Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

6/6/06 and nothing bad happened (still have about two hours left, though)! Can't say nothing bad happened for a few other Pokemon sites. :p I found out how to get a stable DSL connection from my neighbor's. I have to stay on the top floor of my house while standing up, holding my laptop slightly in the air. Not too comfortable, but I am getting an excellent connection!

Also, if you have not joined our forums, SUCKS FOR YOU! ;)

Pikachu Blackstar #35Blackstar Promo #35: Pikachu - The promo will be available in a new EX Value Pack 3, which contains three EX series boosters (HL, FRLG, DS) and this holographic Pikachu promo. The EX Value Packs are available at stores such as Target and Wal-Mart, and price for around $9.00. Click the thumbnail on the right for a larger image (from eBayer roadrunner1111).

Veronica Taylor and Ash - I think I am the only website covering this stuff anymore, but it's still interesting to hear about. :p It has been reported by the voice actor of Meowth, Maddie Blaustein, as well as several other sources, that Veronica Taylor was recently approached by PUSA to do the voice of Ash again. However, she refused the offer. Thus, we will never get our old Ash back again (unless she somehow for some reason changes her mind...). Kind of weird if you ask me. She and the other voice were fighting to have their voices back for months, and then when they finally got the opportunity to voice their characters again, they refused to do so (I am generalizing them because Taylor seems to be the leader). Maybe I am missing something, but my sympathy for them has now permanently gone out the window, and it's a shame that it all had to turn out this way. They complained (mind you, they had good reason to originally), they fought, they tried to lower PUSA's reputation, and when PUSA finally gave in to them, they refused what they had been fighting for! What was the point in all of this then? A lot of people were (and still are, sadly.....) fighting to get the old voice actors back, and yet, the VAs themselves do not even want to voice their characters anymore. Oh well, I guess. I am watching Jirachi Wishmaker right now, and I must say, I will miss the original VAs greatly. They were extremely talented and they made the characters what they are today. Pokemon will not be the same without them, but overtime, I am sure we will adapt to the new voices and learn to accept them. On the plus side, it has been reported that PUSA will be changing around the VAs for when they start to dub the show (from that of Mastermind's), so we might get better sound-alikes. Guess we will have to wait and see.

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Monday, June 5th, 2006 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I got my modem from Verizon today. One problem. IT'S BROKEN AND IT'S FROM THE YEAR 2000. They sent me an old, broken modem that's larger than my laptop - it looks like a mini refrigerator (when I picked up the box, I thought it was the three pieces of Waterford my mom had ordered). Luckily, I am connecting to the internet through my neighbor's DSL, but it only lasts for like 10 minutes at a time then disconnects me. I probably will not get my new modem for another year at this rate. Might as well just go out and buy one. >:o Also, tomorrow is 6/6/06. If anything bad happens to you, you get to blame it on the date.

Next Year's Modified - DX on - Not Emerald-on like I and others thought - EX Deoxys and on. That means we get to keep Jirachi, Ludicolo, Manectric ex, etc. If you are not going to Worlds, might as well begin practicing with the new format for next September! The official document announcing the new format can be found by clicking here.

Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense Translations - Vincent has kindly translated the information posted on the Japanese Trading Card Game website from the other day. None of it is really new information, although it is a nice recap on what we can expect from the set.

Booster " Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense" - Release date: 6/29
Number of cards per pack: 11

- All Pokemon inside are Delta Species (including Pokemon-ex and shining Pokemon)
- Typhlosion, Feraligatr, and Meganium will appear in this set.

Precon Deck "Seal, Gardevoir ex"- 60 card deck
- All Pokemon inside are Delta Species.
- Fire-type Gardy ex will appear in this deck
- New "Seal Counter" will be included in the deck (like poison and burn counter as usual).

Precon Deck "Quake, Tyranitar ex"
- 60 card deck
- All Pokemon inside are Delta Species.
- Lightning type Tyranitar ex will appear in this deck.
- New "Quake Counter" will be included in the deck (like poison and burn counter as usual).
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Saturday, June 3rd, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

4Kids Admits Defeat - Old VAs will NOT be Returning - I still have no internet. :( However, what I do have is temporary, 10-minute access to the internet, so I spent my time talking to a certain 4Kids source about the voice actors change. I believe I may be the only webmaster who has sources with both PUSA and 4Kids, and from talking to both, as I have said before, the old voice actors will never be able to come back and PUSA will be using new voice actors. 4Kids has now admitted defeat, as shown by the log below, so I suppose that unofficially, the decision has been finalized, and nothing can be done anymore to save our voice actors (if anything could have ever been done, that is):

