Sunday - March 15th, 2015 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (5:00 PM) – The Genesect movie was also added!

The third season of Black & White has been added to Netflix. This is following the debut of Indigo League and Black & White’s first seasons last March 1st and their second seasons last June 1st. I wonder if / when we’ll get some more Pokemon movies and the rest of the Orange League.

Black and White Season 3
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Monday - February 2nd, 2015 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The 21-minute Klefki and Pikachu short that played in Japan’s theaters before the Diancie movie has now been dubbed and is available to watch on Pokemon TV. The short follows Pikachu and gang as they travel with Klefki to different worlds, some inhabited by Legendary Pokemon. Pokemon.com says the short will only be available for a short amount of time, so be sure to watch it as soon as you can (especially if you’re 8).

Pikachu, What's This Key?
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Friday - January 30th, 2015 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

TPCi has dubbed and released two of the 13 Mega Evolution Pokemon shorts that originally aired in Japan following XY episodes between September and December. The rest of the shorts will be added over the next several weeks to Pokemon’s YouTube channel and the Pokemon TV website/app.

The Mega Evolutions featured in the other shorts include Mega Metagross, Mega Blaziken, Mega Salamence, Mega Slowbro, Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre, Mega Latios and Latias, Mega Gallade, Mega Sableye, Mega Audino, and Mega Rayquaza.

You can find the original Japanese shorts uploaded by fans to YouTube.

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Wednesday - January 28th, 2015 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

VIZ Media has announced that Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction will be released on DVD in North America on February 17th. It will cost $19.97. An accompanying manga adaptation of the film will also be released on February 3rd.

It should be noted that when the Diancie film aired on Cartoon Network, most of the original orchestral music was replaced with the dub’s synthesizer music. This is the first Pokemon film since the 3rd movie to feature dub-original music (and under TPCi, the music is poor-quality and lacks any kind of emotion). It will be interesting to see if the DVD keeps the original Japanese music like most previous films or if something changed with Pokemon’s music rights or ability to pay for the music. On the other hand, if the DVD keeps the original music, it’ll mean something changed with Pokemon’s music broadcasting rights for TV, though this possibility is probably the less likely scenario.

Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction DVD Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction Manga
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Wednesday - January 14th, 2015 @ 6 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon Shuffle

Today’s Nintendo Direct has announced that a new Pokemon puzzle game akin to Pokemon Battle Trozei will be released in the 3DS eShop this February: Pokemon Shuffle.

In the game you shuffle Pokemon tiles around to match and clear them within a certain amount of moves. As you clear a Pokemon’s tiles, they fire attacks at the enemy Pokemon you are facing on the top screen, allowing you to weaken that Pokemon. When you reduce that Pokemon’s HP to 0, you win the round.

Only four Pokemon are available on the tile screen at any given time and they are your Pokemon. Like the actual games, you can choose which Pokemon to use and they each have a type. To deal the most damage possible within the amount of moves you are given, you should, for example, try to clear Squirtle tiles if you are facing off against a Charmander. As you progress through the game, your Pokemon tiles will level up, evolve, and will also be able to Mega Evolve, allowing you to do even more damage to stronger foes. You can also use various items to help you deal damage more effectively. It’s a puzzle game combined with Pokemon battling, essentially.

Pokemon Shuffle will be free to play but if you lose you either have to wait 10 minutes to play again or pay, meaning there are in-app purchases. The items will also cost money.

A Charizard amiibo was also announced for release in North America this spring.

Update (6:30): The New Nintendo 3DS will be released in Europe and North America February 13th, with America only getting the New Nintendo 3DS XL model. The New Nintendo 3DS in Europe will launch with a new “Nintendo Anime Channel” that features the Pokemon anime. It is unknown how many episodes there will be, but it could be like Pokemon.com and the Pokemon TV app where only a limited selection of episodes are available at any given time.

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Saturday - January 10th, 2015 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As expected, leaks of CoroCoro have revealed that Hoopa will be joining Primal Kyogre, Primal Groudon, and shiny Mega Rayquaza in movie 18 – the title of the film is The Archdjinn of Rings: Hoopa. The film will premiere in Japanese theaters on July 18th.

