The Pokemon anime series is something i droped for many years, basically is just the same formula but a different region with new Pokémon and so on.
I came back just for one reason. I played the original game in a Game Boy when I was 10, and since then i followed the games, maybe for someone the games are like i just said about the anime "the same formula but a different region with new Pokémon" but i think the games, in fact, are more fun and engaging.
Now, back to the animation... I love it.
It takes the most memorables moments of the original game like
the Pokemon Tower in Lavender Town,maybe it will jump many of your personal favorite moments, but the ones you really know, they are here. For only 4 episodes it was pretty good and awesome. 8/10
The characters are just like in the game like our cocky-hated rival Green or our greedy Giovanny, a copycat form the game, and that is GOOD 8/10
The music, an orchestrated tunes form the classic tracks from the game. Sure they are many, but I wish it had been more. 9/10
The art is not bat at all, acutually is pretty awesome but i think they could do it much better, like the Pokemon Movies.
Is something between a regular episode and a movie 7/10
It's a love letter to the first games (with a little wink to the next Nintendo 3DS relased) I recomend to any fan of Pokémon, more if you are more in the Games rather the anime and I enjoyed a lot 10/10
It's gets a 8,4/10 + 0,6 for nostalgia.
The OVA promised to follow the story of the original Pokemon Red and besides adding a mega-evolution for Charizard at the end, it pretty much did exactly that. Our hero is named Red instead of Ash and he actually captures all the Pokemon. He doesn't randomly release his best fighters, he actually wins his gym battles without cheating, the Pokemon actually use real moves and not bullshit like "dodge", and he actually dismantles the Team Rocket Organization. So this is WAY better than the original Pokemon anime right?....right? The problem is that Pokemon wasn't a game that sold so well because of
the amazing plot and characters. Games like the Final Fantasy games, Metal Gear series, Mass Effect, all sold copies primarily based on their interesting stories and characters. Pokemon sold games based on excellent gameplay, game mechanics, and addictive/competitive nature. Red says his goal is to "complete the Pokedex" rather than being the strongest trainer like Ash wanted. However, we never see any strong motive for Red's desire. He isn't a scientist trying to collect all the Pokemon to study them. The Pokemon seem to be literally stored as data in the PC rather than living on Oak's ranch, so he certainly isn't making friends. In fact that seems pretty damn cruel when you think about it. Red doesn't really have any character traits that make him interesting or give him depth. Green is just as bland. He doesn't have a squad of cheerleaders like Gary and while still a dick, isn't the same epic caliber douche that we all love to hate. The Gym Leaders aren't nearly as memorable and I actually started to miss the goofy Team Rocket trio because this Team Rocket was so boring. Pokemon Red's plot worked fine as a game, but had ZERO business being adapted into an anime.
The art was actually pretty good. I guess if there was a single thing that justified this anime's existence, it would be the art and getting to see pokemon battles with vastly superior animation to the original series. Of course, I haven't watched the main Pokemon anime since about 2001, so maybe the animation for the main series is just as good at this point.
The music is actually the music from the original game. That was a nice touch, but the original Pokemon anime had a soundtrack that I actually thought surpassed the game's soundtrack.
"Pokemon: The Origin" is in the running for the most needless and pointless anime ever made. I've only seen a few other anime like "Eva: Death and Rebirth" that filled me with such a strong desire to scream: "why was this shit even made?!" I know it was made for the quick and easy money, but surely there must be a better way to both make money and please the massive Pokemon fanbase than this!
Pokemon a series that many people have lost faith in which is understandable with the recent years. Pokemon: The Origin however actually was pretty good. Pokemon: The Origin based off of Pokemon Red/Green is 4 episodes which gives a brief summary of the games they were based on.
The reason that Pokemon: The Origin was good was because of the characters
Red: The main character he did what the other guy(Ash/Satoshi) couldn't do and that is dominate, have a clear goal, and actually follows that goal leading him to become a great trainer in the long run.
Green: Even though he was made into a side character
compared to Red Green was an enjoyable part of the story as well. He also was a better trainer than the other guy(Red/Satoshi)who pretty much knew how to train his pokemon the correct way. He was a good friend and rival to Red and their battles were fun to watch.
Overall my thoughts on Pokemon: The Origin is why did they not replace the other guy(Red/Satoshi) with proper characters from this show. All though the show was short it was a fun show to watch and made me restore a little faith into pokemon. Overall: 7.75/10 (Rounded) 8/10
Nostalgia can be a detriment to looking at something through a critical lens. Fond memories can blur your judgment concerning the quality of a work of fiction, especially if it's something you grew up on. This is the pit-trap waiting for the generation of anime fans who grew up in the 90's watching and playing Pokémon in this four episode special. Pokémon Origins retells memorable events of the first two Pokémon games in animated form. No doubt it will bring forth warm fuzzy memories of popping Pokémon in your Gameboy for the first time, but once put under a critical light, the special bares questionable
results at best.
Origins chronicles the adventures of Red, named after one of the first two games, on his quest to become a skilled Pokémon trainer and complete Professor Oak's Pokédex. His adventure covers the entirety of the first Pokémon games, which means sticking to the original 150 Pokémon (for the most part). It also means condensing an entire games worth of content into only four 20-or-so minute episodes. The show deals with this by having narration that lists off events that happened presumably in the time between episodes. This, of course, is a textbook example of weak writing, not to mention it breaks the cardinal rule of ‘show, don’t tell’. The story is not being told to us as much as it is being spoon-fed to us. Certainly, the events will elicit major nostalgia for anyone who has played the games, however, that alone is not a sign of good writing. In fact, the storytelling here relies almost solely on nostalgia. Since large chunks of Red’s adventure are told though narration, it doesn’t feel like the audience is on the journey with him. We are told about the wonderful world of Pokémon, but we’re never allowed to explore it with Red. This results in difficulty actually being invested in Red’s adventure, outside of our own nostalgia of the game.
Not helping the matters is that none of the characters develop in a natural progression. We see Red become a master Pokémon trainer, but we never experience it. This is, again, because most if his adventure is narrated, which makes it more expository than experiential. It becomes difficult to gauge his growth as a trainer and a person, and summarizes what should have been shown as hard earned experience. He does have a distinct character arc that is easy to map out, but it just isn’t explored particularly well. Of course, Red is the central character and as a result the most developed, which doesn’t bode well for any of the other characters. Blue/Green (depending on what language you’re watching) is Red’s rival, and he’s given enough personality to not be one-note, particularly with his sometimes friendly sometimes antagonistic relationship with Red. However, he’s ultimately there to be a rival that Red can play off, and he doesn’t develop too much beyond that. Likewise, most of the characters feel kind of like stepping stones for Red as he develops into a better trainer; pretty much all of them are there to either teach Red a lesson or antagonize him into action. Needless to say, any character development for them is light or rushed. Team Rocket leader Giovanni’s sudden change of heart might have been an affecting moment if we actually got to know him first. Instead, we get his backstory in a few minutes during his battle with Red.
