How to Select a Reputable Lawyer

One simple way to find a reputable lawyer is to ask your family, friends, and coworkers about their experiences with lawyers. You will be surprised at the information that you get from them. Also, your close circle is the best way to gain information because their advice will not be filtered and will help you feels better about your decision. Another great way to find a reputable lawyer is to talk to other people who have had legal defense for the issue you are experiencing. For example, if you need a lawyer for a court case, you could ask a previous client of that lawyer about their experiences with them.

After you have consulted with your friends and family, you can then begin to find a reputable lawyer via an Internet search. There are many websites that will help you find a lawyer. One way that the websites work is to search by the type of lawyer that is needed for services. These services could be civil or criminal. In addition, these services could be needed to solve injuries, deaths, or criminal cases. These services will also put the cost that you want to pay into consideration to help you narrow down your choices in lawyers.

Another way to find a refutable lawyer is to search news websites for them. If they have won or lost either a big or a high number of cases, the Internet is likely to inform you of these habits. By doing an Internet news search for lawyers, you can clearly see the details of the case and how the lawyer handled that particular case. In addition, you can search for the firm that the lawyer works for. The search for the firm can help you find more information if you seem to be at a loss for it. By searching the firm’s reputation and reviews, you get a sense of what the lawyer is like as well as what type of law that the firm focuses on.

Another step in finding a reputable lawyer is to hire a specialty lawyer that has had both an extensive education and experience with the type of law that you need them to help you with. A specialty lawyer is the best option for you if your case is difficult to play out in court. Because the specialty lawyer is more educated in that particular area of law, they are able to recognize more facts that will help your case in court.

Top 5 Villains in Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan’s Most Villainous Characters

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In a series where the good guys seldom come out victorious, this apocalyptic adventure has a good set of desperados and villains that keep the story rolling with new twists and turns each episode. The biggest dangers don’t always come from the obvious sources, and sometimes the most evil acts are hidden through political agendas and secretive missions.

But who are the characters behind all the anime’s dramas and conflicts and which ones are the most memorable. Here are our top five Attack on Titan villains.Top 5 Villains in Attack on Titan: Colossal Titan

Top 5 Villains in Attack on Titan: Colossal Titan. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: ©Hajime Isayama,Kodansha/”ATTACK ON TITAN”Production Committee. All Rights Reserved

The Colossal Titan might be on every piece of Attack on Titan merchandise, but this big guy only shows up a couple of times in the entire Attack on Titan anime series.

His appearances may be limited, but the damage he leaves behind in his wake is no small matter. Ending a 100 years of peace within minutes, he suddenly appears one day and breaks through the fortress humanity had built against the Titans in the very first episode of Attack on Titan Season One.

When you’re a villain who needs to make a big statement, ending world peace certainly does the trick.

About as terrifying as any monster gets, the Colossal Titan is one of the biggest baddies in the anime — literally. Coming in at over 60-feet tall, the sheer size of his muscle-toned figure is more than enough reason to leave someone shaking in their boots.

Not much is known about the Colossal Titan other than the fact that he’s a skinless giant that wants to trample all over humanity. He’s bad news.

Top 5 Villains in Attack on Titan: Lord Balto

Top 5 Villains in Attack on Titan: Lord Balto. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: ©Hajime Isayama,Kodansha/”ATTACK ON TITAN”Production Committee. All Rights Reserved

Not all Attack on Titan villains come in the form of bone-crushing giants, some are just selfish humans who put their own well-being before others. Lord Balto is a scumbag, plain and simple. He’s a wealthy nobleman who’s only concerned with his own safety and sits up on his throne of faux superiority in ignorant bliss.

He lives a peaceful life in a palace surrounded by blossoming flowers and fountains, while a majority of the population struggles to get by on a daily basis.

His first instinct is to use his authority to protect himself and push his own agenda though as soon as the news hits that Titans have breached Trost District, he’s overcome with fear and attempts to order a garrison of troops around his estate in favor of sending help to the perishing soldiers and citizens.

He should be the first in line to help those in need, but instead chooses to turn a blind eye. Underneath his arrogance and gluttonous lifestyle, Lord Balto is nothing more than a powerless aristocrat hiding behind his status.

Top 5 Villains in Attack on Titan: Annie Leonhardt

Top 5 Villains in Attack on Titan: Annie Leonhardt. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: ©Hajime Isayama,Kodansha/”ATTACK ON TITAN”Production Committee. All Rights Reserved

Switching between her human and Titan forms is just another day in the life of Annie Leonhardt. Whether you love or hate her, she knows how to put up a good fight and causes plenty mayhem for our struggling heroes. It’s not exactly easy battling it out with a highly trained Titan that can regenerate in the middle of a fight.

