Tuesday - October 13th, 2009 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (10:30 AM): Added third paragraph below.

    The official Pokemon movie website has revealed that movie 13’s location scouting took place in Holland, the western part of the Netherlands, and Belgium, a country right under it. The site uploaded a photo of Pokemon movie director Kunihiko Yuyama eating a Belgian waffle and another photo of a stuffed Pikachu sitting on the famous Skinny Bridge in Amsterdam, the largest city in the Netherlands.

    As we revealed in early July, movie 13 will feature Lugia and Ho-Oh; a trailer at the end of Arceus: Space-Time Conquered showed the two fighting. The Pokemon movie website has now uploaded that same teaser trailer, which you can watch by clicking here. Keep in mind that Lugia and Ho-Oh fighting does not mean they will in the movie; teaser trailers are not meant to depict any plot points (they “tease” you). For example, the Shaymin movie’s teaser showed a giant Regigigas popping out of the ground. The only element of that trailer that turned out to be true was the fact that Regigigas was in the movie.

    Director Yuyama also posted a thank-you message for people who watched the Arceus movie and the entire Diamond and Pearl trilogy. He stated that he wanted to portray Arceus as nature and the Jewel of Life as the sun, and that since nature gives so much to us, we should consider how we are returning the favor. For movie 13, he revealed the setting is on the streets of the city and that the theme will focus on friendships between humans and Pokemon.

    Pokemon Movie 13 Location Scouting in Belgium and HollandLugia fires Aeroblast at Ho-OhHo-Oh shoots Sacred Fire at Lugia
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    Monday - October 12th, 2009 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (7:00 PM): Updated the second paragraph to include another obvious scenario.

    Four new decks called “Battle Starter Decks” will be released on November 20th in Japan for 2,000 yen each, the same day the Leafeon vs. Metagross gift box comes out. Each deck will feature either Torterra, Magmortar, Blastoise, or Raichu as the main holo. There will be 30 cards in each deck; all of the Pokemon will be brand new. Like usual, we’ll bring you translations and scans of the cards before or when the product is released.

    Depending on how many Pokemon are in each deck, two possibility could occur. If there are only 8-10 unique Pokemon in each deck, the new cards may be thrown into one of our future HeartGold and SoulSilver sets, perhaps the second one in May. If the majority of the decks are Pokemon cards, the new cards could be combined with cards from the Leafeon vs. Metagross gift box to make an entirely new English set. Assuming there are 20 Pokemon in each of the four decks, we’d be getting 80 new cards. Combined with who knows how many cards from the Leafeon vs. Metagross gift box, unreleased Japanese promos, and Basic Energy, there would definitely be enough cards to create an English set in this scenario. Since we’ll only be one set behind Japan when Platinum: Arceus is released in a few weeks, it would make sense that Pokemon Card Laboratory would want to push us back a little. If these cards do make a new set, it is unknown if the set will be released this February, thus delaying LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver to May, or if itself will be the May set. Still, all these new cards could just be thrown into future sets if there aren’t too many of them. So many questions, no answers as of yet…

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    Sunday - October 11th, 2009 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Filb.de has uncovered the first PokePark Wii – Pikachu’s Great Adventure image, which appears to be a poster advertising the game. The image does not reveal much other than confirmation that the graphics are not the same as the WiiWare games and that the game is based off the temporary PokePark theme parks that were open in Japan in 2005 and Taiwan in 2006, since it uses their logo in the title. The game is also revealed to be developed by Creatures Inc., the company that owns one-third of the entire Pokemon franchise and that produces the TCG. Click the thumbnail below for a larger picture.

    We can now say with certainty, if it wasn’t already obvious, that this is the same game Pokemon president Tsunekazu Ishihara was talking about in Famitsu magazine last month since Creatures Inc. is one of the in-house Pokemon companies. Why are they making a game related to the four-year old PokeParks, though? Everyone know Pokemon is all about cross-promotional advertising, and this is just speculation, but perhaps there is a possibility that this game is foreshadowing the reopening of new PokeParks somewhere. Who knows, though? It could just be paying homage to the parks too.

