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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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Nikkan Sports article on Getta Banban
April 7th, 2015

Dogasu @ 08:04 JST -- Yesterday's issue of the Japanese newspaper Nikkan Sports ("Daily Sports") has an article about Sakou Tomohisa and the upcoming music video for Getta Banban because why the hell not?

Nikkan Sports

Here's a translation of the article:

It was revealed on the 5th of this month that the music video for singer / songwriter Sakou Tomohisa (23 years old)'s new song "Getta Banban" (on-sale April 29th) will feature the extremely popular character Pikachu.  The song has been used as the opening theme to the TV-Tokyo animated series "Pocket Monsters XY" (Thursdays at 7:00pm) since January of this year.  The music video is being made for the release of the song's single.

The highlight of the video is the hook at the end of the song.  A huge number of Pikachu come out and have fun doing the "Getta Banban Dance" with Mr. Sakou and the whole thing has an extremely happy vibe to it.  This is the first time the animated Pikachu has appeared in a music video alongside an artist and is also the first time it's danced so much.

Mr. Sakou has always been a fan of Pokemon.  He actually got the job performing the opening theme by writing a passionate two-page letter and sending it to the people involved in "Pokemon."  He knows about it all - the TV series, the movies, the video games, etc.  He can even tell you what movie a certain musical cue is used in just from hearing a tiny sample of it.  He's sometimes introduced as a "Pokemon Music Sommelier" when he appears on TV.  This unprecedented animated music video is therefore the fruit of his love for Pokemon.  With a huge smile on his face Mr. Sakou says "Pokemon is, without a doubt, the treasure of my life.  Please look out for Pikachu's extremely cute dance.  It'll be sure to put a smile on your face."

A preview version of the new music video is scheduled to be uploaded to Mr. Sakou's official YouTube page on April 9th at 8:00am (JST).

Sakou Tomohisa was born on December 26th, 1991 in Sapporo City.  He started performing music on the Internet in 2010 under the name "Shounen T" and had about 70 videos online after about a year and a half.  He's been called "the God of Soothing Voices" and is something of a prince online.  His videos have been viewed online over 13.5 million times.  In 2012 he made his CD debut with "Ai Kotoba."  He made his stage debut in 2013 at "Tumbling Vol. 4"

シンガー・ソングライター佐香(さこう) 智久(23)の新曲「ゲッタバンバン」(29日発売)のミュージックビデオ(MV)に、大人気キャラクター のピカチュウが出演することが5日、分かった。同曲は、1月からテレビ東京系アニメ「ポケットモンスター XY」(木曜午後7時)のオープニングテーマと して流れている。シングル化にあたって、MVに出演することになった。

見どころはラストのサビの部分だ。大量発生し たピカチュウが、佐香と「ゲッタバンバンダンス」を楽しく踊っており、見た目にもハッピーな内容に仕上がっている。ピカチュウが、歌手のMVに描き下ろし アニメとして登場するのは初めて。ダンスを披露するのも初めてという。

佐香は以前からポケモンの熱烈なファンだっ た。オープニングテーマを担当することになったのも、自ら熱意をしたためた2枚の手紙を「ポケモン」関 係者に送ったことがきっかけだ。アニメ、映画、ゲームなど全ジャンルのポケモンに精通しており、映画のある一部分に使われた楽曲でも言い当ててみせる。テ レビ番組で「ポケモンの音楽ソムリエ」と紹介されたこともある。前例のない描き下ろしアニメのMV出演は、そんなポケモン愛が実った形だ。佐香は「間違い なく僕の一生の宝物です。ピカチュウのとってもキュートなダンス、ぜひ見てください。にやけてしまうこと間違いなしです」と大喜びしている。

9日午前8時から佐香の公式YouTube (ユーチューブ)で、MVのショートバージョンをアップする予定。

◆佐香智久(さこう・ともひさ)1991年 (平3)12月26日、札幌市生まれ。10年「少年T」としてウェブ上で音楽活動を行い、約1年半で 70本以上の動画をアップ。「癒やし声の神」と称され、ウェブ界のプリンス的存在に。動画総再生回数は1350万回を超える。12年シングル「愛言葉」で CDデビュー。13年「タンブリングvol.4」で舞台初出演。

Mr. Sakou's YouTube Channel can be found here.  The video may or may not be IP blocked when it's eventually uploaded to the channel.

