If you're anything like me, you spent many a Saturday morning in front of the TV watching the adventures of Ash, Misty and Brock on their way through the world of Pokémon. Although the show continues to this day, the original trio will always hold a special place in my heart as a symbol of simpler days long passed.
Well, prepare to have your nostalgia senses tickled because Japanese manga magazine Televi-Kun has confirmed in its latest issue that Ash, Misty and Brock will be reuniting once more for two special episodes of the Pokémon anime!
Alongside the obvious excitement around seeing the old squad back together again, this news has deeper implications. Nintendo and the Pokémon company know about and value of their older fanbase who have been following the franchise since its beginning.
These two special episodes will see Ash and Pikachu returning to Kanto, where it all began 20 years ago. Hopefully there will be a showing of some familiar landscapes and towns to get fans of the original series excited!
Alongside the familiar landscape of Kanto and the old friends of Brock and Misty, there will be also some new elements thrown into the mix. Misty is confirmed to have a Mega Gyarados on her team, while Brock will be in control of a Mega Steelix. This is a fun blend of the old and new, since Misty and Brock did have a Gyarados and Steelix in the anime prior to their departure from the show, but Mega Evolutions are a new introduction since that time.
It will be awesome to see the original three together again, even if it's only for a couple of episodes. Perhaps if the reunion proves to be popular, similar throwbacks to the past could be in store for the anime? I certainly wouldn't mind seeing a return of the Johto region, and what about the Orange Islands?
As mentioned, the reappearance of Brock and Misty does raise an interesting point about the way Nintendo sees its fanbase. Dedicating two episodes to a throwback from the past means they recognize a significant proportion of the people playing their games grew up with the original '90s cartoon and games, and they are willing to show support for our continued interest in the Pokémon world.
This (hopefully) bodes well for the confirmed Pokémon title eventually releasing on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo and Gamefreak should ensure there are plenty of the deeper mechanics and support for competitive battling that the older fans of the series tend to have a greater interest in.
Anyway, let's not get too carried away! Until more information about the upcoming Pokémon games gets revealed, it's time to get excited for the return of Brock and Misty and prepare to indulge in a bit of nostalgic anime goodness!
Are you excited for this Poké-reunion? Let me know in the comments!