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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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"Pokémon Detective Pikachu" Japanese Box Office Performance, Week Two
May 7th, 2018

Dogasu @ 22:46 JST -- Pokémon Detective Pikachu is now the number one movie in Japan.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu Avengers: Endgame
Detective Conan "The Fist of Blue Sapphire"

That's right, the first Hollywood live action Pokémon movie managed to beat the odds and climb its way to the Number One spot after coming in at Number Three its opening weekend! For the weekend of May 11th - 12th, the film was watched by an additional 209,000 people and made 312 million yen (about US $2.9 million) in Japan. To date the film's been watched by 1,030,000 people and has made 1.4 billion yen (about $12.8 million) in Japan.

Avengers: Endgame remained at number two while Detective Conan "The Fist of Blue Sapphire" took Detective Pikachu's old number three spot.

Here's what the rest of the Top Ten look like in Japan:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
3
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Toho
349
2
2
2
Avengers: Endgame
Disney
365
3
3
1 Detective Conan "The Fist of Blue Sapphire" Toho
363
5
4
4 Kingdom Toho, Sony Pictures Entertainment
341
4
5
5 Crayon Shin-chan the Movie "Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~"
Toho
355
4
6
6
Kakegururi The Movie
Gaga
135
2
7
NEW
Hit and Run - The Greatest Worst Day Ever -
Toei
105
1
8
NEW Cheer Boys!!
Bandai Namco Arts, Pony Canyon
106
1
9
NEW
The Curse of La Llorona
Warner Bros. Movies
168
1
10
NEW Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato
Shochiku Media Division
28
1

Source:  Eiga.com



Detective Pikachu will be one of two Pokemon movies coming out later this year, with the other being Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution". The former currently was released in Japan on May 3rd, 2019.

For the purposes of this website, I will be focusing primarily on the Japanese release of the film.

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"Pokémon Detective Pikachu"
Japanese Box Office Performance, Week One
May 7th, 2018

Dogasu @ 23:52 JST -- So how did Pokémon Detective Pikachu do in its first week in Japanese theaters?

Detective Conan "The Fist of Blue Sapphire"
Avengers: Endgame
Pokémon Detective Pikachu

The first Hollywood live action Pokémon film debuted in 3rd place in its first weekend here in Japan. According to entertainment news site Eiga.com, Pokémon Detective Pikachu brought in 457 million yen (about US $4.1 million) and was seen by 317,000 people for the two day period of Saturday and Sunday. 
For the entire four day weekend (the film opened on Friday the 3rd, Monday was a national holiday) Pokémon Detective Pikachu brought in 948 million yen (about US $8.6 million) and was seen by 676,000 people.

For comparison's sake last summer's film, Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" brought in a little over 836 million yen in its first four days.


First place went to Detective Conan "The Fist of Blue Sapphire" and second place went to Avengers: Endgame. The rest of the Top Ten looks like this:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
2
Detective Conan "The Fist of Blue Sapphire"
Toho
363
4
2
1 Avengers: Endgame
Disney
365
2
3
NEW Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Toho
349
1
4
3 Kingdom Toho, Sony Pictures Entertainment
341
3
5
4 Crayon Shin-chan the Movie "Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~"
Toho
355
3
6
NEW
Kakegururi The Movie
Gaga
135
1
7
5
Shazam!
Warner Bros Movies
337
3
8
6
Tonde Saitama
Toei
318
11
9
NEW
King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars
Avex Pictures
32
1
10
9
Doraemon The Movie "Nobita's Chronicle of the Moon Exploration"
Toho
370
10

Source:  Eiga.com


Detective Pikachu will be one of two Pokemon movies coming out later this year, with the other being Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution". The former currently has a release date of May 3rd, 2019 in Japan.

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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Detective Pikachu - My Review
May 3rd, 2019

Dogasu @ 17:10 JST -- Detective Pikachu, the Hollywood live action Pokémon movie, hit theaters in Japan earlier today. I got a chance to see the movie earlier this morning so I've written up my thoughts in my spoiler-free review of the film:

Detective Pikachu

For those of you who have seen it...what do you think?

