Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT: Thanks to Ice'Cold, we now have fourteen more scans, bringing us to a total of ninety-seven! Check out our EX Holon Phantoms set list page for the scans!


This is Sunday extremely early in the morning, by the way (1:30 AM - I kind of went from a nap to an eight hour sleep :p). I may do another update later on today.


EX Holon PhantomsEX Holon Phantom Scans - 80+ - Gracias a eI_at10s (who even rotated and cropped them for me!), Burninating_Torchic, and Malocide, as well as PokeBlob from yesterday, we now have over 80 EX Holon Phantoms scans! You can view the scans on our EX Holon Phantoms set list page. If you have any cards and would like to scan them for us, please scan them at 200 DPI, save them as JPG, and e-mail them to [email protected] Thank you!


Numero Uno Articuno (Number One Articuno), The Symbol Life - Both "Numero Uno Articuno" and "The Symbol Life" are now available for viewing! You can also watch both the old (from last week) and new (from this week) "Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" commercials. "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" will be airing next week, so if you miss the episode or do not get the WB, you can be sure to watch it here next week! To discuss these two episodes, click here!


EX HP Pre-Release Deck Box - Thanks to Oddish196, we now have a picture of the deck box from the pre-releases! You can see a larger image by clicking the thumbnail below!

EX Holon Phantoms Pre-Release Deck Box

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Saturday, April 22nd, 2006 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EX Holon PhantomsEX Holon Phantoms Scans - There are now over fifty EX Holon Phantom scans up, with more coming tomorrow. You can view the scans on our EX Holon Phantoms Set List page. Thanks go to Pokeblob for sending in the scans!

I didn't get my Saturday nap today, so I am going to go take one. :p I'll put up the episodes later tonight, and any other scans we get. If you have any cards and would like to scan them for us, please scan them at 200 DPI, save them as JPG, and e-mail them to [email protected] Thank you!

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Friday, April 21st, 2006 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Tomorrow is the last weekend for Regionals, so if you haven't won one yet, you better get to one! I won't be going anywhere tomorrow (unfortunately), so I will be home for most of the day. If you scan any cards tomorrow, I should be able to put them up right away, so feel free to e-mail me or post on our forums any scans you get! Tomorrow we will have new Pokemon episodes up as well.


Manaphy, Tamanta, Perap, Buoysel, PikachuEX Holon Phantoms Set List - We have obtained an EX Holon Phantoms set list. You can view it by clicking here. I have not added in the types yet since I am about to leave, so those will be added in tomorrow. The list should be filled up with scans by tomorrow, so be sure to check back!


Diamond and Pearl Pokemon Names - Officially Romanized - The official Japanese Pokemon Center website has officially romanized Manaphy, Tamanta, Buizeru, and Perappu's Japanese names on one of their t-shirts. The image on the right (click for a larger version) confirms that Manaphy is still Manaphy (and not Manafi), that Tamanta is Tamanta, Perappu is Perap, and Buizeru is Buoysel. Pikachu's name has also been confirmed as being Pikachu, incase there was any doubt in the past ten years of Pokemon that its name was spelled like that. Now all we need are the English names for these Pokemon and we are set! EDIT: Come to think of it, Buoysel will probably be the English name for Buoysel. A "buoy" is a floating device you often can see in harbors, which is the yellow circle around Buoysel's neck, and the "easel" seems to be referring to a "weasel," even though Buoysel seems to be more of a sea otter than anything. Anyways, you pronounce it boo-ee-zul, and since both parts of the Japanese name are English words, it's probably safe to say that the English name will be exactly the same or at least similar to the Japanese name.

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Wednesday, April 19th, 2006 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT: New EX Holon Phantoms info added, card review news story added, wallpaper news story added.


There hasn't been any real TCG news these past few days, so I didn't really have anything worthwhile to post up. Luckily, we now have some news.


English EX Holon Phantoms Scans and Info - And once again, we have some set scans early - this time being Mightyena ex, Mew, Exeggutor, and all of the holo basic energy! Click the thumbnails below for much larger images.

