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Episode 002 (Part A)
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Dogasu's Backpack | Episode Comparisons
After the December 16th, 1997 airing of Pocket Monsters Episode 038, "Cyber Soldier Porygon," OLM went back over the first 37 episodes of the TV series and re-edited them to reduce any strobe lights, flashing, quick background color changes, or any other special effects that even slightly resembled the types of images that sent all those children to the hospital during the "Pokémon Shock" incident. This was probably done both out of an abundance of caution as well as an attempt to show the public at large that OLM and every other party involved was taking the incident seriously.
Thankfully, the versions of Episodes 2 - 37 that the Japanese Hulu site has of the series are all the pre-Porygon edits, meaning it is now possible to do side-by-side comparisons of the changes made. Below is a gallery of those changes. The 1997 original broadcast version is on the left while the 1998 re-edit is on the right.
| Part A | Part B |
During the flashback to the previous episode, the background behind Satoshi is edited so that it no longer moves.
Most of the full-screen flashing is removed from the 1998 edit of this Episode 001 flashback.
The background behind Junsar is frozen in place.
The brightness of the light behind the shutter is dimmed down ever so slightly.
As with every episode, the flashing of the Pocket Monsters logo during the eyecatch is removed.
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