'Pokemon' Anime Gets Clever With Sly Gaming Easter Egg

Pokemon has been around for decades at this point, and the series knows just how to wow fans. From film to gaming, The Pokemon Company has mastered the art of hidden references, and the anime is the latest medium to prove that might.

Recently, fans were treated to a brand-new episode of Pokemon the Series: Sun and Moon. The update followed Ash Ketchum an his Alola pals as they discovered a new Pokemon known as Meltan. However, it is Rowlet who is gaining all the attention online.

You know, since it seems the owlish pocket monster is a big Game Freak fan.

Over on Twitter, a fan known as Luffink shared a look at the quick easter egg. The reel shows Rowlet before a boltless Meltan as they think up a great idea. However, rather than a lightning bulb appearing over Rowlet to signal his thought, a different device shows up.

As fans can see, Rowlet has an old-school Gameboy pop over his head with a tiny logo coming down the screen. This is a clear reference to Nintendo as the company is the one who helped bring Pokemon to life. Also, Rowlet appears to reference the production company behind the Pokemon games, and you need to look closely at its eyes to see the Game Freak reference.

As the idea comes to Rowlet, its eyes turn into little the little fish logos of Game Freak. To make things ever better, a little star is seen flashing over the altered eyes to mimic the logo animation of Game Freak from Pokemon’s games, and fans are geeking out over the blink-and-miss-it nod to the franchise’s heyday.

So, did you catch this gaming easter egg? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics and anime!

If you haven't kept up with the current run of the anime, Pokemon the Series: Sun and Moon is described as such, "What starts as a summer vacation in the tropical Alola region turns into the next exciting chapter in Ash Ketchum’s quest to become a Pokémon Master! There’s plenty for Ash and Pikachu to explore in this sunny new region, with exciting new Pokémon to discover and interesting people to learn from along the way—including the cool Professor Kukui and the fun-loving Samson Oak.

More new faces will help guide Ash’s Alolan adventure, in the form of a group of skilled Trainers—Kiawe, Lana, Mallow, and Sophocles—and a mysterious research assistant called Lillie. Frequent foes Team Rocket have also made the trip to Alola, looking to swipe some high-powered new Pokémon. But they have some heavy competition on the villainy front: the ruffians of Team Skull, who delight in causing chaos and may have more sinister intentions..."

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