Two New Tracks Produced by Yaffle Released for Pokemon 25th Anniversary
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.
Official Pokemon Baby Brand Monpoke Reveals Autumn/Winter Collection
Monpoke, the official Pokemon baby brand, has released the lookbook for its 2022 Autumn/Winter collection! New items include pajamas, jackets, and other apparel and sundries for infants and toddlers. Monpoke, which launched in 2019, has added two new familiar Pokemon to the lineup this time around–Gengar and Mimikyu.
Nighttime-only Diapers featuring Sleepymon Design
Pikachu and the Nighttime Adventure, the Second Book in Rikako Matsuo’s Monpoke Picture Book Series
The adorable diapers will help keep babies dry all night, and these helpful products will be released nationwide in early November 2022. The new picture book will be released on September 21, so be ready to add it to your nighttime reading routine.
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Monpoke Official Site: https://monpoke.jp/
Pokemon Shirts Offering New Embroidery Options Featuring Popular Silhouettes
Starting September 2, customers will be able to snag some new customizable shirts from Original Stitch featuring embroidered silhouettes of popular Pokemon!
Fans will be able to add these silhouettes to the left chest, right hem, or left cuff of their shirt. 25 different Pokemon are available to choose from, all from the original game titles, Red and Green.
Light Blue Dungaree / Navy Oxford / Gray Navy Dungaree / Black Checkered Gingham / Gray Kanoko
Poke Ball / Great Ball / Ultra Ball / Premier Ball / Dive Ball / Moon Ball
Customers can choose from six fabrics, including dungaree in light blue and gray-navy, black checkered gingham, white herringbone, and more.
For shirt buttons, customers can also choose from a collection of Poke Balls from the series. These customizable shirts are available to order globally.
Original Stitch – Pokemon Silhouette Embroidery Collection
Available: September 2, 2022
Customize / Official Site: https://originalstitch.com/jp/pokemon
Pokemon GO Holds Special Drone Show in Akagawa, Yamagata Prefecture
To celebrate six years of Pokemon Go, an incredible drone show was held during the Akagawa Fireworks 2022 presentation in Yamagata Prefecture on August 20, 2022.
The presentation sought to get audiences excited for summer fun, with the phrase “let’s go on an adventure this summer” appearing in the air above the huge audience of 40,000. The Pokemon GO logo and popular Pokemon were recreated by around 700 drones.
Music from the mobile game played during the impressive show, as Pikachu and a 100-meter-tall Charizard moved across the sky. Alolan Exeggutor, Gengar, Wailord, and Rayquaza also appeared, creating a night to remember for Pokemon fans in the town of Tsuruoka.
Pokemon GO Special Drone Show at Otaru Ushio Matsuri
The show itself was a surprise for the audience, with applause and excitement instantly palpable as it began. After the drone presentation concluded, the Akagawa Fireworks display began.
The Pokemon GO Special Drone Show was first held at the 56th Otaru Ushio Matsuri in Otaru, Hokkaido on July 24. Watch it in full above!
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Pokemon GO Special Summer Drone Show at Akagawa Fireworks 2022
Date: August 20, 2022 / 19:05-19:15
Venue: Akagawa Fireworks Presents 2022 / Fireworks Launching Area
Official Site: https://www.pokemongo.jp/
Pokemon Baby Brand Monpoke Releases First Baby Rings
U-Treasure, known for its gorgeous jewelry for adults inspired by pop culture icons, has released something for babies as well! Under the official Pokemon baby brand Monpoke, the company has unveiled some adorable baby rings to commemorate your child’s birthday. The pieces are on sale now.
Customers can design their own special piece of jewelry for their child by selecting a Pokemon and a birthstone. The back of each ring can be engraved with up to six characters, where you could include a child’s name, birthday, weight, or height. They are made in sizes to fit children’s tiny fingers, and parents can also wear them as necklaces until the children grow up. Many people give them as gifts to commemorate their child’s first steps into adulthood. Monpoke is the first official Pokemon brand to appear at U-Treasure Concept Store Ikebukuro and the online shop.
Which of these beautiful designs would you choose?
Available Pokemon: Pikachu, Gengar, Eevee, Smeargle, Ludicolo, Piplup, Mime Jr., Dedenne, Mimikyu
Available Stones: Garnet, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Diamond, Emerald, Moonstone, Ruby, Peridot, Sapphire, Pink Tourmaline, Blue Topaz, Tanzanite
Monpoke Baby Ring
Release Date: August 18, 2022
Where to Buy: U-Treasure Concept Store Ikebukuro, U-Treasure Online Shop
Online Shop/Details: https://u-treasure.jp/special/86
Pokemon Shirts Releases Second Round of Designs Inspired by Diamond and Pearl
Pokemon and Original Inc. are back with some new Pokemon Shirts. The second round of patterns inspired by Diamond and Pearl were released on July 22, 2022!
