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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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Translation Tuesdays Week Whatever - Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" Director's Commentary
August 14th, 2018

Dogasu @ 22:05 JST -- So hey, I'm still doing this whole #TranslationTuesdays thing! This week's entry is more translation-adjacent that anything else but that's OK because it's something really cool; a write-up on the director's commentary for Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!"

Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" Director's Commentary

So here's what happened. Back on July 12th, TV-Tokyo broadcast Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" and as they were airing it they were also streaming a live commentary online with the film's director Kunihiko Yuyama. That commentary ended up containing a lot of brand new information and I wanted to make sure it all got documented somewhere so I made an extensive write-up on the commenary. It's something I haven't really seen written about on Japanese websites, much less English ones, and I'm super thrilled to hear what you all think about it.

For next week I'll be translating an interview related to this year's film, Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story." Can't wait to get back into the groove of things again!

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"Everyone's Story"
Japanese Box Office Performance, Week Five
August 14th, 2018

Dogasu @ 07:40 JST -- Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" has been in theaters for over a month now. Is it still chugging along?

Code Blue The Movie "Dr. Helicopter Paramedics"
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Incredibles 2

Well, yeah, about as well as can be expected. The latest Pocket Monsters film slid down to 9th place for the weekend of August 11th - 12th thanks to the arrival of Ocean's 8 which came in at 5th place. The Top Three remained the same - Code Blue, Mission: Impossible, Incredibles 2 - while Jurassic World somehow managed to claw its way back up to fourth place. Everyone else went down a spot, more or less.

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
1 Code Blue The Movie "Dr. Helicopter Paramedics"
Toho
345
3
2
2
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Towa Pictures
366
2
3
3 Incredibles 2
Disney
364
2
4
6 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Toho Towa 371 5
5
NEW Ocean's 8
Warner Bros Movies
326
1
6
7
Mirai of the Future Toho 367 4
7
4
My Hero Academia The Movie "Two Heroes" Toho 298 2
8
5
Kamen Rider Build the Movie "Be The One" / The Thief Sentai Lupinranger vs. The Police Sentai Pataranger en Film Toei 322 2
9
8
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" Toho 364 5
10
9
Sensei Kunshu Toho 296 2

Sources:  Eiga.com, Kogyo Tsushin


The 21st Pocket Monsters movie has been seen by 2,040,000 people and has made 2.3 billion yen so far.

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."

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"Satoshi and Nagetsukesaru! A Touchdown of Friendship!!"

August 7th, 2018

Dogasu @ 12:40 JST -- We've all known about this for a while now but since tonight's the night when this episode would have aired in the U.S. I thought I'd finally give my thoughts about the English dub skipping over "Satoshi and Nagetsukesaru! A Touchdown of Friendship!!"

"Satoshi and Nagetsukesaru! A Touchdown of Friendship!!"

There's not much to the write-up (it's basically "well yeah, of course they did") but it's still something I wanted to bring up on the site. How do you feel about this episode not being brought over to the West? Let me know through one of the links below!

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"Everyone's Story"
Japanese Box Office Performance, Week Four
August 6th, 2018

Dogasu @ 23:24 JST -- Wow, what a difference a week makes!

Code Blue The Movie "Dr. Helicopter Paramedics"
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Incredibles 2

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" fourth week in theaters ended with it coming in eighth place. That probably seems pretty awful until you look at the rest of the Top Ten and realize that yeah, this was probably inevitable. This past weekend was packed with premiers of huge summer blockbusters like Mission: Impossible - Fallout and the Japanese release of Incredibles 2 and so it's only natural that Pocket Monsters would get knocked down a few pegs. And then! There's the tenth place film One Cut of the Dead, a Shaun of the Dead-type film that's been out since June and was screened in a grand total of two theaters throughout Japan and yet somehow managed to crawl its way into the Top Ten. This weekend at the box office truly was a strange one.

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
1 Code Blue The Movie "Dr. Helicopter Paramedics"
Toho
345
2
2
NEW
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Towa Pictures
366
1
3
NEW Incredibles 2
Disney
364
1
4
NEW My Hero Academia The Movie "Two Heroes"
Toho
298
1
5
NEW Kamen Rider Build the Movie "Be The One" / The Thief Sentai Lupinranger vs. The Police Sentai Pataranger en Film
Toei
322
1
6
2 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Toho Towa 371 4
7
3
Mirai of the Future Toho 367 3
8
4
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" Toho 364 4
9
NEW
Sensei Kunshu
Toho
296
1
10
-
One Cut of the Dead
Asmik Ace, Enbu Seminar
2
7

Sources:  Eiga.com, Kogyo Tsushin

Kogyo Tsushin is reporting that Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" has surpassed the 2 billion yen mark.

