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Kotobukiya offers free Shunya Yamashita poster at San Diego Comic-Con

Tokyo, Japan – Japan’s #1 collector toy company Kotobukiya announces an original illustration of Marvel comics heroines has been created by master illustrator Shunya Yamashita. Yamashita-sensei has designed many of the new statues in the Marvel X Bishoujo series, and now has captured Rogue, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch is a new, more playful light. This image was commissioned specifically for the San Diego Comic-Con, and as a special treat for fans, the image will be featured as a free poster as the centerfold of Kotobukiya’s SDCC catalog.  

The future of the Marvel X Bishoujo Statue series will be previewed with sneak peeks at two new character designs. These will be formally announced during the Marvel Presentation at the Kotobukiya booth 1pm on Friday July 24th, co-hosted by Marvel’s Jesse Falcon. All this is in addition to the already announced SDCC Exclusive Yelena Belova Black Widow, and the SDCC Debut sales for Rogue and Natasha Romanoff Black Widow Bishoujo Statues.

Please visit www.KotoUs.com for the most recent information, or stop by Booth #2601 during Comic-Con July 22~26 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Free catalog/poster offer valid while supplies last.

Marvel, Rogue, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow: TM & © 2009 Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Licensed by Marvel Characters B.V. www.marvel.com. All rights reserved.

About Kotobukiya

With over 50 years experience in the toy industry, Kotobukiya has grown into Japan's number one collector toy company, with a peerless reputation for quality and craftsmanship. Kotobukiya is always striving to further improve the material, detail, and design of all products. Kotobukiya continues to attract the attention of not only top artistic talents, but also the favor of publishers and licensors who wish to work with only the best the toy and collectibles industry has to offer. For more information, please visit www.KotoUS.com.

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My birthday wasbusy and fun, (almost) everyone was there except my aunt whose is still busy running a marathon i think lol. I had many gift but most of them aren`t Anime related (the Marvels Paperback, socks, belts, some money and a €40,- gift certificate from ACME! just what i wanted woot!) so i didn't really went my way to make pics of them XD Any ways i`m really happy with two great figures i received from my Father and two Sisters that of MazinKaiser and Shin Getter Robo both are high grade and simple awesome so here are some pics for you guys to drool over :)



PS: This was taken from the to of my stairs so i didn't make that many and none with shots of the feet there is no need to see our laundry lol
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FUNimation® Entertainment today announced the cast and crew for the 13 episode unique fantasy anime series "Spice and Wolf".

 

Main Cast:

Chloe – Jamie Marchi

HoloBrina Palencia

Lawrence – J. Michael Tatum

Nora – Leah Clark

Weiz – Eric Vale

Zheren – John Burgmeier

Additionally, the first release will feature episodic character performances by such veteren actors as Christopher Ayers, Bob Carter and Chuck Huber.

ADR Director: Justin Nordell

Line Producer: Colleen Clickenbeard

 

About Spice and Wolf

Lawrence, a traveling merchant searching for profit, finds a naked girl with the ears and tail of a wolf asleep in his cart. Her name is Holo – a harvest goddess with an untamed beast lurking inside who longs to return to her beloved northern home. Armed with his street smarts and her animal instincts, a simple peddler and a forgotten deity begin a journey through the wild countryside.

 

This original series is directed by Takeo Takahashi ("Rozen Maiden", "Tenchi Universe", "The Story of Saiunkoku") and produced by Imagin.

 

FUNimation Entertainment will release the 13 episode series in one complete season set later this year.

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FUNimation® Entertainment today announced the cast and crew for the 26 episode supernatural action anime series "Nabari No Ou".

 

Main Cast:

Miharu- Brina Palencia

Yoite- Joel McDonald

Tobari- Eric Vale

Koichi- Chris Burnett

Yukimi- Rob McCollum

Raimei- Kate Oxley

Additionally, the first release will feature episodic character performances by Michael Tatum, Greg Ayres, Kent Williams, Jamie Marchi, Caitlin Glass, Christopher Bevins, and Stephanie Young.

Line Producer/ADR Director: Colleen Clinkenbeard / Monica Rial

ADR Scripts: Eric Vale & Monica Rial

 

About Nabari No Ou

In the shadows of this modern world, ninjas fight for control of an ancient technique which holds untold strength. This coveted power dwells within apathetic Miharu, a fact the guy really couldn’t care less about – until the clashing rival clans bring their battle to him.
 