25 new designs have been added, bringing the total to 429 patterns. Fans can customize a number of products with the design of their choice, from T-shirts to masks and bandanas.
The new patterns feature Pokemon like Dialga, Lucario, and Honchcrow, among many others. For more information, check out the Pokemon Shirts official site!
*Customers can combine patterns when customizing a shirt.
A third round of designs will be announced in the future, so keep an eye on the official website and Twitter page for more details.
Available Countries: Japan, America, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
Official Site: https://originalstitch.com/jp/pokemon
XG’s 2nd Single ‘MASCARA’ Debuts at #1 on iTunes Charts in 17 Countries
13.July.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese hip-hop R&B girls group XG released their second single MASCARA on June 29, 2022. In only a few short weeks, the track has made big waves around the world.
MASCARA managed to reach #1 on the iTunes Song Chart (Alternative) in 17 countries. It also reached #25 on the WorldWide iTunes Song Chart, which combines results from 175 countries around the world. On the Billboard JAPAN HOT 100 chart for July 6, MASCARA ranked 48th. The CD Box was sold out within one week of its release.
Since the song’s release, the group has appeared on a series of popular Korean music shows such as Mnet’s MCOUNTDOWN, KBS 2TV’s MUSIC BANK, and MBC’s Show! Music Core. XG’s performance on MCOUNTDOWN on June 30 has already been watched over 1.39 million times, while their performance video from SBS’s THE SHOW on July 5 ranked first in Japan on YouTube’s fastest-rising ranking. The girls have an incredibly strong stage presence and are scheduled to appear on five music programs in a row going forward. This is unprecedented for a Japanese girl’s group.
Fans of the group have been posting dancing videos on TikTok and YouTube since the song was released, and many posts describe the choreography during the chorus as the ‘shuriken dance.’
On July 11, a making-of video from the set of the MASCARA visual was released on YouTube, showing off the girl’s individual personalities.
XG – MASCARA (Photoshoot | Behind The Scenes)
XG – MASCARA (Official Music Video)
With tons of new content incoming and tons of popularity already growing worldwide, expectations are high going forward, so keep an eye on XG!
Debut Song from18-Year-Old AI Singer ERROR Featured on TV Show Junk Sports
12.July.2022 | MUSIC
Amadeus Topline is a music creation app, and a certain song created using the software has been selected as the ending theme for Fuji TV’s Junk Sports. The song Kotoba is the debut song of 18-year-old ERROR, who made her debut in the singing audition Power of Song in July 2022. By using Amadeus Topline, creators can shorten the very time-consuming process of finding a good melody during the composition process.
ERROR Track #1 – Kotoba
Amadeus Topline is a powerful and simple melody creation app that allows music creators both novice and professional to compose songs in minutes. The melodies created by the AI can then be exported to outside music software to be polished.
Kotoba – ERROR (1st Single)
Release Date: July 10, 2022
Price: ¥5000/year (14-day free trial available)
Supported Platform: iOS
Official Site: https://amadeuscode.com/
FamilyMart Starts Pokemon Campaign, Pikachu Pineapple Frappe Now Available
FamilyMart stores nationwide have started a campaign in collaboration with the free-to-play mobile game Pokemon Cafe ReMix! From June 21 until July 18, visitors will be able to pick up some special treats and exclusive merchandise.
A new addition to the Frappe series, customers will be able to enjoy Pikachu’s Pineapple Frappe starting June 21, featuring Pikachu in a cute cafe uniform. Made with golden pineapple pulp, the drink is perfect for summer, offering a refreshing sweet and sour taste. There are three cup designs available–one with Pikachu in red, one in blue, and another in green.
Original Merchandise Campaign
Part I: June 21, 10:00~ / Original PP Coaster (4 varieties)
Part 2: July 5, 10:00~ / Cafe Menu Design Original Memo Pad (4 varieties)
A goods campaign is also underway. Customers purchasing three qualifying products will receive exclusive merchandise–while supplies last, of course! The event will run from June 21 at 10:00 through July 18.
Left: 5 stamps, Original Lunch Bag / Right: 10 stamps, Original Plates (Set of 3)
Collecting stamps on the FamilyMart app can also net fans some special prizes! At the same time, Pokemon fans can use the app to win tickets to Pokemon GO Fest 2022 Sapporo.
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Diglett’s Mysterious Forest Website Opens to Commemorate T-Shirt Launch
Original Inc. teamed up with the Pokemon Company in February 2019 to create Pokemon Shirts, an online store where fans from around the world can customize and purchase a selection of shirts featuring their favorite Pokemon characters. On June 10, 2022, a new Diglett T-Shirt collection was released, and to commemorate the release, a unique new website has opened to show off a collection of Diglett in their natural habitat.
