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!!
Veronica

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.

Veronica

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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