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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. #40: Midnight Guardian

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: March 27, 2001


Pokemon Vol. #40: Midnight Guardian
© Viz Media


What They Say
Donphan can sniff out precious amberite and Team Rocket wants to steal both the amberite and the Donphan! Can Ash and his friends stop them?

Then, Ash, Misty, and Brock are lost in a haunted forest! Their only hope is the help of a half-trained Hoot Hoot! Finally it's time for a talent competition! Can Ash help train some talented dancing Bellossom before Team Rocket literally steals the show?

The Review!
Our intrepid trio continues their way to Violet City on their adventures in the Johto league.

Audio:

This English language only release comes with a basic stereo mix that has all sound directed towards the front sound stage. Dialogue and sound are clear though.

Video:

The bright colors of Pokémon still come on strong, but the one episode here that takes place at night seemed a little soft. I didn?t notice any compression related artifacts while I was watching, but the print used for this episode seemed a little weaker than normal. Some line shimmering was present in the background of some of the shots.

Packaging:

This grey silver case comes with Ash on the front cover, with a Hoothroot in the foreground and Pikachu in the background. No volume number is included, but the episodes are listed on the back cover. A picture of James in a tutu is on the back cover and the stats for a Donphan. Inside, we find a simple chapter insert and a holocard featuring Blastoise.

Menu:

The menu is very simple selection screen featuring a Pokédex. You can start from the opening, the beginning of one of the episodes, or the end credits. The menu is static and has no audio.

Extras:

None.

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

Another three episodes edited together, that are filler until Ash reaches the first Johto Gym.

We start off with Roll on, Pokémon, where Ash, Brock, and Misty end up in a forest filled with Donphan. After they try to catch one, they discover they all belong to a trainer named Rochelle, another girl for Brock to leer at. She cares for them, and can use them to find a previous Gemstone named amberite. Team Rocket learns how valuable amberite is, and steals Rochelle?s young Donphan to search for it. Ash to the rescue!

Illusion, Confusion takes place in another forest, this time at night. There are illusions in the forest, and the only way to fight them is with a Hoothroot. Unfortunately, the only Hoothroot available isn?t up to the task of protecting our trio from the illusions. Under their guidance though, our Hoothroot is sure to become full-fledged!

Lastly, in Flower Power, the group reaches the city of Flowender. A Pokémon exposition is going on in the city, where trainers show off the different abilities of their Pokémon. The Pokémon that we focus on here though are a pair of dancing Bellossom, a flower type Pokémon. Their trainer, Bailey, is trying to perfect a Loop-de-loop dance move that one of the Bellossom can?t seem to master.

There?s not too much progress here, except for Ash catching one more Pokémon. After the last volume with plot filled episodes, it?s not too surprising everything here is filler. James in a tutu is scary, so unless you?re a Pokémon completist, I?d pass on this volume.

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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