Artful Poke-realism

The global popularity of Pokémon GO has introduced its players to a world where you never know what Pokemon might be hiding around the next corner, ready to be caught. It’s now easier than ever to let your imagination run free and conjure up a reality where Pokemon truly walk among us. Please enjoy these works by three artists who have taken a flight of fancy and made Pokemon feel more real than ever - each in their own idiosyncratic way. Please note: these artists’ dedication to realism can be unflinching. Only proceed if you think you can handle your pokemon, warts and all - or should > Read More


Pokémon 20th Anniversary: How Will You Celebrate?

  A wild anniversary is happening right now! For Pokémasters who have been following Pikachu and the gang since 1996, it’s hard to believe that 20 years have already passed (and that Ash Ketchum is still only 10 years old!). Deciding just how to celebrate this milestone may be your toughest decision since grass, fire, or water. Fortunately the Pokémon Company has some pretty fantastic fanfare planned to make the process easier—limited edition Japanese figures, plushies, and collectibles that’ll have you saying “gotta catch ‘em all!” A Brief Look Back at 20 Amazing Years What’s > Read More


Top 10 Anime Phone Cases for iPhone

Admit it: you’re obsessed with your iPhone. And why shouldn’t you be? It’s an all-in-one gadget that keeps you current with your friends and family, the latest trends, and newest releases. It’s your camera, your calculator, your instant messenger, your planner, and a home to all the apps you need in life. Your phone is important. It’s a part of you. And that’s why you don’t have to settle for a bland case like everyone else’s. Go beyond protecting your phone, and diversify it with your favorite anime and Japanese pop culture characters! Next to setting your ringtone to the likes of “World > Read More


Pokemon Candy: Candies & Snacks have never been this Cute!

Since the launch of the Pokemon anime series in 1997, Japan’s shelves have been rife with cute merchandise. Toys, stationary, clothing—you name it, it's been done. You can take Pokemon home with you, and you can even choose to eat him! Pokemon products still big business to this day in Japan, especially when it comes to Japanese candy and snacks that you just can't get in any other country. > Read More


The Coolest Japanese Pokemon Plush!

Are you a master of the Pokéverse? Looking for the latest in Japan-exclusive, limited-edition merchandise to add to your shrine of Pokémerch? Whether you’re a Pokémaster who wants to “catch ‘em all” or a trainee looking for that one special Pokémon to capture, there are plenty of new Poké-plush to be excited about this year. From the iconic Pikachu, to the majestic dragon, Rayquaza, let’s count down the latest in popular character plush from Japan! > Read More


Japanese Pokemon Card Values: The Secret Formula for Scoring Great Deals

Buying Japanese Pokemon Cards Online It’s been 20 years since fans first memorized the Pokémon slogan “Gotta catch ’em all!”, and amazingly, each year new cards are still being printed, players are still meeting for tournaments, and collectors are still struggling to fill their binders in an attempt to, well… “catch ’em all”. Each card that makes its way into the Pokémon universe has its beginning at Pokémon Card Laboratories in Japan where it is later sent to different companies around the world for reprinting in foreign languages. And while many non-Japanese players and collectors are > Read More


English vs. Japanese Pokemon Cards: What Should You Collect?

Perhaps you’ve heard of the infamous “Pokémon Shock”—when Pikachu used an electric shock attack on a missile in episode 38 of the anime… and simultaneously gave 685 children epileptic seizures. From banned episodes (James’ infamous bikini contest), to religious accusations of Satanism (the “Pokémon Rap” backwards), Pokémon is no stranger to controversy. Among die-hard collectors, however, no aspect of Pokémon lore has been censored so much as its trading cards. Prepare your Counter Shield before reading any further, because what you find below may be as shocking as Pikachu’s trademark > Read More


Tokyo Station Pokemon Store limited item! From the Pokemon Center (March 14, 2015)

From the Pokemon Center (March 14, 2015) Tokyo Station Pokemon Store limited item! Introducing the new Pikachu plush toy and the Pikachu mascot keychain, wearing a Tokyo Station train staff uniform! On Saturday, March 21, a plush toy and a mascot keychain of Pikachu wearing a Tokyo Station train staff uniform will make its debut at the Tokyo Station Pokemon Store! The Tokyo Station Pokemon Store is the only store where you can obtain this limited item, so don't miss out! Don't you just want to catch both the plush toy and the mascot > Read More


Absolutely Awesome Pokemon Center Merchandise

The Best Pokemon Center Merchandise For kids growing up the 90s, no childhood was complete without the mousey-faced, rosy-cheeked Pikachu and his array of Pokémon friends who challenged fans to “catch ‘em all!” > Read More


Japanese Pokemon Figures Guide & Overview

Pokémon figures are made by or for different companies for purposes other than to promote the Pokémon game. For example, the Chibi Poke Models by Tomy Takara was made for the Nagatanien Company Limited in Japan in 2007 to help promote their instant food products. The Chibi Poke Models were tiny figurines with intricate detailing of the Pokémon characters from Gen 1 and 2, namely, Johto and Kanto. Other Pokemon figures that are in demand up to today as part of a collection or hobby   The Chou Getto figures were sold from the Bandai gashapon machines, the Japanese version of > Read More