Pokemon - Adventures on the Orange Islands Box Set
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After a stop in Pallet Town, Ash, Misty and Brock set out to find a rare and mysterious Pokéball for Professor Oak. Their quest leads them to the Orange Islands, where Ash decides to battle in the Orange League Tournament. With new friends to meet, new Pokémon to discover, and tough new trainers to challenge them, the adventures never end for Ash and his friends!
Includes 36 episodes of Pokémon fun and adventure!
The Orange Islands continuity (1999) serves as a bridge between the longer Pokémon storylines about the Indigo League (1997) and Johto League (1999) adventures. Professor Oak sends Ash, Misty and Brock to the Orange Islands to retrieve the mysterious GS Pokéball found by fellow researcher Professor Ivy. When they reach her lab, moonstruck Brock decides to stay with the Professor and her three female assistants. Ash and Misty are soon joined by Tracey, a "Pokémon Watcher" in training who sketches. After the perpetually amorous Brock, he makes a rather bland companion, although the caricatures of Groucho Marx and Clint Eastwood they encounter liven things up a bit. The characters roam aimlessly from island to island, escaping the snares of the inept Team Rocket, who stalk them in a submarine disguised as a giant Magicarp and a balloon that looks like Meowth. Ash wins the Coral Eye, Sea Ruby, Spike Shell, and Jade Star badges, which qualify him for the Orange League Tournament, where he finally learns to make his recalcitrant Charizard obey him. These stories lack a narrative arc: Ash's battles at the various gyms don't escalate, nor is there any sense of urgency to the mission to return the GS ball. The adventure concludes with Ash, Misty, and Tracey returning to Pallet Town, just in time to encounter the long-absent Gary. Professor Oak invites Tracey to become his assistant, so Brock, who's been jilted by Ivy and her assistants, sets out with Ash and Misty for the Johto League. (Rated A, suitable for All Ages: minor cartoon violence. --Charles Solomon
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Season 1: Indigo League (available in 3 dvd box sets, 79 episodes)
Season 2: Adventures in the Orange Islands (1 dvd box set, 35 episodes)
Season 3: The Johto Journeys (*no box set available, 41 episodes)
Season 4: Johto League Champions (*no box set available, 52 episodes)
Season 5: Master Quests (2 dvd box sets, 64 episodes)
Season 6: Advanced (2 dvd box sets, 40 episodes)
Season 7: Advanced Challenge (*no box set available, 52 episodes)
Season 8: Advanced Battle (*no box set available, 54 episodes)
Season 9: Battle Frontier (2 dvd box sets, 47 episodes)
Season 10: Diamond and Pearl (2 dvd box sets, 51 episodes)
Season 11: D/P Battle Dimension (tba)
Season 12 D/P Platinum (tba)
* = can be found on vhs and single disc dvd containing 3-6 episodes ea.
For those of you who love Pokémon, but haven't seen this series, I'd recommend picking it up. It's just as fun as the first series, but it does seem a bit hokey. It's more like a parody of Pokémon than an actual new season, with Team Rocket getting even more over-the-top, and Ash becoming a bit more stereotypically anime. It also has a feeling of watching Scooby-Doo, with crazy inane plots, total non-sequiturs and just generally weird stuff. Pikachu and Togepi get much more screen time, it seems like after every line the camera cuts to a close up on one of them, and as Pokémon, they don't have much to say.
That said, it was a very enjoyable season with all the fun and wackiness we've come to expect from Pokémon. Anyone who enjoyed the first series will love this one, and it's a great addition to your collection.
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