Any 40-plus foot creature that knows how to throw a punch is going to do some serious damage.

But changing into a Titan isn’t the only thing Annie has up her sleeve.

For reasons that have yet to be revealed, she is on a mission against humanity and that somehow includes main protagonist Eren Yeager, who is a fellow Titan Shifter. Her unsuccessful attempts to kidnap Eren result in some colossal confrontations between the two. She gets captured in their last showdown, but in true villain fashion denies the good guys complete victory by enclosing herself in protective crystal.

Just when it seems like she’s lost her footing, Annie always has a new way to one-up her adversaries in Attack on Titan. Whether she’s duking it out as a human or Titan, she knows how to cause enough frustration and confusion to shake things up

Top 5 Villains in Attack on Titan: Dimo Reeves

Dimo Reeves is an arrogant merchant who doesn’t have any issues with threatening or bribing others. After all, business is business in his eyes. No matter the situation, the only thing he’s ever concerned about are his tradable goods and an impending disaster is no exception.

Rather than leave behind his cargo during a Titan invasion on Wall Rose in the first season of the Attack on Titan anime, he blocks the pathway that leads into the security of the next territory and refuses to let anyone through until his materials are safe and even screams that his cart is “worth more than a lifetime of your paltry salaries!” at the rest of the civillians.

Dimo is a rotten businessman who declines to help anyone if it doesn’t go toward his own gain. Showing no sense of shame, he is willing to endanger the lives of everyone for his own greedy purposes

Top 5 Villains in Attack on Titan: Armored Titan

Bulldozing through walls like a hot knife through butter, the Armored Titan is a force to be reckoned with in the Attack on Titan anime series. Classified as an Abnormal Titan, he’s covered in plates of protective armor that makes him one big bad dude.

He played a key role during the Titan raid on Wall Maria in the first season of the anime by busting through one of the town’s inner gates and letting in dozens of Titans to have a feeding frenzy.

The stunt had catastrophic results for humanity, with 20 percent of the population killed and one-third of their territory lost

4 Anime LEGO Sets that Need to be Made

Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro Cat Bus LEGO Set

From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Marvel’s Avengers, the number of established franchises represented in the ever-growing line of LEGO sets seems to increase every year. Despite all of the new LEGO sets getting announced recently though, there are still many characters that have yet to be transformed into the popular toy bricks; characters from Japanese animated TV shows and movies!

Thankfully the people behind LEGO are open to accepting ideas for new sets from the public and have launched a special website called, LEGO Ideas where fans can propose set ideas, post images of what the set could potentially look like and vote on what sets they want to see made.

As a rule, proposed ideas must reach 10,000 votes from the public before they are seriously considered. There are some amazing ideas for anime-inspired LEGO sets post by users on the site and here are 14 of the coolest that everyone needs to go and vote on ASAP. Which one’s your favorite?

The first one that really needs to be considered is this brilliant LEGO Cat Bus from the Studio Ghibli movie, My Neighbor Totoro. It even has Mei and her sister!

Doraemon LEGO Set

A fan of this classic anime character that’s been making a come-back recently? Doraemon and Nobita would look great as a LEGO set!

Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle LEGO Set

If there was ever a Studio Ghibli movie made for inspiring a LEGO set it would be Howl’s Moving Castle whose castle fits the brick style perfectly.

Everything You Need to Know About Boruto: Naruto the Movie

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Who is Boruto?

Boruto is the son of Naruto Uzumaki (the main character in the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series and movies) and Hinata Hyuga. He has a sister, Himawari.

What does “Boruto” Mean?

Boruto is meant to rhyme with Naruto though is actually the Japanese pronunciation of the English word, bolt when written in the Katakana Japanese lettering system. The meaning of bolt is literally that of the physical metallic object as seen from the bolt imagery used in the letter o in the movie’s logo.

There is also the possibility of a second meaning as Boruto’s grandfather and Naruto’s father was often referred to as being able to move as fast as a bolt of lightning when performing his teleportation attack and was able to power up to a Lightning Release Chakra Mode.

When is Boruto: Naruto the Movie Set?

Boruto: Naruto the Movie is set several years after the end of the main events in The Last: Naruto the Movie, though only a couple of years after the post-credits scenes in the same movie which flashed forward to Naruto and Hinata already being parents to a young Boruto and Himawari.

