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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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The state of Pocket Monsters streaming services in 2017
January 19th, 2017

Dogasu @ 23:08 JST -- Today I'd like to take some time to talk about the various streaming options fans in Japan have when it comes to watching Pocket Monsters because hey, nobody else will. What's it like over here for Pocket Monsters fans? What are our options?

The three video streaming services I'll be focusing on today are
Hulu Japan, Netflix Japan, and Amazon Prime Video. Please note that the Japanese versions of these sites are only available in Japan. While it is certainly possible to circumvent each site's region locking and set up an account using a Japanese credit card, for most people these sites, as I describe them, are only available to people living in Japan.

Hulu
Hulu began streaming Pocket Monsters in 2012. They're also, as of this writing, the service with the least amount of Pocket Monsters content.

At the moment Hulu offers three series: Pocket Monsters, Pocket Monsters XY&Z, and Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon. Hulu is different from the other streaming services in that they don't post every episode of any given (Pocket Monsters) series; instead, they post a set number of episodes and then rotate them out.

Take the original Pocket Monsters series for example. Hulu only has 20 episodes of Pocket Monsters at any given time; ten of those episodes are the first ten Kanto episodes while the remaining ten episodes vary depending on what month it is. For example, this month the "other ten" episodes are Episodes 161 - 170. Next month, those ten episodes will be removed and replaced with Episodes 171 - 180. The month after that, 181 - 190. And so on and so on.

Hulu

Hulu also only has the last 20 episodes of XY&Z.

It's not all bad, though. Hulu is the quickest to post new episodes of Sun & Moon, often having them online within minutes of them airing on TV-Tokyo.
The versions of the early Kanto episodes they post are also the version that aired before the Pokemon Shock incident, meaning that none of the edits made to those first 37 episodes (whenever they enter the rotation, that is) to dim certain scenes down are present on this site. Finally, it's the only site of the three I'm going over today that has the original, black-faced version of "Rougela's Christmas"; the other sites are using the 2012 purple edit.

Hulu Japan is 933 yen (about US $8.17) a month.

Netflix
Netflix Japan, which is the most recent service to offer Pocket Monsters in Japan (it only just got the series last month!), does some things better than Hulu while doing other things worse.

For starters, they don't do the same episode rotation thing that Hulu does; once and episode is up, it seems to be up for good. At the moment they have the first 82 episodes of the original Pocket Monsters series (so basically all of Kanto), most episodes of Sun & Moon (more on that later), all the movies up to 2015's The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa and most of the Pikachu shorts (except Pichu and Pikachu because reasons).

While all the episodes are, of course, presented in their original uncut Japanese, the episode titles and summaries used on the site are all based on the English dub. I assume most of them are just copy and pasted from the American Netflix site but then even episodes that were never dubbed get summaries so I don't know.

Netflix

Here's Netflix's summary of "The Legend of Miniryu," for example:

Episode 54
Ash and his friends meet the warden of the Safari Zone. While being briefed on the safari rules at the office, they spot an intriguing photograph.


(And no, I don't know why it says "Episode 54" there either)

They also have summaries for Sun & Moon as well that mix up dub terminology with the original Japanese names:

Netflix

Netflix isn't without its faults, however. The eyecatches and next episode previews are missing from each episode, something Hulu never skips. There's also the fact that Netflix usually posts new episodes of Sun & Moon about two weeks late; I'm assuming Hulu's contract gives them first dibs on new episodes while everyone else has to wait.

Netflix Japan is 950 yen (about US $8.28) a month for the standard package.

Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is, hands down, the best way to watch Pocket Monsters in Japan.

Where do I start? Amazon Prime Video has every episode of every series (minus the banned-in-Japan episodes, obviously). That's nearly 1,000 episodes, you guys. They have every movie from Mewtwo Strikes Back up to
The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa and most of the Pikachu shorts (again, no Pichu & Pikachu) as well.

Amazon

The cons of Amazon Video Prime? Um...as of this writing they're about two episodes behind on Sun & Moon and the early Kanto episodes are all the post-Porygon edits but other than that there's really not much to complain about.  Amazon Prime Video in Japan is pretty awesome.

Amazon Prime Video is 3,900 (US $34.17) yen a year.


What's the streaming situation like in your country? Let me know via one of the links below!!

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Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!"
January 1st, 2017

Dogasu @ 16:19 JST -- Let's catch up with news about this year's movie, shall we?

Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!"

