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Site Updated 13 April, 2014

Well you've probably all seen this coming for quite some time, but the fact is that I no longer have the time (and frequently I don't have the desire) to continue working on the site.

I've been doing this since late 1999 and while I still really dig the show, the fact is that I just can't really justify the time, expense or effort into writing up nonsense about a cartoon like I could in my early 20s as a student with a ton of free time.

Time has really moved on as well, when I first started doing this the show was airing in my country five times a week and was weeks if not months ahead of America, and it was difficult for any but the most enthusiastic to get access to the original Japanese episodes. Now literally every single person on the planet pirates the Japanese episodes within a few hours of airing (or watches them on a live stream) and have discussed them to death months before they air in America for the first time in English and I get a chance to see them and write about them. Plus more and more people are interested in the games, which honestly have never really appealed to me all that much aside from brief initial playthroughs.

With many of the people who made this place a fun community to discuss things having moved on with their lives, I feel like the only reason I've continued to do this for so long was the sheer weight of the momentum and time and effort I'd already put into it. The number of regular users of these forums has declined significantly, and while I like all of you I feel like for many of you coming to Pokemopolis feels more like something you do out of a sense of obligation as opposed to anything else. A site that once included fanart/fan-fiction/articles and other interactive elements has been reduced down to nothing but episode guides, and many of the early ones are bare-bones experiences. The idea of rewriting all those episodes is a daunting task and I don't know when I'd ever get the time to tackle it anyway, and to what purpose I don't know.

The site doesn't cost me anything financially since I recoup more in ad revenue that the cost of hosting, but the (tiny!) profit I make from keeping the site up pales in comparison to the time/effort cost of keeping up with things in what little spare time I any longer have. There are other ways I would like to spend that spare time, and unfortunately Pokemon and Pokemopolis is no longer how I want to do that.

So what does this mean? Well the site's hosting is paid up through towards the end of 2015, so the pokemopolis.com website will remain up until then. But the forums will be closed down at the end of this month, because I'm no longer going to be spending any time working on or interacting with the website or the forums. For some of you this may be distressing, but I suspect the vast majority of you will just shrug and go on about your lives happily enough.

I hope you all continue to enjoy Pokemon, I still enjoy watching the show and I'll probably continue to watch it until it ends or they do away with Ash or Team Rocket, whichever comes first. But episode guides and movie guides and discussion of the show etc? Nope, that all has to come to an end. It was bound to happen eventually, and I'm kinda quite frankly shocked that it has lasted this long - I always figured I'd be the last person standing and everybody else would have just moved on with their lives by now!

So if there is anything you want to save/talk about/request etc you have until the end of this month to get it done. After that, the Pokemopolis forums end, and around October/November of 2015 the Pokemopolis website will close down too.

The dodginess, however, will never die :)