. I miss Brock. Tracy joins the group on their journey.

Ash discovers the Orange Islands has its own league, the Orange League. It’s a lot more difficult than the regular Pokémon league but there are only four badges to enter the championships. Instead of fighting regular Pokémon duels against Gym Leader’s Pokémon, there are challenges instead. Ash has to race the first Gym Leader he finds.

Aside from these points, half of the episodes on this DVD are absolute filler. You start to miss Brock’s comments whenever a Nurse Joy is found. Team Rocket still has the same game plan, “Get Pikachu”. But this DVD is a great value with twelve episodes, so I recommend it to all Pokémon fans.

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

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