Is Boruto a Sequel to Naruto Shippuden?

While set after the events of the Naruto Shippuden anime series and the final movie, The Last: Naruto the Movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie is more of a spin-off due to its focus on the next generation of characters even though older characters such as Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura still appear

Where Can I Watch Boruto: Naruto the Movie Online?

Boruto: Naruto the Movie has not yet been release digitally though a future release is extremely likely. Other Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime episodes and movies are currently available for digital download and streaming however.

Is Boruto: Naruto the Movie Available on DVD or Blu-ray?

An official DVD and Blu-ray release for Boruto: Naruto the Movie has not yet been confirmed but is almost guarenteed due to the popularity of the franchise in the West and the involvement of VIZ Media, who also distributes the Naruto DVDs and Blu-rays, in its theatrical release.

Where and When to Watch the Last Naruto Movie

The moon is approaching dangerously close to Earth! Unless something is done, the moon will disintegrate, showering the earth with gigantic meteorites. As the clock ticks towards the end of the world, can Naruto save the earth from this crisis? The final chapter of Naruto’s story unfolds!

In the same month the final episode airs though, one last Naruto movie will hit the big screen and conclude this chapter in Naruto’s life in a grand theatrical fashion.

As a special treat to international fans, The Last: Naruto The Movie (in case you were confused, that’s the actual movie title) will be getting limited screenings outside Japan in the original Japanese language with English subtitles.

A Western release of the movie on Blu-ray and DVD is a given sometime in 2015 in both Japanese and English audio but for dedicated Naruto fans who don’t want to wait, these screenings are sure to please

Naruto Shippuden Ending

After 15 years, the long running Naruto manga series (now in its second arc, Naruto Shippuden) is finally nearing a conclusion.

The final chapter of the Naruto Shippuden manga will hit newstands in Japan in the November 10th volume of Shonen Jump Magazine with it likely to be collected in the upcoming Volume 72 of the Naruto Shippuden manga (release date TBA).

While no final airdate for the Naruto Shippuden anime has been given, it’s very unlikely it would continue long after the manga has finished and with a Naruto movie titled, Naruto: The Movie, The Last (or The Last Naruto: The Movie) due out in Japan on December 6th, it’s beginning to look like the anime will finish up in November with the movie acting as a sort of grand finale for the fan-favorite series.

For a closer look at the final Naruto movie, the teaser trailer and Naruto’s hot new hairstyle, check out the

Dragon Ball Z Season Eight

What They Say

The fate of the universe hangs in the balance!

The forces of good and evil have converged upon the planet Earth, and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance! The evil wizard Babidi has traveled across the galaxy on a quest for revenge, hoping to fulfill his father’s thwarted dreams of universal domination. Meanwhile, the Supreme Kai has come to enlist the aid of the Z-Fighters in an effort to prevent Babidi from completing his plans and awakening a monster of unimaginable terror – Majin Buu!

As Goku and the Z-Fighters descend into Babidi’s lair, they are confronted by an army of powerful minions, led by the Demon King Dabura himself! Can our heroes resist the wizard’s dark magic and battle their way through this host of villains before time runs out? With each passing second, more energy is gathered for the sleeping Majin Buu. And should this creature of pure evil be awakened, all life – everywhere – will be extinguished!

While the majority of the season is focused on the main characters either trying to stop the awakening of the evil being, Majin Buu or theorizing ways to destroy him after he’s predictably awoken, the season manages to distinguish itself from the very similar Cell Saga storyline from Season Six of Dragon Ball Z by focusing on character development and building towards the entire series’ conclusion in Season Nine.

With the series finale looming on the horizon, a lot of the cast of characters are given moments that reflect on where they’ve come from and ultimately where they’re headed.

Surprisingly, while the previous season focused almost exclusively on Gohan, the character is removed from the main storyline fairly early on in Season Eight only to be brought back in later episodes for what is essentially a drawn out training montage arc in Otherworld in a very similar fashion to what happened to Goku way back in Season One. Instead the focus of the season tends to shift between the three Saiyans; Vegeta, Trunks and Goten and even Mr Satan.

Vegeta really gets his moment to shine as a hero here and the relatively new child characters, Trunks and Goten who were only introduced in Season Seven steal almost every scene they’re in with their enthusiasm, innocence and eventual ability to fuse into the singular being, Gotenks.

