Pokémon "It's New Year's Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore" (lost episode; 1997)
|It's New Year's Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore|
|Title screen of the eventuating 1999 New Year's special.|
Set to air on the morning of December 31, 1997 in Japan was an hour long Pokemon New Year's special titled "Oomisoka da yo! Poketto Monsutaa" or "It's New Year's Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore". The episode was cancelled during the fallout brought on by the infamous "Pokemon seizure incident" that had occurred earlier in the month and that would ultimately lead to Pokemon taking a four month hiatus. As the title suggests, the episode would have been a recap one, going over the previous events of the anime; the special was scheduled to air between episodes 39 and 40. It is widely speculated that footage from Computer Warrior Porygon would have been used in the episode.
While this episode was ultimately never put to air, a 2 hour New Year's special (with an almost identical title, "It's the New Year! Pocket Monsters Special") did air two years later (covering the events of the anime up to episode 77), and it is largely assumed that material previously created for the intended 1997 episode would have been recycled for the 1999 one.
This episode shares the reputation of being one of four Pokemon episodes to have never been released, the other three being "Battle of the Quaking Island! Barboach VS Whiscash!!" (a 2004 episode that was cancelled as a result of the Chuetsu earthquake of the same year) and "Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!" (a two part 2011 episode that was cancelled shortly after the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami).
- Bulbapedia article on the episode. Last retrieved 04 Mar 2015.
- Opening and closing credits of the 1999 New Year's special (Japanese, unsubtitled), via Facebook; 11 May 2014. Last retrieved 04 Mar 2015.