Team Rocket's Secret Empire
- This article is about the the radio show. For the Twitter account, see Team Rocket's Secret Empire (Twitter).
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(Japanese: Pokémon Radio Show! ロケット団ひみつ帝国 Pokémon Radio Show! Rocket-dan's Secret Empire) is a radio program that aired on 76.1 interFM in Japan. It aired on Sunday evenings between 7:00 and 7:30 beginning July 1, 2012 and ending December 23, 2012.
The radio show was hosted by Megumi Hayashibara, Shin'ichirō Miki and Inuko Inuyama in character as Jessie, James and Meowth. The premise of the radio show is that in order to recruit as much of Earth's population to Team Rocket as possible, the Team Rocket trio decide to broadcast a radio show in secret. Other voice actors from the Pokémon anime—such as Yūji Ueda and Ikue Ohtani—appeared on the show as guests.
In 2011, Megumi Hayashibara, voice of Jessie and other characters, proposed to Pokémon's sound director Masafumi Mima that she wanted him to prepare "Team Rocket's Late Nights Radio" for the Team Rocket trio to appear in. Masafumi Mima, who is a great fan of Team Rocket himself, agreed to the idea, and posted to his Twitter on May 6, 2012:
Later, in June 2012, a now-defunct Twitter account was created, named "Team Rocket's Secret Empire". This Twitter account was updated in-character by Giovanni and other members of Team Rocket. A silhouette image of the Team Rocket trio was the first Tweet made on the account. Later, when the radio show was revealed to the public, the Twitter account was used for a time to continue promoting the series.
Following the conclusion of the radio show in December 2012, four CD releases were announced compiling segments from the radio program. All four have since been released, as well as a "Rare Pilot Edition" CD, exclusive to Animate retail stores. Aside from segments that were broadcasted on the series, the CDs also include a handful of tracks which are all-new to the album releases.