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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: 24.98
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Pokemon

Pokemon Vol. #07: Psi Surprise

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: July 20, 1999

Pokemon Vol. #07: Psi Surprise
© Viz Media

What They Say
A ghost appears and lures Brock into her trap! Butterfree falls in love, but Team Rocket is out to steal the entire swarm! Can Butterfree win his mate, and can Ash bear to part with the first Pokemon he ever caught? Psi Pokemon specialize in trickery, but Gym Leader Sabrina and her Pokemon, Abra, are the most devious team ever! Can Ash win the Marsh Badge or will he suffer a worse fate!? Season One, Episodes 19-21: "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak," "Bye Bye Butterfree," "Abra and the Psychic Showdown."

The Review!
Ghouls, ghosts, goblins and other creatures of the night haunt everyone on this volume.


The DVD only comes with an English language stereo soundtrack that is simply mixed. All sound is directed towards the front sound stage, and dialogue and sound is clear and distortion free.


The video quality on this volume of Pokémon looked really good. There were no noticeable mpeg related compression problems at all, not even during the first episode, which featured a lot of nighttime scenes. No noticeable line shimmering or cross coloration was present.


Piakchu and Ash are scared out of their minds by a bunch of ghost Pokémon chasing them in the background. It?s a dark nighttime background featuring a Gastly, Gengar, Haunter, and a Zubat. Ghost Pokémon use psychic attacks, which leads to this volume being called Psychic Surprise. On the back, we have another dark nighttime setting featuring a haunted tower, and a Kadabra. The Kadabra will be Ash?s challenge on this DVD as the March Badge is in his grasp.


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


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)

Psychic powers abound in this volume of Pokémon, and Ash will learn that not all friends stay around forever.

The ferry ride from Porta Vista ends in The Ghost of Maiden?s Peak, at a place where a young girl?s love left the island never to return. Now her ghost waits for him to come back to her. Brock notices a young girl on the peak, but when he approaches her, she disappears. James also notices the ghostly image of a girl. The two of them are drawn to the ghost of the young girl. Are there really ghosts haunting the area, or is something else behind these mysterious occurrences?

Ash continues on his journey to Saffron City and the next Gym inBye Bye Butterfree, when they get distracted by the annual Butterfree mating season. Trainers from all over the world gather to allow their Butterfree a chance to mate. Ash releases his Butterfree, and it locates a pink Butterfree that it falls in love with at first sight. Unfortunately the pink Butterfree isn?t interested in Ash?s Butterfree at all. Team Rocket also knows about the annual ritual and crashes the party with a large butterfly net. Ash?s Butterfree is the only one that gets away, so it?s up to it to save the day.

Abra and the Pyschic Showdown takes place in Saffron City, the location of the fourth Pokémon Gym on Ash?s journey. The Gym leader?s name is Sabrina, and she holds the Marsh Badge that Ash needs. When Ash reaches the Gym, he learns that in addition to Sabrina using Psychic Pokémon, she also has psychic powers herself. Sabrina makes a deal with Ash, if he loses; he has to play with her. Ash takes the challenge and sends Pikachu against Sabrina?s Kadabra, and loses badly. Sabrina shrinks everyone and places them in a dollhouse. They get rescued, but discover they don?t have the ability to defeat Sabrina right now.

Romance was in the air for the first two episodes on this volume, first human love then some Pokémon love. The second episode starts a trend that will continue through the rest of the series. Ash?s Pokémon will reach stages in their development where he will have to leave them, in order for them to grow. It does show how strong Ash?s character is though. Finally, in the last episode, we see that Ash finally faces a trainer that he absolutely cannot beat with the Pokémon that he currently has. This is another aspect of the game that creeps into the anime. A nice set of episodes with connections to the overall plot, but the stories here just didn?t seem as interesting.

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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