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About "The Castle Beneath the Sea! Kuzumo and Dramidoro!!" airing in Korea
September 17th, 2014
Dogasu @ 17:23 EDT -- During my extended and unannounced hiatus news popped up about the episode "The Castle Beneath the Sea! Kuzumo and Dramidoro!!" airing in Korea.
The story goes that the episode, which was scheduled to air in Japan back in April but didn't because of the tragic sinking of the MV Sewol ferry the week before, just all of a sudden popped up on Korean TV the night of August 8th. The episode supposedly aired at 6:30pm on an IPTV channel that doesn't usually air Pocket Monsters.
Here's the problem I have with all of this, though; it's been over a month since the episode allegedly aired. Why don't we have any detailed summaries, high quality screenshots, or video clips from the episode? Why isn't 해저의 성을 지켜라! 수레기와 드래캄, the reported Korean title of the episode, up on any torrent site? Why should we trust this random Twitter user that none of us know? Why do we still only know as much about the episode now as we did back on August 7th?
This all seems very suspicious to me. Right now the only "proof" we have that this episode aired are a couple of photos taken by somebody on Twitter. And I'm sorry, but "I read it on the Internet" isn't enough for me.
I've updated the timeline page I have for the skipped episode with everything I was able to dig up about this alleged airing.
Pocket Monsters XY Special "The Greatest Mega Evolution ~ Act II ~"
September 16th, 2014
Dogasu @ 22:36 EDT -- TV-Tokyo's page for the Pocket Monsters XY Special The Greatest Mega Evolution ~ Act II ~ was updated yesterday and so I thought now was as good a time as any to finally get a page up for it on this site.
I've taken every piece of information there is on the official site and translated it. I've also gotten a new character bio up for Daigo, the Champion of the Houen Region. I wasn't a fan of the first special (bland characters engaging in a bunch of random battles just doesn't do it for me) but hopefully this one will actually have a plot and will be more interesting. Fingers crossed!
"The Battle of the Badge!"
September 15th, 2014
Dogasu @ 21:16 EDT -- Oh hey, I have a website, apparently!
Sorry for the unannounced absence. Rushing around the U.S. and then trying to get settled back in Japan has kept me a lot busier than I expected. I have a ton to catch up on (OMG "The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire" Season 2!!!!!) but I wanted to start things off by giving you guys a brand new episode comparison. Here's what was changed for the episode released in the U.S. as "The Battle of the Badge!"
This episode is one that's been requested many times over the years and contains quite a few notable differences that people are still confused about to this day. There's also some interesting things in there about how this episode not airing when it was supposed to led to a brand new opening to Mewtwo Strikes Back that wasn't going to be there originally. It's definitely worth a read!
I've unfortunately had to deactivate the site's Facebook page for the time being but I hope to be able to have it back up in a couple of days. In the meantime you can still leave feedback on Twitter, that thread up on Bulbagarden, or via e-mail.
Pokemon the Movie XY Week Four Box Office Figures
August 13th, 2014
Dogasu @ 15:28 EDT -- I'm back in the U.S. of A. everybody! I'll be in the country for the next two weeks and while I will be busy visiting old friends and doing sightseeing and whatnot I still want to try to update this site a few times during my trip.
Today I'll be reporting the box office information for The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie's fourth week in theaters. The movie fell to sixth place this past weekend with the number one spot went to the CG film STAND BY ME Doraemon. That bumped Rurouni Kenshin The Great Kyoto Fire down to number two. Debuting in third place was Transformers: Age of Extinction, which pushed Maleficent down to fourth place and When Marnie was There down to fifth.
Oddly enough Cinema Today is not reporting any updated figures for this year's Pokemon movie. They've always done so in the past so I'm not sure what the deal is this week but hopefully we'll get some updated numbers in next week's report.
Pokemon the Movie XY Week Three Box Office Figures
August 8th, 2014
Dogasu @ 06:38 JST -- Ugh, SORRY about the lack of updates guys. Work's been super exhausting this week and also I'm going to the U.S. in a few days to go visit and so I've been busy getting ready for that as well. I can, at least, give you guys the third week box office figures for The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie.
The movie went down another spot in its third week due to the arrival of Rurouni Kenshin The Great Kyoto Fire. I saw the movie on Sunday and it's pretty effing amazing so I'm happy it's a success. The sequel to 2012's live action Rurouni Kenshin movie came in first place, moving Godzilla down to second, Maleficent down to third, and Pokemon the movie XY down to fourth. This year's Pokemon movie has earned a total of 1,469,523,700 yen (approximately US $14,331,853) so far.
