Pokemon: Midnight Heroes

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Pokemon hit the American shores like a tidal wave, crushing other properties and raking in a massive amount of cash. We’ve seen plush toys, lunchboxes, feature films, and of course, the television series, which Pioneer has been releasing on DVD. The franchise has lost most of its steam with the kids, but some fans still remain and I have to admit, I like to watch the series. It’s predictable and often cheese laden, but also fun and I can’t resist the antics of Team Rocket. While the feature films have been less impressive, the series continues to be solid and often very good, so I am pleased to find more episodes issued all the time. This series is beloved by some and despised by others, but in any case, Pokemon on DVD is here to stay, it seems. Below is a list of the three episodes included on this disc, as well as a brief synopsis for each.

1. Hour of the Houndour – Ash and his friends have seen Pokemon of all kinds during their adventures, but outside of the nefarious Meowth, they haven’t seen many of the Pokemon resort to crime…until now. It seems as though some Pokemon have been skimming from the till so to speak, in a wave of thefts that has shaken the area. Of course, the ever curious Ash wants to delve into the mystery and uncover the truth behind the crimes, but this one could be a tough case to crack. Even with his keen senses, can Ash discover which Pokemon are behind these unusual events and even then, perhaps learn why it all happened?

2. The Totodile Duel – As per usual, Ash, Misty, and the others stumble upon a new wild Pokemon, one which everyone seems to want for themselves. This time around, the gang is battling over a Totodile they recently found, but the battle is not just with each other, but also with the wily Pokemon itself, making the situation very interesting indeed. You see, while Ash and Misty both try their best to capture the Totodile, it wants nothing of their plans and opts for a more unusual approach, to say the least. It begins to dance and boy, does this Totodile love to get down, get funky, and shake its moneymaker. Will Ash or Misty be able to make this unique Pokemon their own, or will it simply dance the hours away until they’ve departed?

3. Hot Matches – While he is no stranger to important battles and tough opponents, even Ash could have met his match this time. His latest adversary is a beautiful young woman named Mickey, who wields a dangerous, very well trained Skarmory. Of course, Skarmory is a flying Pokemon and it has thick armor protection, but it also has some offensive weapons, including the primary tool that could be the end of Ash’s hopes. The attack in question is the Steel Wing maneuver and unless can train his Cyndaquil to avoid & counterattack to that lethal move, his winning streak is facing perhaps its final day of existence.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame transfers, as intended. As usual, the episodes look sharp and clean, much better than on television or VHS editions. The colors are bright and vivid, with no smears or bleeds in the least. No problems in terms of black levels either, as black hues look deep and rich at all times. I did see some slight edge enhancement at times, but nothing serious and in the end, these episodes look terrific.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio here is better than on television, to be sure, thanks to the included 2.0 surround audio option. The results won’t push your system too much, but it sounds more dynamic than the television mix, I think. The surround channels aren’t used too much, but are kicked on when needed, so they’re not silent here. The dialogue is crisp and never gets buried, even when sound effects move to the forefront of the audio experience. This disc also includes optional English subtitles, should you need those.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc contains no bonus materials.

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