Sunday, May 28th, 2006 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT: My DSL service went down last night and will not be back up until tomorrow (hopefully earlier). I have the episodes finished, I just can't upload them at school without my FTP Program. So, expect an update either extremely late tonight or extremely early tomorrow.

New English Names - The names of Manene (Mr. Mime pre-evo) and Manyula (Sneasel evo) are below, along with official proof:

Manene -> Mime Jr.
Manyula -> Weavile

Here is proof from balladofwindfishes, who took the below pictures. They are pictures of the back of PokeDoll packages that were sold at a recent Journey Across America:

Weavile Mime Jr.

Lucario and the Mystery of MewLucario and the Mystery of Mew - English Description and Possible Movie Artwork - We have obtained the English movie description and (possible) artwork for Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, which gives us some of the English names of terms in the movie - Aura Guardian (originally Hero of the Wave - this might be Lucario's official Pokemon type, like how Combusken is the young fowl Pokemon), Cameran Palace (originally Aldoran Castle), Tree of Beginning (originally Tree of World's Beginning, or something like that). I am not quite sure if this artwork is for the movie or for some other promotional celebrating the movie, but I guess we will find out soon. I have already seen three pieces of artwork for the movie - one with Regirock, Regice, and Registeel, the one to the right, and one with Lucario and Aaron, so it is sort of up in the air as to which will be the one. The one to the right does not use the same blue and pink logo as the other two posters, which is why I think it is for some sort of promotional for the movie (like a comic). Also, as we said a while ago, the movie will come out in America in the summer on DVD.

Ash and his companions take a trip down to Cameran Palace to take part in the annual Aura Guardian Tournament. But when Ash picks up the Staff of the Guardian, the Aura Pokemon, Lucario, mysteriously appears... demanding to know where the REAL hero is! Meanwhile, Pikachu goes missing, and the Queen orders a search that leads our heroes to 'The Tree of Beginning!' How will Lucario and Ash overcome their differences to save the legendary Mew, Pikachu and the tree?

Lugia BinderLugia TCG Binder - has put up a new TCG binder for people to buy, this time featuring Lugia and the Eeveelutions. Some of you may have seen this binder on the official Japanese TCG website last year, and now American can buy it too! The Lucario binder that was put up a while ago is also still available.

Episodes - Tomorrow! - I'll put up Sitting Psyduck and Battle Pyramid! VS Regirock! tomorrow. If I can find the disc I recorded "On Cloud Arcanine" to, I'll put it up too.

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Thursday, May 25th, 2006 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The reason I have not put up "On Cloud Arcanine" is because I lost the disc I recorded it on. I had a movie project this week almost everyday after school, and I was using the DVD Recorder a lot to convert our movie to digital format. I lost the disc among all of my other disks, so I will try to find it by this Saturday. Also, there has been no news on "The Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense" or "EX Crystal Guardians." ;)

Pokemon Ranger Release Date - The official webpage for Pokemon Ranger was updated today with the release date for it in America. It will come out on October 30th. Weird how all of the games before Diamond and Pearl are being released so fast - guess that means America is rushing so that we can have Diamond and Pearl early.

Marvel! Mountain of the Giant Slaking! - The official TV Tokyo site has been updated with the preview for this episode. You can watch it by clicking here (it will launch in Windows Media Player or your default media program). Looks like we have a King Kong parody on our hands.

Ash is Evil - In the Japanese Pokemon episode that aired today, "Battle Pyramid! VS Regirock!" Ash for some reason was put under mind control by an ancient PokeBall (at least from what I can tell from the episode preview...). Below are some pictures of evil Ash I collected from a few sources. Too bad there is no villain in Pokemon that can be this evil - it looks like he wants to kill everyone. :p Maybe it has something to do with Regirock and the pyramid?

Evil Laughing Ash - made by PPNSteve
Evil Ash Picture

EDIT: Apparently, Ash saw Ho-Oh at the end of this episode for the third time (1st in 1st episode, 2nd before going to Hoenn, third now). Could we be coming close to discovering Ho-Oh's relationship with Ash?

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Sunday, May 21st, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT (Tuesday night): Sorry, I lied. Can't do an update tonight - we were given a ton of homework unexpectedly and have to also prepare all of our community service papers for tomorrow. I promiseeee I will do an update tomorrow or the day after. Just 23 days left until FREEDOM!!!

