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Tomoaki Imakuni

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Tomoaki Imakuni

Tomoaki Imakuni (Japanese: 今国智章 Imakuni Tomoaki), usually referred to as Imakuni? (イマクニ? Imakuni?), is an eccentric Japanese musician who performed some of the music for the Pokémon anime. He also was heavily involved in promoting the TCG and ended up being pictured or drawing art for several of the cards. He is also in the band Suzukisan. More recently, he played a small part in the designing of Pokémon Ranger and its sequel.

Imakuni? is also credited as the author of the Pokémon Tales picture book "Come Out, Squirtle!".

In Pokémon Card GB

TCG1 Imakuni.png
Artwork from Pokémon Card GB

Imakuni? appears as a special hidden opponent in Pokémon Trading Card Game. His event is activated by talking to people in the Water Club and then he will randomly begin to appear in the lounge sections of the various clubs. When he is in the room, unusual music will play. When the player talks to him, he will sing music from the Pokémon anime and then entice the player to dance, finally challenging the player to a card game. He uses the Imakuni? Deck.

When Imakuni? is defeated, he will reward the player with four booster packs, one from each expansion set. After being defeated three consecutive times, he will instead give the player the Imakuni? Trainer card.

Imakuni? Deck

In Pokémon Card GB 2

In Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR! on the GR Island there is a Red Imakuni? who uses Strange Deck (きみょうなデッキ). He gives out Team Rocket's Ambition booster packs when defeated.

In the TCG

Tomoaki Imakuni is a card illustrator. Imakuni? has the following cards that relate to him. They are usually joke or prank cards not meant to actually be used in serious play:

Imakuni?'s Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Imakuni?'s Doduo Colorless       Challenge from the Darkness SuperRare  
Imakuni?'s Whismur Colorless       T Promotional cards   022/T
Imakuni?'s Loudred Colorless       T Promotional cards   023/T
Imakuni?'s Exploud ex Colorless       T Promotional cards   024/T
Imakuni? "Trainer Cards"
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Imakuni? T       Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Lose?       Extended Sheet 3    
Imakuni?'s PC PC       Extended Sheet 3    
Imakuni?'s Nasty Plot T       Extended Sheet 3    
Imakuni?'s Corner       Extended Sheet 3    
Dance! Neo Imakuni? T       Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Shining Imakuni? T       P Promotional cards   018/P
Imakuni? Su       EX Battle Boost   096/093
 

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

Imakuni? in Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga, Imakuni? appears as an art student attending Celadon University in Challenge at Celadon University!.

Imakuni in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Imakuni? makes two cameo appearances in the fourth volume of Pokémon Pocket Monsters.

Trivia

See also

Illus. by Tomoaki Imakuni

References

  1. https://twitter.com/imakuni/status/392410428308865025

External links


NPCs in the Trading Card Game Islands
Dr. MasonRonaldMr. IshiharaImakuni?Tech SamTech Aaron
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