Tuesday - November 22nd, 2011 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Weekly Jump magazine has revealed that The Pokemon Company will be making a “surprise” announcement at this year’s Jump Festa trade show, an annual event where companies reveal their new movies, manga, games, and merchandise. At this time, however, we do not know what their announcement pertains to or how large it will be. Could it be the 15th movie? The next Pokemon video game? Keldeo’s reveal? A new Pokemon manga title? This will be the first time Pokemon has attended the trade show, so we have no idea. Jump Festa will be held in Tokyo from December 17th to 18th, at which time we should know what the news is if CoroCoro magazine has not spoiled it by then.

Jumpfesta Pokemon Announcement Coming
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Monday - October 3rd, 2011 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon.com has announced another prize sweepstakes: each week, 25 winners will win a Reshiram or Zekrom TCG Box. You simply need to enter your e-mail address on the Pokemon Sweepstakes website for a chance to win; entering your e-mail address every day will increase your chances of winning. Then on November 7th, one lucky winner will take home the grand prize: a Reshiram TCG Box, a Zekrom TCG Box, Pokemon Black, Pokemon White, Emerging Powers booster packs, a large Reshiram plush doll, a Zekrom plush doll, and a red Nintendo 3DS! The grand prize package is pictured below.

Pokemon Legendary Sweepstakes
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Saturday - April 9th, 2011 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Gaming website IGN is undertaking a rather ambitious endeavor to determine the top 100 Pokemon out of the 649 currently available by asking fans to vote for their favorites. They have posted a face-off which pairs up two random Pokemon against each other – you pick which Pokemon you like better out of the two and then their program generates another pair to vote from. The data from the face-offs will be collected until April 20th and then the results will be announced on April 25th. You can read more about their plan here and can vote in the face-off here.

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Saturday - April 9th, 2011 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Some Pokemon have design secrets that aren’t revealed right away, such as Darkrai having legs, and it turns out Vanillite and Golurk are two such Pokemon. According to the comics below, Vanillite’s face is actually hidden under a layer of ice and Golurk can fly by retracting its hands and legs and using what appears to be jet propulsion (it’s using it in the Victini movie posters too). The latter explains how Golurk can learn Fly in the games (it’s a Ground/Ghost type but can fly by using fire?). Bangiras has translated the comic strips below; click them for larger images.

Vanillite Comic Golurk Comic

Golurk Comic

  • Panel 1 – “(It appears that when the seal on Golurk’s chest is taken off, its power runs rampant.)”
  • Panel 2 – Golett: “Can I take it off?” Golurk: “H-hey, stop!” Golett: “Just a peek!” Golurk: “No, no! Ah… ah!!”
  • Panel 3 – Golurk: “AAAHHHHHHHH!!!!” Golett: “Golurk!!”
  • Panel 4 – Golett: “Goluuuuuuuk!!” “(Golurk ran rampant before the seal was removed.)”

Vanillite Comic

  • Panel 1 – Pansage: “Vanillite’s white part is cool to the touch, it feels nice.” Pansear: “That’s because it’s snow.”
  • Panel 2 – Pansage: “But if we touch it too much, it’ll melt…”
  • Panel 4 – Vanillite: “WAAAH, don’t look at me!!” Pansage: “Vanillite!” “(Vanillite is a little bit shy.)”
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Tuesday - March 29th, 2011 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

This is not necessarily related to Pokemon anymore as 4Kids no longer dubs the show or manages the franchise’s international licensing, but it is still interesting nonetheless. According to an article by The Hollywood Reporter, 4Kids is being sued by the makers of Yu-Gi-Oh for essentially embezzling money. The entire article has been reproduced below. This follows their loss of the Pokemon license and their dubbing rights to One Piece.

‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ Creator Terminates U.S. Deal and Sues for Millions of Dollars (Exclusive)

According to the lawsuit, an audit turned up secret deals to defraud Japanese companies of anime profits

4Kids Entertainment has made quite a business out of taking Japanese anime programming like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! and dubbing it into English for the pleasure of U.S. children. Just how lucrative? The Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, including a popular TV show and various merchandising, is said to have earned 4Kids over $152 million in income between 2001 and 2009.

