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Pokemon Company sparks backlash over joke about banned seizure episode

Published: 21/Sep/2020 0:59

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Company sparked backlash online on September 19 when they appeared to make a joke about a now-banned anime episode involving Porygon which caused multiple children in Japan to have seizures while watching it.

Pokemon made its debut in 1996, and quickly became a cultural phenomena. Kids and adults around the world became hooked by its addicting Nintendo RPGs, and obsessed with its animated series.

However in 1997, an episode of the anime reportedly caused hundreds of viewers watching live to have seizures in Japan. The Pokemon Company sparked backlash decades later when a tweet appeared to joke about the incident. 

On December 16, 1997, a Pokemon episode titled ‘Cyber Soldier Porygon’ aired in Japan. In the story, protagonist Ash Ketchum encounters the digital monster Porygon. During the episode, a move by Pikachu caused the screen to quickly flash red and white.

The visuals reportedly caused hundreds of childrens in Japan to have seizures, and quickly became a worldwide news story. Because of the incident, Porygon was banned from the anime and had all mention of it scrubbed.

Over 22 years later on September 19, the official Pokemon Twitter account tweeted a joke which appeared to reference the banned episode. “Porygon did nothing wrong,” it read. The post was made a day before Porygon’s Pokemon Go Community Day event which the social media account was hyping up.

The tweet quickly sparked backlash from players angry that the company would make light of the serious story. “Um yeah he did! He got millions of Japanese kids sick with seizures with the episode “Electric Soldier Porygon” which is why it was BANNED in the USA,” one Twitter user replied.


Many Pokemon fans called out the company for punishing Porygon all these years, when they argued it was actually Pikachu’s electric move that had caused the flashing colors on the screen. “It’s true. It’s actually Pikachu who was in the wrong,” someone exclaimed. Another user agreed, stating, “The true criminal is this one” while including a picture of the yellow mascot.


Not everyone bought that argument though. “And b4 some dumb fan says “well actually pikachu caused the flashing lights” it doesn’t change the facts that Porygon is associated with the episode that caused numerous seizure and ruined several kids childhood,” another fan wrote.

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While the joke sparked a wave of backlash from the fandom, it’s not entirely clear whether The Pokemon Company was actually referencing the seizure episode. However, that is how many players took it.

All things aside, it’s taken decades for the beloved monster to finally get its due. Porygon has been overshadowed by the tragic incident for years. With the series’ creators defending the ‘mon, it looks like they may be more open to including the character again.


$375,000 Pokemon Trading Card Game box opening ends in absolute tragedy

Published: 29/Oct/2020 20:21

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Trading Card Game livestream ended in disaster after it was quickly discovered that the booster packs were fake. The YouTube channel spent over $375k on the 1st Edition base set box, only for it to be resealed. 

Despite making its debut in 1999, the Pokemon TCG has exploded in popularity over the past two years. The hobby hit an all-time high in October when influencer Logan Paul opened a base set booster box he paid $216k for while livestreaming.

However, things didn’t work out as well for another YouTube channel who paid $375k for the same item. The livestream unboxing of the rare collectible quickly turned tragic when it was discovered that the TCG item was actually fake.

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Twitter: @DumbMoneyTV
The rare sealed 1st Edition booster box was actually fake.

Rare Pokemon TCG box opening ends in complete disaster

The event was hosted by YouTube channel ‘Dumb Money Live’ and included popular Pokemon content creators such as Lee ‘Leonhart’ Seinfeld. The rare 1st Edition base set booster box was bought for a record-breaking $375 through Logan Paul’s collectible trader ‘Collectables Guru.’

“The owner of the box supposedly bought three boxes when he was a child. They sat in the gun safe the entire time,” the Pokemon dealer explained. However, they quickly realized something was amiss after breaking the seal. Several booster packs were different colors, and some weren’t even 1st Edition.

“Oh no. That is a major f**king deal!” Guru exclaimed. The personality opening the box then revealed the problem: “It’s not even base set cards, these are Jungles! Wow. This is a resealed box. It’s random!”

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Upset, Collectable Guru called up the seller and explained that the box was resealed. “We opened the box literally live and they’re resealed packs. There is like base set 2 mixed in, half of them are 1st Edition. But they are all resealed, this is absolutely unacceptable. How is this going to be taken care of immediately?”

Stunned by the whole thing, Leonhart stood by and said, “Oh my gosh, I was not expecting that.” Guru came back and updated the group and explained that the seller had two other boxes that they were going to open first before bringing them back to the YouTubers.

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YouTube: Dumb Money LIVE
The YouTubers were floored after the rare Pokemon box was fake.

To add salt to the wound, the box opening was done on stream for charity. Dumb Money Live gave an update and addressed the situation a day later stating: “I don’t know a single person in my network that hasn’t been defrauded as an investor. You have to give sellers a benefit to make this right.”

At the time of writing, the situation has not been entirely rectified. The channel will open a booster pack on October 30 live to verify that the second box is actually real. However, it appears that if this one is fake as well, the seller claims they will refund the content creators their $375k.