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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. #48: Buggy Boogie

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

Pokemon Vol. #48: Buggy Boogie
© Viz Media

What They Say
Ash finally battles Azalea Town's gym leader Bugsy and his bug Pokemon for a Hive Badge! Can Cyndaquil light its flame in time to help Ash win? And, lost in the Iiex Forest, Ash comes across a Fartetch'd trainer who needs a log of training himself before he can help Ash fight off Team Rocket! Plus, in the seaside town of Palmpona, Ash takes a Pokemon swap meet by storm! But is there any market for a young trainer's Wobbuffet? Episodes 28-30: "Gettin' The Bugs Out", "A Farfetch'd Tale", and "Tricks Of The Trade".

The Review!
The Pokémon Gym in Azalea reopens, so it?s time for Ash to try to get a badge for the Johto League. Will he be able to use his new Cyndaquil effectively, or just get bugged out.


The only language included is the English dub 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.


The colors on this release look really great. Compression artifacts are almost non-existent on this DVD. With only three episodes on each DVD, these releases should have looked good from the start.


For the Gold and Silver Adventures, Pioneer is releasing the DVD in alternating case colors. This one comes in silver. Ash and Pikachu are being chased by a stampede of Tauros. There is no spine number, but the episode names are listed on the back. Stats for a Wobbuffet are also printed on the back. There?s an insert inside and a glow in the dark Charizard sticker.


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



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.

Getting? the Bugs Out has Ash hitting the second Gym in the Johto Leagues for a hive badge. The gym leader this time is Bugsy, who specializes in bug Pokémon. Bug Pokémon are weak against fire, and the only fire pokémon Ash has is Cyndaquil now. Unfortunately, Cyndaquil can?t use its flame thrower attack until it gets warmed up in battle. It?s a three on three match for the hive badge!

Next up is A Farfetch?d Tale starts with the gang look for the next gym in the Johto League. As they travel through a forest, they encounter a young trainer named Sylvester who?s trying to get his new Farfetch?d to listen to him. Except Sylvester can?t even remember the names of Farfetch?d attacks! Farfetch?d doesn?t think much of Sylvester, and runs away. The two need to come to terms.

We end with Tricks of the Trade as the gang pass through the city of Palmpona on their way to Golden Rod Gym in Golden Rod City. In this town, the residents hold two special events. One is a Tauros event to prove who has the stongest. Ash has Professor Oak transfer his in order to compete. Also, there?s a swap meet in town where one can trade Pokémon with other trainers. With all those Pokémon there, Team Rocket makes an appearance.

A Gym battle! These are rare, and one of the few connections there are to the Pokémon games. Tricks of the Trade ends with Team Rocket losing their Likitung, and getting a Wobbuffet instead. There are a lot of different Pokémon in the third episode, so for people who like to see different Pokémon, this is the DVD for them.

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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