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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Tuesday, May 9th, 2006 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT: I just got home from taking the AP Psychology exam, and I totally PWNED (except on the second essay question)! Since I have just Math homework tonight (I HATE ALGEBRA II!!!), I can work on something with the site tonight. So, first person to post in the forum thread for this news story gets to tell me what site content update to do tonight (within reason and something I can do within a few hours). Better post now!

I may update this news story later on tonight. This is the second update in one day, so if you have not been here all day, be sure to read the previous news story.

E3 Pokemon Game Screenshots, Videos, Info - We have some information, pictures, and videos for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (being released September 18th) and Pokemon Ranger from the E3 Convention. Below, you can read information regarding Mystery Dungeon Blue. Afterwards, you can see screenshots / videos / images from both Mystery Dungeon Blue and Ranger.

General Information
* For the first time ever, the player is a Pokémon, speaking and interacting with other characters in a world populated only by Pokémon.
* A deep, involving and dramatic story brings the player into a world of Pokémon not seen or experienced before.
* Strategic battles enhance the adventure.
* Randomly generated dungeons make every mission unique.

Game storyline: One day the player awakens to find that he or she has been turned into a Pokémon. The land is being ravaged by natural disasters so the player decides to form a rescue team with a partner Pokémon. The player can interact with many different Pokémon on various missions while trying to uncover their true purpose and destiny. An engrossing story of adventure, redemption and, most of all, friendship.

Characters: Players can choose to be a Pokémon, and then choose another Pokémon to be their partner. Numerous Pokémon can become friends with the player and can be called upon to join his or her rescue teams. Assuming the role of a Pokémon, the player converses with other Pokémon for the first time using engaging graphics with various Pokémon expressions.

How to progress through the game: Players form a rescue team with a Pokémon friend, accept various missions and try to help Pokémon in trouble. They go into many dungeons and strategically make their way through many floors. The layout of the dungeons is randomly generated, so they present a different challenge every time. Strategy and thinking are the keys to clearing the dungeons and completing the missions.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: A massive amount of game play with endless replay value; many rescue missions to conquer – even after the main story reaches its climactic conclusion. The game starts off easy and advances in difficulty as the player progresses. It will appeal to novice and expert Pokémon fans alike. For the first time, a Pokémon’s moves can be “linked” and used together in one turn. This feature offers the player a strategic choice of attacks and is an entirely new concept in the Pokémon world.

Mystery Dungeon Blue Screenshots
Mystery Blue Video (Quicktime - 11 MBs)
Mystery Dungeon Logo (subject to change)
Pokemon Ranger Video (Quicktime - 11 MBs)
Pokemon Ranger Logo (subject to change)

Pokemon Trading Figure Game - The official Pokemon Trading Figure Game website has been updated with new images from the figurine game, including new model images, new product images, and other pictures. Check it out!

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

Pokemon Trading Figure Game (TFG) - We have some new and official product information on the Pokemon TFG. I guess since we cover the trading card game, the trading figure game will be the new medium PokeBeach covers in the future (*thinks about galleries of the figures*). Click the thumbnails below for larger images.

The Pokemon™ Trading Figure Game lets you play with amazing new collectible figures of your favorite Pokemon characters!

Crafted by Kaiyodo, master model-makers of Japan, the Pokemon TFG:

* Includes more than 40 unique, high-quality Pokemon figures plus dynamic, rare special-treatment figures!
* Includes an exciting new spinning mechanic that adds real action to your battles!
* Is easy to learn - start playing in minutes!

The Pokemon TFG starter set comes with everything players need to get battling in exciting 6-on-6 battles!

Each starter set includes:

* 3 awesome Pokemon figures
* 1 Trainer figure
* Trainer cards to add a new level of strategy
* Challenging new 2-player arena playmats
* Special Condition effects
* Full-color rulebook

Pokemon TFG 2-figure boosters add another great way for players to collect and play more awesome Trainer cards and all of their favorite Pokemon!

