Pokémon "Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!" parts 1 and 2 (partially found two-part special of anime series; 2011)


Pokémon: Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!
Screenshot from "Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!" Part 1
Screenshot from "Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!" Part 1
Status Partially Found
Magazine scan from "Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!" Part 2.

The 5th generation of the Pokémon anime, Best Wishes!, premiered in Japan on September 23, 2010. During its initial run, a two-part episode titled "Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan" ("Team Rocket VS Team Plasma", Parts 1 and 2 respectively) was scheduled to air in March 2011. The episodes would have revolved 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.[1] As such, Team Plasma didn't end up appearing until near the end of Best Wishes!, and they appeared as they did in the Pokémon 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.

Availability

Besides screenshots and previews, neither episode has been released since their cancellation. TV Tokyo claimed in 2011 that it would eventually air, but nothing has come from that. Interestingly, footage from the episodes were later used in the episodes "Meloetta and the Undersea Temple" and "Strong Strategy Steals the Show" a little over a year later.

Gallery

All available clips with audio and some screenshots.
All footage in chronological order (additional images, no VA audio).

See Also

References

  1. Wikipedia page mentioning the episodes. Retrieved 1 July '17.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

15 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

14 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

9 months 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

9 months 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

8 months ago
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Question: If this was canon, would Best Wishes still blow?
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Anonymous user #4

8 months ago
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I think that if this was canon, it would have meant that the incidents didn't happen, thus not damaging the development of the series, thus it would not blow if that was the case.
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Anonymous user #6

1 months ago
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The series would not have dramatically changed if these had aired, since most of the episodes following them and the events that happened in them were already complete and far in development when these episodes were postponed. And Best Wishes did NOT blow, btw, saying it did is the whining of manchildren who can't get past the fact that the Pokemon anime is kids, that Ash is still 10 years old and that he will be regressed for the sake of new audiences.
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Anonymous user #5

4 months ago
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I remember when they first announced this, I was so hyped.
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Anonymous user #7

1 months ago
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i think we will see this, its pretty cool!
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Anonymous user #8

15 days ago
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Actually,as i want to be an animator/writer, I would like to make my own version of this.but instead of team rocket or team plasma,it would actually be evil teams consisting of talking Pokemon.i know this is not the topic of the site,but I have to put that out there.
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