Pokémon: Indigo League - Season One, Part 1
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Pokemon Season 1: Indigo League Part 1
Enjoy the Pokemon story from the beginning! Meet our hero, Ash, in his hometown of Pallet Town where boys and girls are encouraged to begin their Pokemon journeys! Join the Indigo League in these 26 episodes from Season 1 of Pokemon!]]>
Pokémon scored an immediate hit when it debuted on American TV in 1995: Adapted from a Gameboy game created by Satoshi Sajiri, the diminutive "pocket monsters" spawned a multibillion dollar franchise on both sides of the Pacific. The initial mania died down after a few years, but the games and the animated series and features have remained popular. Although it's unabashedly product-based and overly cute at times, Pokémon remains an agreeable children's entertainment that stresses friendship, perseverance, and good sportsmanship. The first broadcast season introduces the main characters and follows them through first part of the game in its original Red and Blue versions. Aspiring Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum must establish a bond with Pikachu, the ultra-cute, but initially recalcitrant "electric mouse." He leaves his home in Pallet Town and quickly befriends fellow-trainers Misty and Brock. As the trio wanders through forests and towns, Ash begins collecting Pokémon and fighting other trainers. (The fights are very tame: Pokémon faint when they're exhausted, but are never injured or killed.) The three friends also outwit inept comic villains of Team Rocket, Jesse, James, and Meowth. Ash gradually matures through his experiences: In episode 20, he learns self-sacrifice when he allows Butterfree, the first Pokémon he caught and trained, to find a mate and depart for their nesting grounds. The original motto, Pokémon Getto Daze! (Let's Get Pokémon!) became "Gotta Catch 'Em All!" and many fans are still trying to do just that, although the initial number of 151 Pokémon, has more than tripled over the years. (Unrated, suitable for all ages: cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon
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I wasn't sure what I would feel re-watching these early Kanto episodes - would they still hold the same charm they did so many years ago? Needless to say, the answer is a resounding yes! Fond memories of watching the show on the WB came flowing back as I re-experienced Ash befriend and partner with his first few Kanto team... Feeling the same sadness again watching Ash say goodbye to Butterfree... Getting excited for each Gym-related episode (which were always enlightening because in this season Gym Leaders were a bit more unconventional in awarding badges)... The bonds of friendship Ash and friends forge along the way. I loved reliving every moment of this childhood favorite and decided to order the other two box sets too.
However, expect a no-frills approach to the box set itself. There are no unique paper inserts and no bonus features on the DVDs themselves. The box that houses the DVDs is not crafted from the strongest material and is prone to wear and tear, albeit it features very nice, colorful artwork. Hopefully, one day PUSA will release a premium set of this iconic series with more bells and whistles. However, for such an impressive collection of episodes, this box set was definitely worth the price I paid on Amazon. I highly recommend this set as a gift for fans of the series or as a way to introduce the series to newcomers.
A must buy for every Pokemon fan!
a downside to this is no original voices, low levels of extra material, unnecessarily large packaging and the still annoying 60-year old smoker-grandma voice of Ash.