Pokemon Trading Figure Game Pokemon Trading Figure Game

Pokemon JAA T-Shirt - If you participated in a Pokemon Journey Across America Tournament, you should be getting a t-shirt in the mail soon. I just received one today, and it's pretty cool! Click the thumbnails below for larger pictures.

Pokemon Journey Across America Shirts Pokemon Journey Across America Shirts

Manyula and Manene's English Names - We may have Manyula's and Manene's English names this week on PokeBeach, possibly within the next few days (might even be tomorrow if this is a perfect world). If not, the names should be revealed soon at one of the next Journey Across Americas. Stay tuned to PokeBeach for further information!

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Sunday, May 7th, 2006 @ 5 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT #2: Please see the last news story.

Wow, I'm shocked. I came home around 3:00 PM yesterday after taking the SAT Subject Tests, remember laying on my bed to watch television for the first time in over two weeks, and I ended up waking up at 5:00 AM today. That's a new record for me in sleeping a long time (14 hours). So now, we have all of the news that has been piling up that I was supposed to post during those fourteen hours of sleep yesterday!

EX Crystal Guardians - The Japanese "Miracle Crystal" set has been named "EX Crystal Guardians" for American set releases. If you didn't see my edit to the previous news story on Thursday or the changed set image at the top of the main page on Friday, then now you know! The pre-releases for the set will be on August 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th, which means that it will not be legal for Worlds. Therefore, the format for Worlds will be EX Hidden Legends through EX Holon Phantoms.

Nintendo DS LiteNintendo DS Lite - The DS Lite will be released on June 11th for $129.99 in a default Polar White color. How does it differ from the original Nintendo DS you ask?

> It's less than two-thirds the size of the original Nintendo DS and more than 20 percent lighter.
> Its two bright screens can be adjusted to four levels to adapt to different lighting conditions and to extend battery power.
> The microphone sits in the center of the unit, and the LED lights are clearly visible whether the unit is open or closed.
> The stylus is 1 centimeter longer and 1 millimeter thicker than the stylus of the original, and slides into a side storage slot.
> The Start and Select buttons were repositioned for easier access.
> A removable cover keeps the Game Boy Advance cartridge slot clear from dust and debris when it's not in use. Press Release - has basically confirmed that the reason the voice actors won't be doing the show anymore is because of contract conflictions. This means that nothing can be done to get the old voice actors back, which is what we have been saying for the longest time, and what is basically alluding to. If you don't watch the show because of the new voices, oh well, your loss. If you continue writing letters - great, it will just be a waste of your time and in the long-run you will put yourself down when you do not succeed. If you do watch the show - good, it will be just like before, just with new voices and probably a show closer to the original version, without any A.D.D. music editor constantly changing the music every three seconds (among other 4Kids evils). We cannot get the VAs back, so we should just live with the changes, adapt to the new voices, and hope they fit into their rolls better as time goes on (which is basically guaranteed, since most VAs on shows usually sound different from the first episode of the series compared to the last).

Hooked on "Onyx" - Haha, 4Kids ruined Onix's name again! It's "Onix," not "Onyx!" I am sure we will not see errors like this when PUSA takes over the dub, especially twice, since they are not a third party company like 4Kids. Anyways, "Hooked on Onix" is now available for viewing. "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" is still up as well, and will probably stay up for a long time. To discuss "Hooked on Onix," click here. EDIT: If any of the episodes are mixed up for you, such as when you click one episode and get another, clear your cache. Your browser isn't updating the page that pulls up the episode.

Top Trainer Cards - This week's card article review focuses on the top Trainer cards of the Modified format. You can read the card reviews by clicking here. If you would like to become a PokeBeach Strategist, or have asked me previously and I did not get back to you, please PM me on our forums instead of e-mailing me. It's been a busy week and I think I lost half of the requests that I viewed over e-mail.

