The 38th episode of the show aired on 16 December 1997 legendary Pokemon anime in Japan, and the last time it ever aired at all, thanks to a scene that changed broadcast television in the country for a generation.
Dennō Senshi Porygon, which translates to Computer Warrior Porygon, is named for the polygonal, technological creature with one of the strangest designs. Pokemons original 151-man roster. It not controversial because of a violent moment or anything of an adult nature that would require censorship or anything. It’s an episode where Ash and his friends tasked with infiltrating the digital world with Porygon’s prototype, the dastardly Team Rocket uses a computer virus and Porygon’s stolen brother to disrupt the technological transport system between Pokémon centers in a last-ditch attempt to capture the pocket monsters for themselves. . Until now, so usually Pokemon.
Things get weird when Ash and co. find themselves forced to work with Team Rocket to escape the virtual system after an anti-virus program is launched to fix it while they’re inside, indiscriminately targeting living beings as bugs. Transformed into a UFO for some reason, the antivirus tries to blast our heroes and villains with missiles, causing Pikachu to miss the devastating Thunderbolt attack to destroy them… resulting in rapidly pulsating red-blue light.
What happened next ended up being called Pokémon Shock. More than 700 alleged cases of various ailments, including nausea, dizziness, headaches and photosensitivity-induced seizures among viewers across Japan who watched the episode, quickly surfaced. Pokemon went on hiatus for months, Japan’s National Police Agency was investigating the show’s production, and even Nintendo itself held a press conference removing the company from the anime, arguing about it. was not to blame because Pokemon games were created for the Game Boy’s black-and-white screen. When? Pokemon eventually returned to airing new episodes in the spring of 1998, it was heralded by changes to previous episodes of the show that toned down the bright flash effects, and a special program explaining that all future anime shows airing on Japanese television would have a warning in their opening minutes. advise the audience to watch in a well-lit room well away from the televisions. It’s a disclaimer that still exists today, though mostly now only in children’s TV shows, rather than the wide range of programming it was originally intended for. Outside of Japan, the incident was mocked by the likes The Simpsons and: South Parkdespite the fact that the episode was never broadcast in other countries.
But while the legacy of Dennō Senshi Porygon still lives on 25 years on, the subject is still so taboo that in 2020 PokétwoOfficial Twitter account tweeted and hastily deleted a message stating that “Porygon did nothing wrong” regarding the incident; It never aired again in Japan and was hit by dubbing broadcasts on that channel Pokemon anime around the world. Even Porygon himself didn’t escape punishment, despite the fact that it was the series mascot Pikachu that caused the effect in the first place; he refused in future anime and movie series, Porygon and none of his evolutions and none. Porygon Z has had a major role in the series ever since. Can’t the Polygonal Beast catch a break after 25 years?
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