EX Holon Phantoms: Mew, Mightyena ex, Exeggutor
EX Holon Phantoms Energy
EX Holon Phantoms Energy

So, we have Exeggutor as the pre-release promo. Mew, who is a reprint of the Expedition Mew (which I will assume is now legal), is the boxtopper. Mightyena ex confirms to us that the Japanese Mew / Lucario tin cards will be included in this set, which you can see scans/translations of on our EX Holon Phantoms page. It also looks like we will be getting holo basic energy, just like the Japanese Holon Phantom. Trainers that will be in the set include Mr. Stone's Project, Professor Cosmo's Discovery, Rare Candy, Holon Adventurer, Holon Fossil, and Holon Lake. Root, Claw, and Mysterious Fossil will also be in the set, along with Darkness, Metal, Dark Metal, and Multi Energy. At the pre-releases, the deck boxes will feature Zangoose (from the booster box). There will only be three exs in the set (Mightyena, Crawdaunt, Mew) and three Pokemon-* (Pikachu, Mewtwo, Gyarados). We should have a ton of scans (yes, 2000 pounds) up on Saturday or Sunday (maybe even earlier...), so be sure to keep checking PokeBeach for any new content!


Card Review: Medicham ex - Our PokeBeach Strategists have reviewed Medicham ex this week, including the popular Espeon and Turn Two combos. We have eleven reviews this week, in which you can read by clicking here. Next week's card review will be on Pidgeot (Delta Species) from EX Holon Phantoms (Strategists, please see the forum for more details). If you would like to become a PokeBeach Strategist, feel free to drop me a PM or e-mail as to why you think you should be one and any qualifications you have.


Water Pokemon Wallpaper - The official Japanese Pokemon movie website has posted a water Pokemon wallpaper featuring Manaphy, Wailord, Sharpedo, Tamanta, Mantine, etc. It's probably the best Pokemon wallpaper I have ever seen, and one I actually want to use for my Desktop (although I might be a little biased since it's water Pokemon and all...). Thanks go to Malocide for informing us of this. Click the thumbnail below for the full-sized wallpaper, right click the image, and depending on your browser, click either "Set as Background" in Internet Explorer or "Set as Desktop Background" in Firefox.

Manaphy Wallpaper

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Sunday, April 16th, 2006 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Vacation's where I wanna be... Buddy on the beach where the fun is free... We don't need a holiday to start to celebrate... *cries* ... vacation's almost over and the idea of going back to school tomorrow is dancing around in my head. :( Anyways, today we have a very anime-ey update, since there has been no real TCG news as of late.


New Episodes / Commercial Available for Viewing! - "The Right Place and the Right Mime" and "A Real Cleffa-Hanger" can be seen this week on PokeBeach. Both episodes contain a lot of Kanto nostalgia, including the return of Misty (temporarily); quick glimpses of Oak, Delia, and Tracey; a look at all of Ash's old (thrown in a shoe box) Pokemon; and a return to Mt. Moon and the Clefairy dance-a-thon. Team Rocket has also revised their motto for these two episodes, and it now seems as if they will keep their new motto the same for a while (also, there is a new PokeBall release sound effect). "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" commercial can also be seen this week during the first episode. It looks as if Mew will be trapped somewhere, and its DNA will be used to create the "Mirage" Pokemon, such as Mewtwo, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres (note that they are not the real things). It looks as if it will be a fairly interesting special, and of course, the new voice actors will be debuting in it. Anyways, to watch everything, click here! Remember, these episodes will only be up for a few days, as the purpose of putting these episodes up temporarily is for people to watch them who have not seen the episodes on the weekends or who do not get the WB. Remember to spread the word to your friends who do not get to see the episodes so they can see them too, and tune in next Saturday to watch Pokemon on Kids' WB! To discuss any of the above episodes, feel free to post in this thread.


Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: ManaphyNew Manaphy Trailer - The official Japanese Pokemon movie website has been updated with a new "Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy" movie trailer. The trailer reveals to us new scenes in the movie, as well as that Manaphy will be like Celebi and Mew in that in can only say its own name (so there will be no "Hello human, my name is Manaphy," but instead "Man! Man-uh-manaphy!"). And once again, that red moon appears again, with Kyogre swimming in red water. I'm telling you all, the moon will play a big role in this movie (probably like the Kabuto Orange Islands episode)! Also, it looks as if the pirate does in fact have a Perrapu, and that he possesses great strength (or he somehow got the strength from something else). Anyways, to view the trailer, open up the website, click the third link on the left (the first link that has "New!" next to it), and then click either the first orange link (which is 9.8 megabytes) or the 2nd orange link (which is 1.84 megabytes) to watch the trailer.


