We… happened to find an English subtitled version of this show to watch this weekend. It was fantastic.
The Origin is a four-part special, but it’s everything you’ve ever wanted in a Pokemon anime. I’m not going as far as to say it’s hardcore and mature, but it isn’t the silly, childish cartoon that “Ash and Co.” have been representing all these years. If you’ve played the Gen 1 games or their remakes, you’ll find that The Origin is a very accurate adaptation, with a slight tie-in to the upcoming Gen 6 video games.
The animation and writing are solid, to the point where I was screaming with excitement during some of the fight scenes (brace yourself for the Team Rocket Boss fight). The only downsides are, it being a 4-episode miniseries attempting to tell the whole story of the original Pokemon game, a lot of it was rushed or briefly mentioned in a monologue. They seemed to just skip around to the most important events of the game, including infiltrating Team Rocket’s headquarters and the very sad urban legend about the Cubone at Lavender Town. In fact, this short and sweet animation gave me more feels than I was expecting to have. Happy ones and sad ones. It’s so thrilling to watch Red (who does speak, in case you were wondering) grow from a clueless rookie to world champion, as well as the growth of his… ah… relationship with Green. By which I mean his friendship/rivalry, although if you’re looking for sexual tension you will probably see it (intense staring, getting up in each others’ personal space, etc).
I sort of hope that this show becomes popular enough that they consider making a full-length Pokemon series with similar quality, maybe based on the later games or a whole new adventure to replace the rather outdated “Ash n’ Pikachu” ongoing story.
If you’ve played Pokemon Red and Blue, or FireRed and LeafGreen, chances are you’ll love The Origin. If you’re new to the Pokemon series as a whole, this is a wonderful place to start.
Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin first impressions (spoiler free)
We we going to watch Pacific Rim this weekend, but apparently we waited too long and now it’s not showing in any of our nearby theaters. So instead, we got our giant-monster-action fix by marathoning Attack on Titan to see what all the fuss was about. Got through episode… 14 I think, which is plenty enough for me to get an opinion about it, so I figured I’d write a [spoiler-free] review of the show based on what I’ve seen so far (begins under the pagebreak):
Skip the paragraphs of text and just watch the video.
I think by this point, everyone who was already interested in the Generation V Pokemon games has seen this, but if you haven’t, it is totally worth watching, even if you don’t understand Japanese. Just look at it. Embrace the action. The art style. The everything.
I’m still just so proud of Gamefreak for making a direct sequel as opposed to an expansion like they usually do.
I don’t have The Hub channel, so I have to keep up with the show through their website. They usually have the previous 2 episodes up each week.
Anyway last week’s episode, Armada, was amazing. If you haven’t seen it, watch it now. It really made up for the damn clip show the week before. I guess learning Silas’ real name was nice but… dammit I just don’t like clip shows.
So yeah, totally watch this episode if you haven’t, and if you have never watched Transformers Prime, season 1 is on Netflix for streaming. I highly recommend it. You don’t need any prior knowledge of the series to enjoy it, but of course it’s always cool to see things/characters that you remember from other incarnations.
I’m not going to pretend to be on the Hate Wagon about it. Of course this applies to a lot of things, but those categories are the big ones.
I’ll be honest though, I am into more DC series than Marvel series, but damned if I’m going to hate on Thor just because I love Batman.
As for anime, I admit that don’t watch anything regularly anymore, but I do try to track down DVDs of and rewatch my favorite series (I might get hate for this too, but my favorite anime series are, in order: Baccano, Death Note, and Hetalia) . And I can tell you, it annoys the heck out of me that a lot of art people act like anime/manga is an illegitimate form of art. Those artists spend just as much time planning and drawing as anyone else, and honestly, I think a lot of it is beautiful.
Whew, that turned out more like a rant than I planned it to. My bad, folks. I’m not actually mad though. Carry on.
And I’m actually very pleased with it, which probably means there’s something horribly wrong that I’m just not noticing.
Anyway, the full one is going up on Deviantart in a few minutes, but this version has been broken up into two parts because I was asked to do so. Though… I suppose that also means that you guys either like one part or the other but not both. So I guess this was at least a 50% success?
Love that someone put these side by side for comparisons. Not all productions send acting references for animators- really great that they have been doing it, even for the previous series (it’s not just for the martial arts move!)
That’s great. No wonder the expressions are so perfect! I like how he barely keeps a straight face.
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