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."

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"Everyone's Story" Japanese Box Office Performance, Week Three
July 30th, 2018

Dogasu @ 23:35 JST -- It took three weeks but Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" has fallen out of the Top Three at the Japanese box office.

Code Blue The Movie "Dr. Helicopter Paramedics"
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Mirai of the Future

Pocket Monsters Movie 21 dropped to 4th for the weekend of July 28th and July 29th. Eiga.com is reporting that the movie has earned 1.6 billion yen (about $14.4 million USD) altogether. To put that into perspective, Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" had made about 1.7 billion yen by its third week. A difference of 0.1 billion yen is not that huge, all things considered!


So what nudged Pocket Monsters out of the Top Three? Code Blue The Movie "Dr. Helicopter Paramedics," a movie spun off from the popular Japanese medical drama of the same name. The rest of the Top Ten is more or less the same as what it was last week; everyone just slid down a spot.

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW Code Blue The Movie "Dr. Helicopter Paramedics"
Toho
345
1
2
1
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Toho Towa
371
3
3
2
Mirai of the Future
Toho
367
2
4
3 Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" Toho
364
3
5
4 Bleach Warner Bros Movies
328
2
6
5 Solo: A Star Wars Story Disney
363
5
7
6
Shoplifters Gaga
328
8
8
9
Go! Anpanman: Shine! Kurun and the Star of Life Tokyo Theaters
208
5
9
8
Rainbow Days
Shochiku 317
4
10
7
The Flying Tire Shochiku 330
7

Source:  Eiga.com


Next week will see the Japanese release of Incredibles 2, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, and My Hero Academia The Movie "Two Heroes." How will Pocket Monsters stand up to this new competition?!

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."

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A breakdown of all the Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" Music CDs
July 25th, 2018

Dogasu @ 00:10 JST -- Today, July 25th, a bunch of CDs related to the 21st Pocket Monsters movie will be coming out. Let's take a look at them.

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" Music Collection

First up is the movie's background music collection. Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" Music Collection is 51 tracks that Shinji Miyazaki made for the film. It retails for 2,700 yen and can be purchased from overseas at Amazon Japan, CD Japan, Play-Asia, and YESASIA.




Also coming out today are the CD singles for Breath, the theme song for the movie as performed by Porno Graffitti. There are three versions coming out; an "Special Limited Animation Edition" that includes a DVD with an AMV of the ending theme set to footage from the film and a special Eevee TCG card; a "First Print Limited Edition" that includes a DVD featuring concert footage of Porno Graffitti from summer 2017; and a regular edition that's just the CD and nothing else.

Detailed track listings, links to where you can purchase each CD, and information about the extras included in each release can all be found in the CD Guide.

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" was released in theaters on July 13th, 2018 in Japan. An international release has not been announced at this time.

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"Everyone's Story"
Japanese Box Office Performance, Week Two
July 24th, 2018

Dogasu @ 13:18 JST -- Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" has now been in theaters for two weeks now; how's it holding up?

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Mirai of the Future
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story"

The newest Pocket Monsters film dropped to 3rd place in its second weekend, July 21st to July 22nd. Eiga.com is reporting that the movie was seen by 202,000 people and brought in an additional 2.38 million yen (about US $2.1 million). The site is also reporting that, to date, the film has been seen by 1,030,000 people and is close to earning 1.2 billion yen.


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom remained at the top of the box office last week as newcomer Mirai of the Future swooped in to take Pocket Monsters' number two spot. The live action Bleach film, meanwhile, disappointedly came in at Number Four. The rest of the Top Ten looks like this:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
1
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Toho Towa
371
2
2
NEW Mirai of the Future
Toho
367
1
3
2 Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" Toho
364
2
4
NEW Bleach Warner Bros Movies
328
1
5
3 Solo: A Star Wars Story Disney
363
4
6
4
Shoplifters Gaga
328
7
7
5
The Flying Tire Shochiku
330
6
8
6
Rainbow Days
Shochiku 317
3
9
7
Go! Anpanman: Shine! Kurun and the Star of Life
Tokyo Theatres 208
4
10
8
Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer
Toei
360
15

Source:  Eiga.com


Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" was released in theaters on July 13th, 2018 in Japan. An international release has not been announced at this time.

