Old Updates Archive
Lugia to appear in Pocket Monsters the Movie 2018
February 15th, 2018
Dogasu @ 23:56 JST -- The official website for this summer's movie, Pocket Monsters the Movie 2018, has updated with news that the legendary pokemon Lugia is going to be making an appearance in the new film.
The text accompanying the update is as follows:
The news update continues by providing more information about Lugia itself:
...followed up by a little history of its apperances so far:
The March 2018 issue of CoroCoro Comics, which also went on sale today, has the same information (some of it verbatim) as what's now posted on the official website.
Pocket Monsters the Movie 2018 will be released on Friday, July 13th 2018 in Japan. An international release has not been announced at this time.
Understanding "Seasons" of the Pokémon TV Show
February 13th, 2018
Dogasu @ 23:56 JST -- Something that always comes up whenever fans talk about the Pokémon dub is what exactly people mean when they say "Season One." Is it the actual, 52 episode season as it aired on Kids' WB!? Or is it the new opening = new season idea that so many fans latch onto? I'm personally very much in the former camp and have created a new page called Understanding "Seasons" of the Pokémon TV Show to explain why we should probably get out of the habit of thinking that Season One is made up of 80 episodes.
One of the goals of Dogasu's Backpack is to educate fans on topics that they didn't even know they wanted to think about and this breakdown of what makes up a season is right up that alley. As always, let me know what you think via one of the links below!
Dogasu's Backpack's Eighteenth Anniversary
January 31st, 2018
Dogasu @ 23:17 JST -- On January 31st, 2000 a seventeen year old kid uploaded a website called "Dogasu's English - Japanese Pokemon Page." Eighteen years later it's still here, and somehow it's still kind of kicking ass? That's right, it's time for the annual "Dogasu pats himself on the back" write-up, so let's just get to it!
The anniversary write-up also contains my yearly predictions for the future so be sure to check those out and let me know what you think!
Hiromi Tsuru, 1960 - 2017
January 18th, 2018
Dogasu @ 22:00 JST -- Even though this is something that happened months ago I still feel the need to cover it on this site; the death of voice actress Hiromi Tsuru (鶴ひろみ).
Ms. Tsuru passed away on November 16th, 2017. She was found unconscious in her car and rushed to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The talent agency she belonged to, Aoni Production, announced that the cause of death was aortic dissection. She was 57 years old.
Most people know Ms. Tsuru as the voice of Bulma from Dragon Ball and the voice of Dokin-chan in Anpanman. But for us Pocket Monsters fans she's the voice of the "Female Rocket-Dan Boss" in the first episode of the 1998 radio drama The Birth of Mewtwo.
The "Female Rocket-Dan Boss" (who is often referred to by fans as "Madame Boss") was heavily implied to be the mother of Sakaki, the current Boss of the organization. Hirotaka Suzuoki (鈴置洋孝), who played Sakaki in that radio drama (as well as the in the TV series, movies, etc.) passed away back in 2006. The Female Rocket-Dan Boss is the person who sends Miyamoto out to the Andes to track down the mythical pokemon Mew.
A memorial service was held for Ms. Tsuru on Saturday, January 13th. During the service Masako Nozawa (野沢雅子), the voice of Son Goku in Dragon Ball, had this to say:
Condolences to Ms. Tsuru's family and friends. May she rest in peace.
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