With all this said, it must be asked: is Pokémon Origins a failure? Well, no. Not really. This is a project that was clearly banking on the nostalgia of its viewership, and love for the franchise. In a way, it’s almost a reward for their devotion. It’s kind of a walk down memory lane for anyone who grew up with the games and the TV show. Watching Red travel, train, and battle reminds us of all the hours we put into beating the game and completing the Pokédex. We’re treated to game menu screens being incorporated into the show, fully animated re-enactments of scenes and battles, and nostalgia inducing iconic soundtrack. The animation is also much better compared to that of the TV series, perhaps even better than some of the movies. The boost in budget compliments the creative and varied Pokémon designs quite well, some Pokémon look better than ever. Battles are done with an abundance of energy, and while sometimes short and predictable, they are entertaining and often more violent than those of the TV show.
Nostalgia is nice, but it is no substitute for good storytelling. This is most certainly the problem with Pokémon Origins. The story being told is far too big to effectively be told in just four episodes, the world too expansive. This results in the massive amount of exposition, heavy narration, and unnatural pacing that plagues Origins. It might bring forth pleasant memories of your early gaming years, but doesn’t succeed in telling its story through the visual medium, instead relying on your own fond nostalgia. When it comes down to it, you might as well just play the games again instead, it’s a much more rewarding experience.
It's important to remember that when reviewing any topic, one should keep their personal bias to a very low minimum. This is especially difficult when dealing with a monster type franchise such as the Pokemon series, as most, if not all, people have been exposed to either the Pokemon series or games at some point in their lives. To the degree that this affects their opinion of the franchise is what ultimately will decide the fate of the future of the series. Keeping this point in mind, when it was announced earlier this summer/fall that a new anime would be produced that would follow the
storyline of the original Pokemon games, it was safe to say that a few people were excited. They were promised a look back at what revolutionized a franchise in the form of a four-episode special. What it was willing to accomplish in those four episodes is the most debatable topic of all.
Once again, when reviewing one is recommended that they put their personal bias to a very low minimum. Keeping this in mind, I viewed this four-episode special through the mind of someone who has no prior knowledge of the Pokemon series or games. I watched Pokemon: The Origin as if I was playing the first game for the first time through the perspective of the main character. From what was gathered, the story begins with a character named Red, who is passionate about catching and training creatures known as Pokemon. He, along with his rival, Green, is tasked with collecting every species of Pokemon known to that world by the town's local Pokemon professor: Professor Oak. With his goal set in stone, Red sets out to catch 'em all.
With only four episodes to work with, there is a guarantee that not everything from the game will be shown in the series. To someone who has no prior knowledge of the game, these time skips do more justice as a form of confusion than anything else. Along with this, the special only chooses to show certain scenes from the game, with some scenes being obvious to the hardcore fan, while random to about everyone else. Due to this, each episode not completely focused on the goal of collecting every pokemon possible or advancing that plot accordingly is viewed more as a filler episode. To those not aware of the Pokemon games, they will also notice a variety of plotholes within the special that don't make sense unless you've played the game. One such thing is the absence of police or the logic behind sending a child out to collect potentially dangerous creatures in order to satisfy the wish of a man no one knows anything about. Without these security blankets, viewers won't know how to interpret the impact of certain scenes and their importance to the series. These gaping plotholes and the lack of any character development is prevalent and noticeable throughout the entirety of this special.
Speaking of character development, it wouldn't seem too far fetched to think that the special would focus a little time on developing the main character, Red, as he's on screen roughly 85% of the time, whether in recaps or otherwise. With the entire series being based on this one character, it's hard to really enjoy any other character that's introduced during the time span, that is, unless you're a fan of the series. I'm sensing a pattern here. The only other character that gets any amount of focus in more than one episode is Green, and even he doesn't develop into anything more than the rival character. The issue with the lack of depth can be solely attributed to the lack of time and the length of the individual pokemon battles. Whether in recaps or actual battle, Red is shown fighting other character's pokemon a big chunk of the time that this special has to offer. It does take the liberty to offer some insight on how Red develops as a trainer through his struggles with certain opponents, and the views he shares when facing someone with far different beliefs. Unfortunately, this is the most that the special is willing to offer.
What would be an appropriate way to animate a series trying to showcase nostalgic elements? Why, with save screens and in-game text, of course. At the beginning and end of each episode, the viewer is shown a small snippet of animation that plays to the feelings of those who played the original games. Before each episode, one has to load up the save file in order to continue their adventure, and when they're finished, they have to save their progress. These in-game pop-ups serve as a reminder of how important it is to save the game, what it matters to the quality of the animation is not exceedingly accurate. The recaps that I've mentioned before are also reminiscent of the original games as a small text box will appear at the bottom of the screen, explaining the situation that is being spoken of to us by Red. In terms of the animation of the series in general, it's appropriate, to say the least. It's not the most spectacular animation one will see from animators of the 21st century, but it's enough to satisfy both fans and newcomers alike. The battles are vivid and well-detailed, granted the viewer isn't stricken with how dull the humans look in comparison to the pokemon. Such is only expected from those who know the series.
Taking everything into consideration, if one is a fan of the pokemon series, this special will probably hold a special place in their heart. It's respectful to its source material (until the end) and the character Ash Ketchum, who plays the main role of the original Pokemon series, is nowhere in sight. Seeing as I am a fan of the Pokemon series, it was enjoyable to view from a fan's perspective, but that doesn't erase the numerous problems that are hidden behind the spontaneous animation. Some of these problems are excusable due to the time restraints that a series has with only four episodes, but there have been series that have done more with less, and to excuse something as enormous as Pokemon from doing anything less than possible puts it in hot water with those unfamiliar with the series. Everything else considered, this is the perfect treat for fans of the original games, but its purely restricted to that group in particular.
Origin might be a great example of how to do a short game adaptation. Sure, it's not that good, as it basically skipped most gyms and locations. But did it please it's fans? Well it sure did please me.
It's a bit difficult commenting on the overall story, as a lot was skipped, so all we got was Red starting his journey and battling Brock, Lavender Town, a bit of Silph Co and 8th gym battle against Giovanni, short E4 montage and Mewtwo battle. Pretty much the highlights of the Kanto games. The start of the journey was well done and portrayed how the game looked
to a child. Lavender Town further expanded the Marowak story and made the segment quite emotional. Team Rocket beating Marowak to death was a bit too brutal though. Unlike the games though, Green was trying to help Red in the Pokemon Tower. Second encounter with Giovanni at the Silph Co was changed a bit to make it more interesting, and the fight was portrayed more realistically, just like the Squirtle vs Charmander fight. So we got some explosions and the last floor blew off. The eight gym fight was really great and further expanded Giovanni's character. Last portion of the special was spent on Red vs Mewtwo, which was mostly a Mega Charizard showcase.
