.::   Thursday - March 20th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

Two finals tomorrow and then I’m DONE! :D

Meiji Chocolate Promo Set 2008 Translations – Thanks to Kirbypopstarhero, we have translations for all of the cards in the Japanese [Meiji Chocolate Promo 2008 set]. Each card is available at random in a package of Meiji Chocolates in Japan. These types of promos are usually POP set material (or maybe even American DP5 filler material), so we should see them over here soon.

The Rise of Darkrai DVD Box ArtThe Rise of Darkrai DVD Box Art – I just noticed the English DVD box art for “The Rise of Darkrai” even though it was revealed a week or so ago, but I figured I’d post it anyway since many people probably have not seen it. Click the image to the right for a larger picture.

The DVD hits shelves May 27th and will retail for $19.98. It will be published through VIZ media, which has been involved with the Pokemon movie DVDs since “Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.”

Ash may think he’s seen everything when it comes to Pokemon, but is he ready to face the mysterious Darkrai in his latest awesome adventure? While touring Alamos Town – home of the Space-Time Tower – with the beautiful Alice, Ash and his friends discover that the town’s special garden has been decimated! Baron Alberto, a dashing but arrogant fellow, immediately blames the destruction on Darkrai. As if it just overheard the accusation, Darkrai appears and confronts our heroes!

Who is Darkrai? Is it an enemy… or a friend in disguise? And as a battle between Legendary Pokemon Dialga and Palkia rages directly above Alamos Town and threatens to tear a hole in the space-time continuum, will Ash and his friends survive this showdown and learn Darkrai’s true nature?

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.::   Wednesday - March 19th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

I am in the process of switching hosts, so we may have downtime sometime between now and Saturday.

SSBB Poke Ball Item Descriptions – The official Super Smash Bros. Brawl website has posted a convenient page with information on what each Poke Ball item Pokemon does in the game, along with pictures. Most people who own Brawl probably know the effects of each Pokemon, but if you do not, there you go!

EX Dragon Frontiers BoxEX Dragon Frontiers Deck Box – Someone on eBay has placed up a very rare EX Dragon Frontiers deck box for auction. These deck boxes were originally set to be given out at EX Dragon Frontiers prereleases, but because they would have arrived late to America from the manufacturer (based in China), POP refused to receive them and the product was apparently destroyed. A couple have been spotted in the past, and some people that I even know own one, so obviously, some did make it to America. Thanks go to DukeFireBird for the heads up on this story!

Apprentice Downloads – Many people have e-mailed me saying the Apprentice downloads are not working, so after some investigation, the problem is now fixed! Go to the Apprentice page to re-download the program or patch if you were having problems previously.

Alternatively, you can also download Redshark.

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.::   Tuesday - March 18th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

WPM’s problems of the week: 1) Finals! 2) Our stupid host, Dreamhost, is giving me unnecessary trouble about our “CPU usage,” so the forums are down for now. 3) My laptop is inches from death… I’m lucky if it starts and doesn’t freeze up. 4) I am going to switch webhosts over the weekend because Dreamhost is, so we may experience downtime for a while. 5) That new layout / system I started a year ago is on hiatus until the hosting problems are resolved.

If I just dropped the internet, life would be so much better. :p

English D/P Set Confusion – I received many questions last week about what America’s DP sets will consist of, so hopefully I can clear up some confusion.

Majestic Dawn, America’s “hodge-podge” set, will consist of unreleased cards from [Japan’s DP4] and all of [Japan’s Entry Pack 2008] cards. We have most of the card’s from Japan’s DP4 in our DP4, but a good chunk of them was not released (Fossils, Eeveelutions, Kanto legendary birds, Garchomp LV.X, Phione, etc.), so we can assume they will be in our DP5. Since America’s DP5 is too small with just these “left out” Japanese DP4 cards, we can quickly come to the assumption that Japan’s Entry Pack 2008 will help fill it up (perhaps with some random promos and several cards from Japan’s DP5 thrown in).

[Cry from the Mysterious, Temple of Anger] (Japan’s DP5 set) is America’s DP6 set, and will have its prereleases in August. Thus, we probably will not see a majority of cards from this set for half a year.

Disclaimer: Nothing above is known for sure to happen, but based on history and what we know of Pokemon USA’s practices, everything described above is probably the case.

And now for the news I missed in the past few days because of finals studying…

Pokemon TFG Now Supported at League – Mike Liesik, the head of Pokemon Organized Play, announced on the POP forums a few days ago that the Pokemon TFG will now count for points at Pokemon League:

I just got the go ahead from the brass to officially allow TFG games to count for League points. It’s likely that some of you are already doing this, but I just wanted to make it clear that it is now officially approved. Officially.

Organized play for the TFG is still under development from what we know, but this is a good step in the right direction in making the TFG one of the main mediums of Pokemon!

You can view our image gallery of Next Quest, the first TFG set, by clicking here.

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.::   Friday - March 14th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

Essay is over! Now I just have to live through finals week (one final on Monday, two finals back-to-back on Friday). :(

Updated DP5 Translations, New Rulings – A few minor errors have been corrected on the [DP5 translations] page (nothing too important). I also forgot to include the “Bubble Coat” translation yesterday, so it is there now.

According to a recent update in the Japanese TCG ruling database, you can run up to 4 of each Deoxys / Castform, you can attach multiple TMs to a single Pokemon, and the TMs remain in play for as long as the Pokemon does. You do NOT need to discard a TM after you use its attack. This does not apply outside of Japan yet, but when DP5 comes out over here in some capacity, there will probably be announcements regarding these new rulings.

The scan and translation page for DP5 have also been added under “Card Scans” in the left menu for now. The Entry Pack ’08 translations, which will most likely make up part of America’s DP5 set, have been added to the same place as well (America’s DP6 will be Japan’s DP5 most likely).

Heatran LV.X – Heatran LV.X is available in the DP5 Visual Book, which was released today in Japan and costs 750 yen. The translation and scan for the card is below. When will we see Heatran in America? Expect two birthdays to pass at the rate these visual book promos are released.

Heatran LV.X from DP5 visual bookHeatran LV.X – Fire – 120 HP
Level Up

Poke-Body: Heat Metal
Even if your opponent’s Burned Pokemon Evolve, De-Evolve, or Level Up, the Burn condition remains. In between turns, whenever your opponent flips a coin for the Burned condition, all of those coin flips are treated as tails.

Poke-Power: Heat Wave
This Power can be used once at the end of your turn, if this Pokemon is on your Bench. If, during your turn, your Active Fire-type or Steel-type Pokemon discarded Basic Energy as a result of its attack, choose up to 2 of those Basic Energy cards and attach them to that Pokemon.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 4

Mystery Dungeon 2 Pre-Order Offer – Starting Sunday, if you pre-order Mystery Dungeon 2 from stores, you will receive a free “Explorer’s Guide” based on the version on the game you buy (either “Explorers of Time” or “Explorers of Darkness”). The guides contain brief information about the game and a Mystery Dungeon comic (manga) in the back.

Thanks to Tor-Chic, a Toys R Us employee, we have a few preview photos of the guide. Click the thumbnails below for larger images.

Mystery Dungeon 2 Explorers Guide comicMystery Dungeon 2 Explorers Guide comicMystery Dungeon 2 Explorers Guide tips

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.::   Thursday - March 13th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

Complete DP5 Translations – We now have [complete DP5 translations], all on one convenient page and with scans next to each translation! You can even link to a specific card by copying its name’s link, allowing people to see both the card’s translation and scan. Thanks go to Bangiras for spending several hours going through each card scan and translating them!

I have an essay due tomorrow, so I do not have time to write other news stories that I was planning on posting today. Tomorrow night, I will post the DP5 visual book Heatran LV.X promo and translation, as well as some Mystery Dungeon 2 news.

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.::   Wednesday - March 12th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

EDIT #4: The “[interesting card]” translations are done for now. I would like to thank the biggest Torchic fan in the world (Kirbypopstarhero) for helping with the second batch of translations, since Vincent had to sign off a while ago (thanks go to him as well). We should have the complete set translations later tonight or tomorrow morning depending on how Bangiras feels, since she was ill today in bed.