Now Miharu struggles to understand the mystery buried in his soul, and must choose a side if he hopes to survive. But when conflict is waged in secret, and lethal ninjas hide in plain sight, friend and foe prove difficult to tell apart.  

 

This original series is directed by Kunihisa Sugishima ("Speed Grapher", "Yu-Gi-Oh!", "Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom", "Strike Witches") and produced by J.C. Staff.

 

FUNimation Entertainment will release the 26 episode series in two 13 episode season sets later this year.

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Hey guys im SoulxEaterxEvans
i am an anime junkie and my fav is soul eater
i have seen all 51 episodes and i am about to start the manga
i hope to have a good time but for now i g2g so ill catch u guys later
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Blog writhen by lunermoth, don't ask questons we got our ways.
http://moonstorm.podomatic.com/entry/2009-07-18T12_59_34-07_00
NEW Guess Outlaw Spike has a Band, you should check out his MySpace.
Joint the IRC

Don't be an Ass.

OMG it Miyazaki glamp.

Something else

and BOA

My Crunchyroll getting soggy.

Manga on the PSP.

4kids is trying to make someone happy, still fails.

Ellen might like anime, but I could care less.

itunes has more anime.

So dose Xbox

Bandai is playing with your feelings.

Anime Games, the good, the bad, and not so good.

The 6th child of Eva, I think I got a shot.

Yen we own you soul but still severs you tea.

Take to the Skies, Aniplex

Will someone shut up Brazil about Michael.

Is 2ed season of Haruhi getting license? I got 5 bucks on yes.

Japan need to get a life.

Hey this show looks cool.

AMV hit me to hard. I think I see blood. Is that blood, Ya that blood.

Project Gundam File 1, 2, 3, & 4

Haruhi is real! Real I say!

Backhand your catgirl every now and then. Show them who boss.

Can We have your money Japan if you just trowing it out

The People vs. Yakuza, I would use a horse head for imitations.

Twilight manhwa, BURN IT, Burn it in the fires of your rage!

FMA figures, we guess their ok.
Hey cool kicks.
I speaka engrish, (I also bet you can find misspellings above, But lets ingnore that)
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New York, NY – July 15, 2009 – Syfy has renewed and expanded a content licensing deal with Starz Media's anime distribution arm, Manga Entertainment. The new agreement renews the weekly Ani-Monday programming block on Monday nights from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET. This month marks the beginning of a new season of Ani-Mondays and a new, two-hour programming block on sister channel, Chiller that will air horror-based anime programming on Mondays from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET will be added. Ani-Monday and the Chiller anime block will feature a collection of movies, series and shorts from Starz Media's anime distribution arm, Manga Entertainment.

Ani-Monday showcases new content including the recently launched season two of the popular “Gundam 00” series from Bandai Entertainment. This joins a lineup geared towards anime fans and enthusiasts, including “Gurenn Lagann,” “RaveMaster” and motion comics based on the popular “Street Fighter” series. The Chiller anime block will air popular, blood-thirsty titles including “Blood: The Last Vampire”, “Ninja Scroll” and episodes of “Descendants of Darkness.”

“Ani-Mondays have become appointment viewing for anime lovers, now entering its third year on Syfy,” said Thomas Vitale, Syfy's senior vice president, programming and original movies. “With more anime programming coming our way and an opportunity for cross-promotion with the new programming block on our sister channel, Chiller, we are very pleased that this summer is shaping up to be an exciting one for our viewers.”

“Starz Media and Manga Entertainment are blessed to have a deep and loyal fan base for anime and such a terrific partnership that allowed us to renew and expand our relationship with Syfy and now, Chiller,” added MARC DeBevoise, Starz Media senior vice president, digital media, business development and strategy. “Anime fans – new and old – will now have an unmatched opportunity to enjoy their Mondays.”


Many of the programs in the block will be made available for rental and download on digital platforms through Starz Digital Media's network of distribution relationships after their airings on Syfy and Chiller, with clips and additional information available at www.manga.com.

About Starz Digital Media
Starz Digital Media, an operating division of Starz Media, LLC, is responsible for all digital and on-demand distribution of library content from Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Originals from Starz Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment. Through a range of distribution and marketing partnerships with multichannel video providers, Internet distributors and wireless operators worldwide, Starz Digital Media makes its content available under numerous business models including download-to-own/electronic sell-through, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, subscription video-on-demand and ad-supported streaming. The division also programs and supports numerous ad-supported broadband channels and develops games and gaming-related content from many of its properties for distribution worldwide.

