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The never seen before episodes were withdrawn from airing due to the natural disasters in real world Japan.
The 4Kids Entertainment episodes and IL038 were withdrawn due to offensive stereotypes, lightning problems, or inappropriate content that 4Kids believed, like United Artists, the owners of the banned Looney Tunes shorts, that no amount of selective editing could ever make these acceptable for distribution on TV. Those episodes are however, remastered for DVD release, while the AG101, BW023 and BW024, and IL038 have never seen a DVD release.
Withdrawn or not dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment
- IL018: Beauty and the Beach
- IL035: The Legend of Dratini
- 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 have never actively appeared again over the course of the series. But they have made a number of cameo appearances.||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 it's 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.||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 that got it banned was later removed from the English dub, but it was badly cut.||July 29, 1997||
This episode aired only twice in America.
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.||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 offend many people in the United States on whom are African-Americans. Because of this, the episode wasn't aired by Kids' WB! or Cartoon Network.||May 30, 2002|