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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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

If there is anything I cannot stand, it is people who go around spreading lies about this site.

Originally Posted by Edward Elric on SPPf
Oh please. Stop right there. PokeBeach is NOT an accurate source. --; The dude's known for making up crap and acting like he has information when he doesn't. I highly doubt they have "normal people" looking at the internet to see every single letter, e-mail and website forum dedicated to this franchise.
Originally Posted by MidnightScott on SPPf
Like he would have time to talk to all of those people. They were there doing their jobs, I seriously doubt they ALL had the time to talk to his pathetic ***.

He's just making up ******** so he can be "the first" for once. I don't care about that ****. Where's your proof, show me a recording, timestamp, etc. Give me a phone number, a name.

I'm not gonna believe someone on just merely what they put on their site.

As recently, I still agree with Ed. That person is a liar.

Now tell me Malocide, was I not there at the event asking questions left and right with you? Were we not working together to get information about the topics I posted about yesterday? Tell me regular visitors of this site, do I go around making up things on here out of the blue? People like the above make me sick - they do not visit the site and know nothing about it. What I posted up yesterday was all REAL, and was by no means made-up, for those of you who think so. I will put up the reputation of this entire site to back up what I posted yesterday. Why on earth would I want to, all of a sudden, make up such stories and tarnish the reputation of this site? And over some converstations with people? That just does not make sense.

Tomorrow we will have two new EX Holon Phantoms images.

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Sunday, April 2nd, 2006 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Yesterday at the Los Angeles Journey Across America event was one of the most fun Pokemon events I have ever been to. I actually placed high in a tournament for once! :p If you have not decided to go to one, then you should, or you will be missing out.


Anyways, while at the event yesterday, Malocide (from our forums) and I talked to many people working for Pokemon USA and Nintendo for a long time and learned a TON of information. I am going to divide everything we learned below into sections.


Saving our Voice Actors - Pokemon USA has received our letters, and they have been reading them. They are 100% aware of our situation, and have actually read every single letter (and posts from forums) and have archived them. They are also very sympathetic towards the voice actors themselves, and appreciated us sending letters to them to save them.

They could neither confirm nor deny any information about the VAs (meaning nothing has been said officially yet, so they cannot comment on it), but we were still able to ask a few questions. They kept mentioning the "Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon," and as we know from Veronica Taylor and Eric Stuart, it will have new voice actors. From talking to the representatives, it was alluded to us that everything is already set in motion, and that contracts have already been signed regarding the change of voice actors. It is highly unlikely anything can be changed at this point, but Pokemon USA just asks that we watch the Mirage Special first so we can make an informed decision.

MY OPINION: Pokemon USA took back the trading card game from Wizards of the Coast, and look how much more healthier it is now. Look at how much more people there are in the game. Look at all of the tournaments. We need to trust Pokemon USA and their decisions, and we need to trust that they will do just as well or even better with the Anime. They are on our side, and have been with Pokemon since the beginning. They know what we like, and what we don't like. 4Kids is a corrupt company who treats their voice actors like shiat, and who is money hungry for everything they can get their hands on and destroy. Unfortunately, it had to come to the voice actors losing their jobs for Pokemon, but life will still move on for both them and us. Change is something that will always come our way, and we need to learn how to adapt to it and embrace it. This could be a change for the better.


Pokemon USA and Websites - I was so surprised about this. THEY READ POKEMON WEBSITES AND FORUMS! I was so shocked when they were naming the websites and forums they go to EVERY DAY. They were telling me about people on the forums they go to, were telling me things about topics posted recently - THEY READ POKEMON SITES AND FORUMS! Some websites they mentioned were PokeBeach, PokeGym, PPN, Bulbagarden, and PokeAni. However, they are absolutely never allowed to post on our sites, since if it were to be traced back to them, they might get into trouble. Anyways, be careful about what you post, because they have people who have the job of reading our sites, printing out things, and talking about them in their offices... Big Brother is watching you... XD


Lucario and the Mystery of Mew - The movie should be coming out in the summer. The animation sequence for the movie's title, which appears in the intro, will start out with Lucario being written out in blue, then the name Mew writing itself up in pink, and then "and the Mystery of" writing out in the center of the two names. Also, it might be in widescreen from watching the promo shots of the movie, although I am not quite sure if that will hold through. Maybe Pokemon USA will release the ninth movie and all movies after that in widescreen?


Diamond and Pearl - They are shooting for this year for Japan, but there is a slight chance it will be next year. In America right now, there are actually people working on the game, which means Diamond and Pearl are a joint project with both Japan and the United States (which has apparently been the case for all Pokemon games, which I was not aware of).


Alright, that's all I can think of from the conversations yesterday. Malocide, if you have anything you want to add that I forgot about, PM me. :p If any of you would like to discuss any of the above or ask questions to be clarified, feel free to post in this forum thread.

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Saturday, April 1st, 2006 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EX Holon PhantomsApril Fools is today! I wonder if the Nintendo reps at the Los Angeles Journey Across America will try to fool anyone with anything. Anyways, today we have another EX Holon Phantoms image, which is below. Other than that, if anything interesting happens at JAA today, I shall report it here! I am going to try to ask the Nintendo reps there for any information, so we shall see.


Holon Adventurer - Once again, I still have not installed all of my software to upload the Holon Phantoms image to the main site, so please visit this forum thread to see the image.

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Friday, March 31st, 2006 @ 6 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

There hasn't really been any new Pokemon news lately. Tomorrow I will be going to the Los Angeles Journey Across America Tour, and hopefully they will have some sort of new information about something. I am going to say this right now - there will be no April Fools jokes tomorrow. The reason I am saying this is so that if I do get some new information from someone tomorrow, people don't go around and say I am lying and that it is an April Fools joke. So, anything posted here tomorrow will not be an April Fools joke, although I can't guarantee it for next year. :p


Gyarados * AND Latios

EDIT #2: Latios added to forum thread.

EDIT: Whoops, apparently people cannot see the image when I link to it from an attachment on the forums. I just got my laptop back, and I haven't installed any of my programs, so I can't upload anything to my site. So, if you want to see the image, click "View/Add Comments" below this news story to see the image of Gyarados * in the forum topic. Sign up on the forums while you are there too. :D

Hmm... Card number 102...

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