The story really lacked any proper progress, as we mostly saw segments of Red's journey, with most of the stuff happening in short montages. All important moments like gym battles, obtaining rods, fossil etc. were shown via those short montages. But then again, Gen I isn't story driven, so not that much was lost in those montages. They kept the decisive Giovanni battle, which is the most important segment of the story.
I bet most of the 90s kids, who played Red/Blue during it's launch, found themselves in Red. Red did most beginner's mistakes a child playing the games for the first time would do. He tried catching a Pokemon on full health, he tried catching someone else's Pokemon and used wrong move types. He was quite incompetent in the first segment. Sadly, most of his development happened during the in-between montages. That's quite a bummer, as he instantly went from a beginner to an experienced Pokemon trainer. Green didn't seem as arrogant as that Douche from our little Game Boy screens. Perhaps he wasn't like that in the Japanese version, so the dub shall contribute to his character. Green just isn't the Douche I know without his "Smell ya later". He felt more like a "tsundere" type of character in Origin.
Ken Sugimori's Gen III redesign was adapted well in this special. Pokemon designs were changed a bit to make them look more threatening. The special was handled by three studios: Production IG animated the first episode, Xebec animated the second and third, and Oriental Light and Magic the fourth. Compared to the TV show, the battles were portrayed more realistically here. Squirtle's Bite was portrayed really sadistically. You could feel Charmander's pain. The attacks got redesigned and looked really high-budget compared to the show.
The whole soundtrack contained remixes of the game's song, similar to the show. The remixes were quite good. Unlike the show where Pokemon repeated their names, Origin went to a more realistic cry-based sounds. Makes me wish that the original show started with that too, as animals repeating their species name is quite creepy.
The enjoyment really depends on how well you know the game. Some things may bother a bit, like battles still being in the style of the show. But overall, I think Origin did well in the fanservice area. Stuff like Nurse Joy's "We hope to see you again" and the white hand NPC made me really happy. Seeing Mega Charizard before the release was also really great. While I am a bit sad that E4 was just a montage, the Mewtwo fight was quite emotional and done great. I really liked that the towns were close to their game design. So instead of being huge like in the show, we got towns looking like their game counterparts.
Overall, Origin is a 90min long Pokemon commercial (similar to the show). It lacked a story and character development. It was pure fanservice, and Gen I fans probably enjoyed it a lot. It's really not recommended to watch it if you haven't played the game. You won't get anything out of it. I myself enjoyed it a lot and might rewatch the dub for Green.
Pokemon: The Origin is a four-episode OVA series split between three different studios that is an anime interpretation of the reboot for the first-generation of Pokemon games (FireRed and LeafGreen). With the release of Pokemon X and Y for 3DS hitting the international market, Origin was more of an accessory item, but people were still excited. Does Origin live up to the hype? Let's take a look.
The story follows the story of Pokemon Trainer Red on his journey to complete the Pokedex and become the Pokemon League Champion: the same plot of the games themselves. He competes with his rival Green on his quest to
be the ultimate Pokemon trainer. For veterans of the Pokemon series, there isn't very much new to discover here.
For a four-part OVA series between multiple studios, sure, things have to be condensed - but as a result, the story felt painfully rushed. Character development felt forced, and with the large amount of montages to supplement development, it feels like watching a late-series Rocky movie. Understandably, the story isn't exactly new. The series itself was designed as an accessory to the hype leading up to the release of Pokemon X and Y and as a nod to longtime fans of the series. However, it would have progressed much more fluidly if it had been a longer series, even to the tune of 12 to 15 episodes.
While the art isn't exactly impressive, it's certainly not awful. The choice of coloring is pleasant, yet plain. The style itself is similar to the style taken for FireRed and LeafGreen themselves (specifically box art and character design). There were some particularly impressive moments, especially in episode four with coloring and effects, but nothing terribly innovative. In summary: not terrible, but not particularly good either.
Everything from the voice acting to the music score was on-point. The voice actors themselves fit their own characters and did well with their delivery. The sound effects for the Pokemon attacks were appropriate and the cries of each Pokemon were sensible and realistic. In addition, the music score was quite well-written and felt like something a person would go to a concert hall to listen to. This was probably the strongest point of the series.
Character development seemed more forced than anything else. While characters like Red and Green initially seem very static, their development does indeed occur, albeit with a certain force that doesn't feel natural to even the newest of anime fans. While development for characters like Giovanni is well-written and drawn out to a reasonable degree, there isn't much to see in terms of good character-writing.
While there isn't much new to see here, Pokemon: The Origin isn't unenjoyable. However, it is definitely geared towards a highly particular audience, that audience being the group of gamers who remember playing the Pokemon games back on the original Game Boy or the reboot games on Game Boy Advance. The ending credit sequence even had a border designed to look exactly like a Game Boy screen, and the end of each episode features Red saving his own game, exactly like the original Pokemon games. However, while the series is an interesting nod to the specific audience mentioned, it feels like nothing more than a cheap thrill. It had its moments within its montages that brought excitement and energy, in addition to emotion during its more tender moments, but it isn't exactly a stellar and shining example of an OVA series.
Pokemon: The Origin is an interesting tribute to old fans of the series as the 3DS games Pokemon X and Y hit the shelves internationally. Unfortunately, it is plagued by a forcefully-quick story and a case of montage-mania like a Rocky film. In addition, characters are seemingly forced to evolve and develop. However, the sound effects, voice acting, and music score were all well-done, and while the art wasn't exactly innovative, it met par for the course. Unless you're a die-hard Pokemon fan or a person trying to get some more hype in their system for X and Y, it isn't likely you'll enjoy it too much. However, it's not disagreeable. It may not leave your palate satisfied, but at least you'll be asking for more - and hopefully you'll find that sweet satisfaction once a copy of X or Y gets in your hands.
When I first heard that there would be a new Pokemon anime released, and furthermore that it was based upon the Fire Red/Leaf Green games, I was rather excited. As a fan of the games and manga I've waited a long time hoping for something other than the disappointing anime where the writers so shamelessly retcon the story and frequently bend and defy the Pokemon world's logic whenever convenient to showcase merchandise. I guess I should have checked my enthusiasm however, as all I got for watching this was more disappointment.
Pokemon: The Origin offers nothing interesting to the fans, new or old, that hasn't been
seen before in some form. Those that have played the generation 1 or 3 games already know well how this story goes and to greater depth than this OVA series gives. People who read the various Pokemon manga will have read of far more interesting Pokemon adventures, and even those who watch the regular anime will have seen better battles.
To begin with the primary issue: This story feels rushed, badly. What should be major event arcs and intriguing battles with the gym leaders, or the sense of adventure of exploring a new area and what makes it unique, are glanced over in simple montages upon the start of each OVA and you simply feel like you've missed out on over half the experience. In fact, only two gym leader battles are ever presented, and even the Elite Four are reduced to mere montages. For those looking for a greater in-depth look of Kanto or maybe wanted more dialogue from the gym leaders for a richer experience won't find it here.
