Pokemon 25th Anniversary Album Available to Stream Worldwide

27.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

This year has been filled with events and releases to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Pokemon franchise. Now, Pokemon 25: The Album is available to stream worldwide! The album is the culmination of P25 Music, a global music program to celebrate the series. Big artists from around the world who love Pokemon have contributed original songs and cover songs, including Katy Perry and Post Malone from the United States, J Balvin from Columbia, and Louane from France. From Japan, popular producer Yaffle teamed up with Daichi Yamamoto and AAAMYYY for the track Reconnect.

 

The music video for J Balvin’s song Ten Cuidado has also been released. Shot in New York, the singer plays with Pikachu, Charizard, and some of his other favorite Pokemon. 

 

Ten Cuidado Music Video

 

Details regarding the Japan-exclusive CD have also been unveiled. The physical album will be released on November 17, 2021, and will include another Yaffle-produced track Grown ft. sorane & yama. Sorane is an up-and-coming hip-hop artist, and yama is known as one of the leading artists of his generation. This song will be included as a bonus track and features samples from Pokemon Red/Green for the Gameboy.

 

The CD will also come with a poster-type booklet, with an original Pikachu sticker included with early copies. 

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  • Two New Tracks Produced by Yaffle Released for Pokemon 25th Anniversary

    26.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    On Pokemon Day, February 27, 2021, the music program P25 Music was launched with ‘P25 Music Presents: Post Malone Virtual Concert Experience.’ Last month, ‘Pokemon 25: The Album’ was released featuring top musical artists from around the world celebrating the anniversary of the beloved series. Now, two songs produced by Yaffle, who represented Japan in the project, have been released as downloadable singles. 

     

    The single ‘Reconnect/Grown’ features four tracks and includes ‘Reconnect,’ sung in English by Daichi Yamamoto and AAAMYYY, and ‘Grown,’ sung in Japanese by sorane and Yama, as well as instrumental tracks. The two songs sample sounds from Pokemon games, including the opening music for Pokemon Red and Green. The songs Reconnect and Grown were also named with Red and Green in mind.

     

    The Japanese version of the Pokemon 25th-anniversary album comes with a poster-type booklet and original Pikachu sticker in first-edition releases. Those buying the album can also get postcards at participating CD shops and clear folders from the online Universal Music Store. 

     

    Those buying the CD from a Pokemon Center in Japan can get an original pin (4 varieties, random) while supplies last.

     

    Comment from Yaffle

    I’m from the Red and Green generation. I remember borrowing my aunt’s Game Boy and the first game I ever played was Pokemon. When the game came out it was super popular at school, and I made so many friends bonding over it. We used link cables to battle each other, and people would line up to ask the skilled players what strategies they used.

     

    I was so happy and deeply moved when this offer came in. There were times when I would trip myself up worrying about how best to express my feelings, but I think the end result is amazing. I wanted to sample sounds from the original Pokemon game soundtrack, so I just listened to it over and over and let myself follow wherever it led. This was the first time for me to create two tracks with the same theme in two different languages. It was tough, but I think these are two of my best works.

     

    I’m not a singer, so I had to think about how best to convey my emotions through sounds using other artists. Reconnect and Grown both have the same starting point and the same goal, but different stories. I hope you can listen to both while thinking about that. 

  • Four New Pokemon Manhole Covers Appear in Katori City, Chiba Prefecture

    16.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    On November 10, 2021, four new Pokemon-themed manhole covers were unveiled in Katori City, Chiba prefecture. These will be the first appearance of the Poke Lids project in both the city and prefecture and each will feature landscapes specific to the area. Pokemon featured in these new covers include Galarian Farfetch’d, Falinks, Florges, and Lotad. 

     

    The Poke Lids project features completely original art, and each serves as a PokeStop in the mobile game Pokemon GO. Many are located in smaller towns and areas, and this has brought more tourism and attention to some of Japan’s more charming hidden gems. Going on a pilgrimage to visit these locations has become a popular new fad, so be sure to try it out once Japan opens!

     

     

     

    Poke Lid Locations in Katori

    1. Galarian Farfetch’d Poke Lid: 109-14 Sawara, Katori, Chiba
    2. Falinks Poke Lid: 1722-1 Sawara, Katori, Chiba
    3. Florges Poke Lid: 4549-1 Sawara, Katori, Chiba
    4. Lotad Poke Lid: 4053-3 Sawara, Katori, Chiba

     

     

     

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  • Pokemon Manhole Cover Project Comes to Saitama for the First Time

    12.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    On November 5, 2021, Tokorozawa in Saitama prefecture received three Pokemon-themed manhole covers as part of the ongoing Poke Lids project. 