    First PokePark Wii - Pikachu's Great Adventure image
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    Sunday - October 11th, 2009 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Players who go to Pokemon Centers in Japan from November 14th to January 11th will be able to download a new PokeWalker course called “Shopping.” It will allow you to obtain a bunch of items, as listed below. It appears the course is exclusive to Pokemon Centers and will not be available over Wi-Fi.

    The page above did not announce what Pokemon would be available on the course, but hinted that some are Pokemon featured in the logos of the Pokemon Centers (like Pikachu and Meowth). Thanks go to Yaminokame for translating this news!

    • EnergyPowder
    • Energy Root
    • Fresh Water
    • Honey
    • Lava Cookie
    • Lemonade
    • MooMoo Milk
    • Old Gateau
    • Rare Candy
    • Soda Pop
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    Saturday - October 10th, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Nintendo has issued a press release discussing the premise of the upcoming Wii game, PokePark Wii: Pikachu’s Great Adventure. Heerosferret has translated the information below; some of the information mentioned is already known.

    The setting of the game is a PokePark. One day, the mysterious Pokemon Mew comes and tells Pikachu of a crisis taking place so it sets out on an adventure to find out what’s going on. It discovers the park, which encompasses various areas such as the forest and sea. Pikachu makes friends with other Pokemon and can use their abilities to clear various attractions in the PokePark. Pikachu is able to use Thunderbolt in battle, but some problems will be too hard for it to handle, so you can call for the Pokemon you have befriended to help you and use their abilities instead. You can get friends through various mini-games as well, such as by chasing after the Pokemon in races (perhaps tag) or by solving quiz questions correctly. One of the park’s main attractions will involve Pikachu and your partner Pokemon racing against the clock to beat certain goals, using the Wii remote by waving it around. (Two other attractions, the Marine Slide and Sky Race, were already revealed in the previous news story.) The game will also allow you to take screenshots of your adventures and save them to an SD card.

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    Saturday - October 10th, 2009 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    With every new set, the official Pokemon-Card website posts an anticipated FAQ to clear up any confusion that might occur with the set’s release. For LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver Collection, Bangiras has translated the entire document. The FAQ discusses the new LEGEND cards and other common questions, including confirmation that new Baby Pokemon no longer evolve. If you are a professor, you should read the FAQ so you are prepared for the set when it is released here in February. Now there will be less confusion come prereleases!

    In the future, Bangiras will be translating all FAQs and may even go back to old sets to translate theirs as well. To access the document in the future, there is a link to it on our LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver Collection page. The set page is in the right menu under the TCG section’s “Japanese Sets.”

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    Friday - October 9th, 2009 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Shiny Eevee

    Players who participate in Worlds 2010 qualifiers in Japan starting in January will receive a shiny Eevee. Only players who bring HeartGold and SoulSilver, the only games allowed in the qualifiers, will be able to download it. The Lugia and Ho-Oh promos in the previous news story will also be given out to those who participate.

    Last year, players were able to download a shiny Milotic, which was later available in America. Chances are we will receive Eevee for our video game qualifiers here as well.

    Additionally, the rules for the qualifying tournaments have revealed that two Legendary Pokemon will be allowed per team. Legendary Pokemon allowed are Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina (both Formes). Banned Legendaries are event-only Pokemon, being Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus.

    According to Mike Liesik, head of TPCi’s Organized Play video game division, the rules for the American qualifying tournaments have not been formed yet and will not be released until the end of the year. Thus, the above rules will likely not apply to any country outside of Japan.

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    Friday - October 9th, 2009 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Edit (12 AM): Ho-Oh’s Sacred Fire actually requires a coin flip. The text for the card on the Pokemon-Card website is actually incorrect, which is what was used to translate the card. Looking at the card image shows that there is a coin flip.

