Sunday, January 15th, 2006 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update #whatever: I have put together a page for all of Vincent's Holon Phantom translations and have edited the translations to be more clear. The page can be accessed by [clicking here], and will be in the left menu under "Japanese TCG Sets" in the future when I have time to edit the Holon Phantom and Miracle Crystal set page (hopefully today).

Vileplume Delta SpeciesExclusive Holon Phantom Scans
We have obtained several exclusive Holon Phantom scans from two Japanese correspondents in Japan who attended the World Hobby Fair, as well as another commercial source. The scans reveal to us that the Pokemon in this set will have even more unusual types than the last set, and give us the general idea that there will be fossil Pokemon in the set - again. As with yesterday's images, these scans confirm information we have had since early December on the set, such as there being a Water/Metal Rayquaza. More scans will be uploaded here as we receive them, so keep coming back during the day to check for any new updates. Vincent will hopefully translate the cards for us later on today.

[Vileplume - Psychic/Metal]
[Gloom - Psychic, Oddish - Water]
[Armaldo - Fightning/Metal]
[Kingdra - Fire/Metal]
[Raichu - Metal]
[Pichu and Pikachu - Lightning/Metal]
[Pidgeot - Lightning/Metal]
[Pidgey and Pidgeotto - Lightning]
[Rayquaza - Water/Metal]
[Cradily, Lilleep, Trainer Card - Dark/Metal]
[Kabutops, Kabuto, Trainer Card - Lightning]
[Omastar - Psychic]
[Omanyte and Trainer - Psychic]
[Magikarp - Metal, Gyarados - Lightning/Metal]
[Stadium Card]

[Group Pic 1 - Trapinch, Mankey, Horsea, Seadra, Psyduck, Exeggcute, Sharpedo, Persian, Anorith, Delta Rainbow Energy, others]
[Group Pic 2 - Aerodactyl, Exeggutor, Carvanha, Castform, Meowth, Chimeco, Holon Trainer, others]
[Group Pic 3 - Bellossom, others]
[Group Pic 4 - Rare Candy with alternate art, others]

Commentary: (1) Wow, only 52 cards. What a small set. As in EX Delta Species / Researching Tower, the cards have that reverse holo effect on them. (2) It would seem as if the Castform are the Holon's Electrode/Magneton of this set. (3) Holon Rainbow Energy? Wonder what it does. It probably provides three Rainbow Energy when a certain condition is met. And those two trainers look interesting. The egg probably is some sort of Mysterious Fossil, and the trainer with the guy in it is probably some Holon Trainer card similar to the Holon Trainers of Delta Species. I will update the Holon Phantom page later with all of the information we have discovered over the past few days. Be sure to post on our forums about the set, as we are your home base for this set, and to check back later today for some translations and possibly more scans! The topic for this set is located [in this thread], where people are already discussing the set. This is the perfect time to join our forums if you haven't already done so!

UPDATE: Vincent has translated many of the evolved Pokemon from the scans above. The translations can be read [in this forum topic]. The Rayquaza will fit awesomely into any Blastoise/Lugia deck, and that Pidgeot would be perfect for any Delta Species-only deck! These Delta Species Pokemon sure are interesting!

UPDATE #2: Just realized something. THEY FORGOT ALAKAZAM!!! GAHH!!!!!

Regirock appears!Mew and the Wave Guiding Hero - OST
We continue our Mew movie marathon with yet another OST. Today's song is titled "Regirock" and plays many times throughout the movie in many different variations, such as when Lucario is first introduced and of course when Regirock appears. To download the song, save the link, or click the link and wait for your browser to prompt you for the download.

[Regirock]
(0:55) - (1.98 Mbs)

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Saturday, January 14th, 2006 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT: Translations and commentary on the translations added.

Weeeee, got back from community service an hour or two ago, and it's almost one in the morning, so I am going to make this quick and edit it later today after I wake up.

Holon Phantom Translations
Wow, I overslept. It's 12:30 PM now. Anyways, this news story has been added in, and was not in the original. Vincent has translated for us the card images of the Holon Phantom that are in the article below this one. You can see the translations below, in case you lack a sense of direction and cannot find your way down. :p

Deoxys (Normal) - 70 HP [C]
Delta Species

Poke-Power: Form Change
Once during your turn (before you attack), you may search your deck for another Deoxys and switch it with Deoxys. (Any cards attached to Deoxys, damage counters, Special Conditions, and effects on it are now on the new Pokemon.) If you do, put Deoxys on top of your deck. Shuffle your deck afterwards. You can't use more than one Form Change Poke-Power each turn.