There is nothing particular that feels memorable or will make the watcher reflect and while Green (Blue, Gary) is given a closer role to the protagonist and some unique dialogue, the few characters presented are even less dimensional than those in the regular anime. Red's growth as a a trainer and his experiences and mistakes are touched upon in the first OVA, but then he is practically rushed via montage barrage into a competent trainer well on his way to becoming champion. The final OVA is objectively where the story gets the most interesting and unique to a degree, but that is only used to showcase new merchandise to further hype up Generation 6.
Another thing I note is that similar to the anime the world's own lore logic is horribly ignored for plot convenience, particularly noticeable in OVA's 02 and 04. I honestly don't know why I expected something different.
The animation for each OVA was split up between four studios. However while Production I.G. is famous for working on many visually appealing series such as FLCL or Ghost in the Shell, don't expect it to show here; it is actually in the fourth OVA, where Oriental Light and Magic were in charge, where the best animation and most interesting sequences are presented. However, since Pokemon is already their most prominent work I guess they had home field advantage. Outside of these few battles though the animation is quite simple and will fail to impress people who have already watched a decent amount of anime. As I touched upon earlier the regular Pokemon series features more interesting battles with a consistently better quality of animation. The characters and locations featured are however all recognizable to fans and are consistent with lore. The battles themselves outside the fourth OVA are quite simple, but they are somewhat more conformed to the game style of battle rather than the anime with such features as HP bars and techniques used. There is also an unexpectedly gritty side touched upon regarding pain the pokemon experience that the traditional anime never really portrays. It is by far one of the more memorable parts of this overall as well.
The music I found to be one of the better elements, the classic, corresponding themes trigger upon a certain arc or battle. Particularly well done and noticeable are Team Rocket's and Giovanni's (Sakaki) theme.
Overall Pokemon: The Origin is wasted potential used to push hype for merchandise and any fan could watch some pokemon leak youtube videos for that. If you enjoy the games or manga you already have had richer experiences than what this will provide and for the hardcore nostalgic fans: This isn't the anime you will likely expect it to be. The only good of this is that maybe the fact this was made is a sign that those in charge of the Pokemon anime franchise will be willing to further deviate from their traditional, stagnant formula they have pumped out for so many years now and more original, properly thought out and well paced works will be produced for fans.
Pokemon. The word itself should be very familiar to many people, as many people probably have seen at least 1 episode of the anime, played a game, or at least heard of it from the grapevine. From a long line of anime seasons and movies such as: Everyone's favorite "Pokemon: The Movie" featuring Mewtwo, the semi-ok "Manaphy and the Pokemon Ranger", the really bad Keldeo Movie, and the god awful Pokemon Black and White series, we have Pokemon: The Origin welcoming us to the new generation of pokemon, X and Y.
Story (8/10): With the idea of pokemon going back to its
original first generation in a sense in the games, pokemon origins refills the nostalgia feeling of pokemon fire red and leaf green by creating basically the whole story plot line of the original 2 games in a 4 episode series. Though it does bring back its nostalgia feeling of going back to your childhood, it does bring up some problems. Because it's only 4 episodes, the plot is rushed, seeing as how about 15 or so hours of gameplay are being reduced to about an 2 hours. Meaning there will be some missing parts of the pokemon adventure and possible plot points in the games aren't integrated. Also, the idea of "gotta catch 'em all" is part of the story as well.
Characters (7/10): The characters are just as you would expect. They are all characters from within the pokemon game and are just as cliched as you would think. Not like that's bad considering the fact that they are FROM a game where they only get about 3-4 lines of speech. The story follows the main character Red, as he goes along his journey, with his charmander, and does basically what anyone in a pokemon game would do, get all 8 badges, defeat the elite 4, and beat the champion. However, there is quite a bit of development from him as he goes along his journey, showing how the trainer does mature along with his or her pokemon, which is nice to see.
Art and Sound (8/10): Compared to any other pokemon anime (except the black and white 2 trailer), the art for this is drastically better, as the characters show very well done shading for the time of day, and just overall a different and better feel. Pokemon: the origin actually seems to take itself seriously and shows how much the journey of pokemon can actually change a person due to its more darker looking art style, which I like very much. The sound is great. Featuring actual official tracks of remastered pokemon battle music and such, Pokemon: The origin goes back to its roots in another sense, bringing back the nostalgia that people everywhere love.
Personal Enjoyment (8/10): Let's just get this over with. My first pokemon game, was Pokemon Black. I know it's not THE best game to start off due to how long the franchise has been going on, but give me a break, later generation haters. Because I didn't play the first pokemon game, this was a completely new experience to me. From what I saw watching this, pokemon was taken to a whole different and darker level, making more like a real world where things actually frikin' matter, compared to the normal anime series where the main protagonist is immortal. In any case, I loved watching this as I have been a fan of the pokemon franchise for a very long time. I liked watching how the first generation and the sixth generation did a sort of integration together towards the end which was a great touch. But in all seriousness, pokemon: the origin was a great little series to help celebrate the next generation of pokemon, which, I have, of course. I love pokemon, and anyone else who loves pokemon should like it as well.
Note: I have pokemon X, so...if anybody has a spare Yveltal, can you send it my way? ;)
Pokemon, or Pocket Monsters was a part of my generation's childhood and every subsequent generation given that the series has continued with a new version being released every couple of years and that isn't even including the spinoff games like Snap, Conquest, or Ranger. The original pair of games, Red and Green, was released in Japan during February of 96. (Blue didn't come until later. We didn't get them until 99 and we didn't get Green at all. The games quickly grew into a major franchise with an anime that started broadcasting in 97 and has never stopped, getting new series added with every new
game release. In addition to that it has a trading card game, a manga and a whole lot of merchandise. October of 2013 was pretty big for the series. Not only were the newest titles, X & Y released but so was a special hearkening back to the games that started it all. That being Pokemon: The Origin, a four episode piece. Brought to us by OLM, the same studio behind the rest of the anime, Production IG and Xebec. So, is this worth looking into?
The narrative opens at the same place as the original games, Professor Oak introduces himself and the world of Pokemon, although he doesn't ask if you're a boy or girl. It also shows the brief snippet of Gengar and Nidorino fighting that played before the title screen. Enter our hero, Red. He's summoned to Oak's lab long with his rival, Green. The two are given pokedexes and their first pokemon. Red chooses Charmander because of the connection to his name. Green calls that a girly reason and picks Squirtle, because being a dick is the manly thing to do. Red decides to focus on completing his pokedex while Green makes an effort to become the world's greatest trainer. After losing horribly against Green, Red realises that he's going to have to become a stronger trainer if he's going to have a chance to complete his pokedex and he decides to take the gym challenge. From there, it follows the same narrative as the games with the gym battles and encounters with Team Rocket.