About Manga Entertainment
Manga Entertainment Ltd (www.manga.com), a division of Starz Media, LLC, is an entertainment company specializing in the production, marketing and distribution of Japanese animation for theatrical, television, Internet, DVD and home video release worldwide. Manga Entertainment content is marketed and distributed for television by Starz Media, in traditional home video outlets by Anchor Bay Entertainment, and across digital platforms by Starz Digital Media through its various online video and gaming platform partners. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com), a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide, is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to Liberty Capital Group.

About Chiller
Chiller, the recently-launched channel from NBC Universal, is the only network devoted to delivering viewers round-the-clock scares. Chiller's eclectic slate of adrenaline-fueled, soul-stirring entertainment includes classic drama and anthology series (Tales from the Darkside, Twin Peaks, Nightmare Cafe), international programming (Spine Chilers, Strange) and a broad offering of films, including feature-length premieres on the first Friday of each month. Chiller is currently available in 35 million homes. To learn more, visit: www.chillertv.com.

About Syfy
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as Sci Fi Channel, and currently in 95 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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STARTING POINT: 1979-1996

TRACES THE FIRST HALF OF THE CAREER OF FAMED ANIMATION DIRECTOR HAYAO MIYAZAKI

NEW FROM VIZ MEDIA  

Comprehensive Edition Will Debut As Miyazaki’s Latest Animated Film Hits Theatres In North America This Summer   

San Francisco, CA, July 17, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the publication of the first of a new collection of essays, interviews, memoirs and manga from legendary animation director, Hayao Miyazaki, titled STARTING POINT: 1979-1996. STARTING POINT: 1979-1996 has an estimated street date of August 4 and will carry an MSRP of $29.99 US and $34.99 Canada. 

The book will cover the first-half of Miyazaki’s legendary career, during which he rose from humble beginnings to create some of the most seminal animated features ever made, including Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, Castle In The Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Porco Rosso, as well as his launch of Studio Ghibli. A fitting introduction is offered by John Lasseter, the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney. Ponyo is Miyazaki’s newest feature film and will be released by Walt Disney in North America this August.  

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the world’s most beloved animation directors. In September 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the Festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. His notable films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle, all of which have received tremendous acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki’s other achievements include the highly regarded manga series NAUSICAä OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, which is also published domestically by VIZ Media (rated ‘T’ for Teens). VIZ Media also publishes many other Hayo Miyazaki books including the for CASTLE IN THE SKY, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, SPIRITED AWAY, PRINCESS MONONOKE and more. VIZ Media also publishes many of Hayo Miyazaki’s beautiful and engaging Art Books and Picture Books. 

“Hayao Miyazaki is known and loved around the world for his imaginative films that continue to delight children and adults,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for VIZ Media. “STARTING POINT presents, in Miyazaki’s own words, his philosophies towards life, his work, the animation industry both in Japan and abroad, and his creative inspirations and motivations. He also offers lots of stories, many of them quite humorous, which show the extent of his complete dedication to animated film and the people with whom he works. We invite fans to enjoy this chronicle of the life of a man whose own dreams have come true.”

 

In the first two decades of his career, filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki laid the groundwork for his legendary movies. STARTING POINT is a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that go back to the roots of Miyazaki's childhood, the formulation of his theories of animation, and the founding of Studio Ghibli. 
Before directing such acclaimed films as Spirited Away, Miyazaki was just another salaried animator, but with a vision of his own. Follow him as he takes his first steps on the road to success, experience his frustrations with the manga and animation industries that often suffocate creativity, and realize the importance of bringing the childhood dreams of the world to life.
 

VIZ Media will also be releasing the PONYO PICTURE BOOK and THE ART OF PONYO, both due to release on August 4,2009. Volumes 1 and 2 of THE PONYO FILM COMIC will be released on August 11, with other volumes to follow. 

For more information on any VIZ Media titles, please visit www.viz.com. 

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.

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I done the worst animes I think that are out  their.  Now I would be my most favorite ones.  

1. Tenchi Universe.  Here a link to my review of Tenchi Universe.   Tenchi Universe.





















2. Tenchi Muyo. The new Muyo Esp. that came in 2003 are only OK. I would recommend that you want the old DVD to Muyo. The one's from 1992 show. That way you get some the best of Tenchi. 

 
 























3. His and Her Circumstances. The manga name is Kare Kano. This anime has such a strong cast that any of the minor characters in this anime could have their own show and it would be really good.
 
