Pokemon Origins

Pokemon Origins
Voice Director: Robert Buchholz

US Premiere: Nov 15, 2013
US Conclusion: Nov 22, 2013
Japan Premiere: Oct 02, 2013

Seasons: 1
Episodes: 4

Popularity: 264th All Time, 420th This Week

Franchise: Pokemon
Characters on BTVA: 41
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said at 4:34 AM on Mon Dec 19 2016
 1 Shout Out!
I don't like Pokemon but the English voice cast oh My God is great. If only yugioh cast were like this.
said at 11:59 PM on Fri Sep 30 2016
 9 Shout Outs!
Most likely an unpopular opinion incoming, but here it goes...

I think Origins was honestly better than both the Anime AND Generations (well, so far on the latter, but I already have much more criticism about Generations than I ever did this)...but admittedly, that isn't really saying much.

The worst part is...that THIS had the potential to be the definitive Anime to unite the whole (completely divided at this point) fandom...if Pokemon wasn't so scared of trying to make a show that wasn't focused on a new main character besides Ash, last longer than 1 Generation with 4 episodes.

The English dub's honestly way, way better than any other TPCi dubs so far have been as well (even Generations' dub has been very underwhelming so far, and that's apparently produced for us like the infamous Mastermind Special was about a decade ago, so I don't know what to say to that), so that's a definite plus in my book, though Johnny's Brock and Kyle's Oak were mediocre for me. Jamieson's Giovanni is definitely the standout here of the newer voices for older characters: he nails Giovanni to near perfection. Bryce's Red and Lucien's Blue are pretty good, too.
said at 9:21 PM on Mon Oct 3 2016
@WrightWay In a world where Japanese Scientologist propaganda film "Laws of the Universe" got an A-list unionized simuldub...Pokémon, a world-famous, internationally massively successful property, is dubbed for $50 an episode. Sooooo responsible, much caretaking, Nintendo. You really pull through for your biggest properties & really appreciate the art of voice acting. /s
said at 10:16 AM on Wed Oct 5 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed In an interview with The Voice Behind, Christopher Corey Smith casually mentioned he voiced Charizard's roars in Pokémon Origins. Great choice, he sounds a lot like the great Shinichiro Miki as well.

Here's hoping for more confirmations.
said at 12:27 PM on Wed Oct 5 2016
@huzaifa_ahmed Nintendo (of Japan)'s primary focus is video games, so it's no surprise they'd go with the cheaper alternatives when it comes to properties adapted for English television (Toronto for Mario and Zelda, New York for Pokemon, Kirby, F-Zero).

Heck, voice-acting isn't even that big a deal for their biggest video game properties in general; their focus has always been on fun gameplay, and their most lasting titles barely even have full voice-acting (Ocarina of Time, anyone?).

Chances are good that Nintendo recognizes voice-acting as the mere luxury that it is, so it's rather pointless to complain to them about it.
said at 2:29 PM on Wed Oct 5 2016
@CatsTuxedo Yes, voice acting for the fun-oriented games that Nintendo prides itself in...*is* a luxury.

But Pokemon's anime (the English dub included!) makes a rather significant income for Nintendo, is among the most popular anime in all of Planet Earth, & it is among THE few "mainstream" anime in the Western world.

& voice acting is certainly not a luxury in anime.

Pokemon gets great Japanese VO with the likes of Miki & Hayashibara (among dozens of other legends), & for good reason.

That Japanese track is never released here, making it even cheaper to invest in the English-speaking audiences.

& besides, the dub is *ubiquitously* popular amongst the wider audiences (the Japanese track only becoming popular due to the recent ubiquity of WiFi)

Nintendo even released Pokemon Generations dub-only - you can't even find the Japanese version on illicit sites.
said at 4:35 AM on Sun Dec 4 2016
@WrightWay What makes Origins stick out is its tight narrative and just focusing on a few key moments. If it was a whole cour or more, it would become largely a rehash of the first season of original Pokemon anime.
said at 1:20 PM on Sun Dec 4 2016
You raise a good point, but I feel like a lot of the side characters that appeared didn't get enough time to be fleshed out enough to leave a strong impact. Origins was good, but it's not perfect, IMO.
8000 Saiyans
said at 11:27 PM on Wed Nov 1 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed Are you saying that a popular show needs to have a union dub? As if voice actors make a show successful.
8000 Saiyans
said at 11:41 PM on Wed Nov 1 2017
said at 4:17 PM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@8000 Saiyans "As if voice actors make a show successful."

