The Pokémon anime debuted on Japanese television well over a decade ago. The year 1996 seems like a distant memory. Last night, it came flooding back.
As previously mentioned, Ash's Charizard is returning to the Pokémon animated series as a regular character, er, Pocket Monster. What last night's episode illustrated was just how different the Pokémon anime looks 13 years later. And does it ever.
However, last night's flashback, which introduced Charizard to a younger generation of anime fans, was more than a simple HD touch-up on widescreen televisions. It allowed the show's creators to revisit classic scenes in a new way.
Not everything changed though. Some things did stay the same -- or almost the same. It's interesting to see what was tweaked and what wasn't.
Below are some of the comparisons between the original series and the latest one, Pokémon: Best Wishes: