Old Updates Archive
Myuutwo Monday Week Five: The First Trailer
June 17th, 2013
Dogasu @ 22:44 JST -- After the insane first movie comparison I did last week, I decided to take it easy this week and do a simple write-up on the very first trailer for the movie Myuutwo Strikes Back. You know, the one with the adult looking Kasumi, Voyager, and the unidentified little girl.
There's a lot more I can do with Myuutwo Strikes Back. I could go through the guidebooks and the interviews contained within, I could translate the various blog entries Shudou Takeshi made about the movie, I could look at the TV episodes that tied into the movie...but I think it's time I moved on. While I'm OK right now, I feel like I'll start to get burned out on this movie if I spend any more time looking at it. Besides, there are only three weeks before the premiere of The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo and I haven't even touched the special released in the U.S. as Mewtwo Returns, so next week my plan is to make a page for that special the way I did for the first movie. A revamped comparison between the Japanese version and the English version of that special will be coming out on Week Seven, and then Week Eight...well, you'll have to wait and see.
As always, I look forward to any and all feedback on this and any other update I make on the site.
RIP, Ishimori Takkou and Utsumi Kenji
June 16th, 2013
Dogasu @ 15:44 JST -- So something that I think a lot of people missed with all the X & Y news this week is the fact that two of the voice actors for the animated series recently passed away.
Ishimori Takkou (石森達幸) passed away on June 5th, 2013 at the age of 81 of heart failure. He's been doing voiceover work since 1965 and is currently famous for voicing Sengoku in One Piece, but we Pocket Monsters fans know him as the Ghos / Old Woman from "Ghost Pokemon and the Summer Festival", Santa Claus in "Rougela's Christmas" and the Pikachu's Winter Vacation shorts, and Bokuzen in "A Dungeon Capture!? The Valley's Power Plant!"
Utsumi Kenji (内海賢二) passed away on June 13th, 2013 at the age of 75 of cancerous peritonitis. He's been doing voiceover work since 1963 and is probably most famous for the roles of Norimaki Senbei in Dr. Slump and Shenlong / Reacoom / Commander Red in the various Dragon Ball series. In Pocket Monsters, he voiced the king of the Mirage Kingdom in "Kasumi Enters! Togepi and the Kingdom of Illusions!" and "To the Other Side of the Mirage! Togepi's Paradise!" and played the King of the Country of the Earth in Victini and the Black Hero, Zekrom / Victini and the White Hero, Reshiram.
Condolences to the families of both these men. May they rest in peace.
The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo
June 15th, 2013
Dogasu @ 23:54 JST -- We've got a little under a month before the new movie comes out, so let's take a look at the third and final chapter (for now, at least) of the manga adaptation of The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo.
This chapter is the shortest of the three that have been put out so far - 31 pages! - so the synopsis isn't very long. If you remember the manga adapation of last year's movie (which, by the way - I've written a summary for content exclusive to the graphic novel), it cut off right as Keldeo transformed into its Resolution Form. So about fifteen minutes or so before the end of the movie? The manga adaptation of the first Best Wishes! movie also stopped about fifteen minutes before, so I'm guessing the same thing is happening here.
I've also updated the CD Guide with information about the newest CD releases. We now have cover art and track listings for the two Egao CDs (also, holy crap the special Pokemon version of the CD single's only like six bucks!) as well as an updated track listing for Daisuke's Natsu-meku Sakamichi. Finally, listings have been added to Amazon Japan for the BGM collection for the movie, but this time it seems like they're releasing two versions instead of the usual one: one with just the CD and a special edition version that comes with both the CD and a DVD. No word yet on what's included on the DVD, but if I had to guess I'd say it's probably the music videos to the movie's ending themes?
Finally, I know this doesn't really have anything to do with the new movie, but I've added a synopsis of the chapter of Pocket Monsters Special came out in the issue of Pokemon Fan that came out earlier this month.
There's a blurb in the final panel that says a new Chapter will be beginning in the next issue of Pokemon Fan (which goes on sale July 1st), so I'm guessing we're going to have to wait for the graphic novel release before we get a conclusion to the Black & White arc. Laaaaame.
So, any news in the last few days?
