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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. #47: Azalea Adventures

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


Pokemon Vol. #47: Azalea Adventures
© Viz Media


What They Say
When Ash and his friends are chased into a cave by a giant Meowth robot, they come across a wild Cyndaquil! But Ash isn't the only trainer trying to catch it! Then, our heroes finally make it to Azalea Town, but before they can win a badge at the gym, they have to save the Slowpoke in the Slowpoke Well and end a drought! Plus, Poke Ball-maker Kurt offers to make specialty Poke Balls for Ash, Misty and Brock, but only if they go into the forest, brave its Pokemon, and pick the apricorns for themselves! "The Johto Journeys" series, episodes 25-27.

The Review!
Ash and the gang are on their way to the Azalea Gym for Ash?s next badge in the Johto League. They still have the GS ball to deliver for Professor Oak also, and Team Rocket is still giving chase.

Audio:

The only language included is the English dub which is a stereo mix with pretty much all the sound directed towards the front sound stage. The sound track is clear though, and there were no problems in the sound levels. Dialogue is also very clear.

Video:

The brightness of the series returns full force without any fear of seizures. The video quality on the Gold and Silver DVDs has really improved from the first two seasons released by Pioneer. Compression artifacts are almost non-existent.

Packaging:

For the Gold and Silver Adventures, Pioneer is releasing the DVD in alternating case colors. This one comes in gold. A giant Meowth robot graces the cover with Ash, Pikachu, and a Cyndaquil on the bottom. There is no spine number, but the episode names are listed on the back. Stats for a Cyndaquil are also printed on the back. There?s an insert inside and a glow in the dark Pikachu sticker.

Menu:

The menu is very simple with selection from starting each episode, the opening, or the end. It?s static and there?s no audio.

Extras:

None.

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

Three episodes are presented, with just the opening and closing credits surrounding them.

In Good ?Quil Hunting, Team Rocket has saved up money from various jobs to build a giant Meowth Robot in order to steal Pikachu from Ash. On their way to Azalea Town, Ash encounters a wild Cyndaquil that another Pokémon trainer is trying to catch. As Team Rocket tries to capture Pikachu, Cyndaquil gets in the way and eventually helps Ash defeat the giant Meowth. Cyndaquil, a fire type Pokémon, joins Ash on his journey.

Our heroes reach Azalea Town, where a drought is doing on in A Shadow of a Doubt. In the town, the gang can find Kurt, which is the man they are supposed to deliver the GS ball too. A large number of Slowpoke inhabit the town, and the town folk believe they will end the drought somehow. And where?s Kurt? Perhaps he?s with the Slowpokes.

Last off, we have Going Apricon! The gang find Kurt and his granddaughter Maizie. While Kurt examines the GS ball, Maizie takes Ash, Brock, and Misty to apricorn trees. Apricorns are special balls that grow on trees that can be made to catch specific type of Pokémon. Of course, when Team Rocket learns of this, they?ll try to grab all of them.

The Johto League journey moves on as Ash and Brock both get new Pokémon on this DVD, a Cyndaquil and a Pineco. Also, they finally deliver the GS ball and reach the town with the Azalea Gym. Cyndaquil is really cute also. A fun set of episodes here.

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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