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Kugimiya Rie is pretty much confirmed to voice Hoopa
April 5th, 2015

Dogasu @ 22:31 JST -- Thursday's night episode of Pocket Monsters XY had a surprise guest during the Orchid-Hakase Holocaster segment: Hoopa!  The star of this year's movie Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" and "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band" showed up and laughed a bit in the background while Orchid-Hakase told us about Hitokage.

Looking back through the ending credits of the episode reveal that Kugimiya Rie (釘宮理恵) provided the voice of Hoopa in the segment.  You can click on the image for a larger version.

End Credits

Now it isn't 100% confirmed that Ms. Kugimiya will also be voicing Hoopa in this summer's movie - the movie's official website hasn't announced this or anything - but it's also highly unlikely that they'd recast the role for the movie. Ms. Kugimiya is also known for voicing Alphonse Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Happy in Fairy Tail, and Kagura in Gintama.  She's done a number of voices for Pokemon over the years as well; she's known mainly as the voice of Celebi in the Diamond & Pearl movie The Master of Illusions, Zoroark but she was Koyuki in "
Dig Here Urimoo!  Search for the Hot Springs!!", Lily in "A Big Transformation by Pokemon Magic!?", Teruhiko in the Diamond & Pearl episode "Poketch Acquisition Difficulty!?", Hina in the XY episode "The Lapras Defense Force, Mobilize!  Hang In There, Eureka!!", and the Pikachu in the Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon ~ The Magnagate and the Endless Labyrinth promotional video.

Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" and "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band" hits Japanese theaters on July 18th, 2015.  It is the second Pocket Monsters XY movie and the 18th film in the franchise overall.

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Viz Media to release an eight-year old movie in July, just because
April 5th, 2015

Dogasu @ 21:35 JST -- No, this isn't a late April Fool's joke:  Pokémon Giratina and the Sky Warrior is coming out on DVD in the U.S. on July 7th, 2015.  It features a brand new cover (which is actually quite nice) and a ridiculous tagline on the back cover ("Learn to fly all over again with Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior", what?).

Giratina and the Sky Warrior

The original 2009 Region 1 release of Giratina and the Sky Warrior was distributed by Universal Studios but this re-release is being released by Viz Media instead.  This probably means Universal's rights to distribute the film have expired.  Warner Bros. still has the rights to the first three movies and Miramax / Lionsgate has movies 4 - 5 but maybe someday Viz will be able to swoop in and snatch those up too?  *fingers crossed*

In other DVD news, it seems that the earlier report about the DVD for Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction only containing the Cartoon Network edit of the movie was false.  The Region 1 DVD apparently contains the uncut version of the movie as well as the short "Diancie, Princess of the Diamond Domain."

The DVD Guide has been updated accordingly.

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I personally think CD Japan's translation "Get a Bang! Bang!" is pretty amazing
April 5th, 2015

Dogasu @ 00:58 JST -- April 29th will see the CD releases of Getta Banban, the current opening theme to Pocket Monsters XY.

Getta Banban (Pokemon)
Getta Banban DVD
Getta Banban Regular

There will be three releases - the Limited Edition Animation Version (left), the First Print Limited Edition that comes with a DVD (center), and the Regular Version (right).  As always, the special Pokemon version is the one you're going to want to get; it contains both the full version and the TV size version of the opening song and creditless versions of both opening animations.

The CD Guide has been updated accordingly.

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Voice Actress Ise Mariya announces marriage, pregnancy
April 4th, 2015

Dogasu @ 23:49 JST -- Voice actress Ise Mariya (伊瀬茉莉也), known by Pocket Monsters fans for providing the voices of both Eureka and the Kalos Pokemon Zukan, has recently made two announcements: she's married and she's expecting a child.

Ise Mariya

The 26-year old voice actress, who is also known for providing the voice of Killua in Hunter X Hunter, has been married since at least January of this year.  The name of the husband has not been released to the public.  Additionally, it was also announced that she is also expecting a child.  Late last year Ms. Ise had to step down from her role as Satonaka Chie in a stage show based on Persona 4 Ultimate In Mayonaka Arena due to health reasons and the role was played by Koichi Makoto instead.  It's likely that these "health reasons" were due to her pregnancy but of course that hasn't been confirmed.