Now, there are quite a few things in the story that I do like. One of the big things is the way they show the gym leaders pick which pokemon to use. They only show two gym fights, the first being against Takeshi and the other against Sakaki. Takeshi asks Red how many badges he has and decides which Pokemon to use based on it, which implies that Gym leaders base their pokemon on their challenger's progress. Which is an interesting addition to the universe and I'd really like to see it used in an actual game. It wouldn't be difficult, they'd just have to give you a more open world where you could challenge the gyms in any order and have the pokemon used by the gym leaders be dependent on when you fight them. They skip over a lot out of necessity, but the moments they do hit on are handled pretty well and get some good dramatic tension. I also like the usage of game imagery throughout the special and I do appreciate that Pikachu barely appears. I don't hate Pikachu, but it's so over-used in most Pokemon media.
Now, there are flaws too. They use montages to explain everything they've skipped and these are entirely pointless. They show you the loading screen at the beginning of each episode, which tells you how many badges Red has and how many pokemon he's caught. They rarely show the scenes of him catching pokemon so why do they need to explicate on how he beat gyms and got badges? It just takes time away from the moments they're actually focusing on. They could have spent more time on Sakaki's story arc so it didn't feel so rushed. That's another problem, Sakaki's story arc is taken care of over the course of a single battle. It lasts for maybe five minutes and the result feels forced as a consequence.
Red is a great lead character, unlike certain other Pokemon protagonists who are incompetent and have trouble with the basic idea of actually catching pokemon. Red grows as a character in a way that makes sense and seems realistic for what he's going through. Green is overconfident and arrogant, but he's not a bad character either. He seems like a brash and abrasive teenager. I also like the bond between Red and his starter. Unlike some incompetent twits who can't even keep their pokemon from attacking them, (okay that's the last swing I take at Satoshi), Red develops a strong camaraderie with his Charizard over the course of the series which culminates in a very strong scene when they face their greatest challenge. The biggest weakness in terms of major characters is Sakaki, who undergoes a radical change for flimsy reasons.
This special looks great. The character designs are nicely detailed while staying fairly faithful to the source material. The pokemon battles can get surprisingly brutal and they just look awesome. At least what they show of them. The battles are another area where a lot of stuff gets skipped over.
The voice acting is pretty good. Red is voiced by Takeuchi Junko, who played Dieter in Monster. She gives a strong performance. Green is voiced bu Eguchi Takuya, who gave a decent performance in Chokotan as Arima and gives an even better one here. The music and sound are frequently reminiscent of the soundtrack from Red and Green which is really cool.
There's no romance at all, homo-erotic or otherwise. 1/10.
This special is actually really good. They do skip a lot of material, but it's understandable and necessary given the length of the special. Red is a great protagonist and they manage some really good send ups to the original game. There's a lot to like about it, especially if you were or still are a fan of the Pokemon games. It's not a perfect series, but it is a great one. My final rating is going to be an 8/10. Next week, another anime based on a Nintendo property. This one involving blades and sorcery. That's right, Fire Emblem had an OVA.
Pokémon: The Origin is the special dedicated to Red and Blue/Green, the original Poké-games. It has been introduced as an epic moment for everyone, both who played the games and who didn't. Actually it has lots of not-so-good elements that give it the status of "just-enjoyable-but-nothing-more".
Some of them are caused by the lenght of this special, combined to the intentions of the writers. I can understand this is a special and must be just 1:30 hours long, that's not the problem. But, knowing it must be this lenght, you just can't make it represent a game based on travelling, experiencing, growing
up with your Pokémon. One of the main Pokémon purposes is the journey. You just can't drop it down because you have a constricted lenght. So it should have been another pair of hands; maybe it could focus on just 1-2 events instead of giving a portrait of the ENTIRE JOURNEY in 1:30 hours.
So, following the single rating, I gave 5 to the story. Not because of the story itself; afterall it's greatly-built, with the Giovanni plot, the Red vs. Blue rivalry and finally that Mewtwo thing. But it's mostly based on the videogames, so that's not our point. You just can't do that in 1:30 hs. You must change your choice.
No problems for the art, where I gave a super-fair 8/10, it's clean and detailed, even if I prefer the main anime one. But this design is more suitable for a special like this, that has to recall some memories to someone.
Sound is good, too. Not as good as the main anime, that has majestic pieces. So 7/10, I didn't found ant OST that was memorable, but everyone was good.
Characters are a bad note... probably I can save - partially - just Red, that had some sort of character definition and development. Not that was so developed - it's only 1:30 afterall, I can understand this - but he was okay in the mood of becoming a Master and expecially in the Pokédex thing. The other ones were not defined at all. Blue has just a bunch of "I'm the best and --- the rest / I'm not the best anymore? How can this be possible". Oak appears rarely, Fuji too. Cubone was the only Pokémon to have a precise characterization! Let's not forget that every of Ash&co's Pokémon has an exact way of being. This should have existed here, too.
Enjoyment is 5/10 to me, because too many times I had to say "what? They skipped ALL OF THIS?". Caught Pokémon, Elite-4, every gym except Brock's one... and in addition, Giovanni's plot was so condensed I barely understood his sudden change of mind. That should take entire episodes - or 1:30 hours, like a movie. Why didn't they concentrate on that, for example?
Overall is a 6/10. Because I expected more epicness. I give it 7/10 being honest in my animelist, because afterall it wasn't that bad, but I want to give it 6 in this review. Because this special must not be over-considered, it had great elements to develop, but just episode 2 was REALLY enjoyable. Gigantic plot holes and sudden jumps from one thing to another made the rest not that great. In detail, first episode is 6.5/10, 2nd is probably even 9/10 because it WAS great, it WAS a story; 3rd is 6/10 and 4th is 6.5-7/10. A lot more could have been done with Origin.
Expecially saved because it's Pokémon. I expected more. More epicness, more story, more characters (that's why ep 2 was so good: do you remember Red screaming to Blue because he was going away in front of the emergency?), more Pokémon personalities, more development. But there wasn't so much of this...
This was really good. It followed the storyline of the games quite accurately. The only complaint I have was that it was way too short! As a result, everything felt quite rushed. I feel like I didn't quite get to understand the characters and the story to its full potential. If they turned this into an actual series I would definitely watch the crap out of it.
If you played the first Pokemon games (Red/Blue/Green/Yellow) you will love this short series, if you like pokemon in general you will enjoy this for shure.
This series shure brings back some memories, the music is really great, a lot of the OST music are orchestrated versions of the original OST 8-bit music, which is great.
It also shows the "new" concept of the Mega Evolution.
Overall it's an amazing anime, best enjoyed for fans of the Pokemon universe.
The main character (Red) is voiced by Takeuchi, Junko, the voice of Naruto
Pokemon: The Origin is an adaptation of the very first Pokemon games for the old gameboy. As such, it takes on a different approach to the Pokemon TV series. Rather than Ash with his Pikachu we have Red in the role of our protagonist - with Green as his rival, much like in the games.
