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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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“Thoughts about Dr. Ookido, from whom it all began”
November 5th, 2019

Dogasu @ 18:15 JST -- The final episode of Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon aired the other night and the CoroCoro Online website posted a sort of "lost tape" from that post-League interview they released back in September.

"Thoughts on Dr. Ookido, from whom it all began"

In this newly released portion of the interview, Ms. Matsumoto talks about Dr. Ookido and his voice actor, Mr. Unshou Ishizuka. How does she remember the late voice actor? What does she wish she could say to him now? Read my translation of the interview to find out!

Mr. Ishizuka passed away on August 13th, 2018, midway through the run of the Sun & Moon series. You can see the tribute post I made to him, and the literally dozens of roles he worked on during his two decades on the show, here.

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New Details About the Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Home Release
October 17th, 2019

Dogasu @ 07:57 JST -- Yesterday evening the official website for Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution announced the on-disc extras for the December 18th Blu-ray and DVD release of Movie 22 in Japan.

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

Details are listed in the page I've created for the home video releases but the general gist is:
  • Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution is the only film included in this release; they aren't going to be nice enough to throw the original Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back!" on here or anything.
  • The Custom Limited Edition Blu-ray has an extra video feature that the other releases don't have called the (deep breath) "Pokedachi Tour" Overview ~ How Pokemon connected people with its theme song "Kaze to Issho Ni"~. This "Pokedachi Tour" (ポケだちツアー) thing is the name of a nationwide tour Sachiko Kobayashi and Shoko Nakagawa did together this summer where the two of them went around singing Kaze to Issho ni.
  • The Custom Limited Edition Blu-ray also comes with a number of physical extras: a set of thirteen postcards and miniature replicas of the Movie 01 and Movie 22 movie pamphlets sold in theaters at the time.
  • The Regular Edition Blu-ray and the Regular Edition DVD don't include the "Pokedachi" feature or any of the physical extras included in the Custom Limited Edition Blu-ray.
  • All three releases include textless opening and ending animation; galleries of model sheets, concept artwork, and promo art; and a collection of trailers for Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. The short teaser for Movie 23 that played at the end of this year's film - the one with Pikachu pulling on a vine - will also be included.
The three releases - Custom Limited Edition Bl-ray, Regular Blu-ray, and Regular DVD - will all be released in Japan on December 18th, 2019.

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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CoroCoro Comics Manga News
October 15th, 2019

Dogasu @ 18:07 JST -- The November 2019 issue of CoroCoro Comics came out today and includes some news about its Pocket Monsters related manga.

First, CoroCoro Comics will be running a Pocket Monsters (2019) manga based on the new animated series set to debut next month. The manga will be provided by Machito Gomi (五味まちと), the same person who did the Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution and Mewtwo Lives manga adaptations earlier this year, and it will be a monthly series. At this point we don't know if the manga is going to be straight-up retellings of TV episodes, digest versions of that month's stories, or brand new content.

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According to this ad, the new manga will debut in the December 2019 issue of CoroCoro Comics, on sale November 15th.

The second piece of manga news has to do with Kosaku Anakubo's long-running Pocket Monsters manga. A few days before this month's issue came out the official CoroCoro website made a big deal about the chapter debuting in today's issue being the very last one.

CoroCoro Comics
Kosaku Anakubo's "Pocket Monsters"

A lot of Japanese fans doubted this news. The series, which has been running for about 23 years at this point, just seems like the kind of thing that will never end, you know? This must be a prank, commenters said.. And, well, now that the chapter's out we can confirm that yes, yes it was.

Here's a summary of the chapter:

Red, Pikachu, and Lillie have set up a huge banquet table outside and tell Pippi that all the food on it is all for him! Red allows Pippi to gorge himself on the feast for a few minutes before telling him why they're doing all this for him; it's because this is going to be the last chapter of their manga! Pippi sulks for a bit before recomposing himself and going back to his meal; after all, if he doesn't eat this pasta soon it'll get all soggy! Red wonders where his priorities are.

Just then, our heroes hear Dr. Ookido sobbing from the inside of a porta-potty just off to the side! Red berates the professor for trying to talk to him while in the middle of a number two but Dr. Ookido ignores this and directs everyone's attention to a nearby field instead. There, a bunch of the pokemon with whom Pippi's had adventures over the years come charging in! Pippi wonders how everyone knew to gather there and Dr. Ookido replies that it's because he messaged everyone when he was on the toilet.

One of the pokemon who's come to see Pippi off is his rival Kamex. The Water-Type wants nothing more than to beat Pippi to a pulp right now but he recognizes that this is a special day and decides to hold off on that for the time being. Fushigibana shows up and more or less says the same thing. The next visitors are Pippi's old traveling companions Balkie, Togepy, and Roubushin, but Pippi doesn't seem to remember any of their names! The pokemon angrily start to beat up on Pippi.

