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The Pokémon franchise first arived in Turkey, in early 2000 or late 1999, with the airing of Pokémon! Ben seni seçiyorum!
Early History of Pokémon in Turkey
Exact date of the first airing is unknown, but some Turkish fan websites claim the Pokémon anime was first shown in Turkey on January 31, 2000 on ATV, though others claim it was the end of 1999. The first movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back, was shown in theaters in Summer 2000, and the second movie, The Power of One, was shown in theaters in 2001.
Reports of flying kids
In Turkey, there were two separate reports of kids flying off their windows while claiming to be Pokémon in 2000. One of these was Ferhat Ağırbaş, a four year old child from Mersin. Another was Seyda Aykanat, a seven year old student from Kilis.
RTÜK, or Radio and Television Supreme Council of Turkey, has declared a ban on the airing of the series as a part of Article 4 of Act No. 3984, due to having "a negative influence on the physical, psychological and moral development of children." A later attempt at revival by Star TV in 2005 was stopped by RTÜK.
Presidency of Religious Affairs
The magazine of Presidency of Religious Affairs, Diyanet, has reiterated similar claims by RTÜK on March 2nd, 2005.
Though the games and consoles themselves have been sold by private retailers previously, after the release of Wii and DS, a distributor for Turkey, Nortec Eurasia, took the mantle of Nintendo Turkey, releasing the NDS titles, Diamond & Pearl, which went to become best sellers in Turkey. However, after the bankruptcy of Nintendo Turkey, this was abandoned..
Contemporary history of Pokémon anime
The Pokémon anime started reairing on September 1, 2014, beginning with the seventeenth season. In Turkey, Pokémon currently airs on Disney XD. In Turkey the anime is available on Netflix.
On May 2016 the eighteenth season aired on Disney XD.
Ahmet Tasar has voiced the main character, Ash Ketchum, ever since the series premiered in 2000
Almost all the Pokémon movies until the eighteenth were translated and dubbed in Turkish as well.
Only the eighth and the tenth movies have never been dubbed into Turkish.
The special episode Mewtwo Returns was also released in Turkish with the title Pokémon Özel Film: Mewtwo’nun Geri Dönüşü.
The seventeenth movie premiered in January and the eighteenth in August 2016 on Disney XD Turkey.
Prior to the tenth season, the dub used the English version of the opening themes. However, a Turkish version of Pokémon Theme was released on CD.
Since the eleventh season, Turkish dubbed opening themes have been used for the series.