EDIT #3: All new translations are being posted on [this page] for now (so that this news post doesn’t get clogged up). Refresh the page every few minutes for new translations as we add them – all new translations will be posted on the TOP of the page rather than the bottom (as I was doing with this news post earlier).

You can also check out our theme deck translations, as well as some older main set translations, on our [DP5: Temple of Anger, Cry from the Mysterious] page.

EDIT #2: Starting to add translations for “cards of interest” below the DP5 news story, thanks to Vincent. Be sure to refresh the page about every 10 minutes as more cards are translated!

EDIT #1: Added all of the DP5 theme deck scans to the bottom of its scan page, bringing DP5 to a grand total of 146 cards!

130 DP5 Scans – With special thanks to Toho, our usual Japanese set scan source, we now have 130 [DP5: Temple of Anger, Cry from the Mysterious card scans], two days before the set is released! The page is organized in alphabetical order by Pokemon, and then by Trainers. If you want to look at all of the card scans at once, click the first image, then hover over the right side, clicking “Next,” to scroll through the rest of the cards like a slideshow.

Bangiras will probably translate all of the cards by later today. If there are any cards of interest during the translation process, they will be posted earlier than the rest.

As for Mesprit LV.X, don’t let its 200-damage attack fool you into thinking it is awesome right off the bat! It needs Uxie LV.X and Azelf LV.X in play and has to discard all energy attached to itself for the attack to work. Depending on what the other two pixies do, the attack may or may not be worth building a deck around… we’ll have to see!

For more information regarding this set, check out our [DP5: Temple of Anger, Cry from the Mysterious] page.

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.::   Tuesday - March 11th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

DP5 translations / scans today? Tomorrow? We’ll see! It’s midnight here, so there may be another update in the afternoon or night.

Everyone's Pokemon RanchMore “Everyone’s Pokemon Ranch” Info – The official “Everyone’s Pokemon Ranch” website updated tonight with more information regarding the downloadable Wii game, which will be available through the Wii Shop Channel for 1000 points ($10.00) starting March 25th in Japan. Release dates for other countries are currently unknown, but it will most likely be available elsewhere soon.

If your family has multiple copies of Diamond and Pearl, it’s okay! One farm can have up to 1000 Pokemon from up to eight Diamond and Pearl games. The transfered Pokemon can only be returned from the farm to the game pack that they were transferred from, though.

Yukari, the owner of the farm, captures one wild Pokemon every day and brings it to your farm. Even if you just download “Everyone’s Pokemon Ranch” and do not use it to store your Pokemon, the farm will still grow with Pokemon that you can interact with. It is unknown if these Pokemon can be transferred to your Diamond or Pearl cartridges. In a feature called “Wanted Pokemon,” Yukari will also show you where to capture Pokemon in Diamond and Pearl that you do not own so that you can complete your D/P Pokedex to a better degree. On occasion, she will even have unique Pokemon that she will trade with you (how often this happens is not stated). You can transfer the Pokemon you receive from her to your Diamond or Pearl game, of course.

It seems as if there is no limit to the amount of Pokemon you can transfer to the farm at a single time (unlike with Pal Park), as the website shows a whole box from D/P being transferred to the Wii. If you have Diamond or Pearl, up to 1000 Pokemon can be transfered to the farm (as we already knew), and they can be arranged according to ability, type, weight, height, etc. As the number of Pokemon increases, the farm becomes larger, as does the variety of camera functions and the number of toys for the Pokemon to play with. The camera becomes capable of moving more freely, you can zoom in on specific Pokemon, and you can view them from any angle you like. Additional Miis can also be placed into the ranch as it grows larger.

Each Pokemon that you see in the farm moves differently, and they can do things like dancing and parading. The Pokemon will cutely play amongst themselves and with the Miis. You can blow a whistle and make them gather around as well.

Thanks go to Bangiras for the detailed translations of the website! She spent two hours checking all of the information.

To review what is already known about the game, check out our [February 25th news story].

