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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
content you can't find anywhere else. Stuff like detailed
comparisons between the
Japanese version and the English version of the animated series,
lists for all pokemon, information on the various manga, a
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
for every fan to enjoy.
Strikes Back! Evolution
Released Date announced
December 14th, 2018
@ 7:40 JST -- Late yesterday afternoon
the release date for Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution
was revealed to the public for the first time during Toho's annual
showcase of upcoming titles..
The 22nd Pocket Monsters film
will be released on Friday, July
12th, 2019. This was pretty much a given - basically every Pocket Monsters movie has debuted
during that one three day weekend in July - but it's still nice to see
an official confirmation regardless.
Some initial credits were also provided on Toho's
official website. First up, the film will be directed by both
Kunihiko Yuyama (湯山邦彦) and Motohori Sakakibara (榊原幹典). Mr. Yuyama did
the first 20 Pocket Monsters
movies and then had apparently passed
the torch on to Tetsuo Yajima but it seems like his retirement was
only a temporary one. Mr. Sakakibara, meanwhile, is known
primarily for CG animated films such as the Snack
World movie and Rudolph
the Black Cat, so make of that what you will.
Takeshi Shudo (首藤剛志) is being credited as writing the
screenplay...despite the fact that he's been dead for almost
a decade. It is worth noting that he was given a co-screenplay
credit for 2017's Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!",
probably due to how the Episode 1 retelling section of that film was
basically his original script verbatim, so the fact that he's also
credited here strongly suggests that this new film will reuse a
significant portion his script from the original Mewtwo Strikes Back!
Everything there is to know about the film so far has been collected here.
The Movie: The Power of Us Contest Winners
December 13th, 2018
@ 7:40 JST -- Last month I held a contest
on the site to award five people with a free tiket to go see Pokémon The Movie: The Power of Us.
The contest is over, the tickets have been passed out, and the winners
have seen the film so let's take a look at their "Everyone's Story":
|2 years ago I started dating
@SpecialAgentApe. At the time I wasn't into Pokemon. I had stopped
playing after Gen 3 & tried getting back in with the launch of XY,
but to no luck.
He told me that Pokemon meant a lot to him & that he could help get
me back into the series. I wasn't too sure, but like XY, the
announcement of Sun & Moon interested me, so we agreed we'd play it
Skip to end of the year. SuMo is 2 weeks out. Ape comes over for a
visit. With him he brings me a 3ds game. It's his copy of Omega Ruby.
He tells me it's a great starting point before Gen 7. I was hesitant.
Gen 3 was the game that burnt me out 14 years ago.
I had come to trust him, so I agreed. He was right. The love &
detail GF put into OrAs was astounding. It helped me see the game in a
new light. After that, the big day came. Sun/Moon had released, &
we had the games preloaded, ready to play it together.
I was blown away. 1st time since GS that I had been this invested in
Pokemon. All thanks to Ape. I even completed my 1st pokedex! The
following year we would move in together. He then introduced me to the
gens I missed & shiny hunting. My Pokelove was back.
Today we're at the airport about to visit his family. Our flight has
been delayed & switched multiple times. How are we passing the
time? Well. .
|I play Pokemon VGC, the video game
championships, and I’m in Southern California. There’s a lot of events
of events here, but I have yet to go to any of them. However, I’m in a
bunch of VGC discords and on Twitter a lot, and it’s pretty cool to see
people supporting me and wanting me to go to events, especially in
California. Also, I’m able to have friends all over America because of
Pokemon and learn more about other cultures and places.
