Pokémon "The Legend of Dratini" (Unaired English Dub)


The Legend of Dratini English Dub
The infamous scene from the episode.
The infamous scene from the episode.
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The Legend of Dratini was a controversial episode of the Pokémon anime that aired in Japan in 1997, but was never broadcast outside of Asia. The episode was banned by the American dub company 4Kids following a controversial scene, which included Ash being held at gunpoint. This, unsurprisingly, did not get past the 4Kids censors, and thus did not air. As all countries outside of Asia air dubs based on the English version it was never shown outside of Asia.

4Kids used footage of this episode in the Pokérap which means that they got the episode from Japan. There is no indication that the episode has been dubbed.

The Japanese version is available on YouTube, however. The closest to an English dub on YouTube is the Japanese version with English subtitles.

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Japanese version with English subtitles

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Aranea

8 months ago
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Are the references going to be added in as well?
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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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I'm pretty sure it was in the episode Here Comes the Squirtle Squad where Ash had multiple guns pointed at him. How was this any different?
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PannenkoekenNL

3 months ago
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There's a difference between actually firing a gun and simply pointing it at someone. A gun being held up close to someone and a gun being pointed at someone from far away are two different things, in the eyes of the censors. A gun being on-screen for ten seconds might be OK, but fifteen seconds of screentime is taboo. It's not uncommon to see rifles and bazookas allowed, but not handguns.

The difference between the guns in this episode and the guns in other episodes is that in this episode, the guns were actually fired. In this episode, the guns were held right up to people's heads. In this episode, the guns were onscreen longer than all those other instances combined. In this episode, there were no other adults around to stop the would-be shooter(s). In this episode, the guns in question were the same type of handguns a kid can find in his dad's sock drawer.
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Anon

22 days ago
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Because this never made it past the censors, I doubt 4kids actually dubbed this episode.
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TeridaxXD001

19 days ago
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But the fact they had the episode shows that they at least considered it.
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PannenkoekenNL

1 days 5 hours 50 minutes ago
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They just received every episode...
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