A pixel artist makes iconic Pokemon anime scenes look like the games and now I'm crying into my keyboard

Pokemon Indigo League Charmander
(Image credit: The Pokemon Company)

A talented pixel artist is taking classic scenes from the Pokemon anime and making them look like the original games, and well, I think I know why I have trust issues now.

The reason I'm crying over my keyboard on a sunny Friday afternoon? A lot of "classic scenes" from Pokemon, particularly the first season, are awfully sad! Remember when Charmander was abandoned (opens in new tab) by those jerks and almost died because his flame was being doused by the pouring rain while Spearows viciously attacked him? Or how about when Ash had to say goodbye to his beloved Butterfree (opens in new tab) and recollected their entire journey together? Those were the OG sad boy hours for 10-year-old me, and now they're back as pixel art and no less effective at tugging at my heart strings.

An artist going by pixeladdy (opens in new tab) has been sharing his take on some of Indigo League's most emotional scenes on social media. Here are his pixel art versions of the aforementioned moments:

oc_charmander_the_stray_decided_to_recreate_this from r/pokemon
oc_since_you_all_loved_the_charmander_the_stray from r/pokemon

Pixeladdy tells me that he recently rewatched episodes from Indigo League and felt an overwhelming wave of emotion that compelled him to recreate the most memorable scenes in the style of his favorite games. 

"As a kid, I always loved those scenes because they really put me in my feels and I always felt so emotionally attached to those Pokemon," Pixeladdy says. "I wanted to mix two of my favorite things: the overworld style of Pokemon games and the Pokemon anime that we all loved as kids. I wanted to challenge myself."

He also tells me there's more to come, suggesting we could see a similar take on more of his favorite anime including Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, and Demon Slayer.

"I definitely want to play around with other anime scenes, but overall this is just fun for me. Reimagining anime in this nostalgic Pokemon game style is super fun for me."

Pixeladdy has a bunch of great work adapting different generations of Pokemon into pixel art, like this one (opens in new tab) that imagines Pokemon Scarlet and Violet's starters in the style of FireRed and LeafGreen and, one of my personal favorites, this piece (opens in new tab) that pictures Halloween in Pallet Town. Give him a follow on Instagram (opens in new tab) if you like what you see.

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Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.