[CC] Crystal Laser - 20: During your next turn, Crystal Laser does 40 more damage to the Defending Pokemon.

Weakness: Psychic
Retreat Cost: [C]

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Deoxys (Speed) - 60 HP [L]
Delta Species

Poke-Power: Form Change
Once during your turn (before you attack), you may search your deck for another Deoxys and switch it with Deoxys. (Any cards attached to Deoxys, damage counters, Special Conditions, and effects on it are now on the new Pokemon.) If you do, put Deoxys on top of your deck. Shuffle your deck afterwards. You can't use more than one Form Change Poke-Power each turn.

[L] Teleport Break - 20: Switch Deoxys with one of your Benched Pokemon.

Weakness: Psychic
Retreat Cost: [C]

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Deoxys (Attack) - 70 HP [D]
Delta Species

Poke-Power: Form Change
Once during your turn (before you attack), you may search your deck for another Deoxys and switch it with Deoxys. (Any cards attached to Deoxys, damage counters, Special Conditions, and effects on it are now on the new Pokemon.) If you do, put Deoxys on top of your deck. Shuffle your deck afterwards. You can't use more than one Form Change Poke-Power each turn.

[DCC] Energy Loop - 60: Choose two energy cards attached to Deoxys and return them to your hand.

Weakness: Psychic
Retreat Cost: [C]

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Deoxys (Defense) - 80 HP [M]
Delta Species

Poke-Power: Form Change
Once during your turn (before you attack), you may search your deck for another Deoxys and switch it with Deoxys. (Any cards attached to Deoxys, damage counters, Special Conditions, and effects on it are now on the new Pokemon.) If you do, put Deoxys on top of your deck. Shuffle your deck afterwards. You can't use more than one Form Change Poke-Power each turn.

[MC] Delta Reduction - 30: During your opponent's next turn, all damage done to Deoxys is reduced by 30.

Weakness: Psychic
Retreat Cost: [CC]

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Latias - 70 HP [R]
Delta Species

Poke-Body: Dual Aura
If you have a Latios or Latios ex in play, all Poke-Bodies of evolved Pokemon (both yours and your opponent's) stop working.

[C] - Quick Draw: Draw a card.

[RCC] Dragon Claw - 40

Weakness: [C]
Resistance: [P][F]
Retreat Cost: [C]

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Latios - 80 HP [W]
Delta Species

Poke-Body: Dual Aura
If you have a Latias or Latias ex in play, all Poke-Bodies of evolved Pokemon (both yours and your opponent's) stop working.

[C] Speed Fly - 10

[WCC] Aqua Blast - 50

Weakness: [C]
Resistance: [G][F]
Retreat Cost: [C]

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Gyarados * - 80 HP [R]
Delta Species (Basic)

[RC] Spiral Grow - 20: Flip coin until you get tails. For each heads, attach a basic energy card from your discard pile to Gyarados *.

[RRRR] Final Burn - 50+: Discard cards from your deck until you have only 1 card remaining in your deck. This attack does 50 damage plus 20 more damage for each energy card discarded in this way.

Weakness: [L]
Retreat: [CC]

Commentary: The Deoxys do not look too special. They kind of remind me of the Castform from Delta Species. Latios y Latias seem to be alright, since they turn off Poke-Bodies of evolved Pokemon, which will be useful. Also, since the cards mention Latios ex y Latias ex, we can assume that those cards will be in the set, since the last ex's of them we had were in... EX Dragon? Gyarados * is both a Delta Species Pokemon and a Pokemon-*! Pretty interesting. I love it's attacks too. Pretty fun way to finish the game. Maybe the set will include some sort of card that allows you to return your discard pile cards to your deck, like Trash Exchange. That would make Gyarados* totally broken, although I doubt such card would exist. I will update the Holon Phantom page within the hour and edit this sentence out.

Holon Phantom BoosterHolon Phantom Images
The official Japanese Pokemon TCG website has posted several Holon Phantom images, which can be seen by clicking the links below. These images confirm past information we have had on the set, such as there being four Deoxys (Delta Species).