Let's be real here: No Pokemon game ever had a great story or interesting characters. It's almost always been the gameplay that players enjoyed: Being able to explore a vast world, catching Pokemon, training them, breeding them and competing with other trainers. This is what Pokemon is at
it's core. Now imagine someone turning a Pokemon game into an Anime. Every possibility of interaction is now gone - gameplay is absent. What remains is a story and a bunch characters executing it. See where the problem lies?
The OVA essentially had to remove what made the Pokemon games strong and instead had to use the game's very weak parts in order to turn it into an Anime. We see Red choosing his starter Pokemon, gathering Badges, eventually becoming the champion and completing the PokeDex for Professor Oak. Due to length constraints (remember the OVA is only 4 episodes long), many events are skipped and told in retrospect by Red, mostly at the beginning of an episode. As such, there are only few parts of the game's story that are focused on extensively: Red's battle against Brock, the ghost tower in Lavandia, Team Rocket's hideout in Celadon City, the Champion battle and Red's battle against Mewtwo, which is his final step towards completing the Pokedex. This is by no means the worst story mankind has ever seen - but it's also far from good, well-thought or captivating. It's just average at best and really only a fitting story for a kid's game. I can't imagine anyone watching the Anime version of it and be amazed by it. It's not complex, it's not innovative, it's not touching, it's just ... a generic story.
Inherited by the game, the characters are essentially plot devices. They have a role to fulfill, a single personality trait for that role and otherwise they are shallow and could be replaced by anyone. That's okay in the games because the characters aren't important. In the Anime, things look different. Red has essentially no real motivation to help Oak completing the PokeDex and does everything just because the story wants it that way. I could say the same about any other character too. Red's fight against Giovanni was also ridiculous, mostly because of the dialogue. Giovanni is introduced as the big, bad guy and is later beaten by Red during their gym fight. After they exchange a few words, he suddenly changes to a good person and abandons Team Rocket just so Red will accept his badge. That dialogue was really laughable. It's okay to have that in a children's game, but it looks insanely stupid in an Anime.
The usage of narration (Red telling us what he did "between the episodes") also makes it hard for us to follow Red's development. He has by far the most screentime of any character but it's difficult for us to grasp his development because he tells most of the story in hindsight. In the end, it just doesn't feel like he learned anything new or grew as a person.
The animation quality was really good, especially in the last episode. There isn't much more to say here - it's as good as it should be. The soundtracks used are also remixes from the game's soundtracks, so people who played the original games will definitely have a nostalgia flashback there.
I think Pokemon: The Origin is only really enjoyable if you have played the original games and want to see some parts of it animated. I don't see much standalone value in this short OVA. I'm not sure why anyone should watch this who isn't already a Pokemon fan. If you have played the games it's funny to see Oak's introduction or the starter selection animated and you got some nice Pokemon fighting scenes here and there (especially the fight against Mewtwo), but that's really it. I would only recommend this OVA to Pokemon fans but even then it doesn't add anything of value.
Suffering greatly in the story department, POKEMON ORIGINS does almost everything else right.
Short attention span? Here's the gist:
+ Amazing & nostalgic soundtrack
+ Very refreshing art and animation
- Latter half of story is lackluster and ultimately an advertisement for the Pokemon X and Y games
!!WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS IN "The Story" SECTION OF THIS REVIEW!!
The Story: The story of POKEMON ORIGINS, or PKO for short, is essentially an adaptation of the story from the games RED and BLUE. The only problem is; however, that RED and BLUE are fairly long games which each take about 30 hours to complete and PKO is only four episodes which takes
less than two hours to finish. So naturally, the story for this anime special is rather rushed and many events from the games’ stories are skipped over. Anyway, let’s begin with episode 1.
~EPISODE 1: : As I was anticipating this anime, I was expecting something that looked nice, but maybe suffered in terms of story and pacing. I was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong (at least by episode 1). I was greatly impressed by this first episode’s story and pacing, and especially by its likeness to the original games’ plot line. My main concern was how the rest of the story would be played out because, after all, there are a total of 8 gym leaders and Red only beat one so far. Nevertheless, I was greatly looking forward to episode 2.
~EPISODE 2: Episode two was probably the best episode out of the four. It really felt like it was a single (well-written) episode from a full-length series. There were no pacing issues or story problems or anything. It was legitimately an ideal episode of pokemon. I was actually quite astonished by how closely it followed the Lavender Town story arc from the game. The only problem was that it skipped many, many important milestones in the game, reducing gym battles and whatnot to simple clips in a 2-minute montage. This made me think, “Oh, so this is how they’re going to do it. In that case, I wonder what’s next..”
~EPISODE 3: Episode three was, truthfully, a slight disappointment. With a total of TWO montages making significant events appear trifling, three things occurred in the episode:
1) Red storms the Silph Co. and tries to beat Geovanni.
2) Red tries to beat the 8th gym leader, which is incidentally, Geovanni.
3) Geovanni disbands Team Rocket.
…Ok, WAIT. WHAT. That escalated pretty darn quickly. Somehow, Red was able to inspire Geovanni and remind him of his childhood of loving pokemon so much, that it made Geovanni DISBAND team rocket?? What about all the other trainers Geovanni faced while being a gym leader? Were they not as inspiring? Anyway, after this episode, I eagerly moved on to episode 4. But wait, is Red going to beat the Elite Four in one episode?
~EPISODE 4: Here we are at the final episode. Let’s see what’s on the agenda today: Okay so we have 20 minutes for Red to beat the Elite Four and the champion Blue. Hmm...also I want to show Red capturing some legendary pokemon (plural) and Mewtwo especially. We got this. As you can tell, this episode has some severe problems with its setup, making this possibly the worst episode of the series; also consider the fact that this is the grand finale. First off, I think it may have been better if the Elite Four and legendary bird battles were NOT 3-second scenes in a montage and if the final RED VS BLUE battle was longer than five minutes. But the BIGGEST problem I had with this episode was when Charizard Mega-evolved to defeat Mewtwo. Wait a minute, i thought this was an adaptation of the original RED and BLUE games; and I’m pretty sure there was no mega evolution in those games. Oh wait I get it; this anime special is not a tribute to the RED and BLUE games; it was an advertisement for the X and Y games. The proof of this is that in this special, Charizard mega-evolved into its X form, which had not been announced yet. Remember the trailer for this anime?
It started like this: “To everyone who played PKMN RED & BLUE...” Here, Let me finish the statement: “...Buy PKMN X & Y because there’s black-colored, dragon-type charizards!” In a way, it honestly feels like Game Freak betrayed their original fans. Anyway, aside from that I think I should also mention the ending. The most abrupt ending to anything I've ever seen. what happened? Oh right, it cut off immediately after Red vowed to catch mew, the 151st pokemo--
Characters:The characters of PKO are basically what you’d expect them to be. You’ve got the heroic and brave Red, the arrogant Blue, the kind Mr. Fuji, the expert trainer Takeshi (Brock), as well as the educated Prof. Oak. Even Red’s caring mother appears for a short scene!
