If you've ever wanted to see how the cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game are made, then PokéBeach's latest discovery will make you extremely happy. And even if you don't, this is one of the most satisfying videos we've ever seen (thanks, Kotaku!).

The fansite has secured an internal staff video produced by The Pokémon Company International and Millennium Print Group (who manufacture the cards) which shows us the entire Pokémon Card creation process.

As you'd imagine, it's a pretty lengthy process. The creation doesn't start until the makers of the Japanese TCG are sent over in an Excel file, detailing whether there's new art, info, or text on them. Then, someone (or a few people) has got to get around to translating them, using a master document that contains every single previous translation for each attack, power, type, names, and so on.

The best part is seeing the visuals of the card come together — from getting the text on the card, to printing the gorgeous art and colours onto paper. Every single card has to have its own individual texture, different from the Japanese cards, too — it's meticulous, detailed, and so satisfying to watch.

So, getting to the finished card template takes three weeks. That's before the cards are translated into other languages, popped on a CD and sent to the Millennium Print Group to be printed. At the Print Group, master plates are created to match each colour on the cards, then these are dipped in ink.

Then, you'll be mesmerised by watching the cards come to 'life' on the paper. A single printing press can produce 26.62 million cards in a single day, and each sheet holds 121 cards in total. Holofoil cards are printed separately, with 15,000 sheets of the shiny cover printed each day.

We could detail every single part of the video, from when The Pokémon Company International come up with the expansion names (there were 15 different names banded around for the Ultra Prism expansion, for example!) to the printers checking the thickness of the cards and smoothing out the corners, but it's oh so wonderful to sit and watch.

What a fantastic find from PokéBeach. Make sure you check out the video at the top and tell us whether this is your dream job in the comments!

[source pokebeach.com, via kotaku.com]