Some episodes of Pokémon have been banned from the original lineup of episodes. A total of seven episodes are banned from Japan or the US as of now.
The never seen before episodes were withdrawn from airing due to the natural disasters in real world Japan.
The 4Kids Entertainment episodes were withdrawn from syndication due to stereotypes that may offend a certain ethnicity religion or culture or to the extent where inappropriate content so prevalent that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no amount of selective editing could ever make these acceptable for distribution on TV or home video, while IL038 was withdrawn for lightning problems. No unaired episodes that were banned in the original Japanese version are included on any DVD's, neither is IL038.
Withdrawn by 4Kids Entertainment
Some episodes were dubbed by 4Kids, others have not.
- IL018: Beauty and the Beach
- IL035: The Legend of Dratini
- IL038: Cyber Soldier Porygon
- JE134: The Ice Cave!
- OI010: Stage Fight!
- OI019: The Mandarin Island Miss Match
- OVA001: Holiday Hi-Jynx
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. An English dub is claimed to exist by some members of the dub staff, however, no dub has aired.||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 the Great East Japan Earthquake, which also caused a tsunami and, worst of all, a great nuclear plant meltdown. 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 in 2011, and as such the first part's preview was restored on later DVD printings instead of the preview for the episode that actually followed, but such broadcast has never come to pass.||Unaired|
Removed by 4Kids
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.||July 29, 1997||
This episode aired only twice in the United States. English dubs do exist.
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|