During all this, Red sits back and reflects on how nice it is to see everyone again. Suddenly, he looks up and sees Green and his Lizardon up in a tree! Green hops down and tells Red that it's tough for eternal rivals like them to say goodbye but he guesses that this must have been what fate had in store for them. Meanwhile, Pippi abruptly tells Lizardon that he's gotten fat, prompting the Fire-Type to start beating up on him. Lillie jumps in between the two and stops them, reminding them that today's a special day and that they shouldn't waste it fighting such petty battles. Dr. Ookido agrees and makes the two of them shake hands.

Eventually, the time for Pippi to go off into the sunset has come. With bouquet in hand, Pippi thanks everyone and vows to never forget them as long as he lives. All the pokemon and humans wave goodbye. "Goodbye!" "Good luck!" Red also chimes in: "...And good luck in CoroCoro Special and Aniki!!" Pippi is shocked to hear this; this whole "last chapter" thing only applies to the regular CoroCoro Comics!? And not to those other magazines?? Why didn't he say anything sooner!? The chapter ends with an angry mob chasing after Red and Pippi for misleading them.

CoroCoro Special is a monthly magazine that comes out in the last week of the month while CoroCoro Aniki comes out once a quarter. By not doing the regular CoroCoro chapters anymore the 62-year old Mr. Anakubo is essentially cutting his workload in half.

I suppose it's also possible CoroCoro Comics didn't want to run two comics with the same name in the same magazine, though it's a problem that could be easily remedied if they just renamed one of the two.

In any case, no one really seems to care about the Kosaku Anakubo Pocket Monsters manga whenever I write anything about it so I'll focus my energies on covering the Pocket Monsters (2019) manga from next month onward.

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Japan Home Release for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
October 9th, 2019

Dogasu @ 22:01 JST -- The Hollywood live action Pokémon movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu hits Blu-ray and DVD in Japan later this month!

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
On October 30th the "Pokémon: Detective Pikachu" Gorgeous Edition Blu-ray & DVD Set and the "Pokémon: Detective Pikachu" Regular Edition Blu-ray & DVD Set will both be released in Japan. These two have a lot of extra features / physical extras not found in the American releases (and vice versa) so be sure to check out this page to see what exactly Japanese fans are getting.

My plan going forward is to provide a breakdown of the extra features first (hopefully within that first week of November or so) and then start work on comparing the Japanese dub with the English original. It'll be the exact opposite of what I usually do! Information about the Japanese dub of the film is almost impossible to come by (especially on English fansites) so I'm super excited to dive in!

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Animator Masa'aki Iwane reveals information about "The Rocket-Dan vs. The Plasma-Dan"
October 3rd, 2019

Dogasu @ 21:02 JST -- You remember that skipped "The Rocket-Dan vs. The Plasma-Dan" two-parter from nearly ten years ago, right? It was scheduled to air on TV-Tokyo back in March 2011 but then the Great East Japan Earthquake hits northeastern Japan and the episodes ended up getting pulled. Well there hasn't been too much news about it since the series ended back in 2013 so I looked around a found a few things worth sharing.

1)  You remember when TV-Tokyo announced back in 2011 that they were going to eventually air that skipped two-parter at some point, right? Well, it's super obvious that they've since changed their minds and aren't actually going to ever air the thing but that announcement remained online for years, giving fans that slight sliver of hope that maybe, somehow, the episodes will ever see the light of day. Well, not anymore! Sometime between August and December 2018 the page with the announcement on it was taken down, adding to the huge pile of reasons why we shouldn't ever expect to see them again.

2)  A few months ago the two-parter was randomly brought up with superstar animator Masa'aki Iwane over on Twitter during which a (small) tidbit about the episodes is newly revealed.


Both of these new items, with supporting translations and other supporting information, have been added to The "The Rocket-Dan vs. The Plasma-Dan" Timeline page.

While I was at it, I also went around the revamped basically every page in the site's "The Rocket-Dan vs. The Plasma-Dan" section so why not give them a read through?

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Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
Blu-ray / DVD announced for Japan
September 24th, 2019

Dogasu @ 21:47 JST -- The first details about the Japanese home video release for Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution were announced by the movie's official website earlier today.

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

The only real information we have at the moment is the release date - December 18th, 2019 - and the fact that there will be three versions released:
  • Blu-ray (Custom Limited Edition):  6,480 JPY (plus tax)
  • Blu-ray (Regular Edition):  4,980 JPY (plus tax)
  • DVD (Regular Edition):  3,980 JPY (plus tax)
The home video releases will be produced by Shogakukan and sold by Sony Music Marketing.

In the past, the on-disc special features for all the Blu-ray / DVD releases tended to include things like creditless opening / ending animations,
character model sheets, concept artwork, promotional artwork, and a collection of all trailers for that year's film. The special edition / limited / custom / whatever naming they tend to go with that year, meanwhile, also tends to include a number of physical extras on top of everything else. Last year's special edition, for example, included a booklet, pouch, and set of postcards.

No word yet on what special features will included in this release but the official site teases that the extras that'll come with the "custom limited edition" will be announced at a later date.

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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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.


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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