friend James Wagnon and I. We went to a comic book store that taught us
how to play the card game so many years ago. If not for him we would
never went to that, bookstore and I would never learn to play that game
it always looked a bit complicated, and card games always intimidated
me, but the guy who is there at the comic book store was real cool
about it and taught us how to play the game. I would have never learned
how to play the card game if not for James taking me to that, bookstore
which I don't think is even open anymore sadly
|When I was four, my brother offered to let
me play his Pokemon Yellow for like 50 cents an hour. I was kind of a
dumb four year old and naively gave in to his money-making scheme, but
I'm pretty sure it was a smart decision. My only experience with games
at that point was Mario Kart: Double Dash and Melee so Pokemon was a
really new experience to me. I was drawn into the game and loved
collecting the characters. Fun fact: I haven't beaten the elite four in
Yellow yet! Fast forward seventeen years, and I've happily played
through most of the main and spin-off games and taken down the elite
four (funnily enough, I haven't beaten the E4 yet in Let's Go, which of
course is a remake of Yellow, but I'll finally do it this
weekend!). I credit Pokemon to giving me a neat source of
community because now I host Pokemon tournaments and make trivia for my
college Pokemon club and of course meet more Pokemon fans! If it
weren't for my brother letting me get into Pokemon at that age, I'm not
sure where I might be. What if I got into something like Yu-Gi-Oh for a
long time? @_@ I still wonder..
And finally, Stevenprr2Pryor
|My stepfather, 20 years ago; installed
Pokémon Red and Blue on my computer when I was 6, as one of many
games he taught me how to play when I was living in California. The
rest, as they say, is history.
Thank you to everyone who entered!
heading to Japanese Theaters in May 2019
December 4th, 2018
@ 7:35 JST -- We've known for a while
that the Hollywood live action Pokémon
movie, Pokémon: Detective
Pikachu, will be coming out in the U.S. and Europe in May 2019.
However, basically nothing had been announced about a Japanese release.
When the first trailer dropped a couple of weeks ago, for example, we
got English, Spanish, French, Italian,
and German versions but there was a conspicuous lack of a Japanese
trailer. Could the Japanese release be delayed, like so,
so many other Hollywood movies before it?
Well we got our answer when on Thursday, November 29th, a press event
was held in Tokyo that officially
announced that the Japanese version of the film is coming out in May. At the moment the film, Meitantei Pikachuu
(名探偵ピカチュウ), or "Detective
Pikachu" has a vague "May 2019" release date. The movie will debut
in the U.S. on May 10th under the title Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.
An official website for the
Japanese version of the film was also launched on the 29th. There's not
much on there at the moment but the "Introduction" section includes
some plot information that I don't know has ever been made public
before (?) so I've translated that below:
makes its Hollywood Live Action Movie Debut!
It looks cute...but it has the heart of an
(but it can speak
"Pikachu," who even today is beloved worldwide by people of all
generations, is finally making its Hollywood live action movie debut!?
Legendary Pictures, the people who brought you the "Dark Knight" and
"Pacific Rim" series, has brought together a fantastic staff and cast
the world of Pokemon to life. It looks cute...but it has the heart of
an old man!? Moreover, the person who's providing the voice of the
human language speaking Detective Pikachu is none other than Ryan
Reynolds from the
blockbuster "Deadpool" series! Ryan, who was once chosen as People
magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive," will be giving the world a brand new
Pikachu who's wise-cracking yet still lovable. And the person who's
been selected to play the role of Tim, Detective Pikachu's partner, is
the up-and-comer Justice Smith! The story begins when Tim goes to Ryme
City to search for his father who got involved in a certain incident.
There, Tim meets Detective Pikachu, a pokemon who can speak human
language but that only he can hear. The rest of the cast includes
Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Rita Ora, Suki Waterhouse, and an actor who
comes from Pokemon's homeland of Japan, Ken Watanabe. In May 2019 the
curtain will rise on a new Pikachu story that nobody's ever seen before!
(Justice Smith), who used to love pokemon when he was a boy, has been
avoiding both his father Harry and pokemon ever since the former didn't
come home while working on a case having to do with the latter. Years
later the now adult Tim receives a phone call from Harry's former
partner Lieutenant Yoshida (Ken Watanabe): "I'm sorry but your father
was in an accident...he didn't make it." With his head still swirling
with emotions Tim heads to Ryme City, a place where humans and pokemon
live side by side. As he's in his father's apartment to clear out his
belongings Tim has his first encounter with Detective Pikachu (Ryan
Reynolds), a pokemon who can speak human language that only he can
hear. Detective Pikachu tells Tim that he was Harry's partner and that
he lost his memory due to the accident but that he is sure of one
thing: "Harry's still alive." Why did Harry vanish? What is the mystery
of the incident that took place in Ryme City? A new duo is about to
tackle this great mystery head on!
language trailer for the film has also dropped, which is
basically the original English trailer with Japanese subtitles slapped
The press event announcing the movie took place at the Grand Hyatt
Tokyo on Thursday, November 29th. The event was attended by director
Rob Letterman, cast members Justice Smith (Tim) and Kathryn Newton
(Lucy), and Ryoma Takeuchi (竹内涼真), who was announced to be providing
the voice of Tim in the Japanese dub of the film. Ryoma Takeuchi is
probably best known among Westerners as portraying the role of
Shin'nosuke Tomari in Kamen
Detective Pikachu will be one of two Pokemon movies coming out next year, with the
other being Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes
Back! Evolution" coming
out in July.
the purposes of this website, I will be focusing primarily on the
release of the film. More information about its release will be added
as it becomes available.
Tetsuo Yajima sees Pokémon
The Movie: The Power of Us
November 27th, 2018
@ 23:40 JST -- Tetsuo
Yajima (矢嶋哲生), the director of this year's Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's
Story," was recently in the U.S. to watch the English dub of
the film. The 33-year old director chronicled his trip in a number of tweets:
He starts off by announcing that he saw the English dub in Los Angeles:
November 26th, 14:23 JST
てきて26日になってしまったけど、昨日24日ロサンゼルス『Pokémon the Movie: The Power of
Us』を見に行って来ました！！ 場所はLA LIVEの映画館です！ ゲリラ的にこっそりはいってロスの人たちの反応を伺っていました（笑）
|It was already the 26th when I
got back to Japan but "yesterday" was the 24th and so I went to go see Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us
in Los Angeles!! I saw it at the LA Live theater. I surreptitiously
went around and asked the people of LA what they thought of the film,
red carpet style (laughs)
26th, 14:26 JST
|Ta-da~! Look at what's at the
26th, 14:36 JST
|When I went to see the movie
this time I was able to get the event organizers to set aside some time
for me to talk to the people who saw the film!! Even though this wasn't
a scheduled event or anything like that I was still able to talk to
around 40 people!! I asked them what they thought of the movie, one by
one, and had really nice chats with them.
26th, 14:44 JST
|As I asked them how they felt
about the film everyone's eyes lit up, and some of them even started to
tear up a little as they gave their answers, and so I could really feel
just how much they all love Pokemon. The only way I could repay them at
that time was to give them each my autograph!!
26th, 14:51 JST
|I'm really happy to be
connected to a project that crosses borders and is loved by people all
over the world. I would be happy to continue creating works that make
people happy, just like this time.
Thank you all so, so much for giving me this chance.
It seems like he was done until one fan tweeted him:
26th, 14:54 JST
Here's what the fan said:
督！お早うございます！ ｢みんもの｣ブルーレイが待ちきれずアメリカ版観てきました！ タイトルは2000年ルギアの｢The Power Of
One｣をもじって｢The Power Of Us｣ 本日から全米で4日間の限定上映です！こちらの役者の演技も素晴らしいのでDVDは是非！
|Mr. director! Good morning! I
couldn't wait for the Blu-ray of "MinaMono" so I went and saw the
American version! "The Power of Us," whose title is taken from the 2000
Lugia movie "The Power of One," is starting a limited four day
theatrical run throughout the U.S.! The actors in this (English)
version are fantastic so I'll definitely be getting the DVD! From San
"MinaMono" is an abbreviation for Minna no Monogatari; "Everyone's
And here's his reply:
んとサンフランシスコ！！ アメリカ版僕も観ました！ 吹き替え良かったですよね^_^
|From San Francisco!! I also saw
the American version!! The dub was really good ^_^
Finally, at 15:02
|By the way, if you're wondering
why I was in Los Angeles, it's because it was right around this time
last year when I was doing location scouting...in Los Angeles and San
Francisco!! And I'm very happy I was able to see this movie with the
person who showed me around last time. I wish I could have also seen it
in San Francisco...
