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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. #16: Totally Togepi!

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: February 22, 2000


Pokemon Vol. #16: Totally Togepi!
© Viz Media


What They Say
The Mysterious Garden - Ash tries to catch the extremely rare Farfetch'd Pokemon, but while he is trying to add to his collection, who is trying to rob him blind? Then, the mysterious Pokemon egg that Ash has been carrying hatches, and leads to an all-out contest to see who gets to train Togepi! Plus, Bulbasaur goes to the garden of seed Pokemon: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur and Venusaur! Will Bulbasaur be forced to evolve against its wishes? Season One, Episodes 46-48.

The Review!
Togepi comes crashing down on us in this next volume of Pokémon.

Audio:

The English language soundtrack here is stereo, yet there is no directionality present at all. All sound is directed towards the front sound stage. Dialogue and sound effects are clear.

Video:

The video on this volume seemed a little soft this time. I?m always amazed at the changes I find in the video quality between different volumes. There was no line shimmering or cross coloration though.

Packaging:

This volume celebrates the coming of Togepi to the gang, so the cover appropriately has Pikachu holding Togepi. Team Rocket is in the background with a whole bunch of Togepi like eggs scattered in the background. The cover is very cute. On the back are shots from the Bulbasaur?s Mysterious Garden episode and a pic of Farfetch?d whacking Psyduck. Episode titles are listed, plus a decent description of the episodes. Inside, there?s an insert that is just a picture of the main menu.

Menu:

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

Extras:

Inside, we have a Pikachu Shocks Back Volume 8 mini comic.

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

It?s another batch of filler, but there are some interesting episodes here.

In So Near, Yet So Farfetch?d, a wandering Farfetch?d comes wandering into camp with his leek in this hand. It?s a duck type Pokémon that is very rare due to a lot of people also eating it since it tastes really good. Misty chases after it, but loses it when she bumps into a boy. After Misty returns to camp, she discovers her backpack was switched during the bump. All her Pokéballs were stolen! Afterwards, even Team Rocket gets all their Pokémon stolen by the same boy. The boy has stolen from at least five trainers in the area already. But how will they be able to track the boy down, when all they have is Psyduck to work with?

In a small town Pokécenter, Ash gets a message from Professor Oak at the beginning of Who Gets to Keep Togepi. Ash gets an upgrade to his Pokédex and finally decides that the Cinnabar Gym will be their next destination. Team Rocket comes up with a plan to steal the egg that the gang got during the Prehistoric Pokémon episode. They actually succeed and steal the egg, which Meowth takes care of. Misty, Ash, and Brock catch up with Team Rocket and an all out battle goes on for the egg, which hatches, revealing Togepi. To finally decide who gets Togepi, they hold a Pokémon tournament. It?s Ash versus Misty and Brock versus?Meowth?

Ash is battling with another trainer with Bulbasaur in Bulbasaur?s Mysterious Garden when it falls mysteriously ill. Ash brings Bulbasaur to a Pokémon center, but the problem just seems to be that Bulbasaur is about to evolve into Ivysaur. In the area, there is a Mysterious Garden where Bulbasaur gather during this time of year to evolve, and the plants in the area all begin to bloom. Bulbasaur feels the call of the festival, and runs off to join the many Bulbasaur that will evolve. Ash, Brock, and Misty follow Bulbsaur deep into the forest, where the many plants try to prevent them from continuing. At the ceremony, a Venusaur leads the Bulbasaur in the evolving process, but Ash?s Bulbsaur doesn?t want to evolve which angers all the other Bulbasaur there.

Again, we just have filler, but we get introduced to Togepi. Togepi will join the cast indefinitely with its cute little antics. Too bad someone just didn?t scramble it before it hatched. The first episode was completely a throw away, but the last one introduces another Gameboy idea where you actually don?t have a Pokémon evolve. Plus, Bulbasaur gets it?s most powerful attack. Definitely one of the better Pokémon episodes.

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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