Ms. Ise says that she still plans to continue working but she'll probably end up going on maternity leave at some point regardless.  Back in 2004 Musashi's voice actress Hayashibara Megumi took two months for maternity leave and Hiramatsu Akiko had to fill in for her for seven episodes.  And Pikachu's voice actress, Ohtani Ikue, took about five months off in 2006 for health reasons (I thought it was due to pregnancy but after looking into it there seems to be some doubts?) and older recordings of her voice ended up being used for Pikachu while Hanba Tomoe filled in for Manene. 

I wouldn't be surprised if we have to put up with a replacement Eureka for a few months later this year.  Here's hoping that whoever they choose does a good job!

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New TV series / Pikachu short ending theme
April 4th, 2015

Dogasu @ 22:56 JST -- The friends have been sent off and things have finally calmed down enough for me to start updating the site again!

The official website for
Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" and "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band" revealed that the ending theme to the Pikachu short while I was gone.  The song will be called "Gao Gao All-Stars" (ガオガオ・オールスター) and will be performed by an all-girl group called Little Glee Monster.  The song is also going to be used as the ending theme to the TV series starting with the episode that airs on April 16th.

Little Glee Monster

A message from the group was posted on the official website:

We really are honored to be able to sing the ending theme to Pokemon!  On top of that we've been watching Pokemon ever since we were little and believe that being granted the chance to do this song shows that good things happen to you if you continue to live your life!

"Gao Gao All-Stars" is a song that we want a lot of people to listen to and get excited about because it's a song that makes us, our friends, and our family all want to sing and dance along to whenever we hear it!!

ポケモンのエンディングを歌えることができて本当に光栄です!しかも幼い頃からずっと見ていたポケモンに携われることが出来て生きていれば良いことがある んだと思いました!

ガオガオ・オールスターは私達やお友達、家族みんなで一緒に踊って歌ったり流れてくるだけで踊りだしたくなるような曲なので沢山の人に聞いてもらって元気 になってほしいです!!

A bio for Little Glee Monster was also posted on the official website:

"Well-honed singing voices that leave a mark in people's hearts."
These amazing singers are a vocal unit made up of junior high and high school students, all around 15 years old or so, gathered from all over the country.

They've performed in large music festivals and have appeared together with many well-known artists even before they made their debut in March 2014.  Their name recognition has also gone up thanks to their countless appearances on network TV where they wielded a clear harmony that makes use of their strong vocals and high-grade a cappella skills.  Their second single was released on March 4th and they have a fanbase so devoted that tickets to their "Tokyo-Nagoya-Osaka Tour" completely sold out the same day they went on sale.  They'll also be going on a nationwide tour in autumn 2015.


力強い歌声と高度なアカペラをも歌いこなす透き通ったハーモニーを武器に地上波テレビ番組にも幾度となく出演するなど知名度をあげた。3月4日にセカンド シングルをリリースし、東名阪ワンマンツアーのチケットは即日ソールドアウトとなるなどライブで着実にファンを獲得。2015年秋には日本全国13か所の ワンマンツアーを開催する。

Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" and "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band"
hits Japanese theaters on July 18th, 2015.  It is the second Pocket Monsters XY movie and the 18th film in the franchise overall.

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Pocket Monsters Special XY
March 24th, 2015

Dogasu @ 23:09 JST -- So I know I have a lot to cover when it comes to Pocket Monsters Special - ORAS, Volume 52, the second XY volume - but for right now I'm going to focus on getting the summaries for the XY chapter summaries up-to-date.  So here's the last four months' worth of XY:

February 2015
March 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
April 2015
May 2015

It was also announced, quite some time ago, that Pocket Monsters Special has been pulled from Pokemon Fan magazine.  Here's what it says on the official site:

Pokemon Fan Cancellation

""Pocket Monsters Special," which had been running in the magazine "Pokemon Fan," will be taking a break from Issue 40 (on-sale February 20th) due to certain circumstances.  We will make an announcement when the series' return to the magazine has been decided."

It was mentioned in an earlier blog entry (which has since been deleted) that the addition of the ORAS Chapter in Club Sunday is pretty much to blame here.  With XY, B2W2 (via the graphic novels), and now ORAS all going on at the same time they decided that something had to give and so the Pokemon Fan chapters are what got the axe.  Pokemon Fan has a weird release schedule that only leant itself to single-chapter stories that are hard to squeeze into the main story anyway so its loss isn't that huge a deal.  Mr. Kusaka has also said that he will continue his duties as overall advisor to the magazine and as a member of the editing staff (僕自身、漫画の連載はお休みしても、雑誌全体のアドバイザーとしての役割や編集作業への参加は続いていきますので、ぜひ見てね~(^.^)!).