Pokemon T-shirts allow customers to create their own shirts by selecting the fabric, patches, and size. In this new collection, customers can choose between two fabrics: Washi or recycled suvin cotton.
On the special website, guests can input their name and plant a virtual seed using a serial number included with each shirt. As the days pass by, each plant will grow, and the forest will become more dense and diverse!
Come hang out with Diglett while designing your very own sustainable T-shirt!
Pokemon T-Shirts – ‘Diglett’s Simple T-shirt’
Official Site: https://originalstitch.com/jp/pokemon/pokemon_tshirts
Diglett’s Mysterious Forest Site
Pokeball Transformed into Engagement Ring with Stunning 143 Facets
U-Treasure, a company offering proper jewelry inspired by pop culture, has announced a Pokemon diamond in the shape of a Pokeball! The gorgeous item will be released on June 9 and will be eligible for international shipping at the U-Treasure online store. The product itself will be on display at the U-Treasure Concept Store in Ikebukuro.
The Pokeball-inspired diamond has a staggering 143 facets, more than double the 58 found in a standard round brilliant cut. The more facets a diamond has, the more light it reflects.
Those wanting to set this diamond in an engagement ring will need to purchase the ring separately. The Pokeball Diamond is compatible with any rings found in the U-Treasure collection.
Release Date: June 9, 2022
Official Site: https://u-treasure.jp/lp/monster_ball_diamond
Golden Pineapple Garigari-kun with Pokemon Packaging Now Available
Have you heard of Garigari-kun? Japan’s most popular popsicle, this treat is perfect for the hot summer months. A Golden Pineapple version is now available!
With a flavor targeted at adults, the Golden Pineapple Garigari-kun includes crunchy pineapple shaved ice with a crunchy texture inside juicy pineapple ice cream. Made with 33% pineapple juice, the flavor is authentic, and the ice granules used are finer than the standard Garigari-kun ice.
The packaging for each set of six popsicles will feature Satoshi, Pikachu, Leon, and Charizard as a tie-in project with the ongoing Pokemon anime series. A campaign is currently underway with 1,000 possible winners snagging a special acrylic stand (8 varieties). These goods will feature the trainers participating in the Pokemon World Championships.
Choose your favorite trainer and enter to win a magnificent prize!
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Golden Pineapple Garigari-kun (Box of 6)
Release Date: May 30, 2022
Customizable Pokemon T-Shirts Now Available, Concept Video Starring Diglett Released
Original Inc. teamed up with the Pokemon Company in February 2019 to create Pokemon Shirts, an online store where fans from around the world can customize and purchase a selection of shirts featuring their favorite Pokemon characters. On June 10, 2022, a new Diglett T-Shirt will be released! What’s so special about these shirts? They’re made from Earth-friendly materials!
Pokemon T-shirts allow customers to create their own shirts by selecting the fabric, patches, and size. In this collection, fans can select 15 different embroidered Pokemon badges from Pokemon Red and Green, including Pikachu, Gengar, and Snorlax. These patches can be placed on the left side of the chest, right sleeve, right front hem, or the left back hem. The patches are small and easy to pair with any type of daily activity. Each shirt is available in five sizes (XS, S, M, L, or XL).
Customers can choose from two fabrics: Washi or recycled suvin cotton. The Washi is a knitted fabric made of Japanese paper fiber, with natural fibers used for the name, sewing thread, and washing instructions label, making it completely environmentally friendly. It also has antibacterial, deodorizing, and UV-blocking properties, and is recommended for wearing in hot and humid weather. The recycled suvin cotton is made from recycled cotton that was originally discarded during the spinning process. Blended with organic cotton, it has a silky sheen and feel and is extremely comfortable.
Prior to the release of the new shirts, ‘Diglett’s Simple T-shirt, a concept movie set in a mysterious forest, was posted to YouTube. As stated in the Pokedex, “If a Diglett digs through a field, it leaves the soil perfectly tilled and ideal for planting crops. These T-shirts made of Japanese paper or recycled cotton will be returned to the soil before long, making it even more rich and fertile.
‘Diglett’s Simple T-shirt’ Concept Movie
In addition, a YouTube Live premiered on May 27 at 7:00 PM highlighting the life of a Diglett. During the stream, the Diglett responded to user comments, so be sure to go take a peek and drop a line!
YouTube Live – ‘Do Your Best, Diglett!’
How would you like one of these environmentally friendly shirts?
Pokemon T-Shirts – ‘Diglett’s Simple T-shirt’
Release Date: June 10, 2022
Official Site: https://originalstitch.com/jp/pokemon/pokemon_tshirts