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Pokémon Smash 154

Posted by Sunain | September 22nd 2013 at 06:28 PM EDT
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The episode began with the Smash cast sitting at their desks as Robert walk in dressed in black suits and greet everyone with the customary "PokéMorning" greeting. The then explain that the entire episode is a Memorial Special with Broadcasts of the PokéSma Members' First Appearances, Nostalgic Clips and Lots of Memorable Comedy Bits from the past 9 years of Pokémon Sunday and Pokémon Smash. There was no anime rerun in this episode.

The first clip featured the introduction of TIM and Robert in the 3rd episode of Pokémon Sunday which aired on October 17th, 2004. At the time, Pokémon Sunday was only a half an hour show and it would alternate weeks where it would be a live action episode featuring Pokémon Research or it would showcase a rerun of the anime. Golgo introduces himself and is greeted by Becky but as he walks up to the desk he trips and falls. He then regroups and sits at his desk.

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Leader Kimori and Robert in their spacesuit looking uniforms then show up. Yamamoto is the first member of Robert to introduce himself. Baba is next and is sporting his green hair and then finally Akiyama. Profressor Red shows up but spewing flour out of his mouth so Becky has to introduce him. He shows off his new invention the RED-001: uchukaman (宇宙華まん), a pun based off of 中華まん which is chukaman and 宇宙 which is uchuu (Japanese for space). The 3rd episode of Pokémon Sunday was centered around the definition of a genuine chukaman and what specifically made a manju "chinese-style".

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A few years later, 21 year old Shoko-tan introduced herself in Pokémon Sunday episode #103 which aired on October 1st, 2006 at the start of the 3rd season of Pokémon Sunday. Golgo asked Shoko-tan what she liked to eat and she replied Hormon (ホルモン), otherwise known as Offal. She then showed off her nunchuck skills.

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Robert then introduced a VTR featuring clips from the past. The first clip featured pastry chef Takagi Yasuhiro (高木康裕) 200th episode of Pokémon Sunday who made a special cake for them to celebrate the episode. A Pokémon Center Cake was also shown which was from Pokémon Sunday #122. The clip of Robert making the Pikachu cake and then revealing it to the children from Pokémon Sunday #63 was also showcased.

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The next clip features Akiyama dressing up as Taisei Nanasawa's(七澤太盛) mom to try to trick him. Baba and Yamamoto watched remotely to get a good laugh. Shortly after a clip from Sunday #225 is shown which featured Robert's Surprise Quiz. The obstacle race required them to get a monster ball out of water, eat a wasabi roll and then get a hard foot massage.

In Smash #130 which aired on April 8th, 2007, did a segment where he familiarized himself with the 4th Generation of Pokémon by completely immersing himself in Pokémon Life. Four years later, Akiyama once again had to familiarize himself with the 5th Generation of Pokémon in Pokémon Smash #18. He was given tests to see how well he had learned the Pokémon. Pokémon Smash #67 also featured Misaki having to immerse herself in Pokémon training as a member of the Smash Elite Four.

A running gag throughout the series has been to feed Yamamoto Squid Ink. He really dislikes it as it gets his mouth all black. Short clips of the various times throughout the series was shown.

Returning back to Professor Red, his second invention the RED 002 was prominently used in Pokémon Sunday #4 and Akiyama famously used the device to smell poo in a bucket. Then the RED 006 "The Achooinger" (ハクショリンガー) was shown from Pokémon Sunday #12. First Baba used the device to make him sneeze and then Akiyama did as well but ended up coughing/choking twice. Then the RED 052 Face-to-face LEGEND (顔合わせレジェンド) from Pokémon Sunday #261 was shown. The device mixed and matched the faces of the Pokémon Sunday crew to make funny looking new faces.

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After the commercial break, Robert introduced a VTR called Experience the changing world of the games (ゲームの世界を体験変). In Pokémon Sunday #152, Yamamoto and Akiyama dressed up as Hikozaru and Pochama from the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness games and reenacted scenes from the games. Then to promote the launch of Super Pokémon Scramble (スーパーポケモンスクランブル) on August 11th, 2011, Robert in Pokémon Smash #43 went out on a Adventure Division Battle Royale as Toy Pokémon. Later on in 2011 in Pokémon Smash #58, to promote the new game PokéPark 2 Beyond the World (ポケパーク2 ビヨンド・ザ・ワールド), Misaki dressed up as Pikachu while Baba dressed up as Tsutarja, Akiyama dressed up as Pokabu and Yamamoto dressed up as Mijumaru. They went around and did various activities to show what it would be like to play the game.

Card battles also played a large part of the series. Various clips were quickly shown to give viewers an idea of some of the things they did for card attacks when they played them out in real life. The clip featuring Misaki going through 5 V doors to emulate the TCG attack V-Generate was from Pokémon Smash #36.+

The next VTR segment was called the Popular Character Volume (人気キャラクター編). Director Lucario, Marketing Division Mijumaru, Director Zoroark, Yamirami, Leader Kimori and Hikozaru all played different roles throughout both series. Various clips of these characters were shown. Whenever Robert needed a bad guy for their skits, Reoccurring Regular Guest Big Man (番組準レギュラー 大きな男) was always there to beat them down or toss them around. Handsome Yamamoto also made a number of appearances. Akiyama Victini also became a popular reoccuring character during the Smash era. Victini Yamamoto showed up in Smash #66, but quickly changed the "V" on its head upside down to make a "へ (he)", thus transforming into へ Yamamoto.

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Pokémon Smash 118 saw the apperance of the Mysterious Youth 'Y', a joke on the character N, as Yamamoto played the part in the episode. Pokémon Sunday #12 also saw the introduction of Face Squadron Kaoman (Faceman), a Super Sentai parody. Pokémon Sunday #243 saw the return of the Faceman and then Robert as Faceman was seen in a Japanese commercial for the 12th Pocket Monsters movie.

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The Eievui Akiyama Friends (イーブイ秋山フレンズ) segment became popular in the summer of 2013 on Pokémon Smash to promote the Movie 16 short Pikachu and its Eievui Friends (ピカチュウとイーブイフレンズ). Akiyama dressed up as all the Eievui evolutions and did various skits from the Eievui house. Shoko-tan later joined in some of the skits as Nymphia. Yadon Akiyama was also a popular character in Pokémon Sunday but it made a special return in Pokémon Smash #53 at the Tokyo Pokémon Center to visit Marina Yamazaki (山崎真梨奈) who is a big fan of Yadon Akiyama.

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Faceman then made a in-studio appearance and after the commercial break another segment was introduced as the Shock Scene Volume (衝撃シーン編). First, the scene from Pokémon Sunday #289 where Professor Akido takes Baba and Yamamoto curling is shown. Akido was trying to see how well they can take on the form of curling stones and a relatively successful match was held using humans in place of stones. Then a clip of Yamamoto being squished by Heat Stamp (ヒートスタンプ) was shown which was from Pokémon Smash #128.

Another running gag on the show was Shoko-tan's cooking. She always like to experiment with her cooking by adding exotic ingredients and then get one of the cast members to try it out. Eventually they caught on to her bad cooking and refused to try her food. In the beginning though, her cookies made Yamamoto faint, her Giza Giza Gelatin (ギザギザゼリー) made of Red Peppers (唐辛子), mustard (カラシ) and wasabi (ワサビ) was inflicted upon Golgo and her Giza Giza Dessert Pot with Miso flavoring (ギザギザデザート鍋 みそ味) was not enjoyed by Akiyama.

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In Pokémon Sunday #265, Golgo got dressed up in a Maiko costume while visiting Kyoto. In Pokémon Sunday #241, Akiyama dressed up as Pikachu as Robert reenacted famous scenes from past Pokémon Movies. Yamamoto dressed up as Infi from movie 11. Baba dressed up as Katsumi's Dodaitose and had to use the move Bullet Seed (タネマシンガン). To emulate the attack, Baba put a lot of almonds in his mouth and spit them out when Yamamoto called for the attack. It took them a few times to do the scene as Baba had a hard spitting them out.

Another running gag on the show was Akiyama drawing Yamamoto's mother. He always drew horrible pictures which made it impossible for anyone to actually figure out what he was drawing. Akiyama always had to point out that it was a picture of Yamamoto's mother. In Pokémon Smash #68, Yamamoto's mother came on the show.

After the commercial break, the Final Big Event segment was shown. Pokémon The Park 2005 was the feature of Pokémon Sunday #30 as TIM went to visit it and try out all the rides. Pokémon Quiz Master was a two part event that aired in September of 2005 during Pokémon Sunday #49 and #50. Two years later in September of 2007, the Pokémon Quiz Revolution also aired as a two part event during Pokémon Sunday #154 and #155. Shoko-tan then went to the 'Locarno Film Festival' in Pokémon Sunday #254 to promote the 12th Pocket Monsters movie and to sing her ending theme from the movie Antenna of the Heart (心のアンテナ).

For the 11th Pocket Monsters movie, Red Yoshida got to voice the character Moose (ムース) and a clip of him doing the recording was shown. Robert had voice acting roles in the previous movie while Shoko-tan had voiced multiple characters. Golgo also got to voice Jibacoil in the 11th movie. The 'Pokémon Cosplay Photo' Grand Prix too place in Pokémon Smash #301 while Pokémon Smash #100 was dedicated to the Pokémon Movie 15th Anniversary Event 'Pikachu the Live 2012'. This concluded the recap of clips from the series.

Golgo concluded the episode by telling viewers that the winning Pokémon used in the Final PokéSma Champion Position Match in Smash #155 would be distributed at Pokémon Centers.

Article edited on 2013-09-25 07:31:44 by Sunain
Sep 19

Pokémon Smash 153

Posted by Adamant | September 19th 2013 at 12:20 AM EDT
Tags: Anime, Games, Pokémon Smash, X and Y, Pocket Monsters XY
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Episode 153 of Pokémon Smash, Mijumaru! Meguroco! Close Call!! / Pokémon XY Lab Special: Presenting the Newest Info on Mega Evolution Together with Masuda / A Report on the 'Pocket Monsters XY' Anime! (ミジュマル! メグロコ! 危機一髪!! / 「ポケモンXY研究所スペシャル」増田さんと一緒にメガシンカの新情報を紹介 / アニメ「ポケットモンスターXY」を大特集!) aired last Sunday.

After greeting the audience with a "PokéMorning!", Golgo introduced the "You Choose! The Pokémon Anime Requests" segment. Golgo says he himself had chosen today's request, and shows off 4 postcards he has received requesting a Mijumaru episode, from Haito Akiba and Kokone Hori, Hokkaido, and Yosuke Watanabe and Sota Tamura, Saitama. Golgo's chosen episode is the episode telling the story of Satoshi and Mijumaru's meeting and budding friendship, Best Wishes episode 3, Mijumaru! Meguroco! Close Call!! (ミジュマル!メグロコ!危機一髪!!). He then told Takei that Mijumaru's final evolution is Daikenki, and asked how he would catch one. Replying "Super Easy", Takei demonstrated how he wuld pick up a small rock, rub it against his hair to create static electricity, and toss it at Daikenki to weaken it, then get on top of it, pull one of its swords off, and whip it with it. Super Easy indeed. After this episode, Professor Red started the episode with "Ok! Poké We GO!"

Pokémon XY Lab Special

As we return from the rerun episode, Professor Akido is ready with a new batch of exiting Pokémon XY news. Despite his attempts to stop them, however, Yamamoto and Baba accidentally reveal that Masuda is on his way to reveal news on Mega Mewtwo, which catches everyone's interest, but Akido soon steers the topic back onto his own information. Turning on the TV screen near him, he shows the rest of the group the three XY starter Pokémon, Harimaron, Fokko and Keromatsu, and tells them he will reveal their evolutions.

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Harimaron evolves into Haribogu, the Spiny Armor Pokémon, which is a Grass type with the Ability Overgrow, and is 0.7 m tall and weighs 29.0 kg.
Fokko evolves into Tailenard, the Fox Pokémon, which is a Fire type with the Ability Blaze, and is 1.0 m tall and weighs 14.5 kg.
Keromatsu evolves into Gekogashira, the Bubble Frog Pokémon, which is a Water type with the Ability Torrent, and is 0.6 m tall and weighs 10.9 kg.

Next, he shows the group the three original starter Pokémon from Pocket Monsters Red and Green, Fushigidane, Hitokage and Zenigame, and reveals that the player will get to choose one of these as well. This greatly excites Shoko-tan, and Yamamoto explains that this was done so people can use their old, nostalgic favorites in these new games as well.

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Akido says it's still too early to be surprised, though, and reveals that their final evolutions Fushigibana, Lizardon and Kamex can Mega Evolve, becoming Mega Fushigibana, Mega Lizardon and Mega Kamex. He then tells the others he will demonstrate exactly how awesome these new Mega Evolutions are, seguing into a video clip he's prepared.

In the clip, Akido says he'll have his two assistants Yamamoto and Baba show just how great the new Mega Evolutions are. First up is Fushigibana, which is Grass/Poison type, and thus weak against Fire and Ice attacks. When it Mega Evolves into Mega Fushigibana, however, its Ability changes from Overgrow to Thick Fat, making it strong against these types instead. To give us a visual explanation, he has Baba play the part of a regular Fushigibana, and makes two other assistants toss buckets of both hot water and ice water at him, making him recoil in pain at the "hot-coldness". Then, to demonstrate the Mega Evolution, he has Yamamoto play the part of the added protection, making Baba hold him up before him. Once again, the assistants toss buckets of hot water and ice water at them, but as the water hits Yamamoto rather than Baba, Baba ends up unaffected. And as such, it's demonstrated that after Mega Evolving, Mega Fushigibana's Thick Fat make it strong against Fire and Ice moves.

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Next is Lizardon, which changes its Ability from Blaze to Drought upon Mega Evolving, thus increasing the power of its Fire moves. To demonstrate, Baba is put in a makeshift plastic greenhouse together with two other assistants, making the air inside hot and stuffy to simulate a regular Lizardon's Heat Wave move. The other two assistants are then sent out and replaced with two huge sweaty sumo wrestlers, making him almost burn up from the produced heat, thus simulating the increased power a Mega Lizardon's Heat Wave has. And thus, it's demonstrated that Sunny weather increases the power of Fire moves.

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Finally, we have Kamex, which Ability changes from Torrent to the new Ability Mega Launcher upon Mega Evolution. Mega Launcher increases the damage of "pulse" type moves. To demonstrate this, Yamamoto is first doused with the water from a regular garden hose, simulating a Water Pulse attack from a normal Kamex. Next, Akido pulls out a pressure washer to simulate a Water Pulse attack from a Mega Kamex, spraying Yamamoto with a powerful and quite painful stream of water. Thus, we see how Mega Kamex' Pulse type moves greatly increase in power.

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As we cut back to the studio, Akido announces Masuda's arrival, and sure enough, the "God of Pokémon" walks in shortly after. Akido says Masuda will tell them about Mega Mewtwo, but Golgo points out that they've already been shown a lot about it. Masuda says this time he'll show them during actual gameplay, and challenges Shoko-tan to a battle, which she happily accepts. The battle starts, with Shoko-tan using Mewtwo and Masuda using Zoroark, and Masuda tells her to Mega Evolve. As Shoko-tan does, however, Mewtwo transforms into an as of yet unseen form, before defeating Masuda's Zoroark with a single Giga Impact! Shoko-tan is shocked, having no idea what just went on, and Masuda explains that what they just saw was "Mega Mewtwo X". He further explains that the Mega Mewtwo they've been shown previously is actually named "Mega Mewtwo Y". Mewtwo Mega Evolves into Mega Mewtwo X with the Mewtwonite X Mega Stone, found in Pocket Monsters X, and into Mega Mewtwo Y with the Mewtwonite Y Mega Stone, found in Pocket Monsters Y. Golgo thanks Masuda for this amazing piece of news, and Masuda signs off by reminding everyone to please buy Pocket Monsters X and Y when they get released in October.

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Pocket Monsters XY Anime Preview

Next, Shoko-tan has some news on the anime for us. First, she shows off "the Pokémon the anime will introduce in the Kalos region", and pulls a cover off a giant poster, revealing a promotional poster for the Pocket Monsters XY anime series. The poster shows Satoshi alongside many new Pokémon like Onvern, and Golgo points out the giant figures of Mega Lucario and Mega Burshamo standing in the distance. Shoko-tan points out the Fairy type Pokémon on the poster, like Nymphia and a very small Flabebe.

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Following that, she goes on to introduce the new characters Satoshi and Pikachu will encounter. First up are Citron (シトロン) and Eureka (ユリーカ), which she explains are two siblings Satoshi meets in Niare City, and which are his opponents in the very first battle he has in the Kalos region, a battle he won't forget soon. Next is Serena (セレナ), a young girl who is just starting on her journey as a Pokémon trainer, and which Professor Red and Shoko-tan point out have a fashionable set of thigh-high socks and excellent zettai ryouiki. Shoko-tan wonders which of the three starter Pokémon she will choose, and mentions that she appears to have met Satoshi before, making the others ask where. They get no answer, though, as Shoko-tan introduces the next character, Viola (ビオラ), an active woman with a nice body and a great waist, and the Gym Leader of Hakudan City, which Satoshi will be challenging. And finally, she shows us the ones everyone were waiting for: Rocket Gang members Musashi, Kojiro and Nyarth, which will of course be appearing this series as well.

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Next, Shoko-tan tells us she has information on the Mega Bursyamo that will be appearing right at the beginning of the new anime, and shows a video clip from the 1-hour premiere special of Pocket Monsters XY that will air October 17th. The clip shows Satoshi arriving in Kalos, walking through the city, encountering Citron and Eureka, and getting to see the the new Pokémon Harimaron, Fokko and Keromatsu... as well as a mysterious Mega Bursyamo that jumps down from a rooftop, lands imposingly behind him, then quickly jumps away again.

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Finally, Shoko-tan mentions that the release of Pocket Monsters X and Pocket Monsters Y will be celebrated with an anime titled "Pocket Monsters the Orgin", which will air Tuesday October 2nd at 7PM, and which is based on the original Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green. She shows a promotional trailer for this, the one that has been available online for a while already, which shows Pokémon trainer Red receiving a Hitokage as his first Pokémon, and setting out on a journey.

Finally, Golgo has an announcement to make. This show, which started out as Pokémon Sunday, and has run 9 years now, will end in 2 episodes. To commemorate this, they will give out a Pokémon related to the show to all their viewers. As he gets ready to announce which Pokémon this will be, the studio door opens, and Director Zoroark, Leader Kimori and Hikozaru walk in to join Mijumaru and Director Lucario. The cast members line up before them, each holding a numbered poster they'll remove to reveal either an X mark or an O mark, the Pokémon getting the O mark being the one that will be distributed. As they reveal their posters, though, it turns out they all have X marks. As they wonder what this means, the door again opens, and Golgo's Yamirami walks in with the O poster. Golgo is about to scold it, but finds it too cute to yell at, so he decides that Yamirami will be the distributed Pokémon instead.

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He goes on to explain that his Yamirami has undergone special training, and thus knows moves normal Yamirami can't learn: Octazooka and Tickle. The Pokémon will be available at all Pokémon Centers in Japan between September 15th and 28th, and can be downloaded for Pocket Monsters Black, White, Black 2 and White 2.

Full details of the Yamirami distribution are available in the Event Database.

Finally, ending the episode, Golgo announces that the next episode will be a commemoration special looking back at the earlier episodes of the show, while the very last episode will be another Pokémon Smash Champion Position Match tournament.

Article edited on 2013-09-19 05:36:16 by Adamant
Sep 13

Pokémon Smash ending, to be replaced with new show 'Pokémon Get TV' / TV Tokyo's 50th Anniversary

Posted by Adamant | September 13th 2013 at 09:28 AM EDT
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Pokémon Get TV

TV Tokyo has released a special press release for its 50th Anniversary that is completely dedicated to the Pocket Monsters franchise. The press release highlight 3 new Pocket Monsters related shows that will be airing on the television station in October of 2013.

1. Pocket Monsters THE ORIGIN (ポケットモンスター THE ORIGIN) will air on October 2nd, 2013 from 7pm until 8:49pm. The anime special is to commemorate the upcoming Pocket Monstrs X and Y games, and is aimed at fans both fans currently playing the games, and adult fans who played back in the early days of the franchise when Pocket Monsters Red and Green were released.

2. Pocket Monsters is celebrating its 16th year with the 5th animated series called Pocket Monsters XY (ポケットモンスター X Y). The series once again features Satoshi and Pikachu on a new journey. The series will air on Thursdays at 7pm.

3. As a tie-in to the upcoming release of Pocket Monsters X and Pocket Monsters Y, TV Tokyo is ending their Pokémon variety show Pokémon Smash, relaunching it as Pokémon Get TV (ポケモンゲット☆TV). Details on the new show are still vague, but like Pokémon Smash, it will be a 1 hour Pokémon-themed variety show running Sunday mornings at 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM. Pokémon Smash host Shoko Nakagawa is confirmed to stay on as a new host, and will be joined by actor and TV personality Yukito Nishii and the popular comedian duo Taka and Toshi. Details on whether TIM and Robert will stay on after Pokémon Smash are still unclear. Pokémon Get TV will premiere October 6th, 2013

Japanese Press Release

放送開始から満 16 年を迎えたアニメ「ポケットモンスター」が 3 年ぶりにモデルチェンジします。このアニメ新シリーズのキックオフをはじめ、テレビ東京の開局 50 周年キャンペーンに合わせて様々な特別企画を展開します。

① 『ポケットモンスター ジ・オリジン』放送! 10 月 2 日(水)よる 7 時~8 時 49 分放送 ポケモンのすべての原点である 1996年に発売されたゲームボーイソフト「ポケットモンスター 赤・緑」をアニメ化。当時ゲームを楽しんでいた子供達も今や、大人になっていますが、そうした大人の皆さんにも楽しんでいただける作品になっています。

② アニメ新シリーズ「ポケットモンスター X Yエックスワイ」スタート!10月17日(木)よる7時~毎週木曜日よる 7 時から放送中のレギュラー番組では、3 年ぶりの新シリーズ「ポケットモンスター X Yエックスワイ』が 10 月 17 日から始まります。この作品は、テレビアニメシリーズ第 5 弾となり、サトシとピカチュウの新たな旅を描きます。

③ ポケモンゲット☆TV」 スタート!10月6日(日)~ あさ7時30分~毎週日曜日、あさ 7 時 30 分から放送のポケモン情報番組が内容を新たにスタート!タカアンドトシや、ポケモンが大好きな中川翔子さん、若手俳優・西井幸人(ゆきと)さんらがレギュラー出演いたします。『ポケットモンスター』は開局 50 周年特別企画として、来年度も様々な施策を実施予定!

Source: Official press release

Article edited on 2013-09-13 09:43:49 by Sunain
Jun 30

World Hobby Fair '13 Summer (次世代ワールドホビーフェア’13 Summer)

Posted by Sunain | June 30th 2013 at 01:43 PM EDT
Tags: Anime, Games, Event, Pokémon Smash, Black 2 White 2, X and Y
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The World Hobby Fair '13 Summer (次世代ワールドホビーフェア’13 Summer) took place at Makuhari Messe on June 29th and 30th, 2013. Pokémon had a large booth at the fair this year which included a stage show hosted by Pokémon Smash International Division members Neese and Maru. Two different battles from Pokémon X and Y were showcased which revealed a lot of new details about the moves that the new 6th Generation Pokémon can learn. Our affiliate Serebii has complied a list which is in the table below.

Pokémon Revealed Moves
Chespin Tackle, Growl, Vine Whip, Rollout, Wood Hammer, Solarbeam, Leech Seed
Fennekin Scratch, Tail Whip, Ember, Howl, Fire Spin, Flamethrower, Psychic
Froakie Pound, Growl, Bubble, Quick Attack, Hydro Pump, Bounce
Gogoat Horn Leech, Double-Edge, Rock Slide
Helioptile Parabolic Charge, Rock Slide
Noivern Boom Burst, Dragon Pulse

The booth also had artwork displayed from the new movie 16, had a Tretta area, had a TCG area, had a large screen that showed the trailer from the 16th movie and had an area for the FunFest Mission.

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More images from the fair are available on our imageboard thread which can be viewed by clicking here.

Sources: http://game.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20130629_605788.html and http://blog.pokemon-movie.jp/?p=348

Article edited on 2013-06-30 01:46:16 by Sunain
Jun 16

Mewtwo: The Prologue to Its Awakening (ミュウツー ~覚醒への序章~)

Posted by Sunain | June 16th 2013 at 04:00 PM EDT
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An official site has launched for Mewtwo: The Prologue to Its Awakening (ミュウツー ~覚醒への序章~), an OVA that will be airing as part of the 2-hour special on July 11th, 2013.

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Story Translation

Having finished his mountain rescue mission, Virgil of the Pokémon Rescue Squad is on the way back to his base when he is forced to do an emergency landing on a mountain. There he meets a girl named Anna and an old man named Oscar, who tell him that they have had a strange experience in which a Pokémon they had never seen before saved them. Then...

"That Pokémon was Mewtwo!"

Suddenly, a mysterious man called Dunk approaches them. He tells them that he was recently saved by Mewtwo himself, but that it was gravely injured in the process. Virgil and the others immediately get ready to go and rescue Mewtwo; however, Mewtwo, who was created by humans, is said to not trust humans.

So Virgil asks Eievui and the others for help while Anna approaches the Pokémon living in the forest to start a search! However, a suspicious camera follows after the Pokémon while Dunk smiles audaciously... Now, what are Dunk's intentions? Also, more and more of Mewtwo's past is revealed! ...And finally, the heroic battle of the Awakened Mewtwo begins!

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ストーリー

ポケモンレスキュー隊のバージルは山岳救助の任務を終え基地に戻る途中、とある山に緊急着陸。そこで出会った少女アンナと老人オスカーから、見たこともないポケモンに助けられたという不思議な体験を聞いていた。すると……

「そのポケモンは“ミュウツー”です!」

突然、謎の男・ダンクが声をかけてきた。先日、自分もミュウツーに助けられたのだと語るダンク。だがミュウツーはそのときに大きな怪我を負ってしまったのだと言う。バージルたちはすぐにミュウツーの救助に向かおうとするが、人間に作られたというミュウツーは人間を信用していないらしい。そこでバージルはイーブイたちに、アンナは森に住むポケモンたちに呼びかけ捜索開始! だがそこには、ポケモンたちの後を追う怪しげなカメラと不敵に笑うダンクの姿が……。果たしてダンクの目的とは!? さらにつぎつぎと明らかになるミュウツーの過去! ……そしてついに! 覚醒したミュウツーの壮絶なバトルが幕を開ける!!

Pictures from the trailer that aired during Pokémon Smash 140 are available on the imageboard thread.

Sources: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/mewtwo2013/ and ,a href="http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/topics/tv_anime.php">http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/topics/tv_anime.php

Article edited on 2013-06-17 03:47:22 by Sunain
May 29

Pokémon Smash 137

Posted by Adamant | May 29th 2013 at 02:48 PM EDT
Tags: Anime, Games, Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Smash, X and Y
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Episode 137 of Pokémon Smash, Marvel! Mountain of the Giant Kekking!! / A Special Feature on Mewtwo, with a Mighty Battle Starring the Mewtwo You Get with the Special Pre-Order Ticket! / Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku Perform 'Let's Hold Hands'! (驚異! 巨大ケッキングの山!! / ミュウツー大特集、映画特別前売券で貰えるミュウツーの強力バトルも! / 私立恵比寿中学が「手をつなごう」を披露!) aired this sunday.

After greeting the audience with a "PokéMorning!", Golgo introduced the "You Choose! The Pokémon Anime Requests" segment. Golgo himself had chosen today's request, which was sent by 8-year-old Hiroyuki Shima from Saitama. He requested an episode about Kekking, and wrote "If he doesn't move much, he'll grow fat" as a comment in the letter. Golgo pointed out that while Hiroyuki hadn't drawn any pictures, his request was chosen because he had written the letter all by himself, something they'd like to see more kids do.

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Golgo chose Advanced Generation episode 180, Marvel! Mountain of the Giant Kekking!! (驚異! 巨大ケッキングの山!!), as a response to his request, and Professor Red started the episode with a "Ok! PokéReq GO!"

Mewtwo Analysis Special

As they returned from the rerun episode, Golgo reminded everyone that the movie "Extremespeed Genesect: The Awakening of Mewtwo" will premiere in just two months. To elebrate that, today's episode will be a special that analyses Mewtwo's character and explains what kind of Pokémon it is. For this reason, they had invited a special guest lecturer to the show, but when Golgo tries calling for this person, no on comes in, so Shoko-tan runs off to search. Right after she leaves, someone calls out "PokéMorning", and the "special lecturer" walks in. She introduces herself as "Miss Nakagawa, CEO of the Mewtwo Research Laboratories", claiming that Shoko-tan asked her to come to teach them all she knows about her darling Mewtwo. Akiyama and Yamamoto point out that "Miss Nakagawa" is clearly just Shoko-tan herself in a costume, prompting her to yell at them to SHUT UP!!

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"Miss Nakagawa" explains that through years of research, she has discovered 3 key points to explain the awesomeness of Mewtwo. The first point is "Mewtwo's creation by human hand". Miss Nakagawa shows some clips from the beginning of the first Pokémon movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back, and explains how its artificial creaton made Mewtwo search for the meaning of life. She asks Red what the meaning of his life is, but when he starts talking about how it's his inventions, she yells at him to SHUT UP!!, saying she doesn't care about his useless inventions. She turns to Neese instead, who explains that his purpose in life is to spread the fun of Pokémon as a PokéSma member, and she tells him he did a GOOD JOB!! with that answer.

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The second key point is "Mewtwo possesses powers far beyond the norm". She shows more clips from Mewtwo Strikes Back that demonstrate this, showing the scenes from the beginning of the movie where Mewtwo destroys the laboratory that gave birth to it. She then asks Robert what kind of powers they possess, and they say that since their work revolves around making people laugh, it'd have to be that. She asks them to demonstrate, adding that abilities and powers can make for a purpose in life, and the comedy trio present a short skit where Yamamoto plays an ambulance, and Akiyama follows him around, slipping random English words into the sound of his siren. She tells them GOOD JOB!!, then asks Red about his powers, but interrupts him with a SHUT UP!! before he can answer.

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The third and final keypoint is "Mewtwo possesses both cruel heartlessness and compassionate kindness", explaining that while Mewtwo may have come across as evil in what they've shown thus far, that's not all there is to it, then shows a selection of clips from the climax of Mewtwo Strikes Back, where Mewtwo commands the copy Pokémon against the original Pokémon, but eventually has a change of heart after Satoshi's sacrifice. Miss Nakagawa starts gushing over this scene, claiming it changed the history of animation forever, and Akiyama says she's definitely just Shoko-tan in a costume, and is once again told to SHUT UP!!

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Miss Nakagawa then says that there will be even more awesome things to see about Mewtwo in the upcoming movie, and launches the full movie trailer to demonstrate. She explains how Mewtwo will awaken and gain even more powers, and that it'll battle other Pokémon that were created by humans in the Genesect. Finally, she promises to show footage proving how awesome the Mewtwo you can get through the movie preorder ticket, before ending the segment for now.

Professor Akido's Pocket Monsters X/Y Laboratories

As promised last week, from this episode an on, Professor Akido will be presenting news on the upcoming game Pocket Monsters X and Pocket Monsters Y, alongside his assistants Group Member Yamamoto and Group Member Baba. This episode, he's presenting one of the new Pokémon that will appear in these games; the Generation Pokémon Erikiter. As Masuda mentioned, this is the first Electric/Normal type Pokémon in the franchise. Akido then shows a new gameplay clip, where Erikiter is shown using a new move. He explains that this move is named Parabolic Charge, and that it damages all the other Pokémon in the battle, including your own allies. The user then recovers HP equal to half the total inflicted damage. Yamamoto mentions that it appears to be an Electric move.

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Akido goes on to mention that Erikiter can take in sunlight and use it to generate electricity, which can then be used to charge electric machinery and appliances. He then wonders if humans are able to charge machines like that too, and decides to run an experiment. Baba is placed on a bike that's connected to a TV via a set of wires, and he pedals as fast as he can, eventually making the TV turn on. The experiment is a success.

The Eievui Akiyama Friends

Today, Baba and Yamamoto have come to the Eievui Akiyama House with a question for Thunders Akiyama. When they knock on the door, however, Eievui Akiyama and Nymphia Nakagawa answer it. The two are surprised to see her, and she says they're "phiamates" (ルームフィア), Yamamoto pointing out that the term is "sharemates" (ルームシェア). They ask for Thunders Akiyama, but Eievui Akiyama says he's not home at the moment, so they decide to ask Nymphia Nakagawa the question instead. The question, from Nao Nakai, Hyogo, is What do you do for fun?

