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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. #03: The Sisters of Cerulean City

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


Pokemon Vol. #03: The Sisters of Cerulean City
© Viz Media


What They Say
Misty challenges Ash to a duel on her home turf -- the Cerulean City swimming pool! Are Ash and Pikachu in over their heads? Can A.J., a freelance Pokemon trainer, show Ash the ropes? Then visit the Pokemon Institute, where class isn't over till there's only one Pokemon left standing!

The Review!
Now that Ash has his first badge, he?s off to get his second.

Audio:

Pokémon comes with only an English language stereo mix that makes no attempt to use directionality. Dialogue and sound are clear, and directed towards the front sound stage. Of course, the script has been changed to remove references to Japanese culture.

Video:

The video on this volume of Pokémon suffers from several problems. Aside from the scenes changing brightness at several points, there are also cross coloration problems. There were points when the shade of a person would actually change during a scene. A few macro blocking problems showed up in some background shots.

Packaging:

Pikachu, Ash, and Misty get the front cover with a multi colored green background. Both Ash and Misty are tossing Pokéballs. The spine and the front cover have the name for this volume. On the back, we have Team Rocket in one of their poses and a picture of Sandshrew and Pikachu. Episode titles are listed on the back, plus a short description of our main characters. The episode summaries are given in a bullet point summary.

Menu:

The menu consists of just a chapter selection scene where you can select an episode, the opening, ending, or the Pokérap.

Extras:

The extras on this DVD are exactly the same as the previous volumes, the Pokérap and the third volume of the ?The Electric Tale of Pikachu? comic.

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

Ash?s journey continues with this next volume of Pokémon.

We begin with The Water Flowers of Cerulean City, the next stop on Ash?s road to the Pokémon League. There?s a gym is Cerulean City, and Ash is eager to go for the Cascade Badge. Misty doesn?t want to head to Cerulean City at all, and ditches Ash and Brock. When they arrive they find a crowd has formed in front of a store where a giant vacuum has been stolen. Officer Jenny is there to handle the case, and Brock shows his true colors when he hits on Officer Jenny. Ash finally takes off to the Cerulean Gym, where the Sensational Sisters are the Gym leaders. Except the sisters have recently lost to three other trainers from Pallet Town, and have no Pokémon to battle Ash with. Just when they are about to give Ash the Cascade Bridge, the fourth sister returns to battle Ash, and it?s not a battle he expected.

In The Path to the Pokémon League Ash is battling trainers on his way to the next Gym in Vermillion City, when he learns about a rogue Gym run by someone named A.J. Ash heads to challenge A.J. who has 98 wins in a row. A.J. uses a Sandshrew against Ash and defeats Ash easily. After the battle, A.J. goes into a tent where some shouting begins. Our gang heads in and discovers A.J. is running a very intensive Gym program, and Ash immediately disagrees with A.J.?s training style. The two of them butt heads and don?t notice when Team Rocket steals A.J.?s Sandshrew.

On the way to Vermillion City, the gang passes by The School of Hard Knocks, or Pokémon Tech. Pokémon Tech teaches kids how to be Pokémon trainers without having to travel around the world on their own Pokémon journey. As you go through different grades in the school, you basically earn two Gym badges each year. One of the students in the Gym though, Jazelle, basically has all the beginner students under her grasp. All of the students though, live through textbooks and simulation. Ash and Misty give the students a lesson in real Pokémon battles.

The last two episodes on this DVD are related in theme as both deal with various training issues, while the first one deals with a Gym Battle. Team Rocket is still not providing the great comedy they do in the later episodes of Pokémon. The Gym battle is the highlight of the episode on this volume, as Ash faces someone he did not expect at all. This is a must have volume for Pokémon collectors.

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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