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 - 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 - 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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Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I've been up for twenty-three hours, so this will be an extremely quick update. :p

EX Holon Phantoms Gyarados

Looks like 110 to me now. This is so confusing. XD

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Two updates in one day (barely four hours apart). Read the previous update if you missed it.

Veronica TaylorVeronica Taylor's Reply - The other day after I posted the Veronica Taylor / Eric Stuart e-mails, I e-mailed Veronica Taylor (voice of Ash and May) myself, and received a reply just now. I forgot to save my original message to her, but I said something along the lines of "4Kids go bye-bye makes people happy, voice actors go bye-bye makes people angry, we want you guys to stay, lala."

Water Pokemon Master (I took out my real name)-
Thanks for your note. First of all let me say that knowing the script writers as I do, they work very hard to put out the best show possible, given the network restrictions and translation difficulties. I can understand people not being happy as I have heard that the differences between Japanese and American scripts are sometimes vast. It will certainly be worse if someone else starts adapting them. (I think this is referring to when I said we won't be sad for 4Kids to go.)

Pokemon USA avoided discussing the resigning of the contract with 4kids for a long time. Apparently they were using that time to find a studio in which they could be in control of the dubbing themselves. They have apparently had this studio do a demo episode and have said they will be using them and sound alikes for the Anniversary episode ("Mastermind..."). No one currently working on the show has been asked to work on this, we've simply been informed that we are being replaced. We have no say in this matter and there has been no opportunity for 4kids to negotiate any aspect of the special or the series.

We are all under contract with 4kids and have enjoyed a good creative and business relationship with them over the years. The show would not be the same without all of us working together as it is a terrific group effort with everyone giving 100% (even after all these years).(Oh, I also asked if 4Kids would let her and other VAs go over to PUSA for Pokemon, and if they were under contract. I think the first part of the paragraph answers that question.)

I think that if enough people write/email Pokemon USA and express their dismay, we may get them to realize their mistake before it is too late. I don't know if they have recorded the Anniversary special and I doubt they have started season 9 as we are just finishing season 8 now. Spread the word!!

Thanks for your help!!

If you want to save the voice actors, then you should probably write a letter to Pokemon USA (since sending them an e-mail doesn't exactly guarantee that you are going through trouble, and they may even not read them or may delete them). *pulls out a POP pack* To write to Pokemon USA, you can write to the following address:

Pokemon USA
1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Please be sure to use proper grammar and spelling, and don't bash or insult PUSA. You should mainly express your dismay towards them using "imitations" instead of the "real" voice actors, and should say it would greatly ruin the show. The second you bash, insult, or cuss at them, I can almost guarantee the letter will go into the fireplace (if it even gets that far). I will be writing a letter to them and sending it off tomorrow.

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

One... moreee... day... weekendddd.....

New CoroCoro Scans - Japanese website Imawaka Futaba posted new CoroCoro scans today, revealing new pictures of Manaphy, Tamanta, Perappu, and Buizeru, as well as pictures from the ninth Pokemon movie, "Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea." Click the thumbnails below for much larger scans.

Diamond and Pearl Diamond and Pearl Diamond and Pearl Diamond and Pearl Diamond and Pearl

Okay, now on to the discussion. The second picture shows a woman, which is a descendant of the ancient water people. She owns the Perappu that is flying behind her, and it would appear that the Perappu who will be in the movie (unless there are multiples) does not belong to the pirate, as we previously assumed. The third picture shows Manaphy doing something with its tentacles to Ash and the Pokemon Ranger, which was already in the previous CoroCoro scans, but I forgot to talk about it. Could Manaphy be using its powers to give Ash and the Ranger the ability to breathe underwater, or could it be switching them into each other's bodies? The Pokemon Ranger in the trailer was obviously deep underwater, and since this entire movie will have to do with the ocean, the crew will have to somehow be able to breathe underwater, and this could be the way. The last image has the water Pokemon, Buizeru, using its tail as a sort of propeller, which we can assume is how it is able to swim and why it has a split tail. That's it for now. If you have any other observations/predictions/speculation, be sure to discuss it in this thread.

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