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#21 of 47 OFFLINE   Mark Talmadge

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Posted September 01 2006 - 08:41 AM

I think that there might be 13 episodes per release. In a typical Japanese anime season there are 13 episodes. My guess is that the first set will contain the first 13 episodes for Season 1. It's probably going to be the same as the Naruto Season 1 boxed set coming out very soon, 13 episodes.

As soon as more information becomes available I'll do my best to post it here ... But, look for the first release to contain 13 episodes. There were about 30 episodes for Season 1. It would be nice if there were all 30 episodes in the first set but I'm not expecting that. But, there could be 15 episodes in the first set.

The first season set image:

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Also, you can order it through Amazon.com right here:

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Posted September 01 2006 - 09:07 AM

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I think that there might be 13 episodes per release. In a typical Japanese anime season there are 13 episodes. My guess is that the first set will contain the first 13 episodes for Season 1. It's probably going to be the same as the Naruto Season 1 boxed set coming out very soon, 13 episodes.

As soon as more information becomes available I'll do my best to post it here ... But, look for the first release to contain 13 episodes. There were about 30 episodes for Season 1. It would be nice if there were all 30 episodes in the first set but I'm not expecting that. But, there could be 15 episodes in the first set.

The first season set image:

[img]http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000I0QLF0.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V59197909_.jpg">

Also, you can order it through Amazon.com right here:

http://www.amazon.com/Pokemon-Season...?ie=UTF8&s=dvd

RightStuf which is an official seller VIZ merchandise online has already said it is 26 episodes and 650 minutes long.



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Posted September 01 2006 - 10:09 AM

OK Im SOOO confused...How many episodes does season 1 have?

26? 30? or 55? According to Pokemon Elite 2000 it has 55....And dont even get me started on tv.com i think they are telling me season 1 has 80 + episodes.....Who is right!?!


Oh yeah and Im really happy to see this coming out! I hope they follow with the other seasons.

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Posted September 01 2006 - 02:08 PM

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OK Im SOOO confused...How many episodes does season 1 have?

26? 30? or 55? According to Pokemon Elite 2000 it has 55....And dont even get me started on tv.com i think they are telling me season 1 has 80 + episodes.....Who is right!?!
The first broadcast season could have 52 or 53, depending on if you count Beauty and the Beach, which aired much later. That, however, doesn't really matter. This set is now officially being called the Indigo League, which included the first season and half of the second. The 80 episode count isn't exactly right. Beauty and the Beach was translated and aired on Kids' WB, so TV.com not counting it is misleading. However, Pallet Party Panic is sometimes considered part of the Orange Island saga (where it was released on DVD last time around), so 80 could be the correct number.

Basically, it's 79 + maybe Beauty and the Beach + maybe Pallet Party Panic.

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Posted September 01 2006 - 11:42 PM

Each season was broadcast in Japan over the course of two years for each season. In a typical Japanese broadcast season they broadcast 26 episodes straight in a series such as this, ranging over 6 months and the following six months they repeat the episodes, giving the animators a break before the next round of episodes occur.

Typically, they animate the epsiodes in 13 episode blocks, take 2 weeks off and then rush through the next 13 episodes.

Season 1: Indigo League 55 Episodes
Season 2: Orange Islands 52 Episodes
Season 3: The Johto Journeys 52 Episodes
Season 4: Johto League Champions 52 Episodes
Season 5: Master Quest 53 Episodes
Season 6: Advanced 52 Episodes
Season 7: Advanced Challenge 52 Episodes
Season 8: Advanced Battle 47 Episodes

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Posted September 02 2006 - 01:49 AM

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Season 1: Indigo League 55 Episodes
Season 2: Orange Islands 52 Episodes
The Indigo League was 82 or 83 episodes in Japan and Orange Islands was 36 or 35, depending on where you place Pallet Party Panic.

