The 1,000th episode of the Pokémon anime aired on November 9 at 6:55 p.m. Japan Standard Time. For the anime itself, it was just business as usual—episode 1,000 continued Lillie’s storyline straight after she recalled a personal trauma. Needless to say, you would have been lost if you were jumping into the Pokémon Sun & Moon anime without watching some of the episodes prior. (Although it would be kind of an overstatement to say that you need to watch all 999 episodes beforehand.)
TV Tokyo is commemorating the milestone with giveaways, among other things. None of this had much of a bearing on the episode itself, except for the fact that the comedian Sunshine Ikezaki had a cameo as the voice actor of Hypno (or “Sleeper,” as the Pokémon is known in Japanese). Sunshine Ikezaki, who is mostly known for YELLING REALLY LOUDLY ALL THE TIME, only had a few lines in the anime, and this was just restricted to saying Hypno’s name. It’s not much of a cameo for fans of the comedian, especially after last week’s Pokenchi episode showed him busting into the Pokémon recording studio, but it still makes for some fun trivia.
After 20 years and 1,000 episodes, Pokémon continues to be a well-loved anime. Here’s hoping for many more episodes to come!
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