Power Stone (Japan, 2001)

I think the biggest problem with this series isn’t the movie itself but the cover:

Note: Man in Parachute Pants Not in These Episodes.

Note: Man in Parachute Pants Not in These Episodes.

1)      While Falcon, the guy with the red suit may be in the movie, his buddy with the green parachute pants appears in no episodes on this disc. Uh, false advertising Power Stone?

2)      “Based on the Mega-Hit Video Game.” If you see this on any DVD, run in the other direction.

3)      On the top right, there’s a giant rooster. Now I don’t remember that from any of the episodes, but nevertheless that rooster’s going to give me nightmares for a few years.

Now, back to Power Stone. Meh. The episodes I watched (I could only get through three) were a bit dry, but not dreadful. The Capcom video game sounds pretty exciting from Wikipedia, and, in fact, I was pretty intrigued during the first twenty minutes of “Turmoil in O-Edo.” It made sense to me—Falcon and friends, a concubine named Rouge, the series’ sacrificial lamb Ayami, and a butler named Appolos look for stones. Sounds a bit like the first Sonic the Hedgehog, but whatever, I can deal with that. Unlike Sonic, Falcon isn’t possessive with his stones; both Rouge and Ayami get one during the scenes I watched. He even offered one to a bad guy, who in the same scene, with the help of the stones, transforms into a giant spider to beat the shit out of Falcon. Maybe that’s the general problem with the series, because let’s face it, Falcon’s a softie. If I were a villain on the show, I would be much more likely to take Falcon out to coffee than go to war.

From my limited knowledge of the Pokemon series, the boy protagonist of that one also looks for animals, collects them, and then fights over them with other animals. Of course, Falcon is looking for stones. I guess the problem is the stones aren’t that exciting visually. At least with the Pirates of Dark Water, another stone quest, we get some “gee shiny” moments when Ren finds his crystals. These look more like those annoying stones in Gem Drop.

The battles, too, aren’t violent, and often pretty truncated—most of the episodes are made up instead of resolvable plot developments, an evil pirate comes to Moon Land, causes drought, and then is overcome by the strength of the Power Stone. Didn’t see that one coming!

I don’t know why I’m being hard on Power Stone. It wasn’t bad, just like much of the cartoons out there, the plot was uninteresting and vague. In the very last episode, the prophetic prostitute Rouge reveals that Jack, a mummy/spider who has hijacked a cruise ship (to Soil Land!) is in fact one hundred years old. There is a pause—but who didn’t see that? Do alive people wait on glaciers for cruise ships only to morph into giant grasshoppers? No. Dead Zombies with problems do that.

Final rating: 2 out of 4 stars—an entirely mediocre two stars for a series too bland even for this blog.

A Youtube remix much better than the series itself.


2 responses to “Power Stone (Japan, 2001)

  1. Power Stone was seriously the best game for the Dreamcast, except maybe for Power Stone 2. I think I still know like half the stages by heart, and it’s easily my favorite fighting game.

    But I don’t know for the life of me how you’d find enough plot there for a movie, much less a whole television series. I just remember beating people to death with an umbrella.

  2. Also I’m pretty sure parachute pants up there doesn’t appear in the game, either, which just leaves him as a mystery?

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