In light of Midori Harada being named as the featured artist for the 2023 Orlando Regional Championship, I’d be curious to hear some opinions! If you could get any card(s) autographed by her, which would it be?
For my purposes, I’m choosing from only artworks she has done, but if you’d prefer another card for some reason I’d like to hear why! Here is a link to peruse showing a compiled list of artworks she has illustrated: Harada Cards (feel free to fact check me if this is not inclusive of all of her work!). She has some pretty great artworks (and in some great sets!), so I’m definitely torn, but if I had to narrow it down (I’ll limit myself to 3 cards), here are my picks:
1) Cubone (Aquapolis): After searching via the googles (thanks Bulbapedia), I learned that Cubone is Harada’s favorite Pokemon. Getting this card signed by her just seems like a win: her favorite Pokemon, from the first set she produced art for, plus some e-reader Aquapolis nostalgia, and a darn cute Cubone artwork. This is also the only Cubone artwork she produced for a card. Hits a bunch of the wickets in my book.
2) Pikachu (EX FireRed & LeafGreen): Pikachu is the face of the franchise, of course, so it seems silly to not include him. Plus, just look at this chonk-a-chu this artwork makes me smile, and Harada’s signature underneath it would make me smile even more.
3) Pidgeot (EX FireRed & LeafGreen): I’ve always had an affinity for Ash’s Pidgeotto/Pidgeot (as well as Butterfree) ever since seeing the show. I wanted to fly as a kid, I am a pilot now, and this card/Pokemon still hits home. Plus, I enjoy the artwork and like the holo.
- The trio of Charmeleon (EX Power Keepers), Wartortle (Platinum), and Ivysaur (POP Series 3) all together also sounds awesome. Even without a Harada signature, the artwork from these 3 cards together look fantastic.
There are plenty of other cards I like though (Slowking, Gyarados, Flareon, Raichu, Scyther, Sceptile) so this was tough. What are your picks!?