Detective Pikachu will be one of two Pokemon movies coming out later this year, with the other being Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution". The former currently has a release date of May 3rd, 2019 in Japan.

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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"Detective Pikachu's" Ending Theme is "Electricity" by Honest Boyz® featuring Lil Uzi Vert
April 18th, 2019

Dogasu @ 01:35 JST -- Yesterday the ending theme to the Hollywood live action Detective Pikachu movie was revealed to be a new song called "ELECTRICITY" by the Honest Boyz® featuring Lil Uzi Vert.

Honesty Boyz®

Here's my translation of Yahoo! Japan's announcement:

The "Honest Boyz®" will step onto the world stage with the ending theme to the Hollywood live action "Detective Pikachu" movie

On April 16th it was revealed that the five-man music group "Honest Boyz
®," whose members include Verbal from m-flo (age 43) and Naoto from Exile (35), will be providing the ending theme to the Hollywood live action Detective Pikachu movie, in theaters May 3rd in Japan, with their new song "Electricity featuring Lil Uzi Vert" (release date TBD). But it won't just be used in Japan, which is getting the movie first; an original version will also be used in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The song will serve as the group's debut onto the world stage.

"Electricity" will also feature the U.S. top charter Lil Uzi Vert (23) and be produced by the eleven-time Grammy award winner Pharrell Williams, who's worked with acts such as Beyoncé and Ariana Grande. Detective Pikachu, meanwhile, is a live action movie based on a 3DS video game from the Japanese cultural phenomenon "Pocket Monsters." Pharrell Williams, with whom Verbal has become good friends with over the years, also has connections within Hollywood and so this collaboration with the country that gave the world Pokemon is a huge deal. Verbal cheerfully comments that "it really feels like a miracle's taken place."

Honest Boyz
® is a hip hop group started in 2016 made up of one DJ and four emcees. In January of this year they made headlines for their genre-breaking collaboration with the music duo Kobukuro on their new hit song Sakura feat. Kobukuro. "Electricity" will be the group's second collaboration with Pharrell after their song Tokyo Dip, released in 2018. Verbal is thankful for the support, saying that "It seems like there are contracts with the movie studios, and multiple record labels involved, and all this other red tape to have to wade through and yet Pharrell managed to make it all work out in the end."

Verbal is no stranger to the world stage and Nigo (48) has also had a solo career as a worldwide creator. And then there's Mandy Sekiguchi (28), stage name "Mandy," who's experienced traveling on two world tours with his group Generations. Mandy has been playing the Pokemon games ever since he was little and says "It feels kind of weird. To get the chance to be involved with a Hollywood movie that represents Pokemon, one of the symbols of Japan, is something I couldn't have ever dreamed of."

All eyes will be on the Land of the Rising Sun as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics / Paralympics next year. And the country is relying on anime and video games to represent Japanese culture. Meanwhile, the final negotiations are currently underway to have "Electricity" released by major record labels worldwide. Mandy says "I still can't get over it. But the truth is our song really is going to be released all over the world along with this movie. I hope everyone will get to know the Honest Boyz
® thanks to Japan's Pokemon. These days we're in an era when people from all over the world are enjoying what Japan's putting out there. I hope we can do our country proud and get more people interested in Japan" he said with a fire in his eyes.


Detective Pikachu is a film based on the Nintendo 3DS game Detective Pikachu ~ Birth of a New Duo~ and is made by Legendary Entertainment, the movie studio behind such films as Godzilla and The Dark Knight. Pikachu's voice will be provided by Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds. The film's story begins when Pikachu's human partner Tim, played by Justice Smith, travels to Ryme City to search for his father when he meets a detective Pikachu who can speak human language that only Tim can hear. Japanese actor Ken Watanabe plays Lieutenant Yoshida in an original role. In the Japanese dub of the film, Tim is voiced by Ryoma Takeuchi and Lucy is voiced by Marie Iitoya.