Something that comes as a complete surprise is the attention given to Mr Satan, who had essentially been comic relief up until this point and is now shown expressing genuine compassion (for the monstrous Buu no less!) and determination to save the planet himself instead of just taking the credit as he had done after the fight with Cell.

There are some impressive fight scenes here and the plot does progress but the focus of Season Eight really is about giving all the characters a moment to shine before things get really serious in Season Nine. This isn’t a bad thing. In fact one of the most memorable episodes in this set was one focusing almost entirely on the female characters of Dragon Ball Z and Master Roshi as they go in search of the Dragon Balls.

Dragon Ball Z has always been about the characters and Season Eight is a fantastic reminder of that.

Blu-ray and Special Features

As with the previous season sets in this release of Dragon Ball Z on Blu-ray, the picture has gone through a massive remastering process which has upscaled the show to the widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio for modern television sets and removed a lot of the noise and discoloration that has naturally affected an animated show of this age.

While there where rare instances of rushed restoration in previous sets, a significant number of episodes in the first half of Season Eight feature noticeable digital smudging and blurring that’s hard to ignore and negatively affects the viewing experience. It’s unclear if this subpar image quality in these early episodes is due to FUNimation’s restoration but it is worth mentioning that the animation itself in these same episodes is also of a lower standard than the rest of the series and makes one wonder if TOEI outsourced these episodes’ production to another studio (something TOEI is known to do) which could have resulted in lower quality source image for FUNimation to remaster.

The audio in these Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray sets continues to impress with the usual original Japanese audio mono track (English subtitles are also included) and the new remastered Dolby True HD 5.1 English audio track which features a mix of the English voice actors and the original Japanese background music.

In an age where a lot of classic English dubs are being forgotten in favor of new, modern redubs (see the recent rerelease of the classic 90s anime, Sailor Moon for example) it’s great to see the inclusion of a third audio option featuring the original US English broadcast version that so many fans grew up with in the West. It may still be in 2.0 stereo but its addition to the set says a lot about the respect for fans and awareness of Dragon Ball Z’s legacy that FUNimation has.

Previous sets in this release have featured some fantastic interviews and documentaries and Season Eight is no exception with two separate interviews with series voice actors, Kyle Hebert and Kara Edwards and an insightful look at what goes into adapting a Japanese series for a Western audience.

Kara Edwards’ interview is particularly rewarding as she recalls when the entire Japanese and US casts of Dragon Ball Z were united for an once-in-a-lifetime gathering at an anime convention. Her recount of the experience is genuinely moving as are her reflections on voicing the character of Videl whom she relates to on a very personal level.

Who Should Watch?

Despite its violence, Dragon Ball Z is usually an all-ages anime series. Season Eight however features several rather shocking instances of high level violence such as a head exploding and an elderly couple and dog being shot and killed in cold blood. The visuals themselves aren’t particularly gratuitous or graphic (the exploding head is partially covered by a tree and the couple are shot at a distance) but the violent concepts may be shocking for younger children.

Overall

Dragon Ball Z Season Eight picks up where Season Seven left off and sets the stage for the final season, Season Nine which rounds out the series as a whole.

Where and When to Watch the Live Action Attack on Titan Movie

Based on the hit anime and manga series of the same name, the first live action Attack on Titan movie is due for release in Japan on the first of August and will be screened internationally soon after the Japanese premiere! The second film, Attack on Titan: End of the World premieres on the 19th of September 2015 and is also expected to get a release outside of Japan.

This page will constantly update with the latest cinema times and locations for both Attack on Titan films so make sure to bookmark it or pin it to one of your Pinterest boards so you can check back for updates as we get closer to the film’s launch.

The Japanese live action Attack on Titan movies will be directed by Shinji Higuchi, who is known for his storyboarding on several hit anime series and movies such as Macross Plus, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Kill la Kill, Pokemon: Jirachi Wish Maker among many others.

Attack on Titan manga creator, Hajime Isayama will be supervising production and the script will be written by Yusuke Watanabe who recently worked on 2014’s new Dragon Ball Z anime movie, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

Due to the fact that almost all the characters in the Attack on Titan anime and manga series are non-Japanese, several elements of the film will be changed to make the production more practical for a Japanese film. While the famous walls and cities will still be present, the part of the world the story takes place in will be set in a post-apocalyptic Asian country (possibly even Japan itself) instead of a European one and only several main characters from the series will be featured in the film with the supporting cast being made up of a collection of original characters with Japanese names to suit the entirely Japanese cast.

