Pokemon Center Report – April 1

The Pokemon Center usually releases new items on Saturdays, so it’s always a little weird when something is released during the week.

Because of that, all day today I’ve been thinking it’s Saturday instead of Wednesday. Hopefully by the time I wake up tomorrow, I’ll realize it’s Thursday and not Sunday…but maybe not. Can we just skip to Sunday?

That it was Wednesday instead of Saturday put a damper on my morning commute. Even on the weekends, the trains are crowded, but rush hour during the week?

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I ended up arriving a little too early. I was expecting at least a couple people to be there, waiting, and there was no one. Cue two hours of wasting time.

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Finally, the Pokemon Center opened at 10 am. The “big” new release for the day was Gallade card sleeves.

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As opposed to most card sleeve packs, which are sold as half decks and contain 32 sleeves per pack, these Gallade packs contain enough for a full deck (60) plus 2 extra sleeves.

There was an entire wall full of sleeves when I arrived and only a few people buying, so there is a good chance these sleeves will last longer than a week at the very least.

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On the way to the registers, I noticed this display for the up-coming Cynthia Nendoroid. I love how Garchomp, her Pokemon companion, is as big as she is, especially considering how Red’s Pokemon companions were all tiny.

There are no releases this weekend, but we have official news on Friday to look forward to, and the weekend after will have lots of Pikachus and Raichus!

Friday’s Pokemon Announcements – Pikachus and More Pikachus

Today’s announcements from the Pokemon site did not skimp on the Pikachus.

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First up, a new mini Pokemon store is opening up in Ōita city, Ōita prefecture (大分県) and will sell a Yukata wearing Pikachu plush and mini mascot plush exclusive to the store. In order to get one, you will have to either travel to Ōita, find a friend living in Ōita, or buy second hand through sites such as Yahoo!Japan auctions or Ebay.

The new store will open April 16th.

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Although not new, the site officially announced the next Monthly Pikachu, dressed up in traditional Children’s Day attire. Children’s Day is celebrated May 5th and is part of Japan’s Golden Week. Children’s Day Pikachu comes out in Pokemon Centers across Japan on April 11th.

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We also received images and information on the items coming out for the Pikachu & Pokeball Dot Sprite promotion, also starting sale from April 11th.

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There are no new releases tomorrow, but Gallade card sleeves will go on sale April 1st, which is a Wednesday. Odd, but okay!