Mr. Yajima is back in Japan now. Whether
or not he's working on anything else Pocket
Monsters related at the moment is currently unknown.
Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" was released in theaters
13th, 2018 in Japan. The home video release of the Japanese
version is scheduled to come out on December 19th. The English language
dub is currently in theaters
in the U.S. until December 1st under the title "The Power of Us."
Movie: The Power of Us Ticket Giveaway
November 21st, 2018
@ 00:00 JST -- If you follow me on social
media you may have noticed me promoting the upcoming release of the
English dub of Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's
Story"? Which is super weird, right? Why is Dogasu, of all people, promoting the
release of The Power of Us?
Is everything OK?
Actually things are great! What's going on here is that the good people
Events reached out to me recently and asked if I would help promote
this new film for them. They also offered to give me 5 free tickets for
the trouble. I have no use for these tickets, of course, but I thought
it'd be a nice giveaway for you all so I agreed to do it.
So here's what I'm going to do: the theme of this movie is how everyone
has their story. So if you want a ticket I want you to tell me a story about how you worked
together with someone to achieve something Pokémon-related that
you couldn't have done all by yourself. Maybe a friend gave you a ride
to some event somewhere, or someone at a covention helped you complete
your Kanto Pokédex in Pokémon GO, or a friend took the
time to teach you how to play the Pokémon Trading Card
Game...the choice is yours. The winning entries will be shared on this
site at a later date.
You have three ways of entering:
Word of warning: the tickets I have to
give away are only valid for AMC and Regal
locations in the U.S. so those of you outside the U.S. will
unfortunately not be able to enter.
- Send the story in a
tweet using the hashtag #EveryonesStory. Multiple tweet stories are
fine but please be sure to include the hashtag in each tweet; tweets
without the hashtag in them will be ignored.
- Send the story to me in
an e-mail to email@example.com.
Please include the words "Everyone's Story" in the subject line of the
- Post your story to
post on the Dogasu's
Backpack Facebook page.
Since the first showings of this movie are on December 24th I'm going
to go ahead and set the deadline for this to Thursday, November 22nd at 11:59 pm EST.
Pokemon Pia Interviews (Part 1)
October 30th, 2018
@ 21:46 JST -- A nasty tonsil infection
knocked me out of commission for most of last week but I'm back now
with a new (old) interview translation!
The first translation I have is an
interview with the late Unshou Ishizuka, the voice of Dr. Ookido,
from the magazine / book Pokemon Pia.
What was his most memorable TV show / movie? What character did he wish
he could play again? How does he feel his performance has changed over
the years? All that and more can be found in this interview!
This is also the only interview I have among all my books / magazines
with Mr. Ishizuka. He just never did a lot of Pocket Monsters-related press stuff
over the years.
This Pokemon Pia book, by the
ways, contains a whopping fourteen interviews (13 cast members and then
director Yuyama) so it's something I'll be going back to again and
again over the next few weeks. I think for next week I'll post
interview with Kasumi's and Takeshi's voice actors from the book...?
October 16th, 2018
@ 22:26 JST -- Hey! Let's try restarting
this whole Translation Tuesdays thing I've been slacking off on lately!
This week I've done a complete overhaul of my page for the Generation 2 pokemon. For
years I simply listed (my amateurish attempts at romanizing) the
Japanese names and then English names and called it a day but these
days I want to do more. I've already added things like pictures
and detailed breakdowns of what the names mean for Generation 1 and 7 and so I hope to be able
to do the same for all the generations in between.
Next week the plan is to translate an Unshou Ishizuka interview from a
magazine that came out last year to celebrate the release of Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!"