After nearly 16 years since the last appearance of the Psychic system, Kadabra made her first appearance in an episode of Pokemon Evolutions.
Kodoani.com – Over the past 25 years, Pokemon has seen a number of creatures that have become an iconic part. Some of these are due to their design, with some creatures looking cuter or more reminiscent, while others are due to their stats. One of the strongest Pokemon of the first generation was the Abra series, as the Psychic type is notorious for breaking when used in the game. What most fans probably don’t know is that this Pokemon’s middle stage, Kadabra, hasn’t appeared in the Pokemon anime in nearly 16 years.
This was due to a lawsuit that took place in 2000 between British-Israeli photographer Uri Geller and Nintendo. He sued the company for £60 million ($80 million), claiming that the Pokemon Company created Psychic-type Pokemon based on him. The similarity he points to is that Geller performed a famous spoon-bending trick, which is Kadabra’s main accessory, along with its Japanese name, Yungera, which is very similar to the guy’s name.
While Uri did not receive any money from this lawsuit, The Pokemon Company stopped including Kadabra in card games and anime, with the last appearance of this Psychic-type Pokemon being in the 2005 Pokemon Battle Frontier anime episode. “Fear Factor Phony.” However, Uri reversed his decision last year, where he apologized to many fans and the Pokemon Company for holding a grudge for so long. He then sent a letter to the head of Nintendo, where he allowed Kadabra to be published in the TCG and anime again.
With Abra allowed to rerun, some fans noticed that Kadabra made her first appearance since 2005 in the seventh episode of the Pokemon Evolutions anime. While it doesn’t play a particularly big role in the episode itself, the video does show Kadabra’s rendition of telekinesis in an entertaining way. The telepathic pattern can be seen near the top, when during a festival in Ecruteak City, Kadabra was operating a shaved ice counter and tossing a spoon into a customer’s cup.
With Kababra being one of the iconic 151 originals, its return after nearly two decades to the Pokemon and TCG anime makes a lot of sense. In particular, in the card game, the game allowed the basic Abra form to skip the process of evolving into Kadabra, going straight to Alakazam. There are even some premium Alakazam cards that can be played by themselves. With the Psychic type making its first appearance in Pokemon Evolutions, it’s likely that fans will see new Pokemon Kadabra cards printed as well.