But now, the Japanese animation studio that first created the anime hits is attacking, claiming that 4Kids owes it millions of dollars for making secret agreements with TV networks and home video distributors as well as making improper royalty deductions, including for the cost of the actual dubbing. As the result of alleged contractual breaches, the Japanese companies behind the show reveal they have just terminated their licensing agreements with 4Kids. They now want past money owed too.

TV Tokyo Corporation and Nihon Ad Systems filed the lawsuit last week in New York federal court.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs exercised their right to audit 4Kids’ financial books in 2010 to see whether they were getting paid 50% of gross income, minus pre-defined expenses, as agreed upon in the original licensing agreement.

The auditor allegedly turned up some questionable accounting concerning deals made by 4Kids with the Cartoon Network and other parties.

For example, 4Kids is said to have made an agreement with Funimation Productions, giving it the right to exploit the YGO series on home video. “4Kids conspired with Funimation to fraudulently hide from Plaintiffs more than 45% of the total income Funimation paid to 4Kids from the sale of the home videos,” the complaint states.

Allegedly, 4Kids not only licensed YGO, but also several other Japanese animation series it didn’t own. Under the terms of this supposedly secret deal, which allegedly included a strict confidentiality clause, 4Kids didn’t have to do much besides perform certain marketing services. It was Funimation’s job to produce and distribute the series, and for this right, Funimation paid a $1.3 million advance and gave over nearly $4 million in a service fee, which was allegedly then hidden from the plaintiffs.

4Kids is said to have made a similar “strictly confidential” deal with Majesco Sales Inc. to produce and distribute videos of the YGO episodes on Nintendo’s Gameboy Advanced game system, and allegedly never turned over any royalties.

The complaint also details some improper deductions, including more than $2.5 million worth of international withholding taxes, bank charges, insurance coverage, YGO style guide art, the cost of the audit itself, and even the cost of the dubbing. TV Tokyo says 4Kids “expressly agreed to bear [such costs] under the agreement.”

After the auditor’s report, the parties met in February to discuss the situation. The plaintiffs are said to have made an offer, which was rejected. After further discussions, on March 17, 4Kids wired $1 million as a “good faith” initial payment. The next day, reps for the Japanese companies flew to the U.S. for a final meeting to see if they could resolve the mess.

“4Kids abruptly terminated this meeting without a resolution to any of the outstanding issues,” says the complaint.

In response, TV Tokyo Corporation and Nihon Ad Systems have cancelled the agreement and filed a lawsuit, seeking more than $4 million in damages and other relief for breach of contract and fraud. The legal dispute also leaves the future of some of the most popular Japanese programming on U.S. television in some doubt.

Attempts to reach 4Kids for comment were unsuccessful.

To be honest, this behavior is not surprising – 4Kids has been employing questionable practices since before even Pokemon’s time. Roland Kelts, author of the book Japanamerica, spoke at the New York Anime Festival in 2008 where he revealed that 4Kids essentially took advantage of the Japanese when it bought the rights to Pokemon (described below). In retrospect, it is no wonder why TPCi (previously PUSA) took their licensing away when they had the chance in 2006. I still remember PUSA officials telling me then that 4Kids was asking for too much money when their renewal came up (on the franchise’s 10th anniversary); it seems like Pokemon learned from their previous mistake and acted on it by denying the company its licensing and dubbing rights and doing it themselves in-house. And it also seems like these other companies from Japan that are dealing with 4Kids are beginning to catch on as well.

Kelts began his discussions with the Pokemon phenomenon, when the game and cartoon exploded on the American consciousness in 1998. He also briefly digressed to relay the tale of how 4Kids’ Al Kahn managed to get the Japanese owners of Pokemon to sign over subsidiary rights in return for a paltry $10 million, mostly because Pokemon’s Japanese owners at Shogakukan had no legal team on staff to process the thick contract and didn’t understand what they were signing away. Kelts related that Shogakukan’s Masakazu Kubo told him, “That was our fault. If you do business with another country, you have to learn how that other country does business,” even though this simple mistake ultimately cost them millions of dollars.

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Saturday - February 26th, 2011 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

… and only a few hours after I posted about it!

Thanks to Marco E., we now have the high-quality fifth generation Pokemon artwork that was just uploaded to the Japanese online Pokedex (as posted a few news stories down). Click the thumbnails below for larger, transparent images!

Victini
#494 – Victini
(Victini)
Psychic / Fire
Snivy
#495 – Snivy
(Tsutarja)
Grass
Servine
#496 – Servine
(Janovy)
Grass
Serperior
#497 – Serperior
(Jalorda)
Grass
Tepig
#498 – Tepig
(Pokabu)
Fire
Pignite
#499 – Pignite
(Chaoboo)
Fire / Fighting
Emboar
#500 – Emboar
(Enbuoh)
Fire / Fighting
Oshawott
#501 – Oshawott
(Mijumaru)
Water
Dewott
#502 – Dewott
(Futachimaru)
Water
Samurott
#503 – Samurott
(Daikenki)
Water
Patrat
#504 – Patrat
(Minezumi)
Normal
Watchog
#505 – Watchog
(Miruhog)
Normal
Lillipup
#506 – Lillipup
(Yorterry)
Normal
Herdier
#507 – Herdier
(Harderrier)
Normal
Stoutland
#508 – Stoutland
(Muurando)
Normal
Purrloin
#509 – Purrloin
(Choroneko)
Dark
Liepard
#510 – Liepard
(Lepardas)
Dark
Pansage
#511 – Pansage
(Yanappu)
Grass
Simisage
#512 – Simisage
(Yanakkie)
Grass
Pansear
#513 – Pansear
(Baoppu)
Fire
Simisear
#514 – Simisear
(Baokkie)
Fire
Panpour
#515 – Panpour
(Hiyappu)
Water
Simipour
#516 – Simipour
(Hiyakkie)
Water
Munna
#517 – Munna
(Munna)
Psychic
Musharna
#518 – Musharna
(Musharna)
Psychic
Pidove
#519 – Pidove
(Mamepato)
Normal / Flying
Tranquill
#520 – Tranquill
(Hatohboh)
Normal / Flying
Unfezant
#521 – Unfezant
(Kenhorou)
Normal / Flying
Blitzle
#522 – Blitzle
(Shimama)
Electric
Zebstrika
#523 – Zebstrika
(Zeburaika)
Electric
Roggenrola
#524 – Roggenrola
(Dangoro)
Rock
Boldore
#525 – Boldore
(Gantle)
Rock
Gigalith
#526 – Gigalith
(Gigaiath)
Rock
Woobat
#527 – Woobat
(Koromori)
Psychic / Flying
Swoobat
#528 – Swoobat
(Kokoromori)
Psychic / Flying
Drilbur
#529 – Drilbur
(Mogurew)
Ground
Excadrill
#530 – Excadrill
(Doryuzu)
Ground / Steel
Audino
#531 – Audino
(Tabunne)
Normal
Timburr
#532 – Timburr
(Dokkolar)
Fighting
Gurdurr
#533 – Gurdurr
(Dotekkotsu)
Fighting
Conkeldurr
#534 – Conkeldurr
(Robushin)
Fighting
Tympole
#535 – Tympole
(Otamaro)
Water
Palpitoad
#536 – Palpitoad
(Gamagaru)
Water / Ground
Seismitoad
#537 – Seismitoad
(Gamageroge)
Water / Ground
Throh
#538 – Throh
(Nageki)
Fighting
Sawk
#539 – Sawk
(Dageki)
Fighting
Sewaddle
#540 – Sewaddle
(Kurumiru)
Bug / Grass
Swadloon
#541 – Swadloon
(Kurumayu)
Bug / Grass
Leavanny
#542 – Leavanny
(Hahakomori)
Bug / Grass
Venipede
#543 – Venipede
(Fushide)
Bug / Poison
Whirlipede
#544 – Whirlipede
(Hoiiga)
Bug / Poison
Scolipede
#545 – Scolipede
(Pendra)
Bug / Poison
Cottonee
#546 – Cottonee
(Monmen)
Grass
Whimsicott
#547 – Whimsicott
(Elfuun)
Grass
Petilil
#548 – Petilil
(Churine)
Grass
Lilligant
#549 – Lilligant
(Doredia)
Grass
Basculin
#550 – Basculin
(Basslao)
Water
Sandile
#551 – Sandile
(Meguroco)
Ground / Dark
Krokorok
#552 – Krokorok
(Waruvile)
Ground / Dark
Krookodile
#553 – Krookodile
(Waruvial)
Ground / Dark
Darumaka
#554 – Darumaka
(Darumakka)
Fire
Darmanitan
#555 – Darmanitan
(Hihidaruma)
Fire
Maractus
#556 – Maractus
(Maracacti)
Grass
Dwebble
#557 – Dwebble
(Ishizumai)
Bug / Rock
Crustle
#558 – Crustle
(Iwaparesu)
Bug / Rock
Scraggy
#559 – Scraggy
(Zuruggu)
Dark / Fighting
Scrafty
#560 – Scrafty
(Zuruzukin)
Dark / Fighting
Sigilyph
#561 – Sigilyph
(Symbolar)
Psychic / Flying
Yamask
#562 – Yamask
(Desumasu)
Ghost
Cofagrigus
#563 – Cofagrigus
(Desukaan)
Ghost
Tirtouga
#564 – Tirtouga
(Purotoga)
Water / Rock
Carracosta
#565 – Carracosta
(Abagoura)
Water / Rock
Archen
#566 – Archen
(Aaken)
Rock / Flying
Archeops
#567 – Archeops
(Archeos)
Rock / Flying
Trubbish
#568 – Trubbish
(Yabukuron)
Poison
Garbodor
#569 – Garbodor
(Dasutodasu)
Poison
Zorua
#570 – Zorua
(Zorua)
Dark
Zoroark
#571 – Zoroark
(Zoroark)
Dark
Minccino
