Some episodes of Pokémon have been removed from rotation, or as commonly referred to, banned from the original lineup of episodes.
The never seen before episodes were withdrawn from airing due to natural disasters occurring in the real world that have similarities with content in the episode.
The 4Kids Entertainment episodes were withdrawn from syndication due to stereotypes that may offend a certain ethnicity religion or culture or to the extent where inappropriate content so prevalent that 4Kids most likely believed that no amount of selective editing could ever make these acceptable for distribution on TV or home video, while IL038 was withdrawn for lightning problems.
Episodes withdrawn or undubbed in English
Most episodes were dubbed by 4Kids and TPCi, while others were not. Here is a basic list of episodes that were undubbed for controversial reasons:
- IL018: Beauty and the Beach (was later dubbed in 2000 and aired twice before disappearing from rotation)
- IL035: The Legend of Dratini
- IL038: Cyber Soldier Porygon
- IL065: Holiday Hi-Jynx (no longer promoted or recognized by TPCi, due to Jynx controversy)
- JE134: The Ice Cave! (due to Jynx controversy)
- OI010: Stage Fight! (no longer promoted or recognized by TPCi, due to Jynx controversy)
- OI019: The Mandarin Island Miss Match (no longer promoted or recognized by TPCi, due to Jynx controversy)
Cyber Soldier Porygon
|This episode is infamous for causing many seizures when first aired. In the part where the seizure comes, Pikachu, in order to stop some missiles, uses a Thunderbolt attack. This leads to a very large and quick sequence where lights flash at 12 cycles per second and vividly on screen. Some of these lights were strobe lights being flashed at speeds exceeding 12 cycles per second. Many viewers reported dizziness and nausea consequently of this part. 685 children were taken to be hospitalized, although only 150 were kept overnight for observation. Despite rumors, there is no evidence to suggest that any of the viewers suffered lasting injury. The episode has never been shown again and has set guidelines for flashing lights in anime. To remove the infamous episode from the public mind, the character Porygon and its evolutions never again had have roles in the series, but they have made a number of cameo appearances.
Veronica Taylor has denied that an unreleased English dub was ever made. However, Maddie Blaustein and Eric Stuart have said otherwise. If this dub exists, it remains unaired.
|December 16, 1997|
Battle of the Shaking Island! Barboach vs. Whiscash!!
|This episode revolves around a bunch of Whiscash causing an earthquake. It was removed and never aired anywhere, including Japan, due to its relation to the Chuetsu earthquakes of October 23, 2004.||Unaired|
Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma! Parts 1 and 2
|This episode was set to air in Japan but was delayed in because of an earthquake and tsunami. It may have also been delayed due to Castelia City being destroyed. By the time Team Plasma finally appeared almost two years later, the episodes had been retconned out of continuity. Despite this, TV Tokyo still says that it plans to air it from its website statement on March 15, 2011 but that has yet to come and this statement has not been updated or clarified since.||Unaired|
Banned in the United States
Beauty and the Beach
|This episode revolves around all the female characters entering a swimsuit competition, including James, who, in order to enter, buys a pair of inflatable breasts. The episode is notable for one scene where James is waving his fake breasts in other's faces for comedic effect. The scene for which the entire episode was initially banned was removed from the later-airing English dub, not falling under dub season, and is thus not included anywhere else, only being aired twice on TV before being pulled again. This episode aired only twice in the United States. English dubs do exist.||July 29, 1997|
The Legend of Dratini
|This episode is banned due to Kaiser pointing a gun in Ash's face and threatening to shoot him and because of Jessie, James, and Meowth firing several missed shots at Kaiser to catch the Dratini. An English dub was never made because the United States has to inspect foreign TV series for anything inappropriate.||November 25, 1997|
The Ice Cave!
|The first banned episode in 4 years. This episode is banned because of Jynx's racial stereotype appearance which appears to have offended people in the United States who were African-Americans. Because of this, no English dub ever aired in the United States and the episode was also skipped on home video.||May 30, 2002|