Song of Origin / Nice Buddy
International Title
 Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
Music By: PUFFY
Record Label: Ki/oon Records
Running Time: 15:13 Discs: 1
Release: July 2005 CD Number: KSCL-841
Anthony Romero
First, thanks goes to Jessica Stan for sending this in for review!

This is the single release for the "Song of Origin" by PUFFY which was used in the 2005 Pokémon film. The CD is paired up with the song "Nice Buddy" by the group, and includes karaoke versions of each. Despite its use in the movie, the single cover its self is mostly devoid of any reference to the Nintendo created series. Instead, there are odd characters mostly seeming inspired by fairy tales. The exception is the obi, which in this case is a large piece of paper that covers the entire back before being removed and does display a large, normal shot of Pikachu.

In regards to the tracks, "Song of Origin" is a pretty good Japanese pop song. It does seem more directed at a teenage audience, and features a more traditional "female rock group" type of feel to it, but is enjoyable for fans of the genre. "Nice Buddy" isn't quite as great, though. Its not a bad track, but feels a little more generic and not very memorable at all. The disc then rounds out its runtime with some karaoke versions of the two songs. Sadly, the karaoke tracks still have some vocals in them, although they are mostly background singers.

Overall, unless someone loves the group, people would be better off sticking with the Pocket Monsters: Mew and the Aura Hero Lucario - Music Collection (ZMCP-2303). It already includes the "Song of Origin", the extra tracks here aren't particularly worth it although if it can be acquired at a budget price then completists might still want to hunt it down for the karaoke stuff.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Song of Origin
    Composer: Andy Sturmer and Bleu
  2. Nice Buddy
    Composer: Andy Sturmer and Bleu
  3. Song of Origin (Original Karaoke)
    Composer: Andy Sturmer and Bleu
  4. Nice Buddy (Original Karaoke)
    Composer: Andy Sturmer and Bleu