#572 – Minccino
(Chillarmy)
Normal
Cinccino
#573 – Cinccino
(Chillaccino)
Normal
Gothita
#574 – Gothita
(Gothimu)
Psychic
Gothorita
#575 – Gothorita
(Gothmiru)
Psychic
Gothitelle
#576 – Gothitelle
(Gothiruselle)
Psychic
Solosis
#577 – Solosis
(Uniran)
Psychic
Duosion
#578 – Duosion
(Doubran)
Psychic
Reuniclus
#579 – Reuniclus
(Ranculus)
Psychic
Ducklett
#580 – Ducklett
(Koaruhie)
Water / Flying
Swanna
#581 – Swanna
(Swanna)
Water / Flying
Vanillite
#582 – Vanillite
(Vanipeti)
Ice
Vanillish
#583 – Vanillish
(Vaniricchi)
Ice
Vanilluxe
#584 – Vanilluxe
(Vaivanilla)
Ice
Deerling
#585 – Deerling
(Shikijika)
Normal / Grass
Sawsbuck
#586 – Sawsbuck
(Mebukijika)
Normal / Grass
Emolga
#587 – Emolga
(Emonga)
Electric / Flying
Karrablast
#588 – Karrablast
(Kaburumo)
Bug
Escavalier
#589 – Escavalier
(Shubarugo)
Bug / Steel
Foongus
#590 – Foongus
(Tamagetake)
Grass / Poison
Amoonguss
#591 – Amoonguss
(Morobareru)
Grass / Poison
Frillish
#592 – Frillish
(Pururiru)
Water / Ghost
Jellicent
#593 – Jellicent
(Burungel)
Water / Ghost
Alomomola
#594 – Alomomola
(Mamanbou)
Water
Joltik
#595 – Joltik
(Bachuru)
Bug / Electric
Galvantula
#596 – Galvantula
(Dentula)
Bug / Electric
Ferroseed
#597 – Ferroseed
(Tesseed)
Grass / Steel
Ferrothorn
#598 – Ferrothorn
(Nutrei)
Grass / Steel
Klink
#599 – Klink
(Giaru)
Steel
Klang
#600 – Klang
(Gigiaru)
Steel
Klinklang
#601 – Klinklang
(Gigigiaru)
Steel
Tynamo
#602 – Tynamo
(Shibishirasu)
Electric
Eelektrik
#603 – Eelektrik
(Shibibiiru)
Electric
Eelektross
#604 – Eelektross
(Shibirudon)
Electric
Elgyem
#605 – Elgyem
(Rigray)
Psychic
Beheeyem
#606 – Beheeyem
(Oobemu)
Psychic
Litwick
#607 – Litwick
(Hitomoshi)
Ghost / Fire
Lampent
#608 – Lampent
(Lanpuraa)
Ghost / Fire
Chandelure
#609 – Chandelure
(Shandera)
Ghost / Fire
Axew
#610 – Axew
(Kibago)
Dragon
Fraxure
#611 – Fraxure
(Onondo)
Dragon
Haxorus
#612 – Haxorus
(Ononokus)
Dragon
Cubchoo
#613 – Cubchoo
(Kumasyun)
Ice
Beartic
#614 – Beartic
(Tsunbear)
Ice
Cryogonal
#615 – Cryogonal
(Freezio)
Ice
Shelmet
#616 – Shelmet
(Chobomaki)
Bug
Accelgor
#617 – Accelgor
(Agirudaa)
Bug
Stunfisk
#618 – Stunfisk
(Maggyo)
Ground / Electric
Mienfoo
#619 – Mienfoo
(Kojofu)
Fighting
Mienshao
#620 – Mienshao
(Kojondo)
Fighting
Druddigon
#621 – Druddigon
(Crimgan)
Dragon
Golett
#622 – Golett
(Gobitt)
Ground / Ghost
Golurk
#623 – Golurk
(Goluug)
Ground / Ghost
Pawniard
#624 – Pawniard
(Komatana)
Dark / Steel
Bisharp
#625 – Bisharp
(Kirikizan)
Dark / Steel
Bouffalant
#626 – Bouffalant
(Buffalon)
Normal
Rufflet
#627 – Rufflet
(Washibon)
Normal / Flying
Braviary
#628 – Braviary
(Wargle)
Normal / Flying
Vullaby
#629 – Vullaby
(Baruchai)
Dark / Flying
Mandibuzz
#630 – Mandibuzz
(Barujiina)
Dark / Flying
Heatmor
#631 – Heatmor
(Kuitaran)
Fire
Durant
#632 – Durant
(Aianto)
Bug / Steel
Deino
#633 – Deino
(Monozu)
Dark / Dragon
Zweilous
#634 – Zweilous
(Jihead)
Dark / Dragon
Hydreigon
#635 – Hydreigon
(Sazandora)
Dark / Dragon
Larvesta
#636 – Larvesta
(Meraruba)
Bug / Fire
Volcarona
#637 – Volcarona
(Ulgamoth)
Bug / Fire
Cobalion
#638 – Cobalion
(Cobalon)
Steel / Fighting
Terrakion
#639 – Terrakion
(Terrakion)
Rock / Fighting
Virizion
#640 – Virizion
(Virizion)
Grass / Fighting
Tornadus
#641 – Tornadus
(Tornelos)
Flying
Thundurus
#642 – Thundurus
(Voltolos)
Electric / Flying
Reshiram
#643 – Reshiram
(Reshiram)
Dragon / Fire
Zekrom
#644 – Zekrom
(Zekrom)
Dragon / Electric
Landorus
#645 – Landorus
(Landlos)
Ground / Flying
Kyurem
#646 – Kyurem
(Kyurem)
Dragon / Ice

