When a Jynx gets lost, Ash and his friends have to escort it back home... to Santa's workshop!? And what grudge does Jessie hold against the jolly old elf? Then, Ash gets lost in a blizzard! Can he make it through with onl... more »y his Pokemon to help? Plus, it's Ash versus Gary in a contest to see who is the better Pokemon trainer - but can Professor Oak's lab survive the contest?« less
Great episodes! Two lost specials, and the season finale!
Ash Ketchum 2 | Westford, MA, U.S.A. | 08/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally! A review that doesn't make Pokemon, or it's fans look dumb! As if the Pioneer covers didn't already do enough of a good job making Pokemon look dumb. *rolls his eyes* Anyway...The first episode on this video was a Christmas special, that was originally skipped in the dub, and in Japan too! It's about how Jessie hates Santa, because when she was a little girl "Santa who is really a Jynx, came in and stole her favcorite doll". And now she is starving for revenge! Meanwhile, Ash tries to catch a Jynx on the beach. After Pikachu fails and gets a goodnight (okay, it's broad day right now on the episode)kiss from Jynx which sends it to sleep you could say, Misty points out that it is holding Santa's boot! They relize that this Jynx works for Santa, and they try to bring it back to the North Pole. Along the way, it'll be tough, with Jessie scheming for revenge, and all that travel over the sea may be tough, but Santa's Lapras may be a great help!Then, on to the second special, a Winter special, which was ALSO originally skipped in America and Japan!, 0_o;; Ash decides that he can handle a mountain, and it will be no trouble to pass over on. But then, it's night, the storm starts up, and it gets to the temperature of literally freezing! And to make manners worse, Pikachu slips out of Ash's hands from the wind, and Ash go's to look for him. After Bulbasaur helps Ash save Pikachu, who nearly fell from a cliff, Charmander helps melt a snow cave shelter for the night. And then, all of Ash's starters, Pikachu, and Him decide to close up the hole, so no more cold can get in. All they have to rely on for heat is Charmander's flame on it's tail! Will Ash and his Pokemon survive this disastrous night? And when things get worse, and they can only rely on eachother's body heats, and all of Ash's Pokemon, Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Pidgeotto, won't stay in their Pokeballs, so they can keep their Trainer alive and not freeze to death, it's only love, hope, and fate which will help them make it through the night...Then, the season finale of season 1! Atleast it was in Japan... Ash is home in Pallet, and today he is supposed to go to Prof. Oak's lab for some reason. He doesn't know why yet tohugh. Meanwhile, Team Rocket are worried that they are gonna get fired, they are nearly at TR HQ's when they see it blow up! And they see a mysterious Pokemon covered in armor fly off! Giovanni and His Persian are still alive, and lucky for Team Rocket, they only get yelled at, and not fired. But they take it as a message from Giovanni as an encouragement boost. ^_^;; (Don't ask, they are very strange) They have now renewed their commitment to stealiing. Meanwhile, Ash gets to Prof. Oak's, and who is there, with him? Gary! Ash and Gary debate on who is a better Trainer. Prof. Oak anylizes their Pokedex's, and according to them Gary has seen more than 60 Pokemon! But Ash has seen over 100! BUT... Ash has only caught over 40 Pokemon, while Gary has over 200! Since, Pokemon Training is a major help to Pokemon Researching, seeing and catching are equal in importance. So they are declared at being a tie. Not one Traner better than the other. Ash and Gary come to except it, and take echother's advice by the end of the episode, they even show a side of them that they never show... a FRIEND side! They even show how they care about eachother (as friends, not any other way you sick weirdo), and respect, and fear (cause they may not be as good) eachother's Training skills. They decide they will have a Pokemon match... THAT can break the tie, who ever wins the battle, has better Trained Pokemon, and THAT will make the winner the better Trainer! Who will win? Ash or Gary? And what about Team Rocket?... they are DETERMINED to steal Pokemon, and will their renewed commitment to stealing effect Ash and Gary's battle?This tape is great. It contains two Pokemon specials that were oringinally skipepd in Japan, because right before they were supposed to air, the seizures occured, so Pocket Monsters was pulled of the air for 5 months, and 5 months later was a bad time for a Christmas and Winter special, but they were eventually released on two seperate videos with different