Anime DVD Review: Pokemon Indigo League Box 2

Pokemon Indigo League Box 2 features episodes 27 through 52 of the Pokemon anime series. The set contains three DVDs; the first two discs have nine episodes, while the third disc contains eight episodes.

Pokemon Indigo League Box 2
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 31, 2009

On the first disc of the set, Brock gets a Vulpix; Ash says goodbye to Primeape; Ash and his friends are introduced to Magnemite, Grimer, Muk, Diglett, Digtrio, Voltorb, Ponyta, Kangaskhan, and Ditto; and Ash earns the Soul badge.

On the second disc, Ash almost says goodbye to Pikachu; and Ash and his friends meet Eevee, Jolteon, Flareon, Vaporeon, Snorlax, Exegutor, Exeggecute, Paras, Jigglypuff, Aerodactyl and other prehistoric Pokemon.

On the third disc, we learn that James actually came from a rich family; Ash and his friends meet Growlithe, Farfetch’d, and Togepi; Ash and his friends also meet a Pokemon photographer named Snap, who travels with them for a few episodes; Ash tries to take the Pokemon League exam; and we are introduced to Butch and Cassidy, two other members of Team Rocket.

The episodes in this set introduce a ton of new Pokemon to the viewer. This set also provides the first real character development that I can think of for a member of Team Rocket. While Brock and Misty had character development episodes appear prior to this, I believe James’ episode on the third disc is a first for the antagonists. As a viewer, it was nice to start seeing that there’s more to Team Rocket than the rather one-dimensional characters they had been prior to that point.

This set also shows there’s more members of Team Rocket than just Jessie and James. Not only that, but Butch and Cassidy also prove that there are actually competent members of Team Rocket.

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

Just like with the first box set, this feature cannot be accessed through the main menu. The only way to see the “Pokerap” is to watch the disc all the way to the end, because it’s tacked on after the ending credits of the last episode on the disc. You can also get to 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.”

Just like with the first DVD box set of Pokemon Indigo League, it’s obvious that Viz Media put this set together rather cheaply. But again, I think this is due to the fact that Viz probably felt the set was being marketed to kids, which are a segment of the audience that’s a lot less likely to care about special features on DVD releases. However, a fan of the Pokemon anime series needs to pick this up if they want to acquire all of the episodes on DVD for their home video collection.

If you’re a Pokemon fan, you need to acquire this DVD set so you can continue following Ash on his Pokemon journey.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Pokemon Indigo League Box 2 that my husband and I purchased.

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