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Welcome to Dogasu's Backpack, a fansite for the Japanese franchise Pocket Monsters! For nineteen years this website has been your guide for the Japanese version of Pokémon and contains content you can't find anywhere else. Stuff like detailed comparisons between the Japanese version and the English version of the animated series, English-Japanese lists for all pokemon, information on the various manga, a lyrics database, a DVD Guide, and much more! So whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newbie just getting into Pocket Monsters, this site has something for every fan to enjoy.




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CoroCoro Online Interview - Shoko Nakagawa, Okazaki Physical Education, & Nicole Fujita
September 21st, 2019

Dogasu @ 15:35 JST -- Following up from my previous post - by far my best performing post in months - I've got translations of the other three interviews posted by CoroCoro Online after the airing of last Sunday's episode.

The first one is from Shoko Nakagawa. She's currently providing the ending theme to the Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon TV series, Type: Wild. She's also been voicing characters in every film since the 10th one and has provided a number of songs for the franchise over the years as well, her most recent being her collaboration with Sachiko Kobayashi on Kaze to Issho ni, the ending theme to Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution.

Shoko Nakagawa

Next up is the singer who goes by the name Okazaki Physical Education. He sings the current opening theme to the Sun & Moon TV series, Kimi no Bouken ("Your Adventure") and has also provided ending themes for the Sun & Moon series in the past.

Okazaki Physical Education

Last up is Nicole Fujita, a model who sometimes appears on the weekly Pokemon variety show Pokénchi. She has the most tenuous connection to the franchise out of the three featured today.

Nicole Fujita

These interviews don't go into the same depth as Rica Matsumoto's did but I dunno, it's still nice to see what other people involved with the show have to say about Satoshi's momentous victory.

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CoroCoro Online Interview - Rica Matsumoto
September 16th, 2019

Dogasu @ 19:19 JST -- So you may have heard that Satoshi was declared the winner of the Alola Pokemon League in the episode of Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon that aired last night, right? Well CoroCoro Online, the website for the magazine of the same name, posted a bunch of interviews with people connected with the show shortly after the episode aired to find out how they feel about this momentous occasion. The Rica Matsumoto interview is by far the most interesting of the bunch so I went ahead and translated it.

Rica Matsumoto Interview

The spoiler-filled interview goes over Ms. Matsumoto's feelings about finding out that Satoshi was going to actually win the Alola League, her most cherished memory of the last 22 years, and where she sees Satoshi going from here on out.

I may translate the other interviews CoroCoro Online posted for completeness sake but the Rica Matsumoto one was the only one that has any sort of substance to it so it got top priority.

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CG World September 2019
September 15th, 2019

Dogasu @ 12:03 JST -- CGWORLD is a monthly magazine aimed at computer graphics and video content artists in Japan. Each month their print magazine contains a long-form feature or two about the making of a specific CG film / TV show / video game, interviews with various artists and animators, and information about various courses and resources available to aspiring CG artists.

The September 2019 issue, released on August 10th, had a 10-page behind-the-scene feature on the animation of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. Today's update looks at that feature.

CGWORLD

This isn't a translation - I simply don't have the time to translate a 10-page article filled with technical explanations - but is instead more of a bullet point like list of neat tidbits revealed in this feature. When did production start on the film? What software was used? How many staff members were assigned to a single model, and how long did it take them to finish it? There's a lot of great information in this article and I'm certain you'll learn a thing or two as you read it.


Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION) is the 22nd Pocket Monsters movie. The film was released on Friday, July 12th, 2019 in Japan and is part of a year-long campaign known as "The Year of Mewtwo."

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"Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution" Full Staff List
September 9th, 2019

Dogasu @ 5:58 JST -- The theatrical run of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution may be winding down but there's still more to cover! For today's update I give you something I've been working on for a long, long while; a complete transliteration of the movie's end credits.

"Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution" staff

This is the first time I've done anything like this before for this site. It was a ton of work (a lot of which I did during downtime at my office job, but still) but I think it was worth it because it's information I haven't really seen posted anywhere else online. Unfortunately there's still the issue of not knowing how to a lot of the names are written out in our alphabet but hopefully some of you rock stars out there can
reach out to me and let me know.

