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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: C+
  • Menus Rating: C-
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • 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

Pokemon Vol. #05: Thunder Shock

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: May 18, 1999

Pokemon Vol. #05: Thunder Shock
© Viz Media

What They Say
When Pokemon evolve, they are almost always stronger than before, and for Ash to win a ThunderBadge, Pikachu must defeat its evolved form, Raichu! It's a clash of lightning and pride!

Later, Ash, Misty, and Brock embark on a pleasure cruise aboard the St. Anne accompanied by other Pokemon and their trainers, but something seems wrong. Can the cruise be a Team Rocket plot?

The Review!
Ash battles for his first real Gym badge in this volume, since the other two came out of pity.


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.


Except for the darkening of scenes to reduce the chance of seizures, the video on this volume looks good for Pokémon. Macro artifacting could only be found in some background shots, especially during the lighthouse episode on this DVD due to a lot of nighttime scenes. Colors were bright in other places, and no line shimmering was present.


The Gym battle is the highlight of the cover with Ash and Pikachu versus the Vermillion City Gym Leader, Lt. Serge, and his Raichu with a fiery background. Pretty catchy. On the spine and front cover, we have the name for this volume of Pokémon, Thunder Shock. On the back, the battle between Pikachu and Raichi are mentioned, plus a smiling Krabby. The description on the back only mentions two of the three episodes on this DVD, but all three episode names are listed.


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


The extra included on this volume are a Pokémon trading card (which again is Pikachu), the fifth volume of ?The Electric Tale of Pikachu? comic, and the Pokérap included on the DVD.

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

Big thunder meets little thunder as Pikachu squares off with a Raichu, plus we get the first episode of Pokémon that was ever aired in the United States.

Everyone is still lost on their way to Vermillion City when they end up on a beach in Mystery at the Lighthouse. On the beach, they encounter a Krabby that Ash actually manages to capture, but is surprised when its transported away. Pokémon trainers can only carry six Pokémon at a time, so their extra Pokémon are transported to where they got their Pokédex from. A lighthouse is in the distance, so they travel to it to find a phone. Luckily, Bill, a Pokémon researcher, inhabits the lighthouse. Bill has a lot of knowledge about how Pokémon are part of the world, and imparts his knowledge to the gang. A mysterious one of a kind Pokémon comes to visit the Lighthouse at night, but Team Rocket tries to capture it for themselves.

After two weeks of traveling Ash finally reaches Vermillion City, but before he can head to the Gym he needs to rest up Pikachu. At the Pokémon Center, they find a lot of Pokémon that have been injured by the local Gym leader, but it scares Pikachu. When they finally head to the gym, they meet the Gym leader Serge. Serge is huge, and tries to intimidate everyone and brings out his Raichu, the evolved form of Pikachu. After Serge insults Ash since he didn?t bother evolving his Pikachu, Pikachu gets revved up and wants to fight Raichu. Both electric Pokémon use their thunder shocks, but Raichi?s is much more effective and easily defeats Pikachu. Back in the Pokémon center while Pikachu is recovering, Ash gives Pikachu a choice. It can either evolve into a Raichu using a Thunderstone, or stay as a Pikachu. Pikachu must weigh the situation carefully, because if it evolves into a Raichu, it will be that way forever.

Team Rocket sets an elaborate trap in Battle Aboard the St. Anne. This trap is actually planned by Team Rocket?s mysterious leader, who remains in the shadows. Tickets to a cruise ship aboard the St. Anne are given to a bunch of Pokémon trainers in order to trap them aboard so that their Pokémon can be stolen. Ash, Brock, and Misty are also invited aboard when two girls hand them tickets, though one of the girls looks a lot like James. With all the trainers on board, Ash also finds someone who wants to trade for his Butterfree, which Ash does. Afterwards, he regrets his decision though due to remembering his adventures with Butterfree. Team Rocket finally begins their attack to steal everyone?s Pokémon, but Ash leads everyone to fight back. Everything seems back to normal until stormy weather arrives to rock the boat.

Battle Abaord the St. Anne was the first episode every shown in the United States since a lot of different Pokémon are shown in it, and in action. Numerous battles take place during the fight against Team Rocket, so it certainly demonstrates one aspect of Pokémon. Ash catches another Pokémon, and earns another badge in this volume, so we?ve got a lot of episodes that contribute to the overall story. The St. Anne episode is one of the first large multipart episodes. Another great volume of Pokémon here.

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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