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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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon USA and 4Kids Situation - Done - As we have been covering since this situation first started, there have been several hints and e-mails from 4Kids voice actors regarding Pokemon USA taking over the Anime and 4Kids losing rights to dub it. From talking to one of the voice actors myself, whom I am not allowed to name since it would breach their contract, this entire situation is definitely affecting the voice actors, but there is not much that can be done. 4Kids is a company that does not care about what they dub and has no knowledge about what they dub, and unfortunately, this mistreatment of their Anime even extends to their own voice actors, who are used as pawns in the big scheme of things (that's business for you!). Anyways, our affiliate PPN has obtained two e-mails from Veronica Taylor (Ash and May) and Eric Stuart (Brock and James) regarding this situation and their opinions. I will be e-mailing them too after I write this news story to get more information.

Pokemon USA has decided that it's too expensive to use 4Kids and the actors that have made Pokemon the TV show such a success for the last 10 years. They have 'behind our backs' re-cast the show with 'sound-a-likes' to try to save money. They acutally believe the fans don't care. They are starting with the 10 year anniversary special - starring all new voices. The main cast, me included, has taken a lot of pride in the characters we have helped to create. To change now, on the last season, based on greed is a sad example of what big buisness kids marketing really is.

Please spread the word - maybe some fan buzz can stop this tragedy.

Eric "Brock & James" Stuart
Unfortunately, this is very real. We have been informed that Pokemon USA has already made plans to do the Anniversary special with substitute voices. Apparently, they haven't made a firm decision on the next season yet. None of us have been formally asked to do the show, we've simply been told we'll be replaced. Pokemon USA has made no effort to negotiate with 4kids, simply feeling that getting a cheaper rate to dub the show is enough. They care nothing for the quality. They will be using new script writers, voices, music, etc. We (the voice actors and those at 4kids who work so hard on the show) are all extremely upset as we care very much for Pokemon and what we've worked to create. However, there is nothing that we can do. It seems that the only recourse is for fans to write to Pokemon USA and tell them how wrong their decision is and how it will adversely affect the show.

Thanks for your concern. Please spread the word and let's all try to work together to right this wrong before it's too late.


Unfortunately, I think it is too late. It would be probably the best thing for everyone if Pokemon USA was able to use the Pokemon voice actors, and if 4Kids (the actual company) had nothing to do with the Pokemon anime. With Pokemon USA, we will probably gain a better anime, since Pokemon USA will specialize on... well, Pokemon. We might even be able to get more Pokemon specials, such as "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon," which now appears to have been created/asked for by Pokemon USA, and not 4Kids. Who knows what will happen. When the special for "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon" airs on April 29th, we will see how Pokemon USA does with their voice actors. Remember when Pokemon USA took over the TCG from WOTC? In my opinion, we have a better TCG now in America because of WOTC losing their license, since they were not doing such a hot job in their final days. Maybe the same thing can be applied to the Anime in this situation. To discuss this situation, check out this thread.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Great, called CompUSA today about my laptop, and they JUST sent it off. Guess this means I won't have it for a week or so. -_-

EX Holon Phantoms MewtwoEX Holon Phantoms Goodness - Lots of EX Holon Phantoms news today! First off, we have yet another set description of the set, as seen below:

What mysteries await the bold trainer who ventures into the unknown lands beyond the labs of Holon? In EX Holon Phantoms, there's only one way to find out - step into the shadows! With more mysterious Pokemon Delta Species to discover, EX Holon Phantoms dares you to find what you've never seen before. You might think there's no such thing as phantoms... until you catch one!

* More than 40 of the amazingly popular Pokemon Delta Species!
* Find the mighty Pokemon-ex and legendary Pokemon!
* Over 100 new cards!
* Exciting holographic parallel set for players and collectors alike!
* Holographic box-topper card inserted in each booster display.

Secondly, we have some UltraPro binder images, themed after EX Holon Phantoms, that will be released around the world come June. You can choose from either a 14 page, 9-pocket page binder ($15.95) or a 14 page, 4-pocket page binder ($9.95). UltraPro will also be releasing a general Pokemon-themed binder ($14.95) that will have 14 pages with 9-pocket holders, coming out in June as well. Click the thumbnails below for larger images.

