Thes) Pokemon episodes were banned...
I. The Legend of Dratini:
There' s no official reason why Entertainment, the
American distributor of Pokemon, banned this episode, but it
probably has to do with several scenes where guns are
pointed in people' s faces.
For a show about a who Travels around the
wilderness fighting dragons, psychic poultry, and monsters
with swords for arms, guns are just TOO VIOLENT. Also,
There' s an interrogation scene where Meowth puts on a Hitler
mustache. That can' t help anything.
In this holiday episode about Team Rocket trying to get revenge
on Santa Claus (seriously), Ash and friends encounter, Jynx, a lost
Pokemon that belongs to Santa. Besides the weird fact that Santa
owns Pokemon, this episode was criticized because Jynx looks
like one of the old racist cartoons from the 30' s. Holiday Hi-
Jynx" aired only once, and the controversy caused Nintendo to
change Jynx' s skin color to purple.
Not racist at all.
3. Battle of the Quaking Island! Barboach
Ash and friends are traveling to Jojo island, but they are
caught in an earthquake caused by Whiscash. Doesn' t sound
too controversial, right? Well, the episode was supposed to be
broadcast in November of 2004 in Japan, but less than two
weeks before its scheduled airtime, Japan was rocked by an
earthquake. The episode was deemed too similar to the
tragedy, and was pulled from rotation, never to return.
4. Beauty and the Beach:
In this episode, all the female characters enter a beauty
contest. James also puts on some kind body suit with
inflatable breasts, and enters as well, because that' s a stupid
plan and that' s what Team Rocket does. James then taunts
Misty with the line, "Maybe when you' re older, you' ll have a
chest like this!" It' s seriously creepy.
I guess a grown man in a taunting a young girl about
her cup size is totally cool in Japan, but they thought it may
be bit much for American audiences. A version of this episode
aired twice in the US, but James in a bikini was removed. Good
5. The Ice Cave!:
decided to skip This} pisode, probably
because of Jynx still looked racist Although the early Jynx
controversy led Nintendo to change Jynx' s color in the
games, that memo had not yet been passed onto the people
working on the cartoon (they later started drawing Jynx
purple). Supposedly, Brock coming down with symptoms
similar to SARS was also a reason to ban the episode, but I
blame J ynx.
6. Electric Soldier, Porygon:
While the other banned Pokemon episodes may offend you, this
one could actually send you to the hospital. When "Computer
Soldier Porygon" first aired in Japan it contained a sequence
where Pikachu fends off some missiles with his Thunderbolt
attack. An electric rodent fighting missiles just wasn' t cool
enough for the animators, so they added an intense strobe
effect to liven things up. I' m sure the audience appreciated it,
as long as weren' T having epileptic seizures.
That' s right, the strobe sequence was so intense, it hurt
people' s brains. Hundreds of Japanese children were rushed
to hospitals, and thousands more reported feeling dizziness
and headaches. Some people even had Temporary blindness. A
later study determined , of people watching that episode
felt sick. The episode was pulled forever, Pokemon was off
the air for months, and the story made headlines around the
world. The incident was later referenced on both Southpark
episode "Chinpokomon" and The Simpsons episode "Thirty
Minutes over Tokyo."
HOPE YOU ENJOYED!