June 15th, 2013
Dogasu @ 12:09 JST -- The amount of news we've gotten in the past few days has been insane, hasn't it? Let's get the video game news out of the way first with a look at the new pokemon and what their names mean:
(As a side note, I'm kind of glad I waited to do all of these at once instead of dealing with this news as it all came out. Here are the Nintendo Direct pokemon! Now the E3 pokemon! Now the CoroCoro Comics pokemon! Now the English names for those CoroCoro Comics pokemon! I'm really glad I could do this all at once instead of having to constantly update this every twelve hours or so)
I've also updated the Video Games section with the release dates for Pocket Monsters X and Pocket Monsters Y. I would also like to point out that I predicted the October 12th release date for Japan back in January when I did my anniversary write-up for the site, so yay me.
Finally, I've added information about the new Super Smash Bros games coming out next year, Super Smash Brothers for Wii U and Super Smash Brothers for Nintendo 3DS. I think I'm actually more excited for these games than I am for Pocket Monsters X and Pocket Monsters Y, to tell the truth. What pokemon do you think will show up in this new game?
I'll have a summary of the third chapter of the manga adaptation of The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo later today.
Myuutwo Monday Week Four: "Mewtwo Strikes Back" Comparison
June 10th, 2013
Dogasu @ 23:20 JST -- I didn't know if I was going to get this finished on time, to be honest. I really underestimated just how awful the English dub was.
Find out how much of what you think you know about Mewtwo Strikes Back has been a lie in this week's update, a comparison between the English version and the Japanese version of Mewtwo Strikes Back. It is sixteen pages long.
I'm going to take it easy for Week Five. This comparison and the Kanzenban update and, to a lesser extent, the Birth of Myuutwo update have all been extremely time consuming and labor intensive, and I, quite frankly, need a break. This will also be the week when the July issue of CoroCoro Comics comes out, which also means this will be the week the third chapter of the manga adaptation of The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo comes out. Gotta make time for that, yknow!
So for next week's update I'll be taking a look at the various trailers for the first Pocket Monsters movie and look at what footage showed up in those that were never actually used in the final film. Of particular interest is my look at that weird trailer with the adult Kasumi, Voyager, and that kid that nobody seems to know anything about. (Edit: I changed my mind, I'm going to save the footage from the regular trailers for another update) What is that and can we make any sense of that?
Myuutwo Monday Week Three: The Kanzenban
June 3rd, 2013
Dogasu @ 20:34 JST -- Myuutwo Strikes Back - The Kanzenban. You've probably seen that title thrown around before, but what exactly is this "Kanzenban" thing? Today, let's find out.
My page dedicated to the "complete version" of Myuutwo Strikes Back includes the history of this version of the movie, an in-depth look at all the edits made to the movie, and a look at which releases have this Kanzenban and which ones have the original theatrical version. There's stuff here you're not going to find anywhere else!
I also hope you'll enjoy the image galleries of all the edits made to the movie. There were 230 screencaps taken altogether - 115 "before" and 115 "after" shots - and each one had to be capped and then cropped one by one. So if nothing else, please take a look!
| Myuutwo's Birth | Myuutwo Works for the Rocket-Dan | Myuutwo Strikes Back | The Storm | Playful Myuu |
| Waiting on Myuutwo | Myuutwo vs. The Humans | The Copies Leave New Island | The End |
Next week I'll be redoing my comparison between the Japanese version and the English version of the first movie. I don't actually own the movie on Region 1 DVD (and holy shit, have you seen the prices that thing goes for on Amazon / e-bay these days?), so my comparison is going to have to be based on the English version that's on the Japanese DVDs. It's the exact same as what's on the American DVD, only it's in the proper aspect ratio and has the Japanese titles / credits instead of the English ones, so I can still pick apart the movie's script / music / voice actors.
Oh yeah; it's also the beginning of the month, so I wanted to point out that I have a Facebook and Twitter page for this site. Follow one or both of them if you're not already!
Just go ahead and rename this site "The Rocket-Dan's Backpack" already!
May 31st, 2013
Dogasu @ 21:19 JST -- The final Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire CD came out today, so I've added the cover art (which I had to scan myself since no online retailer anywhere had it up) and a track listing for it to the CD Guide.
