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Welcome to Dogasu's Backpack, a fansite for the Japanese franchise Pocket Monsters! For eighteen 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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Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution Released Date announced
December 14th, 2018

Dogasu @ 7:40 JST -- Late yesterday afternoon the release date for Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution was revealed to the public for the first time during Toho's annual showcase of upcoming titles..

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution"

The 22nd Pocket Monsters film will be released on Friday, July 12th, 2019. This was pretty much a given - basically every Pocket Monsters movie has debuted during that one three day weekend in July - but it's still nice to see an official confirmation regardless.

Some initial credits were also provided on Toho's official website. First up, the film will be directed by both Kunihiko Yuyama (湯山邦彦) and Motohori Sakakibara (榊原幹典). Mr. Yuyama did the first 20 Pocket Monsters movies and then had apparently passed the torch on to Tetsuo Yajima but it seems like his retirement was only a temporary one.  Mr. Sakakibara, meanwhile, is known primarily for CG animated films such as the Snack World movie and Rudolph the Black Cat, so make of that what you will.

Takeshi Shudo (首藤剛志) is being credited as writing the screenplay...despite the fact that he's been dead for almost a decade. It is worth noting that he was given a co-screenplay credit for 2017's Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!", probably due to how the Episode 1 retelling section of that film was basically his original script verbatim, so the fact that he's also credited here strongly suggests that this new film will reuse a significant portion his script from the original Mewtwo Strikes Back!

Everything there is to know about the film so far has been collected here.

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Pokémon The Movie: The Power of Us
Contest Winners
December 13th, 2018

Dogasu @ 7:40 JST -- Last month I held a contest on the site to award five people with a free tiket to go see Pokémon The Movie: The Power of Us. The contest is over, the tickets have been passed out, and the winners have seen the film so let's take a look at their "Everyone's Story":

Adam Lemuz

2 years ago I started dating @SpecialAgentApe. At the time I wasn't into Pokemon. I had stopped playing after Gen 3 & tried getting back in with the launch of XY, but to no luck.

He told me that Pokemon meant a lot to him & that he could help get me back into the series. I wasn't too sure, but like XY, the announcement of Sun & Moon interested me, so we agreed we'd play it together.

Skip to end of the year. SuMo is 2 weeks out. Ape comes over for a visit. With him he brings me a 3ds game. It's his copy of Omega Ruby. He tells me it's a great starting point before Gen 7. I was hesitant. Gen 3 was the game that burnt me out 14 years ago.

I had come to trust him, so I agreed. He was right. The love & detail GF put into OrAs was astounding. It helped me see the game in a new light. After that, the big day came. Sun/Moon had released, & we had the games preloaded, ready to play it together.

I was blown away. 1st time since GS that I had been this invested in Pokemon. All thanks to Ape. I even completed my 1st pokedex! The following year we would move in together. He then introduced me to the gens I missed & shiny hunting. My Pokelove was back.

Today we're at the airport about to visit his family. Our flight has been delayed & switched multiple times. How are we passing the time? Well. .


I play Pokemon VGC, the video game championships, and I’m in Southern California. There’s a lot of events of events here, but I have yet to go to any of them. However, I’m in a bunch of VGC discords and on Twitter a lot, and it’s pretty cool to see people supporting me and wanting me to go to events, especially in California. Also, I’m able to have friends all over America because of Pokemon and learn more about other cultures and places.

Kevin Barstow,

My friend James Wagnon and I. We went to a comic book store that taught us how to play the card game so many years ago. If not for him we would never went to that, bookstore and I would never learn to play that game it always looked a bit complicated, and card games always intimidated me, but the guy who is there at the comic book store was real cool about it and taught us how to play the game. I would have never learned how to play the card game if not for James taking me to that, bookstore which I don't think is even open anymore sadly

The Sazandora

When I was four, my brother offered to let me play his Pokemon Yellow for like 50 cents an hour. I was kind of a dumb four year old and naively gave in to his money-making scheme, but I'm pretty sure it was a smart decision. My only experience with games at that point was Mario Kart: Double Dash and Melee so Pokemon was a really new experience to me. I was drawn into the game and loved collecting the characters. Fun fact: I haven't beaten the elite four in Yellow yet! Fast forward seventeen years, and I've happily played through most of the main and spin-off games and taken down the elite four (funnily enough, I haven't beaten the E4 yet in Let's Go, which of course is a remake of Yellow, but I'll finally do it this weekend!).  I credit Pokemon to giving me a neat source of community because now I host Pokemon tournaments and make trivia for my college Pokemon club and of course meet more Pokemon fans! If it weren't for my brother letting me get into Pokemon at that age, I'm not sure where I might be. What if I got into something like Yu-Gi-Oh for a long time? @_@ I still wonder..

And finally, Stevenprr2Pryor

My stepfather, 20 years ago; installed Pokémon Red and Blue on my computer when I was 6, as one of many games he taught me how to play when I was living in California. The rest, as they say, is history.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

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"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.

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:

"Pikachu" makes its Hollywood Live Action Movie Debut!

Website Introduction

It looks cute...but it has the heart of an old man!?
(but it can speak human language)

"Pikachu," who even today is beloved worldwide by people of all generations, is finally making its Hollywood live action movie debut!? Legendary Pictures, the people who brought you the "Dark Knight" and "Pacific Rim" series, has brought together a fantastic staff and cast to bring the world of Pokemon to life. It looks cute...but it has the heart of an old man!? Moreover, the person who's providing the voice of the human language speaking Detective Pikachu is none other than Ryan Reynolds from the blockbuster "Deadpool" series! Ryan, who was once chosen as People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive," will be giving the world a brand new Pikachu who's wise-cracking yet still lovable. And the person who's been selected to play the role of Tim, Detective Pikachu's partner, is the up-and-comer Justice Smith! The story begins when Tim goes to Ryme City to search for his father who got involved in a certain incident. There, Tim meets Detective Pikachu, a pokemon who can speak human language but that only he can hear. The rest of the cast includes Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Rita Ora, Suki Waterhouse, and an actor who comes from Pokemon's homeland of Japan, Ken Watanabe. In May 2019 the curtain will rise on a new Pikachu story that nobody's ever seen before!