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Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back!" & "Pikachu's Summer Vacation"
20th Anniversary
July 18th, 2018

Dogasu @ 23:36 JST -- Twenty years ago today the very first Pocket Monsters movie, Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back!" & "Pikachu's Summer Vacation" (劇場版ポケットモンスター「ミュウツーの逆襲」「ピカチュウのなつやすみ」) hit theaters in Japan. I couldn't not do anything to celebrate but I also don't have that much time this week so today I'll be taking a look at the pamphlet that moviegoers in Japan would have been able to pick up when they went to go see this film back in 1998.

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back!" & "Pikachu's Summer Vacation"

Back then the pamphlets were much more simple - they didn't have the voice actor interviews or behind-the-scenes features or soundtrack information we've come to expect - but the pamphlet for the first movie did include a comment from the film's supervisor (and eventual executive producer for the entire franchise), Tsunekazu Ishihara:

Wow, Pokemon's finally made it to the big screen. I'm just as surprised as you are! I feel like I'm in a dream right now and need someone to pinch me, especially as someone who's been such a big cinema fan all these years. I'm looking forward to the day sometime way in the future when I can reminisce about how I'm feeling right now at this very moment.

With this movie, the world of Pokemon has been able to achieve a scale and depth it's never had before. I also believe that the Pokemon world we're all adventuring around in has had a certain je ne sais quoi added to it. That, for me, has been both the big gamble and payoff of this film. And for the production team, this movie also offered them the challenge to tackle themes and deploy new artistic techniques that aren't possible within the confines of the TV series. I believe we all met these challenges spectacularly.

At the advanced screening of the film there were three separate occasions when I was getting a little misty eyed and one of those times I even allowed a few tears escape. But I was encouraged by how energetic Satoshi and Pikachu are and how kind-hearted Mew and Mewtwo are and was quickly able to regain my composure. Thanks to them, no one there at the screening noticed my tears. But I think the next time I watch this movie I won't care what others around me think and allow myself to bawl my eyes out. I think I'll definitely watch this film at least four more times...


Supervisor Tsunekazu Ishihara


I realize it's not much ("I'm so surprised!" "Movies are bigger projects than TV episodes!" "I cry a lot") but it does kind of offer a neat look back at what was going through the minds of the production staff back in 1998. Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back!" & "Pikachu's Summer Vacation" would, obviously, go on to be a massive hit earning 7.2 billion yen in Japan alone.

If you've somehow made it all the way to 2018 without ever seeing the original Japanese version of the film then I very highly recommend you track down a copy ASAP. Masachika Ichimura's performance as Mewtwo alone is worth the price of admission.

A new film is coming out in 2019 titled (at least for now, anyway) Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution (ミュウツーの逆襲Evolution). At the moment it's unclear what connection the new film will have with the film that came out 20 years ago.

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"Everyone's Story"
Japanese Box Office Performance, Week One
July 18th, 2018

Dogasu @ 00:29 JST -- The time has come for us to find out how Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" did in its first week in Japanese theaters!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story"
Solo: A Star Wars Story

The 21st Pocket Monsters movie debuted in 2nd place in its first weekend. According to entertainment news site Eiga.com, Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" brought in 500 million yen (about US $4.4 million) and was seen by 440,000 people on Saturday and Sunday.
That's 96.9% of what its predecessor, Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!", was able to make in the same amount of time (516 million yen). For the entire four day weekend (the film opened on Friday, Monday was a national holiday) Everyone's Story brought in 830 million yen (about US $7.4 million) and was seen by 730,000 people. Various entertainment sites are wondering if the 21st movie's lifetime sales will eventually surpass the 3.5 billion yen of its predecessor.

First place went to the Japanese premier of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom while third place went to Solo: A Star Wars Story. The rest of the Top Ten looks like this:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Toho Towa
371
1
2
NEW Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story"
Toho
364
1
3
1 Solo: A Star Wars Story
Disney
363
3
4
2 Shoplifters Gaga
328
6
5
4 The Flying Tire
Shochiku
330
5
6
3
Rainbow Days
Shochiku
317
2
7
5
Go! Anpanman: Shine! Kurun and the Star of Life
Tokyo Theatres
208
3
8
8
Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer
Toho
360
14
9
6
50 First Dates
Sony Pictures Entertainment
321
7
10
7
Punk Samurai Slash Down
Toei
324
3

Source:  Eiga.com


Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" was released in theaters on July 13th, 2018 in Japan. An international release has not been announced at this time.

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Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" - The Review
July 16th, 2018

Dogasu @ 10:50 JST -- It's been two days since the 21st Pocket Monsters movie came out in theaters and during that time I've been busy working on compiling my thoughts about the film. After about a million rewrites I finally finished my review of Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story."


Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" was released in theaters on July 13th, 2018 in Japan. An international release has not been announced at this time.

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Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" - The FAQ
July 13th, 2018

Dogasu @ 14:26 JST -- So now that the Movie 22 update is out of the way, let's look at Movie 21! Yesterday I asked you all if you had any questions about the film and I got a ton of responses! So I've taken those questions and compiled them all into a Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" FAQ.

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" FAQ

If you have any other questions not covered in this page please let me know by following one of the links below.

In the meantime, I'll be working on writing up a detailed plot summary of the film.

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Pocket Monsters The Movie 22 "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution"
July 13th, 2018

Dogasu @ 12:49 JST -- Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" came out in Japan today and while I'll be posting my thoughts later I wanted to talk about the teaser trailer shown at the end of this year's film for the next movie.

(I'm not able to provide any actual screencaps from the teaser, for obvious reasons, so what's below are the best approximations I was able to come up with).

The teaser starts with a black screen. Text that says something along the lines of "The Legend is Back" (伝説が戻ってくる) appears in both English and Japanese. After that, some bubbles that'll look very familiar to Movie 1 fans start floating up from the bottom of the screen.

Bubbles

As the bubbles continue to rise, we hear a voice that I'm 99.99999999% sure is Masachika Ichimura, the original voice of Mewtwo from Mewtwo Strikes Back! (and that Jouto TV special), recite the opening monologue from the first movie: "What is this place? Who am I?" (ここはどこだ?私は誰だ?). We then see a shot similar to the one below of Mewtwo opening its eyes, though I'm sad to say that the Mewtwo shown in the teaser for next year's film is rendered in CG.

Mewtwo

After this, the movie's logo comes up: Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution" (劇場版ポケットモンスター「ミュウツーの逆襲Evolution). The logo, at least now anyway, consists of the word "Evolution" written out in English slapped onto the bottom right-hand corner of the old Movie 1 logo from 1998.

The original "Mewtwo Strikes Back" logo

Finally, white text on a black screen announces that the new movie is coming out in 2019.

And that's it!

The teaser is only like 10 seconds long and so we're really not given a whole lot to go off of.

We don't know if this is going to be a remake.
We don't know if this is going to be a reteling.
We don't know if this is going to be a sequel.
We don't know if this is some weird alternate universe retelling.
We don't know who will appear in this movie.

Literally all we have right now is a title and an implication that Masachika Ichimura will be returning as Mewtwo.


Anyway, now that that's out of the way I'm going to get to work on writing about this year's movie.

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Translation Tuesdays Week Eleven: Movie 20 "Making Of" Feature
July 10th, 2018

Dogasu @ 23:58 JST -- One of the many, many great things about the home video releases of the Pocket Monsters movies in Japan is how they all come with all these neat little extras. The Blu-ray for the 20th movie, for example, comes with a miniature version of the pamphlet I covered in my last update that just so happens to also contain new material exclusive to this reprinting. This week's Translation Tuesdays is a look at the only part of that material to feature any new information, the "Making Of" feature.

Making Of

Click on the image above to download a pdf version of the translated feature.

Next week's Translation Tuesdays will be all about Movie 21.

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Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" Movie Pamphlet
July 8th, 2018

Dogasu @ 23:43 JST -- Every year a 40-ish page pamphlet goes on sale at the movie theaters playing that year's Pocket Monsters film. These pamphlets usually contain plot overviews, comments from the cast and crew, a full list of the ending credits, and screenshots galore. The pamphlet that came out for last year's movie, Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" had all that and more and so for today's update I'm going to go through and translate the parts I feel will be the most interesting to you all.

Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" pamphlet

First up are comments from the director of the movie, Kunihiko Yuyama, and from the special guest voice actors of the film. What keyword did Mr. Yuyama have in mind when working on the film? How did Makoto's voice actor do to help prepare for the role? What notes did Bonjii's voice actor Arata Furuta get when voicing the old Houou expert? Check out the overiew of the pamphlet to find out!

And once you're done with that check out the Pokémon Movie 20th Anniversary Q&A, a series of interviews with the regular cast (Matsumoto, Otani, Hayashibara, Miki, Inuyama, Ishizuka) about working on the franchise the last 20 years. There really are a lot of great gems in these interviews so do yourself a favor and check them out.

Pokémon Movie 20th Anniversary Q&A

I've got one more thing from movie pamphlet I want to translate but that will have to wait for another day.

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