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PocketMonsters.net is a fansite dedicated to all things Pokémon (ポケモン) and Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター). We are the premier site for news and information about all aspects of the franchise from around the world. We cover the Anime, indexing the music, the Trading Card Game, the Games, the variety shows, have a large imageboard, forum and much more. Follow us on Twitter and Subscribe to our RSS Feed for the latest updates!
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New episodes of the Pocket Monsters anime air Thursday evenings at 6:55PM JST and new episodes of the variety show Pokénchi air Sunday mornings at 8:00 AM JST on TV Tokyo in Japan. Pokémon airs Saturday morning at 9 AM EST and every Saturday and Sunday evening at 7:30 PM on Disney XD in the United States. Pokémon the Series also airs every weekday at 4 PM. Pokémon airs Saturday's at Noon EST on Teletoon in Canada. New titles are revealed in various publications such as: TV guides, childrens' magazines, anime magazines, promotional posters and videos, official websites and official television programs. Titles and their translations are added to our episode guide and the chart below when the titles are revealed.
Date Title(s)
Sep 23 2017 Flag S M 32: Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!
We Found a Treasure! Mooland Search!!
Sep 24 2017 Flag PREMIUM 10: おニャースさまのしま!?
The Great Nyarth's Island!?
Sep 24 2017 Flag POKENCHI 102: あばれる君のポケモン交換旅・茨城編後半 / 地元のラジオ局に突入して生放送で呼びかけ、ポケだちは集まるのか!?
Abareru-kun's Pokémon Trade Journey: Ibaraki Part 2 / Will They Gather Pokénds By Barging Into a Local Radio Station and Call Out to Them During a Live Broadcast?!
Sep 30 2017 Flag S M 33: Big Sky, Small Fry!
Little Yowashi Isn't Lacking, It's the Lord of the Lake!
Oct 05 2017 Flag SM 44: サトシとほしぐも!不思議な出会い!!
Satoshi and Starcloud! A Mysterious Encounter!!
Oct 07 2017 Flag S M 34: A Crowning Moment of Truth!
A Fire Battle! Garagara Shows Up!!
Oct 14 2017 Flag S M 35: Currying Favor and Flavor!
A Curry-zy Beautiful Battle! The Dance of Lalantes!!
Oct 21 2017 Flag S M 36: Trials and Determinations!
Lychee's Grand Trial! The Hardest Pokémon Match Ever!!
Feb 05

Masakazu Kubo, Executive Producer of Pocket Monsters, praises fansubbers

Posted by | February 5th 2008 at 09:27 PM EST
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Masakazu Kubo is well known to Pocket Monsters fans as the Executive producer of the series and movies. He is also the director of Shogakukan's Character Business Center.

Anime is currently a large market worldwide, but according to recent statistics, Anime sales are in decline. Recently Masakazu Kubo posted his proposal to help the currently floundering animation industry. In his proposal, he praises fansubbers and suggests that ways should be devised to officially make use of their abilities.

Pokemon doesn't seem to be one of the 'affected' shows though. Pocket Monsters Movie 10 was the 'Top Grossing Anime Movie of 2007' in the Japanese box office, while the Pocket Monsters Movie 9 DVD places 18th in total sales in Japan. The English dubbed version of Movie 10 was announced earlier this week and will air on Cartoon Network on February 24th. The movie is expected to do quite well in North America.

Pocket Monsters Diamond and Pearl's Japanese ratings have been fairly consistent, while Pokemon Diamond and Pearl in the United States is one of the highest rated shows in the 'boys 6-11 and boys 2-11' demographic.

Shogakukan has been very vigilant in removing episodes of their animated series off video websites like YouTube. Many users posting copyrighted episodes have had their accounts suspended and their uploaded content deleted at the request of Shogakukan. Many fans are disappointed that Pokemon related AMV's are also removed.

There are many reasons why Pokemon fans in particular are drawn to fansubbed episodes of the series. Many of the episodes have a lot of edits, especially earlier in the series when 4Kids was responsible for the English Dubbing. The recent voice actor change in the English dub has also disappointed long time fans of the show who had grown accustom to the original voice actors. With the availability of the Japanese episodes online, it gives fans an alternative to the dub that they didn't have in the past.

Pokemon producer's advisory group suggests dealing with pro-level fansubbers

The Japanese government's Task Force on Media Content Business and Japanese Brands published the fourth series of proposals from its content-planning working group on February 1. The proposals discussed "a comprehensive policy for promoting content in the digital age" particularly, how to eventually legalize the content on Nico Nico Douga, YouTube, and other video-sharing sites. The working group suggested that it may be necessary to approach the illegal uploaders directly, so that Japan can formally approve these sites.

One of the committee members, Tokyo Anime Center executive producer Masakazu Kubo, submitted a document that dealt with three specific issues, including fansubbers. Kubo is the executive producer of the Pokemon anime and the director of Shogakukan's Character Business Center. He is also involved with the Tokyo International Film Festival, the Tokyo International Anime Fair, and China's Beijing Film Academy. The business news website Bloomberg.com recently quoted Kubo in an article about the manga industry. The second of three sections in Kubo's document is translated below:

2) Dealing with Fansubs (Fun-Subtitle) and Other "P to P" Pirated Copies (*1)

Because "Fansubs" are works, such as television animation, on which fans have added subtitles, they are usually made without authorization. Currently, 6 million copies of illegal, English-subtitled Japanese animated videos are said to be downloaded from BitTorrent each week (http://animeanime.jp/biz/archives/2007/12/bittorrent600.html). This has affected the DVD sales of Japanese animation in North America, which have dropped dramatically. As a result, the overseas prices for animation programs have fallen considerably. After the April 2008 television program schedules [in Japan] are laid out (*2), the drop in the number of animated programs will be clearly seen. In short, the Japanese animation business has fallen into a great crisis.

