The Pokémon the Series TV anime (known as Pocket Monsters in Japan) has been airing for more than 20 years since its initial episode debuted back in 1997, and now the series is preparing to celebrate a 1000-episode milestone. The 1000th episode will air on TV Tokyo at 6:55 p.m. JST on November 9, 2017, and it features the voice acting debut of comedian Sunshine Ikezaki as the voice of Hypno (known as “Sleeper” in Japan).
Additionally, a live event celebrating the 1000th episode milestone will be held on November 11, 2017, at the Sunshine City Fountain Square in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan. Voice actors Rica Matsumoto, Kei Shindō, Hitomi Kikuchi, Fumiko Takekuma and Keiichi Nakagawa are scheduled to appear as guests. Finally, TV Tokyo is implementing a lottery-style weekly gift campaign that will give out prizes such as a limited edition New Pikachu Edition Nintendo 2DS LL, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! on Blu-ray, and copies of Pokémon Sun and Moon. The giveaway will run for eight consecutive weeks, and details about it will be announced during the November 9th broadcast of the 1000th episode of Pokémon.