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the Pocket Monsters Diamond &
Pearl (“Get Pokemon” Series) set of DVDs were announced, I
immediately decided that I would add them to my collection. After
all, it’s rare for any Region 2 DVDs of the series to be
released, so the opportunity to be able to legally own the Japanese
version of a few episodes of the series was too good to pass up even
if it was just a random
collection of episodes.
I guess I’ll start the review by telling how I found the things in the first place. The discs, for some reason, were only being sold at convenience stores and supermarkets in Japan. No electronics store had them, which meant that pretty much none of the online stores that ship to the U.S. would have them, either. I guess the idea is to deter importation of the discs, but...what would Media Factory gain from such a safeguard? It doesn't really make any sense.
living in Japan, I didn't really have that hurdle to overcome.
So, when the
discs came out, I checked
store after store. But I kept coming up empty. Finally, I
realized that the problem stemmed from the fact that many of the stores
I checked - not really having enough shelf space for these things -
resorted to turning them all over on their side in order to fit them
into the allotted space. This had the
unfortunate effect of only displaying
the discs' bar code, meaning that anyone who only had a 200 x 200 jpg
of the front cover to go off of would be SOL. I was eventually
able to find a store that did have the discs displayed with their
covers facing the front and, once I had a physical copy in my hands,
was able to find the other discs in the set with ease.
you pick up the box, you hear a
small rattling noise whenever you shake it. That’ll be the
lemon-flavored candy that’s packaged with the disc. A lot of the
earlier reports stated that a Ramune brand drink would be included with each
disc, but, going back to the original
advertisements, I found that it actually did say that candy was
what was going to be packaged with these things. I guess that's
what you get for relying on rushed translation jobs.
front of each box features a number of screencaps from the episode on
the disc while a large piece of stock art of the feature pokemon is
displayed on the bottom. On the sides are images of the eight
discs in this series, and the back features a listing of the other
available in the collection.
the box, you get a pretty cheap plastic sleeve housing the disc with
a monochromatic card on the back advertising the The Pikachu Exploration Club DVD,
bottle tops, and the upcoming Giratina movie.
I pop the disc in and get the “watch this show in a well-lit room while sitting x number of feet away from the TV” warning followed by the Media Factory logo. Then…the disc goes straight into the episode. No menu, no opening theme, nothing. The episode progresses with Part A, the eyecatches, and then Part B. Once the episode ends, the disc goes straight into the first trailer for the Giratina movie (the one before Shami was officially revealed to be in the film). Once that ends, the disc ends and your DVD player automatically shuts off.
So what we basically have with this release is the episode without the opening animation, closing animation, next episode preview, or Orchid-Hakase lecture. There also isn’t DVD menu at all, and while the episode does have chapter stops, they’re only accessible by using your DVD’s remote.
all the stuff that’s
missing from the episode can be considered “extras,” it still
sucks that my downloaded copies of the episodes seem more “complete”
than this official DVD release. It's also infuriating that the
rental-only DVDs of the series have all this stuff intact; why couldn't
they just copy those releases instead? Why do we have to settle
for this bare bones release?
Region 2 release, the episodes are, of
course, in Japanese and uncut. No English dub is present, but
that's to be expected.
plus side, the video quality’s
quite good (though that really should be a given considering both the
age of the episodes and the fact that only one episode is present on
each disc). And, well...it's Pocket
Monsters on DVD. It's not something you see everyday, is
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