During my childhood, I used to watch the Pokémon Anime. It was enjoyable seeing Ash/Satoshi use his Pikachu to defeat an Onix. Eventually, I lost interest in the show since it has a lot of filler episodes and for the fact that it’s loosely based off the games, especially when Ash/Satoshi’s Pikachu lost to a freaking Surskit in a recent episode!
On the other hand, Gamefreak decided to make short Anime special based off the original games titled Pokémon The Origin staring Red and Blue (named Green in this Anime). With this new take on the Pokémon Games, will it live up to its name? Perhaps. (Image Source)
The story involves a young trainer named Red who decides to go on a journey to complete the Pokédex and become Pokémon champion. Oak’s son, Green becomes his rival and meets him at Oak’s lab. Red chooses Charmander and Green picks Squirtle. With that, they start their adventure collecting badges, filling up the Pokédex and of course, and beating Team Rocket.
Compared with the main series, the story was very good and even had some drama such as Cubone’s mother being killed by Team Rocket. Still, the story feels very nostalgic, especially for me because I played all the games since the first generation. At the same time, I felt the story was rushed for the fact that it’s only four episodes long and we only got to see Red challenge Brock, Giovanni and Green in these four episodes. Even so, at least the battles look good and felt more like the games.
On the other hand, the production values for this four-episode special looked great. The animation and the music were excellent. This is surprising since the Pokémon anime in the past had very mediocre animation, especially when they started relying more on Computer Animation. Considering that this is short special and that they are doing it for the fans, it’s not all that surprising.
Overall, while I felt that this show should have received a 12 episode series so the characters would get developed even further, I still think they did a pretty good job with the four episodes they had. Still, the second half of the fourth episode felt like an advertisement for Pokémon X and Y as Mewtwo is in the show and Red Mega Evolves his Charizard into Charizard X to beat the crap out of him and catch it. When I saw that, I knew that the Genwunner’s brains are going to explode because they hate every generation besides the first. Hopefully from this, perhaps Game Freak will implement some of these changes in the main anime someday.
Overall Rating: 8.2/10, Good, B- ¶