Japanese Pokémon TCG: Fusion Arts Secret Rare Reveal Part 1

The Japanese-language Pokémon TCG continues to reveal cards from its September 2021 set. Fusion Arts, a Mew-themed set, will introduce Fusion as the third Battle Style, adding to the pool of Rapid Strike and Single Strike Pokémon. The set also includes Genesect V, Hoopa V, Chandelure V and VMAX, Boltund V and VMAX, Greedent V and VMAX, and more. For fans of the English-language Pokémon TCG, these reveals are notable because these cards are expected to appear in November 2021's English-language Sword & Shield – Fusion Strike along with cards from earlier this year that appeared in the Inteleon and Gengar VMAX High Class Decks. Let's take a look at the set's newly revealed Secret Rares.

Cards of Fusion Arts. Credit: Pokémon TCG
Cards of Fusion Arts. Credit: Pokémon TCG

The Secret Rares of Fusion Arts have begun to leak from various sources, including PokeBeach and the Pokémon TCG community utilizing social media. The most highly-anticipated reveals were of the Mew Alternate Arts. (Note that Fusion Arts, as a Japanese sets, classifies Full Arts as Secret Rares, which English-language adaptations do not.) The set will have both an Alternate Art Mew V and an Alternate Art Mew VMAX. Initial reaction has been a bit more mixed than we saw with the Secret Rares of other sets this year. Mew is a fan-favorite Pokémon, so much of the online reaction seems to be disappointed that the VMAX Alternate Art looks really similar in style to a standard VMAX. I do like both of these here but I do have to agree that outside of the elements swept up in Mew's Dynamax aura, it doesn't look much different from the normal VMAX style. The V here is cute, with a cartoony Mew floating with some buddies, including Smeargle who has a presence in this set as well. I think due to the similarities between the Mew VMAX Alternate Artwork, we'll likely not see the value of this remain as high in the English-language Fusion Strike as we've seen the chase cards of other Pokémon TCG sets hold this year.

Fusion Arts was released in Japan on September 24th, 2021. Sword & Shield – Fusion Strike will be released internationally on November 12th, 2021.

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