[Four Deoxys - Delta Species]
[Latios and Latias - Delta Species]
[Gyarados * - Delta Species]
[Gyarados, Flygon, Deoxys - Delta Species]

Translations and more information later today! You can visit our Holon Phantom page, which has not been updated with this info yet (until I wake up), by going to "Japanese TCG Sets" in the left menu.

Commenting and Forums
I have redone the entire commenting system and layout to our news program (in terms of coding). However, in doing so, all of the comments on old news stories cannot be seen, since they used an older layout that is no longer compatible with the new, link-to-forum-thread layout. I would have to go back to each individual news story and edit them to include new HTML and links, and it would just take way too long to do just for the comments. So, if you would ever like to see comments from users for a particular news story, just contact me and I can give them to you. All comments from now on will lead to a PokeBeach forum thread, so if you want to comment on a particular news story, such as this one, simply click "View/Add Comments" and you will be directed to a thread just for this news story in which you may comment on. Clicking the link will also allow you to read the thread to see what other people have said. To register on our forums, which will allow you to post on both the forums themselves and the thread relating to this news story, [click here].

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Thursday, January 12th, 2006 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Finals are coming soon. I might be a little tied up.

Banette exBanette ex - EX Legend Maker
[Pokemon.no], the official Pokemon Norwegian site, has posted a picture of Banette ex from EX Legend Maker. The image is the actual picture PUSA sends to the printers, which is why it is not holographic, since it has not been printed on holo paper yet. Two errors on the image: (1) There is no "Evolves from Shuppet" text and (2) "Banette ex" is too far to the right. Hopefully PUSA will fix this by the time it comes out, since it appears to be an early version of the card and is not completely corrected. To see a larger version of the image, click the thumbnail on the right. The official Norwegian site also promises to post a few more images within the next few weeks, which we will post here.

Forum Update and Changes to Commenting
The forums... are doing well. On the old forums, it took people a couple of weeks to reply to a thread, but now most of the time, it takes only a few minutes, showing how active they now are. If you do not want to miss out on all of the action, then you should [register on the forums]. We have added new mods, and will be adding more soon. Also, I have changed the commenting system... again. From now on, all comments will be linked to an individual news topic on the forum.

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2006 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EX Legend MakerLarger EX Legend Maker Images
Whoops, forgot to post about these images the other day. I have obtained larger images of the EX Legend Maker booster box and theme deck box, as well as a "Coming Soon" picture of Mew that shows off the Mew artwork of the set. You can see the pictures by clicking the links below.

[EX Legend Maker Booster Box]
[EX Legend Maker Theme Deck Box]
[Coming Soon!]

Veronica TaylorVeronica Taylor's Reply
As I posted the other day, my friend PokemonTrainerLisa e-mailed Veronica Taylor (Ash/May's voice actor) regarding 4Kids and the rumors that they were losing the dubbing rights to Pokemon. Taylor has now given permission for her e-mails to be posted publicly:

Lisa-
Thanks for your email. We actually don't know yet what will be happening with the show for next season. We are waiting to hear if Pokemon USA will resign contracts with 4Kids. If they choose to go elsewhere the voices will most likely change as we are under contract with 4Kids and not Pokemon USA. Everyone involved with the show would be extremely upset if this should happen. We are hoping that it will all be resolved soon.
We'll see.....
Wishing you all the best and Happy New Year!
Veronica

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Lisa-
Feel free to share the info. Who knows, maybe the fans' input could even sway Pokemon USA to resign! As of now, we have no news.
All the best,
Veronica

So it would now seem as if the possibility of 4Kids losing Pokemon is real. We can only hope that if 4Kids loses the Anime, another dubbing company will pick it up and we will keep the same voice actors.

Corphish and Grovyle attack the RegisMew and the Wave Guiding Hero OST
I totally forgot about offering the music for download! Today's song is titled "Retaliate!!!" and plays when Ash and friends are running away from Regirock and Registeel, while having Corphish and Grovyle attack the two to hold them off. Now that I have seen the movie, I can tell you exactly when a certain song plays in the movie. :p

[Retaliate!!!]
(2:32) - (5.81 MBs)

The Forums
Wow, the forums are actually getting posts - more so that I expected. I'm actually visiting my own forum more than other forums I used to go to all the time, which sure is something. We have some great discussions going on and a great community so far, so be sure to sign up and to join in the discussion! I have made it so that when you register, you are instantly a member, and do not have to do any of that "activate your account through e-mail" junk. We will also be assigning mods soon, which will be handpicked based on how active they are and the quality and content of their posts, as well as how much they contribute to the site. You can sign up for the PokeBeach Forums by [clicking here].

