Friday, December 16th, 2011

Happy Pokemon Seizure Day!

"'Dennō Senshi Porygon' (でんのうせんしポリゴン Dennō Senshi Porigon?, literally 'Computer Soldier Porygon', although most commonly translated as 'Electric Soldier Porygon') is the thirty-eighth episode of the Pokémon anime's first season. Its only broadcast was in Japan on December 16, 1997…. The episode is infamous for using visual effects that caused seizures in a substantial number of Japanese viewers, an incident referred to as the 'Pokémon Shock' (ポケモンショック Pokémon Shokku?) by the Japanese press. Six hundred and eighty-five viewers were taken to hospitals; two people remained hospitalized for more than two weeks. Due to this, the episode has been banned worldwide."


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That rules me out, I've only gotten ever more elliptical as the years go by.

@Bus Driver Stu Benedict – Where are your foci?

@Setec Astrology In my pants?

BadUncle (#153)

And it's also Billy Gibbons birthday. COINCIDENCE???!

stuffisthings (#1,352)

I misinterpreted the title; for a second there I thought the gubmint was coming for my Pokemons.

Chady (#182,558)

I remember when this episode was hard to find. After spending a week trawling the interweb for a copy, we packed about ten guys into our dorm room to watch the episode together and see if it had any effect. We were pretty sure that none of us had epilepsy, but part of the idea was to see if anybody collapsed into seizure, which I suppose, in retrospect, was a pretty stupid idea, but there are worse ways to spend a Thursday night than having a potentially tragic medical emergency, I guess.

deepomega (#1,720)

@Chady And? Did anyone do the electric slide?

Chady (#182,558)

@deepomega Fortunately, no, although at the time we were stupidly disappointed. Also, the episode itself was pretty boring compared to others, as I recall, so it wasn't the most red-banner of nights.

Ledrew (#654)

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