Pokémon "It's New Year's Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore" (Lost Special; 1997)

(Redirected from 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 1999 New Year's special.
Title screen of the 1999 New Year's special.
Status Lost

"Oomisoka da yo! Poketto Monsutaa" ("It's New Year's Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore") was an hour-long New Year's special for the popular anime series Pokemon that was set to air on December 31st, 1997 between episodes 39 and 40. It likely would have been a simple recap of all of the show's most notable events up to that point, but was ultimately cancelled due to the fallout of the infamous "Pokemon seizure incident" that occurred earlier that month due to "Computer Warrior Porygon".[1] It also likely used footage from said episode.

While the episode was never aired, another two-hour New Year's special, "It's the New Year! Pocket Monsters Special", aired two years later and may have used material originally created for the 1997 special. Other than that, no footage of the special has surfaced.

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!!" and "Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!" two-part episode.


  1. Bulbapedia article on the episode. Last retrieved 04 Mar 2015.

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11 months ago
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Is the later New Year's special, as well as the other early clip shows, also lost?


3 months ago
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I really want to find this and watch it!

Anonymous user #1

6 days ago
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Well, TV Tokyo most likely have footage of this cancelled special stored in their vault.
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