It's New Year's Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore

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Holiday Hi-Jynx
Original series
Snow Way Out!
大晦日だよ! ポケットモンスターアンコール
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It's New Year's Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore
First broadcast
Japan Skipped
United States Skipped
English themes
Opening None
Japanese themes
Opening None
Ending None
Assistant director
Animation director
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(Japanese: 大晦日だよ! ポケットモンスターアンコール It's New Year's Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore) was intended to be the 40th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was set to air in Japan on December 31, 1997. It was initially intended to be EP040, airing on December 31, 1997, but during the rescheduling following the EP038 incident, it was canceled entirely. It was also subsequently skipped in all broadcasts in other languages, and has never aired. No trailer for this episode has ever been seen, nor is any further information known apart from its Japanese title.

The original schedule was as follows:

Code English title Japanese title Planned broadcast Actual broadcast
* Holiday Hi-Jynx ルージュラのクリスマス December 23, 1997 October 5, 1998
* Snow Way Out! イワークでビバーク January 6, 1998 October 5, 1998
EP040 The Battling Eevee Brothers イーブイ4きょうだい January 13, 1998 April 16, 1998
EP041 Wake Up, Snorlax! おきろ!カビゴン! January 20, 1998 April 23, 1998
EP042 Showdown at Dark City たいけつ!ポケモンジム! January 27, 1998 April 30, 1998
EP043 March of the Exeggutor Squad ナッシーぐんだんだいこうしん! February 3, 1998 May 7, 1998
EP044 The Problem with Paras パラスとパラセクト February 10, 1998 May 14, 1998
EP052 Princess vs. Princess げきとう!ポケモンひなまつり March 3, 1998 July 9, 1998
EP053 The Purr-fect Hero こどものひだよ!ぜんいんしゅうごう! May 5, 1998 July 9, 1998


  • This was the first episode of the Pokémon anime to not air even once, and the only skipped episode of which no footage whatsoever has been seen by audiences.
  • It was set to air on a Wednesday morning instead of a Tuesday evening like the other episodes and run for about an hour.
  • A similarly titled (お正月だよ!ポケットモンスタースペシャル!It's the New Year! Pocket Monsters Special) 2-hour special aired on January 1, 1999, recapping events of the anime until EP077.

In other languages

  • The episode has not aired anywhere in the world.
Holiday Hi-Jynx
Original series
Snow Way Out!
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