#27 of 47 OFFLINE   Mark Talmadge

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Posted September 02 2006 - 02:09 AM

Some history: The original Pokemon series was broadcast in Japan from April 1997 through November 2002 and lasted 276 episodes as according to the Anime News Network and Anime Database. This was the original series before the series started getting into Pokemon Advanced, Pokemon Master Quest and all of that. This series ends through Season 5. This would count for 12 missing episodes that weren't originally included for broadcast in the United States.

It's not known whether these missing episodes would be included in these boxed sets. I do know that the infamous Seizure Episode was included on one of the single release DVD's but had an identification lock on the episode so adults could unlock but it would prevent children from watching it ...

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Posted September 02 2006 - 05:12 AM

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Some history: The original Pokemon series was broadcast in Japan from April 1997 through November 2002 and lasted 276 episodes as according to the Anime News Network and Anime Database. This was the original series before the series started getting into Pokemon Advanced, Pokemon Master Quest and all of that. This series ends through Season 5. This would count for 12 missing episodes that weren't originally included for broadcast in the United States.

It's not known whether these missing episodes would be included in these boxed sets. I do know that the infamous Seizure Episode was included on one of the single release DVD's but had an identification lock on the episode so adults could unlock but it would prevent children from watching it ...
Legend of Dratini is permanently banned due to violence. "The seizure episode," or Electric Soldier Porygon as its name translates, was never dubbed as well. As far as I'm aware, it was never released on DVD. Unlike Legend of Dratini, Electric Soldier Porygon could be brought here if they just edited out the 30 seconds that caused seizures, but I believe it's being held back because NOA doesn't want any of the news outlets to notice it and run stories about it again. Those are the only lost episodes from Kanto/Indigo League. The Ice Cave was also held back from the Johto series. As far as the pre-advanced episodes go, I believe those three are the only ones not dubbed and aired in the U.S., so I don't know what else would be missing. Beauty and the Beach would make four if it is currently banned again, but it has aired.

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Posted September 02 2006 - 06:32 AM

WoW how violent was it if it got banned? What happened?

I had no idea one of the episodes caused seizures! How weird...

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Posted September 02 2006 - 06:48 AM

Well, the episode itself, when it was broadcast in Japan wasn't violent as far as episodic content. But, the episode itself contained a lot of rapid bright flashes which invoked epileptic seizures in a perceived percentage of childre and adults who watched the episodes which resulted in the episode being restricted from further broadcast in Japan as well as being voluntary banned by broadcasters here in the United States. However, when the Pokemon single release DVD's were being released in the United States, the episode itself was included but the only way to get the unlock code was by contacting the studio via email and signing off that you're aware of what kind of seizure the episode could do and absolved the anime distributer of all blame or harm from the veiwing of the episode.

It was all over the news ...

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Posted September 02 2006 - 07:05 AM

WoW which dvd was it released in? Has anybody here seen that episode? Did it affect you?

#32 of 47 OFFLINE   Mark Talmadge

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Posted September 02 2006 - 07:08 AM

Some Information about the banned episodes:

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"Computer Soldier Porygon" (ëŠÃ—‘éÊ¿¥Ý¥ê¥´¥ó, Denn¨* Senshi Porigon?) was aired in Japan on December 16, 1997, around 18:30 Japanese time, and became infamous for causing a number of epileptic seizures in young viewers. It is now banned worldwide, including Japan.

About 20 minutes into the episode "Denn¨* Senshi Porygon", there was a scene in which Pikachu stops some rockets with his lightning attack, resulting in a huge explosion that flashed red and blue lights. Although there were similar parts in the episode with red and blue flashes, this scene was extremely intense, with blinks at a rate of about 12 Hz for approximately 4 seconds in almost full screen, and then for 2 seconds outright fullscreen. At this point, viewers started to complain of blurred vision, headaches, dizziness and nausea, actual cases of the motif of harmful sensation. A few people even had seizures, blindness, convulsions and lost consciousness. Japan's Fire Defense Agency reported that a total of 685 children (310 boys, 375 girls) were taken to hospitals by ambulances. Although many children recovered during the ambulance trip, more than 150 of them were admitted to hospitals. Only two people stayed in the hospital for over 2 weeks.