 



















4. Maison Ikkoku. The best love story in anime between adults.

 
 























5. Blue Seed.  This anime put the United States in a good light.  Most animes tend not to do that.  Some of best of Blue Seed happens after the show.  During Omake theater shorts.  Some of them are funny and some of them are really serious.  The one should not watch is the one with Momiji grandmother.  If you seen this short you know what I talking about.
 
 
















6. Golden Boy.  Golden Boy is guilty pressure of mine.  The manga version not so much.  Let just say they take Kintaro Oe really nasty/sick fetish form the anime and make it a main stay in the manga.  That’s was really not good idea.  This one not for kids.  Both the anime and manga.
 
 



















7. Oh My Goddess.  The story is really sold and just wish more animes were made like this one.
 
 























8.  Cowboy Bebop.  This is show you should watch over and over again and not get tired of it.
 
 

















9. Hana Yori Dango. Aka Boys Over Flowers.  For one thing it’s a great Shojo title and another thing this anime got my little sister into reading manga.  All in all that is a very good thing. 
 
 























10. Hellsing.  What a anime that dose a good job with the vampire gene Outside of Vampire Hunter D.
 
 























11. Tenchi in Tokyo.  I know Tenchi in Tokyo was the worst of the three Tenchi shows, but it still Tenchi and you have to admit the art style was not that bad in this show.
 
 























12.  Maria-sama Ga Miteru.  I love the slow pace of the show.  It really works for this show.  I just wish Right Stuff would lower their price on the season box set.  They didn’t English Dub it so cost should be that high.  Some one tell Ellen Degeneres that this show out their so she can put it on her web site.  
 
 















13. Revolutionary Girl Utena.  This is type of anime that I can watch over and over and still get something new from it each time.
 
 























14. Outlaw Star.  Two words why I love this show.  Gene Starwind.  
 
 





















15. Princess Nine.  Bad News Bears meets A League Of Their Own and it words perfectly.  I hope some one brings over Taishou Yakyuu Musume when the time comes.   At least I would buy it.
 
 
 


















16. Lupin the 3rd TV or what lupin fans like to say is the Red Jacket series.
 
 



















17. Strawberry Eggs.  You think this show would be really creep show, but it really dosent go that far.  
 
 



















18. Martian Successor: Nadesico. Thanks to Giant robot week on CN or may have miss watching this one.
 
 



















19. Kimagure Orange Road. This one would have been in my top five if they would dub it in eng and not just have eng subtitles.  Also if you watch the movie Kimagure Orange Road: I Want to Return to That Day It would be one of the most pain full movies you well ever see in your life.  It hurts even thinking about it.  Just heart-wrenching.
 
 























20. Diamond Daydreams.  This anime that could be on Lifetime and it wouldn’t be a problem.  
 
 



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Goodbye, Cartoon Network.
Goodbye, Cartoon Network.
So Cartoon Network announced a couple of live action shows that are going to be airing on Cartoon Network during non Adult Swim hours.  Those live action shows were going to be airing on a certain day and time only. But now those shows are invaded the hours where the animated stuff was suppose to be airing. I look at the TV schedule  for today and I'll I'm seeing is the lame live action shows filling in the time slots.

The live action shows are not even that interesting to begin with, you got one show calling Survive This - it's like the CBS show Survivor, but for kids.  Another show call Slamball - it's basketball with trampolines, actually, the show originally aired on Spike TV years ago but then was cancel. Another show (I forgot the name) is about where a bunch of kids go into a haunted house in search for ghost, (Sound familiar?). Yeah, a show with that concept has already been done before, multiple times. Not only those shows are not interesting, but there completely unoriginal.

You brought nothing but good memories.
You brought nothing but good memories.
G4 went through a similar effect years ago, when G4 starting airing shows that had nothing to do with what it use to represent, then all of a sudden, you're seeing a bunch of shows that has nothing to do with video games or tech. G4 is kind of unrecognizable from what it was back in it's glory days.

Just give more time, soon Cartoon Network will focus on airing a lot more live action contain. And like G4, it will be unrecognizable from what it was.
 
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FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES FOUR DETECTIVE CONAN MOVIES FROM TMS ENTERTAINMENT

 

Flower Mound, TX (July 17, 2009) – FUNimation® Entertainment today announced that it has acquired Broadcast, and DVD distribution rights to the mystery suspense anime movies “The Last Wizard of the Century” “Captured in Her Eyes” “Countdown to Heaven” and “The Phantom of Baker Street” from TMS Entertainment.

