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Pokemon Trainers excited and scared over “Dark Edition” fan trailer

Published: 4/May/2020 16:03 Updated: 5/May/2020 0:07

by Paul Cot

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Pokemon Dark Edition is fan-made film that seeks to bring a realistic and dark side to the Pokemon series.

Unfortunately we only have a trailer for Pokemon Dark Edition, but anyone in their right mind would consider it awesome. The 2:08 minute preview sets the scene incredibly well while keeping the plot shrouded in mystery and making fans desperate to know more.

The plot

The trailer starts with the protagonist’s daughter being kidnapped and, from that point, his goal is to do everything to bring her back. “I had an idea, a terrible idea, it was sheer madness but it was all I had. I really thought I could bring her back. It was a stupid plan.”

That plan seems to revolve around illegal Pokemon fights and then trying to shut them down. This in turn leads to taking on an organization, possibly Team Rocket, that puts him in a situation that’s out of his control.

It’s a far cry from traditional Pokemon movies which are colorful in both presentation and plot. Pokemon Dark Edition depicts what Pokemon could be look in a real-world setting – and it looks pretty brutal.

Real life Pokemon

The Pokemon themselves look very little like their anime counterparts. The protagonists’ partner Pokemon is Quilava, which in itself is a refreshing change of pace from the generally featured Kanto species.

During the big battle scene, it looks like the opposing Pokemon is Charizard (even fan-made Pokemon productions have to use Charizard it seems). Elsewhere the small Pokemon trapped in a cage is Pikachu. It will be interesting if more is released, to see what other Pokemon feature.

It was made by noOne which consists of four friends – Clément Martin, Fabrice Leger, Florian Malchow and Thomas Jerz. It comes with the caption: “A fan film we made in our free time over two and a half years. We wanted to adapt the Pokemon universe to our world with a more realistic, darker edge.”

They certainly achieved that – Pokemon with a more realistic, darker edge – and hopefully this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Pokemon Dark Edition.

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Pokemon troll goes viral after baiting fans with most expensive card

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:38

by Brent Koepp

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Popular YouTuber SomeThingElseYT went viral online after trolling Pokemon fans. The animator jokingly claimed to have discovered the world’s most expensive Trading Card Game collectible, Pikachu Illustrator, in his garage.

The Pokemon TCG was a major part of many 90s kids’ childhoods. No one could have ever guessed that cards once stuffed in cheap binders could one day sell for as much as a sports car. In 2020 though, the pieces of cardboard have now exploded in value.

At the very top of the list of the most expensive is the incredibly rare Pikachu Illustrator which fetched over $233k at auction in July. On November 24, a YouTuber went viral after joking that he found the collectible in his garage. Only, some thought it was actually real.

Screenshot of rare Pokemon Trading Card Game item Pikachu Illustrator.
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The incredibly rare card worth $233k was used to troll fans in a viral tweet.

Pokemon card joke goes viral on Twitter

In 1998, popular Japanese magazine CoroCoro held an art contest and those who won were given a special promo Pokemon card featuring Pikachu holding a pen. While there was over 39 winners, only 10 are known to have survived today.

Due to its rarity, the item very rarely goes up for sale. In July however, a PSA graded 9 surfaced and fetched a whopping $233k auction – which is currently the world record for most expensive individual TCG collectible sold.

On November 24, YouTuber SomeThingElseYT hilariously joked that he found the “useless” card in his garage. “Found this funny Pikachu card in my garage don’t know what to do with it,” he said. After the tweet went viral, he followed up the post and trolled fans who thought it was real. “Why is everyone so obsessed if I got this in 10th grade.”

Despite the tweet clearly being made in jest, many Trading Card Game fans actually thought the post was serious and freaked out. “Adam…That is the most rare card in the world!’ one user replied. Another fan exclaimed, “THAT IS THE MOST RARE POKEMON CARD EVER. DO NOT GET RID OF IT NO MATTER WHAT.” Another follower echoed a similar sentiment and wrote, “BECAUSE IT COULD BE WORTH A FRKIN CRAP TON OF MONEY!!!”

Screenshot of Twitter replies.

While some fell for the joke, others caught on quickly and were shocked at how many believed the fake story. “On this day millions of wooshes were heard everywhere in the known universe,” one comment read. Another user simply stated, “I love that people don’t understand this was a joke. Makes this post much better.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fan comments on Twitter.

Besides clearly being sarcasm, it also only took a few seconds using Google to figure out that the image has been posted on Reddit and numerous other websites many times previously.

With Pokemon card fever reaching a fever pitch in 2020, fans around the world have been digging through their old collections. Just don’t expect to have an item where only 10 of them exist.