The Pokémon Sun & Moon anime is airing right now in Japan, but fans in the West have noticed the current series' 64th episode hasn't received the usual western dub. In fact, the current US run has completely skipped the episode, leaving many to assume it's been banned entirely.

Why? Well, the episode features long-time trainer Ash dressing up as a Passimian. The problem is this particular Pokémon has a primate-style design, with Ash even donning black makeup on his face to complete the look. You can see where this is going.


While there's been no official word as yet, the fact these sections of the episode could easily be misinterpreted as using racial stereotypes seems the likely reason why this episode has been dropped entirely from the English-dubbed series. We'll keep you updated as the story develops.

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