The magazine questions what the “archdjinn” could be. While Hoopa is classified in the video games as the “Mischief Pokemon,” its new form, “Hoopa Unbound,” is classified as the “Djinn Pokemon.” So the movie title is obviously referencing its new form – the “highest” djinn of them all, an “archdjinn,” like an “archangel.” Djinn are supernatural creatures / spirits in Islamic and Arabian mythology – “genies.”

CoroCoro also reveals that Hoopa likes donuts because of their ring shape, meaning Hoopa is yet another movie Pokemon in love with a certain food (Celebi and berries, Lucario and chocolate, Victini and macrons). Hoopa’s Ken Sugimori artwork was also revealed.

In gaming news, the magazine reveals that a shiny Rayquaza is to be distributed at Japan’s World Hobby Fair from January 18th to February 8th. It is Level 70 and knows Dragon Pulse, Thunder, Twister, and Extreme Speed. Hopefully we’ll get it overseas too?

Hoopa in CoroCoro Hoopa in CoroCoro Rayquaza in CoroCoro
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Wednesday - December 10th, 2014 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (2:30 PM) – Screenshots replaced with trailer below!

Seconds ago a trailer for movie 18 premiered on the Japanese TV show Oha Suta. It showed Primal Kyogre, Primal Groudon, and shiny Mega Rayquaza fighting in what appears to be ancient times when a portal appears and sucks them in. The portal is obviously Hoopa’s. Pikachu was also seen inside several of the portals – Pikachu in alternate dimensions, maybe? As in CoroCoro, no real title for the film was announced yet.

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Wednesday - December 10th, 2014 @ 4 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A teaser poster for movie 18 has been revealed in CoroCoro, featuring Primal Kyogre, Primal Groudon, Mega Rayquaza, and a portal. The movie will premiere in Japanese theaters on July 18th. No title has currently been revealed.

There is no doubt the film will focus on Hoopa and its “Hoopa Unbound” form: the movie’s description says there is a mysterious portal and something comes through it. As we’ve known since X and Y were released, Hoopa controls portals. It’s also the next event Legendary to be revealed and of course has its new form programmed into OR/AS, which also hasn’t officially been revealed.

A trailer for the movie will air later today on Japan’s Oha Suta TV show, and it will probably be uploaded to YouTube right after. Be sure to check back here later today to see it!

Movie 18 CoroCoro
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Tuesday - December 2nd, 2014 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A new trailer for Act III of the Mega Evolution Special has been revealed. As revealed at the end of Act II, the special features Primal Kyogre, Primal Groudon, and Mega Rayquaza. Other Mega Evolutions that will be in the special have been revealed in their own trailers over the past month, which you can also watch below. Act III is set to air sometime in spring 2015.

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Wednesday - November 5th, 2014 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The 5-minute short Diancie, Princess of the Diamond Domain has now been dubbed and can be viewed on the official Pokemon website. The same short premiered in Japan the week before the Diancie film premiered in theaters and is a prequel to Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. As posted the other day, the Diancie film airs on Cartoon Network this Saturday at 2:30 PM following a 2.5 hour Team Aqua and Team Magma episode marathon.

Diancie, Princess of the Diamond Domain
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Monday - October 27th, 2014 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie

Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction will air on Cartoon Network on Saturday, November 8th, at 2:30 PM. If you want to be spoiled, you can read the movie’s summary here.

A Pokemon Advanced marathon focusing on Team Aqua and Team Magma episodes will also air 2.5 hours before the movie’s premiere. This is where you can catch Tabitha before he started inhaling Pokeblocks.

  • A Ruin With a View – 12:00 p.m.
  • Stairway to Devon – 12:30 p.m.
  • A Three Team Scheme! – 1:00 p.m.
  • Spheal of Approval – 1:30 p.m.
  • Fight for the Meteorite! – 2:00 p.m.
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Friday - October 10th, 2014 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Mega Rayquaza’s official artwork has been revealed on another CoroCoro page. It doesn’t appear new information has been revealed about the Pokemon, but the image is too small to read right now. Stay tuned, as more / better quality pages will probably leak!