The character designs for this anime special are also incredibly superb. If this anime has anything going for it, it has to be the art and music. The characters are not copy/pasted from the POKEMON TV show; they are given new looks, inspired by Ken Sugimori’s artwork from the games RED and BLUE. It all gives way to a very very nice-looking anime and a very refreshing take on the pokemon world, appearance-wise.
The Arts ~Music and Sound: Ok let’s now talk about the arts of PKO. First off is the music. As I have previously mentioned, PKO is based off the 1996 games POKEMON RED & BLUE. Therefore, most of the music and OST’s in PKO are remakes/remixes of original music from the games. The music and soundtrack of PKO is composed by Shota Kageyama and Hiroaki Hayama. Maybe I’m biased thinking this, but the techno, electronic, guitar-filled remixes, I think, are incredibly AMAZING. And I’m sure every Pokemon fan can agree with me, especially the fans who played the original games. Sadly, only 5 of the OST’s made it onto the official X &Y soundtrack album (Title, Wild Pkmn Battle, Trainer Battle, Final Battle, and Cycling). I honestly enjoyed almost all of the songs and I wish they would have put songs like Lavender Town, Route 1, and Pallet Town on the album. Aside from the music, we also have a few notable voice actors. There’s Junko Takeuchi (Naruto Uzumaki) as Red, Takuya Eguchi (Kazuya from Gosick) as Blue, Katsuji Mori (Speed Racer aka Go Mifune) as Prof. Oak, and much more. The english voice cast contains, among others, Bryce Papenbrook (Kirito form SAO) as Red. Another thing I noticed in this anime is that the pokemon don’t say their names when they growl or cry, which is much different and more realistic than the original PKMN anime.
The Arts ~Art & Animation: The art of PKO, as I previously said, is heavily inspired by Ken Sugimori’s original artwork for the first PKMN games. Everything including the people, the backgrounds, the props, and especially the pokemon all have a refreshingly clean and satisfying appearance. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Compared to the original first season of the PKMN anime as well as the original PKMN RED and BLUE games, everything is much more polished and clean. The animation should also get a mention. The three animation studios who worked on PKO are Production I.G. (known for Attack on Titan, Psycho-Pass, FLCL, etc), Xebec (known for Love Hina, To Love-ru, Pandora Hearts,etc), and OLM Inc. (known for Pokemon, Berserk, etc). Each episode is also directed by a different person from each company. And man, the animation really looks amazing compared to the original anime’s old-fashioned style of animation. The fluid animation and clean art really come together nicely to make an anime that is greatly pleasing to look at.
Enjoyment: With great art directors and composers, POKEMON ORIGINS exceeds the musical, artistic, and animation quality of many other anime including the original POKEMON series. Sadly, the series was set up with a terribly tight schedule of only four episodes to tell the story of Red and his journey through the Kanto Region. POKEMON ORIGINS had a phenomenal start that any pokemon fan will love; however, the final half of the series was greatly lacking in story-writing quality and it turned out to be a POKEMON X & Y advertisement, ironically. Despite these flaws and my nitpicking, I enjoyed this anime very much; but not as much as I was hoping to. I honestly think I would have given POKEMON ORIGINS a much higher rating if the story was stretched out to at least a 12 or 13-episode anime series. Nonetheless, I definitely enjoyed POKEMON ORIGINS (to an extent) and I would recommend this to anyone who loves pokemon or who played the original games. (I recommend watching the dub if you grew up with the games RED and BLUE, since the dub is much more aimed at the english-speaking audience and it uses the official English terms for the “Pokemon jargon”).
Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope to see you again!
Ah, Pokemon: The Origin. The highest-rated Pokemon-related anime in MAL's database. It is an interesting case for sure, and I will attempt to explain why in my first (and probably last) review.
For contextual purposes, I think it is extremely important to understand the basic history of the Pokemon franchise before trying to make sense of Pokemon: The Origin, so I will start with a brief historical summary. Also, from here on out, I will be referring to the original anime series and its sequels as simply "Pokemon" (as it is listed in MAL's database), and Pokemon: The Origin as "PTO".
In 1996, the
low-budget Pokemon Green and Red were hesitantly released in Japan. The unexpected success of the games led to the demand for the original anime series loosely inspired by the games to start airing in Japan barely a year later. Within a few years, the Pokemon franchise was a worldwide phenomenon, featuring massive commercial success across three mediums: anime series, video games (released outside of Japan as Blue and Red), and trading cards.
One aspect of the Pokemon anime that has bugged certain fans of the video games, such as myself, for over a decade, is that it makes no attempt to take anything but the surface elements out of the game and transpose them onto the framework of a Saturday morning cartoon. I say this not as a criticism of the Pokemon anime as it should be judged on its own merits, but rather to give context as to why there would be a demand for a "faithful adaptation" of the video games - one where we get to see the protagonist go through the same basic journey that we went through as video game players, only with new life brought to it through 3-dimensional graphics, human interactions, and various other nuances that couldn't be programmed into the low-budget video games.
PTO makes it clear in its presentation and promotional material that it should be viewed as an adaptation of the video games. Production IG provides great visuals that fit the setting perfectly, bringing new life to a two dimensional world. However, the plot basically goes like this (#7 may be a bit of a spoiler):
1. Introduce the main characters, similar to the main characters in the video games.
2. Spend a painful amount of time beating it into the head of the viewer that a kid leaving home for the first time has life lessons to learn.
3. Big battle, replacing any sense of video game mechanics with willpower and friendship power-ups, while showing HP bars to remind the viewer that apparently they are actually watching an adaptation of the video game
4. Skip over a big chunk of the video game plot in seconds, while making it seem the character has matured and learned.
5. Show a new filler scene that never happened in the video game. Progress through the filler slowly.
6. Repeat some combinations of steps 3-5 for the (almost) remainder of the show, while making sure to show that the protagonist somehow manages to simultaneously:
a) be a great natural talent who matures and learns quickly
b) actually not learn anything about Pokemon battling (using Normal instead of Fighting moves against Rock Pokemon for example)
7. At the very end of the series, in the midst of the final big event (where the protagonist still knows as little as ever despite being simutaneously talented and experienced), reveal that PTO is actually just a promotion for the new video games with a shameless asspull featuring game mechanics that weren't introduced until 2013.
I also forgot to mention some of the other not-so-subtle intermittent reminders that PTO was a video game adaptation, such as having characters repeat rote phrases from the game like "Your Pokemon are fighting fit!", and showing a save screen at the end of each episode, as well as the aforementioned HP bars in the middle of battles decided by willpower and friendship. All of these are done awkwardly, but I guess they serve the purpose of reminding the viewer that they actually are watching a video-game adaptation, because with about half of the 90-minute series being anime-original content that couldn't happen in the video games, the reminders may very well be necessary.
