Animenia - The Pikachu Shorts, Vol.1

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Original art by Jessica Dufresne, check out her own series here and her DA here!

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  • Darkcloud1111
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    Oh my gods, I could not stop laughing when you started talking about how Psyduck is a killer. I must have gone back to that part at least six times
  • jeshnyx
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    Psyduck is going to kill us all o-o run away...
  • Tenshizen
    That's why he's called Psyduck! He's a psyCHO!!!
  • Moreno X  - to jeshnyx
    Those eyes 0_0 Psyduck is not normal....at all. Why did Misty end up capturing him in the series?
  • Artista-AF
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    she didn't capture him, he's just acting like captured, waiting for the right time to make his evil move... o__o
  • Agumon
    Its not his fault, Emelgym is compressing his brain causing a headache... and soul pierceing eyes.
  • ManWithGoodTaste
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    The 3rd short is the reason I consider ignoring official canon after movie 5 or so. If the main character does not grow even a year after more than a thousand days, that's just bad writing.
  • Oddworld Inhabitant  - On the subject of narration...
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    I liked your video overall, especially the google translate-esque subtitles, but I can't agree with you that all narration makes movies worse. For instance, I think "Casino" would have been much worse without narration. And, although not a movie, "Scrubs" has done interesting things with narration.
  • ThatDudeInTheSuede
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    I should probably elaborate that I certainly don't think all narration is bad. If the narration can tell the audience something about the character or situation that we don't already know or can't already see, and it does it in an engaging manner (aka sin city), that's fine. It's DESCRIPTIVE narrators I despise, that say exactly what's happening, as it's happening without any rhyme or reason except to make sure we get it because the movie doesn't think we're smart enough to get it. That's my beef.
  • ColeYote
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    And Arrested Development.
  • Lossthief
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    "A Raichu, Pikachu's evolution that looks about 20% Cooler than Pikacu"

    Is that...no it can't be. I'm just imagining things.
  • ladydiskette  - Awww :( @ 8:30
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    Raichu....that wasn't nice...why would you do that to Tokube. He is just a baby, he can't defend himself :(


    You're a douchebag Raichu! >:(
  • jellybabiebunny
    Richu is cooloer, but pikachu is cuter
  • aceofheart1e55
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    Awesome review. you do great Work Suede. always look forward to your reviews when they come out. Can't Wait for Pokemon 3 Review. Also, Loved the Deleted Scene of you in To Boldly Flee. i really wish the full extended scene could have made it in the movie. I ROFL.
  • lunabrony  - Was that...
    "20% cooler than Pikachu"
    ........
    ALL OF MY INTERNETS SUEDE.
    Take it. Just take it.
  • lilbird
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    Hate to be redundant, but the Psyduck = psychotic duck scene was awesome.

    Nothing like watching Pikachu shorts to pass the time away for nostalgic purposes, and to give your brain diabetes. They're cute, but I wouldn't want to always watch them. Still, I thought it was a nice little tradition to include a Pikachu short before every movie, even if the anime retconned everything else afterwards.

    Nice review, Suede! And if what is written at the end credits is true... sorry to hear that :(.
  • Moreno X  - to libird
    The shorts were good at first, but they serve no purpose and, like you said, they're just passing time to get to the feature-length films. Well, I don't know about you, but I say it was a good thing we don't have to sit through recent shorts on the recent Pokemon movies. That's one of those positive kudos to The International Pokemon Company - the people now in charge of the dub since 4Kids no longer handles them.

    Would you agree?
  • Blizz3112
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    Only 20%? I'd expect it to be at least three times as cool... ;-)
  • DMaster
    At some point they ought to have Pikachu [i]temporarily[/i] evolve, somehow, if only for everyone to see just what it would be like.
  • Jegsimmons
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    HA! this was hilarious nostalgia.
    Cant wait for the third pokemon movie.

    Also, my condolences about the lost parent.
  • Torugu
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    The psyduck eyes, THE EYES!!! O_O

    I'll look forward to seeing the rest of the shorts and the third pokemon movie, so see ya then Suede.
  • Mothmouth
    Man, I totally forgot about the second short from Pokemon 2000, and yet I can recall what happened in Pikachu's Vacation in spades, even those weird transitions.

    You know, when I take away the first movie, Pikachu's Vacation is technically the first anime I ever saw in theaters. If only I had more incentive to go watch a Ghibli movie instead... And I haven't even done that now.
  • Mothmouth
    Wait a minute, "20% Cooler"...?



