TV Tokyo Plans Huge Celebration for Pokemon’s 1,000th Episode
Ash Ketchum hasn’t won a league, but he has managed to survive in the Pokémon wilderness for 1,000 episodes. The aspiring Pokémon Master is currently attending school in Pokémon Sun & Moon‘s Alola Region, but hopefully the kid can take a break from his studies to celebrate his accomplishments. Broadcaster TV Tokyo has quite the party planned, including some cool gifts for viewers.
The 1,000th episode of the Pokémon anime series will air on November 9. TV Tokyo announced for the next eight weeks it will give out prizes like copies of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon 3DS game, the Pokémon Center Original New Nintendo 2DS LL Pikachu Edition console, a Rotom Encyclopedia DX, the Pokémon Z Power Ring Special Set, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Blu-ray, and the Monster Collection EX Pikachu 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt Set. If you’re interested in getting your hands on one, you’ll have to tune in to the 1,000 episode for entry details.
The TV Tokyo website also announced that comedian Sunshine Ikezaki voice Drowzee in the November 9 episode.
Guest stages will be set up on November 11 in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City complex. The “TV Anime 1000th Broadcast!! Zenryoku! Pokémon School!” event will host Satoshi’s voice actress Rica Matsumoto, Lillie’s voice actress Kei Shindou, Suiren’s voice actress Hitomi Kikuchi, Māmane’s voice actress Fumiko Takekuma, and Professor Kukui’s voice actor Keiichi Nakagawa.
The Kiddyland retail store in Harajuku and Osaka’s Umeda district will have special commemorative goods including postcards for every 1,000 yen spent.
Of course, Japan’s Pokémon Centers also have special plans. Starting on November 3, participating locations will launch the “Congratulations! Anime’s 1000th Broadcast Memorial: Shiny Winter Vacation campaign. Pokémon Centers will have special goods and gifts for buyers, including clear files and visits from Santa Pikachu.