Pokemon Reflects the Changing Times

The Pokemon anime is making the transition to digital broadcast in the coming months in Japan, and I think it more than anything else marks the beginning of the end for standard television.

The Pokemon anime is older than some of the kids who are fans of the show in the first place. It’s seen some of the most significant changes in animation and entertainment in our time. The anime started in 1998 with cel animation and a somewhat limited budget resulting in somewhat limited animation. As Pokemon reached international success, the show clearly improved, and by the time the 2000s rolled around it was starting to go into digital animation, eventually converting over completely. Along the way there’s been multiple movies done in both cel and digital, and now we have a new era upon us of widescreen, high-definition, digitally animated, digitally broadcasted Pokemon. And that’s not even talking about the basic changes in episode styles and themes that are the result of starting with a primarily Japanese audience and moving into an international one.

It’s amazing, isn’t it? Very few anime can say they’ve seen the world change around them as it has with Pokemon.

8 thoughts on “Pokemon Reflects the Changing Times

  1. Most anime in the japan have already switched other to digital widescreen, American animation is probably stuck with 4:3 programing for a long time after June 12, 2009.

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  2. Yes, very interesting isn’t it?

    I’ve watched Pokémon since the beginning, I’ve loved it ever since. I really enjoy watching the old episodes.

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  3. I wonder if that switch to digital — both for the producers and consumers — is having an effect on the viewing experience. Perhaps a strange, new otaku subset will form to watch super old shows and pick out the subtle wonders and errors of cel production.

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  4. I’ve watch some recently with some indigo leauge and the 2 seasons of the 3rd generation and gotta say it’s oddly satisfy seeing digital characters in cel backgrounds. It works for me compared to the first generations and the modern generation adaptations of the anime

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