Friday Favorites: Pokemon Theme Songs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

With the 1000th episode of the Pokemon anime here in the US, the official Pokemon YouTube channel has recently been creating videos that show off all the theme songs of the anime throughout the years. Rachel and I watched them, the nostalgia coming in full force.

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Born to Be a Winner (Pokemon: Johto League Champions)

I think that the Johto region of the anime series had some of the best theme songs. The anime was still fairly young, and the theme songs gave such a strong sense of the journey and doing your best along the way. Lyrically, it also borrowed from the original theme song, which I always thought was a nice tribute.

Unbeatable (Pokemon: Advanced Battle)

Unbeatable was from the Hoenn leg of the anime, another favorite time frame of mine from the anime series as a whole. It was just a fun theme song about confidence and never giving up.

Stand Tall (Pokemon: XYZ)

I’ll be honest, I haven’t really watched the anime since some of the Sinnoh episodes. Once Brock left the show, I tuned out too. However, we have seen some of the other movies that were set in the later regions, like Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. That movie had a full-length version of “Stand Tall,” the theme song to the XYZ season of the anime. I really enjoyed the beat and low tones of the song, as well as the message. It definitely made me want to return to the games to battle again!

Original Pokemon Theme Song (Pokemon: Indigo League)

C’mon, how can you not put this on a favorites list? The original theme is a classic, evoking the original sense of adventure and journey that comes with the Pokemon games and anime.

What are your favorite Pokemon theme songs?

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Ace Attorney Anime [Episodes 1-4]

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Ace Attorney is one of our favorite video game franchises, with the original trilogy being some of the best games. And, while neither Rachel nor I were ever really into anime except for Pokemon, we were both interested in hearing that Ace Attorney got its own anime series.

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It’s been a long time coming, but we finally got a chance to sit down and watch it. Of course, we were going to get Crunchyroll when I noticed the website sells DVDs of Ace Attorney. I checked on Amazon, it was cheaper, and BAM! Impulse buy. We got it just in time too because the season one, volume 2 DVD set comes out in less than a month.

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Anime is definitely more dramatic or over exaggerated, if you will, than the American cartoons that I grew up watching, and Ace Attorney wasn’t an exception. It was great, of course, and we’re really enjoying it so far. We’ve watched the first four episodes which mirror the first two cases from the original game.

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We’ve played through the games a couple of times, so, for the most part, we remember what happens in each case. There are a couple of times we forget something here and there, but watching the anime we knew how everything was going to play out. Since each episode is only about 20-30 minutes long, the cases go by pretty quick. A few hours of gameplay is squished into 2 or 3 parts of 20-minute episodes. But it’s enjoyable all the same.

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Seeing the game scenes and characters come to life is so much fun. Phoenix and Maya tend to act as we always pictured they would, and we’re enjoying all the voice actors so far — the English voice actors, of course. It’ll be interesting to re-watch the episodes in Japanese to hear how the characters sound.

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Yeah, watching it in Japanese is something I want to try. Maya’s voice sounds a little young for her age, but it’s easy to get used to. Detective Gumshoe is more serious than he is in the games, but I enjoy his character all the same. And then there’s Edgeworth… his voice actor and animations are all sexy. I love it.

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I was actually really impressed with Redd White from the Turnabout Sisters case. His voice and mannerisms were spot-on, with his narcissism and arrogance. I do hope that the later episodes will show more of the scenery outside of the courtroom. While the trial portion of the episodes are fun, I would like to see a little more exploration.

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We’re starting to see a little bit more investigation as the episodes go on. That’s how they did it in the games too, which is pretty cool. I’m sure as the cases get longer we’ll start to see more. I love the show, but I would also love to see a movie. I know they do have a movie in Japan, but even if it’s anime, that would be amazing.

Have you ever seen the Ace Attorney anime? Let us know in the comments below!

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Pokemon Anime

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During this month, Rachel and I have been watching some of the Pokemon anime that’s available on Netflix, especially the original series. The anime is over 20 years old, having first aired in April 1997. I remember first watching the series when I was only in fourth grade and eventually coaxing Rachel into watching it with me when she was old enough to understand most of it. I was definitely more into the games themselves, but I enjoyed most of the characters and the battle sequences of the anime as well.

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We used to watch the anime religiously every Saturday morning. It was part of our weekend routine and it was a sad day whenever we missed an episode for whatever reason. Re-watching the show now brought back a lot of memories, not just of watching the show, but remembering the show itself.

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I remembered how Ash was a bit of a dope, haha! He was a decent character, one that I didn’t mind following, but Brock and Misty, along with Team Rocket, were the best characters in the show! My favorite episodes were the ones that focused more on Brock’s ambition, Misty’s own growth as a trainer, and Team Rocket’s wayward friendship.

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Ash is a doofus, everyone knows that, but we all love him just the same. I do have to agree with you though. I loved the episodes where they had to work together with Team Rocket. One episode sticks out in my mind, “Island of the Giant Pokemon” I believe it was called. There were giant Pokemon (of course) and they all got separated from their Pokemon. Pikachu, Charmander, and company could even talk so the audience could understand them. It was cute.

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That was a good episode! Seeing the Pokemon work together without their trainers really helped them all be their own characters as well. My favorite episodes tended to be the ones with epic showdowns, like the Pokemon League battles. One of the best movie openings, in my opinion, was for Pokemon 3: Spell of the Unknown, where Ash and a local trainer battle with the Johto theme song playing. The cinematic for battles were always my favorite aspect of the show and movies.

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The battles are amazing, which is why I wish they could do more like that in the games, though I know that would be difficult to pull off. The games still do a great job! But yes, that theme is the best and I have to say, that movie is one of my favorites out of all the Pokemon movies.

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It definitely was! I think there was an improvement in the anime for the animation and battles if you compare the episodes from the original series to the XY and Z series. We stuck a couple of those episodes on after rewatching some of the Indigo Plateau, and I was definitely impressed at seeing the differences in the battles. The music, of course, helps make the series! Most of the theme songs were some of my favorite guilty pleasure songs to listen to while growing up!

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Overall, the anime can be ridiculous at times, but it really is a great show to go along with one of the biggest gaming franchises there is. I’ve been trying to decide what show to binge while I work and I’m thinking I may watch Pokemon.

Do you, or have you ever, watched the Pokemon anime? What are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments below!

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