DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that there are many controversial episodes from the Pokémon animated series? Believe it or not, several Pokémon episodes faced issues that led to some even pulled and withdrawn. One great example of this is the 38th episode of the series, Cyber Soldier Porygon (Denn? Senshi Porygon). In that episode, Ash and his crew found out that the device used to transport Pokémon from one Pokémon Center to another was broken. When they went to the professor who invented the said device, they discover that his Pokémon creation, Porygon, went missing. Alas, Porygon's moves featured blinking, extreme flashes of colors. After the episode's airing, kids in Japan suffered from photosensitive epileptic seizures. Nearly 700 viewers were hospitalized, and the press dubbed the incident "Pokémon Shock". After the unfortunate event, Pokémon went on a four-month hiatus. And though it was also Porygon's first and last appearance in the entire series, the good thing was that it can still be seen on Pokémon games.
Another thing worth mentioning was that several Pokémon episodes have been banned within Japan. These episodes were banned due to plots resembling tragedies that occurred recently in the country. An example of an episode was "Battle of the Quaking Island! Dojoach vs. Namazun!!" It follows Ash who continues his journey after finishing the Mossdeep City Gym. Along the way, he and his friends felt the tremor due to the earthquake caused by Pokémon Whishcash. The episode is set to be aired shortly after the fatal Chuetsu earthquake back in October 2004. Subsequently, the said episode was canceled in Japan. These controversies never fazed the Pokémon franchise, thanks to its loyal fanbase who patronizes each and every release of Pokémon games and Pokémon movies. And with this new installment to the franchise, every fan who stayed loyal has every right to be hyped. Watch Pokémon: The Series now!