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Animated Series Theme Song Best of Best of Best 1997 - 2022
November 4th, 2022
@ 23:49 JST -- Earlier tonight Sony
announced the upcoming release of Pokémon The Animated Series
Song Best of Best of Best 1997 - 2022, a massive eight CD set that
contains a whopping 78 opening / ending themes from the very first 1997
Pocket Monsters TV
series all the way to the 2019 Pocket
Monsters TV series!
A full track listing for the upcoming release can be seen here. A few observations:
I've translated the full track listing
and added it to the CD Guide.
- We don' t know if the songs included will be the
full sized or the TV versions of the songs, but if I had to guess I'd
say they'll all be the full versions.
- This set will include all the major opening and
ending themes to the TV series, even those that were only used for a
single episode and then never seen again. Rocket-Dan yo Eien ni, for example,
was used as the ending theme to the initial TV broadcast of BW 097 "The
Reijuu Formes Advance! Isshu's Greatest Crisis!!" but then was
changed to Mite Mite ☆ Kocchicchi for
all subsequent home video / streaming releases. Regardless, it's thrown
onto this release! The set also includes Yajirushi ni Natte 2013, a song I
don't think has ever been released on CD before.
- Only the regular TV series is a part of this
release, meaning songs like Aratanaru
Chikai from the Pocket
Monsters Crystal: The Legend of Thunder special, the movie
openings / endings, or the live action variety shows are all MIA.
- So what's missing? An alternate version of a Pocket Monsters (1997) ending
theme, Pokémon Hara Hara2
Relay (Hard Version) isn't on the set, and alternate versions of
three Diamond & Pearl
opening themes -- Together 2008,
High Touch! 2009, and Saiko
Everyday (Band Version) -- and the first two Diamond & Pearl ending themes
-- Kimi no Soba de ~Hikari no
Theme~ Pop-Up Version, Kimi
no Soba de ~Hikari no Theme~ Winter Version, and Kaze no Message PokaPoka Version --
are MIA as well. This release has a ton of other remixes on it (Yajirushi ni Natte 2013, all the 1, 2, 3 versions) so their
here is a bit odd. Maybe it was just some oversight? A rights issue?
Despite these odd little hiccups, this
looks like it'll be a must-have for any collector. I'll be adding the
cover image, list of the contents of the Blu-ray, etc. whenever that
information becomes available.
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