This year's film will not be a Sun & Moon movie, as many of us probably expected, and will instead be a film called Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!"

As is usually the case this time of year, we know next to nothing about the new movie. Toho's site for the film reveals that it's being written by Shouji Yonemura, a writer who's been with the series since the Kanto days, and the teaser material all shows Satoshi in his Kanto clothes, but that's about it.

I've compiled everything we know about the movie so far into its own page over in the Movie Guide.

I think this is a good time to remind everyone that we actually know next to nothing about this new film. There are too many people going around absolutely convinced that this is going to be a reboot or a retelling of the first episode of the TV series and, while that is certainly one possibility, that's all it is. A possibility. And if the last 20 years is any indication then exactly zero percent of the footage we see in the teaser trailer is going to appear in the actual film, at best, and in fact may be an outright lie at worst.




The image on the left is from the teaser trailer for Lord of the Unknown Tower, ENTEI and features Mewtwo in some kind of cave. Now most fans in the West weren't keeping up with the Japanese version back in the year 2000 but can you imagine the stir that would have been caused if they had been? "Mewtwo's going to be in the third movie!" people would have shouted. "I mean, it's right the eff there!" The image on the right is from the first teaser for The Master of Illusions, Zoroark. By this point in the franchise, Western fans were keeping up with Japanese version and were super convinced that the movie was going to be about Satoshi fighting an evil version of himself.

The teaser posters have also been known to be completely misleading.

The Seven Night Wishing Star, Jirachi Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea Manaphy

Check out this first poster for 2003's The Seven Night Wishing Star, Jirachi, for example. You know, the movie where Absol was the star of the show! Or how about 2006's Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea, Manaphy a film that definitely featured Jackie "catching" the legendary pokemon Kyogre.



Or, if you want something more contemporary, let's look at
2013's The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie, a movie that was all about Yveltal fighting off an army of Mega Evolved pokemon!! Or how about the teaser poster for 2014's The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa which, as we can see, was an Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire film featuring a showdown between the games' three legendaries.

Now I'm not saying that the teasers for this year's movie are nothing but lies; not every Pokemon film has misleading promotions. And I am, of course, cherry picking the most egregious examples of the kind of ridiculous "spoilers" we've been given over the past two decades. But I think it's also important to remember that the people behind the promotion of these films kind of have a track record for this kind of thing. Take what we know so far with a grain of salt is all I'm saying.

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The year 2016 in review
December 31st, 2016

Dogasu @ 23:15 JST -- So. How ya doin'?

It's been three months since the last official site update and all I can say is that I'm sorry. I could sit here and give you excuse after excuse about how I've been extremely busy with overtime at work and how difficult it's been to set aside time for site updates in general but none of that changes the fact that three months without a site update is a very long time. All I can do is say I'm sorry and try to do better in the future.

To kick that whole "doing better in the future" part off, I'd like to look back at the predictions I made for 2016 and check to see how I did when I made them back in January. It's something I love doing every year because it shows how even now, 20 years into the franchise, Pokemon still finds ways of surprising even someone who's been in the game as long as I have. So let's get started.

Predictions

First, some video game predictions:

Since it's the 20th anniversary I expect to see a lot of interviews where they pull Tajiri Satoshi out of hiding and have him tell stories about the games' development. I've already seen one such interview earlier this month and I expect to see a ton more as the year goes on.

Not really. There were a fair number of interviews (though far less than I would have expected) but as far as I know pretty much none of them featured Satoshi Tajiri.

The Virtual Console re-releases of Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow will be huge hits that break all kinds of 3DS eShop records. We'll also, unfortunately, see tons of message board threads popping up from newbies wondering how they can transfer their Mewtwo from their copy of Red to their Omega Ruby game or where you can find a Lucarionite in Kanto. Prepare to facepalm a lot is what I'm saying.

I haven't seen those nightmare discussions I described taking place but to be honest I haven't really been looking for them either. I guess I hang out in the right parts of the Internet? The first part about the games selling a gajillion copies was absolutely correct, though; it's been ten months since the games' release and both Yellow and Red are still in the Top 20 downloaded 3DS games in Japan.

So until last week I was going to make this big bold prediction that 2016 was going to be the year that we'd see Generation VII come out but then Magiana was leaked so I guess that prediction's not so bold anymore now is it? I mean the only Generation VI pokemon left to be distributed is Volcanion and we already know that it's coming out this summer so we've gotta have something ready for 2017's film. Yokai Watch 3 is coming out this summer and I'm pretty sure Game Freak's aware that releasing a rehash game like Pocket Monsters Z won't be enough to take back the reigns so I say they're going to unexpectedly skip a third version and head straight to Generation VII instead. I'm predicting a post-E3 announcement (but before the release of the Volcanion movie) and a November-ish release date.

