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 Pokemon.com 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!


EX Holon PhantomsEX Holon Phantoms Apprentice Patch - Thanks to MonsterOfTheLake, we now have an updated EX Holon Phantoms Apprentice patch! You can download it on our Apprentice Program page. Note that the patch now comes in a self-extracting file, so be sure to read the updated procedures on how to install the patch under "Installing Apprentice Patch." The Apprentice program installation file has also been updated with the patch, so if you want to use Apprentice for the first time, you can download the program with the patch already built in!

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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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