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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: C+
  • Menus Rating: C-
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • 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. #06: Seaside Pikachu

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: July 27, 1999


Pokemon Vol. #06: Seaside Pikachu
© Viz Media


What They Say
Capsized! Pikachu, Ash, and their friends are trapped in the upside down St. Anne! How will they escape?

Next, Pikachu and the other Pokemon get stranded on a desert island, seperated from their trainers, and surrounded by Dinosaur sized Pokemon! Finally, Nastina teams up with Team Rocket in a dirty land development scheme! Can Ash and his friends stop Team Rocket as well as a rampaging Tentacruel?

The Review!
The focus is around the sea on this volume of Pokémon.

Audio:

Only an English language stereo soundtrack is provided for this kids aimed home video release of Pokémon. It?s a simple stereo mix that doesn?t use directionality. The sound track is clear and distortion free though.

Video:

The video quality remains the same as most the previous volumes. There were just a few scenes of macro blocking that are mainly restricted to nighttime shots. The artificial darkening of scenes continues. No line shimmering or cross coloration is present.

Packaging:

Pikachu, Squirtle, Horsey, and Slowpoke are all relaxing on the beach on the cover of Seaside Pikachu. Pikachu is even on an inner tube having a drink. Palm trees complete the tropical picture. On the back, we have Team Rocket drifting in a tub out on the sea with the setting sun behind them. A longer than usual description for each episode is featured on the back. Episode title names are also listed.

Menu:

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

Extras:

The extras again are limited with just the full length version of the Pokérap and another volume of the Pokémon mini comic.

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

We get to see a bunch of different water Pokémon as we try to get our gang back on their way to the Pokémon League.

The gang and Team Rocket were trapped at the end of the previous episode on the sinking St. Anne and their predicament continues in Pokémon Shipwreck. Unfortunately, the ship is sinking so everyone forms a truce until they can escape the sinking ship. They all move to the back of the ship, and break the hull in order to escape via their water Pokémon. They are still dead in the water though, with only a board to keep them out of the ocean. No one has any idea which way land is though. Things only get worse when a Gyrados using Dragon Rage on our team, and sends them flying off in different directions.

Island of the Giant Pokémon is one of the funniest episodes of Pokémon I?ve ever watched. Everyone wakes up on an island, but they are separated. Jesse and James are by themselves, Ash, Brock, and Misty in another group, and Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur are in another group. The entertaining bit is the Pokémon group since all their conversation is actually subtitled. The Pokémon eventually encounter Meowth, Atkins, and Koffing. Bulbasaur keeps insisting that they were all abdandoned, but Pikachu and Charmander believe in Ash. Everyone tries to locate each other on this island, which is occupied by Pokémon that are ten times their normal size.

After their wild adventures, the reunited gang rests in the town of Porta Vista in Tentacool and Tentacruel as they wait for a ferry back to the mainland. Tentacruel in the waters surrounding the island are stopping the development of a luxury hotel in the coral near the island. The head of the development tries to hire Misty, Ash, and Brock to exterminate the Tentacruel, but Misty puts an end to it. Team Rocket gets hired to do it instead, which causes a massive number of Tentacruel to attack the town led by a giant Tentacruel. There is an underlying cause as to why the Tentacruel are attacking, and it?s up to Misty to find it.

This volume is mostly filled with fun, especially with the first two episodes. I was enjoying quite a few chuckles with the subtitles for when all the various Pokémon were speaking with each other. We also begin to understand the motivations of Pokémon, and why they act the way that they do. In the last episode, we get an environmental message about what humanity can do to the sea habitat, and how we need to consider sea life in our development plans. Misty even gets to catch her first Pokémon!

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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