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.::   Sunday - March 9th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

Complete DP5 Theme Deck Translations – All DP5: “Temple of Anger, Cry from the Mysterious” [theme deck translations] are now posted! Thanks go to Bangiras for translating all the cards! Notable cards include Lucario, Mewtwo, Mewtwo LV.X, Shinx (for a basic), Luxio (for a Stage 1), Buck’s Training, and Bubble Coat. Pathetic cards are embodied by Misdreavus’ second attack.

Buck’s Training does an additional 10 damage, not 20. The low-quality image we had earlier in the week seemed to show “20” for the damage, but it turns out it was actually 10. In essence, the card is Bill and Strength Charm combined.

The Luxio / Lucario and Drifblim / Metang pics from the other day are the theme deck cards.

Tomorrow or the day after, there is a very good chance we will have DP5 scans and set translations. In saying “very good chance,” there is also a slim possibility we will not, so do not murder or take a flamethrower to anyone if this does not turn out to be the case. ;)

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.::   Sunday - March 9th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

Complete [DP5: Temple of Anger, Cry from the Mysterious] theme deck translations will be posted later tonight. Bangiras is translating them as you read this post. Once the translations are done, this post will be rewritten, since it is just a heads-up.

Later this week (possibly even tomorrow or the day after), we will have scans and translations for the main set.

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.::   Saturday - March 8th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

EDIT: Whoops, I meant April, not March.

Mystery Dungeon 2Second Mystery Dungeon Special Air Date – According to the most recent issue of Nintendo Power, the second Mystery Dungeon TV special will air during the weekend prior to the game’s release date of Monday, April 21st (most likely the Friday or Saturday before, April 18th or 19th).

The special features a human who wakes up one day to discover he is a Piplup. He then joins up with a Chimchar and Sunflora to fight a Gabite (if I recall the plot correctly). The special was previously available last September to watch on TV Tokyo’s website, but has been removed since then.

Brawl Pokemon Trainer Voice – Someone obtained an early copy of “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” and has recorded Pokemon Trainer’s voice. Click the play button on the YouTube video below to hear it.

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.::   Friday - March 7th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

EDIT: Added a new news story below the original 11th movie trailer story because of the trailer being posted.

The TCG, video games, and animé – I think this is the only website that truly tries to bring all three aspects of Pokemon together in its news. :) Of course, we can still improve on what we cover in the future, and we will.

11th Movie Trailer Description – Thanks to the Japanese blog Pokemon Information Exchange, we now know what the next trailer for “Giratina and the Bouquet from the Icy Sky” will entail. Someone on the blog has seen the trailer before its official release, and their “summary” of it is below (the translation is thanks to Bangiras). The trailer should be released within the next few days on the official Pokemon movie website. We will post a notification here when it is up.

An “alternate universe,” a mysterious world where everything is different from this world, appears. Dialga, who has finished battling with Palkia, goes to this unknown world as if led by someone… a grand battle with the legendary Pokemon Giratina unfolds, who lives in the alternate universe. Then, an explorer-like man appears, followed by another man who seems to be the movie’s villain. The form of a sneezing Shaymin can also be seen.

Unless Regigigas is the Pokemon leading Dialga to the alternate dimension, it is not mentioned in the trailer at all (at least from the person’s description of it).

EDIT: 11th Movie Trailer Posted, Movie Information – The official Pokemon Movie website has just been updated to include more information about the 11th movie and now features a new movie trailer. Screenshots of the trailer are below, and information follows.

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Giratina and the Bouquet from the Icy Sky, Shaymin, PosterThere are three new characters to be featured in the movie. The guy with the white hair is obviously the bad guy – his name is “Zero,” and he owns a robot with artificial intelligence (named Infi). The Pokemon he will use in the movie is a single Magnezone and many Magnemite. He also has a ship / base called the Megaliba. Zero wants to use Giratina to rule the world (so cliché – like he really is going to succeed). The “explorer” described in last night’s news story is named Mugen, who owns a Shieldon. He is a scholar exploring the Reverse World.

