Disney XD, a kids wire network and home to a Pokémon cartoons, won’t be airing an arriving partial of a Sun and Moon anime, according to a programming report for Jul 16. Instead, a channel will skip forward to a following one in a deteriorate — withdrawal a Pokémon partial unaired stateside for a initial time given 2002.
The Pokémon Company clearly selecting to reason behind an partial from a West is a surprising, though not unprecedented, move. Yet with this sold episode, that ran in Japan on Mar 1, a preference not to uncover it to American audiences creates sense. Episode 64 of Sun and Moon is called “Touchdown of Friendship!!” in Japanese, and involves Ash Ketchum building critical magnetism for a clan of the lemur-like Pokémon Passimian. His enterprise to strengthen and support a Pokémon runs so low that he starts behaving like them; he even walks on all fours, usually like Passimian do.
The storyline of this partial sounds weird, though that’s zero new for Pokémon. What’s many discouraging is where Ash’s Passimian passion leads him: He ends adult wearing a dress that resembles a Pokémon, that includes portrayal his whole face black.
That kind of wisecrack really doesn’t fly in America, no matter how it fits into a context of a episode. It’s also an emanate Pokémon has faced and rubbed before; a final partial undisguised released from a dubbed chronicle of a anime dealt with a impression in ostensible blackface as well. The series’ 250th episode starred a Pokémon Jynx, whose strange pattern saw her with an wholly black-colored face and coming suggestive of descent African-American caricatures. She’s given been updated to have a purple face instead, though a strange partial stays unchanged. As such, it’s not usually one of a few episodes to never leave Asia, though also partial of a tiny organisation of Pokémon cartoons that have been banned from re-airing.
Some fans have been discerning to assume that Sun and Moon’s Passimian partial has suffered a same fate, and will never be seen outward of Japan. Neither Disney XD nor The Pokémon Company have pronounced that’s a box — it’s probable that a partial has usually been shifted to a much, most after date — though we’ve reached out to both for clarification. We’ll refurbish when we learn more.