8000 Saiyans
said at 8:13 PM on Thu Nov 2 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed They are one of the factors why a show can be good, but I don't think they're the primary reason why people watch cartoons or anime.
8000 Saiyans
said at 6:04 AM on Fri Nov 3 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed Besides, they're not like live-action actors.
8000 Saiyans
said at 12:15 PM on Fri Nov 10 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed The DBZ dub may have had non-union actors, and I know how much you hate the idea of a non-union dub for a very popular show, but like it or not, an anime can be successful without a union dub.
said at 7:17 PM on Fri Nov 10 2017
@8000 Saiyans > like it or not, an anime can be successful without a union dub.

Unions work hard for better worker treatment, better pay, better conditions, & so on.

Better treated workers, better pay, incentives for better work.
8000 Saiyans
said at 2:44 AM on Sat Nov 11 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed Yeah, I know, but non-union dubs aren't a necessary evil.
said at 10:06 AM on Sat Nov 11 2017
@8000 Saiyans aren't or are?
8000 Saiyans
said at 10:08 AM on Sat Nov 11 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed Do I really need to repeat myself? They AREN'T a necessary evil.
Jade Range
said at 12:14 AM on Wed Aug 24 2016
I'm glad I'm not the only one who prefers this to the other Anime...the dub was good, though I admit, I personally am partial to Brock, Oak, and Giovanni's old 4Kids voices for my favorites (not that any of the Origins voices are bad at all, I think they're all decent).

It seemed like at least Red got a solid start and ending to his journey...unlike that other character, you know? I would love to see more like this in the future.
said at 4:35 PM on Sat Jul 23 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Download this to my Kindle Fire from Amazon Prime and checked it out on a three-day trip.

I really liked it. Cool to see a throwback to the old games.

The standout performances were Lucien Dodge as Blue & Jamieson Price as Giovanni.

Bryce Papenbrook was good as Red. Though for some reason I feel his and Blue's voices could've been switched.

Johnny was good as a more noble Brock, but I'd love to hear him as the anime version.

Kyle Hebert fell a little flat as Oak at times, but was still good.

All the other acting was good.

I really wish this was a full length series.
EPA Deane
said at 3:10 PM on Thu Jan 4 2018
@GreenGoblin75 If Johnny Yong Bosch used a similar voice to his Vash the Stampede, he would be a Solid fit as Regular Anime Brock
said at 4:45 PM on Thu Jan 4 2018
@EPA Deane
Joel the Pokekid
said at 6:09 PM on Tue Apr 26 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
I don't know about anyone else, but I hear that many people hated this just because it wasn't like the first season and the voice actors weren't from 4kids. I loved this show's voice acting and did those nostalgia fans really think an LA dubbed anime would hire 4kids actors? And also, of course this isn't going to be like the first season.
said at 9:15 PM on Mon Oct 3 2016
@Joel the Pokekid Pokemon is usually dubbed in New York, aside from Origins. Beyond that, most people have no idea which voice actors are from where, if they even know any names at all. Most people on like reddit/anime have NO idea how the voice-over industry works.
said at 10:11 AM on Wed Apr 20 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Despite that it isn't as long as I hoped it would be, I really do prefer this to the other anime.

I like how it follows the story of the first game, even though the mega evolution feels out of place for the GB/GBA games.

The voice acting is neat too. Blue and Giovanni have the best voices IMO.
said at 4:13 AM on Fri Dec 25 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
This would've been amazing if it was longer than 4 episodes. I feel like we older fans were tossed a bone, but now we've been forgotten about again. I'm not saying I'd have preferred for it to go on for hundreds of episodes like the Anime, definitely not, but maybe 10-20 would've been better. Yes, I've seen the Mega Evolution Specials, but Alain is the most bland character I've seen in a long time, and TPCi/DuArt messes around with the dub of those as well, replacing literally all the Japanese OST there, miscasts voice actors (e.g. Zoe Martin as Manon), paint edits, etc.

