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Pokémon Origins (2013) Poster

Pokémon Origins (2013) at a glance

Pokémon Origins (2013) is the fourth Pokémon TV special, a co-production between OLM, Inc, Production I.G. and Xebec. Split into four parts, it is directed by four different directors from the aforementioned studios; Itsuro Kawasaki, Yukio Kuroda, Hideya Takahashi and Daiki Tomiyasu. It is based on characters and settings from the first video game installments of the Pokémon series, Pokémon Red and Blue.

Pokémon Origins (2013) Trailer

Pokémon Origins (2013) Synopsis

It's back to the beginning with Pokémon Origins! This animated series tells the story of the very first Pokémon video games, Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version. A new Pokémon Trainer named Red and his arrogant rival, Blue, set out from Professor Oak's laboratory on a journey to complete the Pokédex. At first, Red doesn't really know what he's doing and finds it difficult to connect with his Charmander when they battle. But soon he meets Gym Leader Brock, who sets him on the path to win eight badges and challenge the Pokémon League!

Pokémon Origins (2013) Review

Professor Oak. All images used in this review are official screenshots of Pokémon Origins.
Professor Oak. All images used in this review are official screenshots of Pokémon Origins.

Are you a boy or are you a girl? Whichever you are, both new and existing Pokémon fans will find it amusing to watch Pokémon Origins (2013) because it is a lot of fun! Not only exceptionally hilarious, the animated special is also nostalgic as it is entirely based on the characters and settings from the first video game installments of the Pokémon series!

Here's some why you will love Pokémon Origins (2013) and have a great time watching it!

Red and Blue.
Red and Blue.

Firstly, there are so much references to the game which is quite unusual and unexpected. Secondly, it feels like playing a Gameboy Color by Nintendo which is creative. Then, a lot of the music, dialogues and scenes are adapted from the games; they are just so priceless! Most of all, it is entertaining to watch the rivalry and friendship between the main characters Red and Blue as each have their own distinctive personality and boyish charm!

Red and his Charmander!
Red and his Charmander!

Since the animated special is split into four parts and directed by four different anime directors, I have four mini review for each of these too!

Blue's Squirtle.
Blue's Squirtle.

The first part, File 1: Red, is about the beginning of Red's and Blue's Pokémon journey. My first impression was a wow as the games are seemingly coming to life! However as the animated special progresses, I realised that it isn't just that. This is seriously a comedy aimed to entertain, it is full of inside joke that Pokémon fans would find them damn funny most of the time but humourous or not, Pokémon Origins (2013) is certainly a tribute to all Pokémon fans!


The second part, File 2: Cubone, is about Red's adventure in one of the towns he visited. Many days have passed since the first part but it does follows the storyline or gameplay. Fortunately, it is still as funny but what's more is that this part is quite heartwarming; there are some aww moments and the relationships between people and Pokémon shown here are just so sentimental. Thus, if you wanted to watch something uplifting with a hilarious plot, this is it!

Elite Four, Lance.
Elite Four, Lance.

The third part, File 3: Giovanni, is an interesting arc featuring the Team Rocket's Boss. It is a dramatic one. Although this part also means Pokémon Origins (2013) is coming to an end soon, it is quite satisfying because there are intense actions and a plenty of wise words. You can't help but to feel happy to learn that these characters are moving on, forward!

Red's Charizard.
Red's Charizard.

The fourth and last part, File 4: Charizard, is about Red challenging the Elite Four and the Champion, who happens to be his rival! I find most of the characters adorable and these two rivals especially are good-natured boys after all. Although the plot progresses pretty fast, Pokémon Origins (2013) is never boring. Like all of us who played the Pokémon games, there will always be more Pokémon, mysteries and never-ending surprises!

(The new Mega Evolution is acceptable and absolutely cool here! I think it is this animated special that made it acceptable worldwide!)

Blue's Blastoise.
Blue's Blastoise.

Nonetheless, it would be a huge lie if I mention that there are no flaws in Pokémon Origins (2013). As I have mentioned in one of my previous movie review before; let it be a common knowledge that there is no one film that is perfect and that all of the people in the world would love it. What is perfect to me might not be perfect to you but for this one, you can trust me that it is extremely different than all of existing Pokémon films and TV anime series out there and it might just be your new favorite anime!


Of course, I won't deny that there could be some flaws such as too little screen time for each gym leaders, all 151 original Pokémon does not appear on screen and that there are certainly plenty of other towns from Kanto which it obviously does not cover but it is about 90 minutes only after all. However, Pokémon Origins (2013) truly does not disappoint because the plot is entertaining and every moment in this animated special is epic!


One note on the directors of Pokémon Origins (2013), I believe each of the directors from the different animation studio have performed well and collaborated perfectly. I did not know that it was a co-production until I read about it as everything is well thought out and the continuity is seamless! The evident is this animated special; it is not difficult to tell that their creativity and efforts have paid off! Kudos to all four of you, if you are reading this by any chance!

Wild Mewtwo in Cerulean Cave.
Wild Mewtwo in Cerulean Cave.

Ending this post, Pokémon Origins (2013) is an admirable work. It is a true video games to film kind of movie and it is so awesome and epic that we certainly needed more of these! Please create... for every generation... Arigatougozaimasu!

PS. Yay, just one left for Pokémon Movie Marathon!! Worst to Best Pokémon films coming soon on !!

Who will like this?

Just watch it! Pokémon Origins (2013) is a tribute to all fans, it is MADE for us. But if you are still unsure if you would want to watch this, worrying that it would disappoint; well I can only tell you this; Pokémon Origins (2013) easily beats all other existing Pokemon specials out there and its quality is quite high even compared to all the Pokémon movies too!

This is also one of the only two Pokémon films that I rated nine stars.

Pokémon Movie Marathon

Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
The Power of One (1999)
Spell of the Unown (2000)
Mewtwo Returns (2000)
Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001)
The Legend of Thunder! (2001)
Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002)
Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003)
Destiny Deoxys (2004)
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005)
The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006)
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006)
The Rise of Darkrai (2007)
Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008)
Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009)
Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010)
Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram (2011)
Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom (2011)
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)
Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)
Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)
Pokémon the Movie XY (2015)

Details of the movie

Director: Itsuro Kawasaki, Yukio Kuroda, Hideya Takahashi, Daiki Tomiyasu
Producer: Toshio Miyagawa, Takeshi Nomoto
Story: Satoshi Tajiri, Ken Sugimori, Junichi Masuda
Screenplay: Mitsutaka Hirota, Kuniaki Kasahara, Satoshi Tajiri
Cinematography: Katsuaki Kamata, Takashi Aoki, Yukiko Matsumoto, Tatsumi Yukiwaki
Music: Hiroaki Hayama
Studio: OLM, Inc., Production I.G., Xebec.
Starring: Junko Takeuchi, Takuya Eguchi, Natsuki Aikawa
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Not sure.
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Action Adventure Family Fantasy
Running time: ~90 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: N/A

Official website(s)

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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