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Saturday, January 7th, 2006 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

There has been NO news on the TCG front or Pokemon gaming front for the past week or so. However, I do have one very important piece of information regarding the Pokemon Anime and 4Kids, which I am not allowed to post without permission until Veronica Taylor (Ash/May's voice actor) responds to an e-mail from one of my friends. My friend had e-mailed her asking her if the rumors about 4Kids and them losing the dubbing rights to Pokemon were true, and Taylor responded! I have the e-mail in hand, but I don't want to get Veronica Taylor into trouble by posting what she said, since it could breach her contract to speak publicly on behalf of 4Kids (I almost got Mike Pollock, the narrator of Pokemon, into trouble once, so I don't want to take any risks with another 4Kids voice actor). :p Yeah, so anyways, hopefully we will be able to post/summarize what Taylor said about the situation. If not, then, ummm... Well, I guess 4Kids will leave all of their Pokemon fans out in the dark until what happens, happens.

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Monday, January 2nd, 2006 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT: Added dub titles to the right menu for "This Month's New Episodes."

School starts tomorrow. :( It's raining on my... I mean the Tournament of Rose's Parade. I originally thought that this would had been the first time it was going to rain on the parade, but apparently it did rain on it once 51 years ago. It's raining so hard that the channel airing the parade keep showing those weather warnings that say "SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN THE BLA, BLA, and BLA areas. TUNE IN TO CHANNEL BLA FOR MORE INFO" I better go hide under my bed.

New Forums
I have created new forums using myBB, a piece of forum software that is supposed to rival vBulletin. I have not changed the skin on it yet since I was up until 5:00 last night working on it, but I will get to it soon. If people sign up and post in it, it could be a successful forum, BUT the visitors are the ones who will be determining how successful it will be, so it is in your guys' hands. I will also be looking for moderators when the forum picks up in activity. In the meantime, you can join and post in the forums by [clicking here].

UltraPro EX Legend Maker Binder
UltraPro will be releasing EX Legend Maker themed binders in February in celebration of the set! Each binder will contain fourteen pages, each with nine card slots, and will be able to hold 126 Pokemon cards (252 if you put cards on the front and back of each page). The binders will feature Pokemon artwork from EX Legend Maker (Arcanine, Banette, Aerodactyl, and Mew) that will be both on the front and back covers of each binder. The retail price will be $15.95 per binder. You can see one of the binders, featuring Arcanine (front) and Aerodactyl (back), to the right.

Latios y Latias on Cartoon Network Tomorrow
Pokemon Heroes will be premiering on network television for the first time at 11 AM tomorrow on Cartoon Network. If you did not catch the movie on the big screen when it was out, or forgot to buy the DVD/VHS (bad you), then this is your chance to catch the movie! Pokemon Heroes is considered by many to be one of the best Pokemon movies (before Mew, people thought it was the best), and considering how "Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea" will be based off a location in the area of where this movie takes place, and how there is a cameo appearance of this movie at the end of the Mew movie, you don't want to miss it (although why that would make you watch the movie I do not know). Remember, 11 AM, Cartoon Network, tomorrow.

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Saturday, December 31st, 2005 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Updating twice in one day. Please read the previous news story if you did not read it earlier. 2006 is almost here! Here in California, there are still five hours left. Will it rain on the Rose Parade this year for the first time? I'm not a weather forcaster, but it has been pouring here all day, and I am only twenty or so miles away from where the parade is held. Hopefully it will clear up by Monday and the record for no rain will not be broken. :p

EX Legend Maker Booster Box, Theme Deck Box, and Set Description
Yet again we have been sent early information on the next new set! This information confirms, if there was any doubt, that EX Legend Maker is the Japanese Eidolon Forest set! Below you can see the booster box and theme deck images, as well as the official set description.