I was gone all of Saturday and most of today, so I had no time for an update. I'll update the site on Tuesday, since tomorrow night I will have to work on an English essay, read and take notes on two chapters in my science book, finish 60 Spanish sentences, do a psychology outline and extra credit, and study for a math test. June 15th at 1:03 PM (25 days away) will be my FREEEEEEDOM!!!! :p

EDIT (Monday morning, before school): Also, I am in need of someone who watches the Japanese Pokemon episodes every week and who can record them or get them from somewhere. I am thinking of making the new Japanese episodes available every week from now on (starting with "Battle Pyramid! VS Regirock!") for people to watch. I will also need someone to take screenshots of the episodes as well. So, if you watch them on a weekly basis and can send me the episodes to put up on the site, and if you can take screenshots of them (I can do it if you cannot), please e-mail me at [email protected] (or click my name below).

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Friday, May 19th, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I was just informed today that by going for an I.B. Diploma in high school next year as a Senior, I will have no life for the course of the year. :p

So, this summer, I HAVE TO FINISH THIS SITE! Scans! Content! Layout! Spreading the word that we exist (we need more visitors!)! EVERYTHING I POSSIBLY CAN WORK ON! If I get the permanent content out of the way, it will be much easier on me next year, as I will only have to worry about news and minor content updates.

Since I am so disorganized at the moment, I need people to post in this thread what I need to work on for the summer. In reference to scans, please post the top three sets you would like to be put up, and I will edit those first. I have a month of school left, so I will be working on the layout. When school ends, I'll start on the scans and content. Just post everything that you think should be added to the site and what I need to fix on the site. If I just completely work on the site nonstop for one whole week, I am sure I could get at least five sets of scans done. POST YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A BETTER POKEBEACH, NO MATTER HOW WACKY THEY ARE! The worst that could happen is that it doesn't happen. XD

Also, here is a pre-prerelease template of how the layout will look. Don't like it? Hate it? Then say so! I won't put it up if people hate it. I'll put one up that most people like, and if you think you have a better idea in mind, then post it!

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Thursday, May 18th, 2006 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for not updating since Monday. I've been both busy with homework and exhausted from school. I'll put together an update on Saturday, and hopefully a preview of the new layout to get some opinions on it.

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Monday, May 15th, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Better Diamond and Pearl Pictures - The official Japanese Pokemon website has been updated with Diamond and Pearl screenshots. Most of them were the ones revealed in CoroCoro, but they are still much better quality. I have enlarged some of them and made them sharper, so the quality might be a little different from that of the actual games (although it makes them clearer for us).

Pokemon Diamond Logo Pokemon Pearl Logo
Munchlax vs. Manyula Manyula vs. Munchlax
Diamond and Pearl Boy Walking Diamond and Pearl Beach
Diamond and Pearl City Diamond and Pearl Town
Diamond and Pearl Town

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Sunday, May 14th, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Quick update. There has been NO news, especially on the TCG front.

Since Pokemon starts airing on Cartoon Network tomorrow at 5 PM, I was thinking about recording the Advanced Generation episodes that will be airing and putting them on the forums. What do you guys think? Please voice your opinions in this thread.

I am proud to announce I am working on a new layout. I sort of have gotten sick of this one, and want to try something different, especially a layout that is not three columns (left menu, content, right menu). So, I have started working on a layout that just has the content column, with a drop-down menu above the content that acts as the current left menu. The right menu will be destroyed, unfortunately. It's so hard for me to update the polls on a weekly basis, especially since it takes about an hour to work on both (so much conversion is involved). So, having those gone will definitely make my life easier. As for the "Upcoming Dates & Events" and episode listings and times, I'll find somewhere to throw those in the new layout.

My last AP/IB test of the year (besides finals) will be on Wednesday. Once that is out of the way, I'll try to put up the new layout. Then, I'll go on to working on card scans. After that, it will just be site content and adding new features to the site. Summer is exactly one month away from tomorrow for me, and I CAN'T WAIT FOR SCHOOL TO END!!!!!!!