     

    The new installations feature Dragonite, Dratini, Corviknight, Dragonair, and Skarmory. Each cover was designed to highlight Tokorozawa’s scenery, and these three are the first to be installed inside Saitama prefecture. 

     

    The Poke Lids project features completely original art, and each serves as a PokeStop in the mobile game Pokemon GO. Many are located in smaller towns and areas, and this has brought more tourism and attention to some of Japan’s more charming hidden gems. 

     

    The next time you’re in Japan, try to find ‘em all!

     

     

    Poke Lid Locations in Tokorozawa

    1. Dragonite Poke Lid: 1-13 Namiki, Tokorozawa, Saitama
    2. Dratini and Corviknight Poke Lid: 143-3 Matsugo, Tokorozawa, Saitama
    3. Dragonair and Skarmory Poke Lid: 1 Hiyoshicho, Tokorozawa, Saitama

     

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  • Mister Donut Announces Limited-Time Pokemon Christmas Sweets

    11.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Popular Japanese donut chain Mister Donut is teaming up with Pokemon for the fourth year in a row! Lots of new themed sweets and merchandise will be available for a limited time starting November 12. 

     

    Together Again This Year Collection

     

    Pikachu Donut

    Eevee Donut

    Turning-Back Pikachu Donut

    Turning-Back Eevee Donut

    Pokemon Turning-Back Donut

     

     

    Christmas Donuts

    Pon de Ring Chocolate

    Pon de Ring Pudding Flavor

    Pon de Ring White

    Christmas Set

    Donut Set

    Drink Set

     

     

    Merchandise

    Mister Donut x Pokemon Blanket

    Mister Donut x Pokemon Plate

    Mister Donut x Pokemon Mug

     

    This year, guests can enjoy not only Eevee and Pikachu themed donuts, but other adorable Pokemon too! The Pokemon Turning-Back Donuts show these cute characters looking over their shoulder. Adults will fondly look at these designs and remember their childhoods, while children are currently in the midst of becoming Pokemon masters. These are perfect to bring people together during the holiday season.

     

    The Christmas Set comes with three pieces of merchandise: a blanket, a plate, and a mug, all featuring this year’s Mister Donut x Pokemon design. How would you like to have this as a gift this Christmas?

     

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  • JEANASIS Announces Second Edition of Popular Pikachu Collection

    27.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Fashion brand JEANASIS is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and the company has begun a number of exciting new projects under the theme of ‘togetherness.’ The SYNERGY PROJECT was recently launched as a way to collaborate with popular companies, services, and cultural ventures around Japan. The popular Pikachu collection has made a comeback after becoming hugely popular the first time around and is currently available at the official web store and participating shops around Japan. 

     

     

    The new collection was based around the concept of wearing what you like and shedding everything ‘normal.’ Each piece is made from material perfect for fall and winter, with Pikachu making both bold and secretive appearances on the garment’s lining. The poncho features Pikachu’s signature lightning bolts, while the bead bag will let the world know that you’re a master trainer. A total of 14 items appear in the new collection. 

     

    Pokemon fans will find something to love here, so don’t miss out!

  • Mario, Pokemon, and Other Iconic Characters Dance Together at USJ’s New Parade for Spring 2022

    26.October.2021 | SPOT

    After a year on hiatus, Universal Studios Japan will be bringing back the daytime parade with the  ‘NO LIMIT! PARADE,’ scheduled to be held for a year starting in Spring 2022.

     

     

    The ‘NO LIMIT! PARADE’ is like a dance party, unifying each guest as one with the power of dance. The energetic entertainment turns everybody into “the protagonist.”

    In addition to well-known 

    park characters like the Minions and Hello Kitty, Mario and his Nintendo friends will also be joining the parade from their home in the super popular Super Nintendo World™, bringing some Pokémon buddies along for the ride. The various worlds will collide to a range of party tracks, from 60’s rock to modern EDM, with each character performing a representative dance.

     

    By dancing with these iconic characters and entertainers, everybody can become “The Protagonist” – young or old! The grand finale of each parade truly pushes the meaning of NO LIMITS, with production exceeding all expectations. Each visitor will feel their mind and body growing “Super Energetic” from all the fun with this all-new entertainment experience!

     

    Become one with the all-star cast at the ‘NO LIMIT! PARADE!’

