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Pokémon I Choose You!

Unshô Ishizuka , Rica Matsumoto , Kunihiko Yuyama , Masamitsu Hidaka    VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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The eager fan of Pokemon or those curious of the phenomenon will want to get their hands on this first video. This volume includes three TV episodes "Pokémon, I Choose You!," "Pokémon Emergency!" and "Ash Catches a Pokémon," this DVD is guaranteed to please anyone who's caught up in the Pokémon phenomenon. In the Pokémon world, 10-year-olds acquire their Pokémon training license and begin their quest to catch, train, and fight these adorable creatures--all 151 of them! Our enthusiastic hero, Ash Ketchum, is determined and intensely eager to become the best Pokémon trainer in the world! Ash's closest Pokémon is the lovable Pikachu, who helps Ash fight other Pokémon and accompanies him on his quest. In these three episodes Ash meets Misty, his future traveling companion and friend, and the two of them combat Team Rocket, who will always be their arch enemy. This video includes the full-length "Pokérap," in which all 150 Pokémon are described. Followed by The Mystery of Mount Moon. --Samantha Allen Storey

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In the nineties in Japan, the Pokemon game series was created. This series became an instant success overnight, and it's no surprise that Nintendo wanted to try their luck with the series in America. In late 1998, Nintendo ported the video games to America, as well as the animated series based on it (in America, the animated series actually arrived BEFORE the games, believe it or not!) Read on for my review of this, a DVD containing the first three episodes of the Pokemon series.
The basic plot of the Pokemon animated series is simple. Ash, a new Pokemon trainer, wants to become the best Pokemon collector/battler in the world. The series follows him as he finds new Pokemon, new allies, and enemies alike. On his journey he is joined by Misty, who tags along since Ash destroyed her bike, and Brock, who wants to be a Pokemon breeder. As the three travel, they frequently battle members of Team Rocket - an organization that wants to capture rare and valuable Pokemon. Most episodes of the series follow the same basic plot.
Although an amazing series of Game Boy RPGs inspired this game, the series is subpar. Every episode is pretty much the same. The crew is traveling, Team Rocket appears and says their same lines in every episode, the good guys and bad guys battle, and the good guys always cause an explosion that sends Team Rocket flying away. Also, the characters are paper thin. Most of them appear in one episode and never again. Even the main characters are pretty one-dimensional. Also, the dub gives the series too much of an "Americanized" feel. To make things worse, in America, the TV series featured Pokemon that weren't yet in any American Pokemon game, which led to hundreds of in-game rumors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a great series Jan. 1 2004
As the first set of Pokemon episodes on video, these don't have the biggest plot ever conceived. It is, however, an essential opening to the series. The DVD last a little over an hour, and contains three episodes:
Pokemon, I Choose You! - In the first episode of Pokemon, you are introduced to Ash Ketchum, who, now at the age of 10, is allowed to start his Pokemon adventure. But when he arrives at Professor Oak's house to late, he receives a Pokemon, Pikachu, who is less than willing to help him.
Pokemon Emergency! - Pikachu, who was severely hurt by a flock of Spearow, needs to get to the Pokemon Center in Viridian City as soon as possible! Once they get there, they find that Team Rocket is planning to steal all the Pokemon!
Ash Catches a Pokemon - Ash and Pikachu, along with a new friend, Misty, the group heads into Viridian Forest, where Ash catches his first Pokemon! But Team Rocket is now set on capturing Pikachu. Can Ash and Pikachu defeat Team Rocket?
