The Pokemon Company has released the first two Pokemon Generations shorts on YouTube today. The entire series is intended to look at moments from various games from an animated perspective. The Pokemon Generations playlist will be updated each week until December 23.
"Experience the Pokémon world like never before! The new animated series Pokémon Generations revisits each generation of the Pokémon video game series to shed new light on some timeless moments. From the earliest days in the Kanto region to the splendor of the Kalos region, go behind the scenes and witness Pokémon history with new eyes," said the Pokemon Company in a press release.
The first short kicks off with footage from the original Game Boy game, showing the protagonist for Pokemon Red capturing a Pikachu for the first time. From there, it jumps to an animated version of the trainer and Pikachu's journey from the original games' Kanto Region all the way to a face off against Zygarde Complete Forme, which will be introduced in Pokemon Sun and Moon. It's all about plucking the string of nostalgia for long-time Pokemon players.
The second episode is the more interesting of the two, with local authorities conducting a raid on Team Rocket headquarters. You have Team Rocket interrogations, police freeing trapped Pokemon from Team Rocket custody, and a police raid on the Viridian Gym, where Team Rocket leader Giovanni is hiding. Seriously, SWAT police with Machop, Arcanine, Growlithe, and Magnetite backing them up? This is the kind of exploration of the Pokemon universe I want to see!
This short seems to take place after you face Giovanni in the Viridian Gym in Pokemon Red/Blue, where he awards players the Earth Badge and TM27, Fissure. The dialogue in the short seems to point to the slight retcon of events in Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen though, with Giovanni vowing to bring back Team Rocket.
The voice acting is a bit rough and the videos are 360p maximum in resolution, but if you're a Pokemon fan at all, both shorts are worth watching. Pokemon Generations is off to a great start and it'll be interesting to see where the series takes us.