Today is Easter! - Forgetting all of the Sees candies and Easter egg hunts today, do not forget what Easter is really all about! *coughcoughDayJesusRosecoughcough*

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Heh, we went down a couple of times today. The first time we went down, I panicked halfway to death, opened up the files of this site, and deleted the episode as fast as I could. Then we went back up IMMEDIATELY after I did that, so I figured the host was threatening me or something. But then it happened again! And again! So I looked into it, and apparently, it was just the server going crazy, and the webhost was attempting to fix it. So yeah - that was a huge relief. If we experience anymore downtime, take note that it is only temporary. As for next week's new episodes, they should be up by Sunday, since I will not be home much of Saturday to edit and upload them.


Card Review - Steelix ex - Our PokeBeach Strategists have reviewed Steelix ex for our first Card Review, and we have fourteen reviews in total! To read their articles on Steelix ex, click here. Our next Card Review will be on Medicham ex (PokeBeach Strategists - please go to the PokeBeach Strategist forum for details). Thank you PokeBeach Strategists for all of your hard work in writing those reviews!


Two More POP 3 Scans - I have absolutely no idea who sent these scans to me since I totally reorganized both my laptop's files and e-mail inbox today, so if it was you, feel free to drop me an e-mail so I can credit you. As for you site visitors, click the thumbnails below for larger scans. The earlier POP 3 scans we had on the site can be seen two news stories down. If you have any of the cards that we have not posted, we would greatly appreciate it if you could scan and send them to us (or type up their spoilers) by clicking my name below!

POP 3 Combusken POP 3 Pichu Bros.


Site Updates - Right menu, completely updated - new polls, episode listings, and upcoming events and dates. Left menu - added "The Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense" page, plus I updated the EX Holon Phantoms page with everything we currently know. Site header - clear your cache if you see (a) a coral reef background, (b) a Manaphy, and/or (c) a Tamanta. If you see a Buizeru over a sunset ocean background without a Tamanta in the picture at all, then you are set to go (use Firefox if you are using Internet Explorer).


Join the Forums! - Time for my monthly "Join the forums" post. Just visiting the main page of PokeBeach and reading the news doesn't involve you with the site at all! Join in on the discussions for news stories such as these, rate and post decks, post news you find on the internet! Be PART of PokeBeach, not just an inactive reader! Our forums are pretty cool - we allow practically anything and everything - avatar uploads, freedom with signatures, attachments, polls, etc. We have a great community too, and we need to expand it so that PokeBeach expands too! Try out our forums today - join in on the discussions, post with your intellect, and learn more about Pokemon in general! You can join our forums by either clicking "Join" on the image at the top of this page or by clicking here. If you have any problems with anything, feel free to Private Message me on the forums.

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Monday, April 10th, 2006 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A very Pokemon animé-ey update! Tomorrow we will have more POP scans up. I have them right now, but I want to focus on the animé today.


Pacifidlog Jam! - Did you miss "Pacifidlog Jam" on Saturday like me? Do you not get Kids' WB from your local provider? Do you want to watch Pokemon episodes on the weekends? Well now you can! From now on, we will be putting up episodes for the fans to watch every weekend incase they missed them! Last weekend, two new episodes aired on Kids' WB, the first being "Pacifidlog Jam," and the second being "The Scheme Team!" Since my DVD that recorded "The Scheme Team!" is corrupt, you will only get to watch "Pacifidlog Jam!" this week, and since I did not hit "Record" in time, and pushed "Stop" too early, you get to miss the beginning few seconds of the episode and the last minute or so of the episode! Either way, this is a great way to show how we will be putting up the episodes from now on. The episodes will be hosted on PokeBeach, and will be put on here when they are ready to be shown to the world. All you have to do is click "Pacifidlog Jam" below to open the window, hit the Play button, have the latest version of Windows Media Player installed (and Windows as your operating system), and have a DSL/Cable connection to watch the episodes. If you are using Internet Explorer, AOL, or MSN, you may have to allow the "ActiveX" control for this site so that you can watch the episodes. Remember, the episodes will only be up for a day or two, since the purpose of this is to get fans involved in the Anime if they cannot get Kids' WB, or for fans who miss the episodes in the mornings. Be sure to spread the word about this to other people who miss the episodes or who cannot watch them at all!

[Episode Removed! Tune in next week!]

To discuss "Pacifidlog Jam" and "A Team Scheme," feel free to post in this thread on our forums. Both episodes were pretty awesome.


Eric Stuart has Given Up - Confirmation of Change - Incase you still thought I was lying about what I posted about PUSA taking over the dub, here is your final proof. Eric Stuart, voice of Brock and James, has basically confirmed that he will not be dubbing under PUSA and that the change is for sure.