The quality of the video is very good, and the audio just as impressive as it was during the original broadcast. As a bonus, the DVD also includes the full Pokerap at the end, with all the Pokemon. Followed by "The Mystery of Mount Moon".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable series but too expensive Sept. 29 2002
Pokémon is the story about Ash Ketchum and his friends, Misty Williams and Brock Harrison. Ash's goal is to become a Pokémon Master. Misty's goal is to be "the best at everything" but, more specifically, a Water Pokémon Master. Brock's goal is to be the world's best Pokémon breeder. Pokémon are the animals that inhabit their world. They come in many different species (mouse, cat, dog, etc.) and types (electric, grass, water, fire, etc.). Each Pokémon trainer trains his or her Pokémon to battle other Pokémon and win badges to compete in Pokémon Leagues. Ash, Misty, and Brock must deal with Jessie, James, and Meowth of the evil Team Rocket, who want to steal Ash's first Pokémon, Pikachu, and usually other Pokémon as well. This Japanese animation series is an advertisement for the Pokémon video games, and the episodes' plots are usually simple, but this is actually an enjoyable series. Common themes are friendship, not giving up, parting ways with a dear friend, and other good morals. Parents and guardians that are concerned about the violence need not worry. Yes, the kids have their pets fight each other, but they also must learn to take care of and love their pets. Girls will find a strong female role model in Misty. Overall, this is a fun, simple, warm-hearted, rather repetitive series. However, despite how much I like the anime, the DVDs are not worth your money. Each episode is probably less than twenty minutes long, and there are only three episodes on each DVD. You would be paying the price of this DVD for around one hour of Pokémon. That's ridiculous. They don't even include the Japanese vocal tracks with English subtitles or the fun music videos from the TV airings. You can rent these same English-dubbed episodes on VHS. If you really want this series on DVD, my advice to you is to buy the movies and the special, "Mewtwo Returns", and wait for box sets of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definately get this one first June 5 2000
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OK, I must say I'm a bit old to like Pokemon. I'm 26, but I bought the Yellow edition gameboy game because I love video games. I wasn't sure what the heck was going on so I picked up a video. Unfortunately, it wasn't until later I picked this one up.
If you are new to Pokemon or else don't know what is going on then this one is where you have to start. It goes through the first 3 episodes. You get to learn what the deal is with these cute little creatures. I'll sum it up for you then you get the video and all will be well for you and your children. OK, at age 10 all little boys and girls get to venture out on their own to train Pokemon. It starts the day before Ash's 10th birthday. The next morning he leaves for Professor Oak's lab to get a Pokemon. Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander are all taken so he get's Pikachu. Pikachu doesn't like him too much, but in time he comes to love Ash. They venture out and get chased by a bunch of Spearows. Pika helps them by zapping them and becomes hurt. On his way to a Pokecenter he crosses Misty and steals her bike, Misty later joins ash on his Pokemon quest. Pikachu is very sick and requires immediate attention. Team Roket shows up at the Pokecenter and makes their introduction. Pikachu helps out everyone and saves the day. On Ash's next adventure he catches his first Pokemon. I won't give away what it is, but no it isn't Bulba, Char or Squirtle. He trains it and it evolves for the first time. That's basically it. You get more in detail about why Ash wants to be a Pokemon trainer and why he loves them so much. You also get to see the full length Pokerap which names all the Pokemon. It's hard to explain completely, but trust me I really do like this cartoon and it gives you an idea of what is really going on in the Pokemon world. Plus you can hide your Pokemon addiction like I do....just say you are buying it for your Daughter, or son whichever you have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is great! Too bad they ruined it near 2004 though...
There are some great tales in the early Pokemon series I'll probably always remember watching when I was about five or six, and this is what started my spark for loving Pokemon. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2005 by RICK
4.0 out of 5 stars best kids movie!!! EVER!!!!
it was the best! it inspired me to go out and become the best pokemon leader ever! i am still only my journey to find team rocket!
Published on Oct. 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!!!
I liked Pokemon since I was 10 and I still love it! These first three episodes are the best of all. No, others are cool too. I just love everything about Pokemon. Read more
Published on April 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I bought this for my 4 1/2 year old son for Christmas, since he is a big fan of Pokemon, and he LOVES this! Read more
Published on Dec 31 2002 by Jen Arpin
3.0 out of 5 stars Good,but not great
It was good for the 1st episodes.There really wasn't enough action,though-just Ash catching pokemon.The later episodes are better,IMHO.
Published on Oct. 3 2001 by M. L. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Its all down hill from here
Yeah the first couple of episodes were pretty good but after that the plot is all the same. At the begining Ash and his companions are traveling and then they find a knew friend. Read more
Published on July 29 2001 by Byran Lawman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but...
I'm a huge Pokemon fan, even though normally I HATE anime. The voice-overs aren't great in the old episodes, which is practically the only reason this isn't 5 stars.
Published on March 8 2001 by "sscholtens"
5.0 out of 5 stars The First and the Best
The first few episodes are very good ones, and Anime fans would likely interpret these first few as evidence of a good series. Unfortunately, this isn't the case... Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2000 by Josh
2.0 out of 5 stars metopod .
pokemon is my favrite show .I HAVE 15 VIDEOS! metopod is olny in this video for a little while. but pikachu and caterpie are in the video a lot . Read more
Published on June 12 2000 by Brian Brennan
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