Premiering in Japan on September 23, 2010, was the 5th generation of the Pokémon anime, known as Best Wishes! During its initial run, there was scheduled to air a 2-part episode in March 2011, ("Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan!", "Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma!" translated, Parts 1 and 2 respectively), revolving around Team Rocket fighting Team Plasma over possession of a meteorite. However, following the devastating 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown, both episodes were postponed for featuring scenes reminiscent of the disaster. As such, Team Plasma didn't end up appearing until near the end of Best Wishes!, and appearing as they did in the Black 2 & White 2 video games as opposed to their Black & White incarnations.
According to Pokémon's English dub voice director Tom Wayland, the episodes were sent to The Pokémon Company International, but never actually got to the re-dubbing process before their cancellation in Japan. Many screenshots from upcoming previews and magazines have managed to find their way online, as have various trailers that were broadcast prior to the episodes being pulled from the air.
These episodes are 2 of 4 Pokémon episodes that have never aired, the other 2 being "Battle of the Quaking Island! Barboach VS Whiscash!!" and "It's New Year's Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore".
Some scenes from these episodes have been reused in later episodes.
- On March 12, 2011 (the day after the Tōhoku tsunami), TV Tokyo had promised online that they would air the episodes at a later date, but since then, they never did announce an air date. It is likely that initial plans changed due to the Black 2 & White 2 games and their version of Team Plasma being adapted into the anime instead.