Tim (Justice Smith), who used to love pokemon when he was a boy, has been avoiding both his father Harry and pokemon ever since the former didn't come home while working on a case having to do with the latter. Years later the now adult Tim receives a phone call from Harry's former partner Lieutenant Yoshida (Ken Watanabe): "I'm sorry but your father was in an accident...he didn't make it." With his head still swirling with emotions Tim heads to Ryme City, a place where humans and pokemon live side by side. As he's in his father's apartment to clear out his belongings Tim has his first encounter with Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), a pokemon who can speak human language that only he can hear. Detective Pikachu tells Tim that he was Harry's partner and that he lost his memory due to the accident but that he is sure of one thing: "Harry's still alive." Why did Harry vanish? What is the mystery of the incident that took place in Ryme City? A new duo is about to tackle this great mystery head on!

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.

Press Event

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.

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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:

November 26th, 14:23 JST

帰っ てきて26日になってしまったけど、昨日24日ロサンゼルス『Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us』を見に行って来ました!! 場所はLA LIVEの映画館です! ゲリラ的にこっそりはいってロスの人たちの反応を伺っていました(笑)
It was already the 26th when I got back to Japan but "yesterday" was the 24th and so I went to go see Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us in Los Angeles!! I saw it at the LA Live theater. I surreptitiously went around and asked the people of LA what they thought of the film, red carpet style (laughs)

November 26th, 14:26 JST

ジャ ジャーン! 1番上、見てください!!
Ta-da~! Look at what's at the top there!

November 26th, 14:36 JST

今 回映画を見るにあたってLA LIVEのイベンターさんにお願いして、観た人とお話し出来る時間を作って頂きました!! イベントでも何でもないのに約40人の方とお話し出来ました!! 一人一人に感想をお願いして、快く話してくれました。
When I went to see the movie this time I was able to get the event organizers to set aside some time for me to talk to the people who saw the film!! Even though this wasn't a scheduled event or anything like that I was still able to talk to around 40 people!! I asked them what they thought of the movie, one by one, and had really nice chats with them.

November 26th, 14:44 JST

感 想を話してくれてる時にみんな目を輝かせて話してくれて、中には泣きそうになりながら答えてくれる方もいて、ポケモンが好きなのが凄く伝わって来ました。 お礼にこんな事しか出来ませんがサインだけ書かせて頂いて一人一人に渡すことが出来ました!!
As I asked them how they felt about the film everyone's eyes lit up, and some of them even started to tear up a little as they gave their answers, and so I could really feel just how much they all love Pokemon. The only way I could repay them at that time was to give them each my autograph!!

November 26th, 14:51 JST

国 境を越えて全世界で愛される作品に携われて本当に幸せです。 今回のように、喜んでもらえる限り作品を作り続けていき、また喜んでもらえるように努力したいと思います。

I'm really happy to be connected to a project that crosses borders and is loved by people all over the world. I would be happy to continue creating works that make people happy, just like this time.

Thank you all so, so much for giving me this chance.

It seems like he was done until one fan tweeted him:

November 26th, 14:54 JST

Here's what the fan said:

監 督!お早うございます! 「みんもの」ブルーレイが待ちきれずアメリカ版観てきました! タイトルは2000年ルギアの「The Power Of One」をもじって「The Power Of Us」 本日から全米で4日間の限定上映です!こちらの役者の演技も素晴らしいのでDVDは是非! サンフランシスコより!
Mr. director! Good morning! I couldn't wait for the Blu-ray of "MinaMono" so I went and saw the American version! "The Power of Us," whose title is taken from the 2000 Lugia movie "The Power of One," is starting a limited four day theatrical run throughout the U.S.! The actors in this (English) version are fantastic so I'll definitely be getting the DVD! From San Francisco!

"MinaMono" is an abbreviation for Minna no Monogatari; "Everyone's Story."

And here's his reply:

な んとサンフランシスコ!! アメリカ版僕も観ました! 吹き替え良かったですよね^_^
From San Francisco!! I also saw the American version!! The dub was really good ^_^

Finally, at 15:02 JST:

ち なみになんでロサンゼルスなのかと言うと、丁度1年前の今頃ロケハンに行ったんですが… それがロサンゼルスとサンフランシスコだったんですね!! それとその時案内してくれた方と一緒に見ることが出来たのでとても良かったです。 サンフランシスコでも観たかったですが…
By the way, if you're wondering why I was in Los Angeles, it's because it was right around this time last year when I was doing location Los Angeles and San Francisco!! And I'm very happy I was able to see this movie with the person who showed me around last time. I wish I could have also seen it in San Francisco...

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."

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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?

Pokémon The Movie The Power of Us

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:
  • Send the story in a tweet using the hashtag #EveryonesStory. Multiple tweet stories are fine but please be sure to include the hashtag in each tweet; tweets without the hashtag in them will be ignored.
  • Send the story to me in an e-mail to Please include the words "Everyone's Story" in the subject line of the e-mail
  • Post your story to this post on the Dogasu's Backpack Facebook page.
Word of warning: the tickets I have to give away are only valid for AMC and Regal locations in the U.S. so those of you outside the U.S. will unfortunately not be able to enter.

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.

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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!

Pokemon Pia

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...?

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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!

Generation 2

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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