Monday, October 29, 2012

New music for the week of 10/29/2012

Seven new tracks this week. Three from the Pokemon Black & White 2 soundtrack:

-The Pokemon World Championships Finals!
-Title (Emerald)
-Battle Tower (Hoenn)

The first song was, as the name implies, specifically made for the Pokemon Video Game World Championships.

We also have three songs from Pokemon Reorchestrated:

-Battle! VS Trainer
-Pokémon Gym
-Battle! VS Gym Leader (& Elite Four)

And one courtesy of OC Remix:

-Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team 'From Here On' OC ReMix

New Pokemon TCG Boundaries Crossed interview before tonight's Instrumental PIRN

I conducted an interview with a participant at a recent Pokemon TCG Boundaries Crossed Prerelease. We discuss several cards from the set:

-Raticate (105)
-Stoutland (122)
-Dusknoir (63)

Instrumental PIRN starts tonight at 11pm Eastern/10pm Central!

Monday, October 15, 2012

New music for the week of 10/15/2012

Six new tracks this week. Three from Pokemon Black & White 2: 

-N Battle!
-The White Tree Hollow
-Champion Iris Battle!

 And three from the brand new "Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony" fan album:

-Red and Blue (Opening Theme)
-Dreams and Adventures (Oak's Opening Speech)
-Pallet Town

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Arceus Gap-A Space in the Pokémon DVD Release Schedule


Hi everyone, Steven here. I wanted to take a moment to go over a series of events that occurred in the US distribution of the Pokémon anime a few years back. The story starts in April of 2009, when Warner Bros. released a two-disc set of the first three Pokémon movies on DVD. Now, there’s nothing really special about these discs-they’re just represses of the original DVDs that came out in 2000 and 2001, but keep the compilation's release date in mind for the rest of this video.

The remainder of the 2009 Pokémon DVD release list is fairly standard-six volumes of “Battle Dimension”, some “Pokémon All Stars” DVDs, and the start of the “Pokémon Elements” series. Then in early November, something interesting happens-remember that three-movie set from earlier in the year? Well, this is going off my memory, but what I recall happening is that there was a sudden shift in availability on stopped selling it directly, and it was only available from third-party resellers from that point forward.

In any case, a few weeks later on November 20th, “Arceus and the Jewel of Life” debuts on Cartoon Network. Usually a DVD release follows a few months later, but that’s not what happens here in the US. In fact, the final volumes of “Battle Dimension” from October end up being the last new Pokémon DVDs in America for quite some time-leading to what I’ve termed the “Arceus Gap”.

Now, 2010 is where things start to get really interesting. While the only DVDs being released are more entries in the “Pokémon Elements” series, in May, “Pokémon the Movie 2000” shows up in the iTunes store. This wasn’t a complete surprise-the third movie was placed on iTunes in January of 2009, so it seemed like a logical progression. Just over two months later, however, “2000” mysteriously vanishes from the service. This reveals a pattern: The three-movie DVD set changed availability just before the tenth anniversary of “The First Movie”’s US theatrical debut, and 2000 was similarly pulled right before its ten-year anniversary. The theory I have here is that Warner Bros.'s rights to distribute these movies were expiring during this period, and the gap in new releases was caused by a prolonged series of negotiations, but we’ll probably never know for sure.

Finally, in November 2010, a light emerged-“Arceus and the Jewel of Life” was given a US DVD release date of February 1st, 2011. TV DVDs would resume in March 2011 with the release of the first volumes of Galactic Battles, nearly two years after that season debuted on Cartoon Network-but at least things were moving again.

While the Arceus gap may be over, there are still some lasting effects. Much like the first and second movies, the third Pokémon movie vanished from the US iTunes store right around its ten-year mark in early 2011, and all three of those movies are now out of print in the US. Also, while the movie gap has improved with the Zoroark and Victini films, the TV gap remains about the same-volume one of Black and White is scheduled to be released on DVD in November of this year, still nearly two years from when that season started.

So, that's the “Arceus Gap”. Be sure to let me know what you thought of this retrospective, and suggest any topics you might want me to talk about in the future. Thanks.


Pokemon: Battle Frontier Vol. 1 Box Set (2009):
Pokemon: Battle Frontier Vol. 2 Box Set (2009):
Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl - Set One, Vols. 1-2 (2009):
Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl - Set Two, Vols. 3-4 (2009):
Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl - Set Three, Vols. 5-6 (2009):
Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl Battle Dimension, Vols. 1 & 2 (2009):
Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl Battle Dimension, Vols. 3 & 4 (2009):
Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl Battle Dimension, Box 3 (2009):
Pokemon: Diamond & Pearl Galactic Battles 1 (2011):
Pokemon: Diamond & Pearl Galactic Battles Gift 2 (2011)
Pokémon DP: Sinnoh League Victors - Set One (2012):émon-DP-Sinnoh-League-Victors/dp/B00634MKMI/
Pokemon Movie: Black - Victini / White - Victini (2012):
Pokemon DP: Sinnoh League Victors - Set Two (2012):
Pokemon DP: Sinnoh League Victors Set 3 (2012):



Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back:
Pokémon: The Movie 2000:
Pokémon 3: The Movie:

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New music for the week of 10/8/2012

Three new songs this week, all from Pokemon Black & White 2:

-Colress Battle
-Route 23
-N's Theme

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

2nd Black and White DVD set comes to US January 22, 2013

The next volume of Pokemon Black & White DVDs has been announced for early next year:


The first volume of Pokemon Black and White is scheduled for release on November 20th.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

New music for the week of 10/1/2012

Four new tracks this week. Three from Pokemon Black & White 2:

-Humilau City
-Humilau City Gym
-Route 22 (Spring & Summer)

And one other:

-Mew's Theme Remix

This last one was provided to me by a YouTube user, and if you've done a cover, remix, or original Pokemon song, you can submit it to me too! Check out the details on the "About the Station" page.