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New Pokémon Episode Skips US Airing Over Blackface

Throughout the years there have been a handful of episodes of the Pokémon anime that never saw the light of day outside of Japan. This includes episode 250, The Ice Cave!, which was banned due to the fact that Jynx’s appearance was reminiscent of a racial stereotype. No episodes have been banned since the Jynx controversy in 2002, but that could be changing.

Episode 64 of the Sun and Moon anime, Touchdown of Friendship!!, will not be aired during its regularly scheduled slot on July 16th. We don’t yet have confirmation that the episode will be permanently banned in the US, but The Pokémon Company appears to be holding it back for now for reasons that invoke feelings of déjà vu.

In the new episode, Ash Ketchum befriends a tribe of Passimian, a species of Pokémon inspired by lemurs. Ash eventually begins dressing and behaving like a Passimian, and that includes painting his face black to better resemble them. As with the Jynx episode, it appears that The Pokémon Company wishes to avoid being associated with what could be seen as a racial stereotype. Polygon has reached out to The Pokémon Company and Disney XD for clarification, but they have not yet heard back.

Source: Polygon

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Netflix Just Added 43 Episodes of Pokémon Sun and Moon

It’s been over 20 years since Ash first acquired his Pikachu and began his Pokémon journey, but the series is still going strong! With the launch of Pokémon Sun and Moon, Ash’s adventure took him to the Alola Region to meet new friends and foes. If you still haven’t checked out the latest iteration of the show, now’s your chance! Netflix just added a whopping 43 episodes for you to watch at your leisure.

In the Sun and Moon anime, Ash travels to the exotic island paradise of Alola with his mother. After years on the road as Pokémon trainer, Ash finally settles down and enrolls in school, but things heat up when he meets the nefarious Team Skull. Netflix’s 43 episodes cover the entirety of the normal Sun and Moon storyline, with the Ultra Adventures series picking up at episode 44.

Source: Netflix

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The ​Pokémon Sun and Moon Anime Gets an Extended Trailer

Pokémon Sun and Moon are headed to Nintendo 3DS on November 18th, and a new series of the anime (which features a rather drastic change of art style) is set to kick off around the same time in Japan. In the latest Pokémon anime adventure, Ash enrolls in school in the Alola region, and he’ll be learning from Professor Oak’s cousin, Samson. A new trailer for the anime was aired during a recent livestream event, and you can check it out by clicking above!

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Three New Trailers for The Pokémon Sun and Moon Anime Show Off the Alola Region

When Pokémon Sun and Moon launch on Nintendo 3DS in November, they’ll be accompanied by a new anime series. In the latest Pokémon anime adventure, Ash (who’s sporting a controversial new look) finally enrolls in school, where he’ll be taught by Professor Oak’s cousin, Samson Oak. Three new trailers were just released for the upcoming show, giving us a good look at the Alola region and many of its new characters and Pokémon. You can check them out by clicking below!

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Samson Oak is the Headmaster of Ash’s School in the ​Pokémon Sun and Moon Anime

Pokémon Sun and Moon are set to launch on Nintendo 3DS in November, and they’ll be accompanied by a new anime in which Ash enrolls in school in the Alola region. More details have surfaced today, revealing that Professor Oak’s cousin Samson Oak is the headmaster of the school Ash is attending. Additionally, we’ve learned that a Togedemaru will serve as Pikachu’s rival for the series. The Pokémon Sun and Moon anime will begin airing in Japan on November 17th, one day before the games launch on 3DS.

Source: Serebii

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