Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (English-language review)

By Lucario on Tue 24 April 2007

Ok, here it is. Can we have a drum roll please…
I’ve finally dared to put the English-language version of the eighth Pokémon movie in my DVD player. In all honesty, it wasn’t quite as bad as I had feared. It was a disappointment, as the Japanese version is in 2.35:1 widescreen letterbox format to suit its cinematic presentation in Japan. The English version, conversely, was designed as a direct-to-DVD release and thus was presented in the standard TV presentation of 4:3. As I have a widescreen TV, the result is that the Annoying Yellow Rat looks even more obese!
I’ve made some comments on this in my review on the Japanese movie. Again, we see Meowth caring for Pikachu, but “I guess you’d radda be wit’ your twoipy pal.” And again, while Ash the Twerp thanks Lucario for leading him to Pikachu, Meowth chimes in that he was the one who took care of Pikachu. Only to be ignored.

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Annoying yellow rat, or annoying brat?

By Lucario on Tue 19 September 2006

Over the weekend, I’ve started to watch the Pokémon TV series on DVD all over again, and watching it, I’ve come to the conclusion that the main nuisance in the show isn’t that annoying yellow rat, but that ever-so-annoying kid. No, not Max, or even Tracey… I’m referring, of course, to Jari-boy (aka Twerp) Ash. In fact, after Jari-boy, Max, Tracey, Pichu Brothers #1 and 2, and Pichu Brothers #3 and 4 (ie. Plusle and Minun), that obese fluorescent yellow rodent (o^;^o) is actually dropping down the “most annoying anime character” list. (Then there’s Tyson from Spinning Tops, who actually makes Jari-boy look competent, but that’s another story.)

And speaking of Jari-boy showing his Pokémon-training competence, using Bulbasaur, then Charmander, against Chopper’s Golem in episode 36 (when he has a Squirtle!—ok so he keeps most of his Pokémon as little pipsqueaks but that’s another rant). And then there is the first movie. How for the love of dog does the Rat thundershock that trainer’s Golem out of existence during the opening sequence?!?!?

Of course, the Rat has the right idea at first, recognising Jari-boy’s idiocy. But after his attempts at “self-sacrifice” (during which the Rat ends up saving Jari-boy’s butt from the flock of Spearow anyway), it turns in his favour. Why, oh why? (Other than the obvious reason, there wouldn’t be a storyline otherwise.)

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