Pokémon "It's New Year's Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore" (lost unaired special of anime series; 1997)
"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 Pokémon 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 "Pokémon seizure incident" that occurred earlier that month due to "Computer Warrior Porygon". 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 Pokémon 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.
- Pokémon "Computer Warrior Porygon" (lost unaired English dub of anime episode; 1998)
- Pokémon "The Legend of Dratini" (non-existent unaired English dub of anime episode; 1997)
- Pokémon "Battle Aboard the St. Anne" (found first American broadcast version of anime episode; 1998)
- Pokémon "Battle of the Quaking Island! Barboach VS Whiscash!!" (partially found unaired episode of anime; 2004)
- Pokémon "Cream of the Croagunk Crop" (found original "Hiroki version" of anime episode; 2008)
- Pokémon "Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!" (partially found unaired two-part episode of anime; 2011)
- Pokémon 3: The Movie (lost first draft of script of anime film; late 1990s)
- Pokémon 3D Adventure: Mew o Sagase! (lost 3D short of anime; 2005)
- Pokémon 4D: Pikachu's Ocean Adventure (partially found 4D short of anime; 2006)
- Pokémon! I Choose You! (found original Japanese airing of anime series pilot; 1997)
- Pokémon "Pocket Monsters, Fall Special!" (found "clip show" episode of anime series; 1997)
- Pokémon "Pocket Monsters, Winter Special!" (lost unaired "clip show" episode of anime series; 1998)
- Pokémon Live! (partially found professional recording footage of musical; 2000-2001)
- Opening and closing credits of the 1999 New Year's special (Japanese, unsubtitled). Retrieved 04 Mar '15
- Bulbapedia article on the episode. Retrieved 04 Mar '15