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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. #10: Fighting Tournament

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: September 21, 1999


Pokemon Vol. #10: Fighting Tournament
© Viz Media


What They Say
When Team Rocket steals a Hitmonlee and enters the Fighting Pokemon Tournament, it will be up to Ash, Primeape and Pikachu to fight for justice against their sticky tricks! Later, a Magnemite thinks that love is the best medicine for Pikachu's electric flu. Will Pikachu agree? Finally, Pokemon trainers are recruited to capture the Digletts that keep wrecking a dam, including Ash's rival Gary! Will we see a showdown between trainers, or will the Digletts win in the end? Season One, Episodes 28-30.

The Review!
Audio:

An English stereo language track is the only audio track provided. The track is clear and distortion free, but the stereo mix is a simple mix that doesn?t have any directionality.

Video:

The video quality for this volume continues to stay on the good side. No mpeg compression related artifacts, cross coloration, or line shimmering is present at all. Colors on the show appear bright, except when the show is artificially dimmed.

Packaging:

The front cover features Pikachu in a boxing ring wearing some boxing gloves. A Machoke and a Hitmonchan are in the background. Looks like we?re in for a fight. The back cover features a cute picture of a Hitmonchan warding off Pikachu, and a Diglett. A good length description of the episodes is also present. Inside, there?s an insert with the chapter stop that?s just a picture of the main menu.

Menu:

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

Extras:

The only extra is the second volume the ?Pikachu Shocks Back? mini-comic.

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

In The Punchy Pokémon, we learn about the P1 Grand Tournament, which is a tournament specifically for fighting type Pokémon. It even takes place in a boxing ring. One of the men entering the tournament has a Hitmonchan which Ash battles before he realizes it isn?t wild. The man?s daughter Rebecca appears, and wants her father to come back home as he has been ignoring his family. He refuses until he can win the P1 Grand Tournament though. Instead, Rebecca asks Brock and Ash to defeat her father in the tournament. Ash and Brock gladly join with Primeape and Geodude. Through battle, Rebecca?s father will learn the true value of family, and Ash will leave another Pokémon behind.

The group arrives in Gringy City in Sparks Fly for Magmemite. The city is covered with pollution due to a large amount of factories. Pikachu becomes ill, so Ash rushes Pikachu to the Pokémon center, where Nurse Joy just diagnoses Pikachu with a cold. Soon though, the power in the city goes out, and the Pokémon in the emergency ward section of the Pokémon Center need the power back quickly. Ash and the gang head to the electrical plant to figure out what?s wrong. In the tunnels leading to the electrical plant, they encounter a Magmemite, which seems to have an electric attraction to Pikachu, and they run into a large group of Grimer which are lead by a giant Muck. The Grimer are blocking the intake valve to the power plant, preventing the turbine from running. Soon, the Grimer almost overrun the plant, and things look dim since Pikachu is still ill. A savior is needed.

Finally in Dig Those Diglett, as our group travels to Fuschia City, they pass by a dam being built. The dam construction is being held up due to a large amount of Diglett that are sabotaging the construction. With the construction being held up, the construction foreman sends out a call for any able Pokémon trainer. Gary shows up to stop the Diglett invasion, plus a whole bunch of other trainers. When the trainers call out their Pokémon to do battle with the Diglett all the Pokémon refuse to come out of their Pokéballs. Even Pikachu refuses to fight against the Diglett. The real reason why the Diglett are stopping the construction is eventually revealed, and the project gets canceled. Team Rocket decides to make an attack at this point, and shows off the evolved forms of their Pokémon, Arbok and Weezing.

This is the first DVD where everything on it seems like filler, despite Ash losing one Pokémon and gaining another. Family gets stressed in the first episode, and the environment again gets another push in the last episode.

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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