Pokémon: Indigo League (The Original Pokémon Series)
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Pocket Monsters
First Aired: Fall 1998, 82 episodes
Summary: It’s Ash Ketchum’s 10th birthday which means he is finally able to receive his first pokémon from Professor Oak and begin his journey as a pokémon trainer! Things get off to a rough start as he sleeps in and misses his opportunity to choose a starter pokémon. When Ash arrives late to Professor Oak’s, the three usual starter pokémon have already been chosen by other trainers and Ash is left with a defiant Pikachu. Be that as it may, Ash is ready to start his journey to become a Pokémon Master by catching pokémon and defeating gym trainers!
The recent Pokémon GO craze gave me a renewed interest to watch the original Pokémon series for the first time in years. I’m glad I did because I had forgotten how clever and hilarious the show can be. Believe it or not I had also forgot about the pokérap!
Jigglypuff has to be the best pokémon out there, with the adorable round puff that hides its devious tendencies. It’s hilarious when Jiggly scribbles on everyone’s faces when they don’t stay awake for its song, or when Jiggly becomes infuriated with the Clefairies that stole its marker. Vulpix is also pretty great.
The animation may not be the best and part of the reason I enjoy it might be due to nostalgic purposes, but Pokémon is still a fun anime to watch. It is geared toward a younger audience but can be enjoyed by one and all.
You might enjoy this if: You want to take a vacation to Nostalgia Nation. It is also a perfect series to watch with your kids, introducing the latest generation to anime and the wonderful world of Pokémon!
You might not like it if: Pokémon GO has driven you to the point of insanity. You see people playing it and it drives you mad because you don’t know why they love it so much and you don’t care. You have nightmares of Snorlax crushing you in your sleep.
Note to the Viewer: The creator of Pokemon, Satoshi Tajiri, sought to create something that embodied his childhood hobby, insect collecting.
The Original Pokérap