Set Description
What secrets does Mew hide that Pokemon Trainers have been waiting to learn? This is your chance to help players unravel the truth behind the most mysterious Pokemon of all. EX Legend Maker - it's the stuff legends are made of!

1. More powerful Pokemon-ex and legendary Pokemon to find and play.
2. A cool new collection of Stadium cards to expand game strategy.
3. Includes the new React Energy that affects each Pokemon differently!
4. Holographic box-topper card inserted in each booster display.
5. Exciting holographic parallel set for players and collectors alike!
6. Over 90 cards in all!


The two theme deck names are Groundbreaker and Shadowquake. EX Legend Maker is going to be a bit smaller than our usual sets. The original Eidolon Forest was 77 cards, plus 15 unique cards from the Banette theme deck (92 in total), so our set will probably be made only of the cards from the Japanese set, and possibly some other odds and ends. We will see the return of Rainbow Energy, improved fossil cards, and powerful EXs, such as Arcanine and Flygon. To see the spoilers of the Japanese set, simply click "Eidolon Forest" under "Japanese TCG Sets" in the left menu.

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Saturday, December 31st, 2005 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Read yesterday's update incase you didn't visit the site yesterday. The 4Kids thing must be known! :p Today I will yet again be asking you questions and asking for your opinions to improve this site. Also, Happy New Years Eve! This year, it will now take less time to do homework since instead of having to write 12-31-05, the year will be '06. A five takes much longer to write than a six, since with a five, you have to be all ziggy zaggy with your pen. But with a six, it's just one little swoop of your pen. You save millaseconds!!

The Forums
The forums are pretty much dead. The "Deck Fixing" section is about the only part of the forum that gets activity each day, but all of the other categories never get any posts. Therefore, I have two options I have decided to come to. I am (1) either going to shut down the forums permanently or (2) restart them and begin from scratch. It's kind of depressing and embarrassing to have such a dead forum and still keep it up, so it may be the best option unless people decide that they want to post in it if I decide to restart them. When I started the forums originally, I am pretty sure I said something to myself along the lines of "Hey, we have exclusive TCG news all of the time that other sites never have and a decent amount of visitors - people are bound to discuss it on the forums." However, that has never been the case with the forums. Instead of deciding to discuss news here, people take it elsewhere and do not discuss it on the site who brought it to them and that continues to bring it to them, which makes me feel bad since I work hard on this site and people never contribute to its growth. I feel like I am being used at times. It has always been my philosophy that a website can not be successful just by the webmaster alone – the visitors also need to keep it alive and active, because without the visitors, there is no site. If you guys have anything to say about the forums and what I should do (and I can take criticism if you feel I have not done anything to improve the forum situation), feel free to e-mail me by clicking my name below or posting in the commenting system. I want opinions on this. I am going to make my final decision in the first week of January. I personally would like to restart the forums and incorporate new ideas into them, but if no one is willing to post in them, then it would just be a waste of time for me.

Forums
What should be done with the forums?


Your Screen Resolution
This is more of a technical question that involves no opinions. Because Internet Explorer is so buggy (and has not been updated since the mid 90s), I always have to alter my layout when I change something in the right menu because IE renders my site wrong at lower screen resolutions. If you have 800x600 screen resolution, then right now, the right menu for you should be showing the PokeBall bullets all messed up, and there is probably an annoying left-to-right scrollbar when you load this site (only if you are using IE at that resolution). So, I made a little poll so I can see many people this IE problem affects, and if it is worth fixing. If you have 800x600 screen resolution, then the header above should end with Dark Tyranitar on the far right. If you have 1024x768, your screen resolution should end with part of Blastoise ex (since the header shows more at higher resolutions). To check your screen resolution, simply go to your Desktop, right click it, click Properties, go to the Settings tab, and under screen resolution, it will say what your monitor is currently set at.

Screen Resolution
What is your screen resolution and web browser?


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Friday, December 30th, 2005 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for the lack of updates this week. My Speech and Debate teacher has to move out of her house by today, and she hasn't been getting a lot of help these past two weeks, which was totally unexpected since a lot of people volunteered to help her but never showed up. So, I have been helping her to move out, along with a few other people. It has ruined some of my plans for the site, however, I think getting her out of her mold-infested old house is much more important than updating a website. I did stay home a few days to do some necessary things (such as h/w) and to take some breaks (since this is supposed to be Christmas/Winter vacation), but other than that, I haven't had much time to do anything. Sorry.

