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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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Upcoming Episodes

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)
May 24 2018 Flag SM 76: スーパー決戦!ピカチュウVSミミッキュ!!
The Decisive Super Battle! Pikachu VS Mimikkyu!!
May 31 2018 Flag SM 77: クチナシの大試練!ルガルガン覚醒!!
Kuchinashi's Grand Trial! The Awakening of Lugarugan!!
Jun 07 2018 Flag SM 78: 激突ウルトラビースト!ドンドンバチバチ大作戦!!
Ultra Beast Clash! Operation: Boom Boom Crackle!!
Jul 13 2018 Flag Movie 21: みんなの物語
Everyone's Story
Feb 15

Pocket Monsters Diamond and Pearl 67 - Hikari's First Gym Battle!!

Posted by | February 15th 2008 at 01:06 AM EST
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Hikari's First Gym Battle!! is the 67th episode of Diamond & Pearl. It aired in Japan on February 14, 2008.



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Please Note: Diamond and Pearl 68 is scheduled to air in two weeks on February 28th, 2008. There will be no episode airing next week.

You can view larger screenshots from this episode by visiting the Imageboard. There you can post your own screenshots and discuss the latest episode.
Feb 13

Tom Wayland announces he is the new Voice Director for the English dub of Pokemon

Posted by | February 13th 2008 at 01:15 PM EST
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Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Massachusetts. Anime Boston 2008 will be held Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23 at the Hynes Convention Center and Boston Marriott Copley Place. Anime Boston announced its second round of guests and surprisingly it was announced that Tom Wayland would be attending and that he's the new Voice Director for the English dub of Pokemon. Hopefully people in the Boston area will be able to ask him some questions about dubbing Pokemon. More information about Anime Boston can be found at http://www.animeboston.com.

Anime Boston to announce its second round of guests

Tom Wayland is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in acting. In more than four years at Central Park Media, Wayland has produced more than 200 different anime programs before moving on to voice directing on such titles as Alien Nine, The World of Narue, Shootfighter Tekken and Ichi the Killer. In 2004, Wayland founded TripWire Productions and has gone on to direct numerous dubs for home video and TV broadcast including Mew Mew Power and Magical Do Re Mi seen nationally Saturday mornings on Fox. Wayland has also become much more active as an actor landing recurring roles in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Jammerhead, Mew Mew Power as Minimew, GI Joe Sigma Six as Stormshadow, Magical Do Re Mi as Oliver, Marvin and Reanne's Dad. Wayland is proud to announce his newest project - Voice Director on popular anime TV series Pokemon.


More information on Tom's extensive anime background can be viewed at
Anime News Networks Encyclopedia page.

Source: http://www.animeondvd.com/
Feb 08

Pocket Monsters Diamond and Pearl 66 - Lucario! Pulse Bomb of Anger!!

Posted by | February 8th 2008 at 01:40 PM EST
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Lucario! Pulse Bomb of Anger!! is the 66th episode of Diamond & Pearl. It aired in Japan on February 7, 2008.

The group are introduced to Sumomo and Satoshi immediately asks for Gym Battle. However, Sumomo declines his request because she has lost her self-confidence as a Gym Leader due to Shinji...



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Feb 07

IGN's reviews Pokemon: Indigo League Season 1, Volume 3 DVD Boxset, Rates the set 2/10 (Terrible)

Posted by | February 7th 2008 at 03:41 PM EST
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Viz is now releasing the original anime series for Pokemon in DVD boxset format. The Pokemon: Indigo League DVD boxset features episodes 53-79, the final episodes for the first season of the original TV series before many others would later follow. The 27 episodes are split up onto three discs, and each disc has nine episodes.

IGN is a bit harsh in their review, but it's not far off. Amazon is currently pre-ordering the box set on their website for $27.99. This is a reasonable price for what they are offering in this box set. Viz made absolutely no effort on these DVD box sets. It would have been nice to see them make uncut boxsets similar to Naurto. #PocketMonsters will be posting our own review of these boxsets in the future when our new website launches. Below are excerpts from IGN's review.

Pokemon: Indigo League Season 1, Volume 3 DVD Review

by Jeffrey Harris, IGN
Video is presented in fullscreen format. At over ten years old, the series is definitely starting to show its age. The picture quality is starting to look grainy and there are some slight artifacts in the animation as well.

The Pokemon: Indigo League boxset comes in a paper case, with volumes 7, 8, and 9 of the series packaged in regular size plastic, clamshell DVD cases stored inside. Each case has an insert listing the number and episode titles included on the discs. There are no extras at all for this DVD set, but the packaging boasts, "Full-length Pikachu's Jukebox On Each DVD!" To the ignorant, the Pikachu's Jukebox was a music video segment at the end of each episode, prior to the credits with some lame, stupid song about Pokemon and their friendships with each other and their masters.

If you loved the original series, well here are 27 episodes of season one right here.


You can read the rest of IGN's review on their website.
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.

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