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Origins Game Fair 2017

June 12, 2017

Origins Game Fair returns this Wednesday June 14th to Sunday June 18th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Origins is the longest-running and largest convention for people who enjoy games.  There is so much to do over the five days that I could go on for pages, but I am of course just going to focus on anime and Japanese related events and games.

The Anime Track is being ran by Wasabi Anime again this year.  They will be running events from Thursday to Sunday.  They will be showing Anime Music Videos ever day, a manga library, and a viewing room sponsored by Viz, Funimation, and AnimEigo.  Though I will say last year the library was a big disappoint me quality and selection.  Let’s hope for more this year.  Panels for this year cover such topics as Voltron, Yu Yu Hakusho, Transformers, tea, a Cowboy Bebop listening party, Anime Name That Tune, and many more.

They will also be running sessions of various anime related games for free; Mangaka, Ryuutama, Golden Sky Stories, Maid RPG, and Tanto Coure.  All the other games at the con will cost at least $2, most will cost even more.

For Collectable Games, both Konami and Pokémon running many sessions of their games.  Demo games to learn Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokémon, tournaments of various styles and levels, and plenty of pick-up games.  Also games and tournaments for Dice Masters, which had a Yu-Gi-Oh set.

For Role Playing Games there are a few that are of interest to this blog including some sessions of Kuro and sessions of Advanced Dimensional Green Ninja-Educational Preparatory Super-Elementary Fortress 555 (ADGNEPSEF555) where you play in an anime-themed cross-dimensional grade school.  It is very weird.

There will be some Pokémon LARP sessions using DSes and a LARP for the ADGNEPSEF universe.

For Miniatures Games, you will have four chances to play a Starblazers game and learn Infinity a new manga inspired game.  Heroclix will have some tournaments to play in, they also had a Yu-Gi-Oh expansion set.

If you are interested in board games, they have you covered there too.  Cool Mini or Not will be running games and tournaments of Arcadia Quest and Masmorra Dungeons of Arcadia.  Japanime Games will be doing learn to plays and tournaments of Tanto Cuore (various sets) and Heart of Crown.  The games available to try are Pokemon Master Trainer, Resident Evil Deck Building Game, Hatsune Miku (a new co-op game), Cowboy Bebop: The Board Game, Era of the Ninja, Super Dungeon Explore, and more.

Plus do not forget all the dealers that will be there with many of the above games and others.

Origins is a great convention to go to, but it does take a bit of money to go and survive.  But it is worth it.



Multiple Press Release for Pokemon TCG

August 9, 2016

Pokémon USA will release the Pokémon TCG: Battle Arena Decks: Rayquaza v Keldeo on September 21.

The package consists of two 60-card decks, each led by a Pokemon-EX and includes 10 foil cards (2 foil cards featuring Rayquaza-EX or Keldeo-EX and 8 foil basic Energy cards). The decks also include tournament-level Trainer cards, including VS Seeker, Professor Sycamore, and N.  The box also contains 2 metallic coins, 2 sets of damage counters, a 2-player playmat and rules sheet, 1 code card to play these decks online,  2 deck boxes, and a quick guide with game strategies.

MSRP is $29.99.


Pokémon USA will release Pokémon TCG: Super Premium Collection: Mew and Mewtwo on October 3.

The Pokémon TCG: Super Premium Collection: Mew and Mewtwo will include two never-before-seen foil promo cards featuring Mew-EX and Mewtwo-EX, sculpted figures of Mew and Mewtwo, 10 Pokémon TCG: Generations booster packs, and an art book that goes behind the scenes with Pokémon TCG illustrators.  There are also three collector’s boxes to hold everything with 12 dividers to keep cards organized, and a code card for the online game.  MSRP is $79.99.


Pokémon USA will release Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection: Genesect Pin Box and Pokémon TCG: Collector Chest Tin this November.

The Genesect Pin Box features the mythical Pokémon Genesect, a dual Bug/Steel Pokémon. The collection includes a never-before-seen promo card featuring Genesect, a Genesect collector’s pin, two booster packs from Pokémon TCG: Generations, and a code card for Pokémon TCG Online. MSRP is $12.99.

The Pokémon TCG: Collector Chest Tin is a treasure trove of Pokemoon products, primarily featuring the collectible metal case with sturdy handle. It contains five Pokémon TCG booster packs, three foil promo cards featuring Volcanion, Magearna, and Shiny Mega Gengar-EX, a Pokémon coin, two colorful sticker sheets, a mini-album to store cards, a Pokémon notepad and four pencils, and a code card for Pokémon TCG Online. MSRP is $29.99.

Origins Game Fair and Otaku Hobby Gaming

May 30, 2016

Orgins Game Fair is this June 15th through the 19th at Columbus Convention Center in Columbus.  It is one the largest gathering of gamers and games in the country and they have some anime/Japanese themed games and events for all.

