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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.


The animated gifs below contain rapidly flashing images that may potentially trigger seizures for people with visual sensitivities.. While there was never any issues reported when the "unedited" episodes originally aired in Japan back in 1997, and the gifs presented here are all kept at a small 300 x 225 pixel size, viewer discretion is still advised.

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Episode 003 "Get Pokémon!"  (B Part: Rocket Trio vs. Caterpie, Ending)
Episode 003 Navigation | A Part: Getting Caterpie |
| B Part: Getting Pigeon, Rockets appear | Rocket Trio vs. Pigeon | Rocket Trio vs Caterpie, Ending |

The full screen flash when Kojirou flicks Satoshi's forehead is removed.

The animation of Caterpie's String Shot has frames removed.

Some of the full screen impact stars are removed and the shot of Caterpie String Shot-ting Arbo gets some of its frames removed.

Caterpie's run toward the camera is slowed down in the 1998 edit.

The flashing of the impact is removed.

Full screen impact frames are removed.

It's a bit hard to see here, but in the newer version the removed frames makes it seem as if the waves in Caterpie's String Shot are blurred out.

The number of times we get a pan shot of Satoshi during his victory pose is reduced from three to two.

In the 1997 version, Kasumi is seen coming in from the bottom of the screen while in the 1998 version she's already there.

The speed at which the "To Be Continued" screen shrinks is reduced slightly.

The brightness of the scene of Cocoon evolving in the Next Episode Preview is darkened significantly.

Episode 003 Navigation | A Part: Getting Caterpie |
| B Part: Getting Pigeon, Rockets appear | Rocket Trio vs. Pigeon | Rocket Trio vs Caterpie, Ending |

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