If scrolling through a giant list of names isn't your thing then don't worry; my next update will be something a little more easy to read through.


Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION) is the 22nd Pocket Monsters movie. The film was released on Friday, July 12th, 2019 in Japan and is part of a year-long campaign known as "The Year of Mewtwo."

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The Anime Expo Premiere of "Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution"
August 25th, 2019

Dogasu @ 23:01 JST -- I know this is about two months late but I wanted to make sure to document the huge event that was the Anime Expo showing of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution.

Anime Expo 2019

The event is notable not only for being the world premiere of the film for but being the first time in the more than two decade history of this franchise that the Japanese version of Pocket Monsters was officially shown in the U.S. with English subtitles. It is impossible to overstate how big a deal that is.

I was unfortunately unable to attend so I took the write-up from the movie's official website and combined it with reports from fans who actually were able to attend to create what I hope is the most comprehensive coverage of the premiere online. If you attended Anime Expo 2019 and see something in my write-up that's not quite right, or if you have some details of your own to add then please let me know.


Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION) is the 22nd Pocket Monsters movie. The film was released on Friday, July 12th, 2019 in Japan and is part of a year-long campaign known as "The Year of Mewtwo."

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"Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution"
Box Office Performance, Week One
July 18th, 2019

Dogasu @ 13:20 JST -- The numbers are in and Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution opened as the number two movie in Japan.

Toy Story 4
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
Aladdin

Entertainment news site eiga.com reports that the CG remake of 1998's Pocket Monsters The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back! was shown in 408 screens (despite the 367 number you see in the table below, also provided by eiga.com) and watched by a total of 454,000 people between July 13th and 14th. The film brought in 553,000,000 yen in that same two-day period. That's a 110.6% increase in the first weekend earnings that its predecessor, Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story," made in its first weekend last summer.

When you put Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution up against the more recent films you'll see that it had the best opening weekend of any Pokemon movie in Japan in the last half decade:

Year
Movie Title
Dates
Earnings (JPY)
2019
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
7/13 - 7/14
553 million
2019
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
5/4 - 5/5
457 million
2018
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story"
7/14 - 7/15
500 million
2017
Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!"
7/15 - 7/16
516 million
2016
Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
7/16 - 7/17
323 million
2015
Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" &
"Pikachu and the Pokemon Band"
7/18 - 7/19
384 million

Gee, I wonder why they keep doing these remake films.

First place went to Toy Story 4, which is only just now making its way into Japanese theaters. That movie brought in an astounding 1.38 billion yen, more than double that of what Pokemon was able to earn, so there really was no contest here.
Its predecessor was able to stay in the Top 3 of the Japanese box office at least eight weeks in a row back in 2010 so I would expect the new movie to remain on top for a while. Rounding out the Top 3 is the live action Aladdin remake, now in its sixth week in theaters in Japan.

Here's what the rest of the Top Ten look like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
Toy Story 4
Disney
369
1
2
NEW Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
Toho
367
1
3
1 Aladdin Disney
370
6
4
2 Spider-Man: Far From Home
Sony Pictures Entertainment
352
3
5
3 Diner
Warner Bros. Movies 336
2
6
4
The Fable
Shochiku
327
4
7
5
Go! Anpanman: Sparkle! Princess Vanilla of the Land of Ice Cream
Tokyo Theatres
233
3
8
6 Uta no ☆ Prince-sama The Movie ♪ Maji Love Kingdom
Shochiku
126
5
9
8
Shimbunkisha (The Newspaper Reporter)
Star Sands Entertainment
143
3
10
9 Free! The Movie - Road to the World - Dream
Shochiku
73
2

Source:  Eiga.com


Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION) is the 22nd Pocket Monsters movie. The film was released on Friday, July 12th, 2019 in Japan and is part of a year-long campaign known as "The Year of Mewtwo."

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"Mewtwo Strike Back Evolution" Review

July 17th, 2019

Dogasu @ 00:30 JST -- Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution debuted in theaters this past weekend here in Japan and so I've done what I've been doing the last few years and written up a review. How does this clone compare to the 1998 original? Check out my review to see what I think!

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Review

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION) will be the 22nd Pocket Monsters movie. The film will be released on Friday, July 12th, 2019 in Japan and is part of a year-long campaign known as "The Year of Mewtwo."

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