    The official Pokemon Card website updated today with a brand new layout and revealed two new promos. They are Lugia (047/L-P) and Ho-Oh (048/L-P), which will be given out to players who participate in Worlds 2010 qualifying tournaments in Japan. They are numbered way higher than any current promos because they will not be given out for a while.

    Additionally, the website revealed clearer images for the Slowpoke, Slowbro, and Slowking promos fans can get from Domino’s Pizzas starting at the end of this month. We already had translations for Slowpoke and Slowbro, but now we have a complete translation for Slowking. All of the promos are translated below thanks to Bangiras as usual.

    Lugia PromoHo-Oh PromoSlowpoke Promo Slowbro Promo Slowking Promo

    Lugia – Water – HP90
    Basic Pokemon

    [W] Spash: 20 damage.
    [W][W][C][C] Aeroblast: 50 damage. Flip 2 coins, this attack does an additional 20 damage times the number of heads.

    Weakness: Lightning x2
    Resistance: Fighting -20
    Retreat: 2


    Ho-Oh – Fire – HP100
    Basic Pokemon

    [R] Combustion: 20 damage.
    [R][R][C][C] Sacred Fire: Flip a coin, if heads this attack does 80 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon. Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for this damage.

    Weakness: Water x2
    Resistance: Fighting -20
    Retreat: 3


    Slowpoke – Water – HP60
    Basic Pokemon

    [C] Raucous Party: Look at the top 5 cards of your deck. Choose any number of Basic Pokemon cards you find there and play them on your Bench. Return the remaining cards to your deck and shuffle.
    [W][C] Water Kick: 20 damage.

    Weakness: Lightning x2
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 2


    Slowbro – Water – HP90
    Stage 1 Evolution – Evolves from Slowpoke

    [C] Complete Refresh: Remove 30 damage and all Special Conditions from this Pokemon.
    [P][C][C] Surprise Trip: 50 damage. Flip a coin, if heads the opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Confused. If tails, this Pokemon is now Confused.

    Weakness: Lightning x2
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 2


    Slowking – Psychic – HP100
    Stage 1 Evolution – Evolves from Slowpoke

    PokePower: Your Choice
    You can use this power once during your turn. Reveal the top 2 cards from your deck, and your opponent chooses 1 of them. Put the chosen card in your hand, and return the other card to the bottom of your deck. This power can’t be used if this Pokemon is affected by a Special Condition.

    [P][C][C] Super Psy: 60 damage.

    Weakness: Psychic x2
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 2

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    Thursday - October 8th, 2009 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (1:00 AM): Better-quality images added.

    Yesterday I forgot to post the Basic Energy of LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver Collection, which you can see below. As we reported a while ago, the Energy feature silhouettes of certain Pokemon; they also feature specific locations from Johto. For example, Water Energy uses Lugia’s silhouette and depicts the Whirl Islands. Could this be a new trend with Energy in future sets? We’ll see!

    To emphasize this from yesterday, we are 99% sure Baby Pokemon can no longer evolve. There is nothing on the Baby’s card or the respective Basic that indicates they can. There could be a rule about it in the card rule book, but that is extremely doubtful, since little kids would probably never know about it and nothing on the Baby Pokemon shows what they evolve into. We have thus concluded new Baby Pokemon do not evolve anymore.

    Many people have been asking what’s so special about Great Pokemon in terms of play. Well, there is nothing special about them – “Great Pokemon” doesn’t even appear on the cards. So in terms of playing them, Great Pokemon are just like any other Pokemon card. They just look more prettiful. ;)

    Grass Energy from LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver CollectionFire Energy from LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver CollectionWater Energy from LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver CollectionLighting Energy from LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver CollectionPsychic Energy from LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver CollectionFighting Energy from LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver CollectionDarkness Energy from LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver CollectionMetal Energy from LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver Collection
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    Thursday - October 8th, 2009 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update #2 (2 PM): The blog below has updated to reveal the game is an “action adventure” in which you will clear different attractions (perhaps mini-games) while deepening your friendship with Pokemon you meet along the way. At each attraction you can borrow the abilities of Pokemon you befriend. Some attractions will focus on certain elemental types, such as “Sky Race” and “Marine Slide,” which will be easier to clear using the abilities of Flying-type and Water-type Pokemon respectively. The game will not use the same 3D graphics as the WiiWare games, but will instead use its own.

