Anime DVD Review: Pokemon Indigo League Box 1

Pokemon Indigo League Box 1 features the first 26 episodes of the series on three DVDs. The first two discs contain nine episodes, while the third disc contains eight episodes.

Pokemon Indigo League Box 1
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 31, 2009

On the first disc, Ash begins his Pokemon journey and gets Pikachu, his first Pokemon.  On that disc, he also meets Misty and Brock, catches Caterpie, and Ash gets his first two badges.

On the second disc, Ash acquires Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle; he earns his third Pokemon badge; Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket end up shipwrecked and stranded on the Island of Giant Pokemon; and Misty acquires Horsea.

On the third disc, Ash lets go of his Butterfree, battles a Pokemon trainer with a psychic Pokemon, earns two more Pokemon badges, and acquires Primeape. In the last episode of disc three, Misty acquires the now infamous Psyduck.

The episodes in this set work at establishing the characters and the world of the Pokemon franchise. Overall, I have to say that these episodes are very successful in doing this. In addition, the audience begins meeting some of the Pokemon and seeing how the Pokemon battles work. Pokemon is a light-hearted and fun series, and is very accessible to the children that make up the target audience for the series.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, there is only one extra included on each disc, and it’s the same extra on each one. The extra is the full-length “Pokerap,” which is a song and rap that sometimes appeared at the end of an episode if filler was needed, although many times, it would be a shortened version of the track. Here, the “Pokerap” is in its entirety.

The only drawback to this feature is that it cannot be accessed through the main menu. The only way to access it is to watch the disc all the way to the end, because the “Pokerap” is tacked on after the ending credits of the last episode on the disc. You can also access the “Pokerap” by choosing to watch the second half of the last episode on the disc, and then hitting the “Skip” button on your DVD remote to get to the “Pokerap.”

In some respects, the set is disappointing, because Viz Media obviously put it together “on the cheap.” I suspect Viz thought that since the series is being aimed at kids, and that kids aren’t going to be as interested in special features. However, if you’re an older Pokemon fan that wants to own these episodes on DVD, you need to pick up this set in order to have these episodes in your home video collection.

If you’re a Pokemon fan, you really need to get this DVD set so you can follow Ash from the beginning of his Pokemon journey, and see where it all began.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Pokemon Indigo League Box 1 that my husband and I purchased.

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