Pokémon Master Journeys: Volumes 1 & 2 Reviewed
Following the success of “Pokémon Journeys” on Netflix, the streaming platform has rolled out the first two volumes of the next season, “Pokémon Master Journeys.” Picking up where the previous season left off, this latest incarnation of the franchise manages to shake up the status quo while still respecting what made it work to begin with.
As the series continues, the challenges faced by Ash (voice of Sarah Natochenny) and Goh (voice of Zeno Robinson) deepen. Not only does the series contain key allies such as Professor Cerise (voice of Ray Chase) and his daughter Chloe (voice of Cherami Leigh), the second volume also sees the return of fan favorite characters such as Dawn from “Pokémon Diamond and Pearl” (voice of Emily Jeness) and Iris from “Pokémon Black and White” (voice of Eileen Stevens).
Of course, that’s not to say the series is devoid of humor. Far from it — some episodes contain outlandish situations like a barreling ball of Gulpin, balanced with lighter comedic moments such as Cerise’s aide Chrysa (voice of Casey Mongillo) having a love for Psyduck. The animation is rife with Easter eggs from the franchise’s history, making this another great outing for fans and families everywhere.
With more volumes streaming later this year, “Pokémon Master Journey” is worth checking out as the 24th season of the hit series.
Starring the voices of Sarah Natochenny, Zeno Robinson, Cherami Leigh, Ray Chase, Billy Kametz, Michelle Knotz, Jimmy Zoppi, Lisa Ortiz and Casey Mongillo with Eileen Stevens, Emily Jeness and Ikue Ohtani
Based on characters created by Satoshi Tajiri
Available on Netflix (New Volumes Streaming Quarterly)