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Sunday - February 13th, 2011 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (12:00 AM) – Fixed a few things below, such as the Zoroark download.

Scans of February’s CoroCoro magazine have leaked on to the Internet a day early. Click the thumbnails below for larger scans – they will open in new windows due to their size. Translations of the information are below thanks to Bangiras!

CoroCoro Magazine Victini and the Dark Hero Zekrom / Light Hero Reshiram CoroCoro Magazine Victini and the Dark Hero Zekrom / Light Hero Reshiram CoroCoro Magazine Victini and the Dark Hero Zekrom / Light Hero Reshiram CoroCoro Magazine Victini and the Dark Hero Zekrom / Light Hero Reshiram CoroCoro Magazine Victini and the Dark Hero Zekrom / Light Hero Reshiram CoroCoro Magazine Victini and the Dark Hero Zekrom / Light Hero Reshiram CoroCoro Magazine Victini and the Dark Hero Zekrom / Light Hero Reshiram CoroCoro Magazine Victini and the Dark Hero Zekrom / Light Hero Reshiram

The first scan reveals that there will be two versions of this summer’s Pokemon movie: Victini and the Dark Hero: Zekrom and Victini and the Light Hero: Reshiram. The magazine does not specify what it means by “version,” but we can probably assume the movies will be like the video games where they share the same general plot with only some superficial differences (such as the Legendary Pokemon “Hero” that appears). The Pokemon movie website will update tomorrow, so perhaps it will elaborate more about the different “versions” and the level of differences between the two.

