Many of us are still pining for the days of old, when we could count all the Pokémon that existed on 15 hands and the Pokérap could name all 150 of the little guys in under 4 minutes. Many of us were still excited for the next generation of fighting monsters and quickly snapped up a version of Gold or Silver to relive our dreams of becoming a Pokémon master once more.
After that, things began to get a little funky, and the charm that Pokémon held for us began to fade from our young hearts. Not that this is a problem for Nintendo. The entire allure of the Pokémon games is that it is a generational series. In many ways, newer Pokémon are just as classic for younger audiences as the originals were for us. And as someone who has played through at least one game in each generation, the games largely retain the same spirit and sense of adventure set out in the original games. Although there are definitely some justifiable complaints about some newer Pokémon. For instance look at this piece of trash (that is what he literally is).
But fear not Pokéfans!
In anticipation of the release of Pokémon X and Y next week, Nintendo has produced a new 4-Part anime series called Pokémon Origins! Pokémon Origins closely follows the plot of the original Gameboy Red/Blue games, and honestly, it’s pretty fantastic. Following the paths of Red and his rival Green, the degree of accuracy and similarity to the video games is incredible. The series even starts with a dimly lit Professor Oak in an unknown area introducing us to the world of Pokémon using nearly the same script as the games.
More importantly, types actually seem to matter! For all those who were furious that Ash’s Pikachu could simply zap Brock’s Onix because of sheer ‘strength’, this is your long waited chance at redemption.
Not only do types matter, but the moves and Pokémon each gym leader uses mirror the games precisely. Brock fights Red using a Geodude and Onix, uses bide, and — wait for it — gives Red the TM for Bide afterwards! During the gym battle we also can see the bars representing each Pokémon’s health. If you listen carefully, you can even hear the victory over gym leaders fanfare play quietly in the background as Brock presents Red with the Boulder Badge.
The anime even goes so far as to recreate the specific conversations you have with random NPCs in the games as well as using orchestrated versions of the original 8-bit music! The faithfulness to the story within the original games is simply stunning.
All-in-all, Pokémon Origins is a wonderful treat for anyone who enjoyed the classic Pokémon games. It’s animation is new and crisp, with an impressive attention to detail. You can watch all four episodes here: http://www.animeget.com/pokemon-the-origin-special-1