[20:37] PokeBeachWebsite: Any word with what is going on with 4Kids and losing the license?
[20:38] Reliable_Source: We had a lovely wrap party.
[20:38] *** Auto-response sent to Reliable_Source: I am currently away from the computer.
[20:38] PokeBeachWebsite: What?
[20:38] PokeBeachWebsite: What is that?
[20:38] Reliable_Source: When a show ends, or wraps, everyone gets together for a party.
[20:39] PokeBeachWebsite: Oh, so all the VAs were together?
[20:39] Reliable_Source: Yup, and the producers, and others.
[20:39] PokeBeachWebsite: Did you guys talk about anything regarding what happened? Can you enlighten us? Most fans are frustrated with the fact that 4Kids has not said anything at all.
[20:40] Reliable_Source: It was all off the record, and I'm not about to put in on the record. That's not my job.
[20:40] Reliable_Source: *it
[20:41] PokeBeachWebsite: Can you at least tell if there is anything that can be done to get the old VAs back? Or is it done now?
[20:41] Reliable_Source: The fat lady has sung.
[20:41] PokeBeachWebsite: Darn
[20:42] PokeBeachWebsite: You guys honestly don't know anything? :(
[20:42] Reliable_Source: From what I read, they wanted to save money by hiring cheaper talent.
[20:43] Reliable_Source: I'm sure some people know more, but I didn't ask, and they didn't tell.
[20:43] PokeBeachWebsite: I heard from PUSA directly that it was because 4Kids was asking for too much money or something...
[20:43] PokeBeachWebsite: Both sides blame each other, lol
[20:43] Reliable_Source: Could be. Don't know. I'm just an independent contractor.
[20:43] PokeBeachWebsite: ic
[20:43] PokeBeachWebsite: Do you know how many fans have fought their hardest to get you guys back and how much time they have devoted to the cause?
[20:44] Reliable_Source: Yup. That's awfully nice.
[20:44] PokeBeachWebsite: Well, would it be okay for me to post that "The fat lady has sung" so that they can devote their time to other things now? People will still fight unless someone tells them it's over.
[20:45] Reliable_Source: Sure. Just don't attach my name to it, please. You may refer to me as "a reliable source," or event "Deep Throatémon"
[20:45] Reliable_Source: *even
[20:45] PokeBeachWebsite: Deep wha?
[20:46] Reliable_Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Throat_(Watergate)
[20:46] Reliable_Source: I made a pun. That's what I do.
[20:46] PokeBeachWebsite: lol
[20:46] PokeBeachWebsite: I studied Watergate and never heard that term :p
[20:47] Reliable_Source: Ummmmm, he was kind of a big part of it.
[20:47] PokeBeachWebsite: Well, guess I didn't study well enough :p
[20:47] Reliable_Source: Perhaps not.
[20:48] PokeBeachWebsite: lol
[20:48] PokeBeachWebsite: Can I post this log with your name blanked out?
[20:48] Reliable_Source: Sure.
[20:48] PokeBeachWebsite: TY
[20:49] Reliable_Source: sure

So that's that. Also, to defend myself, we studied the entire Watergate scandal in one day due to the AP test for US history being a week away, and us being behind. So, heh. :p Also, I have placed a translation order in to Vincent and Bangiras to translate that "Furthest Ends" and Manaphy stuff, so hopefully we will have some more info soon.

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Friday, June 2nd, 2006 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

At school so must make this quick!

Furthest Ends and Manaphy Theme Decks The official Japanese Pokemon website has put up several images of the "Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense" theme decks, as well as what appears to be two Manaphy theme decks (click the thumbnails for larger images). Information is sketchy right now, but hopefully we will have a translation by Vincent or Bangiras by the end of the day. Check back later!

Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense Manaphy Theme Deck Manaphy Theme Deck

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Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

At school right now. I just received word that I will have NO internet until sometime next week. Verizon has to send us a new modem, and it will take over a week to get here. So, I will work on scans and other stuff until I have internet again. Hopefully, I will finish R/S and fill in the missing scan blanks by that time. In the meantime, sit tight, and I may even be able to do updates at school, although only text-based since I have no way of uploading any images.

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Sunday, May 28th, 2006 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT: My DSL service went down last night and will not be back up until tomorrow (hopefully earlier). I have the episodes finished, I just can't upload them at school without my FTP Program. So, expect an update either extremely late tonight or extremely early tomorrow.

New English Names - The names of Manene (Mr. Mime pre-evo) and Manyula (Sneasel evo) are below, along with official proof:

Manene -> Mime Jr.
Manyula -> Weavile

Here is proof from balladofwindfishes, who took the below pictures. They are pictures of the back of PokeDoll packages that were sold at a recent Journey Across America:

Weavile Mime Jr.

Lucario and the Mystery of MewLucario and the Mystery of Mew - English Description and Possible Movie Artwork - We have obtained the English movie description and (possible) artwork for Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, which gives us some of the English names of terms in the movie - Aura Guardian (originally Hero of the Wave - this might be Lucario's official Pokemon type, like how Combusken is the young fowl Pokemon), Cameran Palace (originally Aldoran Castle), Tree of Beginning (originally Tree of World's Beginning, or something like that). I am not quite sure if this artwork is for the movie or for some other promotional celebrating the movie, but I guess we will find out soon. I have already seen three pieces of artwork for the movie - one with Regirock, Regice, and Registeel, the one to the right, and one with Lucario and Aaron, so it is sort of up in the air as to which will be the one. The one to the right does not use the same blue and pink logo as the other two posters, which is why I think it is for some sort of promotional for the movie (like a comic). Also, as we said a while ago, the movie will come out in America in the summer on DVD.

