Sunday, February 19th, 2006 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Site Updates - The Modified Format Carddex has been updated with EX Delta Species and EX Legend Maker. Please report any errors you encounter in this thread.

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Saturday, February 18th, 2006 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon Park 2006Pokemon Park Returning - Nintendo has announced that they will be bringing back Pokemon Park, except that this time, it will be traveling, similar to America's Pokemon Tour. It will make its first appearance in Taiwan, China, and will continue to make an appearance in other countries and major cities for five years until 2010. The park will apparently be larger this time around, with Nintendo hoping to have at least one million fans visit it by the time it closes. Plans for having it in America, Europe, and Shanghai (China) have also been mentioned, although have not been completely confirmed at this point in time. The park will first open in June 2006, and further details on it will be forthcoming as the date approaches.

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Friday, February 17th, 2006 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Three day weekend. Time for some site maintenance.


Mantine and "Tamanta" Comparison - I have cropped out and edited the 1st shadow Pokemon picture from the CoroCoro magazine page, and have slapped it next to Mantine for comparison purposes. As we reported the other day, this first Pokemon shadow could possibly be named "Tamanta," since the name was in the Japanese trademark database and seems to fit most people's predisposition that the first picture looks like a baby Mantine (in that the name is similar to Mantine, and could be the shadow Pokemon's name).

Mantine and Tamanta Comparison

So, highlighting different parts of both Pokemon, one can see there are some strong similarities. First off, both have antennas located on the top of the Pokemon (assuming that the shadow Pokemon is straight up and not upside down or backwards or anything like that). Secondly, both have the same type of body shape, being rounded like a crooked oval. Thirdly, attached to their rounded bodies are two wings, and although the shadow Pokemon's wings are not in the same direction as Mantine's, it does in fact have wings attached to an oval body, like Mantine. Baby Pokemon usually lack a feature of their evolved forms, such as Azurill and Wynaut missing arms/hands, while Marill and Wobbuffet have them. "Tamanta" appears to be missing a tail. The other day while watching a Discovery Channel show on early life, the program actually mentioned that the first fish to swim in Earth's waters did not have any fins or tails, and as time went on, they gradually grew them. Thus, with "Tamanta," one could assume that being a baby Pokemon, it does not have all of its features yet, and will obtain them in "evolution." If you want to be less technical, you could just say that Gamefreak couldn't make Mantine and Tamanta too similar, and thought "Hey, let's just cut off its tail and take away the Remoraid." So yeah. Note that this could be 100% wrong - Tamanta might not be the 1st shadow Pokemon's name, it might not be the pre-evolution of Mantine, and it could just be something totally different. We will not know for sure until next month, but right now, a little speculation and comparisons never hurt.


New Miracle Crystal Images - I have updated the Miracle Crystal page with new images released from the Japanese Pokemon TCG site today. It would appear as if the artwork for this set is going to be AWESOME!


Pokemon Journey Across America - New Info! - Pokemon.com has updated their website with new information on the Gameboy tournaments that will be held at the Pokemon 10th Anniversary Tours across America. New information includes the rules on Pokemon that you can use, how to enter the Gameboy tournaments, and more specific details on the events in general. Interesting notes include that the Gameboy tournaments will actually be 2-on-2 and will be played through Pokemon XD on televisions, Pokemon should be at Level 100 for battles, and the only Pokemon not allowed are Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, and Deoxys. To read all of the specifics on the tournament rules, simply visit Pokemon.com's Video Game National Championship page and read through the documentation links under the Spheal.

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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Deck Boxes for EX Holon Phantoms - We have discovered that EX Holon Phantoms pre-releases will have deck boxes, just like EX Legend Maker. Didn't see that one coming. PUI has apparently heard that people were not happy with the EX Legend Maker deck boxes being too small for sleeved cards, but cannot change them for Holon Phantoms, as they have already made the deck boxes for EX HP and/or they are already in production. They will, however, change the deck box sizing for the set afterwards (Miracle Crystal) if they decide to give them out again at pre-releases. More info on this later.