The Situation with 4Kids and Pokemon - Rumor Control
Over the past week, whether you have heard it or not, there has been much speculation going on over 4Kids and their rights to dubbing the Pokemon anime. All of the speculation stemmed from a press release that 4Kids made public last week (see previous news story), which stated that Pokemon USA (PUSA) had taken over the licensing of Pokemon. This meant that PUSA would now handle the merchandising of Pokemon toys, clothing, etc, and not 4Kids, who previously did. However, with 4Kids' release of the press release, there have been many misunderstandings and rumors going around that 4Kids will lose the dubbing rights to the show (which I myself even misinterpreted and believed). Further adding to this rumor is a news article posted on a large anime site, Anime News Network, which stated that they had learned that 4Kids had lost the rights to dubbing the show. However, no sources were named in the article, nor did the site explain themselves. Thus, it can be assumed that the website also misinterpreted the press release. As of now, the ONLY official word from 4Kids has been that Pokemon USA is taking over the licensing of Pokemon in general, and nothing more. The rumor that 4Kids will soon lose the dubbing rights to the show has NO FACTUAL BASIS, as NOTHING official has even suggested that they will lose the rights. All of the talk started from the misinterpretation of the press release, and people (including me), just began to go into the mindset that 4Kids would be losing the rights to the dubbing of Pokemon, and thus interpreted everything as saying so (it's psychology people :p). All in all, the only thing changing as of yet is that PUSA will be handling the licensing of Pokemon, and once again, NOTHING ELSE.

Kids' WB Changing their Schedule
This is just a reminder to those of us who have poor memory. Many months ago, Kids' WB announced that they would be getting rid of their afternoon block (the Aftertoons Show), and would be replacing it with regular WB shows. It has unfortunately now come to this point in time. Pokemon and all other Kids' WB shows will not be appearing in the afternoon anymore on the WB. Instead now, the Saturday morning block will be extended by one hour to compensate for the loss (like it really compensates). This is sad news for many of us who try to catch Pokemon in the afternoons, since now it will not be on daily (unless Cartoon Network decides to run Pokemon again daily). Due to afterschool activities, many children do not watch afternoon shows anymore, and thus, ratings have gone down for all television stations for their afternoon children's blocks. I believe, though I am not positive, that the WB was the last station to actually have a cartoon block, so it was bound to happen eventually. The afternoon children's block will be gone starting January 2nd.

EX Legend Maker Pre-Releases - Prize Structure Change
This may be old news to some, but I have confirmed with insider sources the following information. As we all know, at the end of recent pre-releases, everyone has gotten four additional booster packs of the pre-release's set. This was changed last year when the entire prize structure of pre-releases were changed from winners getting a booster box to everyone getting the four additional booster packs at the end of the tournament. The prize structure is changing once again. Instead of receiving four booster packs at the end of the tournament, everyone will receive two booster packs, plus a deck box that is themed to the new set! The official Pokemon Organized Play website hints at this in their Fact Sheet of the EX Legend Maker pre-releases:

What are the prizes?

All participants will receive a Pokémon TCG: EX Legend Maker Prerelease promo card and an EX Legend Maker pin, while supplies last.

In addition, all players who complete the event will receive 2 additional booster packs of EX Legend Maker cards and other exclusive EX Legend Maker TCG merchandise.

Now you can put those brand-new cards into a deck box and keep them mint at your EX Legend Maker pre-release! To find an EX Legend Maker pre-release near you, you can use the official [Pre-Release Locator]. For more information on EX Legend Maker pre-release events, you can read POP's [Fact Sheet].

Diamond and Pearl FAR from Completion
Junichi Masuda, the director for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, has recently stated in his [web diary] on the official Gamefreak website that Diamond and Pearl are still far from completion. It seems as if the Ruby and Sapphire generation will be the longest one we have had thus far, as the next generation of games continues to get delayed more and more. Could this be good news? Well, seeing as how Diamond and Pearl will be using ALL of the Nintendo DS' features, and it has taken this long for Gamefreak to design the game, it may mean that Gamefreak is making sure that the two games are absolutely perfect. After all, the more and longer you work on something, the better it usually is, right? Let's just hope that Diamond and Pearl come out before the summer, as the Japanese have promised in the past.

