zoom jpg (325 KB)cred: nagoAlph Lithograph · HeartGold & SoulSilver (HS) #ONEProxy: +1+2+3+4 1.2K 3 27%$ / TCGplayer (18 hours ago) ↗↓ 36.60꩜ 42.93↑ 42.24Alph Lithograph Trainer › (Item) LOOK AT YOUR OPPONENTS HAND! illus. Milky Isobe HeartGold & SoulSilver › HeartGold & SoulSilver (HS, HGSS1) › #ONE/123 : Rare Secret · ↘ Feb 10, 2010 Formats: Modified: 2010, 2011, 2012 External: Pokemon.com ↗, Bulba ↗ · Shop: TCGplayer ↗, cardmarket ↗, eBay ↗RatingOverall: 26.67% (4 wins, 11 losses)Within Set & Formats:HeartGold & SoulSilver: n/a (0 wins, 0 losses)DP-on (Modified 2010): n/a (0 wins, 0 losses)HS-on (Modified 2012): 0% (0 wins, 3 losses)MD-on (Modified 2011): 100% (1 win, 0 losses)Note: The rating system is currently disabled.
I’m surprised at how awful so many cards were that this was the better choice. I had to run into Darkrai before it started to go down significantly.
Given the shared artist, this feels somewhat like a successor to the Ancient Mew card.
In the credits of the second Pokémon Movie (at least in the Japanese iteration, as per ポケモンWiki), Milky Isobe is co-credited with the design of the “Ancient Mew” card, alongside Takumi Akabane . Both either were or still are staff members of Creatures, and otherwise mainly contributed Special Energy artwork for the TCG.
 Refer to the credits of the e-Reader, where Milky Isobe is listed as Art Director and as Creatures staff.
On review of this, several things are not correct – or just over-simplifying stuff. ポケモンWiki is saying that Isobe and Tanaka were co-credited for the Lawrence III card*. However, Milky Isobe and Takumi Akabane don’t seem to show up in the credits of the second movie, or at least not in the version I’ve checked (JP, but no idea whether if it’d be any particular edition of it the way there are several versions of the first movie).
ポケモンWiki does say they *speculate* that Milky Isobe designed Ancient Mew, which is a fair assumption to make, but listing it here like this is kind of circular logic-ish, as the Alph Lithographs are probably part of the framework used to make that assumption.
Finally, Milky Isobe *was* listed as Art Director on the e-Reader, but unlike the majority of other credits, which usually go by the format of “Name (Company)”, there’s no indication of what company Isobe was associated with. She was probably *de facto* Creatures staff for a long period of time, but on paper she might have been an independent contract employee or something such as this.