Misty?Mysterious "Misty" Image - The image on the right (click for a larger picture) has been floating around the net since yesterday, with many people believing it to be a special that will air in Japan next year featuring Misty. Some people are calling it fake, others genuine, but there is no real proof on either side as to if it is fake or if it is real. All we have is this photograph of a television/computer. I personally think it is real, since the bottom image in the photo, where the center character is, appears to be static, which is characteristic of a moving image on a television screen that someone takes a picture of while moving (even a screenshot). If it is real, it brings up a lot of interesting questions. Could this be a special about an older Misty? Could this be a special about Misty as a child? Could this be a special about Misty, her older sister, Violet (blue hair), and maybe the child in the picture is Violet's daughter (that's my theory)? Maybe Misty, Violet, and another of Misty's sisters (another theory)? Who knows at this point? When we do hear any news about the authenticity of this image, or any news regarding it, we'll be sure to bring you the news!

Pokemon to Air on Cartoon Network - Official! - Pokemon will be returning to Cartoon Network starting May 15th with "What You Seed Is What You Get." There will be Advanced Generation episodes on each night at 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, on Miguzi. As of now, no word on new episodes airing has been mentioned, but considering how the WB has to finish running its new episodes until the Summer begins, we probably will not see new episodes on Cartoon Network until the Fall. I am also willing to bet that everyone will now be migrating over to Cartoon Network now that Kids' WB sucks, and that it will become the new place to watch on Saturday mornings, if it does eventually air new episodes. This is exciting news, and guarantees to us that Pokemon will now live on! Stay tuned to here for more information! Thanks to ToonZone for the heads up!

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Monday, May 1st, 2006 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT #3: I'm going to go take the SAT Subject Tests in about an hour or so, so when I get back in about three hours, I will post up news, updates, and the episode that will air today. Also, for those of you who are high school Juniors, keep in mind that the late registration deadline for the June SAT test is next Wednesday. :p

EDIT #2: The next set's name is EX Crystal Guardians (aka Miracle Crystal).

EDIT: I have been busier this week than I planned to be. We have an AP US final, AP US test, SAT II test, and some art project thing for Spanish class. Next week I have AP/IB Psychology testing. So, I'm not sure when I can update next. I'll try to throw something together tomorrow or the day after, but no guarantees.

Lots of chaos going on right now with the old Pokemon voice actors. I've got a lot to say about it too. Tomorrow we will have TCG stuff.

E-mail from Veronica Taylor (Ash/May):

I have just received information that needs to get out to as many people as possible right away. If it's not too much trouble, could you forward this? Thanks!!!!

At this moment Cartoon Network is talking with Pokemon USA and Nintendo about negotiating a deal for next season. Whether they know that the show they potentially acquire is a very badly done 'fake' is unknown. We need as many people as possible to flood them with emails letting them know that the 'special' we all saw on Saturday was beyond unacceptable. The actors, other than being lackluster and unable to fit the flap, lacked any emotion or character. The script was amateurish and flat. There was no direction. The Pokemon themselves all sounded incredibly different from the original show and video games. It was more violent than any other Pokemon episode has ever been. It was in no way up to the standards which have been set over the past eight years by 4kids, Nintendo and the WB. Are we all expected to simply sit by as Pokemon USA lies to everyone, saying the show will be "exactly the same", even though they have replaced every single element? We have now seen, through the fiasco which was the 10th anniversary special, that this is far from the truth. Please send emails immediately to the two executives at Turner Network (below) and warn them before they make a mistake they will certainly regret for a very long time. Bring Pokemon back to 4kids before it's too late.
Thank you in advance!
Veronica Taylor

Email to:

[email protected]

[email protected]
Post from Eric Stuart (Brock/James)


What you can do:

E-mail to:

[email protected]

[email protected]

This is the kind of stuff fans should include in their messages:

I understand that Cartoon Network is negotiating to acquire the rights to Pokémon. If it's not too late—heed this word of advice – make sure that Pokémon USA does not sell you an inferior product.