Pokemon Journey Across America and CelebiPokemon Journey Across America - This is about the third time I have forgotten to cover this story. Starting February 25th and ending in July 22nd, a Pokemon tour will be journeying around the country in celebration of Pokemon's 10th anniversary. At each stop point (24 in total), a person will be able to enter a 12 and under or 13 and over Pokemon Gameboy tournament, and the winners from each age group across the country will win a trip for two to New York City in August to participate in the finals (hopefully not at the same time as Worlds). However, in order to enter the Gameboy tournaments, you will need to register on Pokemon.com through a quiz of some sort, in which full details have not been completely revealed yet. People who attend the events will also be able to receive a stamped Pokemon TCG card, meet Pikachu (whoopie!), participate in arts and crafts, play in a Pokemon Trading Card Game play area, visit a 10th anniversary lounge, view upcoming product launches and anniversary initiatives, and most important of all - download Celebi and all of the Pokemon listed below this paragraph to their Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald / FR / LG games (which were chosen based on what fans voted for on Pokemon.com a few weeks ago). Methinks that the reason both Japan and America are pumping up Pokemon fans' Gameboy games with Pokemon is because of Diamond and Pearl coming, since you will be able to trade over your Advanced Generation game Pokemon to them. This could also mean that Diamond and Pearl will not have a lot of previous generation Pokemon in them, since it seems both Japan and America are making it extremely easy for fans to complete their collections so that they can transfer their Pokemon over to Diamond and Pearl when they finally come out (opinion, not fact).

Pokemon you can download to your games: Celebi, Bulbasaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, Alakazam, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Dragonite, Typhlosion, Espeon, Umbreon, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Tyranitar, Blaziken, Absol, Latias, y Latios.

List of locations the tour will be visiting.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2006 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

ManaphyManaphy (no longer Manafi)
While Manafi was the raw translation of the Pokemon's name, the Japanese have officially romanized the name as "Manaphy" in a trademark database. Thus, the official name is Manaphy, and it will probably remain in the same spelling when the Pokemon comes to America. So, how do you pronounce it you ask? Mah-nah-fee (slighly rhymes with Phanpy). So, enough with its pronounciation, let's move on to what we know so far about Manaphy.

Facts:
* Manaphy will be in "Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea, Manaphy" featuring Kyogre.
* Manaphy is the "Prince of the Sea" referred to in the title.
* It hatches from a blue egg (not hatch hatches, just comes from the egg).
* It is a Water Pokemon.
* It will be in the Nintendo DS game, Pokemon Ranger (at least its egg).

Speculation:
* It is male, at least for the Anime (If it were female, why not princess?).

As for the three new Diamond and Pearl Pokemon shadows in the CoroCoro magazine scan, Filb.de has reported that they have discovered names in the trademark database for the Pokemon. The first one, which we speculated to be a Mantine pre-evolution, seems to be confirmed now as the pre-evolution, as its name is apparently "Tamanta," similar to Mantine's name (which is 'Mantine' in Japanese as well). The other two Pokemon names might be Perappu and Buizeru, although these names have not been officially confirmed and we are not sure which names go to which shadow for the last two. Either way, CoroCoro has promised to reveal the three shadow Pokemon in their full forms next month, so we will know what they are by then. More speculation on Manaphy next time I update.


Nintendo DS Internet TVNintendo DS to Have the Internet and TV!
Opera, a web browser (also better than Internet Explorer), has announced that they are teaming up with the Nintendo DS to bring an internet-enabled DS! How does it work? Well, you buy the web browser Opera on a regular Nintendo DS game card, insert it into your DS, connect to a wireless network through WiFi, and voila, you are on the internet! Basically, anyone with a DS and the program will be able to access the internet if they are within range of a Wi-Fi network! Currently, plans are only set for Japan, but one can be certain that the Opera program will be made available for other DS users in other countries. The press release also reveals information about a TV tuner to watch television on your DS, although as the information states, it may never leave Japan due to how Japan broadcasts their television. To read the full press release, including all of the product specifications and technical information, you can read Opera's press release.


EX Trainer Kit 2006 Plusle MinunNew EX Trainer Kit
Trekiev discovered at Target the other day a new EX Trainer Kit that will be released in March. As you can see, the EX Trainer Kit contains Plusle and Minun, which were originally in the Japanese Eidolon Forest set (which should had been in EX Legend Maker, but I suppose they decided to save them for the EX Trainer Kit). We will have more information at a later time concerning the new kit. Click the thumbnail on the right for a larger image.


Veronica Taylor Speaks Out Concerning 4Kids and Pokemon, Special Dub Episode
Veronica Taylor, voice actor of Ash and May, was recently at an Expo in Europe and answered fan questions concerning shows she does work on. Our affiliate Pokemon Palace obtained a review from PiPikachu, who asked Veronica Taylor several questions. You can read his review / interview below.

