Conner’s Critique: Pokémon Concierge

Surprising us, and coming out of almost nowhere, a brand new Pokémon show has dropped on Netflix. Pokémon Concierge is available with four episodes right now as we speak, but we decided to watch all four and tell you whether or not you should check out this series as well.

As always we break down our Conner’s Critiques into the categories of story, acting, and overall. So let’s jump on into it.

Story 7/10

Telling the story of Haru, a woman who lost her boyfriend and the stress of regular life is pushing upon her too much, she decides to venture off and join a Pokémon resort and become a concierge to Pokémon and their trainers. Throughout the series, the main character Haru is forced to overcome her desire to overthink things, never wanting to fail, and her general desire to find out where she belongs. All set within an albiet slow, but fun adventure set within the Pokémon world.

There’s not a lot to the show with it being four episodes mostly under 20 minutes each episode, but there’s a enough of it to get a taste of a fun quaint journey for the character, learning how to walk at a slower, but much more enjoyable pace.

Acting 10/10

The main actor of the series carries most its weight with its main character Haru, voiced by Karen Fukuhara. Fukuhara does a great job showcasing her nervousness, dealing with the switch into a much more relaxed lifestyle. She masters the concepts of test theory and imposter syndrome. She does an amazing job conveying all those characteristics just through vocal methods and it really adds to the soft and yarn style of this animated series.

Overall 8/10

The only failing of this series is that there is not a lot more of it. I can only imagine the amount of time it takes to animate. The yarn Pokémon and plastic/clay-esc figures is likely the reason why it was such a slow release of only four episodes, but I only hope that Game Freak, Nintendo, and Netflix partner together to produce many more episodes down the line.

Conner’s Final Thoughts

People will think that Psyduck doesn’t get a fair shake in the Pokémon universe only because he becomes quite a punching bag for jokes here or there. That being said, Psyduck has received tons of coverage within the worlds and animated series of Pokémon. Almost as much, if not more than Jigglypuff and their aggressive sharpie.

That being said, it was nice to see a cute and sweet side of Psyduck as it becomes the main characters closest attachment within the series.

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