In other movie news, Anime News Network is reporting that the new issue of CoroCoro Comics "announced" that Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre will be the stars of this year's movie but that's absolutely not true. All the blurb they link to is doing is saying that there was a teaser at the end of this year's movie that showed Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre oh and by the way here are some screenshots. The magazine makes zero claims about what is or what isn't going to be in next year's movie because it, like the rest of us, has absolutely no idea at this point.
Pokemon the Movie XY Week Two Box Office Figures
July 30th, 2014
Dogasu @ 14:45 JST -- The box office figures for The Cocoon of Destrucion and Diancie / Pikachu, What is This the Key To?'s second week have been announced!
Unfortunately, as expected, the movie dropped to third place in its second week in theaters. So far the movie has grossed 908,933,900 yen (approximately US $8,903,216) so it should hopefully be passing the one billion yen mark soon. First place went to the American Godzilla, which is only just now seeing a release in Japan (WTF!?), while Maleficent retains the number two spot.
Pocket Monsters Special - CoroCoro Ichiban!
July 24th, 2014
Dogasu @ 18:33 JST -- Sorry this is a few days late but here's a summary of the new chapter of Pocket Monsters Special that came out this past Monday:
Volume 51 comes out tomorrow and is set to conclude the Black & White arc. I'll be posting summaries of the new content as soon as I can.
"The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie" Pamphlet
July 23rd, 2014
Dogasu @ 21:24 JST -- A pamphlet goes on sale every time a new movie comes out here in Japan. In addition to things like screenshots, a plot summary, and a full cast and staff list, these pamphlets include messages written by the voice actors about their roles in this year's movie. This year's pamphlet is no different.
Today I've translated those voice actor messages (as well as a message from the director!) and put them on a page here.
Also! The opening weekend box office numbers are in and Pokemon XY The Movie The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie / Pikachu, What is This the Key To? debuted at number one! According to Cinema Today, the film was shown across 357 screens nationwide and was seen by 360,190 people, making 559,908,500 yen (approximately US $5,521,806) over the three day weekend. The Cinema Today report goes on to say that this is the first time a Pocket Monsters movie has debuted at the number one spot in Japan since 2007's Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl The Movie Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai.
Rounding out the top three this past weekend was Maleficent at number two and Studio Ghibli's When Marnie was There at number three.
Finally, I picked up the graphic novel collection of the manga adaptation of the movie the day it came out but haven't had a chance to write anything up for this site yet. In the meantime, however, it looks like the official CoroCoro website has the entire first chapter of the manga adaptation of the movie up for free! You can check out the entire 42 page chapter here for the next month or so. Hope that tides you over in the meantime!
Pocket Monsters Special
July 20th, 2014
Dogasu @ 22:11 JST -- Four updates in a single day!?!?
Yesterday the new issue of Pokemon Fan came out and, as always, it included a new chapter of Pocket Monsters Special. I've added a summary of that chapter to my Pocket Monsters Special page.
The magazine also had a two page spread about Pocket Monsters XY The Space Debris, the planetarium show now showing here in Japan. There's no new information in there but it does include an image of the scene showing Serena and Eureka imagining themselves as astronauts that I talked about in my write-up of the special so I scanned that in and have added it to the page.
I've still got a ton more stuff to go through related to yesterday's movie so check back tomorrow for more translations and information you can't find anywhere else!
Main Staff List
July 20th, 2014
Dogasu @ 17:52 JST -- I've now gone through and typed up a portion of the full staff list and added it to my page for The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie & Pikachu, What is This the Key To? This isn't all the credits, of course, but I've picked out the big ones that I know people are most interested in.
Are there any other staff members you're interested in?
Full Voice Actor List
July 20th, 2014
Dogasu @ 15:29 JST -- I picked up the pamphlet that accompanied the newest Pocket Monsters movie, as I always do, and so I now have a full cast and staff list for the movie at my disposal. It's been added to my page for The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie & Pikachu, What is This the Key To?
There are quite a few oddities in the cast list - Yveltal's conspicuously missing and Ayaka's inclusion is weird considering she doesn't actually say anything in the whole movie - but it is what it is. The credits typed up in the pamphlet are the exact same ones that appear at the end of the actual movie so if they don't list a voice actor then all we can do now is guess.
