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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." This was presumably done in response to the aforementioned reports of kids flying off their windows. A later attempt at the series' 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 2, 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, there weren't any Pokémon games until 2018. In April 2018, CD Media, the current distributor company of Nintendo Turkey announced that they made a contract for the Turkish market which, according to CEO of CD Media, will allow Nintendo to send games from various franchises such as Mario, Zelda, or Pokémon soon.
Contemporary history of Pokémon anime
The Pokémon anime started reairing on September 1, 2014; beginning with the seventeenth season. In Turkey, Pokémon lastly aired on Netflix with twentieth season on April 7, 2018. In Turkey, the anime is available on Netflix.
Ahmet Taşar has voiced the main character Ash Ketchum from 2000 to 2016. Kerem Kobanbay has voiced Ash Ketchum from 2016 to 2018.
Almost all the Pokémon movies until the nineteenth 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.
Until to the twelfth season, the dub used the English version of the opening themes. However, since the twelfth season, Turkish dubbed opening themes have been used for the series.
The Turkish version of Pokémon Theme was released on CD and it was sung by Ahmet Taşar.