The bottom left corner of Mega Rayquaza’s page shows a brand new poster for the next Pokemon movie second Mega Evolution special, which airs in Japan on November 6th. The poster features Primal Kyogre, Primal Groudon, and Mega Rayquaza.

Update (5:00 PM) – The Pokenav is now called the “Multinavi” and now has the features of Pokemon Amie and the Player Search System. It can also help you find Pokemon in the wild to register in your Pokedex – could that be what that one trailer shot of the player sneaking up on Pikachu was?

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Monday - July 21st, 2014 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Our good friend and Pokemon merchandising aficionado, Gin from Sunyshore.com, has kindly written a movie summary for The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie, which premiered in Japan on Saturday. You can read it below, but it of course contains spoilers!

The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie

In the Diamond Kingdom, Diancie is hiding from her three bodyguard Carbinks. A fourth Carbink, the elder Carbink Daii, appears and scolds Diancie. He shows her the Sacred Diamond, and says it will soon begin to lose its power. Diancie says he is only exaggerating, but he insists he is not. He says only she can create a new Sacred Diamond, and she seems doubtful of herself but tries anyway. The diamond is formed bur quickly dissolves to everyone’s disappointment. Daii says they should go find Xerneas who can give Diancie more power using Fairy Aura. He remembers a time when a forest was having all the life sucked from it, and Xerneas saved him and other Pokemon nearby from the destruction. Diancie looks forward to going outside, and is moved by the sight when they finally emerge from the caves of the Diamond Kingdom.

During the opening credits, Diantha and Wikstrom battle with Mega Gardevoir and Mega Scizor. Ash and the group are introduced and Ash battles Astrid’s Male Pyroar, Female Meowstic and Mega Absol with Froakie, Pikachu and Hawlucha. During the battle, Diancie appears in town being chased by Maririn Flame and Ninja Riot. Bonnie proposes to Astrid for Clemont. Ash realizes something is odd and runs towards the attacks he can hear, protecting Diancie and allowing her to get away safely.

Ash, Clemont, Serena, and Bonnie introduce themselves to Diancie, who they find very polite and like a princess. They discover from the Pokedex she should be able to make diamonds. She is very polite (“like a princess!”) but unworldly, not knowing what a thief is until they tell her. They go to get dinner together, and Team Rocket successfully captures Diancie in a sack. They take her into a clock tower and demand she make them diamonds, which she agrees to do happily. After producing many diamonds, Team Rocket is too happy and distracted by their riches to care as she simply attempts to leave. The door won’t open until Millis Steel appears to open it for her, helping her to escape.

Diancie is reunited with Ash and friends, and they decide to go together to find Xerneas with Diancie. Diancie mentions about now the thieves will be very disappointed and explains the diamonds she makes vanish. Indeed, the diamonds Team Rocket was swimming in vanish at that time.

Diancie and Ash and friends head out by bus first, then ship, following the way Diancie can sense due to Fairy Aura. At night, Diancie and Ash see a shooting star after she yet again fails to produce a Sacred Diamond. Ash says you have to wish on a shooting star before it vanishes, and when another appears, he wishes for Diancie to be able to make diamonds. Serena watches them from her tent with a smile.

On the ship, Diancie tries again to make a diamond to show her friends. She makes one and there is a little spark when this one is made. Bonnie asks if she can keep it and puts it into her bag to keep, saying she’s happy even if it will vanish.

They go shopping, which Diancie has never done before, so Serena and Bonnie take her to try on various clothing. After the fashion show, Diancie sees her three bodyguards in the mall looking for her and panics. Thinking she is running from them because they are bad, Ash and friends try to help. She is on a higher floor being chased, so Clemont pulls an extendable robot ladder out of his backpack and Ash uses it to grab Diancie. It doesn’t explode, either, and works! They make their getaway.