Veronica Taylor- Intro -

Hey peeps. I got the chance to go to the Collectormania Expo at the Manchester Gmex here in the UK Today and got the chance to meet Veronica taylor and had a good talk with her about the anime etc and got some interesting tidbits.

Having got back from the expo and having talked to Veronica myself for 20 mins (she was really talkative/friendly/really approachable) I bring little tidbits of information.

- Information Learned -

She really enjoys doing May's voice as it's really hyperactive!

She has only just finished dubbing the 8th movie a few weeks ago.and has informed me from what she's been told, that there will be at least 10 movies alltogether.

It also appears from what she told me that Pokémon USA are possibly going to using different actors that can mimic Veronica and the rest of the cast, thus replacing the ENTIRE cast for the 9th Season as she is unsure of what is happening between 4Kids/Pokémon USA and wether she will be dubbing it or not as she personally feels attached to doing Ash's voice after doing it for so long.

- Pokemon 10th Anniversary ANIME News! -

I was also informed by her that there will be a specially made episode celebrating 10 years of Pokémon in April that she will be dubbing shortly. (No other details are known on this other than it being a special ep)

- Question and Answers -

This was during a Q & A session with Sean Schemmel (Goku DBZ, Also Robert and Juan from Pokémon!) and Veronica Taylor..These are the questions asked to her. (in no particular order!)

Q. Is this your first time in the UK
A. the Uk no, but it's my first time to Manchester.

Q. Who would you have loved to voice from your childhood
A. Trixie from Speed Racer (WPM Note: Anyone see that Geico Speed Racer commerical? That was Veronica Taylor playing Trixie.)

Q. How did you get into doing Anime Voiceovers/Into Voicing Ash
A. When i moved to New York i met various people whilst doing theatrical work as I trained to be an actor all my life, And also studied voice acting before being offered the part on Pokémon which also helped me to be offered parts for other Anime show's
Q. What's Your Favourite voice or Phrase that you enjoy saying in the show?
A. I think my favourite saying has to be "Pikachu Buddy, are you ok?" *note: this was done in Ash's voice

Q. Does doing voices like Ash's take a strain on your voice?
A. I find Ash non vocally phonetic. so no i don't find it a strain on my voice.

Q. How long does it take you to dub an episode
A. Do you mean me or an episode as a whole?, *She gave both anyway* I go into the studio between 1 and 6 hours a week and record all the dialouge for the characters I play in 1 session, so i will go and do all of Ash's lines first and then do all of May's, As far as dubbing goes we do about 1 episode a week.

Q. How did you get to be the voice of Ash?
A. I happened to see my acting coach and he recommended I apply for the casting call for it after seeing an open cast call for a new cartoon show, and thats basically how i got the job.

Q. do you like to watch any cartoons/the anime you dub.
A. I Don't mind watching the show as i don't actually know what happens until i see it on tv as i'm not given any advanced plots or anything as i just go in and read out my dialouge.

Q. Have you ever done any voice acting for Video games?
A. I'ts not something i've really done much of, but i have done a bit of voice acting for video games, It's weird actually having to record the lines without seeing the characters but is good when they put all the bits together.

Q. Do you enjoy/admire other voice actors work?
A. I don't really envy any other VA's and actually like those that can sink their selfs into a voice.

It would seem as if there is now a strong chance Pokemon USA will be taking over the Anime.

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

There will be a ton of news up tomorrow. I would had put more up today, but I completely overslept in taking a nap after I came home from school. :p

The Next TCG American Set - The name of the next set has been revealed, and it sure comes as a surprise! The next American set will be named EX Holon Phantoms. It has the same name as the Japanese set name that we translated, except that it has been made plural (and of course "EX" is added to the title, as usual). It is surprising that PUI is sticking to the Japanese set names now - maybe they will keep Miracle Crystal the same as well. Now, as we know, Holon Phantom only consists of 52 cards, and there is probably a 100% chance that PUI will add more cards to the American release to get the set around to 80 or 90ish cards. One idea that comes to mind would be the Mew / Lucario gift box set, which consists of 25 unique Pokemon (excluding Lucario), and would be the perfect addition to the set. Adding that to the 52 cards, we get 77 cards, which is still kind of small. Add in about 8 or 9 trainer cards, and maybe Rainbow, Dark, and Metal Energy, we can get around 90ish cards. I personally wish that we could get Miracle Crystal mixed into the set so that we would be caught up with the Japanese, but it is highly unlikely. What is likely is that the Mew / Lucario Gift Box will be added into Holon Phantom to create EX Holon Phantoms, and we will be one set behind, which is not bad at all since we are in fact catching up to Japan. Remember, EX Holon Phantoms will be released in early May for America (it's weird making it 'Phantoms' after calling it Holon Phantom for so many months...).