Scientists believe that the flashing lights triggered "photosensitive seizures" in which visual stimuli such as flashing lights can cause altered consciousness. Although scientists know that approximately 1 in 4000 people (0.5 - 0.8% of children between 4-14 years old) are susceptible to these types of seizures, the number of people affected by this Pok¨¦mon episode was unprecedented.

A Pokemon website, Pokemon Press Battle, made the following observation: "(...) photo induced epileptic attacks can be caused by exhaustion, stress, and sitting too close to the television. All of the above are facts in most Japanese schoolchildren's lives, who live under constant academic and social pressure in small homes. Experts have speculated that the children were intensely focused and involved with the show, figuratively 'glued to the set' when the scene went off like a bomb in their faces." After the airing of "Electric Soldier Porygon", Pokemon went into a four month hiatus. TV Tokyo discontinued some program specials that were supposed to air around the end of December:

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On December 16, 1997, 685 Japanese children were admitted to hospitals with convulsive epileptic seizures. It was determined that the seizures were caused by watching an episode of Pokemon, "Denn¨* Senshi Porygon", or "Computer Soldier Porygon" (known as Electric Soldier Porygon in the United States, season 1, episode 43) and subsequently this episode has not been aired since. In this particular episode, there were bright explosions with rapidly-alternating blue and red color patterns. It was determined in subsequent research that these strobing light effects cause some individuals to have epileptic seizures, even if they haven¡¯t had any previous history of epilepsy. As a consequence, many video game makers (including Nintendo) added warning labels to their video game products (or made pre-existing labels more prominent), warning that exposure to video games may trigger seizures in individuals vulnerable to photosensitive epilepsy. Detailed research of the alleged incident is detailed at http://www.csicop.or...05/pokemon.html and attributes it to mass hysteria. The incident was also parodied by the Simpsons. In the episode "Thirty Minutes over Tokyo" (Season 10 - Episode 20) Marge, Bart, and Lisa are seen having seizures after watching a show called "Battling Seizure Robots". Homer then enters the room and, apparently not wanting to be left out, proceeds to roll around on the floor in a similar fashion, of his own will

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Before the series reaired again they aired a special on April 11, 1998 titled「検証番組 アニメ ポケットモンスター問題検証報告」 Inspection Program: Anime: Pocket Monster Problem Inspection Report.

After this episode, the opening theme was also redone, with black screens showing various Pokémon in spotlights were broken up into four images per screen. However, before the "seizure incident" of EP037, the opening was originally one Pokémon image per screen. Many Japanese television broadcasters and medical officials got together to find ways to make sure this never happened again. They established the following guidelines for future animated programs:

Flashing images, especially those with red, should not flicker faster than three times per second. If the image does not have red, it still should not flicker faster than five times per second.
Flashing images should not be displayed for a total duration of more than two seconds.
Stripes, whirls and concentric circles should not take up a large part of a TV screen.
Japanese broadcasters also began broadcasting an on-screen advisory at the beginning of animated programs. Some example warnings:

「テレビを見る時は部屋を明るくして離れて見て下さい」
"When watching TV, please brighten the room and sit at a distance from the TV."
(as seen on TV Asahi broadcasts of Ichigo 100% and Steel Angel Kurumi.)
「テレビアニメをみるときは、部屋をあかるくして近づきすぎないようにしてみてくださいね。」
"When you're watching anime on the TV, please brighten the room and don't sit too close."
(as seen on TV Tokyo broadcasts of Naruto,Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX)
「犬夜叉からのお願い・・・テレビアニメを見るときは部屋を明るくして画面からはなれてくださ いね」
"A request from Inuyasha... When you're watching anime on the TV, please brighten the room and sit away from the screen."
(as seen on Nippon Television broadcasts of InuYasha)

Source: http://www.wikipedia.com

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Posted September 02 2006 - 07:32 AM

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WoW how violent was it if it got banned? What happened?
Basically just a bunch of instances involving guns being shot and being held against a human's head. No one was hit by a bullet, so it's not even Batman: The Animated Series level of violence (just a random comparison), but being Pokemon, it was considered too violent for this particular show.

