Pokémon's First Japanese Theme Song Returns

By Brian Ashcraft on at

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!

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

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.

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