The first scan also announces that fans will be able to vote for either a Unova Pokemon (the 153 known species, including Victini), a Pikachu, or a Meowth. Starting June 15th, players will be able to download the winner to their games.

The second scan, which is a blown-up version of the first, says “For the first time ever, there are two versions of the movie!! There are also two versions of the poster! Which one do you think will make a better movie?” Children can draw their version of either the Victini and the Dark Hero: Zekrom poster or the Victini and the Light Hero: Reshiram poster. The winning fanart for each movie will be printed as a real movie poster and will also be featured in its movie. Furthermore, the two artists who win will be given small voice roles in their respective movie.

The third scan states that the Victini which patrons can download at the movie theaters will come holding a Fire Jewel, inside a Cherish Ball, and with a Wish Ribbon. As revealed previously, the Victini will know V-Generate.

The fifth scan states that between February 15th and March 14th, players of Black and White will be able to download a Zorua Zoroark over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. This Zoroark comes with the special move Bark Out. The page illustrates how if you breed the Zoroark with Ditto, you’ll get a Zorua with Bark Out as well.

The sixth scan is an advertisement for the recently announced Battle Strength Decks and this past December’s Black and White Collection sets. The seventh scan is showing some prizes young players can win for learning the TCG at the March 19th Pokemon Center “Open Challenge” tournaments, such as deck boxes and two jumbo Reshiram and Minccino cards. The last scan is of a mini-poster that you can tear out of the magazine which features all of Unova’s Pokemon (spare the three hidden Legendaries of course).

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Thursday - November 25th, 2010 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Today, Reshiram, Zekrom, and Pikachu appeared in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, as you can see in the YouTube video below. I can’t believe the announcers pronounced all of their names correctly! Pokemon powa! Although, notice they obscured a noticeable feature of Reshiram’s.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and if you’re looking for awesome Black Friday deals, check out this forum thread on Slickdeals.com. Just don’t go to any of my local stores and steal what I want! >:o

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Tuesday - November 23rd, 2010 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

It looks like Pikachu won’t be the only Pokemon balloon in Manhattan’s annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as has been the case for the past decade; according to a new press release, Reshiram and Zekrom will debut alongside the electric mouse as well! You can read the full press release below. The parade will air on NBC this Thursday at 9:00 AM, which is where you can see the Pokemon. How exciting!

BELLEVUE, WA– Turkey, pumpkin pie and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®; Thanksgiving traditions shared by millions of Americans across the country. One Thanksgiving tradition is commemorating a milestone in 2010 — Pikachu! The Pokémon Company International announced today that the world renowned Electric-type Pokémon™ will celebrate its 10th anniversary participating in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Accompanying Pikachu in New York City will be two brand new Legendary Pokémon, Reshiram and Zekrom, from the highly anticipated Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video games launching worldwide spring 2011 for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems.

For their debuts, Reshiram and Zekrom will each stand an imposing 14 feet tall, a dramatic kick-off to exciting, never-before-seen Pokémon reveals, news and events all tied to the launch of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video games. Pikachu’s balloon handlers will also celebrate the upcoming games, dressing the part in black and white uniforms.

“Pikachu’s participation in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of our favorite events of the year and we’re proud to have been involved in such an iconic event over the past decade,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “Having Reshiram and Zekrom join the Pikachu balloon makes this year’s parade extra special for us as we begin to reveal more exciting details about the Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video games.”

In the coming weeks and months, Pokémon fans can get exclusive information about the brand new titles by visiting www.PokemonBlackWhite.com, launched this week. Exclusive details will be added frequently leading up to the spring launch of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video games.

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Wednesday - September 29th, 2010 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Yayyy, my dream still lives!

The live-action Pokemon movie trailer we posted last week is fan-made! A small, independent group actually filmed it and put it together for a project. You can watch the full-blown trailer below. You can also read an interesting interview with the creators of the trailer which was conducted by the website that originally posted the gritty trailer. Warning: the trailer has some foul language in it and is probably not suitable for younger viewers.