This is a weird little two-disc set. Disc One has a grand total of one track (it's the twelve minute interview with Konishi Katsuyuki from the unaired pilot) while Disc Two is a data CD packed with twenty-two mp3 files clocking in at about four and a half hours. And since that second disc is a data CD, it can't be played on a regular CD player like all the other Pokemon Radio Show CDs can.
What's more, the interviews with Kobayashi Sachiko from Vol. 06 and Tsubaki Ayana from Vol. 26 aren't on that second disc. The stuff from the "takeover" halfway through the series - Yamato and Kosaburou interviewing Hayashibara Megumi and Shin'ichirou Miki and Satoshi interviewing Kasumi - are predictably missing as well. So close, yet so far.
Despite all this, though, it's sad to think that this is the last Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire CD there is for us to buy right now. All that's left is to wait and hope that Mr. Mima changes his mind about being too busy to work on a Season Two this year.
Speaking of the radio show, now's as good a time as any to point out that the official Animate site finally got around to doing their write-up of the Rocket-Dan's Secret Live event that took place back in March. I've gone through their three page write-up and updated my write-up of the Secret Live with some of the clarifications that their write-up offers.
The next issue of Pokemon Fan comes out tomorrow, so with any luck I'll be able to pick it up and have a summary of the new Pocket Monsters Special chapter up at some point during the day.
Myuutwo Monday Week Two: "The Birth of Myuutwo"
May 27th, 2013
Dogasu @ 23:45 JST -- The second of the site's "Myuutwo Mondays" is here, so let's take a look at the radio drama The Birth of Myuutwo.
The radio drama, which was created to help promote the movie Myuutwo Strikes Back, takes a much closer look at the origins of the movie's titular character as well as that of the world of pokemon as a whole. It's also probably one of my favorite stories in the entire franchise. I love updates where I get to learn all sorts of new stuff and this is definitely one of them. I hope you guys have as much fun going through this as I did making it.
I've also written up a lengthy summary of the radio drama separate from the main radio drama page because of how freaking long it is. I tried to make the whole thing as easy to read as possible and avoid presenting you guys with this massive wall of text, so hopefully some of that shines through. It was tempting to just post a link to a translation of the radio drama and be done with it, but all the sites I found with translations also just up and offered the entire CD for download, and I have some real problems with that.
Speaking of CDs, a CD single for Daisuke's Summerly Slope, the current ending theme to Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! Season 2 Decolora Adventures, was announced for a July 3rd release date. The CD Guide's been updated accordingly.
For my third "Myuutwo Monday," I'll be taking a look at The Kanzenban, the special version of the first movie made for the North American release of Pokémon The First Movie. What is this Kanzenban, exactly, and how is it different from the regular version of the movie? Find out next week!
May 23rd, 2013
Dogasu @ 06:43 JST -- Two new pieces of news, one kind of "meh" and one that's incredibly disappointing.
First, the "meh" one. You guys know Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku, the girl group who's been doing the last two ending themes for Best Wishes! and who will also be doing the ending theme for Pikachu and the Eevee Friends, right? Well, starting with the episode of Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! Season 2 Decolora Adventure that's airing tonight, the ending theme Te o Tsunagou will get a new video featuring the nine member girl group dressed up like the Eevee evolutions. According to the announcement made on the movie's official site, the new video will end with animated versions of the Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku girls draw in the Pocket Monsters animation style.
The nine-member group will also appear on the May 26th episode of Pokemon Smash! to perform (the full version of?) Te o Tsunagou.
Speaking of Pokemon Smash!, they'll be airing the first full minute of the Pikachu short on this week's episode. That's pretty cool.
The other big (sad, depressing, disappointing) news story is that, according to a tweet made by sound director Mima Masafumi, the chances of there being a second season of Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire this year are pretty slim.
So apparently, despite all that talk about there being the possibility of there being a second season starting up this summer if there's enough demand for it, the answer is...no. Not this year, anyway. Mr. Mima gives the "we're all very busy this year" line, which is understandable, I guess (this is the year that a brand new generation is going to be launching, after all), but it's still incredibly disappointing for us Rocket-Dan fans. What are the chances of there being a Season 2 in 2014, 2015, or beyond? Way, way slimmer than the chances of there being one the year after the first season debuted, I would think. I have to wonder if the CDs didn't sell as well as they had hoped, or what their expectations for those even were in the first place. The Rocket-Dan's Secret Live event was packed, so I think that at least shows that there's interest in the radio show, but I guess that wasn't enough?