Regarding the dub, to me, it was pretty good:

- Kyle as Oak and Johnny as Brock are OK, but really just average fare at best, Stan/Stuart and Eric were much better fits for those characters. Still, they're a godsend from James and Bill, welcome relief and pleasure to the ears in that regard.

- Dodge as Blue was a good choice, I liked him in the role.

- Papenbrook as Red was a welcome relief and pleasure from Knotz as Red, enough said, he did a great job.

- Price as Giovanni was excellent, I can see why he's praised as the standout from this, but I still feel Lewis was more distinct at his best. I hear Price using this voice in Digimon a lot, it's still wonderful, but it's just not my favorite.

- The script writing/dialogue was pretty good, though there were a few awkward lines like, "plant-type Pokemon," "I searched specifically for those tings," and "I stands right here," but overall, nice job.

- Thanks so much for keeping the Japanese OST intact!
said at 4:05 AM on Wed Dec 9 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
My only complaint is I wish this could've been a bit longer than 4 episodes, so things could've been a bit slower paced.

Still, I really love the fresh take on the franchise, and getting an LA dub cast for it was really awesome. I would love for them to do something like this for one of the other games.
said at 3:56 PM on Thu Oct 16 2014
If Pokemon Origins received a sequel based off of Pokemon: Gold Version, Pokemon: Silver Version, Pokemon: HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Who would you cast to voice the characters?
Jacob M. Keene
said at 6:58 PM on Sun Mar 29 2015
@Netherman14 I don't know about Gold/Silver, but I do have a suggestions for a possible Pokémon Origins based on Pokémon Black & White in the dream cast section of this site.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 7:03 PM on Sun Mar 29 2015
@Jacob M. Keene Why is it when I try adding the e with an accent to Pokemon, it comes out like this: Pokémon?
Axem Red
said at 8:09 PM on Tue Apr 14 2015
@Jacob M. Keene I would assume due to copyright.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 5:44 AM on Wed Apr 15 2015
@Axem Red That doesn't make sense (to me at least), we can type it the way people know the e with an accent for on other sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc., and they don't flag comments or whatever has the word due to copyright, so why would that be the issue here? I'm gonna assume it's just a glitch.
said at 6:56 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@Netherman14 Bryce Papenbrook, J. Michael Tantum, Travis Willingham, Johnny Yong Bosch, Caitlin Glass, and Cherami Leigh.
said at 10:43 AM on Sat Jul 4 2015
@Netherman14 I've always imagined Josh Keaton as Gold, Johnny Yong Bosch as Silver and Colleen O'Shaughnessy as Lyra.

I doubt it'd even happen to begin with but these are the voice i imagine these characters having.
King Marth 64
said at 3:09 PM on Thu Oct 29 2015
@Netherman14 I think maybe wanted Yuri Lowength, Sean Schemmel, Crispin Freeman, Chermai Leigh, and Todd Haberkon if they got the sequel.
said at 4:26 AM on Wed Jul 9 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
Really love the voice talent in the dub and really interesting take
said at 6:22 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
I like the dub as well and the show in general is just heads and shoulders above the main anime at this point, so I agree.
said at 6:17 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
@Savate Sadly for the main anime, maybe it would have been a good idea if it ended back on season 1 like they originally intended, Indigo league will always be THE season for me

Funny thing is how nice the art is in here but not the main series when I have heavy criticism of the art in many anime of today(Meganebu hi)
said at 6:22 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
So true: I feel like they've strung out the main Anime for far too long and as a result, Ash and TR have all become really stale and lost a lot of their personality and characterizations they once had, or in TR's case, become completely flanderized.