 

The movies are directed by Kenji Kodama (who also directed previous Case Closed movies “The Time Bombed Skyscraper” and “The Fourteenth Target”) and produced by TMS Entertainment, Ltd. (“Lupin III”, “Virtua Fighter”, “Project ARMS”, “D.Gray-man”).

 

ABOUT THE CASE CLOSED MOVIES

The Last Wizard of the Century

When The Phantom Thief announces his intentions to steal a famous Russian Fabergé Egg, Conan is in hot pursuit of the criminal on Interpol’s most wanted list. But there’s far more to the case then a mere robbery, as history’s ghosts seem to haunt the present. Just who is the Last Wizard of the Century?

 

Captured in Her Eyes

There’s a killer on the loose, and the targets are none other than the boys in blue. No cop will be safe until Conan cracks the case. There’s just one problem – only Rachel has seen the fiend in action, and she has amnesia from the trauma of witnessing a murder first-hand causing her to forget everything she ever knew and everyone she ever loved.

 

 

Countdown to Heaven

As the grand opening of a pair of towers nears, death and mayhem mars the fresh start to the architectural marvels. Conan, suspecting that the mysterious Black Organization that poisoned and left him for dead of being involved, goes to investigate. But soon finds himself in harm’s way, trapped, as the buildings are set to blow.

 

The Phantom of Baker Street

At the launch party for a new virtual game that includes a world heavily modeled off of the stories about Sherlock Holmes, Conan and the Junior Detective League find themselves among the lucky few to try out the new game. But when a hacker takes control of the game and changes the stakes, solving the mystery and catching the killer becomes a matter of life and death.

 

FUNimation Entertainment will release each movie individually beginning winter 2009.

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Well I decided to try and organize an Anime vice Rock Band thing for any one with a PS3 and the game Rock Band 2, to start at 2 PM EST on Sunday July 19.
Any help organizing this is welcome
Diffcuty: Normal
My Post: Singer

also there may be at least two songs that should be downloaded for this (We'll see)
Still Alive (it's free any way)
21 Century (Digital Boy) by Bad Relgion



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Probably something similar to this--it's a picture of Runo Misaki (from Bakugan) remade by me. If I were to pick a picture more mature, I'd probably choose someone similar to Aki Izayoi from YuGiOh5Ds.
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Activision has announced plans to release a Bakugan video game on pretty much every popular home console: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS2 (sorry PSP!). The NOW Production-developed game will be released this fall, and will feature “intense battles, the ability to create your own Brawler, cartoon quality graphics and multiplayer combat.” Check out the teaser after the break!

Will possibly be released October 20,2009--this fall

Follow these links for trailers and/or information:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR-O6GUln40

http://bakuganbuzz.com/
http://bakuganofficialwebsite.com (aka www.bakugan.com)

Anyway, it's been confirmed to MAYBE be released on October 9 instead of Oct. 20 this year, so yah. Anyway, the story may set you as a character (boy) named Rikku with a Bakugan named Leonidus (completely new Bakugan) and in battle mode, you are allowed to create your own character or play as one of the existing protagonists. That's all for now.

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For a long time before the announcement of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, it was believed by many that remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver would be produced and released during Generation IV on the Nintendo DS.

The possibility of these remakes took their precedent from the release of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Generation III versions of the Generation I Pokémon Red and Green, which were released in 2004. Based upon FireRed and LeafGreen being nearly exactly the same as Red and Green as far as storyline goes, the assumed storyline of the remakes would thus follow Gold and Silver very closely, with the player starting in New Bark Town and traveling across Johto, and later Kanto. Though disputed for a long time, these suspicions were finally confirmed with the announcement of the remakes themselves in May of 2009.

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Hints

Generation III

Shortly after the release of the remakes of Generation I's paired versions in 2004, some fans began to expect a second pair of remakes, this time of the Generation II games, as, like Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow, Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal were incompatible with the then-current Generation III. Unsubstantiated rumors and theories began to spread around forums online, and some fans went as far as to make hacks of Generation III games to "remake" Gold and Silver. On April Fool's day, 2004, Pkmn.Net showed faked screenshots depicting the Daycare on Route 34 in a remake, claiming that the screenshots came from CoroCoro.

Those who wished for remakes also pointed to allusions to Gold and Silver in Generation III's five games. For instance, Giovanni is revealed by a Rocket Scientist in the Sevii Islands to have a red-haired child, widely speculated to be the Generation II rival, Silver, while Bill's information in the Fame Checker mentions his hometown of Goldenrod City.

