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Review: Pokemon Origins

I grew up in the 90s and self identify as a nerd, it’s not surprising that I like Pokemon. Not only that, but Gen 1 has a special place in my heart, despite all of its flaws.  An anime that was more closely based on the games naturally piqued my interest. And for a variety of reasons I waited until I could watch the dub. Since openings are annoying and I have nothing else to say, let’s just get right into it.

What is it: Pokemon Origins is a four episode OVA that was based on the gen 1 games as a promo for gen 6.

Production Qualities: High, the animation is top notch with the fight being engaging. The thing that really stands out though is the music, it’s properly nostalgic.  The only downside is that the voice acting isn’t quite where you want it to be. On one hand, all the voice acting is well done, on the other hand it would’ve been nice if they could have cast some of voice actors from the anime for full nostalgia value.

Plot and Characters: This is based off the gen 1 games with their barebones plot. That being said it makes do with the source material in a commendable way. Same thing with characters, there’s enough characterization so that they actually are characters on some level. The worst thing is that the plug for gen 6 is underwhelming for lack of a better term. It’s a tad forced and not as cool as they wanted it to be.

Pacing: This is the one flaw I have to say about the series. it’s too short. It does everything so well but the pacing just becomes grating when it just leaves you unsatisfied. If this had been 12 or 25 or something along the lines of a normal season it would have been great.

Overall: I’d give it a B. It’s still solid and a good way to kill an hour and half.

 

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