For me this is the episode that began my real love for pokemon and its still my favourite episode. It doesn't matter that I haven't seen the episode for about awhile. I still love it and I still remember it. Perhaps what I remember about it is actually different to what the episode contains. But its still the episode I adore. Looking at the episode pics for Diamond and Pearl as of late has interested me in that Butterfree has appeared a few times. I don't imagine a reunion but if it did happen that would be lovely. Its no co-incidence that Butterfree is also my favourite pokemon. There's just something about butterflies that interest me and Butterfree is so gorgeous.
I'll admit to never seeing the original episode. Its not that I dislike subs or dislike the Japanese version. Just that I am perfectly happy with the English release. I can't imagine this episode being one that had that many changes anyway.
Of course there is another reason for my love of this episode. In the early days of the pokemon community online (though I'm not even sure 2000 can be considered early) information from Japan was more scarce and episode pics and the like were difficult to find or non-existant. Anyway, in this era people tending to hang on anybodies word of what was happening or happened in Japan. Of course being in such a situation, a few people would interpret things wrongly. And one of those, was that there was a message at the end saying Butterfree or it was stated that Butterfree would die soon thereafter. Now of course, being the pokemon community this would cause some rifts and arguments to break out. But for me it only makes the episode that more interesting. Hmm I have probably said too much. But this episode still shines and I always shed a few tears when the credits close.