A Review of Pokémon Generations

A Review of Pokémon Generations

The series of shorts is not completely fulfilling but still satisfies in some ways.


In mid-September, Pokémon announced a series of animated shorts, titled "Pokémon Generations," that would be posted weekly from September to December. "Pokémon Generations" was teased as "[diving] deeper into the stories from the video games" and this was all but confirmed with the release of its trailer.

"Every generation has a story to tell, adventures to explore, enemies to challenge, heroes to emerge, legends to be forged. Discover the untold stories. Witness the greatest battles. Experience the epic world... through new eyes."

Even though the art and animation styles were noticeably different from the Pokémon anime series, I was still pretty excited about it. The trailer lured me in and, while I knew each episode would only be 3 to 5 minutes long, the trailer made me feel as if I were going to see a movie. I also was excited to see which of the many important moments throughout the last twenty years of Pokémon they decided to feature, especially those moments that were only vaguely alluded to throughout the video game series.

"Generations" started off strong with "The Adventure" which begins with the player character from Pokémon Red and Blue and follows his adventures with his Pikachu around the Pokémon world from the first region of Kanto to the most recent one, at that time, of Kalos.

The episode is roughly four minutes but, in that span of time, a number of different Pokémon and locations across the known world of Pokémon are showcased in a very satisfying way. Each scene flowed into another and the quick pacing captured the essence of adventure well.

The following two episodes focused on Kanto as well. "The Chase" centered around a police sting on the leader of Team Rocket while "The Challenger" showed the rival of Pokémon Red and Blue sweep the Pokémon League prior to the arrival of the player character.

The first three episodes were equally climatic; each showed an in-game moment or a moment alluded to in-game and quickly but effectively built a final, satisfying shot.

Many of the later episodes would mimic this same style. In particular, the Hoenn-centric episodes of the series ("The Vision", "The Cavern", and "The Scoop") accomplished this just as well as the Kanto episodes.

While overly dramatic in all aspects including animation and voice acting, "The Cavern" was the best of the trio of Hoenn episodes considering its startling and unexpected ending.

The only other two worthwhile episodes were centered around Unova. "The Uprising" saw the clash of the Seven Sages of Team Plasma and the Gym Leaders of the Unova region while "The King Returns" had a clash of its own with Ghetsis and N which was quite the emotional moment.

While the aforementioned episodes succeeded in being entertaining, the others struggled to match them and often times failed. Silver's monologue in "The Legacy" was lackluster, a greater insight into his character nonetheless but one that could have been better executed.

"Pokémon Generations" was not created with the intent of replacing the already established Pokémon anime but instead to entertain fans by revisiting some moments from the past twenty years of the Pokémon franchise. While the episodes were hit or miss and there were quite a few missed opportunities, it was nevertheless entertaining and is worth watching again start to finish.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

My favorite Editor was feeling under the weather yesterday. All I wanted was to make her a vegan iced matcha latte. With distance forbidding it, I instead decided to write up this quick, easy recipe. I made it to be vegan and organic for optimal health benefits.

Matcha green tea is made from grounded green tea leaf and it comes with the most antioxidant boost ever.

Keep Reading... Show less

This coffee brand is USDA organic. Newman's Own Keurig coffee flavors are all organic. They have French Roast, Decaf, and a Special Blend. I'm in a committed relationship with the French Roast flavor. The smell alone from dispensing 1 cup of coffee sets a whole cafe jazz vibe.

I'm already relaxed when I smell the coffee all ready for dressing. The way I make my coffee is simple and sweet, literally. I add a spoon of organic brown sugar and a splash of organic almond vanilla milk. This cup of coffee has changed my life forever. I have never been so productive in my life and I truly believe it's because the coffee is organic.

Keep Reading... Show less

These organic, cruelty-free skincare products are great for hot, sweaty summers. I use them every day, so you will find my honest opinion about them all. I highly recommend using organic products because they are least likely to be harmful to your body.

This may seem like an extra step when it comes to your beauty routine, but it's really easy. These 5 products could be the start of your next beauty venture.

Keep Reading... Show less

These 5 Black Handbag Designers Should Be On Every Accessory Lover's Radar

With the push to support more Black-owned businesses, we've put together a list of Black owned handbag designers.

Ever since the current upheaval of societal silence happening in the country caused by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, there has been a bigger push for people to support Black-owned businesses.

Granted, there are a lot fo Black-owned businesses to support, it just takes time to find them. With that being said, fashion is a sector, just like any sector really, in a culture that still has people of color calling out for more diversity.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Feel A Lil' Better: Because Therapy Dogs Aren't Just Cute, They're Working

Your weekly wellness boost from Odyssey.

No matter how good (or bad) you'd describe your health, one thing is for sure: a little boost is ALWAYS a good idea. Whether that's reading a new, motivating book, or listening to a song that speaks to your soul, there are plenty of resources to help your health thrive on any given day.

There are many different ways people overcome obstacles in their lives. Thankfully, the stigma surrounding therapy is slowly (but surely) slipping away and we're opening up about our problems and needs. For some, a good workout is just as relaxing. Others are learning how meditation can be a helpful tool in their mental health journey.

Keep Reading... Show less

Naya Rivera Is Missing, And She Deserves SO Much More Than Being Labeled 'Big Sean's' Ex'

We are all sending prayers to Naya Rivera hoping she finds them so we can find her.

I woke up this morning looking to find Naya Rivera's name trending No. 1 on Twitter. I was reading all of everyone's prayers wishing to find her so she can be reunited with her baby boy who is only 4 years old.

Naya's son's name is Lord and the entire collective is hoping the Lord is with him right now. I'm a firm believer in the Fear of God, I hope all of Naya's love is protecting Lord right now.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments