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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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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.

Pocket Monsters the Movie 2018

The text accompanying the update is as follows:

劇場版ポケットモンスター「幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕(ばくたん)」の重要なシーンで流れる笛の音。

In the teaser for the newest movie, you can see a shadow being reflected on the water belonging to a pokemon flying through the air...and we're about to reveal just who that pokemon is!

Can you believe it!? It's the legendary pokemon Lugia who will be appearing in the newest movie!

That impactful melody you hear at the end of the teaser is the sound of a flute that plays during an important scene in the second movie, 1999's Pocket Monsters the Movie "Revelation Lugia."

In that historic film, Lugia was an ally to Satoshi and played a big role in the movie. What will Lugia do in this year's film!? Look forward to us revealing even more information here on the official movie site!

Check out the teaser here

The news update continues by providing more information about Lugia itself:

分類: せんすいポケモン
タイプ: エスパー・ひこう
高さ: 5.2m
重さ: 216.0kg
Category:  Diving Pokemon
Type:  Psychic, Flying
Height:  5.2m
Weight:  216.0kg

...followed up by a little history of its apperances so far:

Pocket Monsters the Movie "Revelation Lugia"
Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa"

ルギアは劇場版ポケットモンスター「幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕(ばくたん)」(1999年)でシルエットとともに、謎のポケモン“X”として初登場。

最近ではポケモン・ザ・ムービーXY「光輪(リング)の超魔神 フーパ」(2015年)や『Pokémon GO』のレイドバトルにも登場。

『ポケットモンスター 金・銀』のポケモンの中で1番の人気を誇るなど、世代問わず知名度&人気ともに高い伝説のポケモンです。

>>劇場版ポケットモンスター「幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕(ばくたん)」について
>>ポケモン・ザ・ムービーXY「光輪(リング)の超魔神 フーパ」について

Lugia was first introduced in 1999's Pocket Monsters the Movie "Revelation Lugia" as a silhouette known simply as the mysterious Pokemon "X."

After that it got a lot of attention for being put on the cover of the video game Pocket Monsters Silver version. Its latest appearances have been in 2015's Pokemon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" as well as Raid Battles in Pokémon GO.

In the "Pokemon General Election 720," which took place in 2016, Lugia ranked the highest of all the Pocket Monsters Gold & Silver pokemon and is a legendary pokemon whose name recognition and popularity transcends generations.

More about Pocket Monsters the Movie "Revelation Lugia"
More about Pokemon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa"

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.

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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.

Understanding "Seasons" of the Pokémon TV Show

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!

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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!

Eighteenth Anniversary

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!

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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).

Hiromi Tsuru

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 Birth of Mewtwo
Female Rocket-Dan Boss

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:

"If you gather the seven Dragon Balls they're said to be able to grant you any wish, right? But not this time. I'm sorry."


Condolences to Ms. Tsuru's family and friends.  May she rest in peace.

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