This past weekend Kids WB! aired a Pokémon TV special that was NOT produced by 4Kids Productions . The show was amateurish and embarrassing. Voices were terrible. Acting was horrible. The writing was extremely bad. The music was inappropriate and the sound mix was painful. It seemed like children and non-professionals were producing the show.

Fans want the "authentic" Pokémon experience, not a cheap imitation. If you acquire the series from Pokémon Company and they do not continue to use 4Kids to produce the series - -you will be buying a series that will rate poorly and destroy the franchise.

Don't waste your money. Make sure you get the real deal and not an inferior, poorly produced, embarrassing imitation. Make sure that 4Kids Productions is the production entity for the new Pokémon episodes.

Thanks for all of your support! SPREAD THE WORD!

I honestly do not think the old VAs care about the show itself. It seems like they are only concerned with getting their jobs back, and that they are using us as their servants to do it. Half of the stuff they said did not even make sense. "The Pokemon themselves all sounded incredibly different from the original show and video games." - Uhh, no, they didn't. All the Pokemon in the episode had their voices pulled from the Pokemon's Recording Archive. They were all exactly the same voices that 4Kids had, just recycled clips, which is what 4Kids did too with Pokemon. And since when were Pokemon supposed to sound like their video game voices? "It was more violent than any other Pokemon episode has ever been. It was in no way up to the standards which have been set over the past eight years by 4kids, Nintendo and the WB." Oh no, it was so violent, I was traumatized for life. My four-year old cousin who was watching it with me ran out of the room and hid under the bed, crying and screaming out how violent Pokemon is. And even if it wasn't up to the "standards" of 4Kids, THEY WOULD HAD GOTTEN THE SPECIAL ANYWAYS and dubbed it. "Please send emails immediately to the two executives at Turner Network (below) and warn them before they make a mistake they will certainly regret for a very long time. Bring Pokemon back to 4kids before it's too late." Pokemon IS NOT and WILL NOT ever go back to 4Kids - their contract expired. Especially after their representatives go on forums and send out e-mails to people bashing PUSA, who has the rights to it. We are going to send out e-mails to Cartoon Network so that we can ruin our chances of ever having Pokemon on a station? What's that going to accomplish? Pokemon will never be on the WB again - they have gotten rid of all Anime on their station. So you want us to destroy our only other medium to air it? I don't think so.

Now time for Eric Stuart. "The show was amateurish and embarrassing. Voices were terrible. Acting was horrible. The writing was extremely bad." I fail to see how the show was embarrassing. While I do agree that the voice actors did not do such a hot job, people need to realize that it was their FIRST time dubbing for Pokemon (some of them have been on the show before, but long ago, so at least in a while). You're not going to be perfect the first time around, no matter how hard you try. If you listen back to the first Pokemon episode, none of the VAs even sound the same - developing into a character takes a long time and much practice, just like anything else in today's world. They'll get better. "The music was inappropriate and the sound mix was painful." Oh! Oh! If I had a wooden spoon I'd use it on Eric Stuart right now. Like a 4Kids member should be talking about the selection of music. All they ever do is change the music every three seconds. The special, in my opinion and in the opinion of many fans that I have seen post, did a fantastic job with the music - they ran through full songs. With the way 4Kids used to do it, they made the show lose a lot of quality - they practically ran whole CDs of music through a blender, and mixed them into a song. "Fans want the "authentic" Pokémon experience, not a cheap imitation. If you acquire the series from Pokémon Company and they do not continue to use 4Kids to produce the series - -you will be buying a series that will rate poorly and destroy the franchise." And here you have the evidence. If "4Kids" doesn't produce the series, it will suck and be doomed and everyone will die and lalala. Yeah, right - you don't care about Pokemon, you only care about your job and the money. 4Kids is one of the worst dubbing companies out there, and their edits are absolutely ridiculous at times - have people forgotten this? Why would we want the show to EVER go back to them? He was right about one thing - we do want the authentic experience. 4Kids has deprived us of that ever since mid-Kanto, and hopefully PUSA will be more "authentic" and close to the original. "Make sure that 4Kids Productions is the production entity for the new Pokémon episodes." And yet even more proof that it's all just about the company and jobs, and not the actual show. I wouldn't be surprised if they knew nothing about Pokemon itself, since they can't even get their facts straight about things like this.

