Origins was amazing so I have hopes for the content in this series too but 5 minutes?! That really is a short Why couldn't it be a full on series
It's Stark mountain. You can see it's being fought by a Claydol, which surely belongs to Buck, the "Stat Trainer" that joins you up in exploring Stark Mountain in DPt. (Another one is Cheryl, which we also spot in the trailer running away from something with her signature Chansey)
I feel like the Pikachu is great the way it is. It's not supposed to be an incredibly strong Pokemon, but not all Pikachu sound like Ash's! The point of these episodes are to explain some of the canon that is in the video games, and I agree with you that the style in this format is really good.Pretty cool but I wish the Pikachu looked and sounded like Ash's. This Pikachu felt a bit weird but otherwise, I'm loving these shorts episodes.
Only wish they'd scrap the current anime and replace it with one of this style. It confuses me because they've been doing cool stuff like this for the Black and White 2 trailer, Pokemon Origins and the Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire trailer and yet they keep up with their current anime.
Looker once had a Croagunk, actually, and during XY his character was scaled back, including his odd way of speech (in the English translations of D/P/Pt it sounds like he is not a native English speaker). It is also strongly suggested Looker's Croagunk died. Maybe they'll incorporate this?I loved the 2nd episode. This is exactly what I wanted: something to explore the canon and in-between stories of the game series, like this story taking place in the aftermath of Red and Blue. It really captured how powerful Pokemon are -- the scene with the Arcanine straight up melting a concrete wall had a great impact. I didn't like how they used Looker though. Did the person who wrote this actually play any of the games with Looker in them? He's supposed to be goofy and melodramatic, but they used him like a generic cop. Also the dub was terrible, but I've come to expect that from anything dubbed in America.
I actually didn't mind the interpretation of Pikachu here, but I HATED the fact that they used Pikachu at all. Like, really? The concept of a Pikachu visiting every region and taking on Pokemon far too strong for it hasn't been adequately explored in animation already? They couldn't have picked any one of Red's other pokemon to follow instead? How about that Bulbasaur?
I also hated how they were already diminishing legendaries by throwing them into the scenes willy-nilly. Legendaries are supposed to be once in a lifetime encounters in the Pokemon world. To even see Regigigas in ORAS you have to read braille codes in a secret underwater chamber, come with a Wailord and Relicanth in your party to unseal 3 other legendaries that you have to then traverse the region solving puzzles to capture, then give one of them a nickname and ice item and return to its cave, only in the daytime. Regigigas doesn't exactly pop out of the ground to say hi.
But overall, I give that first episode a pass because it was meant to be more like a hype video for the series than an actual episode.