And not to end this post on a downer, there's this.
Pocket Monsters Special
May 21st, 2013
Dogasu @ 23:17 JST -- A new issue of CoroCoro Ichiban! came out today, which of course also means that a new chapter of Pocket Monsters Special is out as well. Here's my summary of what happens.
This is probably the most action-packed chapter of the the Black & White saga. Can't wait to see how this all gets wrapped up!
I've also added two new Japanese titles to the List of TV Episodes.
Myuutwo Monday Week One: "Myuutwo Strikes Back" page revamp
May 20th, 2013
Dogasu @ 21:42 JST -- This is something I've been wanting to do for a while, and with (a) Myuutwo being in this summer's movie now seemed like the perfect opportunity to revisit all the old Myuutwo stuff that's out there. I'm calling this "Myuutwo Monday."
The idea is that every Monday from now until the July 13th release of The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo, I'll dig back and post a Myuutwo-related update. Let's get this started:
This week, I've completely revamped the page for the first movie, Myuutwo Strikes Back / Pikachu's Summer Vacation. And when I say completely revamped, I mean I pretty much rewrote that entire page from the ground up. There's lots of trivia over in the "Notes" section - trivia I'm sure a lot of you will be hearing here for the first time - a detailed look at the various home releases the movie and the Pikachu short that accompanied it have gotten over the years, detailed staff credits and cast information, box office figures, what little information I could find on Ono Toshihiro's manga adaptation of the movie, and information on the movie's soundtrack releases.
Let me know what you think via Facebook, Twitter, and / or that thread on Bulbagarden! Next Monday I'll post a detailed look at the radio drama The Birth of Myuutwo and the animated adaptation of that radio drama.
(And because I know this is going to be asked, I'll go ahead and say that a revamped comparison of the first movie is planned for Week Four).
There's a new chapter of Pocket Monsters Special coming out this week as well, so I'll be posting a summary of that in the next day or so.
Miscellaneous news about the upcoming movie
May 18th, 2013
Dogasu @ 15:30 JST -- There are three random tidbits about the upcoming movie that I want to go ahead and get out of the way.
First, it was announced on Wednesday that Yoshioka Kiyoe, the vocalist for Ikimono Gakari and the woman whose voice you'll hear performing the movie's end theme Egao, has just wrapped up recording the voice of Eevee in this year's movie. I assume she's doing the voice of the Eevee in the Pikachu short Pikachu and the Eevee Friends, but the article posted on the official site only mentions the main feature, The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo. Weird.
Ms. Yoshioka had this to say about her gig, which is her first time doing any sort of animation voiceover work, on the movie's official website:
I thought it was weird that the limited edition version of her group's CD single for the movie's theme song was going to come with a Pokemon Tretta puck, but the official site reveals that it'll be a special Eevee puck so I guess that doesn't seem so random now.
Second, this past Sunday's episode of Pokemon Smash! reveals that Heisei Nobushi Kobushi members Yoshimura Takashi (Eric) and Tokui Kenta (an Ishitsubute in Pokemon Hills) haven't actually been in the recording booth to record their characters' part yet. For those of you who don't know, the voices in Japanese animation tend to be recorded after the animation's finished as opposed to the Western style of recording all the voices first and then doing the animation. Yoshimura Takashi's apparently only dubbed that one line his character has in the trailer, but other than that it seems like they're still waiting to be called into the studio. I imagine they're still waiting on the animation to come back completely finished and edited together before they bother recording anything.
Finally, I got my pre-order ticket (yay!) and noticed that the movie summary on the inside of the pamphlet they give you telling you how to download Myuutwo states that Genosect communicates to our heroes through telepathy.
Based on the way the word balloons in the manga adaptation were written, I assumed the Genosect were actually saying all their dialogue out loud, but I guess not! It doesn't really matter much at the end of the day, but it's nice to be able to confirm this anyway.
That super secret project I've been teasing about for a while is going to start this coming Monday.
The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo - Chapter Two
May 16th, 2013
Dogasu @ 06:48 JST -- Here's the summary for the second chapter of the manga adaptation of The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo!
