Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, also known as Pac-World (パックワールド, Pakkuwārudo), is an American/Japanese/Canadian 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure television series based on the 1980 Namco game, Pac-Man. The series first aired on June 15, 2013, on Disney XD, and a video game based on the series was released on October 29, 2013. It aired its last episode on May 29, 2015.
The series takes place on and around the planet Pac-World as well as its Nether-World. Pac-Man and his best friends, Spiral and Cylindria, attend Maze High School, a boarding school located within the city of Pacopolis. They help to protect citizens from the threat of ghosts after the seal that locked up the Netherworld was accidentally opened by Pac at the time he was avoiding the school bully Skeebo. Ghosts are able to possess Pac-Worlder bodies although only for a time limit of a few minutes unless aided by Dr. Buttocks' technology. Victims of possession usually are apparent by a red-eyed glow, although this, too, can be prevented with Buttocks' technology.
Pac-Man also has four friendly ghosts (Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde) that surrendered and vowed to help him along his voyage (in exchange for being restored to the living world). Pac-Man vows to stop Lord Betrayus and the ghosts (or any other bad guy) from taking over Pac-World while searching for his long-lost parents. He has the unique ability to eat ghosts and destroy the ectoplasm that makes up most of their bodies. Only their eyeballs survive, which he spits out. They reform their bodies using a regeneration chamber. The ghosts continually attack the city to locate the Repository, a storage chamber for the corporeal bodies of the ghosts which would allow them to live again if they possessed them. It is kept hidden to deny them this freedom and only President Spheros and Pac-Man are aware of its location. The ghosts also attack the Tree of Life to prevent Pac-Man from gaining powers to fight them. Without the power-berries, Pac-Man is not able to fly, breathe in the Netherworld, or enjoy the taste of ghosts.
- Pac-Man has been turned from a gaming icon into a glutton who focuses more on food rather than helping others.
- Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde are supposed to be enemies in the original 1980 game, yet they are allies of Pac-Man in this show, though it does make sense in context. While making changes to a character is to be expected in an adaptation, reboot, or even a remake, the changes given to these incarnations of the ghosts are too drastic, to the point where they don't really feel like they're actually the ghosts that Pac-Man eats in the original game.
- The lip syncing is way off (most likely because the show was made in Japan and then dubbed into English, though other Japan-animated shows don't have this issue too much).
- The show pretty much relies solely on the edgy teenager cliché for the characters.
- Annoying theme song which makes some of the Pokémon intros look like masterpieces.
- Lord Betrayus is not only a generic and lame villain that rips off Mezmeron from the 1982 TV series, but also a crybaby as well. And his name most likely wants to "betray" others or his minions.
- Skeebo is the stereotypical bully character who borrows too much from Flash Thompson from the Spider-Man comics, he hates Pac because he hates the yellow color, even though his own hair is yellow. Not only is he coward, but he also refuses save anyone from the ghost, not even his then-girlfriend, Cylindra, in the first episode, even Spiral tried to convince him to do so and reminded him that she is his steady girlfriend, right before Skeebo decided to break up with her.
- On the topic of stereotypes, in the episode "That Smarts!", Pac-Man ingests a berry that increases his intellect thus turning him into a stereotypical nerd character, which is often seen as generic or even insulting towards nerds.
- Flat characters that the writers constantly try to add depth to, but fail.
- It tries too hard to be hip and cool with the kids of the late 2000's/early 2010's era sometimes.
- Comedy most of the time is only based on gross-out humor or it's mediocre, like Pac-Man burping after eating either food or ghosts. In addition, the episode, Zit You or Is Zit Me?, is based only on the grain humor that has already been overexploited a lot.
- While most of the voice acting in the show is good, the casting of Erin Matthews as Pac-Man is questionable: she gives him a nasally, overly "cute" voice (not unlike Sarah Natochenny's portrayal of Ash Ketchum in the English dub of Pokémon). It's possible that a random actress was chosen to voice Pac-Man, just so the show's producers could make the joke "Pac-Man is voiced by a girl".
- The series ended off on a cliffhanger without any continuation at all: Pac-Man and his friends are planning on going to find Pac' Man's parents, but the series ends right here, as Disney XD barely advertised the second season and seemed content to let it die.
- The voice acting is at least passable.
- Some hilarious moments here and there.
- The characters aren't always clichéd.
- There is also a bit of a great grasp of the source material, particularly Pac-Man eating the ghosts.
- The computer animation is decent, although really weird at times.
- The backstory involving a war is surprisingly dark.
- Colorful art style.
- It isn't really that bad of a show, just pretty flawed.
- "Aw man, I'm a meme."
- While a majority of the characters are unlikeable, (Pacster, Skeebo, and Lord Betrayus), there are some likable characters such as Cylindra, the Ghost Gang (despite their shenanigans), Sir C, and a few others too.
- Awesome intro in the Japanese-dubbed version.