First Impressions of Pokemon Generations

The Pokemon Company has recently been doing everything they can to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary. The release of Pokemon Go, new trading card announcements, Sun and Moon teasers, and monthly in-game event Pokemon have all been offered since the start of the year. Yesterday, the Pokemon Company added even more to the hype by releasing the first two episodes of a new anime series: Pokemon Generations.

Pokemon Generations approaches story telling in the Pokemon universe strictly through the events and locations presented in the video games. Previous Pokemon anime series have added their own elements and characters, but Pokemon Generations’ new approach seems to be focused more on bringing back feelings of nostalgia to both old and new fans of the games. Every episode of Pokemon Generations is short, only running for about 3-5 minutes each, and will be uploaded to YouTube on a weekly basis.

The Pokemon Company’s officially describes the series by stating:

Pokémon Generations revisits each generation of the Pokémon video game series to shed new light on some timeless moments. From the earliest days in the Kanto region to the splendor of the Kalos region, go behind the scenes and witness Pokémon history with new eyes! These bite-sized adventures, about 3 to 5 minutes long, will be released every week through December 23, 2016.

Pokemon Red Title Screen

Pokemon Red Title Screen

The first episode of the series starts off with an enjoyable nod to the original Red and Blue games. In fact, almost the entire first minute of the episode is animated in a style that looks exactly like somebody is catching Pikachu in Pokemon Red. While this is mainly done to make older fans feel nostalgia towards their first Pokemon experience, it had quite the impact on me. As a long-time fan of the series, seeing the series start by emulating the original game really made me realize just how long the series has been around and how much the series has grown.

Pikachu After the Transition

Pikachu After the Transition

The episode then transitions into a more traditional animation style, and it’s AMAZING. The rest of the episode follows the Pikachu who we saw get captured in the first minute as it gets in a Pokemon battle in every single region with a Pokemon from that region. The action scenes and battles are beautifully presented, and hit some really key spots from the games. It left me wondering what part of the region the next fight was going to take place in, and which Pokemon Pikachu was going to encounter next. Every region also teased some legendaries flying about during Pikachu’s battles as well, which was really nice to see.

Pokemon Generations is definitely worth the 3 minutes and 45 seconds to watch the first episode. The second episode is also out right now, and is equally interesting. Time will tell how good the entirety of the series will be, but after the first two episodes I think it definitely can turn out to be something great.

Click on the video below to check it out!