My Review of The Origin (Misty Calls Masquerain)
by, 4th October 2013 at 12:29 AM (5448 Views)
Plot: Basically the plot of the Generation I games with some things glossed over and the Pokemon Tower plot more fleshed out. Not much to say, except the whole story with Cubone and its mother was VERY well done. I liked the fact that Red caught them all, except for Mew. I would have liked to see his journey to catch Mew!
Characters: Not really much to say here, either. Red is kinda like Ash in his better days. He starts out really stupid, but grows out of it quickly. Giovanni is great in this special! The flashback to his childhood (he and Red really are more alike than I thought) was unexpected, and he actually seemed to have a valid reason for disbanding TR than just because. Team Rocket is brutal like they were in the Gen I games. Green is Green.
Sound/Voices: The remixes of the game tracks were all remixed perfectly! I was worried about some of the tracks sounding like bad fan tracks, but this wasn't an issue here. I hope the soundtrack gets released soon. The Pokemon voices sounded more animalistic, which is good to differentiate it from the main anime, reminds me of the Pokemon Stadium cries. The human voices were good, as expected.
Animation/Art: I don't like the art style much, but I have to admit it is unique (did NOT expect Red to look like that). My favorite Red design is the FRLG design/Brawl's Pokemon Trainer design, but besides the point. The angular faces look weird, but I did get used to them. The Pokemon art is good, though I expected them to use the manga-like style of the first two gens, but I'm not complaining. For those who don't know what I'm going on about, compare this to this.
Battles: They were fast-paced, but they were fluid and fun to watch. It's kinda weird seeing physical power collisions without explosions, though, since I'm so used to it by now. By far, my favorite was Hitmonlee vs Rhyhorn and Squirtle vs Charmander. My only problem is the overuse of Charizard which kinda makes him look like a starter spammer noob, which kinda makes sense when you consider how many people did the same...speaking of Charizard, I didn't mind the XY promotion at the end like others did, it was just a quick scene.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 by itself, 9.9 when compared to the anime at its worst, 8.6 when compared to the anime at its best. I can only imagine how much better this would be if it were longer (but not TOO long).
*NOTE that I do NOT like Red more than Ash, but when you consider that Ash is a victim of marketing and bad writing, then of course Red will seem *better*.
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