     

     

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  • Shiseido x Pokémon T-Shirts Collab Exhibition Held at Minato Mirai, Yokohama

    22.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / SPOT

    The limited-time ‘BEAUTY EXPANSION’ exhibition is being held at ‘Shiseido Global Innovation Center S/Park’ between October 15 and 20 2021. 

     

    For the event, Shiseido’s beauty artists have collaborated with ‘Pokémon Shirt,’ the personalized Pokémon shirt service. The special exhibition relives the visual collaboration between Shiseido’s top hair and makeup artist Harada Tadashi and ‘Pokémon Shirt,’ with behind the scenes footage and more.

     

    From the inspiration for the Harada Tadashi and ‘Pokémon Shirts’ collaboration to the three key visuals,  the exhibition has been split into sections to show how the visuals were created. With drawings, crocheted hair parts, and more, you’ll learn about the order of production, how visuals are created, and even how new ideas about beauty are formed. 

     

    Not only can you relive the creation process of a top creator, but you will also experience the ever-changing and evolving expression of “beauty.” The music used for the promotional video was inspired by the key visuals and produced by Conisch, a music writer and producer who has worked for many animated TV shows and has even previously written the theme song for Pokémon. The hair and makeup fashion show held on October 20 will be broadcast on YouTube, with guest appearances from Harada Tadashi and Conisch themselves. The incredible show will combine the world of Pokémon, the key visuals, and all kinds of motifs to match the space, so be sure to check it out! 

     

     

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  • Hands-On POKEMON COLORS Exhibition Opening in Osaka for Limited Time

    17.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The globally-beloved Pokemon franchise is celebrating 25 years throughout 2021. Throughout the year, the POKEMON COLORS exhibition has opened in cities throughout Japan, bringing a barrage of bright colors, fantastic art, and Pokemon-themed activities to fans nationwide. As guests move throughout the event space, various projections and images around them change, with popular Pokemon characters popping up and flooding the world around them in color. Now, the POKEMON COLORS exhibition is set to open in Osaka beginning September 30. 

     

    Exhibition Preview

     

    Concept Video

     

    COLORS ROAD

     

    COLORS LAKE

     

    COLORS FOREST

     

    COLORS CITY

     

    COLORS CIRCLE

     

    Inspired by the more than 800 Pokemon species in the franchise, the POKEMON COLORS project uses sensors placed throughout the event space to track visitors movements, altering the images, music, and lighting accordingly. Meant to be a combination of pop culture and minimalist digital art, it’s an experience like no other. 

     

    160 unique goods will be available at the exhibition, from apparel and art pieces to cell phone cases and office supplies. Be sure to check it out if you’re in Osaka this fall!

     

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  • Pokemon Shirts to Release 35 New Designs, Total of 386 Patterns Now Available

    09.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Pokemon Shirts have become massively popular since their release in 2019. A collaboration between American custom shirt brand Original Stitch and the Pokemon franchise, these customized tops now ship worldwide, and have people showing off their favorite characters in and out of the office. Now, 35 new Pokemon patterns are available, meaning that 135 total Pokemon from the Ruby & Sapphire titles are available. This brings the total amount of patterns available to 386.

     

    New Design Preview

     

    The creatures from Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire are being released over four installments, each with a specific theme. The theme of this fourth release is ‘Sky,’ and flying Pokemon are being added to the lineup, including Rayquaza, Latias, Latios, and Deoxys.

     

    The key visual for the new promotion was created by Shiseido’s top hair and makeup artist Tadashi Harada, and was inspired by the dragon Pokemon Rayquaza.

     

    Which Pokemon are looking forward to seeing on a fresh new shirt?

  • POKÉMON COLORS Exhibition Coming to the Kansai Region

    17.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Daimaru Umeda store in Osaka will house the popular POKÉMON COLORS exhibition beginning on September 30, 2021. The event has been running at the Matsuya Ginza department store in Tokyo since July 22, celebrating the franchise’s 25th anniversary. 

     

    COLORS ROAD

     

    COLORS LAKE

     

    COLORS FOREST

     

    COLORS CITY

     

    COLORS CIRCLE

     

     

    Original Goods

     

    Clear Bag with Pouch: ¥3,850 (Tax Included)

    Poké Ball iPhone Case for iPhone SE, 7, 8 (8 Colors Available): ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

    Art Deli Key Visual: ¥4,400 (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Keychain (9 varieties): ¥1,100 Each (Tax Included)

    Poké Ball Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve Patterned Shirt / White Short Sleeve Patterned Shirt / Black Long Sleeve Patterned Shirt
    Long Sleeve: ¥6,600 (Tax Included) / Short Sleeve: ¥5,500 (Tax Included)

    Ballpoint Pens/Mechanical Pencils (8 varieties each): ¥385 Each (Tax Included)

    Pikachu Design Pouches – Assorted Pokemon Design Pouches | Small: ¥1,650 Each, Large: ¥3,300 Each (Tax Included)

    The POKÉMON COLORS exhibition is a bright and vivid interactive project which welcomes visitors to participate in four activities, along with an art installation. 

