View Full Version : Was "Shaking Island" shown in Japan?

March 2nd, 2006, 8:09 AM
I just need to be certain about this question. I know that the "Shaking Island" episode was never shown here in the US, but was it ever shown in Japan, because I believe that something happened there that permanently spoiled showing it.

Crystal Clair
March 2nd, 2006, 10:46 AM
Nope, unfortunately that episode was banned because earthquakes were part of the plot and during that time in Japan, there were a few earthquakes. Soooo, the only thing close to that we got was just a preview clip, so it never aired
I kinda wanted to see that kid though, he had an interesting design.

Trainer Rachel
March 2nd, 2006, 3:50 PM
Oooh... I've never heard anything about this eppy. Does anyone have the preview clip mentioned?

March 3rd, 2006, 9:53 AM
Dogasu on his website leaves this concerning the episode.

So here's what happened. On October 28th, 2004, the second part of the Fuu and Ran battle aired in Japan as expected. The episode's end credits roll, and the Next Episode Preview comes on...only it's for "The Man of the Sea! The Four Emperors' Genji Appears!!", not "The Battle of the Shaking Island! Dojotchi vs. Namazun!!" People will tell you that the preview for the Namazun episode actually aired after the Fuu and Ran episode, as scheduled; those people are lying. At first I thought that the information that we fans had regarding future episode titles was incorrect, but it turns out that the episode about Namazun was indeed meant to air.

So a few days later, we find out what happened. According to various news sources, the episode was actually delayed because of a series of earthquakes that had ravaged Japan that week. The earthquakes left lots of people dead, injured, and homeless, and it was decided that airing an episode of Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation dealing with the same type of disaster would be too much at the time. So, TV-Tokyo decided to postpone the episode's airing.

A Next Episode Preview did emerge on the Internet (you can see some screencaps I took from it here), but I have no idea where it came from. It didn't air with the previous episode like it normally would have; I can say this because I was in Japan at the time and actually saw the episode on TV. So where did the video file come from? Did the preview air at some random hour on some random station and someone just happened to get a video capture of it? Nobody seems to know.

Since the episode was skipped in Japan, it was also skipped in the U.S. and everywhere else. It's likely that TV-Tokyo didn't even give the episode to 4Kids for them to dub, so like the Porygon episode, this one will never see the light of day in the U.S.

So there you go.

You might get answers on the Clip thread. Because it IS out there.

March 4th, 2006, 9:36 AM
i have some screen shots of the preview here: http://pokemonpalace.net/index.php?id=episode/377

it is unknown if this episode will ever air, TV Tokyo has said that they were postponing it, but it's been quite a long time so don't get your hopes up that it will ever air. (may become available on a dvd release or maybe not, no one knows..)

Trainer Rachel
March 4th, 2006, 10:41 AM
Ah... okay. Thanks for the screenshots :)

March 4th, 2006, 10:48 AM
the only reason it wasint shown in japan was because there was alot of earthquakes in the episode and the was alot of earthqukes in japan so it would be bad taste

~*!*~Tatsujin Gosuto~*!*~
March 5th, 2006, 11:37 AM
Okay that makes no sence. But when they make a Pokemon volume or something they better included that episode on there.

~Dark Venusaur