Eren, Mikasa and Armin will be portrayed by Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara and Kanata Hongo while Satomi Ishihara, Nanami Sakuraba and Takahiro Miura will play Hans, Sasha and Jean. Other Japanese actors starring in the two live action Attack on Titan films include, Hiroki Hasegawa as Shikishima, Ayame Misaki as Hiana, Pierre Taki as Souda, Jun Kunimura as Kubal, Shu Watanabe as Fukushi, Satoru Matsuo as Sannagi and Rina Takeda as Lil.

When is an Anime Not an Anime?

Earlier this week, it was announced that the famous Japanese anime artist, Masaki Yuasa would be guest-animating an episode of the popular North American cartoon series, Adventure Time.

With so many global collaborative efforts behind animated films and series, the use of “anime” for Japanese animation and “cartoons” for non-Japanese animation is beginning to make a lot less sense than it did in the early 90s when anime began to boom in popularity.

Note: The word “anime”(pronounced “ah-ni-meh” in Japanese though “a-knee-may” in English usage) is literally the Japanese word for “animation” or “cartoon” and was adopted by Western speaking anime enthusiasts in the 90s to categorize animated tv series or films from Japan.

If a Western animation is animated by Japan based animation studios, is it an anime or cartoon? What if a Japanese company outsources a Chinese animation studio for partial or majority of the animation? Is it no longer an anime?

When is an anime not an anime? Or is the use of the word out of date, irrelevant, and should we just put all animation under one category such as “animation” (as is done in Japan and more and more internationally)?

What is Pokemon?

The Pokemon anime (Japanese cartoon) series is one of the longest running and most successful animated series to have aired on TV in the past few decades and has spawned numerous spinoff specials and theatrical movies.

Based on the popular Nintendo video games of the same name, Pokemon follows the story of Ash, a ten year old boy from a place called Pallet Town which is located within a region called, Kanto.

While this region does borrow its name from the real world region of the same name in Japan, the entire world in the anime is a totally different fantasy world where animals have never existed and instead are replaced with creatures called, Pokemon.

While many Pokemon fall into the small, cute category, the size and shape of Pokemon varies with some resembling our world’s dinosaurs, others who actually come from outer space, several who are so powerful that some people believe them to actually be gods and even ghost Pokemon who have the ability to communicate with dead Pokemon and humans and even possess others.

When the series starts, we are told that there are 150 of these Pokemon known to the scientific community with the potential for many more to exist that haven’t been discovered yet. People who aim to see them all are called Pokemon Masters. This is what the main character Ash wants to be though he starts his journey as a Pokemon Trainer, a person who captures Pokemon and trains them to be stronger and participate in Pokemon Battles (where 2 to 4 Pokemon Trainers’ Pokemon fight).

To capture a Pokemon, a Pokemon Trainer has to weaken it with one of their existing Pokemon. Once weakened, the trainer can capture it with a Poke Ball, a man-made device used for storing Pokemon. Strangely while a wild Pokemon will resist capture, once it’s captured it will usually immediately show affection to the trainer and obey them without question.

There are exceptions though and several Pokemon are shown throughout the series to disobey their trainer and even attack them. The Pokemon Trainer then has to either prove that they are worthy enough to be their trainer or create an emotional bond with the Pokemon through understanding the Pokemon’s feelings or even saving it from a dangerous situation.

This theme of companionship, friendship and understanding is a constant theme in the Pokemon anime which is strongly enforced through several characters frequently lecturing an episode’s protagonist on the importance of these values.

Pokemon Anime Seasons, Specials and Movies

Due to being based on the Pokemon video games, the anime’s storyline and production is heavily influenced by the current video games’ storyline, location and characters. While each generation of the video games feature completely new characters though, the Pokemon anime follows the same main character, Ash and his first Pokemon and best friend, Pikachu as they travel to new regions (featured in the current video game) and make new friends in their search to discover more Pokemon (currently as many as 719) and Ash’s attempt to become the world’s strongest Pokemon Trainer and Pokemon Master.

Unlike many other anime and the majority of Western animated series, the Pokemon anime airs on an almost weekly basis in Japan with the occasional week off for a major sporting event, episode repeat or a special episode that focuses on different characters set in the Pokemon anime world that technically doesn’t count as part of the season. The result is seasons with a relatively high number of episodes averaging around 52 episodes per season.

In addition to the televised anime, each year a Pokemon movie is released that takes place within that year’s region and features the current cast of characters. These movies usually feature very powerful and rare Legendary Pokemon and are usually accompanied by a Pokemon animated short aimed at young children before the main feature begins.

