Pokémon's First Japanese Theme Song Returns

[Image: TV Tokyo]
[Image: TV Tokyo]
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When the original Pokémon TV anime debuted in Japan on September 8, 1998, the theme song was “Mezase Pokémon Masutaa” or “Aim to be a Pokémon Master.” Now in 2017, the theme is back!

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The current series Pokémon Sun Moon began using the theme this week to mark the 20th anniversary of Pocket Monsters.

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If you’ve never seen the old Japanese opening, have a look and a listen:

The show has been used for several Pokémon anime series, getting different versions over the years. 

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Rica Matsumoto, who voices Ash in the Japanese series, recorded the original version and is back for this 20th anniversary one. 


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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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Ganonthegreat1

For those wanting a recreation of the original Western theme, they did it for the Diancie movie.