Old Updates Archive
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!
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" Spoiler-Filled Synopsis
October 10th, 2018
Dogasu @ 07:36 JST -- This is something that's been sitting at like 98% complete for the past month or so but just never got around to posting; a full, spoiler-filled synopsis for Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story."
My goal was to create the most comprehensive synopsis of the film while also making it something people will actually sit down and read. Let me know how I did!
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" was released in theaters on July 13th, 2018 in Japan and will be released on Blu-ray / DVD on December 19th. The English language dub hits theaters in the U.S. in November under the title "The Power of Us."
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" Home Video Release
September 27th, 2018
Dogasu @ 22:43 JST -- The official website for the film Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" has just announced the Japanese home video release of this summer's film.
There will be three releases of the film in Japan; an "absolute limited edition" Blu-ray, a standard edition Blu-ray, and a DVD. Let's break down each release, one by one; first up is the "Absolute Limited Edition" Blu-ray:
The regular edition of the Blu-ray is the same only without any of the physical extras.
And then there's the DVD, which is the same as the regular Blu-ray except it's in standard definition instead of HD.
As you can see above, all three releases come out on Wednesday, December 19th 2018. You can pre-order the version of your choice via any of the links below. All prices are current as of this post:
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" was released in theaters on July 13th, 2018 in Japan. The English language dub hits theaters in the U.S. in November under the title "The Power of Us."
New Translation: From Yuyama to Yajima
September 7th, 2018
Dogasu @ 06:47 JST -- When the early promotional material for Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" first started coming out a lot of fans noticed that the director of the 21st film wasn't Kunihiko Yuyama, who's been directing every film since 1998's Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back," but was instead Tetsuo Yajima. The media news website Mantan Web posted an article about this change so I've decided to translate it for all of us.
In the article titled (*deep breath*) The reason why he said “New Director, I Choose You!” The real story behind the “Baton Pass” from Director Yuyama to Director Yajima, Mr. Yuyama and Mr. Yajima talk about their history with the franchise, why Mr. Yuyama chose Mr. Yajima as his successor, and what Mr. Yajima can bring to the table. It also heavily implies that this "Baton Pass" isn't just a one-off event and that the 66 year old Mr. Yuyama has stepped down as a Pocket Monsters director altogether.
As always, let me know what you think of this translation and let me know if you'd like to see more content like this in the future!
Unshou Ishizuka's successor for Dr. Ookido, Principal Ookido named
September 3rd, 2018
Dogasu @ 22:53 JST -- TV-Tokyo has announced that veteran voice actor Kenyuu Horiuchi (堀内 賢雄) will be taking over the role of Dr. Ookido and Principal Ookido in the Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon TV series following the passing of Unshou Ishizuka last month. Mr. Horiuchi's debut episode will air on Sunday, October 21st, according to the network.
Kenyuu Horiuchi previously played Dr. Araragi's father in the Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! TV series and narrated some of the Pokemon Side Story (commonly referred to in the West as the Hoso specials, or Chronicles) episodes. The 61 year old has been voice acting since the early 1980s and has appeared as Mashymre Cello in Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Fond de Veau in Croket!, Yahiko in Naruto Shippuden, and Unberto Mori in Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, among others. He's also known for doing a lot of foreign movie dubs and is often called upon to provide the Japanese dub voice for characters played by such actors as Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, and Ben Stiller.
The network has not made any announcement regarding who will be taking over as the narrator, Yaregutan, Mamane's Denjimushi, or any of the other dozens of pokemon voiced by the late Unshou Ishizuka.
Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon moves to Sunday nights in October
August 31st, 2018
Dogasu @ 22:03 JST -- Last night TV-Tokyo announced that the Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon animated series, which currently airs Thursday nights from 6:55pm JST, as well as Boruto - Naruto Next Generations, which currently airs Thursday nights from 7:25pm JST, will both be moving from their current Thursday night timeslots to a new Sunday night block starting October 7th.
The above, which was originally posted on TV-Tokyo's homepage for the show, says "An important message from Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon! Starting Sunday, October 7th the show will move to airing every Sunday at 6:00pm! Make sure you don't forget!!" It also states that the final episode to air during the Thursday evening timeslot will be the September 13th episode. Boruto - Naruto Next Generations, meanwhile, will move to the Sunday evening 5:30pm JST slot.
This means that the schedule from now until the 7th, as far as we know, looks something like this:
The head of TV-Tokyo's animation division, Hirokazu Oshida (押田裕一), made the following statement about the move:
(It should be noted that Mr. Oshida is apparently new to his position; it was announced that he was taking over as the head of TV-Tokyo's animation division in June of this year. Before that he was the president and CEO of the network's communications department.)
The Sunday 5:30pm timeslot that Boruto - Naruto Next Generations will be taking over is currently occupied by a variety show called The Gulliver You Should Know ~The Excellent Company Files~ (知られざるガリバー～エクセレントカンパニーファイル～) while the 6:00pm timeslot that Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon is taking over is currently occupied by the variety show If You Get a Car, What Would You Like To Do? (車あるんですけど…？ ). Both variety programs will be moving to new timeslots of their own after October 7th.
Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon's new timeslot will put the show in direct competition with rival network Fuji TV's long-running Chibi Maruko-chan.
Unlike the U.S., where TV shows change timeslots all the time, a show on a terrestrial Japanese TV station changing its timeslot is a very rare event indeed. The very first Pocket Monsters series originally aired on Tuesday nights at 7:00pm from until the Pokemon Shock incident forced the show off the air for a few months and then move to a new night and time, Thursdays at 7:00pm. It kept that timeslot for about 18 years before shifting slightly to a 6:55 start time with the April 7th, 2016 episode.
Unshou Ishizuka, 1951 - 2018
August 26th, 2018
Dogasu @ 23:25 JST -- Unshou Ishizuka (石塚運昇), the voice of characters like Dr. Ookido and the Narrator in the Pocket Monsters animated series / movies, passed away on Monday, August 13th. He was 67 years old.
His talent agency, Aoni Production, made the announcement on their website a few days later on Friday, August 17th:
(Japanese obituaries use what's called the kazoedoushi system, an old and mostly obsolete standard that calculates your age starting with your time in the womb, not from the day you were actually born. This, in turn, usually makes your kazoedoushi age a year older than the age we would normally recognize. Mr. Ishizuka was born on May 16th, 1951 which made him 67 years old at the time of his death).
I want to avoid statements like "we lost one of the greats" or "this is a big one!" because it implies that his death is somehow more tragic than the others who have died before him. Ranking voice actors' deaths by how many roles they played is gross. At the same time, however, it's hard to look at his resume and not feel that the animated series will never be the same again now that he's no longer with us.
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