The Honest Boyz® is a group of five Japanese hip hop artists:

Naoto (35 years old) from EXILE & Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS from EXILE TRIBE
Verbal (43) from m-flo, Teriyaki Boyz, & PKCZ
MANDY (28) from EXILE & GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE
SWAY (32) from DOBERMAN INFINITY
Nigo (48) from Teriyaki Boyz) - Producer, DJ

On the U.S. side of this collaboration, Lil Uzi Vert (23) is an American rapper known for songs such as Money Longer and XO Tour Llif3. Pharrell Williams (46) is, well, Pharrell Williams. He doesn't need any introduction.

Preview clips of the song Electricity haven't been released to the public yet but with the movie coming out in a little over two weeks in Japan it won't be long before we get a chance to hear it.


Detective Pikachu will be one of two Pokemon movies coming out later this year, with the other being Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution". The former currently has a release date of May 3rd, 2019 in Japan.

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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Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
manga to debut in May
April 17th, 2019

Dogasu @ 07:42 JST -- The May 2019 issue of CoroCoro Comics, on sale this past Monday, revealed in its previews for the next month's issue that the magazine will be running a Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution manga. The manga will be a two-parter. The magazine's official website also posted a preview image.

Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Manga

No artist or story information (is it a straight-up adaptation? A side story?) have been revealed yet.

The original Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back!" received a 52-page manga "adaptation" back in 1998. That manga, written by Dengeki Pikachu artist Toshihiro
Ono, made up a completely different origin story for Mewtwo and stopped at around the time our heroes reached New Island. Read more details about it here. If this new manga is indeed a simple 1:1 adaptation then this would actually be the first time this movie has received a manga adaptation.

The June 2019 issue of CoroCoro Comics goes on sale May 15th, 2019.


Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION) will be the 22nd Pocket Monsters movie. The film will be 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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Detective Pikachu
Pre-Release Screening in Japan
April 10th, 2019

Dogasu @ 23:45 JST -- Later this month there will be two events to commemorate the completion of the film Detective Pikachu.

Japan Events

The first one will take place on Thursday, April 25th and appears to be a Special Stage Show where
Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe, Ryoma Takeuchi, Marie Iitoya, and director Rob Letterman are going to all be in Tokyo to...well, we don't really know yet. I guess they'll go up on stage and talk amongst themselves for an hour or so, maybe? The official site is referring to this event as a "World Premiere" (ワールドプレミア) but they're not actually showing the movie that night so I don't know why they're calling it that. I've translated the details that have been released about the event so far and have compiled all that here.

The second event takes place the following day, April 26th, and this will be an actual Pre-Release Screening of the film. That's a week before its Japanese release and two weeks before it comes out in the U.S. The screenings will take place in five cities across Japan. I've compiled all the information released about that event onto its own page here.

Both events require you to apply online for a chance at being selected to attend . I've already applied for both events so let's see whether I get an invitation or not. Either way, do be aware that spoilers for the film will most likely hit the Internet shortly after the Japanese premiere in a little over two weeks.


Detective Pikachu will be one of two Pokemon movies coming out later this year, with the other being Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution". The former currently has a release date of May 3rd, 2019 in Japan.

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.

Discuss this on Facebook | Twitter | BMGf

Movie 22's Theme Song is revealed to be Kaze to Issho ni
April 9th, 2019

Dogasu @ 23:55 JST -- This past Saturday the official website for Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution announced that the ending theme for the film will be a new version of Kaze to Issho ni, the theme song to the 1998 original Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back!" Sachiko Kobayashi, who sung the original version 21 years ago, is coming back to sing the new one and is being joined this time by Shoko Nakagawa.

