Pokémon Hits The World
Created 10/02/1998 - 23:00
New York-based 4 Kids Entertainment is bringing the popular Japanese animated series "Pokémon" to the international market. The show started in U.S. syndication in September, and is signed to appear on Italy's MediaSet network, Australia's Channel 10, Mexico's Televisa, Canada's YTV and Brazil's Globo TV. Also known as "Pocket Monsters," the cartoon caused a stir last December when hundreds of young Japanese viewers simultaneously suffered seizures while watching an episode that featured a high-contrast flash sequence, an effect known as "photosensitive epilepsy." The offending sequence has since been removed, so broadcasters can rest easy. More than 52 half-hour episodes are available.