I love it the most when I see how fans are showing sympathy for these people and for the show to go back to 4Kids when they are the same fans who have been bashing 4Kids for years. Yes, the show will be different with the new voice actors, and yes, it probably will take them a while to fit into their rolls. However, Pokemon will still live on. By e-mailing Cartoon Network and complaining, the only thing we will accomplish is Pokemon not airing anywhere, because it will never go back to 4Kids. Does anyone honestly believe that after everything these VAs have said that PUSA will give 4Kids the rights again? Or that the VAs themselves will go work for PUSA? They are aware of the situation, and I'll tell you right now that they aren't happy with the VAs trying to bash them left and right. I don't think anyone would be happy about it. The VAs ruined the chance to dub the show on their own, and they shouldn't be dragging us into their problems which could quite possible cause us to lose the show completely if they do not get there way. Everyone wants and will miss the old VAs - I personally cannot stand to see them go after all of the hard work they have put into the show and how we all have heard their voices for years, but there is really nothing that can be done. It would be an absolute miracle if we ever got the old VAs back, and at this point, we should be working with PUSA, not going against them, because none of what Veronica Taylor and Eric Stuart are telling us to do is going to make Pokemon better for any of us.

So in conclusion, don't e-mail Cartoon Network - it will just make things worse for us, give the VAs even more of a negative reputation with the people who actually have the rights to the show, and probably ruin our chances of ever having Pokemon on Cartoon Network ever again.

If you have anything you want to say about any of this, feel free to post in this thread.

By the way, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon is still up for viewing.

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Saturday, April 29th, 2006 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon is now available for viewing! Spread the word! I left the credits in the episode incase anyone wanted to type up the voice actors' names. Steal and die. :p

"We're blasting off yet again!"

EDIT: Status update: The special is currently being encoded and should be done in 20 minutes. Then I have to upload it, which should take another 30 minutes. So, check back here in about an hour, and in the meantime, spread the word to people who did not get to watch it that "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" will be available on PokeBeach for watching. I will only keep it up until tomorrow night, though.

I am writing this review as the special airs. I am jumping around to each section I write as it airs, especially through the voice actors. Since I have to go somewhere right when it is done airing, I cannot spell check this. :p

Okay, first off, Dr. Yung is definately a Gameshark user.

The music is awesome! And I mean AWESOME (most is movie BGM)! It's not like they change the music every three seconds like 4Kids used to do it. They actually run through full pieces! I seriously hope PUSA keeps this course! It was all perfect! Perfect I tell you!

The animation isn't so great, but that's probably because the Japanese have to animate so many other episodes and have to work on Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea that they kind of rushed through it. Since this will probably be the only American-exclusive special, I don't see this as a future problem.

Ash: Please change his voice, PUSA. That's all I have to say. He sounds too much like Max anyways. At least get someone not in the "biz" that we can all recognize from 4Kids shows. Get someone completely new who sounds a bit like the old one. If he does stay the same, I guess I could live with him.

Brock: His voice is too raspy. I think I could get used to him, though. I don't care much for Brock anyways - he's just cargo in Advanced Generation.

Jesse/James: Oh gosh, when they said the motto, I thought someone was doing a sub-par imitation of them. James needs to do his own thing and stop trying to sound like the original - it messes up the performance. Jesse is okay, but I think she should try to do her own thing too. I could definately get used to both of them - Jesse sounds much more evil and it sounds great, and James sounds like the original, not Eric Stuart, James. Jesse is an improvement in my opinion.