Miracle Crystal - The Miracle Crystal page has been updated with a few new tid-bits on the set. Thanks goes to Vincent for the information.

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Monday, February 13th, 2006 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

ManafiNEW POKEMON! - This image was just posted on the net, and I was just able to get it from someone. We are not sure where it originated from, but I will credit whoever posted it on the net when we discover who uploaded it.

Vincent has translated the name of this Pokemon to be "Manafi." This Pokemon will appear in the 9th Pokemon movie featuring Kyogre, "Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea," and is in fact "the prince of the sea." It kind of looks like the Jirachi/Mew/Celebi of Diamond and Pearl. More info later, and I will be editing this news story as we get new info.

The large version of this Pokemon and other Pokemon can be seen by [clicking here].


EDIT: Okay, let's examine the full-blown picture of [Manafi and other Diamond and Pearl Pokemon]. First off, we can see that there are three Pokemon shadows below the three Manafi pictures. The first one reminds me of a Mantine (pre-evo?) or a fish, the second one reminds me of an Eeveelution or something related to Flaafy, and the third looks like an evolved Flying Pokemon either holding a flag, having a sharp weapon on its head, or as the magazine describes, it could be a Pokemon shaped as a musical note. Not much to discuss about those three.

So, going on to Manafi, I will bet 100 dollars that it is the Jirachi/Celebi/Mew of Diamond/Pearl. All three of those Pokemon are small and cute, which seems to be the trend with those Pokemon. Not to mention, this Pokemon will appear in the 9th Pokemon movie - Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea (with probably Manafi at the end of the title). Similar to Jirachi being sealed in a crystal cocoon, it looks like Manafi will be sealed in a pearl-like egg thing. Also notice how May is holding the egg. Max was the star of Jirachi, who was in a cocoon, so maybe May will be the star of the 9th movie, with Manafi and its egg-thing. Maybe Kyogre is protecting it from something, like an evil Pokemon Ranger? :p

Manafi also looks like a water type to me, simply because its blue, is in the ocean, will be in the 9th movie involving the ocean, and because the magazine says so! :p According to the magazine, it is one other type as well, but it is not revealed to us. It might be Psychic. Manafi also reminds me of a water fairy / sprite.

Also, Manafi kind of looks like [Chao] from the Sonic games.

You can discuss [Manafi] on [our forums].

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Saturday, February 11th, 2006 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Today's update concerns the forums and where this site needs to go in the future.

Forum Stuff - I know I have had to have said this about ten times, but I and others have been so surprised at how much activity the forums have been getting compared to the old ones that were basically dead. I am so glad that I chose to start them over and to not abandon them. Anyways, just a few notes on the forums. First off, if you are ever on the internet and have no one to play with on Apprentice, go into our forums and post a new thread in the "Online Card Battling" forum and ask if anyone wants to play against you. I don't know any forum that would allow you to do this, but I guess we are trying to be a little different here and want to meet players' demands better. When you finish your battle or when someone responds, please post in the thread and let us know so that we can close it. Also, I hate so much how I don't know what to do with improving the forums or getting more people to come to them. If you have any sort of suggestion on what I can do, please post in [this thread].

Website Stuff - My sleeping habits were weird today. I woke up at 1 AM, stayed up for a few hours, went back to bed around 5 AM, woke up around 8:30 AM, fell asleep after Pokemon ended, woke up at 1 PM, and now it's almost 10 PM. In my excessive need for REM sleep today, and in my boredom of having nothing planned at all for this three-day weekend, I got to thinking on what I need to improve with this site. First I though of the coding on the site, which if I fixed would give us better search results on search engines like Google. Then I thought of working on card scans, since people like card scans. Then I thought of the forums and some other random ideas. In all of this thinking, I never actually accomplished anything today, since I wanted to get something done with the site. So, in my frustration, here is a rant:

Okay, so card scans. We don't have any of the Unlimited set scans up. While browsing through my folders of scans today, I discovered many set scans I had worked on in the past, but gave up on since I didn't think I had edited them perfectly. I literally had worked on Sandstorm almost 15 times through, yet was never satisfied with the quality of my edits due to me being a perfectionist. However, I think that my constant urge to make the scans as perfect as possible is what is causing me to delay them so much. So, what if I were to just throw up all the raw scans on the site, and then edit them at a later time? That way, we would have scans of all the sets up, which would be better than nothing, and then I could edit them later and post the edited, tilted, color-adjusted scans up when I finished them. What do you guys think of that?