I have friends staying with me for the next week so site updates are going to become a super low priority for me during that time.  Their timing could have been better - I reeeeeeally wanted to do a Yokai Watch April Fool's site this year - but I'm not going to just ignore my friends to write up a list of yokai or whatever.  See you guys in April!

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More non-news about the return of "Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire!"
March 23rd, 2015

Dogasu @ 18:35 JST -- Mima Masafumi, the man responsible for the amazing Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire radio show from back in 2012, took to Twitter again to tell us that no, there's no news to report on the show's comeback but that they're still trying.  He explains why he keeps trying over and over, which I think is kind of sweet:

Starting Over

"→I've been won over by the trio's charm.  It's because of the late writer Mr. Shudou Takeshi, the man who, the man who raised the Rocket-Dan, and I want to take good care of the treasures he left behind for us.  It's because he gave life to the Rocket-Dan members from the games.  It's because they help Satoshi-tachi shine even more brightly by shining so brightly themselves."

→惹かれているのは勿論ですがw。彼らを作った、いや育てたのは、今は亡き作家の首藤剛志さんだから。首藤さんが残してくれた財産を大事にしたい。ゲーム の中のロケット団の一員に、「命」を与えてくれたのだから。敵であるロケット団が光ってこそ、サトシ達の存在が更に輝きを放つのだから。

You can read translations of all the relevant tweets he made on the subject over on the Masafumi Mima's Twitter page here on the site.

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"The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" Manga Adaptation
March 23rd, 2015

Dogasu @ 09:43 JST -- The April issue of CoroCoro Comics was pretty lame news-wise, showing us nothing that we didn't already know beforehand about Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" and "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band".  Here's a list of all the legendary pokemon in the movie, a list that most of you have already made yourself after watching the trailers!  As boring as it all was, the issue wasn't a complete waste as it revealed information about the upcoming manga adaptation of the film.

The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa

The manga adaptation will show up in the May issue of CoroCoro Comics that'll go on sale April 15th, 2015.  It'll be drawn by Kamimura Gin, a relatively new face in the world of manga.  No page count has been revealed.  I think it's safe to assume that the adaptation will run for three issues - May 2015 (on-sale in April), June 2015 (on-sale in May), and July 2015 (on-sale in June) - before being collected into a graphic novel that will most likely go on-sale around the same time the movie comes out. 

I've created a page with what little there is to be known about the manga adaptation at the moment.  I'll be posting full summaries of each manga chapter as they come out.

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"Pikachu and the Pokemon Band" Narrator Announced
March 20th, 2015

Dogasu @ 06:51 JST -- The official website for Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" and "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band" announced that the narration for this year's Pikachu short will be performed by model / actress Yamamoto Mizuki (山本美月).  This will be Ms. Yamamoto's first time working in animation.

Yamamoto Mizuki

Here's what she had to say about being cast in the role:

From the time I was little my whole family absolutely loved Pokemon, so much so that we'd go out to see the movies every year.  So I was very happy when I was chosen to be a part of this series that's always been by my side.

We took multiple takes of even the single-word lines which not only shows how dedicated the staff is but also strengthens my respect for how hard voice actors work.  On top of that, I would think about how important the narration is to understanding what's going on and how the narrator's actually this really important role and I start to tense up.

When I was younger I used to look up to grown-up singers and the like and so now that I'm one of those grown-ups I want to be like an older sister to the kids who go see this movie.  I'll do my best the way only Yamamoto Mizuki can!

On top of that, the magazine that Ms. Yamamoto models for, CanCam, will dedicate part of its May 2015 issue to Pokemon!  The May 2015 issue goes on sale Monday, March 23rd and will come packaged with a greyscale Pikachu coin purse.

CanCam May 2015

Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" and "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band" hits Japanese theaters on July 18th, 2015.  It is the second Pocket Monsters XY movie and the 18th film in the franchise overall.

