INTERVIEW: POKEMON: THE ‘BRIDGED SERIES’ 1KidsEntertainment and Nowacking

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One of the most curious things that’s arrived in the anime community with the rise of YouTube are abridgers who take an anime, shorten each episode, rewrite and redub all the footage in order to make it as funny as possible. The granddaddy of them all is LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged with Team FourStar’s Dragon Ball Z Abridged being perhaps the most prolific abridged series.

But Pokemon The ‘Bridged Series is also there. And it’s great. A twisted version of Ash Ketchum’s quest to be the very best, the series has been going over a period of years, recently starting its second season. I spoke to two members of Elite3 (the YouTube group that make the show), Michael “1Kids Entertainment” Hecht (the voice of Ash and others and the series’ editor and co-writer) and Jessi “Nowacking” Nowack (co-writer and the voice of Misty and others) about the process of making the…

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