    Update #1 (10 AM): The game is going to be sold in stores since it has its own listing on the Japanese Amazon.com website. Thus, it is not WiiWare, and most likely, it is the same game Tsunekazu Ishihara was foreshadowing.

    Nintendo announced yesterday at a retailer conference in Kyoto, Japan that a new Pokemon Wii game is to be released on December 5th in Japan: PokePark Wii – Pikachu’s Great Adventure. It is unknown whether this title is WiiWare or an actual commercial game. It is also unknown if this is the same game Tsunekazu Ishihara spoke of in the Famitsu magazine interview last month. No further information is known at the moment other than the game’s title and release date, but news should be coming in within the next month or so!

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    Wednesday - October 7th, 2009 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update #5 (11:30 AM): All translations have now been added to our set page, courtesy of Bangiras.

    With special thanks to Toho (and Kareda earlier in the day), we now have early scans of LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver Collection. Bangiras has translated all of the cards as well, which you can see on the page above.

    The secret card in both mini-sets is “Alph Lithograph,” short for “Ruins of Alph Lithograph.” The card template is unique in comparison to other cards, looking rather rustic. It does not have a rarity. A lithograph is an image printed on stone, and in this case, it refers to the Unown letters printed on the walls of the Ruins of Alph. The two cards are reverse holo. In HeartGold Collection, the overall card is golden and allows you to look at your opponent’s hand. In SoulSilver Collection, the card is of course silver, but allows you to shuffle your own deck.

    As we reported earlier, the Japanese will now receive a reverse holo in each booster pack. Their reverse holos are exactly the same as ours, featuring the same kind of holo paper. LEGEND Pokemon are the only type of card that will not have a reverse holo version, which will most likely be the case for our English set as well. EX Pokemon never received reverse holos either.

    Like with Galactic Pokemon in the SP sets, the borders of the cards in this set are multicolored – they are a mixture of Gold and Silver, obviously in reference to HeartGold and SoulSilver.

    Double Colorless Energy is a word-for-word reprint of the original card.

    It seems that Pokemon who evolve through the use of an evolutionary stone feature the stone in the card art. For example, Arcanine and Ninetales are shown with a Fire Stone whereas Slowking is reaching for a King’s Rock.

    Speaking of evolution, it looks as if Baby Pokemon will no longer be able to evolve, though we’re not positive on this yet. There are no more PokePowers stating that you can place a Pokemon like Clefairy onto Cleffa – both Pokemon are simply Basics. You can’t evolve a Basic into a Basic.

    As a reminder, the Great Pokemon in the sets are Feraligatr, Ampharos, Donphan, and Blissey in HeartGold Collection, and Meganium, Typhlosion, Crobat, and Ursaring in SoulSilver Collection. The LEGEND cards are Ho-Oh and Lugia, exclusive to their respective mini-sets; both Pokemon are split between two cards each. The secret card in both sets is Alph Lithograph. All of these cards, including promos associated with the set like Red Gyarados, will be combined to form our English set when it is released next February in America.