If you are a fan of Pokemon Red and Blue and want to get trolled by an "adaptation", Pokemon: The Origin is the anime for you.
Rating: 2/10 as an adaptation, 5/10 as an anime-original. Since it can be somewhat enjoyed if you keep telling yourself that it's not a video game adaptation, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and give it a 4.
Enjoyment - 9
Extremely enjoyable for fans of the games though it should of been longer so they could of cut out the Summary/Timeskips that they had and extended it to a 12 episode anime with a Intro episode, 8 episodes one for each of the gyms, One for Red to battle with Giovanni at Pokemon HQ, Elite 4/Champion and one final episode after that for red to finish up the pokedex
Story - 7
Adapted the games storyline without adding any unnecessary fillers
Summaries were used for some of the important parts of the story (including Gyms and the Elite 4)
Art - 10
Pokemon look just
as cool as in the games
Amazing Scenery and Attack animation
Sound - 10
Fantastic voice acting from both the dubbed and the subbed
Video Game Soundtrack
Character - 9
Red's development throughout the anime Starts off as a noob and then as he progresses he slowy becomes a master trainer most of his development comes from Brock/Takeshi
Blue doesn't have much development and his progress isn't shown because They only battle twice
First of all, I was amazed when a friend of mine told me that Pokémon: The Origin was about to come out and I was like "What? Not only Pokemon X and Y but also an anime too?!". I had a great expectation for this anime and I guess I was right after all. I only play Pokémon games. I don't watch the anime because I think it's too much repetitive and is always the same thing, but this one is really the exception.
Most people started to connect with Pokémon not only because of the anime but thanks to the amazing games it has. Making
an anime of the original Pokémon game and the trainer Red was just something that people of my generation 90's and some older fans were needing. While watching this anime, I felt a big feel of nostalgia, but the anime itself helped even more.
Story - 8/10
The story is basically a summary of Red's Story as a Tamer in Kanto, however, since this anime only has four episodes, they are not enough to tell the whole story in detail, but still the most important parts. Don't want really to spoil, but what they showed was the first days of Red has a Pokémon trainer, his fight against Brock, the story at Pokémon's Tower, the fight against Team Rocket (including Giovanni's Gym), the final fight against Gary and Mewtwo. All the others Gym fights and important events are mentioned at the beginning of each episode. Since most of the people who watched/are going to watch this already played the Gameboy Pokémon game, they already know somewhat what is going to happen a little. Even though the story has been shortened, I really enjoyed the story overall.
Art - 10/10
I don't really have argumentative competences to really talk about the art on detail, but you will notice as you watch the anime that it is really great and different. For example, in the first episode when Charmander uses the fire attack, the effects are really different from Pokémon's original anime, it almost feels that you are watching the art of a Pokémon movie, and doesn't it feels like? :P
Sound - 10/10
Yes, you can hear some musics recorded in your memories while you were playing Pokémon in your childhood. I don't have any complaints when it comes to this part, I think it's appealing and the voices are cool enough. Notice that Ash sounds exactly like Naruto, something that really called my attention.
Character - 8/10
Why didn't I rate it 10/10? Not wanting to spoil, certain things don't happen exactly like the game showed. Gary is not that little bast*rd that we used to know with his "Smell ya later" expression, but still we notice that he has on his personality his greedy and rival part that we always expected from him. When watching Red in images, I always thought of him as a badass character, somehow a little cold and serious, unlike Ash, but I got surprised that he was a boy with a nice personality, wanting to be a Pokémon Master just like his rival. It is funny because he did so much mistakes during the anime while battling and capturing and how he took advantages of learning from it and evolving as a Trainer. Still, I think they didn't really lost their essence. As for the other character, they have the same personalities as expected.
Enjoyment - 10/10
I watched the four episodes on a row and it was enjoyable. I think that those who played Pokémon Red/Blue won't deny that even though they don't really watch anime or enjoy Pokémon anymore will feel some nostalgic moments.
Overall - 9/10
A really great anime for four episodes. I could give it 10/10 if they did they really integrated some other parts of the story in this anime, but the important was there. One more thing I though is somehow a little "What the hell" is what happens in the end of Mewtwo's battle. I won't say what happened but they really took advantage of this anime to make an "ad" for Pokémon X and Y videogames and I think they ruined that part of the original story, but still enjoyable. I even though why did they not made it a movie instead of a four episode anime? Oh well, those are little details I took in consideration but they are not ruining the anime overall. So, Pokémon Red/Blue ex-players, what are you waiting for?
Pokemon Origins... What a trip down nostalgia lane!
The story was great for the first two episodes, everything felt familiar to the days of playing my Pokemon Yellow! The problem were the two last episodes. I felt episode three was very cliche, with the typical villain turning over a new leaf. I mean this wasn't really in the game, so it threw me off, but there was absolutely no reason for them to have Giovanni turn good. Especially when he terminated his team. They should have just left him being an evil villain and possibly show a
younger good version of him with flashbacks that threw him off game. The last episode was full of coincidences and the characters were missing whole plot points like Mew being the 151th Pokemon. I mean did the writers think they can get past the audience by mentioning Mewtwo was born from Mew but Mewtwo is the last Pokemon? Also with Mr. Fuji talking about the Kalos region, the Pokemon there? Should have avoided mentioning Kalos and should have bumped the very last scene earlier...
Ken fucking Sugimori. His classic art style being adapted into an anime, no complaints. I prefer the simple look of his style while putting nice details into attacks. IF BY SOME CHANCE YOU DON'T KNOW WHO KEN SUGIMORI IS, he is the original art designer who designed the first 150 Pokemon plus the character art.
The classic Pokemon songs, very nostalgic, very appealing. The only problem I had is with the VA of Red. I mean C'MON THE VA DIDN"T EVEN USE A DIFFERENT VOICE. I was just waiting for him to scream "Kage-Bunshin no Jutsu"... Meh I don't like Narutos voice either lol.
Characters were very standard, typical MC growing up and changing. The only problem characters were Green and Giovanni. You already know why I dislike Giovanni, Green on the other hand was a great character in the start. The problem with Green is that we really never knew how he raised Pokemon. I was under the belief that he raised them well, as he appeared to be a caring character in the beginning of the series, but we find out that he doesn't give his Pokemon love? I feel like the last part was a sad excuse for why Green lost. He isn't a Paul.
Nostalgia drive. It felt so enjoyable watching this. I laughed so hard at the move pool of his Pokemon, as I do competitive battling, but then I realised I did the exact same thing when I was playing the game. I would only choose cool sounding moves for a move pool. Anyways, I ONLY found this enjoyable because I played the first generation as a younger child. I believe it can be found enjoyable by people who have not played first generation, but not as much.
Good anime, quick 4 episodes that I probably will re-watch. I really enjoyed seeing Gary use his team for the Elite Four. I will recommend this anime to those who enjoy Pokemon, which is probably ~98% of MAL?