Mania Grade: C-
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B-
- Packaging Rating: C+
- Menus Rating: C
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 3 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Viz Media
- MSRP: 34.98
- Running time: 686
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Pokemon
Pokemon: Master Quest Vol. #01
By Justin Rich
April 13, 2005
Release Date: October 26, 2004
What They Say
Join the Pokemon Master Quest with Ash, Brock and Misty on their journey beginning with the Whirl Islands then traveling on through Blackthorn City.The Review!
Ash and the crew continue their badge collecting to head into the coveted Johto League tournament and become a Pokemon master.
Obviously the box set was listened to in English since there isn’t a Japanese track on the Pokemon releases. The stereo was clear with no drops and music was clear. Dialogue was completely hearable with no distortions.
The video is clear and the balance of color doesn’t dissipate throughout the entire box. The simplicity of all Pokemon releases is seen here as well. Plain color with repeated battle scenes that appear identical every episode.
The black box for the three discs of part one has Brock, Ash and Misty on the cover standing behind the Pokemon Master Quest logo. Below the log is Suicune and Pikachu with Lugia behind the group. On the back of the box is a grid-like showing of two half globes. Each individual disc has one of the group on it. First, is Misty and her Pokemon, followed by Ash and finally Brock on the final disc. Each disc contains a episode listing insert.
The menu is as simplistic as possible. The only thing on them is episode names and next to proceed to the next grouping since each disc has about eleven episodes on it. As you flip to each group of episodes the picture changes to show either the main characters or a collection of different Pokemon. There is no audio or even clips of the theme song for background.
None were on the disc at all.
Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers) When begin this group with Ash continuing his quest to become a Pokemon master and head into Johto to face the toughest of trainer competition. We begin the box with Ash currently holding five of the necessary eight badges for qualifying for the Johto League.
Ash and crew begin this box in the rock isles in search of a mysterious Pokemon that they saw when they fell off a cruise ship thanks to their constantly annoying archrivals Team Rocket. Ash and Misty a water Pokemon tournament. After both of the them manage to breeze through their qualifying rounds they end up matched up with each other in their first battle in a long time. Ash and his Totodile are go head to head with Misty’s newest Pokemon Corsola. Like true friends, they both give it their all with Misty coming out on top.
They proceed to bounce from isle to isle looking for the Pokemon and run into their old friend Richie and his Pikachu Sparky. This guides their search to finding the legendary Lugia which also has an baby named Silver. Of course, Silver, is the target of Team Rocket poke napping and the group must save their new Pokemon friend. After the successful rescuing of Silver, Ash sets his sights on his sixth badge and flies off the isles on the Noctowl express.
Once Ash is able to defeat the powerful Steelix in battle he gains his sixth badge. He then must settle a dispute amongst grass types with the help of his old friend Bulbasaur. Bulbasaur decides to stay with the Pokemon leaving Ash and maintaining the peace, but Ash will fill the empty sixth spot on his belt with an egg that he won in the extreme Pokemon races, even beating his old rival Gary Oak. But what will the egg hatch into? The answer to that question is a Phanpy and Ash’s brand new pal to carry along with him during the tribulations of his adventures.
This is followed by a couple episodes showing the loss of abandonment for both a Ninetails and a Tyrogue and the hardships they had from losing their owners. But the true power of friendship will always be taught and will help open the eyes of the scorned Pokemon. Then the next miniarc arises with another evil plot by Team Rocket causing the creation of an extremely rare red Gyarados and the arrival of Elite Four Pokemon Master Lance to help save the day. The Gyarados is freed by Ash but rampages the city and must be stopped and eventually captured by Lance, who too will teach Gyarados about being friends. But the only reason the Gyarados did not cause a tremendous amount of damage was thanks to Glacier Gym Leader Pryce and his Dewgong freezing the river.
Ash challenges Pryce but his request is denied until Ash and him fall off a cliff and thanks to quick thinking by Ketchum he saves both of their lives. While down in the ravine they find frozen in ice Pryce’s old Piloswine who had thought left him after they lost a battle and Pryce was badly burned. Seeing his old Pokemon in a block of ice with healing herbs the truth is revealed and Ash melts the ice prison. By helping thaw his heart and his Pokemon Pryce gives Ash the gym battle and eventually his seventh badge. Only one to go and he is on his way to Mahogony Town as the box ends to claim the last qualifier and head to the Johto League.
These thirty-two episodes seem a lot like déjà vu most of the time with a constant intro from Team Rocket and then a “blast off” of some variety. For kids this box will be a fun time with many extended adventures including the Gyarados and Lugia arcs, yet for everyone else watching it is a long time watch practically the same episode over and over again.
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