EX Holon Phantoms UltraPro Binder Pokemon TCG UltraPro Binder

Finally, we have that Gyarados image of the set I was supposed to post the other day! I have not been able to get in contact with the person who sent it to me, but he/she said that the set would have "less than 117 cards." Hopefully we will have more exclusive information on the set soon.

EX Holon Phantoms Gyarados

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Sunday, March 19th, 2006 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I am on a computer slower than a snail and I am about to head off to church, so this will be a quick update. I will update this story later today when I get back, so check back.

EX Holon Phantoms Booster Box / Theme Deck - Oh, right, forgot about Gyarados! I will add that in later today too. Anyways, PS-Games has posted the booster box / theme deck images to EX Holon Phantoms. Click the thumbnails below for larger pics.

EX Holon Phantoms Deck Box EX Holon Phantoms Theme Deck - FireMist

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Thursday, March 16th, 2006 @ 5 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I have to put everything on hold with this site for the week. For the second time since I have had my new laptop, it decided to die on me, this time during a critical report (an independent assessment, which you have to turn in for your IB Diploma). Thus, I am basically, how do you say... screwed? They are trying to salvage all the data they can off of the hard drive, but it is not looking good. Once they get what they can off of it, they are going to send it in to be fixed, and that could take a week to two weeks. So, for now, I am going to try to rewrite my entire report from memory, and hope for the best in being able to finish it. I will try to update the site later today with that tiny Gyarados pic and the confirmed set info (when I do get it), since now, I do not have a laptop that will die on me as an excuse. :p

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Wednesday, March 15th, 2006 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Quick update as I have a lot of homework and no time. If you are a PokeBeach Strategist and sent in your article, please check the forums to see if you have access to the hidden "PokeBeach Strategist" section in the forum. I had two people who sent me an article and did not give me their username on the forum, and I have no idea who they are, so if you do not see the hidden forum then you are probably one of those two people. If you sent in your article and have access to the hidden forum, please read the new topic in it on how we will be posting your articles.

Tomorrow (or I should say "Later on today," since it is 12:20 AM?), I will put up an EX Holon Phantoms Gyarados image (a small one) that was sent to me by our secret source. The source also mentioned the set size number, but I didn't quite understand exactly what he/she was saying, so I will have to go and re-confirm it. All I can say for now is that the set is in the 115 range (although the number is probably not 115).

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Tuesday, March 14th, 2006 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Remember, COTDs are due tomorrow at 8:00 PM PST. So far, I have received eleven of them. I am slightly disappointed with the ones I have received so far, since they have not mentioned the whole Meganium/Mew/Steelix ex combo. So, if you still have not turned in your COTD, be sure to add that in.

Manaphy, Tamanta, Buizeru: Water; Perappu: Flying - CoroCoro revealed the types of Manaphy (water dude in header), Tamanta (pre-evo of Mantine), Buizeru (the brown guy), and Perappu (the parrot with the music note) today, as well as some Pokemon Ranger game images. Perappu is now the only known pure Flying-type Pokemon, as most Flying Pokemon are Flying/Normal. It also looks like the image of Manaphy and Pikachu on the second page will be the colored images children in Japan send in to be in the closing credits of the movie, as with past movies. Click the thumbnails below for larger images. Images are from Imawaka Futaba.

Manaphy, Tamanta, Buizeru, Perappu Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy Pokemon Ranger

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Sunday, March 12th, 2006 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

For those of you that signed up to be PokeBeach Strategists, here is your first assignment that will determine who will make the cut to be a Strategist. You are to write at least a three-paragraph card of the day on Steelix ex from EX Unseen Forces, discussing the card itself, how it stands in the format as of now, combos and how they work, a Modified Format ranking out of 10, etc. Your write-up will be due Tuesday by 8:00 PM PST. This gives you two whole days to write your review. If your review is posted on PokeBeach on Tuesday, you will be accepted as a PokeBeach Strategist and invited to a secret forum just for them. Your article must use proper spelling and grammar, and must just generally be written well. Once you have finished writing your article, send it to wpm@pokebeach.com with your PokeBeach forum name, along with the subject title "COTD." Anyone who does not send in an article who signed up to do so, or who writes a poorly written one, will not be accepted as a PokeBeach Strategist. Once you are accepted, an e-mail will be dispatched to your supplied e-mail address for further instructions on what you will be required to do in the future. Good luck to everyone!

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