Mania Grade: B+
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B-
- Extras Rating: N/A
- 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. #18: Water Blast
By Andrew Tei
October 14, 2003
Release Date: May 30, 2000
Pokemon Vol. #18: Water Blast
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Ash, Pikachu and friends travel to Cinnabar Island to find the Pokemon gym, but the whole island has become a tourist trap! Can Ash track down the hidden gym? Then, it's a battle between Magmar and Charizard with the Volcano Badge at stake! And, can Ash solve the mystery of the sleeping turtle Pokemon before Team Rocket steals the island's only Blastoise? Plus, Misty is the star of the Cerulean Gym's underwater play! But Team Rocket are playing the too-real villains! Season Two, Episodes 1-3.The Review!
The seventh Gym badge is on target, as Ash heads towards the Pokémon League Championships.Audio:
The only language provided is English, and we have a stereo mix that has all sound directed towards the front sound stage. Dialogue is clear, but I found that the sound levels during the DVD seemed to vary in the episode.Video:
The video qualities on the Pokémon DVDs continue to be the same. The colors are bright, except for the occasions when 4Kids felt scenes were too bright and artificially darkened them. No mpeg artifacts were present, or line shimmering or cross coloration.Packaging: Water Blast
features a Blastoise and its other evolutionary counterparts. Togepi, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and Ash?s Squirtle round up the cover on a nice beach setting with palm trees. On the back cover, we have Charizard and Magmar in their epic battle for the Volcano Badge. Episode names are listed, and a small paragraph gives a short summary of the episodes on this DVD. Insider there?s an insert listing the chapter stops, and a holographic card featuring Pikachu.Menu:
A simple one-menu system gives you access to about everything you need to change. You can select the opening credits, one of the three episodes, or ending credits. The episode selections actually feature video this time, as our Pokédex type menus have apparently come to an end.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The gym battles get even harder now as the Gym leaders start using much high level and evolved Pokémon.
The gang are traveling to Cinnabar Island in Riddle Me This
, an island know for its hot springs. Tourists are piled all over the town, and even Gary is there to enjoy the springs. Unfortunately, the Pokémon Gym there has now been abandoned due to the large number of tourists who came to the Gym to battle. Now there?s only a hidden Gym that only the most dedicated trainers will be able to find, in the heart of an active volcano!
Ash?s battle with Blaine, the master of the Cinnabar Gym, continues in Volcanic Panic
. Squirtle was easily defeated by Blaine?s fire Pokémon, Charizard refused to fight for Ash, and Pikachu is no match against Blaine?s Magmar. Ash has to give up on the fight. As Ash tries to figure out a way to defeat Blaine, Team Rocket plans to destroy the Cinnabar Gym. Now what will Ash do?
With the Volcano Badge in hand, Ash proceeds to leave Cinnabar Island when they accidently run into a Wartortle inBeach Blank-Out Blastoise. The Wartorle leads them to another island where a bunch of other Wartortles and Squirtles have all fallen asleep next to a giant Blastoise. The gang works to try to wake them all up, but Ash and his Squirtle end up falling asleep as well. Team Rocket of course takes advantage of the situation to steal the Blastoise for themselves.
Wow, another great two part episode-featuring Ash going after the Volcano Badge. This was another great battle, especially when Charizard gets in the fold. The only hard part about the two episodes is listening to the number of bad riddles that Blaine says and all the lame answers Ash comes up with. The last episode is another throwaway episode, but after the first two episodes you can?t expect much more. This is great DVD for Pokémon fans.
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears