May 16 2010 Pokémon Sunday 291

Episode PictureThe latest episode of Pokémon Sunday, Forest of Pikachu / The Announcement of Pocket Monsters BW Material Including 'Partner Pokémon' and 'Zorua and Zoroark's moves' (ピカチュウのもり / ポケットモンスターBW「パートナーポケモン」「ゾロア・ゾロアークの技」等を発表!), aired today in Japan.

This week featured a continuation of last weeks rerun theme, 'Pikachu and Nyarth's Nice Little Talks', and Forest of Pikachu was this weeks repeat episode. In this episode, Satoshi's Pikachu discovers a forest full of other Pikachu's. Curious to find out more about the Pikachu's in this forest, Satoshi attempts to be friendly with them, only for them to run away. Rocket Gang shows up and tries to capture all the Pikachu's. Can Satoshi and friends stop the Rocket Gang and rescue the Pikachu's?

In this episode, Robert is sent out dressed as reporters looking for the latest scoop on the upcoming 13th movie The Ruler of Illusions Zoroark (幻影の覇者 ゾロアーク) and Pokémon Black and White (ポケットモンスター ブラック・ホワイト).

Robert's first stop was a Pro Wrestling Dojo. A paper with the scoop information was attached to one of the wrestlers who were practicing in the ring. Akiyama enters the ring and tries his best to get it off his foot but he is afraid that he will get hurt. Finally all three members of Robert enter the ring. Akiyama gets body slammed but after the wrestler attempts to body slam him again, Akiyama manages to avoid it and wrestler is stunned from his attempt. Yamamoto quickly grabs the paper off the wrestlers foot and Robert heads back to the PokéSun Headquarters.

Upon arriving at the headquarters, Shoko-tan reveals that Jun'ichi Masuda (増田順一) from GAME FREAK had sent them a DVD labeled 'Top Secret' (秘) and the video is played. A new battle scene video showing the graphics from the upcoming games is displayed. Raikou is seen using Aura Sphere (はどうだん) against an Entei which then is revealed to be Zoroark. It is revealed that Zoroark has a new ability called Illusion (イリュージョン) which allows it to transform into various Pokémon including Entei that was shown in the video.

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In the next segment, Robert and Director Lucario head out into the forest with Celebi. While there they encounter a bag on the ground and they open it to reveal Japanese comedian and contortionist Esper Ito (エスパー伊東). He preforms a few tricks including putting his body through a tennis racket. Upon returning to the Headquarters, Shoko-tan plays another video. In the video it shows Celebi in the Ilex Forest and it starts glowing and then takes the player back in time. The player is then seen battling Rocket Gang Boss Sakaki with his Nidoking and the players Celebi as the video ends.

In the third an final segment featuring Robert, they are sent to the Trick Art Museum. Yamamoto is seen standing on a wooden plank that appears to be spanning across a deep hole. Akiyama and Baba attempt to help him but Yamamoto looses his balance and begins to fall off the plank only to realize that what looked to be an endless pit was a solid floor. In another exhibit, Yamamoto looks through a hole into a room where Akiyama looks to be a few feet taller than Lucario. They finally come upon a lobster exhibit with a chest. They take the chest and return with it to the PokéSun Headquarters only to find out that its empty.

A chest appeared in the room and the crew needed to raise and lower black and white flags in the order that the announcer indicated without making a mistake. Shoko-tan was first and managed to get the chest to be lowered a bit. Golgo went next and as a trick near the end, he had to make a strange face instead of moving the flags. He was also successful and the chest was lowered again. Finally Akiyama went and he almost exclusively had to do funny faces until the final instruction which was to raise the white flag to throw him off guard. He wasn't fooled and was also successful. The chest was fully lowered.

As a follow up to last weeks episode, the silhouettes of the three new starter Pokémon were finally revealed. The information was also posted in Coro Coro which was released the day before.

Picture Pokémon Info Ability Type Height Weight
Tsutaja (ツタージャ) Grass Snake Pokémon Overgrow Grass 0.6m 8.1kg
Pokabu (ポカブ) Fire Pig Pokémon Blaze Fire 0.6m 9.9kg
Mijumaru (ミジュマル) Sea Otter Pokémon Torrent Water 0.5m 5.9kg

Battle videos showing the three starter Pokémon are displayed just after they are revealed. Tsutaja (ツタージャ) is seen using Leaf Storm (リーフストーム), Pokabu (ポカブ) is shown using Flamethrower (かえんほうしゃ) and finally Mijumaru (ミジュマル) is shown using Water Pulse (ずのはどう).

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The new starters artwork was also shown. Players are able to choose either one of these characters upon starting the new games.

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The Isshu Region (イッシュ地方) was announced and a picture of Hiun City (ヒウンシティ) was shown. A video of the streets of the city was also shown. The players character walks around with a lot of other computer controlled characters on the streets of the city.

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