     

    The COLORS ROAD activity has guests pedaling along on a bicycle, pressing a button on the handlebars to avoid passing Pokémon, while COLORS LAKE offers the chance to fish for some popular creatures. COLORS FOREST involves shaking large inflatable trees to cause nuts to fall and hidden Pokémon to appear. COLORS CITY involves throwing balls at a massive screen in the hopes of startling some adorable monsters into view. 

     

    The art installation COLORS CIRCLE fills the room with bright colored lights and sound effects, with Pokémon moving around on 12 monitors displayed in a spherical pattern. The venue itself was designed with a circular theme in mind, with the logo and artwork for the event specially made to fit the simple theme of ‘colors.’ 

     

    Special goods will be on sale at the exhibition, so Pokémon fans shouldn’t miss out. Which Pokémon would you like to see? 

     


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  • Japan’s Poké Lid Project Lays Down New Manhole Covers in Hyogo Prefecture

    16.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Three new Pokémon manhole covers were unveiled in Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture on August 11, as part of the Poké Lid project. The new designs depict the legendary Pokémon Lugia, Bayleef, Aromatisse, and Cloyster. These are the first Poké Lids to be placed in Hyogo. 

     

    Including these new additions, the total number of Pokémon-themed manhole covers across Japan is now 201. The project began with the installation of a Eevee manhole cover in Ibusuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture in December 2018. 

     

     

     

    Each one features completely original Pokémon art, and going on a pilgrimage to visit each of them has become a popular new fad. The project aims to promote local tourism by using these internationally-loved characters. 

     

     

    There are also plans to turn each cover into Pokéstops, used in the popular location-based Pokemon GO smartphone game. 

     

    Which Poké Lid would you like to find first? 

     

     

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  • Udon x Slowpoke Collaboration Event “Slowpoke Paradise in Kagawa 2021” Coming Soon

    08.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Udon Prefecture x Slowpoke collaboration event “Slowpoke Paradise in Kagawa 2021” will be held in Kagawa prefecture between August 10, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Slowpoke will be appearing at various events and feature on local goods throughout the campaign, alongside a multitude of special projects including a photo contest with special prizes.

     

    Slowpoke is a popular character from the Pokémon series. Slowpoke’s Japanese name, Yadon, sounds similar to the word udon, plus it’s tail is known to taste sweet, so a special themed Wasanbon candy has been made especially for the event. Kagawa prefecture is currently experiencing a water shortage, adding a deeper meaning to the legend that the rain falls when Slowpoke yawns. 

    Slowpoke has officially joined the Udon prefecture PR Team, promoting local products both within Japan and overseas in order to boost regional revitalization efforts.

     

     

    Slowpoke is waiting for you at the airport! Get on the Slowpoke Bus!

    You can live the Pokémon dream with the new Slowpoke Marugame Airport Limousine Bus. Both the bus exterior and interior feature a Slowpoke design, while the bus is numbered 810 (read as Yadon), making for a fun way to travel between Takamatsu Airport and JR Marugame Station!

     

     

    Slowpoke Photo Contest

    Take a photo with your favorite Slowpoke plushie or merch to be in with a chance of winning limited Udon Prefecture x Slowpoke original prizes. You can enter by using the competition hashtag.

    Check out the official Udon Prefecture Slowpoke Club Twitter (@Udonken_Yadonbu) for more details.

     

     

    Slowpoke Collaboration Goods

     

    Slowpoke’s Island Light ¥700 (Tax Included)

    Slowpoke Wasanbon ¥594 (Tax Included)

     

    Kagawa Prefecture and Slowpoke collaboration goods are now available to purchase! You can find them at the Kagawa Ritsurin’an Gift Shop, Shikoku Shop 88, and a selection of other local stores.

     

    Slowpoke Collaboration Menu

    Fried Slowpoke ¥220 (Tax Included)

     

    For the duration of Slowpoke Paradise in Kagawa 2021, you can find fried Slowpoke in a variety of local stores. Store details are available on the event website.

     

    You’ve gotta catch all of the Slowpoke goodies next time you visit Kagawa!

     

     

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