Ash and his companions take a trip down to Cameran Palace to take part in the annual Aura Guardian Tournament. But when Ash picks up the Staff of the Guardian, the Aura Pokemon, Lucario, mysteriously appears... demanding to know where the REAL hero is! Meanwhile, Pikachu goes missing, and the Queen orders a search that leads our heroes to 'The Tree of Beginning!' How will Lucario and Ash overcome their differences to save the legendary Mew, Pikachu and the tree?

Lugia BinderLugia TCG Binder - PokemonCenter.com has put up a new TCG binder for people to buy, this time featuring Lugia and the Eeveelutions. Some of you may have seen this binder on the official Japanese TCG website last year, and now American can buy it too! The Lucario binder that was put up a while ago is also still available.

Episodes - Tomorrow! - I'll put up Sitting Psyduck and Battle Pyramid! VS Regirock! tomorrow. If I can find the disc I recorded "On Cloud Arcanine" to, I'll put it up too.

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Thursday, May 25th, 2006 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The reason I have not put up "On Cloud Arcanine" is because I lost the disc I recorded it on. I had a movie project this week almost everyday after school, and I was using the DVD Recorder a lot to convert our movie to digital format. I lost the disc among all of my other disks, so I will try to find it by this Saturday. Also, there has been no news on "The Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense" or "EX Crystal Guardians." ;)

Pokemon Ranger Release Date - The official webpage for Pokemon Ranger was updated today with the release date for it in America. It will come out on October 30th. Weird how all of the games before Diamond and Pearl are being released so fast - guess that means America is rushing so that we can have Diamond and Pearl early.

Marvel! Mountain of the Giant Slaking! - The official TV Tokyo site has been updated with the preview for this episode. You can watch it by clicking here (it will launch in Windows Media Player or your default media program). Looks like we have a King Kong parody on our hands.

Ash is Evil - In the Japanese Pokemon episode that aired today, "Battle Pyramid! VS Regirock!" Ash for some reason was put under mind control by an ancient PokeBall (at least from what I can tell from the episode preview...). Below are some pictures of evil Ash I collected from a few sources. Too bad there is no villain in Pokemon that can be this evil - it looks like he wants to kill everyone. :p Maybe it has something to do with Regirock and the pyramid?

Evil Laughing Ash - made by PPNSteve
Evil Ash Picture

EDIT: Apparently, Ash saw Ho-Oh at the end of this episode for the third time (1st in 1st episode, 2nd before going to Hoenn, third now). Could we be coming close to discovering Ho-Oh's relationship with Ash?

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Sunday, May 21st, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT (Tuesday night): Sorry, I lied. Can't do an update tonight - we were given a ton of homework unexpectedly and have to also prepare all of our community service papers for tomorrow. I promiseeee I will do an update tomorrow or the day after. Just 23 days left until FREEDOM!!!

I was gone all of Saturday and most of today, so I had no time for an update. I'll update the site on Tuesday, since tomorrow night I will have to work on an English essay, read and take notes on two chapters in my science book, finish 60 Spanish sentences, do a psychology outline and extra credit, and study for a math test. June 15th at 1:03 PM (25 days away) will be my FREEEEEEDOM!!!! :p

EDIT (Monday morning, before school): Also, I am in need of someone who watches the Japanese Pokemon episodes every week and who can record them or get them from somewhere. I am thinking of making the new Japanese episodes available every week from now on (starting with "Battle Pyramid! VS Regirock!") for people to watch. I will also need someone to take screenshots of the episodes as well. So, if you watch them on a weekly basis and can send me the episodes to put up on the site, and if you can take screenshots of them (I can do it if you cannot), please e-mail me at [email protected] (or click my name below).

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Friday, May 19th, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I was just informed today that by going for an I.B. Diploma in high school next year as a Senior, I will have no life for the course of the year. :p

So, this summer, I HAVE TO FINISH THIS SITE! Scans! Content! Layout! Spreading the word that we exist (we need more visitors!)! EVERYTHING I POSSIBLY CAN WORK ON! If I get the permanent content out of the way, it will be much easier on me next year, as I will only have to worry about news and minor content updates.

Since I am so disorganized at the moment, I need people to post in this thread what I need to work on for the summer. In reference to scans, please post the top three sets you would like to be put up, and I will edit those first. I have a month of school left, so I will be working on the layout. When school ends, I'll start on the scans and content. Just post everything that you think should be added to the site and what I need to fix on the site. If I just completely work on the site nonstop for one whole week, I am sure I could get at least five sets of scans done. POST YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A BETTER POKEBEACH, NO MATTER HOW WACKY THEY ARE! The worst that could happen is that it doesn't happen. XD

Also, here is a pre-prerelease template of how the layout will look. Don't like it? Hate it? Then say so! I won't put it up if people hate it. I'll put one up that most people like, and if you think you have a better idea in mind, then post it!

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Thursday, May 18th, 2006 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for not updating since Monday. I've been both busy with homework and exhausted from school. I'll put together an update on Saturday, and hopefully a preview of the new layout to get some opinions on it.

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