May: She almost sounds like the old Jesse (my brother said it before I could get it out of my mouth). o_O She sounds too old for May, too. The voice actor should make herself sound much younger and less mature if she continues doing May. If she tries to sound less young, she'll be okay in my opinion. Maybe they could switch her with Jesse.

Max: Ugh, ditch him too. The voice actor doing Ash and Max for this episode is too... I don't know. Just ditch him. :p

Misty: Her voice sounds almost like the original - it needs to be less soft, though. Nothing really needs to change with her, except maybe that she should show more emotion. I am sure that if Misty ever comes back, the voice actor will get much better and adapt to her extremely well. My 11 year old brother could not tell the difference, and he's pretty smart for his age, so I don't think the general young audience will notice much.

Meowth: Sounds just like the original. Not much to say.

The Narrator: I told you twice he would be back. ;)

Jenny: It's the same VA as Ash and Max. She sounds okay, but the VA should not do Ash!

Joy: She's okay. We won't see her as much as the other character anyways.

Overall, I could live with the current voice actors. I know its their first time doing the characters, and that they will adjust. They just need to listen to some of the advice people are posting about them, and they should be fine.

LOL! The Mirage Master actually DIED! That's a first for Pokemon.

Alright, I am going to an AP US review session now. I'll do all the editing during the session, and upload it when I come back in two hours. Check back in two-three hours to watch "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon!"

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Friday, April 28th, 2006 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Nationals News - TheDarkTwins has sent us information regarding Nationals. First off, Professors in the Professor tournaments will receive an exclusive Pokemon Professor deck box. Secondly, the Nationals Promo will be Exploud. Thirdly, there is going to be a five-tournament winner pin (not sure what that means). I'll try to get this information clarified for tomorrow's update.

EX Holon Phantoms Theme Deck Lists - Thanks to Alchemist_Almighty, we now have both theme deck lists for EX Holon Phantoms! You can view the theme deck listings by clicking "EX Holon Phantoms" on our Theme Deck Lists page.

Pidgeot Card Review - This week our Strategists discuss Pidgeot from EX Holon Phantoms. Check our their reviews by clicking here. If you would like to become a PokeBeach Strategist, e-mail or PM me with reasons why you think you deserve to be one. As for current PokeBeach Strategists, be sure to check the Strategist forum for your next assignment.

Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon Pre-Review - It's tomorrow, and everyone will be holding their breath as 10:00 rolls around and the characters begin to open their mouths. There is no doubt that the characters will sound different, but no matter how they sound, they will at least sound similar. It's not like Ash is going to be replaced by some Cowboy Bebop Spike or One Piece Luffy, or that Misty's going to be replaced by a Neon Genesis Asuka. You have to remember that the voices of most of the characters did go through many changes throughout the series. Compare "Pokemon! I Choose You" Ash with "Numero Uno Articuno" Ash, or even those two with "The Crystal Onix" Ash. All three of them sound, to a strong degree, different, so much so that when I have talked to people about the Episode 1 Ash with the Hoenn Ash, they thought they were two different voice actors (imagines as some people's mouths drop as they read this). Misty, Brock, and Jesse aren't much better in sounding consistent throughout the series either, and you also have to remember that both James' and Meowth's voice actors were changed during the course of Kanto, as well as the narrator in Hoenn (*coughforeshadownarratorreturncough*). Maybe it is time for some new voice actors - maybe something new should be tried. Yes, it will be sad to see Veronica Taylor and friends go, but that's how life is. We can't change who the voice actors are going to be, so we might as well accept them. Many characters on television have had their voices changed - it's a pretty common thing that most shows have to go through with at least a few of their characters. People will adapt to the new voices, maybe not at first, but eventually once they get used to them, they will. Tomorrow, unless the voices are radically different (and I mean a Russian woman with an Amy Wong accent doing Ash), let's just focus on the special and the gift PUSA gave to us. The special involves Mewtwo and Mew for crying out loud - it has to be good. Remember that tomorrow, if you miss the special or do not get the WB, we will have it up for you to watch!