Temporary Banner Change
Yay! No more annoying snow! I whipped up a quick banner the other day (clear your cache), and have changed it to reflect the best of 2005's Pokemon TCG decks. Nidoqueen, Zapdos, Medicham, Dark Tyranitar, etc - all decks that were extremely successful this year, and that may be more successful in the future. I will change the banner once again around New Years. Enjoy for now! :)

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Friday, December 23rd, 2005 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Still working on TCG stuff...

Mew and the Wave Guiding Hero - Lucario

Alright, the movie is now available for download through Bittorent. Everyone who has seen the movie has said it is the best one, even beating the second movie with Lugia and the three Kanto birds. I do not know if they are just overreacting, but many skeptics of Pokemon movies who absolutely have not liked the last few Advanced Generation movies have said it is the best one, so it probably is the best one. Be warned before you download the movie, though. If you have dialup, you cannot download the movie, because it will literally take you days and days. If you have DSL like me, the movie will take a couple of hours. I started downloading the movie about 45 minutes ago, and it is about 13% done. So, that's just an idea of how slow it will download (the movie is 833 MBs). Here are instructions on how you can download the movie, if you choose to:

1. Download Bittorando. The link to the download is in the previous news story.
2. Install Bittorando by opening up the downloaded file. Once installation is done, go on to the next step.
3. Download [this file] to your Desktop. It is the torrent file, which will link you to other people's computers for the downloading of the movie.
4. Open Bittorando. You can access it from your Start Menu by going to Program Files, and then to Bittorando.
5. When the program opens, a new window will open up with it. This window is your standard "find the file you want" window. Go to your Desktop in this window, and double-click the torrent file you downloaded in Step 3.
6. Another window will open up. This window is where you will want to save the movie file as it downloads. Choose where you want to save it.
7. The download should begin within a few minutes, or immediantly. Minimize Bittorando and let it run. It will download the file from other people who have the movie or are downloading the movie. Monitor Bittorando to see when the download is done, and then you can watch it!

If you have any questions, ask in the commenting system.

PUSA Take Over Licensing for Pokemon

4Kids has decided not to renew their license for the merchandising and marketing of Pokemon. Basically, this means that when someone wants to make toys, bedding, clothing, etc. with Pokemon characters on them, PUSA will now handle the licensing of those kinds of things, not 4Kids like they previously did. This will not affect the dub in any way, and it will continue on as usual. The press release can be read below:

4Kids Entertainment To Transition Its Representation Of Pokémon

NEW YORK (Dec. 23, 2005) - 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) and Pokémon USA, Inc., announced today that they have agreed not to renew the Pokémon representation agreement set to expire on December 31, 2005. Beginning in 2006, Pokémon USA, Inc.’s in-house licensing group will handle all Pokémon licensing outside of Asia.

“We felt it was in the best interest of the Pokémon property for Pokémon USA, Inc., to assume all aspects of licensing,” said Akira Chiba, President of Pokémon USA, Inc. “This was a brand management decision. We would like to thank 4Kids for all of its great work over the last eight years in helping to establish Pokémon as one of the leading children’s brands in the world.”

“4Kids has had a successful eight-year exclusive relationship with the Pokémon property that will be expiring at year end,” said Alfred R. Kahn, Chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment. “Over the next month, 4Kids will assist Pokémon USA, Inc., in its transition to in-house representation. We wish Pokémon USA much success going forward.”

Under the terms of the expiring Pokémon USA, Inc. - 4Kids representation agreement, 4Kids will continue to receive commissions for the next several years on payments made under existing Pokémon license agreements whose term expires after December 31, 2005. It is expected that commissions earned by 4Kids from the Pokémon property will decline over the course of the next several years. 4Kids will also continue next year to produce the current eighth season of Pokémon television episodes.

4Kids said it will still receive commissions over the next several years from existing Pokemon license deals that will expire after Dec. 31, 2005, but said commissions from Pokemon are expected to decline over the next several years.

Pokemon, first launched in Japan in 1996 on Nintendo's Game Boy video game console, was introduced in North America in 1998. The character has generated over $25 billion in worldwide retail sales, fueled by playing cards, a television show and other merchandise. 4Kids held the Pokemon license for eight years.

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