Review: Pokémon: Indigo League Season 1 Standard Edition


Gotta Catch' Em All

It’s been so many years since I consecutively watched the original Pokemon series. I’ve seen clips on YouTube here and there, but it has been a while since I watched the series episodes back to back, and I was glad I finally got revisit the roots of the Pokemon anime. My first time experiencing the anime was back in 1999 when I was little and living in Peru. I think it was initially showing back in 1998 in Cartoon Network, but my family couldn’t afford that then, so I had to resort watching all of my anime in local TV, which already showed a lot anyway. This was before I discovered the games later that year though, too.

A little fun fact too is that because Pokemon (and I think Yu-Gi-Oh too but I don’t remember too much.) was the only anime that used the English Dub edition, that being the 4Kids version, instead of the Japanese unedited version like other anime, I thought it was an American cartoon, despite it similarities to anime. In Peru, in which we usually got the Latin American dub, the opening and ending songs had the Japanese credit text left on it, so it was easy to tell it was Japanese. This means that I did get to enjoy all the classic songs like the Pokemon Rap, My Best Friends and all the classics in Spanish, though. It wasn’t until 2003 when I migrated to the US and had proper internet access that I learned that Pokemon was Japanese.

Pokemon: Indigo League Season 1 Standard Edition (Blu-ray [reviewed], DVD)
Studio: OLM
Licensed By: Viz Media
Released: April 2nd, 2017 (NA)
MSRP: $49.99

At an early age I familiar with the English dub since I owned the first movie dubbed in VHS in 2001 and I said, watched clips of the original series as well as listened to the songs. I did watch Johto and the following series in Kids WB but this is actually watching the original 52 episodes in English from beginning to end, and boy, and I loved every minute of it—what an experience! It wasn’t so corny it was laughable many times, in a good way. The dub was really bad, and you could tell they didn’t have much experience yet (their work gets much better later on). Ash sounded like he was whining at times and both Nurse Joey and Officer Jenny definitely sounded amateurish. Same can be said about the one-time characters too, such as the Eevee brothers. 

As for the special features, they are nothing special. Just a “Guess who is that Pokemon?” game which varies per disc and its only limited to 5-10 Pokemon. It also has both complete versions of the Pokemon Rap. I was hoping it would have the Pikachu Jukebox endings, but I realized those were used after Episode 52, so that was a bummer. 

I definitely recommend this Blu-ray set for the nostalgia moments, not to mention is overall better than the following Pokemon series. If you can afford the additional 10 dollars, I would recommend getting the Championship Edition instead as that comes with a One-shot manga.

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