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Wednesday, April 26th, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

No TCG news is good news... just kidding...

More Mastermind Info - I would have put up this info last night, but my connection died as I was posting it. My source sent me all of the below info, and I may add more facts later if I get more. (EDIT: Looks like some of this info was posted on as well. They also have two more pictures.)

 • Dr. Yung, the scientist in the special, is kidnapped after he has finished developing his machine.

 • Ash, May, Brock, and Max must save him after he is taken away.

 • The purpose of the mirage machine is to resurrect extinct Pokemon, and is why it has been created.

 • The "Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" has taken control of the machine to create Mirage Pokemon in a quest to create the ultimate Pokemon. The Mastermind believes he can create Pokemon that have no weaknesses.

 • The natural balance of the Pokemon world is being threatened.

Okay, so now we have confirmation that May, Max, and Brock are in the special, which means we will get to hear their new voices. However, a little topsy-turvey has taken place here. We originally thought Misty would be involved with Ash in the special, but it appears something might happen to her (pure speculation). In one of the pictures below (click for larger images), she appears to be falling, which could mean that she could have been kidnapped too. It's weird how she is not mentioned as being one of the heroes trying to rescue Dr. Yung, so maybe she's been kidnapped with him. Who knows, though - my assumption could be totally wrong. It also looks as if the special will be in wide-screen. It was in wide-screen in the commercials and it is in wide-screen in the below pictures. If Kids WB doesn't touch the special, hopefully it will remain that way. Hopefully we will get some more information before the special, but my source is trying to keep as much of it a secret so that the plot is not spoiled to the public. Rememer, we will have the special available for viewing here on Saturday, so be sure to check back!

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

It's coming... Saturday!

Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon Interview - My contact has sent me back another reply today after I asked him/her a few more questions. Here are some excerpts from the e-mail (I cut out a lot of it since it can't be revealed to the public). If you guys still think I am making this up, maybe this will sway you a little. I would be such a fool to be making all of this up - I would bet my entire site's reputation on all of this. My contact will also be sending me more revealing information about the actual special either tomorrow or Thursday that I will be allowed to post here. Luckily this time, I can actually post some proof that this person I talk to actually exists, if my word wasn't enough to convince you before. :p

Also, does PUSA want feedback about the special? Is that the whole point of airing it?

----Actually, the point to airing it is to give the American fanssomething special for the 10th anniversary. Think about it for a second-- when has America ever aired something before Japan?

He/She does have a point. This will be the first time we actually get a special first. Funny though how its the 10th anniversary in JAPAN, but we are celebrating it here and getting the benefits of it.

1. Is "The Mastermind..." written by Americans or the Japanese? Some people have been saying that it will air in Japan soon (Pokeani).

---All Pokémon movies, shows, etc... are written and created in Japan;we just dub stuff here. ----Pokeani, through a proper translation, isactually just referring to a different special that I believe is airingin Japan later this year. They are wondering themselves (Pokeani) ifMastermind will air in Japan.

So, this right here could be giving us a hint. PokeAni apparently said something about Misty showing up in the special, and yet if it is not the same special as Mastermind, why would they bring Misty back yet again? Could it be that she will eventually be returning to the main Anime next season in Japan? Also, he/she seems to be saying that the Japanese have always/will always write the plots, and that America will have no intervention in it.

2. Who animated it? The Japanese? PUSA?

---see above
6. Is the plotline cool (Everyone always focuses on the VA thing and never the plotline)? Can you tell me any of it or at least the jist of it?

----The plot line is actually pretty interesting. Good for a one hourspecial. There should be (cut the rest of it for exposure purposes, but he/she says the plot will be good)...

