Old Updates Archive
"Detective Pikachu" heading to Japanese Theaters in May 2019
December 4th, 2018
Dogasu @ 7:35 JST -- We've known for a while that the Hollywood live action Pokémon movie, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, will be coming out in the U.S. and Europe in May 2019. However, basically nothing had been announced about a Japanese release. When the first trailer dropped a couple of weeks ago, for example, we got English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German versions but there was a conspicuous lack of a Japanese language trailer. Could the Japanese release be delayed, like so, so many other Hollywood movies before it?
Well we got our answer when on Thursday, November 29th, a press event was held in Tokyo that officially announced that the Japanese version of the film is coming out in May. At the moment the film, Meitantei Pikachuu (名探偵ピカチュウ), or "Detective Pikachu" has a vague "May 2019" release date. The movie will debut in the U.S. on May 10th under the title Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.
An official website for the Japanese version of the film was also launched on the 29th. There's not much on there at the moment but the "Introduction" section includes some plot information that I don't know has ever been made public before (?) so I've translated that below:
The Japanese language trailer for the film has also dropped, which is basically the original English trailer with Japanese subtitles slapped on it.
The press event announcing the movie took place at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo on Thursday, November 29th. The event was attended by director Rob Letterman, cast members Justice Smith (Tim) and Kathryn Newton (Lucy), and Ryoma Takeuchi (竹内涼真), who was announced to be providing the voice of Tim in the Japanese dub of the film. Ryoma Takeuchi is probably best known among Westerners as portraying the role of Shin'nosuke Tomari in Kamen Rider Drive.
Detective Pikachu will be one of two Pokemon movies coming out next year, with the other being Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution" coming out in July.
For the purposes of this website, I will be focusing primarily on the Japanese release of the film. More information about its release will be added as it becomes available.
Tetsuo Yajima sees Pokémon The Movie: The Power of Us
November 27th, 2018
Dogasu @ 23:40 JST -- Tetsuo Yajima (矢嶋哲生), the director of this year's Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story," was recently in the U.S. to watch the English dub of the film. The 33-year old director chronicled his trip in a number of tweets:
He starts off by announcing that he saw the English dub in Los Angeles:
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It seems like he was done until one fan tweeted him:
November 26th, 14:54 JST
Here's what the fan said:
"MinaMono" is an abbreviation for Minna no Monogatari; "Everyone's Story."
And here's his reply:
Finally, at 15:02 JST:
Mr. Yajima is back in Japan now. Whether or not he's working on anything else Pocket Monsters related at the moment is currently unknown.
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" was released in theaters on July 13th, 2018 in Japan. The home video release of the Japanese version is scheduled to come out on December 19th. The English language dub is currently in theaters in the U.S. until December 1st under the title "The Power of Us."
Pokémon The Movie: The Power of Us Ticket Giveaway
November 21st, 2018
Dogasu @ 00:00 JST -- If you follow me on social media you may have noticed me promoting the upcoming release of the English dub of Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story"? Which is super weird, right? Why is Dogasu, of all people, promoting the release of The Power of Us? Is everything OK?
Actually things are great! What's going on here is that the good people at Fathom Events reached out to me recently and asked if I would help promote this new film for them. They also offered to give me 5 free tickets for the trouble. I have no use for these tickets, of course, but I thought it'd be a nice giveaway for you all so I agreed to do it.
So here's what I'm going to do: the theme of this movie is how everyone has their story. So if you want a ticket I want you to tell me a story about how you worked together with someone to achieve something Pokémon-related that you couldn't have done all by yourself. Maybe a friend gave you a ride to some event somewhere, or someone at a covention helped you complete your Kanto Pokédex in Pokémon GO, or a friend took the time to teach you how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game...the choice is yours. The winning entries will be shared on this site at a later date.
You have three ways of entering:
Since the first showings of this movie are on December 24th I'm going to go ahead and set the deadline for this to Thursday, November 22nd at 11:59 pm EST.
Translation Tuesdays: Pokemon Pia Interviews (Part 1)
October 30th, 2018
Dogasu @ 21:46 JST -- A nasty tonsil infection knocked me out of commission for most of last week but I'm back now with a new (old) interview translation!
The first translation I have is an interview with the late Unshou Ishizuka, the voice of Dr. Ookido, from the magazine / book Pokemon Pia. What was his most memorable TV show / movie? What character did he wish he could play again? How does he feel his performance has changed over the years? All that and more can be found in this interview!
This is also the only interview I have among all my books / magazines with Mr. Ishizuka. He just never did a lot of Pocket Monsters-related press stuff over the years.
This Pokemon Pia book, by the ways, contains a whopping fourteen interviews (13 cast members and then director Yuyama) so it's something I'll be going back to again and again over the next few weeks. I think for next week I'll post the interview with Kasumi's and Takeshi's voice actors from the book...?
Translation Tuesdays? What's that?
October 16th, 2018
Dogasu @ 22:26 JST -- Hey! Let's try restarting this whole Translation Tuesdays thing I've been slacking off on lately!
This week I've done a complete overhaul of my page for the Generation 2 pokemon. For years I simply listed (my amateurish attempts at romanizing) the Japanese names and then English names and called it a day but these days I want to do more. I've already added things like pictures and detailed breakdowns of what the names mean for Generation 1 and 7 and so I hope to be able to do the same for all the generations in between.
Next week the plan is to translate an Unshou Ishizuka interview from a magazine that came out last year to celebrate the release of Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" Until then!
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