Notably, however, FireRed and LeafGreen were used to provide many Generation II Pokémon to Generation III games, as most were missing from the Hoenn Dex (and thus not available without trading in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire), while the only Generation III Pokémon available were Azurill and Wynaut, themselves breedable from Generation II's Marill and Wobbuffet. An NPC even gives away a Togepi egg, as Elm does in Generation II, and aside from Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD, this is the only way to get many of these species.

Generation IV

Despite the theories of the many, the time of the Game Boy Advance passed, and Generation III ended without a remake. With Generation IV and the Nintendo DS, however, those who were not discouraged transferred their theories, speculating for a remake that would be released some time after Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Like in Generation III, several mentions are made during the course of Sinnoh's games, some more obvious than others, of events and locations in Generation II. Examples of this include a news report of the red Gyarados, Jasmine's appearance in Sunyshore City, an explicit mention of Professor Elm and his report about eggs, Cynthia's SecretPotion (which mentions Cianwood City in its bag description, as it did in Generation II), Bebe's friend from Johto who has many Eevee (possibly Bill considering their similar line of work), and the man in the Hotel Grand Lake who mentions Ho-Oh's roost of the Tin Tower and Lugia's home of the Whirl Islands and the fact that Clefairy dance on Monday night in Mt. Moon.

The only concrete clue, however, was hidden, in-game data for the locations displayed on a Pokémon's status screen. While a Pokémon caught in Sinnoh will display the area it was caught in, and Pokémon sent from Generation III via Pal Park display "Hoenn" or "Kanto", depending on the game in which they were originally caught, the data also includes "Johto", at the time inaccessible through any means.

Speculation

Alongside the more concrete references listed above, there are a few "hints" theorists have pointed out that are far more speculative. Some examples follow:

  • The Park Balls are gold and silver in color, with a light blue band across their middle. This may represent Gold, Silver, and Crystal.
  • Like in Gold and Silver, the rival of Diamond and Pearl can be battled twice a week on certain days after the final static battle with him.
  • Gold and Silver introduced two new Eevee evolutions, Espeon and Umbreon, and a Porygon evolution, Porygon2; likewise, Generation IV introduced Glaceon, Leafeon and Porygon-Z.
  • Sweet Honey, an item in Sinnoh that can catch Pokémon in certain trees, was initially a concept meant to be included in Gold and Silver, but replaced with Headbutt.
  • In Pokémon Platinum, the legendary birds were found roaming Sinnoh after the player has beaten the Elite Four. As a result, the legendary beasts are currently the only legendary trio not available through a Generation IV game, and could be supplied by a remake.
    • It should be noted that Gold and Silver never explained what became of the legendary birds. Players were left to assume that the birds fled after their respective "nests" were disturbed by Red three years earlier, or were caught by the same. As Generations II and IV are concurrent, we can now assume that the trio fled to the Sinnoh region, and therefore, their absence could be better maintained in a remade Gold and Silver.
  • When presented with Oak's Letter, Professor Oak states that the white rock on Route 224 in Sinnoh has a counterpart in Kanto. There has been no appearance of a white rock in the Kanto region, though a smaller white rock is seen in Mossdeep City in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. Kanto's white rock could be a Generation IV addition that would appear in a remake leading to the Shaymin event (much as Pokémon Emerald included Navel Rock and Birth Island to capture Ho-Oh, Lugia, and Deoxys).
  • There are unused sprites for Shellos and Gastrodon in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl; since their Pokédex data say that their colors and shapes differ from region to region, it's possible that their unused forms are meant to be obtained from Johto via Gold and Silver remakes.
    • The Pokédex data also mentions that Mantyke's special patterns also differ from region to region. Since this is its generation debut, it could be possible to see alternate sprites as well (though admittedly, while Arbok's sprites changed from the Generation I games to Generation II games, Generation II does not have 2 sprites: one pattern for Kanto, and another for Johto. Also, Sinnoh's and Kanto's sprites have the same pattern, while Johto's and Hoenn's are similar).
  • The Poké Ball motifs on the floors of the Pokémon Centers are gold on the top half and silver on the bottom half. This design also appears in Pal Park.
  • During a wild Pokémon battle, if the bottom screen is tapped with the DS stylus at certain times before and after the battle options appear, the normally red and white Poké Ball becomes gold and silver colored.
  • Ragecandybars are sold out at the shop on Boon Island in FireRed and LeafGreen and at the Department Store in Veilstone City in Platinum, hinting at their inclusion in a possible remake.
  • When going through the Distortion World for the first time, players must complete a puzzle that involves moving boulders with the move Strength to reach Giratina. This puzzle is similar to the puzzle in the Blackthorn Gym.
  • Eusine from Pokémon Crystal and Looker from Pokémon Platinum have some similarities. Both are introduced in the third game of their respective generation to enhance the game's plot. Each of them also have their own theme music.
  • Mesprit's role in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum was something of a reversal of Suicune's in Crystal; Suicune stayed stationary while its counterparts roamed, and Mesprit roamed while its counterparts remained stationary.

