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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: C+
  • Menus Rating: C-
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Pokemon

Pokemon Vol. #02: The Mystery of Mount Moon

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: March 09, 1999


Pokemon Vol. #02: The Mystery of Mount Moon
© Viz Media


What They Say
Pokemon 2: Mystery of Mount Moon is the continuing story of Ash Ketchum's quest to become the world's greatest Pokemon master. He has to catch all 150 of the amazing creatures to be the best.

Their journey takes them straightito theifabled Mount Moon. Legend has it that theipowerful Moon Stone isihidden somewhere deepiin theimountain-never seen byiman. But before Ash can unlock theimystery of Mount Moon, he's gotito defeat Samurai andiBrockito winia Boulder Badge, andifoil Team Rocket's treacherous tricks. It's all inia day's work foria Pokemon masteriin theimaking!

The Review!
Ash attempts to get his first Gym Badge, and gains another member in his entourage.

Audio:

The only language included is English, and it?s a stereo mix that uses no directionality. All sound is directed to the front sound stage. Dialogue and sound effects are clear and distortion free.

Video:

A lot of editing has been done to take out and slow down the various flashing scenes in the show, and several scenes have also been darkened. I noticed several mpeg related problems as well in terms of macro blocking and cross coloration. No line shimmering though.

Packaging:

Pikachu, Clefairy, and Onyx join Ash on the front cover against a sky background. A much better effort than the first volume. The back cover focuses on the Clefairy featured in the last episode, with a nice silhouetted shot of Team Rocket. The description on the backs summarizes the events of the first volume, and then gives a quick rundown of the episodes on this volume. Inside, there?s a chapter insert that?s just the picture of the main menu.

Menu:

There is only one menu here, and it?s static and has no audio. Basically the menu is a chapter selection scene. I guess that?s all kiddie DVDs deserved when this was released.

Extras:

The full-length version of the Pokérap is included on the DVD, and a 24 page comic is included inside the case. The Pokérap is just a song that uses all 150 names of the original Pokémon and is the same as the one included in the previous volume. ?The Electric Tale of Pikachu? is the name of the comic, and its volume 2.

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

The road to the Pokémon championships requires a trainer to get eight badges to be admitted to the Pokémon League. Ash will try for his Granite Badge at the Pewter City Gym.

Ash and Misty are still wandering through the Veridian forest on their way to Pewter City in Challenge of the Samurai and Misty is getting bugged out the entire way. In the forest, a young boy dressed as a Samurai is looking for a trainer from Pallet Town to battle. Ash battles with the Samurai, until a swarm of wild Beedril interrupt things. Getting away from the Beedril proves to be a futile effort, but one of Ash?s Pokémon will evolve the group out of their situation.

In Showdown in Pewter City, Ash reaches Pewter City and learns that in order to enter the regional championship he must defeat the local gym leader and get a Pokémon badge. Ash goes to the Pewter City Gym alone after refusing help from Misty. The gym leader is named Brock, who uses a lot Earth type Pokémon. Brock easily defeats Ash, and Ash has no idea how to win. A man named Flint gives Ash some hints on how to defeat Brock by charging up his Pikachu. With a new resolve, Ash returns to the Pewter City Gym.

Ash, Misty, and now Brock pass by Mt. Moon as they leave Pewter City in Clefairy and the Moon Stone. As they pass by the mountain, some Zubat are attacking a scientist so the gang rescues him. The scientist is named Seymour, and he?s trying to find the Moonstone, a meteor that landed over a thousand years ago. Team Rocket is also around, trying to collect the many fragments of the Moonstone in the area. After the two groups encounter each other, Ash and Brock use their Pokémon to chase off Team Rocket. A Clefairy Pokémon wanders around afterwards collecting Moonstone fragments, and Pikachu befriends it. The Clefairy takes everyone deeper in the mountain to show them the Moonstone?s secrets.

Brock gets introduced in this volume and our traveling group is finally together. Plus we get out first Gym Battle and have a few Pokémon evolutions as well. There?s still a lot of focus on keeping the anime close to the game?s mechanics. Team Rocket?s antics aren?t up to snuff yet, so they only seem like an annoyance right now. Still a fun volume.

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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