Then there is the layout. No one ever comments on it, and I feel that the layout is hard to display everything we have on here to someone who is new. If someone were to come to this site for their first time, would they even see that we have scans, since it is so far down on the page? Would they see that there will be a future Japanese set called Miracle Crystal, which has its own little link about 3/4ths of the page down? I really need suggestions on this, because I don't feel people are getting all the information they want. This frustration is what mainly caused me to put up the EX Legend Maker / Holon Phantom image links at the top of this page, so that people would know they exist.

Thirdly, there is the popularity of PokeBeach. How popular is the site? Is it getting to anyone's computer screens? I always wonder this. We always have good and unique information, yet sometimes I wonder who it is actually getting to. How do I advertise the site better? Do I copy bulbasnore's idea and pass out little business cards of my site to people at tournaments? :p (I like the idea) Do I affiliate with sites more? Do I hold a gun to people's heads and make them go advertise my site in real life to people? What on earth can I do?

Overall, I just feel lost. No one ever tells me anything or is nit-picky about my site, so I am always left to questions. I want people to tell me that when they use Internet Explorer, my site shows up funny! I want them to tell me one of my card scans are crooked! I want them to tell me an idea! Yet, no one ever does, and I am just left to wonder.

So, if you have anything to say about anything, please, PLEASE, PLEASE post in [this thread] and tell me anything that is on your mind. ANYTHING. I want this discussion to be open to the public, so do not e-mail me. If one person says something in public, maybe it will spark something in someone else or an idea or anything. Thank you.

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Our forums are thriving more so than they ever have in the past! If you have not [signed up] on them, you should, as there will be a few surprises coming up on the forum in the near future.

Mew's US Title - Revealed! - A source has e-mailed me with information stating that the US title for Mew and the Wave Guiding Hero will be "Lucario and the Mystery of Mew." This title has not been completely confirmed, as the person who e-mailed me did not give any evidence as to where the name came from, but the person has given me info in the past that has turned out to be correct. Thus, it may not be true, but then again, there is a chance that it could be. I will post an update on whether or not it is the true title when more information on the movie is released. If it is, we will know for sure that Lucario is spelled as LUCARIO, and not Rukario, as I have been ranting about since forever. :p

EDIT (20 seconds later): Our affiliate Bulbagarden has confirmed the title, and that it came from the most recent issue of the "Pokemon Fan" magazine. Thus, the info is true. Now that we know the title, we know that LUCARIO is LUCARIO and not Rukario, as my sources told me months ago (and in which Serebii tried to cover up since he did not have the information first - wonder what his excuse will be now). The same source also told me that Mr. Mime's pre-evolution would have a suffix in its name, so I guess I can post that little tid-bit now, since the original source who told me Lucario's name turned out to be right months later. Aren't you glad that you can trust PokeBeach and its sources?

Apprentice Patch Updated with Final Legend Maker Patch - Venasaur has finished working on the final version of the Apprentice EX Legend Maker patch! You can download it by visiting our [Apprentice Program] page.

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Sunday, February 5th, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EX Legend MakerMore EX Legend Maker Scans Added, Deck Box - Thanks to Pokeblob and PokeMontoya, we have added thirteen new scans to our [EX Legend Maker page]. There are some new scans, as well as scans that have replaced those official, low-quality images. An interesting note is that Banette ex still has a space in front of its name, thus having retained its error from the Pokemon.no official image. The good news is, though, that PUI added the "Evolves from Shuppet" text that was missing on the official image from before. Interesting stuff. Oddish196 has also sent us a picture of the EX Legend Maker deck box you get at the pre-releases, which you can see by clicking the thumbnail below.

EX Legend Maker Deck Box

EX Legend Maker Theme Deck Lists - Our [Theme Deck Lists] page has been updated with the [EX Legend Maker theme decks]. The decks are actually constructed better than usual this time, including cards such as React Energy and Fieldworker.

Apprentice Page Updated with EX Legend Maker - Our [Apprentice Program] page has been updated with a beta EX Legend Maker patch, for those of you who want to start using the EX Legend Maker cards. Please note that this is a beta patch, and is not completely accurate, as we have not seen all of the English scans to have changed the attack names of Pokemon, which PUI likes to rename. We will probably have a 100% finished EX Legend Maker patch sometime during this week. Thanks goes to Venusaur, Worlds 2004-2005 champion, for having worked on the patch.

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