    Weedle from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#1)Kakuna from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#2)Beedrill from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#3)Spinarak from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#4)Ariados from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#5)Hoppip from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#6)Skiploom from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#7)Jumpluff from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#8)Sunkern from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#9)Sunflora from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#10)Shuckle from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#11)Heracross from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#12)Growlithe from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#13)Arcanine from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#14)Ho-oh LEGEND from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#15)Ho-oh LEGEND from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#16)Slowpoke from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#17)Slowbro from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#18)Staryu from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#19)Starmie from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#20)Lapras from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection 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Collection (#42)Primeape from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#43)Phanpy from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#44)Donphan from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#45)Great Donphan from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#46)Spearow from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#47)Fearow from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#48)Cleffa from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#49)Clefairy from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#50)Clefable from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#51)Chansey from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#52)Blissey from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#53)Great Blissey from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#54)Tauros from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#55)Sentret from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#56)Furret from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#57)Hoothoot from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#58)Noctowl from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#59)Girafarig from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#60)Dunsparce from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#61)Stantler from LEGEND: HeartGold Collection (#62)Energy Search from LEGEND: 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(#11)Vulpix from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#12)Ninetales from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#13)Cyndaquil from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#14)Quilava from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#15)Typhlosion from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#16)Great Typhlosion from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#17)Poliwag from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#18)Poliwhirl from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#19)Poliwrath from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#20)Politoed from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#21)Magikarp from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#22)Gyarados from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#23)Marill from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#24)Azumarill from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#25)Wooper from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#26)Quagsire from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#27)Delibird from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#28)Lugia LEGEND from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#29)Lugia LEGEND from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#30)Pichu from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#31)Pikachu from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#32)Raichu from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#33)Zubat from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#34)Golbat from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#35)Crobat from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#36)Great Crobat from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#37)Drowzee from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#38)Hypno from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#39)Exeggcute from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#40)Exeggutor from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#41)Natu from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#42)Xatu from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#43)Unown from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#44)Sandshrew from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#45)Sandslash from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#46)Sudowoodo from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#47)Tyrogue from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#48)Hitmontop from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#49)Igglybuff from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#50)Jigglypuff from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#51)Wigglytuff from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#52)Meowth from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#53)Persian from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#54)Farfetch'd from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#55)Aipom from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#56)Snubbull from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#57)Granbull from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#58)Teddiursa from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#59)Ursaring from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#60)Great Ursaring from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#61)Miltank from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#62)Full Heal from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#63)Pokegear 3.0 from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#64)Pokemon Communicator from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#65)Moo-Moo Milk from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#66)Fisherman from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#67)Pokemon Collector from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#68)Copycat from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#69)Rainbow Energy from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#70)Alph Lithograph from LEGEND: SoulSilver Collection (#71)
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    Tuesday - October 6th, 2009 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    According to an ad on Cartoon Network’s website, the third Mystery Dungeon anime special, Explorers of Sky, is going to air this Friday at 7:30 PM. It continues the story of the previous special. Piplup and crew join up with their former enemy, Grovyle, in an attempt to stop evil Dusknoir, recover the Time Gear, and find out why the boy was turned into a Piplup. The first two specials will air at 6:30 and 7:00 PM.

    Mystery Dungeon Sky Special Airing on Cartoon Network
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    Tuesday - October 6th, 2009 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Perhaps the most broken card in Arceus has been revealed – the all-powerful, amazingly awesome Rapidash of doom!! Click the thumbnail below for a larger image. We will have early scans of the set the week after next, which is when prereleases will start.

    Rapidash from Arceus (#47)
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    Monday - October 5th, 2009 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Last time’s quiz asked, “Which of the following shows/movies or their characters have NOT been made into or parodied by a Pokemon character or story?” The correct answer was Tokyo Story. Most people voted for Star Trek: The Next Generation, but Pokemon has parodied it before.

