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Season 1 Episode 38

Electric Soldier Porygon

Aired Saturday 8:30 AM Unknown on Cartoon Network
out of 10
User Rating
64 votes

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Episode Summary

Electric Soldier Porygon
Ash and friends find at the local Pokémon Center that there is something wrong the Pokéball transmitting devise. To find out what's wrong, everyone must go inside the machine.
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  • Like the episode...

    I have downloaded this episode and watched the seizure scenes so much that I now have very sensitive eyes and I also have probably burned them. Other than that I like the episode.
  • December 16 1997, a day that anime fans will remember forever.

    Everyone knows the plot to this episode, they go inside a computer and theres a scene which caused Japanese people to suffer seizures and other acts.

    Everyone who has downloaded this episode or watched it on YouTube or wherever keep saying \\\"How could this have caused seizures? I\\\'m fine.\\\" Unless you get a taped version from the day it aired in Japan (December 16th 1997) and it hasn\\\'t been tampered with, then you won\\\'t get a seizure because they slow down the strobe effect and you won\\\'t find the episode on YouTube anymore because they take them off because if someone has a seizure they can get sued. Most videos show the flashing scenes at about 2-3 flashes a second, on the uncut version it was 12 flashes a second, I think the scenes with flashing that didn\\\'t cause seizures was because only one rocket exploded at those times while with the seizure scene two rockets exploded so they doubled the flashes. That also made me think because four rockets were sent out but two were hit at a time so what would have happened if all four were hit at the same time? It would have flashed at about 24 times a second, probably would have killed someone. I saw the episode on YouTube with subtitles and I skipped the scene which caused the seizures because I was still too scared to watch because there were similar scenes during the show but not as intense and even those freaked me out.

    If you get past the fact this caused seizures or if they animated the explosion differently (an example is if it was just red, not flashing red and blue or something) this was actually a very good episode.

    I also have a feeling that if it didn\\\'t cause seizures and was going to air in other countries that it would be banned from airing because it had rockets being shot at people and it showed target marks on Ash, Misty Brock and Team Rocket and you know how 4Kids feel about guns and kids ect, even though there is a roumor that 4Kids dubbed the episode but didn\\\'t show it, that would explain how everyone downloads the episode and its all slowed down.

    I gave it 8.8 because of the seizure incident, if that never happened I would have given this about 9.8.moreless
  • Cool Episode...

    I saw the whole episode on the internet... This episode is very well plotted, it was funny too, like pikachu blowing out the candle, and ash thinking about the sick computer. I do feel really sad because many people got sick from this episode... if they ever do air it on T.V. (which is VERY unlikely). I hope they edit/ replace the Brightness of the explosion scene. It was relly sad. :<moreless
  • The reason that hundreds for viewers in Japan had seizures was because of a part in the episode when Pikachu begins to shock the missiles with his lightbolt, causing the screen to flash blue and red lights repeatedly.moreless

    But even though i have never seen this episode (and i never will) but i still think the episode is special in its own way. I agree with coolrapper that american should show it, but as long as they totally dim down the lights, im ok with it. But overall the story is good because of how they introduce porygon into the show but because of what had happened, i dun think anyone will ever get the chance to see this episode ever again, and that's what horrible the most-to me.moreless
  • This features Ash and his friends at a local Pokemon Center. Nurse Joy finds out that the Pokeball transportation system is out of order, so she sends Ash, Misty, Brock, and Pikachu into the computer to fix the problem. They are transported into the compumoreless

    This episode should have aired in America! The reason why I say so is because it proves that there certainly was an episode that featured Porygon as the main character. Besides, if it had aired in the U.S., they would have already fixed the lights. I enjoyed the plot mostly.

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    • This episode set The Guinness Book of World Records for "Most Seizures Caused by an Animated Television Program".

    • This episode was dubbed by 4Kids, but was prevented from airing.

    • Nintendo got slapped with the blame after this episode caused the seizures.

    • This episode was never commercially released, even in Japan. Also, it never aired as a rerun.

    • The seizures caused by this episode caused Toei to drop the strobe effects from Pikachu's electric attacks. Also, a disclaimer to be placed at the beginning of video releases warning about possible seizure-inducing moments, despite the strobe effects already being gone.

    • There was originally going to be a New Year's Eve Episode of Pokémon. It was never shown, not even in Japan due to this episode. This episode also caused the Japanese version of the show to go on hiatus. Also because of this episode, Porygon has never been seen in the anime after this episode except for a small cameo in the opening sequences of the first five movies. Porygon's evolutions have not been featured in the anime as well.

    • When aired in Japan December 16, 1997, more than 700 Japanese children suffered seizures, vomiting, irritated eyes and other symptoms after viewing Pikachu shocking some vaccine missiles and made them explode.


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