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However, when the Pokemon single release DVD's were being released in the United States, the episode itself was included but the only way to get the unlock code was by contacting the studio via email and signing off that you're aware of what kind of seizure the episode could do and absolved the anime distributer of all blame or harm from the veiwing of the episode.
Care to give a source for this wild claim? First, unless they pressed each disc differently with different codes (which would be extremely expensive), one person could do as you say and share the code with all of us. Second, this would be huge news that would have broken long ago. I've never hear of any such inclusion and, in fact, have never heard a credible source say for certain that the episode was translated.

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Posted September 02 2006 - 08:33 AM

I'm not sure. If I ever come across that episode or discover what DVD's they are on I'll post but it's been such a long time ago that I hear about that. And it's not a wild claim but that was way back around 2001.

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Posted September 05 2006 - 08:13 AM

According to the Best Buy website, they have these episodes listed as being on the set but I take personal issue with this because they have 80 episodes as being listed on a 3 DVD set.

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Pokémon: Pokémon I Choose You! (1998)
Pokémon: Challenge of the Samurai (1998)
Pokémon: The Water Flowers of Cerulean City (1998)
Pokémon: The Punchy Pokémon (1998)
Pokémon: Pokémon Shipwreck (1998)
Pokémon: The Ninja Poké-Showdown (1998)
Pokémon: Wake Up Snorlax! (1998)
Pokémon: The March of the Exeggutor Squad (1998)
Pokémon: Ditto's Mysterious Mansion (1998)
Pokémon: The Kangaskhan Kid (1998)
Pokémon: The Flame Pokémon-athon (1998)
Pokémon: Dig Those Diglett! (1998)
Pokémon: Sparks Fly For Magnemite (1998)
Pokémon: Tower of Terror (1998)
Pokémon: Haunter vs. Kadabra (1998)
Pokémon: Pokémon Fashion Flash (1998)
Pokémon: Hypno's Naptime (1998)
Pokémon: Abra and the Psychic Showdown (1998)
Pokémon: Bye-Bye Butterfree (1998)
Pokémon: Tentacool & Tentacruel (1998)
Pokémon: Island of the Giant Pokémon (1998)
Pokémon: Battle Aboard the St. Anne (1998)
Pokémon: Electric Shock Showdown (1998)
Pokémon: Here Comes the Squirtle Squad (1998)
Pokémon: Charmander - The Stray Pokémon (1998)
Pokémon: The School of Hard Knocks (1998)
Pokémon: The Path to the Pokémon League (1998)
Pokémon: Clefairy and the Moon Stone (1998)
Pokémon: Showdown in Pewter City (1998)
Pokémon: Ash Catches a Pokémon (1998)
Pokémon: Pokémon Emergency! (1998)
Pokémon: Pikachu's Goodbye (1998)
Pokémon: Showdown at Dark City (1998)
Pokémon: The Battling Eevee Brothers (1998)
Pokémon: The Bridge Bike Gang (1998)
Pokémon: The Ghost of Maiden's Peak (1998)
Pokémon: Primeape Goes Bananas (1998)
Pokémon: Pokémon Scent-Sation! (1998)
Pokémon: Mystery at the Lighthouse (1998)
Pokémon: Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village (1998)
Pokémon: Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon (1999)
Pokémon: The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis (1999)
Pokémon: Pokémon Paparazzi (1999)
Pokémon: The Misty Mermaid (1999)
Pokémon: The Purr-fect Hero (1999)
Pokémon: All Fired Up! (1999)
Pokémon: Bad to the Bone (1999)
Pokémon: Friends to the End (1999)
Pokémon: Friend and Foe Alike (1999)
Pokémon: A Friend In Deed (1999)
Pokémon: Snow Way Out (1999)
Pokémon: Beach Blank-Out Blastoise (1999)
Pokémon: Volcanic Panic (1999)
Pokémon: Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden (1999)
Pokémon: Who Gets to Keep Togepi? (1999)
Pokémon: Holy Matrimony! (1999)
Pokémon: A Chansey Operation (1999)
Pokémon: The Song of Jigglypuff (1999)
Pokémon: The Problem With Paras (1999)
Pokémon: Round One - Begin! (1999)
Pokémon: The Breeding Center Secret (1999)
Pokémon: The Ultimate Test (1999)
Pokémon: Pallet Party Panic (1999)
Pokémon: Holiday Hy-Jinx (1999)
Pokémon: Make Room for Gloom (1999)
Pokémon: The Pi-Kahuna (1999)
Pokémon: It's Mr. Mime Time (1999)
Pokémon: The Battle of the Badge (1999)
Pokémon: The Fourth Round Rumble (1999)
Pokémon: Fire and Ice (1999)
Pokémon: Lights, Camera, Quack-tion (1999)
Pokémon: To Master the Onixpected (1999)
Pokémon: Go West, Young Meowth (1999)
Pokémon: The Evolution Solution (1999)
Pokémon: So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd (1999)
Pokémon: Princess vs. Princess (1999)
Pokémon: Clefairy Tales (1999)
Pokémon: Showdown at the Po-Ke Corral (1999)
Pokémon: Riddle Me This (1999)
Pokémon: The Case of the K-9 Caper! (1999)


