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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 70
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Pokemon

Pokemon Vol. #25: Round One!

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: January 16, 2001


Pokemon Vol. #25: Round One!
© Viz Media


What They Say
Pokemon League Finals! Can Richie, the nice guy with the Pikachu named Sparky, be an even greater rival than Gary? Ash makes it all the way to the sweet-sixteen round in the Indigo Leagues, only to find that his opponent is Richie! Will this competition tear Ash and Richie's new friendship apart? Plus, Team Rocket has finally dug a hole in the road that catches Ash and Pikachu! But can they steal Pikachu when both Ash and Richie are combined against them? Episodes 22-24.

The Review!
The Pokémon League is all ready to start! It?s time for Ash to enter the qualifying rounds, but is he really up to snuff?

Audio:

Round One! Contains a simple stereo mix with all sound directed towards the front sound stage. The dialogue and sound track is clear though with no distortions.

Video:

The colors in the show seemed to have been changed slightly. The colors seemed darkened as a result of the seizure incident. Compression wise, the DVD is great with no signs of cross coloration of artifacts.

Packaging:

Ash gets the corner on a very crowded front cover depicting the various Pokémon he?ll be battling. The crowds that watch the tournament are in the background. There is no volume number, but the back cover does list the episodes present on the DVD.

Inside there is a holographic card featuring Team Rocket, and an insert with all the chapters on the DVD.

Menu:

When you insert the DVD, you immediately get an ad for the Pokémon series on VHS and DVD. Then the US opening plays, and then it goes into the episodes.

The menu is simple and allows you to select to start at the opening, the start of an episode or the ending credits. You can also turn on Closed Captioning. Very simplistic, but at least the choices are animated. No sound though.

Extras:

None.

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

It?s time for the Pokémon League Tournament to start with Round One ? Begin! The tournament is set up so that there are four qualifying rounds before you enter the main tournanment. Each one will take place on a different field: Water, Rock, Ice, and Grass.

Water is the first tournament area for Ash, and be decides to bring his Crabby out to fight. Crabby has never fought in a battle though; will Ash be able to use him effectively?

Each of the other episodes on this DVD, Fire and Ice and The Fourth Round Rumble features Ash?s various qualifying battles to get into finals. Pokémon battles are what the episodes on this DVD are all about. Of course, there?s plenty of Brock drooling at Various Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys also!

The episodes here are a blast. If you?re a casual fan of Pokémon, this is a pretty good DVD to get.

Features
English Language

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears

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