That's true, although I HATE what's happened to Ash's eyes in the Main Anime since BW began: they look so goofy on him! xD.
said at 6:24 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
@Savate Those eyes my sis hates them, I don't like them either
said at 6:25 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
IKR? His OS, AG, and DP eye style was a lot more fitting and really brought out his character, particularly in emotional scenes: the BW and XY eye style is just...ick, it looks all wrong on Ash.
said at 6:28 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
@Savate Modern generic anime eyes
said at 6:31 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
Yeah, that's pretty much exactly what they are!
said at 6:59 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@HienFan Bryce Papenbrook is a really good voice actor.
said at 6:03 PM on Mon Oct 12 2015
@Savate Well, to be fair, TR did get a lot more interesting in BW. But then the whiny fanboys/girls bitched that it wasn't the same, so the next season they reverted back to the same old tired formula they've been stuck in for the first four generations.
said at 10:30 AM on Sat May 3 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
This is the ONLY Pokemon anime that I actually like.
said at 6:16 PM on Fri Aug 8 2014
I like the older seasons of the Main Anime about the same as Origins, but overall, yeah, this is also the only Pokemon Anime I like as well-- the main one has become absolute garbage at this point, IMHO.
said at 7:11 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@WWEFAN12ization I used to love the original Anime, then I got into other Anime. Then my brother made me watch Origins and I'm like: "Pokemon Origins did in four episodes what the original Pokemon Anime couldn't do in seventeen seasons.
Be good."
said at 4:59 PM on Sun Dec 8 2013
I love this show so much! I'm so glad that they brought in a different voice cast for the characters rather than copping out with the old cast.
said at 7:12 AM on Mon Dec 2 2013
I think Lance is also voiced by Kirk Thornton using a younger sounding voice.
said at 5:27 AM on Sat Aug 9 2014
I agree: I wonder if they'll make a voice compare between Kirk and Wayne for Lance-- between the two, I liked Wayne more, though.
said at 7:08 AM on Mon Dec 2 2013
 1 Shout Out!
While I have mixed opinions on the series itself as well as it's voice acting, it using a different voice pool is definitely interesting. The standout voices IMO are probably Bryce Papenbrook and Cristina Vee, but they're all pretty decent.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:54 AM on Mon Dec 2 2013
 1 Shout Out!
I've only seen the first episode so far, but I really enjoyed it. I might just finish the whole thing later today.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 4:35 PM on Mon Dec 2 2013
@Nightmare Crusher I just finished watching this and it was pretty good. I have my nitpicks and some of the script sounded really awkward. Still, the good outweighs the bad and I'm glad I watched this.
said at 12:42 AM on Wed Mar 15 2017
@Nightmare Crusher Regarding the scripting issues...was it the dub that was the issue? & if so, did you ever check it out in Japanese?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 5:51 AM on Wed Mar 15 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed I have no idea if this was a dub thing or how it was in Japanese. I don't know the language so I can't judge since subtitles can't convey the exact same meaning. I don't particularly care much either.
said at 4:08 PM on Wed Mar 15 2017
@Nightmare Crusher Ah, but you did cite the script as a complaint, & the dub script is inherently more of a deviation for the sake of flaps/timing. Not to mention this is Nintendo who tends to fool around more with these sorts of things...& Bob Buchholz in charge could totally be an issue. It's been awhile since seeing this, but generally speaking I do not enjoy Buchholz's dubs as much as I do others', with all due respect to Buchholz. At the very least, I think the JP might be worth checking out to alleviate some of these issues with the presentation of the show.
said at 4:25 AM on Mon Dec 2 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Thoroughly enjoyed this show, and its voice acting!
MUCH better then that *other* Pokemon show!!!! >:-/ I enjoyed many of the performances e.g. Red, Blue, Giovanni, Mr Fuji; which were excellent. Though I do feel that some of actors were miscast a bit e.g. JYB as Brock, Kyle Hebert as Oak, still all round very good. All I can say is: Japan: please make more shows like this! :-)
Thank you.
said at 8:47 PM on Mon Dec 30 2013
@Torak Are you referring to the regular anime in its entirety or just the TCPI era?
said at 3:28 AM on Tue Dec 31 2013
Just the TCPI era, pete: no worries! :-)
I didn't clarify that well did I?
said at 10:19 PM on Sun Dec 1 2013
My heart is skiping beats right now. Oh... Oh my god...
said at 9:16 PM on Sun Dec 1 2013
Basing the voice-acting for this special someplace else is a nice change of pace and is appropriate considering this is a different continuity from the TV series, though Red and Blue/Green being voiced by men bugs me, of course.
said at 9:29 PM on Sun Dec 1 2013
@CatsTuxedo Scratch that last part in terms of Blue/Green; just found out the Japanese actor is male too.
said at 8:50 PM on Sun Dec 1 2013
 8 Shout Outs!
I really like the LA casting in this miniseries. It really fits the mellow atmosphere it was going for, as opposed to the main NY casting, which allows itself to go over the top the way it does.
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