Reading this chapter was kind of weird because I'm making this effort to read all of Myuutwo's dialogue in Takashima Reiko's voice (in my head, of course; please don't imagine me as some insane person who reads manga out loud to himself while putting on character voices) but I can't help myself from reading it in Ichimura Masachika's voice instead. Also, because I know some of you will ask; no, neither the Plasma-Dan nor the Rocket-Dan are mentioned in this chapter as well.
The third and final chapter to be released before the movie hits theaters will come out in the July 2013 issue of CoroCoro Comics, on sale June 15th.
May 14th, 2013
Dogasu @ 06:58 JST -- Four new pokemon were leaked over the weekend, so I thought I'd give this coverage that special Dogasu's Backpack flavor and examine these names' origins:
I've also updated the Video Games section with information about Pokemon Tretta Lab for Nintendo 3DS, the sort-of kind-of not really home port of the popular arcade game Pokemon Tretta!
The actual arcade games themselves are only like three feet tall and are always in the kid sections of most department stores, so I've always felt too awkward to try it out. I don't wanna be like these guys, y'know? A bunch of the magazines I've bought over the years have come packaged with Pokemon Tretta pucks, so I think I've actually amassed a decent enough collection at this point without even trying. The game comes out August 10th.
I'll start working on the summary of the second chapter of the The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo manga as soon as I get this month's issue of CoroCoro Comics.
Pocket Monsters Special
May 9th, 2013
Dogasu @ 06:56 JST -- Today's update is me catching up on last month's Pocket Monsters Special chapters.
In addition, the current issue of Pokemon Fan comes with a calendar that announces when the next two issues of this "let's just put this thing out whenever we feel like it and then never bother to tell anybody" publication come out. Issue 30 will go on sale June 1st and Issue 31 will go on sale July 1st.
I've also added a short bio about Eric, the new human character who will debut in this year's movie The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo because, whoops, I forgot that I hadn't actually gotten around to making one for him yet.
Also, secret project update: I'm about 85% done with it? I've been working on it every single day for the past week or so, which means that hopefully I'll be able to have it up before the end of the weekend. I can't wait for you guys to see it!!
Social Network Reminder
May 1st, 2013
Dogasu @ 09:38 JST -- Are you on Facebook? How about Twitter? Are you following Dogasu's Backpack on either one of those services? No? Then what are you waiting for? In addition to posting on both of those whenever I update the site, I also use them to talk about various other things about the franchise that maybe don't make it to the site proper, like pictures of cool things I buy or my embarrassing attempts at communicating to Japanese fans in their native language. And on the Facebook side of things, I sometimes post sneak peeks of future site content. Check them out!
Oh yeah, there's a Pikachu short coming out this year as well
April 29th, 2013
Dogasu @ 09:50 JST -- So you know how a lot of people (and I'm guilty of this as well) have been talking about the new Genosect / Myuutwo movie lately and completely ignoring the Pikachu short that'll be airing along with it? Well, let's fix that today by talking about the Pikachu short that'll be airing along with it.
First, the official site was updated some time ago with character bios for each of the pokemon who are set to star in the short. Every Eevee evolution got their own bio, written by Nyasu, so I translated them and put them all up on their own page here. These bios tell us that Nyasu is going to get electrocuted / burned / otherwise maimed quite a bit in this short, but I guess that's to be expected, right? We also get hints of the genders of the different Eevee in this short, for what that's worth.
I've also updated the main page for this year's movie with some additional credit information that you can find, for example, here. I still have no idea how the hell to romanize 福永 晋's name, though.
It's also been revealed that the ending theme to this year's Pikachu short will be Te o Tsunagou (手をつなごう), or "Let's Join Hands." It's currently being used as the ending theme to Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! Season 2 Decolora Adventures so most of you should already know the song by now. I've updated the page for The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo with this information and have added the lyrics to the song to the Lyrics Archive.
The CD single for the song is coming out on June 5th on the same CD that'll have Sakura-Go-Round on it, so I've added information about all of those to the CD Guide.
(And speaking of the CD Guide, I've added the track listing to the Nyasu CD and the cover art to the "Rare Pilot" CD that were released on Friday. I've also updated my page for Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire with the titles of the dramas as seen on this CD release)
I'm working on a secret project that I hope to have ready for you guys on I'm not going to say because whenever I set a deadline for myself I almost never actually meet it as soon as I can. It's sorta-kinda comparison related, though!
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