Because of the battle in the 10th movie between Dialga and Palkia, time and space have become distorted in the “Reverse World,” angering Giratina, and black clouds have started to pollute the beautiful place. The Reverse World is like a mirror to our own world, but many rules of physics apparently do not apply; Giratina is the ruler of it. As Dialga returns from its battle in Alamos Town, it is lured into the “Reverse World” by Giratina who is in its new interdimensional form, and a battle ensues.

Shaymin has telepathy, and discovers Ash and crew. It wants to guide them to a garden within the dimension for unknown reasons. Meanwhile, Regigigas has awoken from deep within a glacier, where it has been frozen for quite some time (whether it is in the Reverse World or our dimension is unknown).

Maybe the battle that took place in Movie 10 will finally be given a reason for occurring and continuing to Movie 11? Maybe this Zero guy is the cause.

Pokemon Ranger Battonage WebsitePokemon Ranger Battonage Website – The official Pokemon Ranger Battonage website has just opened. No new information regarding the game, other than what is in the next two paragraphs, is present on the website. General information and game artwork are merely shown.

It is vaguely mentioned that the Riolu and Manaphy missions (called “Aura Sphere Riolu Mission” and “Manaphy Egg Mission”) will be downloadable starting March 20th, the game’s release date. Japanese players will be able to go into stores’ DS download stations to receive the missions through Wi-Fi, but a list of stores is not available.

On March 21st, the official Japanese Pokemon website will begin to run a web comic based on the game. “Pokemon Ranger Battonage: the Comic” is being written by Satoshi Yamamoto and Hidenori Kusaka, who also write the popular “Pocket Monsters Special” comics.

A brief trailer for the game was also posted on Nintendo’s Japanese Touch DS website.

New Lucario and Magnezone Promos – A Lucario promo will be available at Pokemon Centers in Japan with the purchase of at least one DP5 booster pack. Another new promo, Magnezone, will be given to players who attend any Battle Road tournament (in Japan). Translations for both cards, thanks to Bangiras, are below. One can tell Magnezone will see a lot of play; only question is… when will we get it in America? POP 8? HA! Don’t count on it. ;)

Promo Magnezone Battle Road TournamentLucario Pokemon Center PromoLucario LV.39 – Fighting – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Riolu

[M][C] Blocking Punch: 40 damage. During your opponent’s next turn, any damage done to Lucario by attacks is reduced by 20.
[F][C][C] Smash Kick: 60 damage. This attack’s damage isn’t affected by Resistance or any effects on the Defending Pokemon.

Weakness: Psychic (+20)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Magnezone LV.51 – Metal – HP130
Stage 2 – Evolves from Magneton

[M][C] Mirror Shot: 40 damage. During your opponent’s next turn, when the Defending Pokemon attacks, your opponent flips a coin. If tails, the attack fails.
[L][M][C][C] Thunder Slash: 100 damage. Discard all Lightning Energy attached to Magnezone.

Weakness: Fire (+30)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 2

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.::   Thursday - March 6th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

We will have early “[DP5: Temple of Anger, Cry from the Mysterious]” scans, translations, and information toward the beginning of next week, like when we have early English set scans.

No news is bad news, so I’ll just post more manga chapters!

The Injured Persian – The chapters posted here are out of order (as are the cards Himeno features, in terms of when they were released), so “The Injured Persian” is from the third volume of Himeno’s “How I Became a Pokemon Card” manga series as the third chapter. It focuses on Persian from [Jungle]. Click the thumbnail of the first page below to read the chapter. Again, thanks go to Ketsuban for translating the chapter!

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.::   Tuesday - March 4th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

This is the second update today. Be sure to read the previous news story!

POP 7 “Scans” – We now have fifteen of the seventeen POP 7 scans (not photos). Currently, we are missing the scans for Ampharos and Latias, but we still have the photos of the two from last week, so they are included below with the scans (meaning we now have images of all 17 cards). Click the thumbnails for larger scans / pictures.