Last year they started Anime themed programming by partnering with Wasabi Anime, local anime conventions, and others.  This year they have expanded that programming.  There will be panels, screenings, workshops, a manga library, and more.  They will have events Thursday through Saturday only though.  They have the use of three rooms for events and the library.  Special events include an Anime Name That Tune game show, Trulie Awesome Show (an anime inspired comedy duo), and playing anime games with the maids of Cafe Peitet Joy.

The Special Media Guests for this year’s con are two anime voice actors, Darren Dunstan and Wayne Grayson.  Darren has voiced on Yu-Gi-Oh! (Pegasus), the 2003 TMNT (Splinter), Chaotic (Kaz), and several other 4Kids productions along with doing voice direction for a number of series.  Wayne has done voice work for over 20 years, his best know work though is Yu-Gi-Oh! (Joey), Utena (Ruka), Samurai Deeper Kyo (Benitora), and the 2003 TMNT (Michelangelo).  The two of them will only be there for Saturday and Sunday, helping to judge the costume contest, holding a Q&A, and a signing on Saturday.  On Sunday they will be in the Konami area of Battelle Hall all day.

Bushiroad, Pokémon, and Konami all have plenty of tournaments going on, all different styles and sizes.  Special promoted ones include Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Origins to win a prize card “Minerva, the Exalted Lightworn”, Pokémon Unlimited Tournament celebrating 20 years of Pokémon and Pokémon TCG Win-a-Trip Tournament to go to the 2016 World Championships in San Francisco, Cardfight!! Vanguard G Team League Spring Fest 2016 Regial Qualifer, Weiss Schwarz Neo Showdown Spring Fest 2016 Regional Qualifier, and Future Card Buddyfight Buddy Challenge Spring Fest 2016 Regional Qualifier.

There are a few RPGs with anime themes.  Kuro from Cubicle 7 has three different sessions to play, all starting at 8am though.  Plus some Big Eye Small Mouth sessions, fantasy and post-apocalyptic ones.  Windmill Game Co is running several sessions of their game Advanced Dimensional Green Ninja-Educational Preparatory Super-Elementary Fortress 555 (ADGNEPSEF555), which is designed as a free for all anime inspired game where anything should happen set in a school.  They will also have game of it based around wuxia and henshin heroes too.

For those interested in LARPS there are some anime themed ones.  The Pokémon company’s LARP is just having you challenge other players with your 3DS or 2DS and a copy of X, Y, Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire to collect gym badges to then beat the Elite Four and the Champion to win a prize.  It goes on all day on Thursday through Sunday.  Not really a traditional LARP unless you put some character into, which I think would be a lot of fun.  A more traditional LARP is ADGNEPSEF555: The Movie!! The LARPening!!! on Sunday starting at noon.  Inspired from the above RPG.

On the miniature side of things we have some unique items.  One man has modified rules from other games to make his own Starblazer’s space game (two sessions) and Area 88  fighter plane game (one session).  Cool Mini or Not has some “miniature figure board games” to check out too.  Arcade Quest about playing a guild of heroes fighting evil, Rivet Wars a sort of WWI battle with cute and wacky figures, and Kaosball a fantasy sport league.  Plus Super Dungeon Explorer and Ninja All-Stars from Ninja Division.

Board throughout the long weekend include Kitsune: of Foxes and Fools (the only game actual using the Anime track listing), Lanterns: The Harvest Festival Tournament, King of Tokyo games, Hanabi, and Samurai Spirit.

There will also be videoing too.  Pokémon handheld, Mario Kart, Pokken, Smash Bros, Street Fighter, and a retro game challenge tournaments are all planned.

Early Bird registration pricing ends tomorrow, so sorry this is so late.  Ribbons, generics, and event registration will not be available online.  Badge Registration will remain open through the show though.

This is a con for all fans of gaming to check out at least once.  Though it can get a bit expensive of five days.  I will actually be at this one.  I have not been for a few years so I am excited for it.

Press Release: Road to the Pokémon World Championships Kicks Off with Regional Championships Worldwide

February 10, 2015

Trainers around the world can embark on the road to the 2015 Pokémon World Championships by participating in the upcoming Winter Regional Championships. This year’s events provide Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video game players and Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) players a chance at part of the $2 million pool of scholarships and prizes, and a spot in the most prestigious Pokémon event of the year: the 12th annual Pokémon World Championships, held August 21–23, 2015, in Boston, MA.

“This is a great time for TCG and video game players to jump into the vibrant competitive circuit found around the world,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “It is rewarding to see this supportive international community continue to grow.”

Trainers are encouraged to stay connected and hone their video game and TCG skills online by playing Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and by playing the Pokémon TCG Online on their computer or iPad.