The first season of the Pokemon anime, retroactively retitled years later as Pokemon Indigo League, is set in the Kanto region as is the first movie, Pokemon The First Movie.

The second season, Pokemon Adventures on the Orange Islands and the second movie, Pokemon 2000 are set in a chain of islands called, you guessed it, the Orange Islands.

The third, fourth and fifth seasons of the anime, Pokemon The Johto Journeys, Pokemon Johto League Champions and Pokemon Master Quest as well as their respective movies, Pokemon 3, Pokemon 4ever and Pokemon Heroes are set in the Johto region.

The sixth, seventh and eighth seasons of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon Advanced, Pokemon Advanced Challenge and Pokemon Advanced Battle as well as their respective movies, Pokemon Jirachi Wishmaker, Pokemon Destiny Deoxys and Pokemon Lukario and the Mystery of Mew are set in the Hoenn region. It’s worth noting that Pokemon Lukario and the Mystery of Mew was the last Pokemon movie to feature the original English voice actors before the majority were replaced. Pokemon Advanced Battle was the last full season with the original English cast.

The last 14 episodes of the eighth season, Pokemon Advanced Battle and the ninth season, Pokemon Battle Frontier see the main characters return to the Kanto region. The ninth movie, Pokemon Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea starts in Kanto, however the story quickly takes the characters out to sea, making their exact location difficult to determine.

The tenth, eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth seasons of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles and Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors as well as their respective movies, Pokemon The Rise of Darkrai, Pokemon Giratina and the Sky Warrior, Arceus and the Jewel of Life and Pokemon Zoroark: Master of Illusions are set in the Sinnoh Region. The three films, The Rise of Darkrai, Giratina and the Sky Warrior and Arceus and the Jewel of Life are exceptional among the Pokemon movies for being an actual movie trilogy that shares several story arcs across all three films.

The fourteenth and fifteenth seasons of the anime, Pokemon Black & White and Pokemon BW Rival Destinies as well as the sixteenth season which was split into Pokemon BW Adventures in Unova and Pokemon BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond as well as their respective movies, Pokemon White: Victini and Zekrom / Pokemon Black: Victini and Reshiram, Pokemon Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice and Pokemon Genesect and the Legend Awakened are set in the Unova Region with Ash and Pikachu returning to Kanto once again towards the end of Pokemon BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond.

The current, seventeenth season of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon the Series: XY as well as its upcoming movie, Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction are set in the new Kalos Region.

If I Could Only Watch One…

  • …Episode I would watch the first season episode, Episode 20: Bye Bye Butterfree. It’s a beautiful episode that explores the more dramatic side of a Pokemon Trainer raising a Pokemon and learning that sometimes you have to let go of the ones you love so that they can have the best life they can have. The events in this episode have had a major influence in the maturing of Ash’s personality and were even brought up recently in Episode 33, Butterfree and Me, of the show’s sixteenth season!
  • …Season I would watch the first season, Pokemon Indigo League. In addition to being the only season of the anime to feature a full trip to a Pokemon League within one season and providing an introduction to most of the main characters, there’s a wonderful sense of charm and humor to these episodes that’s reduced in the later seasons. It also features the majority of the original 150 Pokemon and a very strong female supporting character in the form of Misty.
  • …Movie I would watch the eighth Pokemon movie, Pokemon Lukario and the Mystery of Mew. It provides a rare glimpse into the ancient past of the world the Pokemon anime is set in and tells a genuinely moving story of sacrifice and loyalty mixed with some epic action scenes and comedic moments. The animation is also very impressive and the music score is one of the most moving out of all the films in the series.

Who Should Watch?

Pokemon is an anime series that can, and is, enjoyed by fans of Japanese and Western animation of all ages. Adults can get frustrated with some slight plot repetition with episodes in the later seasons and movies but those who can just enjoy it for what it is will have a lot of fun.

The focus on friendship and family and the lack of any sort of major violence or sexual themes makes this an ideal anime for younger children (preschool / kindergarten) to watch unattended. Be warned though that some of the movies lean towards a slightly older age group (preteens) regarding violence.

How to Watch

Due to its popularity, the Pokemon anime and its movies are fairly easy to get your hands on.

The official North American website offers a wide selection of episodes to watch for free from all the story arcs. The anime also airs very frequently on free to air TV in most countries around the world in addition to the cable channel, Cartoon Network.