About 10 fans (whose translation abilities are high compared to professionals!) (*3) are said to put animated videos with foreign-language subtitles on YouTube, BitTorrent, and other file-sharing sites. If our country is to formally deal with YouTube and other services, it will be necessary to have some sort of approach to dealing with these individuals. Personally, I hope to resolve this by officially making use of their abilities.

*1 The "Fun-Subtitle" spelling is in the original document. "P to P" refers to peer-to-peer file-sharing.
*2 April is the beginning of the financial and academic year in Japan, so usually, more television series premiere in this month than in any other month.
*3 The exclamation point is in the original document.



Shogakukan seems to understand that there is a growing fansubbing community on the Internet and unlike the American motion picture companies, they are looking at alternatives to suing their fanbase. It will be interesting to see what they do in the future and how they decide to adapt to online distribution of their shows.

We would love to hear your opinion on this news item. You can post on our forum by clicking here.

Sources: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/ & Mainichi Communications' MyCom Journal
Feb 05

The Rise of Darkrai will NOT Be Shown in Theaters

Posted by | February 5th 2008 at 03:18 AM EST
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With all the controversy created from the 'announcement' that Movie 10 would be coming to theaters in the United States, Pokemon.com's mailbag section has set the record straight.

Q: Will Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai be shown in theaters?
A: This may be a disappointment, but despite what you may have heard, Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai will not have a theatrical release - it will premiere on Cartoon Network and then be released on DVD


It seems that Cartoon Network accidentally said theater instead of DVD. For the past few years, the movies have aired on TV first and then released on DVD a few weeks later. Once again Movie 10 seems to fit this release pattern.

Sources: http://www.pokemon.com/
Feb 01

The Rise of Darkrai TV Premiere - February 24, 2008 at 7 p.m

Posted by | February 1st 2008 at 09:52 PM EST
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The Rise of Darkrai is the first Generation IV Pokemon movie, and the tenth Pokemon movie overall. Cartoon Network announced today that the movie will air on February 24, 2008 at 7 p.m.

It was also reported that Cartoon Network will air the movie BEFORE the theatrical premiere. "And be sure to catch the U.S. premiere of 'The Rise of Darkrai', months before it plays in theaters!". It seems obvious now that Darkrai will most likely be distributed at theatres similar to how it was released in Japan. It's extremely odd to have a television premiere before a theatrical release. The only logical conclusion is that Pokemon USA is hoping people will go to the theatre to get Darkrai.

Many have been discussing this issue and it seems very clear that most people would not go to the theatre to see a movie that can be seen on television before the theatrical release.
Jan 31

Pocket Monsters Diamond and Pearl 65 - Pachirisu in Hippowdon's Mouth!?

Posted by | January 31st 2008 at 06:50 PM EST
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Pachirisu in Hippowdon's Mouth!? is the 65th episode of Diamond & Pearl. It aired in Japan on January 31, 2008.

When our heroes' Pokemon are having a fun time in a sandpit, a Hippowdon appears from within. However the over-curious Pachirisu can't help peeping into the mouth of Hippowdon and accidentally falls into it...



Episode Screenshots: Click Here

You can view larger screenshots from this episode by visiting the Imageboard. There you can post your own screenshots and discuss the latest episode.
Jan 27

Darkrai.com Launches

Posted by | January 27th 2008 at 01:41 PM EST
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Darkrai.com launched Saturday evening unveiling news about Darkrai for the TCG, the anime and the video game. As a subsidiary of Pokemon.com, Darkrai.com is an all flash website designed to focus only on this newly revealed Pokemon.

Screenshots, a teaser trailer and the logo 'The Rise of Darkrai' are all available to view on the site. Move information and a few Diamond and Pearl in-game screenshots of Darkrai were also posted. The TCG card for Darkrai was posted earlier in the week on Go-Pokemon.com but information on it is also available on Darkrai.com now.

The site isn't without its problems. Like Pokemon.com, the site is completely done in Flash. The site takes a minute or so to download, requires people to have Flash installed on their computer, and it renders slow on many older machines. The site even has 'content' that shouldn't have been posted. In the Video Game section of the site, a sentence which looks like it was from a private email to the webmaster was posted and it even has a typo. It reads, "Whne its done, go ahead and make it live." Obviously the sites launch was rushed.

You can visit the offical Darkrai.com site by clicking here.
Jan 26

'Pokemon Movie 10 - The Rise of Darkrai' announced on Cartoon Network

Posted by | January 26th 2008 at 02:17 AM EST
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Fried Dynamite announced on Friday evening that the tenth Pokemon Movie will be airing on Cartoon Network in March. The tenth Pokemon Movie English dub is entitled "The Rise of Darkrai". Many fans had speculated that the English dub version of the movie would keep the same title as the Japanese version which is "Dialga VS. Palkia VS. Darkrai". An exact air date has yet to be announced. A DVD release can also be expected soon after the airing of the movie.
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