I want to thank the fans for all of the support. You have really made me feel the work I have done has actually meant something. I have enjoyed making the voices for Brock, James (even Butch!) come to life. It has been a fun ride.

I do want to clarify a few things based on what I have read around the internet. It's amazing what power some of you think we voice actors have. Yes I have directed a bunch of cartoons but I have no say to what the content is. We do adaptations. All the director does is try to piece together individual performances and match lip flap. What changes in the story is due to a lot of different factors including the broadcast standards of America compared to Japan.

Next I would like to address my personal situation. I love doing these voices. I feel very attached to the characters I have helped to create. As for the financial gain, yes it's a job, but if you only knew the small part of the pie we voice actors get for dubbing you wouldn't be so quick to judge. When I said PUSA is driven by greed they think they can do it all without the original voice actors and 4kids. We didn't want more money they wanted to spend less overall and that cut into the talent budget. It's much more complicated. And yes, PUSA is being greedy. They will learn though, trust me, just try to tune in to Pokemon next season. You may have a hard time finding it on any network.

Lastly, for those of you who over the last 10 years have corresponded with me you know where I stand with the fans. For those of you who want to speculate on what my motivations are, so be it, you don't know me or don't care to find out the truth behind my rant. I am less angry than I am disappointed. It would have been nice to have had a chance to finish the Pokemon legacy. Now it ends on a sour note.

All I ask is one thing: When you watch the original cast episodes remember that those actors worked hard and loved 'being' the characters you grew to know so well. It was much more than a job to all of us.

Thanks,

Eric.

You may want to disregard the parts where he says PUSA is being greedy. I would like to remind the fandom that the reason why this change is happening is because 4Kids was the one being greedy by asking for more and more money from PUSA. He works for 4Kids not just as a voice actor, but as an actual employee, so one would be able to understand why he would want to go down bashing PUSA (he wants to get the last word in). Not very good sportsmanship on his part. Anyways, we all appreciate the hard work you have done on James and Brock, Eric, and you will be missed (this is not sarcasm). Too bad it had to end on such a sour note (this entire situation reminds me so much of the end of WOTC that it's not even funny). All of the original voice actors will be missed, and we will remember you as the people who made the characters as what they are today.

Now that there is undeniable proof that this is the end of 4Kids and its VAs (well, most of them *coughcoughbigforeshadowingcoughgagcough*), we need to stop sending out PUSA letters, and just wait for "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" to air. Even if this does turn out to be not such a great thing, NOTHING can be worst than a dub under 4Kids. PUSA actually consists of the people who work with Pokemon in America - they will know their Pokemon knowledge! They won't be a third party company like 4Kids who thinks Arbok evolves into Seviper or that Brock is from "Flint City." This will be a good thing for the Pokemon anime, and hopefully "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" will show fans that PUSA will do a good job on the dub in general.

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Saturday, April 8th, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT #2: Marshtomp and Donphan added thanks to natedawg.

EDIT: Ivysaur added thanks to Mary Eagleston.


Easter vacation / Spring Break (stupid political correctness) is here! Too bad I have to spend a huge portion of it studying for AP/IB/SAT Tests. :( I may update this news story later with two Pokemon episodes that you can watch for those of you that missed it, but I cannot guarantee that I will be able to figure out how to compress them and upload them in time for later today. :p


POP 3 Set List and Scans - Imran Kazmi has sent us in a POP 3 set list, which was put together from POP 3 cards people obtained at Regionals (which means the packs are available to people at some Regionals). The artwork on the packs includes Jolteon, Vaporeon, and Flareon (there is only one booster pack design). The set list can be seen below:

1. Blastoise
2. Flareon
3. Jolteon
4. Minun
5. Plusle
6. Vaporeon
7. Combusken
8. Donphan
9. Forretress
10. High Pressure System
11. Low Pressure System
12. Ditto (Mr. Mime version with Psybeam Attack)
13. Eevee
14. Ivysaur
15. Marshtomp
16. Pichu Bros. (Say what?)
17. Ho-oh ex (Unseen Forces reprint with different art, non-holo)

POP 3 PackPOP 3 Minun POP 3 Donphan POP 3 Forretress
POP 3 Ditto (Mr. Mime) POP 3 Eevee POP 3 IvysaurPOP 3 Marshtomp

Click the thumbnails above for larger images. If you have any more of these cards, and can provide scans / spoilers, feel free to e-mail me by clicking my name below or by posting on our forums.