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Posted September 05 2006 - 10:55 PM

What's the best way to collect these? Start with the "First Season" boxset and then wait, or should I looked to getting the other boxsets available, for example Advanced Battle. Or would these appear as "Ninth Season" or however they fit in?

Feeling a bit lost I must admit.

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Posted September 05 2006 - 11:10 PM

The first season looks to be becoming available with the upcoming box set. I would bet that it would contain 27 episodes, not 80, but you never know.

Season 2 is available on three one-disc releases known as "The Adventures of the Orange Islands"

Season 3 is mainly out print, known as the "Johto Journeys."

Seson 4 is "Johto League Champions" and is available over 7 one-disc releases.

Season 5, "Master Quest," and Season 6 "Advanced" are both available in two box sets.

Season 7, "Advanced Challenge," is spread over 10 one-disc releases. Season 8, "Advanced Battle," is being released the same way.

Season 9, "Battle Frontier," which has the new voices, begins to air on Cartoon Network this Saturday, with a sneak peek on Friday night.

Hope that helps!

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Posted September 06 2006 - 01:23 AM

Umm yess....I assumed that they were starting with Season One as a boxed set, replacing a previous multiple-single-disc issue.

Perhaps that will happen with Seasons Two through Four plus Seven and Eight, which appear to be single disc, and going out of print (was season one available that way?)

WHich would mean that eventually, you would just have season - or, as seems likely, half-season sets?

I would bet that it will be half-season sets; it is the pattern for the later series. And indeed many other TV series with high episode number seasons. Apprently smaller half-season sets sell better than large single ones (which have a big pricetag), unless it's something like Star Trek!

Let's hope there's a re-release of everything in rationalised season sets. The current releases are a right dog's dinner.

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Posted September 06 2006 - 02:24 AM

Battle frontier is going to have new voices??? For which characters?

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Posted September 06 2006 - 06:28 AM

I've seen the advertisement for the new Pokemon season and it looks like the Pokemon are finally going to be able to talk ... not simply saying their own name while racing through each episode.


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