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13 January 2014 @ 06:58 pm
Scans: サザンアイランド [Japanese]  
Set Name: 映画公開記念パック「サザンアイランド」(Movie Commemoration Pack Southern Islands)
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Number of Cards: 18
Checklist: Download (PDF)

Notes: I remember when I was a kid back in primary school that scans of these went up on some now-defunct website because they showcased brand new Generation II Pokemon, and I was just enthralled. I even printed out the Maril (back then still known to everyone basically as Pikablu) and carefully cut it up to glue down onto an english energy card of mine so I could be the envy of the playground with my new Japanese card that also was a new Pokemon. The joys of being a young kid, hey? To my credit I was only 11 at the time, and looking back now at age 25 at the time of writing I can't help but laugh at my ambition to have one of these cards in my hand, because back then I couldn't of actually fathomed the idea that I'd have these cards, let alone some of the other ones I've handled and archived.

The Southern Islands set is a really neat collection of 18 cards that were released in commemoration of the 2nd Pokemon movie, and could be obtained in one of two ways: you could get the two promo folders Tropical Island and Rainbow Island at movie theatres (along with the movie programme booklets which contained Ancient Mew,) or you could later on obtain the two island sets split up into six folders: Jungle/Beach/Sea for Tropical, and Sky/Riverside/Field of Flowers for Rainbow. Every single trio of cards released for an area feature art that joins together to form a whole image by Naoyo Kimura and Keiko Fukuyama, and they're all rather charming in their own right.

I pieced my set together by hand.

• This file set was released in Japan on the 17th of July 1999.
• This file for Japan also features the first real sort of instance of mirror holographic work on cards, which only then later became more prevalent and during the Legend era.

Last Updated: 13/01/14 Set Complete
Docfloette on January 13th, 2014 09:44 am (UTC)
This is such a gorgeous set!
Joywuzzly on February 2nd, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
American Set
Sweet! I had actually gotten the whole set in English years ago for Christmas. My friend had ordered it online and it came to me sealed in a binder (which I still have). It also came with post cards (1 for each 3 card set). Did the Japanese cards come with post cards or was it something the American set just came out with? I also know that you could buy folders of 3 cards in English too (I have a few of them sealed additional to the binder) but I honestly have no clue where I bought them. :P