Other reasons

An image depicting fake remakes, made long before the announcement of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

When FireRed and LeafGreen were released, Ken Sugimori created new stock art for all of the Generation I Pokémon and a select few Generation II Pokémon (such as Togepi), making those that did not receive new art (such as Scizor) look out of place next to their evolutions and pre-evolutions of other generations. A new remake would, like FireRed and LeafGreen, encourage this art to be updated. As shown in the Pokémon Sunday announcement, the stock art for the remaining Generation II Pokémon will be updated.

It is also becoming completely impossible to play the Generation II Pokémon games for any length of time. Unlike later games, which rely on flash memory for their save files, the save files on both Generation I and II games are maintained only by an internal battery on the cartridge itself. Normally, these batteries can last for decades, however, the constantly-running clock of Generation II drains these batteries more quickly than in Generation I games, causing save files to be lost and unable to be recovered. As Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum's clock runs off of the Nintendo DS's system clock, this issue is eliminated completely.

With the addition of the legendary birds and legendary golems in Platinum, as well, it seems that the games are moving away from reliance on Generation III to complete the Pokédex; this means that other Pokémon missing from Platinum, and not in Diamond or Pearl, such as the legendary beasts or Ho-Oh and Lugia, could theoretically be supplied by remakes. There is also no legitimate way of getting Celebi outside of Japan without trading with someone from Japan; being a Generation II Pokémon, it could be given out in an event much as Mew was after the release of FireRed and LeafGreen.

The latter theory is strengthened by the release of the Nintendo DSi, which lacks a GBA slot completely, cutting players off from their Generation III games. Not only is Pal Park unusable, but dual-slot mode also, leading to players either having to own both an older model of DS as well as a DSi, or necessitating trades with players who have these older models. When this was pointed out by a reader of Nintendo Power, the editors suggested that this issue would keep sales of older DS models strong.

Pokémon anime

Johto starters marketed for the twelfth movie

Many events in the anime can and have been interpreted as references as well. All three of the current main characters of the Diamond & Pearl series have or have had at least one Generation II Pokémon on their team during the series up to this point, Ash with an Aipom he later traded to Dawn and Gligar, Brock with Sudowoodo, and Dawn with Aipom and Swinub. While these Pokémon were at one point or another during the series also a Generation IV Pokémon (all being related by evolution to one), Aipom had 60 episodes during the series before evolving, while Brock's Bonsly evolved soon after the series began, and has been in its Generation II stage ever since. Team Rocket as well has Generation II Pokémon in Wobbuffet (which has been around since Ash was in Johto) and Yanma (which evolved into Yanmega shortly after its capture).

The main characters are not the only ones with these supposed references, as Zoey, Dawn's rival, owns a Misdreavus and Paul, Ash's rival, has a Weavile, an Ursaring, a Gliscor, an Electabuzz, and a Magmar, all of which are evolved from Generation II Pokémon. His design is also very similar to Silver's, with the stock art even being in the same pose, and fans theorize that he is related to Pyramid King Brandon, the final Kanto Frontier Brain much as Silver is possibly related to Giovanni, the final Kanto Gym Leader. Butch and Cassidy, likewise, are revealed to have a Shuckle and Granbull, respectively, in their first (and so far, only) Sinnoh appearance.

There have also been several cameos of the character Marina from The Legend of Thunder, who is based on Kris, the female player character from Pokémon Crystal. As all games since Crystal have had the choice of a male or female player character, she would presumably be the female choice in remakes, even though only Gold was in the original pair.

The badges that Reggie, Paul's older brother, won have also appeared in the anime, and were scrolled across before his match with Ash: the camera goes leftward, focusing on the badges of Kanto, then Hoenn, then Sinnoh, and finally to Johto. One can assume that, since it does not go by generation (putting Johto between Kanto and Hoenn), it goes according to recent games: Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Pokémon Emerald, Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, and then next, on to a Johto-based game.