So there you have it. We will have more information either tomorrow or Thursday!

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Monday, April 24th, 2006 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT: Apprentice news story added below.

Entering crunch time of AP/IB/SAT testing. My AP US test is next Friday and I am freaking out. :p

Pokemon MOVING from the WB - Some of you probably already saw this, but if you haven't, you can read the article below. What you probably haven't seen is what I will say at the end of the article.

The new Kids WB! five-hour, Saturday morning block airing on CW this fall will include three new series from Warner Bros. Animation and a new group of programs that comply with the government’s children’s education initiative.

Gone will be longtime Kids WB! staples Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, both which have been falling steadily in the ratings.

The three new series will be Legion of Super Heroes, based on the DC Comics characters, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, and Tom and Jerry Tales. The block will kick off at 7 a.m. with a “Pillow Head” hour made up of educational programming. Kids WB! will announce at a later date shows that appear in that hour. The net has tapped a kids programming media advisor to help select programs that meet the federal requirements. Kids WB! will also offer the TV premiere of Monster Allergy, a half-hour show based on the comic book series and produced by Rainbow S.r.l., but it will not be part of the Pillow Head hour.

Betsy McGowen, senior vp and general manager of Kids WB! on CW, the same position she held when the block aired on the WB, said the decision to keep the Kids WB! name after the network ceases to exist was made after surveys showed that the name scored high in recognition among kids 6-11. “With CBS changing to DIC-produced kids programming and NBC dropping Discovery on Saturday mornings, we felt it would be best to keep the name consistent,” said McGowen.

The focus of the block will be boys 6-11, but McGowen said many of the shows have elements that appeal to girls, too. The decision to drop Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! was based on soft ratings and a desire to bring in more Warner Bros. Animation shows that lets the network and the kids block more easily extend the brand with in-house digital rights. “We are still developing with outside producers, but we are working more closely with Warner Bros. Animation,” McGowen said.

McGowen said Kids WB! will not have a formal upfront sales presentation for the new fall schedule, but said that sales and programming executives have already conducted 15 presentations in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, with assorted media agencies and media executives.

On the new fall schedule, the Pillow Head hour will air from 7-8 a.m., followed by Tom and Jerry Tales at 8, Monster Allergy at 8:30 a.m., returning shows Xiaolin Showdown at 9 and Loonatics Unleashed at 9:30, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo at 10, returning Johnny Test at 10:30, Legion of Super Heroes at 11, and returning The Batman at 11:30.

Source: MediaWeek

From talking to a certain someone, I can assure you all that PUSA/PUI already knew this was coming a while ago, and that plans were already made to move the show (Heck, even Eric Stuart knew about it). I am not sure if the WB dropped the show or if PUSA wanted to move it, but from the press release above saying that Pokemon had "soft ratings," which we all know is not true since Pokemon was one out of two of the top rated shows on the WB last time ratings were released (Xialon Showdown was tied with it for first), it would seem as if the WB is pulling a "if we can't get the show, we'll just bash it" maneuver. While that may or may not be true (as it is just coming from reading the press release), what is true is that Pokemon will be airing next season. It's not a question of if or if it will not air, it's a question of where it will air. My source should be informing me via e-mail when he/she can to tell me what is going to happen (they are not allowed to say much of anything now), so stay tuned here for more information! Hope this makes you all less panicky about the situation. And hey, if worst comes to worst and you cannot watch it wherever it airs, there's always our weekly episodes that you can watch here (check the previous news story)! :p Remember, Pokemon moved from UPN a while ago too when it was first showing, and it still managed to live. This might even turn out to be a good thing - we could possibly be getting re-runs of episodes on an everyday basis on whichever station it decides to air on (since my source did tell me a while ago that PUSA does have rights to air the 4Kids dubbed episodes). Anyways, we'll keep you updated here, so keep checking back for any new developments!

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