• Snowy faces off against Nessa. Watch here as he flounders around a bit against the Water type specialist.

REVIEW: SS001: Pikachu is Born!

Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
92
Reaction score
123
Whoever thought it was a good idea to replace Shinji Miyakazi must have some serious egg on their face right now. Nothing against this new composer, however, Pokemon does not feel right without Miyazaki. Moreover, some of the musical direction felt like DUB music to me. It was that bad. Overall, I thought the episode was cute. But the thought of losing Miyazaki's entire catalogue has ruined this series for me

2/10
 
Someone
Joined
Aug 10, 2019
Messages
820
Reaction score
2,634
"One hour special" is such a disgusting bait-and-switch (...again). It was half hour of a pre-episode live show and the remaining half hour for an episode of normal length. So annoyed about that.

On to the episode itself. It was a really decent episode, but I feel like there was a bit too much focus on Gou & Koharu that kind of pulled away from what the episode was supposed to be about. I expected it to be the Pokemon Summer Camp, but I guess this is a different event considering it was closer in line to a Field Trip/Expedition (that would have taken place before the Summer Camp).

I'm surprised that they never showed the reasons behind Pikachu's disobedience, reluctance to enter his Pokeball and why he doesn't want to evolve (the latter especially given how happy he was upon evolving). Kind of wasted potential.
 
You will only shine if you are yourself!
Joined
Jan 8, 2016
Messages
1,513
Reaction score
1,265
Tbh I was annoyed by Gou and the new girl bickering. Mew is playful as always. Idk why Satoshi was in thqt episode, wasnt really necessary and rather pointless. 6.5/10
 
Bugsss... Buzzzz
Joined
Sep 16, 2010
Messages
10,878
Reaction score
5,944
Whilst an enjoyable episode to watch, I have a few disappointments

We never saw Oak catch Pikachu so we don't really learn why it didn't trust humans, a missed opportunity I feel
Half hour wasted watching the live action stuff at the start
 
New Member
Joined
Nov 3, 2019
Messages
15
Reaction score
35
A disappointing start to the series. I was teary eyed when pikachu decided to leave kangaskhan, apart from that the episode had nothing good. Wasted potential. Overall rating 4\10
 
Member
Joined
Nov 17, 2019
Messages
31
Reaction score
40
If anything I find it funny that Jessie/James got a Garchomp before Ash, assuming the Garchomp we saw fighting alongside Corviknight is also theirs.
 
'Eh, What's up Doc?
Joined
Jan 22, 2014
Messages
3,161
Reaction score
4,090
Hopefully this shortcoming is an isolated event and the series will still be a good one; I, too, am disappointed they didn't explore Pikachu's backstory as substantially as they could. I am glad we got to see him evolve from his Pichu stage though! (Which will be the only time you'll ever see Ash's Pikachu evolve in any capacity)
 
You will only shine if you are yourself!
Joined
Jan 8, 2016
Messages
1,513
Reaction score
1,265
The replacing if Satoshi voice actor when he was a child was a big mistake
 
Member
Joined
Sep 25, 2010
Messages
281
Reaction score
287
It's funny. I should be upset that it doesn't concentrate on Pikachu's backstory all that much... but I'm not. In fact, the reason for this episode existing now makes sense. It does an effective job at showing why Go is so obsessed with capturing Mew. I also like that Koharu was there as well since that means she won't be all "Are you sure you saw a Mew? I think you either made it up or only thought you saw one." in the present day.

Finally, I love when our favorite mascot was looking at himself after evolving and going "I'm a Pikachu? I'm a Pikachu!"
 
Shiny hunter
Joined
Jul 11, 2006
Messages
206
Reaction score
387
I enjoyed the scene where Pichu decided to leave the Kangaskan, but the rest of the Pichu scenes weren't particularly exciting. Cute, but nothing more. The fact that we didn't see anything that should have been the first boxes on a checklist for a Pikachu Backstory irritated me more than it should have, but not nearly as much as having to sit through a pointless liveshow that revealed nothing we didn't already know and the idols didn't even sing anything despite having been brought on the show for whatever reason. I still think the liveshows were because they ran out of money during SM and couldn't afford to make the usual animated between-series specials. I liked Gou and Koharu enough and I'm happy that the OP animation promises to give her more relevance than the pre-series advertising indicated, but as first episodes go it really didn't grip me as well as it should have. I'm not going to write the series off yet since it was just one episode and it's entirely possible that future episodes will be better, but as it was it really wasn't great aside from a few things. The music is very Camp Pikachu-esque, but not nearly as good as MIyazaki's score.
 
Top