Ampharos from POP 7 (#1)Gallade from POP 7 (#2)Latias from POP 7 (#3)Latios from POP 7 (#4)Mothim from POP 7 (#5)Delibird from POP 7 (#6)Flaafy from POP 7 (#7)Kirlia from POP 7 (#8)Stantler from POP 7 (#9)Wormadam Sandy Cloak from POP 7 (#10)Burmy Plant Cloak from POP 7 (#11)Burmy Sandy Cloak from POP 7 (#12)Corsola from POP 7 (#13)Mareep from POP 7 (#14)Ralts from POP 7 (#15)Sentret from POP 7 (#16)Stantler from POP 7 (#17)

As I have said for the past year, I am still working on the new layout and website, and once it is up, we will have scans and set lists for all promo sets. So, you are going to have to refer to this news story for POP 7 scans until everything is up and running.

Pikachu Iraq CNNLife in Iraq – “Kids on Air” is a one-hour children’s television show in Iraq that features several popular franchises from around the world, including Disney and Pokemon. In an interview between CNN and the man who runs the show, Pokemon is mentioned several times, both by the CNN interviewer and two children who are asked questions during the interview (both of them say they like Pokemon). The show is apparently an escape from the troubles of war for kids in Iraq, and is the number one children’s show in the country.

You can watch the CNN interview by clicking here. Thanks go to EeveeLover for giving us the heads-up about this video.

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.::   Tuesday - March 4th, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

These daily updates take WAY too much time.

New Random Japanese Cards – The official Japanese Battle Road website today posted new promo and [DP5: Cry from the Mysterious, Temple of Anger] cards. You can view them all below. Riolu, Lucario, Luxio, Metang, Drifblim, and Magnezone are from DP5, whereas Dusknoir, Pikachu, Buck’s Training, and Cynthia’s Hope are promos, probably available through the Battle Road tournaments (Pikachu is a reprint from the [Entry Pack 2008 DX] decks with alternate art). We should have more information in the future regarding these cards.

Riolu from DP5Lucario and Luxio from DP5Metang and Drifblim from DP5Lucario and Luxio from DP5

Promo DusknoirPromo PikachuPromo Buck's TrainingPromo Cynthia's Hope

Bangiras was only able to read one of the images – Buck’s Training; its translation is below this paragraph. The card is definitely “different,” as it is a Supporter with a built-in Tool (in terms of what the card does). It seems that the Diamond and Pearl era is focusing on the Elite Four more, as evident by their greater roles in the video games, the animé, and the TCG. Perhaps Ash is going to actually face them at the end of D/P, since the TCG usually ties in to the show? That assumption might be going a little far, but the TCG is sometimes a good indicator of Pokemon that will appear in the show and movies, so it may apply to humans as well (not only that, but Cynthia and Lucian have both appeared in the show, and Cynthia will probably appear again – this and the cards are possibly foreshadowing greater involvement of the Elite Four later on).

Buck’s Training – Supporter
Draw 2 cards. If this card is in play when your Active Pokemon attacks, the attack does 20 more damage to the Defending Pokemon.

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.::   Monday - March 3rd, 2008  [Link to this News Story]

EDIT: Oh, Himeno is actually a woman. ^_^;

Dratini from Team Rocket (#53)How I Became a Pokemon Card – Kagemaru Himeno is a TCG artist who first started illustrating in the [Jungle] expansion for cards like Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon, and who more recently illustrated cards for [Great Encounters], such as Blaziken and Togetic. She is a consistent artist throughout the history of the Pokemon TCG, having illustrated a card in almost every major set.

What most TCG players probably do not know about Ms. Himeno is that she released a popular Pokemon TCG manga (comic book) in Japan many years ago, titled “How I Became a Pokemon Card.” The manga provides stories behind Himeno’s earlier illustrations, tying her tales to the world of Pokemon. A total of six volumes was released, each with five to seven chapters on average (each chapter provides a story on a single card).

Thanks to Ketsuban, a popular Japanese manga translator in the Pokemon community, we will now be hosting scanlations of Himeno’s work.

The first chapter of the first volume Himeno released, titled “The Day Dratini Grew Up,” details the story behind Dratini from [Team Rocket]. Click the chapter’s title scan below to go to the chapter’s page, and then read the instructions on top.

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I wonder who the young trainer is who saved Dratini… Looks like he is the kind of guy who would end up working in a lighthouse or something. :p

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