Once outside, they are attacked again by Maririn and Ninja. While Ash holds them off, Serena finds a Rhyhorn and gets Bonnie, Diancie and Clemont (clinging to its butt) out by racing off. They even partially run on a Rhyhorn racetrack before veering off into the forest. When Greninja wraps its tongue around Diancie to drag her off, Bonnie orders Dedenne to use Cheek Rub to make it let go.

Eventually they are saved by the Steels again and able to get away. Maririn and Ninja are taunted a little by Millis. The Carbinks catch up again to Diancie and she explains they are her bodyguards, and she actually is their princess. The Carbinks tell her the Sacred Diamond has died. They go through the Diamond Kingdom, which is actually many different diamond caves connected by multiple tunnels, all kept lit and alive by the Sacred Diamond. Everything inside is now dissolving and collapsing due to it having faded. Diancie thinks herself a failure and begins to cry, but they convince her it will be okay. They come through to the Oruaas Forest, where Diancie senses the Fairy Aura very strongly. Daii explains this is the same forest that was destroyed before by Yveltal, who was stopped by Xerneas before cocooning and going into a long sleep.

Diancie goes after Xerneas, and they catch one glimpse before it runs. Diancie keeps chasing it, tripping and falling down often, but finally she catches up. Xerneas says it knows why Diancie has come and tells her the power is within herself. Xerneas lets the Fairy Aura bathe over everything nearby, including Diancie and her Carbinks, and even Ash and friends can feel its power.

Once Xerneas leaves, before Diancie can test if she now has the power to create a Sacred Diamond, the Steels arrive to capture Diancie. They reveal they’d only helped her before because it was pointless to try to capture her before she received the Fairy Aura power. Ninja and Maririn and the Steels all fight one another to catch Diancie, eventually bringing the fight to an underground pool. Everytime they step in the water, it reverberates down to the cocoon in the bottom of the pool, which begins to awaken. The more they battle, the more the cocoon begins to unravel.

They finally realize something is wrong, and everyone gets out of the pool just as Yveltal awakens and flies out. It begins to destroy and petrify parts of the forest, including the Carbinks and Team Rocket, who was after Diancie as well. It also petrifies Delphox and Greninja. While trying to stop Yveltal Ash nearly falls off a cliff, and Clemont, Serena and Bonnie pull him back up.

Diancie blocks the way to protect Ash and friends, and remembers Xerneas saying the power is within herself. There is a spark in Bonnie’s bag, and Diancie Mega Evolves, creating a diamond large enough to block Yveltal’s destructive attack, protecting her friends. The diamond doesn’t break up or dissolve, it is a true diamond.

The Steels try to stop Yveltal in their ship, shooting missiles at it, but Yveltal flies over and petrifies them and their Chesnaught, and they crash into the lake. Maririn and Ninja, upset over Delphox and Greninja, stand together and hug one another as they too are frozen. Xerneas appears then, and its mere appearance seems to calm Yveltal, which flies away.

The danger seems over, but the forest and Pokemon and people are still petrified. Pikachu is weak in Ash’s arms after fighting Yveltal, and begins to turn stiff as well. They realize its tail was just barely hit by one of Yveltal’s destructive beams. Ash can only look on in horror as Pikachu freezes completely. He cries over his Pokemon, as does Serena, Bonnie and Clemont, but Xerneas quickly begins to send out a healing power through the forest, unfreezing Pikachu and the others, and reviving everything Yveltal destroyed.

As they look on, Xerneas begins to transform into a tree. They ask if this means it will die, but it reassures them it is just the start of a new life. They return to the Diamond Kingdom, where Diancie mega evolves again and creates a new Sacred Diamond, reviving the whole kingdom and lighting it up again. Bonnie reaches into her bag, finding the diamond Diancie first made is still there. They are surprised that it didn’t disappear despite being made before Diancie received the Fairy Aura power from Xerneas. Bonnie says it is due to their friendship, and returns it to Diancie as it is an important thing to her, her first real diamond. When the camera closes up on it, the mega symbol is glowing inside of it. It has become a mega stone.

During the credits, Ash and company continue traveling, Diancie continues to make diamonds with her Carbinks, and the Steels have opened up a new chocolate shop together. Ninja Riot proposes to Maririn Flame (she accepts). The end!

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