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First Look At The Latest Pokémon TV Anime HD Remaster

[Images via Fushihara]
[Images via Fushihara]
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Last night, a digital remaster of the first Pokémon episode debuted on Japanese television. The episode originally aired on April 1, 1997.

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The episode has been remastered before. Below you can see how the 2012 remastered version compares with a 2014 Kids Station re-airing of the original. That remaster celebrated Pokémon’s 15th anniversary.

In the latest digital remaster, marking Pokémon’s 20th anniversary, the credit sequence was also cleaned up.

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Here is the same still from all three different versions. The original version has the Kids Station watermark. The 2012 remaster has gray-black bars with star twinkles, while the latest remaster has greenish-yellow bars on the sides.

It looks like the latest remaster evens out the flesh tones.

The clip below compares all three versions. On the right is footage from a Kids Station re-run of the original episode. On the left, you can see the 2012 remaster with the gray-black bars and the latest remaster with the greenish-yellow ones.

The first episode isn’t the only one getting an HD remaster. According to the latest Pokémon movie’s official site, there will be a total of ten episodes getting the HD treatment as part of a “Premium 10" weekly broadcast.

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Pokémon-loving Japanese celebrities will pick their favorite and most memorable episodes. The first one, however, was selected by longtime Pokémon anime director Kunihiko Yuyama.


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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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eh they barely changed anything