Kaze to Issho ni

Both Sachiko Kobayashi and Shoko Nakagawa gave comments regarding the new (old) song:

Comment from Sachiko Kobayashi

Sachiko Kobayashi

『風といっしょに』という素敵な曲に出会って21 年。
時を経て、また素晴らしいポケモンの世界を、こ の歌で表現出来る事にとても幸せを感じています。
子供の頃に聞いてくれて大人になった人たち、そ して今の子供たちが、優しい気持ちになってくれるように心を込めて歌いました。
幅広い世代の皆さんに、あの感動をまた感じて頂 けたら嬉しいです。
It's been 21 years since I got to work on the fantastic Kaze to Issho ni. A lot of time has passed since then and yet to still be able to use this song to express how amazing the world of Pokemon is makes me feel oh so very happy. I put all my heart into this song so that both the kids who heard the original and grew up to be adults as well as those who are still kids right now will feel nice, happy feelings. I hope people of all ages can feel those feelings again.

Comment from Shoko Nakagawa

Shoko Nakagawa

子供だった21年前に出会えたポケモン映画。大人 になってからも思い出と手を繋いで歩いてきました。今度は、いまと未来の子供たちに歌を繋いで届けられるなんて、ポケモンがくれた”夢よりすごい奇跡”! 憧れの小林幸子さんの歌声といっしょに、愛をこめて歌いました。そして、時代を超えて歌い継がれるこの曲を、ポケモンが好きな子供たちと一緒に歌えること を楽しみにしています。
I was a little kid 21 years ago when I first crossed paths with the Pokemon movies. And now, even as an adult, I'm going forward with those memories close to my heart. For this year's movie, the fact that this song lets us reach children of both the present and the future is all thanks to the "miracle even more incredible than a dream" that Pokemon has given us! Alongside Ms. Sachiko Kobayashi, who I absolutely adore, I put all my love into singing this song. I'm also looking forward to singing this generation-spanning song with all the children who love Pokemon.

Additionally, Sony Music Labels, Inc., the label who will be releasing the song, is running an open casting call for elementary school aged children in the Tokyo area to sing parts of the new song as one of the "Pokemon Kid 2019." This casting call news will affect approximately 0% of the people who read this site but I went ahead and translated the details anyway to give you a look at what all is going into the making of this song.

Pokemon Kids

The CD single for Kaze to Issho ni, meanwhile, will be released on
Thursday, July 10th, 2019. There will be three separate releases, as always:

The Perfect Limited Edition
(CD + DVD)
SRCL-11181~11183
2,408 JPY (not including tax)

- Some kind of physical extra TBD
- Comes in a Digipak-style case
- The CD jacket will feature Pokemon artwork

Limited Print Edition
(CD only)
SRCL-11185
1,389 JPY (not including tax)

- Comes in a Digipak-style case
- The CD jacket will feature Pokemon artwork

Regular Edition
(CD only)
SRCL-11184
1,204 JPY (not including tax)

No physical extras

More details about each release can be found in the CD Guide.


And since we're talking about it I went ahead and brushed off the my translation of the lyrics to the original Kaze to Issho ni. I'm assuming the new version will be exactly the same, lyrics-wise, so hopefully I'll just be able to copy / paste the work I did tonight onto a new page and call it a day.


Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION) will be the 22nd Pocket Monsters movie. The film will be 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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"Pikachu Kanden Studio"
April 5th, 2019

Dogasu @ 07:51 JST -- In celebration of the Japanese release of Detective Pikachu, which comes out May 3rd in the Land of the Rising Sun, a special photo event called the "Pikachu Kanden Studio" ("Pikachu Electrocution Studio") is going to be held in five cities nationwide starting this month.

Pikachu Kanden Studio

The event invites you to come and get a social media friendly picture taken at one of three booths: The "Pachi-Pachi Booth," where a Van de Graaff generator is used to produce static electricity like in the promotional image above; the "Mofu-Mofu Booth," where you can get a cuteness overload sitting in a room filled with soft, fluffy, Pikachu-yellow furniture; and the "Gira-Gira Booth," an area made to look like the neon sign decorated streets of Ryme City.

The full details about the event, originally posted on the movie's official website, have been translated and archived in their own page here.


Detective Pikachu will be one of two Pokemon movies coming out later this year, with the other being Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution". The former currently has a release date of May 3rd, 2019 in Japan.

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.

Discuss this on Facebook | Twitter | BMGf










 
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