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New Trailer, "Appear, the Small Djinn Hoopa"
March 8th, 2015

Dogasu @ 17:58 JST -- The first full-length trailer (予告) for The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa was posted online yesterday:

As always (and by "as always" I mean that one other time I did this), here's a translation of the dialogue:

On-screen text:  Original Story: Tajiri Satoshi
Balza:  "Time...the skies...release thee from thy ancient binds!"
Pokémon the movie XY logo "Pika!"
Hoopa:  "Shee shee!  Did I scare ya?"
Satoshi:  "You..."
Narrator:  "A mysterious pokemon appears in front of Satoshi."
Hoopa:  "Hoopa!"
Satoshi:  "I'm Satoshi."
Hoopa:  "Saton!"
Pikachu:  "Pika?"
Hoopa:  "Pikan!"
On-screen text:  Director: Yuyama Kunihiko
Narrator:  "And then legendary pokemon start to gather, one after the other."
Satoshi:  "Why are the legendary pokemon...!?"
Hoopa:  "Hoopa'll think of something!  Appear~!"
On-screen text:  "Legendaries vs. Legendaries."
Narrator:  "A battle that shouldn't be taking place is shaking the entire world!"
Citron:  "Even Arceus is..."
Narrator:  "Hoopa's true power will be set free."
Satoshi:  "Hoopa!"
Balza:  "This is the power of the Confinement Urn."
Narrator:  "Pokemon the movie XY"
Hoopa:  (laughing) "Eee shee shee~"
Narrator:  "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa"

Female Narrator:  "And there will also be "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band."
On-screen text:  Opens Saturday, July 18th!

Musashi:  "If you buy a pre-order ticket then you'll receive code for Arceus!"
On-screen text:  An "Arceus" present code is included.  See the supplementary present guide for more details.
Kojirou:  "And on top of that, you'll receive a special clear file."
On-screen text:  Movie Theater exclusive "Appear Clear File."  A total of 300,000 will be given out all over Japan.
Nyasu:  "And that's not all!  It also comes with an "Appear Claim Receipt" for a legendary pokemon ."
On-screen text:  A "legendary pokemon" Appear Claim Receipt is included.  See the supplementary present guide for more details.
Kojirou:  "The identity of the legendary pokemon you'll receive is still a secret-on~"
On-screen text:  More details will be announced on the movie's official website on Wednesday, April 15th.  Redemption will begin on Saturday, June 20th.  Valid with Pocket Monsters Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, X, and Y.
Musashi:  "This year there's double bonuses for pre-ordering your ticket!"
Rocket-Dan:  "We've got a really good feel- (gets cut off by the horde of Pikachu)"

In other news, it was announced that there will be a new short to go along with this movie just like there was for the Mewtwo and Diancie movies.  This new short, Appear, the Small Djinn Hoopa (おでまし小魔神フーパ), will be made available as part of a special pre-order set exclusive to Seven-Eleven stores here in Japan.  Details about how to obtain this short as well as a translation of the plot summary that's been provided have been added to the site.

Appear, the Small Djinn Hoopa

A runtime hasn't been provided so we don't know if it'll be the same length as a regular episode or if it'll be a little five minute thing like the Diancie one was.  I've reserved my copy so I'll be sure to post a full report when the DVD comes out in June.

Finally, I've updated the Pre-Order Bonus page with information on the clear file you can receive for pre-ordering your movie ticket at participating movie theaters in Japan.

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New Plot Information / Character Bios
March 7th, 2015

Dogasu @ 09:06 JST -- The official website for this year's movie, The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa, updated earlier this week with a lot of new information.

First up are the updated plot synopses.  I've translated them and added the synopses
for both the main feature and the Pikachu short to the main page I have set up for this year's movie.

The trailer that was shown during Thursday morning's episode of Oha Sta has been added to the main site. 

Here's a translation of the dialogue:

Satoshi:  "Why are the legendary pokemon...!?"
Hoopa:  "Hoopa'll think of something!  Appear~!"
Narrator:  "A battle that shouldn't be taking place is shaking the entire world!"
On-screen text:  "Legendaries vs. Legendaries."
Narrator:  "Pokemon the movie XY"
Satoshi:  "Hoopa!"
Hoopa:  (laughing) "Shee shee~"
Narrator:  "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa"

I've also added Character Bios for the three new human characters Mary, Balza (or Barza), and Traveler.  What do you want to bet Nakagawa Shouko ends up voicing Mary?


Pre-order tickets for the movie go on sale today, March 7th.  An Arceus is being offered as a pre-order bonus.

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