This week in Japan: June 4 - 10, 2005
Advance Generation movie station "Banmū" quizzes available online
After the original Pokémon series airs on Kids Station, the am3 (Advance Movie) website will announce Advanced Generation movie-related special events and upcoming product information. The informational broadcast will be viewable via the Advance Movie Station mini program. On this program, Banmū (taken from "adobansu mūbī") quizzes will be aired, and those who answer correctly will be entered in a drawing to win an Advance Movie Starter Kit.
am3 is the maker of videos for Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS.
Details are on the am3 website. (Japanese)
Factory needle discovered in PokéPark PokéDoll
PokéDolls distributed at outlets like PokéPark and the Japanese and American Pokémon Center retail stores and websites were recently withdrawn from circulation after an investigation revealed that one doll had a factory sewing needle protruding from it. The doll somehow passed through quality control. Banpresto, the maker of the product, has asked for a recall of all potentially affected goods. As of the current date, there have been no additional discoveries of needles in dolls by either customers or the manufacturer; however, a similar problem has occured before
Products affected: As of March 2, 2005, dolls sold from PokéPark and Japanese and American Pokémon Center outlets, with a tag of © Pokémon, 2005 Made in China, including the following character models:
- 12-inch Pikachu doll
- PokéDolls: Torchic, Eevee, Skitty, Kyogre, Treecko, Groudon, Munchlax, Jirachi, Celebi, Pikachu, Plusle, Ho-Oh, Minun, Mudkip, Mew, Latias, Latios, Lugia, Rayquaza
- PokéPark 2005 Limited Edition models: Jirachi, Celebi, Pikachu, Mew
Anime X-Press Pokémon Sunday giveaway to award five posters
The Anime X-Press giveaway for June is underway on TV Tokyo's anime website, with five Pokémon Sunday promotional posters up for grabs.
Entries will be accepted until June 30, 2005. Five winners will be drawn from all entrants.
For details, please visit the TV Tokyo Anime X-Press website. (Japanese)
Pokémon included amongst those to get dedicated theme park allocation in the Japanese Las Vegas project
Video games, anime, martial arts, and icons representing Japan's culture will be displayed as Japan's Democratic Party plans to focus on characters and aspects from these various media.
Former assembly chairman Yukio Edano, among thirty-four others, is planning to attend the electronic expo with executives from various national game development companies. Pokémon, Gundam, and similar internationally popular franchises will have dedicated theme parks, movie production specialization schools, and other related fields in the "Japanese Las Vegas" construction project.
Thirty-three people, presumably trained martial artists, will participate in the "martial arts ground breaking" exhibition event. The Democratic Party is planning to hold an open session in parliament in the near future, calling on other MPs, the Liberal Democratic Party, and other parties for their participation in this event.
More information (Japanese)
Pokémon Daisuki Club announces new guide, promotion, and investigation
The Pokémon Daisuki club has assembled its own guide for how to enjoy the eighth Pokémon movie, Mew and the Wave-Guiding Hero - Lucario. New information in the guide includes a section with trivia about the movie.
In addition to this guide, website visitors are encouraged to choose one of two themes associated with the Pokémon Movie Cheering Squad and submit their choice with a drawing or message. Participants will be entered to win five club points. This contest will be open until June 17, and the results will be announced July 1.
Furthermore, the Club will hold an in-depth investigation into popular characters and Pokémon, and give details from the seventh Pokémon movie, The Sky-Splitting Visitor - Deoxys.