    Goddamn it, Suede.
  • sho_sho_maru  - Damn it, Suede stop putting ideas in my head...
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    Ok, now I want a matching set of Pikachu and Raichu electric blankets. SOMEBODY FILL THAT GAP IN THE MARKET!!!

    And it would be about 20% cooler than a Pikachu hat...
  • JehuTron
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    wow, this brings me back, the mid/late 90s were truly amazing, Pokemon, the Playstion, Mortal Kombat movies (the first one, at least), spending time with my cousins during summer vacation, and later, with the kids of our neighbors , I miss those days. :(

    It was nice that you bothered to review the shorts from the first and second movies, your riffs were hilarious. XD

    also, that Psyduck stare. *Shudders*
  • Rexaura888
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    2:05 Wait a minute...that's not Arceus! Isn't that a Genesect? Kind of hard to see the screen, but it definitely ain't Arceus. That said, Suede, did you actually get an Arceus from Global Link?

    Here's a question: why is it that when a group of Clefairy use Metronome in the anime, it always results in Self-Destruct or Explosion?
  • pinky75910
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    Occasionally it's ended up as something else, Hyper-beam, I remember at least one time there was a "Splash" used.
  • cattz
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    I don't know, didn't Disney try to pass off Fantasia to kids? Without narration that thing had to be the most god damn confusing thing ever to kids.. Depends if you want to just classify it "more for adults" like Disney did.

    But anyways, enjoyable and funny review Suede. I don't think I ever watched anything beyond the original series/game as a kid, so this is all new to me, lol.
  • Chronikelor
    Regarding your "Victreebel's cries are the cries of half devoured female victims"...

    I've read the manga Pokemon Adventures, a Victreebel tries to eat Red in one chapter. Your statement didn't really ruin the Pokemon for me, only reminded me of that scene.
  • ladydiskette
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    That is horrifying! O.O

    The screams..they will haunt my dreams tonight.
  • Moreno X
    Hey Suede, great video man. It pretty sums up my same reason about the shorts.

    Even back then, the shorts are nothing more than what Nostalgia Critic, Linkara and Spoony said in their Alone In The Dark review: padding.

    Seriously, every minute we watch the trio's Pokemon doing stuff and all I can think is padding, non-stop!

    Nevertheless, they are guilty pleasures and are fun to riff them. Looking forward for Pokemon 3. Take care.
  • ninjaswithsunglasses  - Pikachu Shorts!
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    Oh man I love these things! But my favorite has to be the one before the Jirachi movie. With the magic thing that makes pokemon dance. That music will stay in your head for life
  • Razorgeist
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    See this is what I love about you're reviews Suede. I only caught some Pokemon but its so much fun to watch you talk about them.
  • Falcovsleon20
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    Wait, you fought Cynthia's Garchomp with Arceus? Rather than ask how you got one (because I have my suspicions) I'm just going to call you a coward. That's taking the easy way out.
  • Undertaker91
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    Honestly, its not that hard to get an Arceus if you know where to get it. i have a level 100 Arceus i downloaded from an official Pokemon event
  • ladydiskette
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    I love Que. He is the best little sidekick Suede has ever had! And he has such a intellectual vocabulary.
  • elrick43
    ix-nay on the ycho-psay yduck-psay, pokemon has enough creepy-pastas about it as is
  • jackedsamurai772
    Suede, you officially have the best sidekick character of any reviewer on the site.

    Hope to see more of Kyuu in future reviews.
  • The Guy that Died in MM Zero 1
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    I always thought of the shorts as mindless silly fun.

    What's the short where Pikachu meets some Pichu during Ash's 11th birthday / 1 year of adventuring day? I thought it was from the second movie, but apparently not?
  • pinky75910
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    Might be the third, it'll get here..
  • The Guy that Died in MM Zero 1
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    yeah, might be, weird thing about that is that I'm pretty sure I saw the short in theaters, but I know I've only seen the third movie on VHS
  • Moon Spirit
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    Those shorts were nothing but silly fun time. God, I still even remember the Vitamin C song to this day. Can't wait to see your take on the next short with the Pichu brothers, as well as your review of the 3rd movie.
  • Yami Vizzini
    It's amazing how it all comes back as I watch these reviews. Thank you. Not to mention never having noticed Chekhov's Leaf Stone! And Que (?) is awesome. Looking forward to movie 3!

    Also, "The Seventh Seel" ^o^.
  • Yami Vizzini  - P.S.
    To those offering condolences, I'm pretty sure he was just talking about the next movie, since the little girl's father vanishes and her missing him basically drives everything that happens. If I'm wrong, sorry.
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