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.” It’s now 2017 and the classic theme is back! The current Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon began using the theme this week to mark the 20th anniversary of Pocket Monsters.
めざせポケモンマスター -20th Anniversary- / -松本梨香
— アニメOP・ED 動画 (@animeopedmovie) June 15, 2017
If you’ve never seen the old Japanese opening, have a look and a listen:
ポケモンでめざせポケモンマスター -20th Anniversary-が放送されたらしいのでここで昔のポケモンマスターを見直してみましょう。 pic.twitter.com/38ldPj2DBD
— 白米ホクホク (@m_ndx) June 15, 2017
The show has been used for several Pokémon anime series, getting different versions over the years.
— ゆうし (@nyudmgaauj) June 15, 2017
Rica Matsumoto, who voices Ash in the Japanese series, recorded the original version and is back for this 20th anniversary episode.
Source: Kotaku East