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Welcome to Dogasu's Backpack, a fansite for the Japanese franchise Pocket Monsters!  For fifteen 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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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Box Office Figures - Week Two
July 27th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:45 JST -- Reports have come out regarding Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"'s second week in theaters and, despite earlier rumors that it had dropped down to number four, the 19th Pocket Monsters movie managed to hold onto its Number Three spot.

One Piece Film Gold
Finding Dory Pokemon XY&Z the movie "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"

As pretty much anyone with a brain could have predicted, One Piece Film Gold took home the number one spot. Finding Dory got pushed down to number two and Pokemon kept the number three spot. No figures regarding ticket sales / attendance numbers for the Volcanion movie's second week have been released.

Here's the full line-up:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
One Piece Film Gold
Toho
344
1
2
1
Finding Dory Disney
360
2
3
3
Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
Toho
360
2
4
4
Independence Day: Resergence 20th Century Fox
359
3
5
2
HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE Shochiku
312
2
6
5
Alice Through the Looking Glass Disney
350
4
7
6
Too Young to Die! Wakakushite Shinu Toho, Asmik-Ace 288
5
8
NEW Lost Summer Vacation
Sony Pictures Entertainment
157
1
9
NEW Accel World INFINITE∞BURST
Warner Bros. Movies
24
1
10
7
Let's Go! Anpanman "Nanda and Runda of the Toy Planet"
Toho Theaters
182
4

Source:  Eiga.com

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" is currently running in Japanese theaters.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Box Office Figures - Week One
July 20th, 2016

Dogasu @ 21:42 JST -- The first week's box office numbers for Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" have been announced.

Finding Dory
HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE
Pokemon XY&Z the movie "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"

The 19th Pocket Monsters film came in at third place on its opening weekend with
Finding Dory and HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE taking first and second place respectively. The XY&Z movie earned 323,900,000 yen (about US $3,040,471.97, though keep in mind that the Brexit has kind of funked up the exchange rate), down from last year's opening weekend figure of 384,115,100 yen.

The movie was watched by 289,971 people over the three-day weekend. The audience was composed of 62% male and 38% female. When broken down by age, elementary school children made up 43.1% of the audience, preschoolers made up 10%, and those in their twenties made up 25.4%.

Here's what the rest of the Top Ten looked like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
Finding Dory
Disney
360
1
2
NEW
HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE
Shochiku
312
1
3
NEW
Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
Toho
366
1
4
1
Independence Day: Resergence
20th Century Fox
359
2
5
2
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Disney
350
3
6
3
Too Young to Die! Wakakushite Shinu
Toho, Asmik-Ace
288
4
7
5
Let's Go! Anpanman "Nanda and Runda of the Toy Planet"
Tokyo Theaters
182
3
8
6
Encyclopedia of Flowers: I Picked Up a Fateful Love
Shochiku
307
7
9
7
Sadako vs. Kayako
Kadokawa
303
5
10
8
Sixty-Four (Part Two)
Toho
320
6


Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" is currently running in Japanese theaters.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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Even more Sun & Moon Pokemon
July 20th, 2016

Dogasu @ 7:58 JST -- We're now up to 25 new pokemon!









The List of Pokemon has been updated.

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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" - Plot Summary
July 19th, 2016

Dogasu @ 7:46 JST -- I just got back from watching the newest Pocket Monsters movie, Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna." In the past I've pointed you guys to my summaries of the manga adaptation and told you that what happens there is pretty much what happens in the movie but this year the movie and the manga diverge so much that this isn't possible. So, I went ahead and typed up a long, detailed plot summary, from beginning to end.



Do you have any additional questions about the movie that you can't find in this synopsis? Let me know via Facebook, Twitter, or over on Bulbagarden!

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
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So let's talk about "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
July 10th, 2016

Dogasu @ 16:17 JST -- Did you know that there's a new Pokemon movie coming out next week?

Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna

It's not hard to imagine that there are people out there completely unawares that we're less than a week away from the release of Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna. After the poor box office performance of last year's movie, a film that actually did OK by regular movie standards but absolutely abysmal by Pokemon standards, the effects to this year's movie are clear:

  • There doesn't seem to have been any Location Scouting trip taken this year, probably due to budget cuts. I predicted this back in February, by the way.
  • There's no Pikachu short this year for the first time since 2011's Victini and the Black Hero Zekrom / Victini and the White Hero Reshiram. There has to be a reason for that, and production issues are a likely suspect.
  • There's no supplemental episode being developed for this movie like Appear, the Small Djinn Hoopa, Princess Diancie of the Ore Kingdom, or Mewtwo - The Prologue to its Awakening. Again, budget cuts?
  • Seven-Eleven convenience stores here in Japan, which are usually filled with Pokemon merchandise this time of year, are dedicating their shelf spaces to One Piece Film Gold-related merchandise instead.
  • The movie's official site doesn't have nearly as many interviews or behind-the-scenes looks as it usually does.
There's also the fact that July 16th, the day Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna comes out, is also when the movie Finding Dory and the video games Yokai Watch 3 are going to be released. Maybe the people at Toho, the company that distributes the Pocket Monsters films, realized they have no hope of wrestling kids' attention away from all that and so they decided not to waste the money trying? Next year will (probably) see the release of the franchise's 20th movie so I'm thinking maybe they're playing it super safe this year so they'll have the money to throw a huge celebration next year.

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" hits Japanese theaters on July 16th, 2016.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna
July 7th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:33 JST -- You've probably noticed that I have not been updating much at all over the past few months. What's up with that, Dogasu?  Well, I've actually been working on this massive project for the site and while I'm not quite ready to reveal what that is just yet I thought I'd take a break from working on it to remind myself that, oh yeah, there's a movie coming out in like ten days!

Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna

I've made a massive update to the page for Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna with all kinds of information, both from the official website and elsewhere. Updates include:
Lots of other minor tweaks here and there have been made as well.

The section's not finished and there's still content from the official site I want to bring over but I think today's update is at least better than nothing.

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" hits Japanese theaters on July 16th, 2016.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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Sun & Moon!
July 1st, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:45 JST -- The List of Pokemon has been updated with the seven new pokemon revealed last night.

Kapu Kokeko
Denjimushi
Kuwagannon
Jijilong
Hagigishiri
Abuly Togedemaru

This brings the grand total of Generation VII pokemon revealed so far up to eighteen.

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Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna - Chapter Three
May 17th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:34 JST -- The third chapter of the manga adaptation of Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna was printed in the issue of CoroCoro Comics that came out this weekend so let's take a look!

Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna Chapter Three

This chapter features Magearna battling for the first time as well as an apparent death? It's quite a step up from last month's chapter!

I think it's important to remind everyone that the events that take place in this adaptation may or not reflect what happens in the actual movie itself. Previous manga adaptations have been pretty faithful to their source material but the fact that this particularly adaptation doesn't include the overwhelming majority of the human characters tells me that more than a few changes have been made here. It really will be interesting to compare the two when the movie hits theaters in a little over two months!

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" hits Japanese theaters on July 16th, 2016.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon
May 11th, 2016

Dogasu @ 00:15 JST -- The List of Pokemon has been updated.

Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon

I'm eventually planning to do all the Lists of Pokemon in this style because, well, the current way sucks. What do you guys think? Any feedback / suggestions?

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