Pokémon "Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!" parts 1 and 2 (lost episodes; 2011)


Screenshot from "Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!" Part 1.
Magazine scan from "Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!" Part 2.

Premiering in Japan on September 23, 2010, was the 5th generation of the Pokémon anime, known as Best Wishes! During its initial run, there was scheduled to air a 2-part episode in March 2011, ("Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!", "Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma!" translated, Parts 1 and 2 respectively), revolving around Team Rocket fighting Team Plasma over possession of a meteorite. However, following the devastating 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown, both episodes were postponed for featuring scenes reminiscent of the disaster. As such, Team Plasma didn't end up appearing until near the end of Best Wishes!, and appearing as they did in the Black 2 & White 2 video games as opposed to their Black & White incarnations.

According to Pokémon's English dub voice director Tom Wayland, the episodes were sent to The Pokémon Company International, but never actually got to the re-dubbing process before their cancellation in Japan. Many screenshots from upcoming previews and magazines have managed to find their way online.

These episodes are 2 of 4 Pokémon episodes that have never aired, the other 2 being "Battle of the Quaking Island! Barboach VS Whiscash!!" and "It's New Year's Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore". However, it is still possible that these episodes might air someday in the future, as both the Pokemon Company of Japan and TV Tokyo maintain that when they will broadcast them when an airdate is decided upon if contacted via e-mail, and in both re-runs and on DVD the preview teaser for Part 1 still plays at the end of the episode that preceded it. But sadly, it is far too late for these episodes to ever be dubbed internationally, as the preceding episode had its ending altered in the dub so as not to have its events lead in to the events of the postponed episodes.  The dub has since concluded the 5th generation of the anime and moved on.

Allegedly after much digging around on the Japanese internet, a Tumblr user said he acquired a synopsis of the episodes from anonymous sources and posted it online. Evidently, the chief reason behind the episodes being pulled from the air if this synopsis is to be believed was the effects of the artifact known as the Meteonite, which emitted radiation-like energy which threatened to destroy a big city. This was naturally deemed far too inappropriate to show directly following the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown. There is no proof that this synopsis is true.

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Anonymous user #1

6 months ago
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There is no way we'll ever get to see these because of the fact that we're already near the end of X and Y as well as the upcoming Sun and Moon Pokemon series coming out later this year.
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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Never say never, lost media has been known to turn up years and years after the fact. And what's going on in the current gen of Pokemon has nothing to do with it airing or not, that has everything to do with scheduling, which is actually an incredibly difficult process.
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TeridaxXD001

21 days ago
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If there's any Pokémon that I can safely say will never resurface, it's this. It was officially written out of continuity, which kills any hope of release through official channels, and piracy in Japan seems to be virtually nonexistent.

As I recall, however, Tom Wayland says they actually started dubbing, it's just that they never finished.
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JonM313

19 days ago
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I think all the cancelled episodes will never resurface. Hope they do though
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Anonymous user #3

6 days ago
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Question: If this was canon, would Best Wishes still blow?
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