Here it is, the first episodes of Pokemon that launched the obsession of millions of children around the world. This Blu-ray set of the first season (52 episodes) in 1080p HD along with bonus materials (video and a 64-page black-and-white sample manga comic of the ongoing adventures or Ash and Friends.)

From the box description:

“It’s Ash Ketchum’s tenth birthday, and he’s ready to do what many 10-year-olds in the Kanto region set out to do—become a Pokémon Trainer! Things don’t go exactly the way he planned when he ends up with a Pikachu instead of a standard first Pokémon, and winning Gym Badges turns out to be much tougher than he thought. Luckily he’s got former Gym Leaders Brock and Misty at his side, along with a bevy of new Pokémon friends, including Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander.”

The immediate success of Pokemon Go should be a testament to the enduring popularity of the entire series. And the multi-generational aspects of it. I watched these episodes on VHS tapes with my sons over and over and even had to explain to one of them why he wouldn’t be able to become a Pokemon master when he grew up. Fast forward 20 years and not only did that son run some real-world Pokemon Go training sessions and both of them are now introducing Pokemon to their children. And I get to watch all of these episodes again with the next generation.

These are the original episodes dubbed and released to the English market. They are not for the purist, but for parents wanting to share the same Pokemon experience they had as children themselves. The six DVDs will stand up much better to repeated viewings than the original VHS, and these will store much easier as well.

Pokemon DVD set interior
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