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Saturday, May 13th, 2006 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

We now have a new way for you to watch Pokemon episodes. From now on, they can only be watched on our forums. To watch them, you must be a member of our forums and agree to follow the rules of watching them. To sign up on our forums, click here. If you are already signed up, simply go to the new "Watch Pokemon Episodes" forum and read the rules before you open an episode. Right now, "Rough, Tough, Jigglypuff," "Hooked on Onix," and "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" are available for viewing!

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master


Okay, so let's review what we learned about Diamond and Pearl today. To discuss any of this news, be sure to post in this thread.

* It's coming out in the fall in Japan.
* It will mix both 2D and 3D.
* The region it takes place in will be Shino. It is pronounced Shih-no, kind of like "snow." If you are confused on the first part of the name, think of someone saying the s-word (Shi*).
* The starter town is Futaba Town.
* You can trade from Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald TO the games. It is unknown at this point whether you can trade from D/P to those games.

Now, what I didn't post earlier (thanks to Bangiras for translations!)...

* Munchlax will be able to learn Swallow, Spit Up, and Stockpile (Swallow is the attack in the fifth screenshot). It will also have the Pick Up or Thick Fat abilities.
* Manyula will be able to learn Revenge, and has the Pressure ability.

WPM's speculation...

* The top part of the second Manyula screenshot below says "What will Manyula do?," and yet there is no "Fight / Pokemon / Bag" selection. Does that mean that those options will be on the bottom DS screen, while only battling will take place on the top part of the screen?
* In the sixth screenshot below, there is a street lamp next to a man. Why would a game have a streetlamp if it's only going to have daylight? Could we be seeing a hint of the return of G/S/C's day and night? Hope so! Now that Pokemon will be released on a system with a backlight, people won't need to worry about the screen being too dark during the night.
* Shino sounds like snow. The boy is wearing a scar-thingy and long pants. The girl is wearing boot-things and a scarf-thing. Both are wearing hat-things. Catch my icy wind?
* DIAMOND and PEARL. What is the plot going to be? What's the mystery? Will the heroes of the games be going underground to find a legendary Pokemon that is represented by a diamond, or under the ocean to find a Pokemon (*coughcoughManaphycough*) that is represented by a pearl? Or am I taking this too literally and in three-four years be reading this news story when the next generation comes out and be laughing at all of my wacky theories and run-on sentences? Who knows! Am I the only one excited about these games and the NEW POKEMON that will be coming out soon (they have to start coming out in mass numbers, Fall is only like five months away I think)?

And now time for ALL of the pictures released/edited today! Click all of the pictures for larger versions. The four pictures immediately below this are the full-blown magazine scans where all of the D/P screenshots have come from, and you can click them as well for much larger pictures.

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Male Trainer  Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Female Trainer  Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Battle Munchlax  Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Battle Manyula

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Encounter Pokemon Diamond and Pearl House Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Battle Manyula Munchlax

Munchlax vs. Manyula Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Munchlax vs. Manyula Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Town

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Ocean Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Girl Walking

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 @ 5 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT #2: I've seen some confusion already on the last news story. No, Shino is not a combination of Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn. I put the regions in parentheses to show what the previous regions were, and how the name is nothing like any of the previous regions' names (I was typing up the new news story literally during a lecture in third period, so I had no time to expand on everything). Also, yes, you can trade from R/S/FR/LG/Em to D/P.

EDIT: Please see the last news story in this update.

First Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Screenshots - The first Diamond and Pearl screenshots were revealed in the Japanese CoroCoro magazine today. They only revealed five, but the screenshots show us that the games will still be in the same graphic style as old Pokemon games, just with much more improved graphics (the buildings look 3D, there are more details in the terrain, the attack backgrounds and ground look much more realistic). It also looks like the attack graphics have been improved, as shown by Munchlax's apparent Bubble(beam) attack. Click the scans below for larger pictures! To discuss this news, be sure to post in this thread.

Munchlax vs. Manyula Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Munchlax vs. Manyula Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Town

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Ocean Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Girl Walking

I will update this news story later on today. Right now, school for me!

Diamond and Pearl Information - Pokemon Diamond and Pearl will be released in the fall, and as said before, the games will be compatible with the Advanced Generation Gameboy games. The region in which Diamond and Pearl will take place in is Shino (sounds nothing like Kanto, Johto, Hoenn). The starter town will be Futaba Town. More info and screenshots later tonight when I get home from school!

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