episodes or OVA's on the videos. They was originally skipped in America, because they weren't available in Japan yet, and since Pokemon is made IN Japan, it was only fair that the Pokemon fans in Japan got to see it first. It's nice enough that it is dubbed and aired here too! The whole point of this rant is to tell you that if you are watching the Pokemon anime IN ORDER, then remember this timeline of when these episodes fall in: "Ditto's Mysterious Mansion" "Electric Hero Porygon" (Japanese title, hasn't aired in America yet, and not released on an English speaking video yet) "Holiday Hi-Jynx" "Snow Way Out!" "Pikachu's Goodbye"I hoped that help! ^_^;; Oh and... "Showdown At The Poke-Corral" is the ACTUAL season finale for Season 1. The only reason it was "The Breeding Center Secret" in the dub, is because thats as far as 4Kids could afford, when they first started ordering, and dubbing Pokemon. It takes place RIGHT before "Pokemon: The First Movie" then RIGHT after the movie, "The Evolution Solution" takes place. Which is the real season premiere for season 2. I hope I helped! ^_^;;"
Ash Ketchum 2 | 12/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Contains "Holidy Hi-Jynx", "Snow way out", and "Showdown at the Poke-Corral". Did you know that "Holiday Hi-Jynx" was banned from airing in the US? It was banned along with "The Ice Path" in season 5 because someone thought that the pokemon Jynx, featured in both episodes, was a stereotype of "black" amercans, and sent in a long persuasive essay to prove their point. So, the episode "Holiday Hi-Jynx" to me is enough of a reason to buy it! Also, "Showdown at the Poke-Corral" features Ash's rival since episode 1, Gary, who doesn't appear often in the anime and hardly ever appears in any VHS's. This is definitly a good VHS."
A Great Buy! Banned (clean) Episode Ahoy!
Jeff Gamerson | Caribbean Sea | 06/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love pokemon, and have loved it for a long time. This does include the episode "Holiday Hi-Jynx" a banned episode. Actually, George was wrong on some things. The episode "The Ice Cave" and "Holiday Hi-Jynx" were banned for the same reason. I first noticed something strange when i looked at the back. If you notice, Jynx has a purple face, as she does in the latter of the pokemon games. However, in the cartoon, all of the Jynx have black faces. These episodes, though to contrary belief that "The Ice Cave" was banned due to the relativeness to SARS, were banned because like Mr. Popo from Dragonball Z, Jynx has a black face. "Blackface" is a racial disimination issue. You may want to search google on Jynx, Blackface, or Black Face, for more information on this. There were issues with this, which led to Nintendo and 4 Kids changing Jynx's face to purple. It also seems that George missed a few episodes. "Tentacool and Tentacruel" was also banned due to the destruction of large building, forcing some people to painfully recall 9-11. You can get "Holiday Hi-Jynx", and "Tentacool and Tencruel" on VHS. You will not see these episodes elsewhere. However, I don't think that we will ever see edited versions of "Dennou Shenshi Porigon" (Electric Soldier Porygon) or "The Legend of Dratini" even though those got English Dubs, Nintendo and 4 Kids say that they will not show them in the United States, or anywhere else, only in Electric Soldier Porygon's case. All we can do is wait and see what we have in store for us next, with Pokemon..."
George Anderson | Belfast, NI. UK | 04/28/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Yeah I've heard about those banned episodes. "Electric Soldier Porygon" was banned because Pikachu thunderbolted missiles heading towards Porygon causing several hundred blue and red flashes in 5 seconds. This resulted in 12000 cases of epileptic fits(seizures) in Japanese children and adults! The show was put on 4 months hiatus and was almost banned by Nintendo.
"The Ice Cave" was banned because Team Rocket deliberately gave Brock the Flu or Hypothermia which ringed some of the symptoms of the SARS going around at the time of the airing of this episode.
"Beauty and The Beach" was banned because of Team Rocket giving James cleavage/boobs to win a beauty contest.
"The Legend Of Dratini" was banned because of the use of projectile weapons(guns).Guns have been used in other episodes as well but none of them towards firing at other people as shown in this episode.
Anyway it's a good buy."
Great stuff... more pokes!
George Anderson | 12/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The pokemon rule in this volume. And why not? Pikachu's zappings get better. The voicing and the music makes you want more and it's good humor (If you have a sense of humor) is the *...* way to go!"