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Tuesday - September 14th, 2010 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Noooo… this is what I wanted to do after film school… my dream! I’ll be crushed if this turns out to be real. :(

Gaming website Shogun Gamer received an e-mail last night containing a link to a live-action Pokemon movie trailer. According to the person who e-mailed it to them, a private screening was held at a movie theater last night and the Pokemon trailer was shown. The trailer was three minutes long, but the person only managed to pull out their camera for the last 40 seconds of it.

It is standard practice for film companies to have “test screenings” of movies and trailers to gauge the reactions of audiences, so this isn’t something too unbelievable. While the trailer in-and-of-itself looks pretty legitimate, its content does not seem to conform to Pokemon’s young standards (Team Rocket, if that’s who they are, uses guns). Film students like me are gaining greater access to CG software every day, so this could just be someone’s film project that they tried to pass off as real. As of now, we’re not sure what we’re dealing with here, so please take this trailer with an absolute grain of salt. It still looks pretty interesting even if turns out to be a fake – someone obviously spent a lot of time on it!

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Wednesday - April 28th, 2010 @ 6 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The HS – Unleashed set list has now been posted in anticipation of the scans we will be posting either tonight or tomorrow night. As stated several times before, the set is a mixture of cards from the Japanese LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver Collection set, Revived Legends, the Battle Starter decks, and the Expert Deck Leafeon vs. Metagross package (oddly without the Leafeon). Be sure to check back within the next day or two for card scans!

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Saturday - March 13th, 2010 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The official Nintendo UK website has posted an extended interview featuring Tsunekazu Ishihara, the president and CEO of The Pokemon Company, and Shigeki Morimoto, one of Red and Green‘s four programmers and the director of HeartGold and SoulSilver. The interview was conducted by Satoru Iwata, the president and CEO of Nintendo, and was originally posted on Japanese websites in September before being translated into English now. It’s quite interesting – it discusses the history of the franchise up until the second generation games and also talks about some of the decisions behind HeartGold and SoulSilver‘s development. For example, the PokeWalker may have never existed had TPC president Tsunekazu Ishihara not lost his pedometer while walking his dog! Remember, HeartGold and SoulSilver will be released tomorrow in America!

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Saturday - February 27th, 2010 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Yesterday it was February 27th in Japan, meaning Pokemon Red and Green for Gameboy just turned 14! The two games were originally released in 1996, with Pokemon Blue following suit in October of the same year. Pokemon’s been going strong ever since, and we will soon even see the fifth generation at the end of this year! Will Pokemon ever end? Of course not! Not as long as fans keep supporting it. :D

Happy 14th Birthday Pokemon!
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Sunday - February 14th, 2010 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Zorua and Zoroark on Oha Suta

The new fifth generation Pokemon Zorua and Zoroark were shown this morning on the Japanese television program Oha Suta. No new information was revealed, though the show confirmed that the 13th movie’s title has been renamed to The Ruler of Illusion: Zoroark as expected. We might learn more about the two Pokemon and the 13th movie this Saturday (American time) when Pokemon Sunday airs in Japan.

In the CoroCoro news story we posted the other day, we pointed out that there was a discrepancy in the color of Zorua and Zoroark’s eyes, but it appears that the color mismatch was simply due to the way the pages were scanned. The undistorted colors of the Pokemon can be seen to the right, confirming a color scheme that consists of black and reddish-orange fur as well as blue eyes. Click the thumbnail for a larger image, which is courtesy of Filb.de.

Update (9:00 PM) – The official Japanese Pokemon website and 13th movie website have just updated, revealing new and cleaner artwork of the “Ruler of Illusion” and its pre-evolution. It appears the official Ken Sugimori artwork uses a teal color for both Pokemon’s eyes and a blood-red for the colored parts of their fur, whereas the anime artwork uses solid blue for their eyes and a reddish-orange for their fur. Zoroark’s black fur also has a lighter, greenish hue in the anime. Click the thumbnails below for larger images. In terms of information, like CoroCoro, the movie website emphasizes that Zoroark has a special ability; of course, it will probably have something to do with illusions. However, the websites did not reveal any other new information.

Zorua - Ken Sugimori Artwork Zoroark - Ken Sugimori Artwork Zorua - Anime Artwork Zorua - Anime Artwork Zoroark - Anime Artwork
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