Looking back at one of the best game adaptations of all time
While I was a kid, I think my brother might have cried while watching one of the movies at the theater, but since we hadn''t played any of the games at the time of the film''s release in the mid-2000s, we ended up plummeting.
I still recall seeing myself playing on my Game Boy as a nine-year-old, but it does not seem to sound spectacular, but I can truly feel it healing my inner child in real-time. For the time being, I need to talk about how good the anime is.
The struggle of game adaptations
As I know most of us have noticed by now, there are a lot, and I mean a lot, of video games being adapted to film and television right now. My guess is that after the superhero burnout was all experiencing, video games will be Hollywoods new fixation for a while, but I digress. While comic book properties have made a lot of fantastic changes over the years, which are not only entertaining in their own right, but also adding to the property''s mythos in a substantial way, video
Game adaptations are usually dismissed as going from the start to be really, really bad, because there''s just something that film executives can''t seem to get right, usually because they don''t understand what made the game or games successful in the first place.
The first episode of the show was released in April of 1997, only a year after the first games in the video game Pokemon Red and Green, and Pokemon Blue. It has now been ranking #1 on Wikipedia''s list of anime with the most episodes.
The animation was remarkable, but it is simple and straightforward. Children''s media isn''t necessarily bad at the age of twenty-five.
If it aint broke, dont fix it
The game''s actual adaptation is the whole. I was completely surprised at how closely the game follows the events. Ash travels to the same locations in the same order, and all of the Pokemon and their types are related to exactly how they are in the game, which appears like a given, but nothing makes you feel nostalgic than knowing that flying types are beneficial against bug types before.
Being able to gain all of that knowledge to the show in a world in which Pokemon is everything, is incredible! So much of Ashs'' journey is learning all about the Pokemon he finds, and when we already know that stuff from having studied it while playing the games, it really makes you go, Wow, I am a Pokemon master! As a kid, I had blown my tiny little tense.
I like how they show us what the world would look like if we did live alongside Pokemon. It''s great that they don''t shy away from playing the same rules in real life.
Whats that? Doesnt it make sense that Nurse Joy might be in Viridian City and Cerulean City at the same time? Yes, you know, but she''s just her identical twin sister who also gets named Joy, too! They love to take ownership of it, making it a fun, memorable moment that plays perfectly into the comedic tone of the show. Brock is also in the dark of the rock gym, seemingly waiting for challengers to arrive. Incredible.
A musical legacy
I cant talk about the anime without also mentioning the theme song and the Pokeraps. They really said, we need something that is going to appeal as well to children between the ages of 6 to 13. Delivered. When have you ever heard the theme song come on and not heard at least one person sing along to it? Yes, this is exactly. Again, it captures the same adventurous spirit that the whole show is going for, and getting to watch that intro before each episode really gets you hyped up for the coming success
I always believed the Pokeraps, but never knew what they were. I totally get it right now. Another incredible-sounding musical element to the show that also ties in that Pokemon-master-knowledge, as well as encouraged viewers to come back every day to learn the names of all 150 Pokemon. Another instance where I can imagine a nine-year-old version of me getting nuts over that, and thats how I know it.
Capturing the essence
The games and anime are perfect in the genre of experience or fantasy they are trying to sell you. It''s a lighthearted yet empowering adventure of friendship and saving the world. It makes you feel comfortable and capable when you don''t often feel that way as a kid. It''s the most ideal game-to-TV adaptation I have ever seen.
This is assuming you want a one-to-one translation of the games content. Take another game adaptation that''s really done: The Witcher. While the show may not capture every single plot point and mechanic of the game, it absolutely conveys the same feeling as the games. The Witcher is also coming from a gaming franchise that began as a book series anyway, so its power is rather playing into the gameplay''s overall myths, rather than making the game come to life in the exact same way.
Every video game show or movie will take a slightly different approach to their style of adaptation, as they should because no two games are alike. Im not saying every single show must be like the anime, but what the directors in these adaptations must do is capture the essence of what makes it compelling in the first place. If they can do that, then I think they''ll become ushering in a new golden age of adapting media. Heres hoping.