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Dogasu's Backpack | Episode Comparisons | Best Wishes!

BW ???
Episode Stats:

Japanese Episode "BW 023":  "The Rocket-Dan vs. The Plasma-Dan!  (Part One)"
Japanese Episode "BW 024":  "The Rocket-Dan vs. The Plasma-Dan!  (Part Two)"
Pokemon Live Caster:  Unknown
Japanese Air Date:  Originally scheduled to air March 17th (Part One) and March 24th, 2011 (Part Two)
Important Characters:  Plasma-Dan (Team Plasma), Handsome (Looker)

Sakaki of the Rocket-Dan has arrived in the Isshu Region! All the gathered members of the organization head to the Ancient Castle, a large structure in the center of the Resort Desert where the coveted Meteonite is said to be hidden. There, the Rocket-Dan combine the information they've gathered with the special tools they've developed to bring this Meteonite to the surface! As the Rocket-Dan marvels at the glory of this new energy source, Sakaki declares that a new chapter in the Rocket-Dan's history has begun. Meanwhile, Satoshi, Iris, Dent, Junsar, and Dr. Araragi are all heading toward the Ancient Castle in a helicopter when a beam of energy suddenly strikes their aircraft! After making a crash landing, the gang is picked up by Handsome of the International Police. He drives them the rest of the way to the castle to help them investigate the source of the energy disturbance. At some point, they figure out that the Rocket-Dan is the cause of the Fushide migration in Hiun City and infiltrate a masquerade party being held that night to celebrate the discovery of the rock. Suddenly, a mysterious group known as the Plasma-Dan crashes the party! The rival organization wants to take the Meteonite away from the Rocket-Dan, so they start attacking anyone and everyone in sight! The Rocket-Dan and the Plasma-Dan face off against each other, causing a massive amount of collateral danger for nearby Hiun City! Can Satoshi and his friends stop the fighting and prevent Hiun City from being destroyed? Who will get their hands on the Meteonite? 

I assume most of you visiting this page already know this, but "The Rocket-Dan vs. The Plasma-Dan" is the two-parter that was skipped because of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

I originally tried to do just one massive write-up but the more I worked on it the more I realized that there was just too much to talk about for one page. So I've decided to break everything down into their own sections instead. Click on a link below to learn more about the various aspects of this fascinating chapter in the television series' history.

Why were these episodes not shown?

You don't just build up to a plot for months and then skip the climax at the last minute. So what gives?
Why were these episodes not shown?

The "The Rocket-Dan vs. The Plasma-Dan" Timeline
These episodes had an unprecedented amount of promotion leading up to them as well as a fascinating fallout after they were canceled.  This page looks at everything that happened with this two-parter in chronological order.
The "The Rocket-Dan vs. The Plasma-Dan" Timeline

Schedule changes / getting everything back on track

Skipping these episodes kind of ruined the plans the animators had for the rest of 2011. See how TV-Tokyo and OLM made up for the sudden absence of two weeks' worth of episodes on this page.
Schedule changes / getting everything back on track

How the skipped two-parter (did not) affect the Plasma-Dan's story in the TV series

So skipping this two-parter ruined all the plans the show had for the Plasma-Dan in the Best Wishes! TV series, right?
How the skipped two-parter (did not) affect the Plasma-Dan's story in the TV series

What would it take to get these episodes on TV?

It's now been nearly a decade since we were told that this two-parter would be airing. What's keeping TV-Tokyo from following through on their promise to show them?
So why haven't these episodes aired yet?

Final Thoughts
It's unfortunate that these episodes were skipped, but what's done is done. In the long list of tragedies associated with the events that took place on March 11th, 2011, the fact that two episodes of a Japanese cartoon got skipped over is pretty much at the bottom. It sucks that this happened, but there's really nothing we can do about it.

If the episodes air, they'll air. And if not? Well, there are worse things that can happen to a TV series.

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