    • Star Trek: The Next Generation (42.0%, 4,077 Votes) – In the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga, Pikachu is nicknamed “Jean-Luc Pikachu,” a reference to Jean-Luc Picard, the captain of the Enterprise in The Next Generation. (Played by Patrick Stewart, the bald guy – you know, Xavier from X-Men, the voice of Lord Yupa in Nausicaa, the voice of the head of the CIA in American Dad?) Pikachu is also shown wearing the iconic Star Trek communicator.
    • Batman (14.0%, 1,399 Votes) – In the episode “The Superhero Secret,” one of the characters is secretly a superhero named “Gligarman.” He rides a motorcycle and tells Ash and friends to blow a whistle if they ever need help (Superman). His real last name is Parker, a reference to Peter Parker from Spiderman. The episode also features a secret laboratory (the Bat Cave) and Gligirl (Bat Girl). Gligarman’s Gligar seems to be a reference to young Robin.
    • Titanic (9.0%, 884 Votes) – The S.S. Anne episodes where the ship sinks. Not necessarily a reference to the 1997 movie, but more of the actual event, which the movie (creatively) portrays. The dub narrator also says a few Titanic references, like “Holy Titanic!” In “Lights, Camerupt, Action!”, a Natu and Xatu appear as lovers on a spaceship torn by an ice asteroid, which is more of a reference to the story.
    • Frankenstein (9.0%, 870 Votes) – The whole premise of Mewtwo Strikes Back. Scientist creates monster, monster kills scientist. Except it is with Pokemanz and cloning rather than corpses and electricity. The monster also wishes to fit-in, but can’t, like Mewtwo. (Note: The monster isn’t actually named Frankenstein, the scientist is. It’s just called “the monster.”)
    • Tarzan (7.0%, 643 Votes) – “The Kangaskan Kid.” Tommy was accidentally dropped into the wild when he was young and raised by wild Kangaskhan. He screams like Tarzan and swings from trees, though doesn’t crash into them like in George of the Jungle.
    • Princess Mononoke (6.0%, 549 Votes) – Pokemon 4Ever copies the basic plot of the latter part of this movie. The “spirit of the forest” in Mononoke (“voice of the forest” in Celebi) is attacked by humans (Vicious), changes into something monstrous (giant badly-rendered 3D Frosted Mini Wheat Celebi monster), goes crazy and destroys the forest, then dies. In the Pokemon movie, though, Celebi is revived. Pokemon has copied many Studio Ghibli plots before, both in episodes and movies. It is also interesting to note that Regigigas has the same sort of striping on its body as the forest spirit. If you watch the Shaymin movie, the way Regigigas walks is similar to the way the spirit walks after its head is cut off as well.
    • Yojimbo (5.0%, 508 Votes) – Parodied in “Showdown in Dark City.” A wandering samurai (Ash) happens upon a town where two rival families (the two Gyms) are fighting for dominance (the status of official Pokemon Gym) and terrorizing the townspeople to the point where everyone’s in hiding (identical to Dark City’s residents). After the samurai defeats the bodyguards from one of the households (Team Rocket), both families begin to court his services. The samurai makes up a name (based on a nearby object, similar to Ash’s “Tom Ato”) and questions both families to decide if either one is noble, but ultimately finds that they aren’t. He sets up camp in a restaurant (Ash also does this) and engineers a battle that results in the destruction of both families (Ash spilling paint on Electabuzz and Scyther to make them go berserk). In the Pokemon episode, this results in everyone learning a lesson and living happily ever after, which is the ONLY point that differs from Yojimbo.
    • Tokyo Story (4.0%, 429 Votes) – Pokemon hasn’t really copied this movie in any way despite its fame. It probably couldn’t, anyway. The movie is about a modern family that doesn’t pay any attention to their grandparents. The family finds the grandparents a hassle to host when they come to visit because of their busy lives. The movie ends rather tragically. You should watch it!
    • Castle of Cagliostro (4.0%, 427 Votes) – Looker is basically a nod to Inspector Zenigata from the Lupin series; Castle of Cagliostro is a Lupin movie. Both are detectives, from the International Police, and look similar in appearance.
    • Total Voters: 9,786
    Jean Luc Pikachu Jean Luc Pikachu Inspector Zenigata The Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke at night
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    Saturday - October 3rd, 2009 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    It appears that Cartoon Network will now be posting the latest Pokemon episodes on their website a few days after they air in a vein similar to websites like Hulu. The latest episode available, Battling a Cute Drama!, aired last Saturday on television and was posted on their website this past Monday. Classroom Training, which aired this morning, will probably be posted this upcoming Monday and replace the previous episode. So if you’re old and can no longer wake up at 9 in the morning like when you were a kid, you have a whole week to watch the episodes now! (*coughbesidesonyoutubecough*)

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