Gary Oak, Ash's old rival and anime counterpart of Blue, the Generation II Leader of Viridian Gym, has also made several appearances in the anime, possibly as a reference to his counterpart's profession. In addition, the Viridian Gym, when it was last seen in The Scheme Team, is looking for a new leader after Giovanni apparently abandoned it, which could provide an opportunity for Gary to take the spot his counterpart has.

It is also notable that after the Battle Frontier saga, May, Drew, Harley, and Solidad traveled to Johto to participate in contests.

Several other hints in episode plots have also been seen, such as that of Ya See We Want an Evolution, where Jessie, James, and Meowth attempt to evolve a Magikarp into Gyarados using a machine; a similar incident resulted in the red Gyarados in the Generation II games.

It should be noted that as with the games, there is no need for the anime to go back to Johto unless a similar situation to the Battle Frontier saga occurs in Johto as Ash has already acquired all of the badges in the region; this now looks more likely due to the announcement of a new Battle Frontier, that is likely to be featured in the anime as the other one was. Each new facility has been shown to have a Frontier Brain, which would give Ash the incentive to challenge them. Dawn has expressed interest in the Johto contests as well, mostly during the Wallace Cup.

One of the featured Pokémon of the twelfth Pokémon movie appears to be a unique Pichu, which was an iconic Pokémon during the release of Gold and Silver. As revealed by another poster with Heatran on it, the three Johto starters will also appear, seemingly at random.

Ho-Oh and Raikou remain the only Generation II legendary Pokémon who have not received their own film role, unless one considers the one-hour Raikou special a movie and Mew's transformation into Ho-Oh during Lucario and the Mystery of Mew as film roles. Ho-Oh has appeared in the show repeatedly, but if the anime were to return to Johto, these two may finally receive a proper film appearance.

Background music from the Generation II games has also been used extensively recently, with Ash's first meeting with Fantina having the theme of Routes 26 and 27 playing, and his training battle against Dawn in Chim-Charred! using the battle theme of Red, his game counterpart. The final anime episode that aired before the remakes were announced, DP126, also featured the background music of Route 29, Johto's first route, as well as a Cyndaquil in Candice's school.

Criticism

Critics of the remake theory held that what theorists point to as evidence in Diamond and Pearl often consisted of cross-series references, and that these result from the fact that Generation IV takes place around the same time as Generation II. In addition, they pointed out that all game-related "proofs" were simply fan speculation, save the in-game "Johto" location text. When confronted with this, critics reply that the Pokémon developers have a history of leaving unfinished and unutilized data and code in the Pokémon games. There is also "Sinnoh" location text, despite every location of Sinnoh having its own data. The S.S. Anne ticket within the same games proves this point.

References to Johto in the anime are generally considered to be irrelevant, as the Pokémon games rarely match up with other forms of media; no game since Pokémon Yellow has been significantly influenced by the anime. Beyond that, there had been almost as many references to Hoenn as to Johto (aside from Pokémon themselves).

Many believe that FireRed and LeafGreen were initially released to make available Kanto Pokémon not found in Ruby and Sapphire or Colosseum; with all of the Generation III and IV games released so far, every Pokémon is available in some way. Theorists defended against this statement by pointing out that filling the Pokédex in this manner requires a player to have access to all the games for both Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube, in addition to a cable to link the two and a GBA itself. Also, they pointed out that Pokémon XD made available all of the Kanto Pokémon that weren't in the Hoenn Dex, even though FireRed and LeafGreen had already made these Pokémon obtainable.

Others criticized it for the fact that if Gold and Silver is remade after a remake of Red and Green, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire would be expected to be remade in Generation V.

Theorized names

Many names were theorized by fans until the announcement of HeartGold and SoulSilver; however, a majority were in the format "XGold" and "YSilver", following the pattern of FireRed and LeafGreen. Because of the multitude of names theorized, and because there were not any "official" names yet, the Bulbapedia user TTEchidna coined the term "GSDS", as they would be remakes likely on the Nintendo DS.

See also


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A Madhouse + Marvel series of anime? Meh. A Madhouse + Marvel + Warren Ellis series of anime? Yes Please.

I know it's not going to happen, but if one of those four episodes was Nextwave my life would be complete. C'mon Marvel, they already have a theme song! What more incentive do you need?








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