Mew / Lucario BinderMew / Lucario Binder - PokemonCenter.com has made available a new TCG binder featuring Mew and Lucario on it. The art is obviously done by Ken Sugimori, and features 10 card pages that hold nine (or eighteen if you put them on the front and back) cards in each page. Quantities are apparently limited, so if you want one, you better buy it now before it sells out! The price for the binder is $14.95.


PokeBeach Strategists - If you are a PokeBeach Strategist, please go to the PokeBeach Strategist forum immediately. This is your absolute last chance (today) to fulfill what is required in the forum. Our first COTD will be posted on Monday, so you should get your articles in now if you want to be included in the review.

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Wednesday, April 5th, 2006 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT: Flygon from EX Holon Phantoms added below.


Just... two... more... days.


The Next Japanese Set - And as foreshadowed by my post yesterday, we bring you the next Pokemon TCG Japanese set - The Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense. This set will be the last Delta Species set of the series, and will be completely made up of only Delta Species Pokemon, with eight Pokemon-ex being in the set (Delta Species), as well as two Pokemon-* (Delta Species). The theme of the set is an island far away, where Delta Species Pokemon thrive (maybe even fight?). The theme decks will consist of 60 cards this time around instead of the usual 30, will have two holo cards in them, and a new coin design. Gardevoir ex (fire-type, DS) and Tyranitar ex (lightning type, DS) will be featured in them. The set will also have 98 cards, and it will be released on June 29th. I wonder... could this be the last set before Diamond and Pearl, being that it is the last Delta Species set, or could there still be a few more sets before we get that far? If the next set is to come out after this one in late September / early October, and if Diamond and Pearl are to come out during this year (even though it is not guaranteed yet), September or October would probably be the time they debut, thus making a perfect entrance for a TCG set featuring them. Who knows, though. Thanks to Vincent for this info!


Bye-Bye Card Sleeve Art - Effective April 24th, card sleeves with art on the back of them, including ones featuring Pokemon art, will not be allowed in tournaments. This comes from Mike Liesik, head of POP, who made the announcement on the POP forums today. Looks like we will only be allowed to use solid color or transparent sleeves from now on, or no sleeves at all.

Originally posted by Mike Liesik on the POP Forums:

With the increase in popularity of art-backed sleeves, a wide array of designs are now available to players. These new sleeves continue to push the envelope in order to draw players' attention. Unfortunately, many of these new sleeves depict images that are contrary to Pokémon's desired brand image.

In addition to the matter of inappropriate imagery, there is also an issue of potential cheating. The complexity of the art on many of these sleeves creates a far greater ability for a dishonest player to mark his or her cards without a judge discovering those marks. While Pokémon Organized Play has yet to learn of a player using these sleeves to mark cards, we are aware that it is a possibility.

Taking these two issues into account, Pokémon Organized Play has decided to reverse its policy on art-backed sleeves. Effective April 24th, 2006, the use of art-backed sleeves at all non-Prerelease Premier Events is strictly prohibited. The use of art-backed sleeves at all other sanctioned Pokémon Organized Play tournaments is subject to the approval of the event's Head Judge.

Flygon from EX Holon Phantoms - Pokemon.no has posted up Flygon from EX Holon Phantoms. It is much clearer than that first Flygon image we put up a few weeks ago. Click the thumbnail below to view.

Flygon EX Holon Phantoms


PokeBeach Strategists - If you are a PokeBeach Strategist, please go to the PokeBeach Strategist forum immediately. You have one day left to fulfill what is required in there.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

AP, IB, and SAT testing is upon us. Everyone run away while you still can! Also, when oh when is the next Japanese set going to be revealed?


Two EX Holon Phantoms Images - And they are... Latias and Delta Rainbow Energy! Looks like Benlugia has some list revisions to do. :p Click the thumbnails for larger images.

Latias EX Holon Phantoms Delta Rainbow Energy EX Holon Phantoms


PokeBeach in Pokemon World Magazine - Wow, we were mentioned in a magazine. I did not think it would hold through when one of the publishers contacted me months ago, but I guess they really do work on their magazines months in advance. Check it out by clicking the link below. Thanks to cute-mew for notifying us of this and scanning the image!

Pokemon World Magazine Article Clip


"Slash" and Manyula - After talking to another source today, I have discovered that Manyula's American name no longer has to do with the word "slash," and is now outdated. Apparently, the name was recently changed, and now has nothing to do with the word "slash." The source briefly mentioned that the name would slightly resemble a name we already know, which I interpretted as being either Manyula's Japanese name or Sneasel's English name, but this is just speculation. The name, as stated before, is still subject to change at this point.

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