"Pikachu, What is This the Key To?"
July 20th, 2014
Dogasu @ 11:53 JST -- Here's what happens in the Pikachu short Pikachu What is This the Key To?
I wish the other pokemon had been given a chance to do something - Luchabre's pretty useless here - but it's still a pretty decent short regardless.
"The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie"
July 19th, 2014
Dogasu @ 13:58 JST -- The new movie opens in theaters today! I got a chance to see it earlier this morning and would like to share what I think are notable. I'll be updating this post throughout the day so keep checking back every so often:
As for the teaser for next year's movie:
I'll be posting a summary of what happens in the Pikachu short later.
"Pocket Monsters XY The Space Debris"
July 16th, 2014
Dogasu @ 23:56 JST -- On Sunday I saw the planetarium special! I got home, wrote about 80% of my impressions and then...came down with a terrible flu that kept me out of work for like two days. Whee. I'm feelilng a lot better now so let's get this thing out there!
Tonight I take a look at the planetarium special that just came out this past weekend Pocket Monsters XY The Space Debris. I had a chance to go and see it Sunday afternoon and would like to share my experience with you all. How was the show? What was the story? Was it any good?
I would like to see the show again when it opens up in Tokyo Skytree Town (the other Tokyo venue this thing's being shown at) to both see what I missed the first time around and to see if there are any differences in the way they present the show versus the way it was presented in Sunshine City. That won't happen until after the Diancie movie comes out, however, but I'll do my best to make it happen soon.
As always, please let me know what you think through Facebook / Twitter / whatever.
This week's news
July 6th, 2014
Dogasu @ 21:38 JST -- A few updates have been made to the official website for The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie.
First up, some changes in the character pages confirm that the pokemon the thieves had in the manga adaptation of the movie will be in the actual movie as well. Pokemon owned by the characters-of-the-day in these movies tend to be one of the few things the manga adaptations fudges around with but it doesn't seem like this year's adaptation took any liberties on this front. Good to know.
The website also shows us that these four pokemon will be appearing in the Pikachu short:
The characters page has been updated accordingly.
There's also been a page added about a special opening day screening of the movie and so I went and translated that. The director of the movie and a bunch of the voice actors in the film will be present during this special opening day screening of the movie so I sent in an entry into the lottery in the hopes that I'll actually be able to attend this thing and give you guys a first-hand report. There's no guarantee I'll be able to go but fingers crossed!
In CD news, you know that J☆Dee’Z CD coming out later this month, Let's Dance with Pokemon with J☆Dee'Z? Well, Sony Music Japan's website has updated its site with a full track listing and holy shit look at track number three:
03) V (Volt) (Matsumoto Rika with J☆Dee’Z)
Suddenly my interest in this CD has skyrocketed. I mean I was going to get it anyway because I buy pretty much every Pocket Monsters CD that's released in Japan but finding out that this will have a version of the opening theme sung by Matsumoto Rika!? Ho-ly crap I cannot wait for this. One of my main complaints with V (Volt) and its remix is that while they're both catchy songs the whole thing is dragged down by a lackluster performance by an artist who really doesn't have any business in front of a microphone. But! Matsumoto Rika can actually sing and she doesn't need any autotune to fix her voice the way other musicians do! I'm kind of "meh" about J☆Dee’Z being a part of this (I mean it is on their debut CD so it's kind of unavoidable) but hopefully they'll just stick to the Pokemon Types rap at the beginning and end and then step aside to let Ms. Matsumoto do her thing.
The CD comes out July 23rd, 2014. The CD Guide's been updated accordingly.
Let's take a look at the competition
June 29th, 2014
Dogasu @ 22:04 JST -- This year's movie The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie is coming out July 19th, 2014. Every year I like to scope out the competition and see what else is being released that day and so here's what I've come up for this year:
Maleficent opens on July 5th and so The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie might end up debuting in second place if Angelina Jolie's newest film is still doing well by the time the 19th rolls around. Which, knowing how much Japan loves both Disney and Angelina Jolie, is a very strong possibility. So maybe the weekend box office will be Maleficent, then Pocket Monsters, and then the Studio Ghibli movie?
In other news, Amazon Japan posted the track listing for Pokemon the Movie XY "The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie" & "Pikachu, What is This the Key To?" Music Collection! The CD Guide's been updated accordingly.
A few things worth mentioning:
I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel for this big project I've been working on lately. If all goes well maybe it'll be ready before next weekend's up?
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