She thinks for bit, then says she likes to "phia". Baba and Yamamoto asks what that's supposed to mean, and she answers by jumping forward, striking a comic pose, and yelling "buccalphiatchacone" (バッカルフィアッチャコーン), parodying her well-known usage of the word "Buccalcone". Eievui Akiyama says she's always doing stuff like this, as she breaks into a dance, chanting "nym-nym-nym, nym-nym-nym, nym-nym-nymphia, nym-nym-nym", making the others join in as well. She and Eievui Akiyama then close the door, making Baba and Yamamoto wonder just what that was all about.

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Back at the set, Miss Nakagawa presents details on the preorder ticket event Mewtwo. It is level 100, knows Psystrike, Ice Beam, and the two event-exclusive moves Heal Pulse and Hurricane, has the Ability Unnerve, and holds an Iban (Custap) Berry. She then shows a set of game clips featuring the event Mewtwo in action. First, we see a demonstration of its amazing Speed and Special Attack, as it enters a battle with the speedy Voltolos, moves first, and knocks it out with a single hit with Psystrike. Next we see it go up against an Ulgamoth. Once again, Mewtwo goes first, knocking out Ulgamoth with a single hit from Hurricane, a move it can't normally learn, and which is highly effective against Bug types, which Psychic types like Mewtwo are weak against. Its next opponent is Rayquaza, a Pokémon Miss Nakagawa says commonly carries the Yache Berry, a berry that reduces damage dealt by Ice moves, which Dragon types are weak against. This Mewtwo's Abiity is Unnerve, however, an Ability that prevents the opponent from eating berries, and Mewtwo thus manages to knock out Rayquaza with a single Ice Beam. Finally, we see Mewtwo in a double battle, where it and a Manyula are going up against a Dialga and a Roubushin, and Dialga uses Trick Room, a move that reverses everyone's Speed stat. This would normally be a dangerous situation for the super speedy Mewtwo, but since it carries an Iban Berry, it is able to move first after all, and knocks out Roubushin with a single hit from Psystrike despite being at so low HP it wouldn't have normally survived that round.

Everyone are truly impressed with this Mewtwo, and we're told that the special preorder ticket that comes with a voucher for this event Pokémon is now on sale. Miss Nakagawa reminds everyone to watch the movie once more, then bids her farewell, the rest of the hosts still pointing out how she's obviously just Shoko-tan in a costume. Shoko-tan returns right after "Miss Nakagawa" leaves, pretending to be sad she missed her, but when Golgo suggest they go call her back in, she says Miss Nakagawa is probably too busy for that, and quickly changes the subject.

Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku's Visit

Shoko-tan announces that they have some amazing guests related to the upcoming movie short Pikachu and its Eievui Friends on the set today, and calls them in. It is the pop group Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku, the singers of the ending theme to Pikachu and its Eievui Friends, Let's Hold Hands, dressed up in clothes based on the Eievui Friends for the occasion, each member portraying one of the 9 Friends. The narrator mentions that the song is used as the ending theme for Pocket Monsters Best Wishes Season 2 Decolora Adventure as well, and we're shown a clip from the new footage used in the ending as per episode 5, featuring the girls in both live and animated form. Shoko-tan says they'll soon perform the song for us, but before that, we'll all get to see the first scene from the short itself; an entire minute's worth of footage.

The short starts off by showing Pikachu, Mijumaru, Kibago and Yanappu on a swing against a black background, which eventually lights up and turns into the short's title card, the swing making the letters appear as it flies over the screen. The short itself then starts, showing the same four Pokémon running through a forest, the narrator voice saying they're full of energy today. As Pikachu reaches the top of a hill overlooking a flower bed, it stops, but the other Pokémon crash into it, and send all four tumbling into the flowers. As they get back up on their feet, they laugh about the situation, and we see a Nymphia run through the flowers for a second before the clip ends.

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As we return from a commercial break, Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku put on their performance, singing and dancing to Let's Hold Hands, with the hosts dancing along on the sidelines. After the song, Eievui Akiyama walks onto the set, telling EbiChu that despite wearing the outfits that they do, he doesn't think they quite become the Eievui Friends, and he wants to test them to see which are the most "appropriate" Eievui Friends. Tune in next time.

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The episode ends with a reminder that the Pokémon Tretta PokéSma Challenge Cup is still running, and that all the Pokémon Centers are also hosting the cup. The cup is held there until May 31st. In addition, the cup will also be held at the International Tokyo Toy Show 2013, which takes place June 15th-16th. See the official home page for further information.

Article edited on 2013-05-29 03:22:09 by Adamant
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