A series that consists of only four episodes, Pokémon Origins is an adaptation of the first generation of Pokémon games. My younger brother was the first one to receive a Pokémon game; he got Pokémon Red. Some time after that, I received Pokémon Yellow and a Game Boy Color. I’ve loved Pokémon ever since. Anyway, now that piece of history is out of the way, time for a review.
If you’ve played any of the first generation of Pokémon games, you know how the plot goes. For those who don’t know, a young Pokémon trainer named Red leaves his home of Pallet Town on a quest to fill the electronic encyclopedia of Pokémon known as a Pokédex. During his quest, he meets all kinds of people and Pokémon.
Red is the main character of Pokémon origins, of course. He chooses a Charmander as his starter. During his travels, Red learns what it means to share bonds with Pokémon.
Green is Red’s rival, naturally. Squirtle is his starter Pokémon of choice. He is always one step ahead of Red, just as in the games.
There are a whole host of other characters, of course. All the Gym Leaders are present, though only Brock and Giovanni are the only ones who get any serious screentime. There is also Mr. Fuji who has a connection to a Pokémon that doesn’t appear until the end. Naturally the Elite Four are present, though Lance is the only one who gets any lines.
The soundtrack is pure nostalgia. Each piece of music is lifted directly from the games, though obviously played with proper instruments. Still, I reckon the songs as they sounded on the Game Boy games could have been used and it would still have been awesome.
There is one problem I do with this anime; it is not long enough. As you can see from what I’ve already mentioned, some Gym Leaders are merely just mentioned and Red skims through the Elite Four with ease. Still, every moment you are shown is pure nostalgia.
My personal highlight would have to be the final battle, which showcases something from the newer games. It is an epic showdown. Of course, we know that there are at least five more generations. Hopefully that will mean we get more anime like this one.
Maybe nostalgia is clouding my judgement, but I loved every moment of Pokémon Origins. The music, the dialogue lifted directly from the games and the epic battles makes this well worth watching.