Qualifying events will be held in more than 40 countries this year. In the US, the Winter Regional Championships are coming to the following locations:

  • St. Louis, MO: February 14–15, 2015, at the St. Charles Convention Center
  • Portland, OR: February 14–15, 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Doswell, VA: February 14–15, 2015, at the Exhibition Hall at the Meadow Event Park
  • Lancaster, CA: February 14–15, 2015, at the Pioneer Event Center
  • Kissimmee, FL: February 28–March 1, 2015, at the Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center

The St. Louis Winter Regionals will be streamed live on Twitch on February 14 and 15. To find a Pokémon Video Game or TCG Winter Regional event near you, please visit

For rules on the new Pokémon video game tournament format, please visit:

Press Release: Pokémon TCG Online Launches for the iPad and iPad mini

October 3, 2014

The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) Online app launched on the Apple App Store™ in select markets around the world, bringing the online version of the popular trading card game to iPad® and iPad mini™ devices with Retina display, starting with the third generation, in Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The Pokémon TCG Online, available as a downloadable client for PC and Mac® and now as an app, allows fans with an Internet connection to play the game whenever they like, wherever Wi-Fi access is available or by using the device’s data plan.

Players in the United States can begin downloading the free-to-play Pokémon TCG Online app for iPad and iPad mini devices. They will also be able to search for the official Pokémon TCG Online app in the Apple App Store. The app launches in additional markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America later this week.

The Pokémon TCG Online app provides iPad and iPad mini users with a similar experience to the one PC and Mac players have enjoyed, and ensures that their digital card collection and game progress follows them across any device they’re playing on. Game features are identical as well, including both player-versus-computer and player-versus-player online battles, deck building, card trading, avatar customization, a Pokémon TCG tutorial, and more.

All Pokémon TCG Online players receive several free digital Pokémon TCG decks to get started right away and can earn additional cards through both player-versus-computer and online battles. Players who purchase physical theme decks, booster packs, and other Pokémon TCG products will also receive a code card that unlocks digital cards for their Pokémon TCG Online game, enhancing decks and adding cards to their online collection for play or trading.

“The iPad version of the Pokémon TCG Online makes it even easier for fans to pick up the game and begin playing immediately,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “We want to provide players with various access points to play and enjoy the Pokémon TCG, whether it’s the traditional tabletop game, PC and Mac version, or the iPad and iPad mini app.”

For more information about the Pokémon TCG Online, please visit .

To connect with Pokémon online:

– Get the Pokémon TCG Online app
– Like the official Pokémon Facebook page
– Follow @Pokemon on Twitter
– Check out the official Pokémon YouTube channel

Press Release: World Champions Crowned at the 2013 Pokémon World Championships

August 15, 2013

The 2013 Pokémon Championship Series came to a conclusion this weekend at the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, Canada. After a yearlong series of qualifiers and two days of intense competition, six battle-tested champions walked away as the world’s best Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game players, rising above hundreds of other Pokémon players that traveled to Canada from more than 25 countries, including the US, Japan, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This year’s Pokémon World Championships marked the 10th anniversary for the global event.

The 2013 Pokémon TCG and Video Game World Champions are:

  • 2013 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Ondrej Kujal from Czech Republic.
  • 2013 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Brendan Zheng from United States.
  • 2013 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Kaiwen Cabbabe from Australia.
  • 2013 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Hayden McTavish from United States.
  • 2013 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Jason Klaczynski from United States.
  • 2013 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Arash Ommati from Italy.

Winners of the invitation-only tournament earned the title of Pokémon World Champion, received a special World Championships trophy featuring Pikachu, won a trip to next year’s World Championships in Washington, DC, and collected scholarship money. The Pokémon Company International has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships since it began running the tournaments.

“The Pokémon World Championships celebrate an international community that is unified by the fun, friendship, and mutual respect that the Pokémon spirit embodies,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “We are incredibly proud of all the players who competed this weekend and want to extend a big congratulations to the 2013 Pokémon World Champions who represented their nations proudly.”

To view highlights from the 2013 Pokémon World Championships, including official standings, photos, videos, and player interviews visit and the Pokémon channel. For information on how to participate in future Pokémon Championship Series events, visit To download images from the event click here.

2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Junior Division
World Champion: Ondrej Kujal (Czech Republic)
Second Place: Yugo Sato (Japan)

2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Senior Division
World Champion: Kaiwen Cabbabe (Australia)
Second Place: Clement Lamberton (France)

2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Masters Division
World Champion: Jason Klaczynski (United States)
Second Place: Simon Narode (United States)

2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Junior Division
World Champion: Brendan Zheng (United States)
Second Place: Fuko Nakamichi (Japan)

2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Senior Division
World Champion: Hayden McTavish (United States)
Second Place: Ben Hickey (United States)

2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Masters Division
World Champion: Arash Ommati (Italy)
Second Place: Ryouske Kosuge (Japan)

About Pokémon
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, and marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website.  Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world.