A pair of Pokémon anime episodes that never made it on-air had their scripts translated and shared with fans 12 years later.
Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma (Parts 1 & 2) were set to mark a pivotal moment in the long-running series ‘Black and White Saga’, where the two hordes battled in a final showdown for control of the Unova Realm. Encountered.
But the episodes were never made public, despite being ready for broadcast.
Why was he released? The episode takes place in a city-destroying event, and was aired right after the real-life devastating Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which resulted in the deaths of approximately 20,000 people.
Despite assurances by The Pokémon Company that the episodes would be shown at a later date, they were never returned – and were never shown anywhere outside Japan.
Now, the episode’s scripts are available for you to read — translated from the original Japanese by Bulbagarden user Objectionman — and publicly accessible via the tweet below.
History has been created today.
Finally, after 12 years, the scripts for two lost episodes of the Pokémon anime, “Team Rocket VS Team Plasma (Part 1 & 2)”, are finally available to everyone! 🎊https://t.co/9I5UxIchIO
thanks for the great work @bulbgardenUsers of… pic.twitter.com/puTM9DiFxd
— 🌈🧢 Annette 🧢🌈 (@Akilvers) May 1, 2023
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The story of how these scripts came to be is also interesting – as fans initially clubbed together to buy the script from an anonymous seller, who abruptly retracted his offer after raising $4000.
Fan concerns that the whole thing was a scam, when Sellers donated the script free of charge, returned all donations to purchase the documents.
One fan wrote, “I finally finished reading on this, and I really can’t thank you enough for all the hard work you’ve put into getting this out again. I never thought this would see the light of day.” ”
The Pokémon anime currently consists of over 1230 episodes, of which a handful are notorious for being banned or unaired. The most infamous early episode was Electric Soldier Porygon, which caused seizures upon its original broadcast in 1997 and has not been shown anywhere since.
Another episode featuring Earthquake was also omitted – this time in the series ‘Ruby and Sapphire Saga’ – and since then, the anime has dropped all mention of Pokémon Moves Earthquake and Fischer to avoid further problems. .
Several other episodes that aired in Japan were never made overseas. These include the infamous episode where Team Rocket’s James wears inflatable breasts to enter a swimsuit competition, and an episode in Safari Zone where Ash is threatened at gunpoint.
The Pokémon anime recently relaunched Ash and Pikachu after more than two decades, and now it features a whole new team of heroes and villains, as well as a new mascot in the form of Captain Pikachu.
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