A Pocket Monsters Z never happened and Sun & Moon
were eventually released on November 18th, 2016, just as predicted. However, Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon were announced to the public on February 26th, 2016, well before the E3 show in June. Still, two out of three ain't bad!

Pokémon Go isn't going to be even a little bit like the announcement commercial. There is absolutely no way Nintendo is going to let the Pokémon name be put on a product that basically encourages children to wander off into the woods / dark alleyways / God knows where else without adult supervision and the potential for even grown-ass men and women to be killed because of this app is just way too high. So instead I think it's going to be a very restricted, very controlled experience that tells players where to go in only the vaguest of terms ("inside building," "in Central Park," "near lake," "in Times Square") so users can get in and out without incident. Fans will be disappointed that the game doesn't meet their unrealistic expectations but it'll still be downloaded a gajillion times any damn way.

Pokémon GO wasn't really anything like that announcement commercial, sure, but it also wasn't nearly as restricted  as I thought it'd be either so I'll give myself half credit for that. The game was downloaded a gajillion times like I thought it would but I don't think anyone, anywhere, expected the game to bring the franchise back to its late-90s fad stage again. The game is barely a game at all and it still runs like hot garbage even now, six months after its release, but it's currently sitting at Number 2 in the iTunes charts so it's going to be sticking around long into 2017.


Pokkén Tournament will come out in March and will be a marginal hit. It won't do badly, by any means, but it won't be this huge mega seller that gives the Wii U a second life either. The arcade version will continue vanishing from Japanese arcades and will pretty much be gone by the end of the year.

Yeah, the game did alright. It didn't set the world on fire or anything but it seems to have been a financial success. The arcade version here in Japan got a bunch of support during the second half of the year in the form of new characters so I was wrong about the game vanishing from arcades.


I think the recently released in Japan Detective Pikachu game will see a Western release before the summer. I also don't think the game will feature Danny DeVito or any other big-name celebrities in its voice cast; they'll probably just use whoever TPCI has available at the time.

Detective Pikachu seems to have been all but forgotten, huh? There's been no announcement of a Western release and nothing about the Japanese release of the second episode, either.

Now, some predictions about the TV series.

This year Satoshi will get his eighth Gym Badge, Serena will get her third Princess Key, Eureka will cry over Puni-chan a lot, and Citron will continue doing nothing in the background.

More or less, yeah. Citron did a little more than I expected though, what with the whole Xerosicy rivalry and all, so that was nice.

Satoshi didn't get a Mega Evolved pokemon in 2013, or 2014, or 2015, and guess what? He's not getting one in 2016 either. He has his Satoshi Gekkouga now anyway so it's pretty obvious that his Kalos Water-Type is going to be playing that role.

Oh my God I got so much crap for making this prediction back in 2013. "There's no way they're not going to give him a Mega!" I was told. "It would be absolutely insane to go through all of Kalos without giving him at least one Mega." "Satoshi's going to get a Mega Lizardon, I just know it!" And yet, look what the eff happened. Guess Dogasu's not so crazy after all, huh?

I think Satoshi and Alan will battle a few more times before having their big showdown during the climax of the Zygarde arc. Satoshi Gekkouga will defeat Alan's Mega Lizardon and Alan will humbly accept his defeat before wishing Satoshi good luck at the Kalos League.

Satoshi not actually beating Alan (which is BS, but whatever) and the Zygarde climax taking place after the Kalos League kind of threw this one off. Whoops.

Satoshi will compete in the Kalos League and beat Shouta but will lose to some new Trainer none of us have met yet. I think he'll bring back a bunch of his older pokemon for the League but I don't see any of his Isshu pokemon getting a lot of screentime for some reason.

Well, he did beat Shouta at least...?XY(&Z) seemed to have this weird aversion to referencing anything from the past so I guess I should have seen the lack of reserves coming.

The Rocket trio are a little bit harder to pin down. It seems like they're trying to have Musashi, Kojirou, and Nyasu involved in the Flare-Dan plot and the amount of merchandise coming out this year suggests that they're still quite popular so I don't see them going anywhere for the time being. The trio also has yet to miss a single XY&Z episode and I suspect that trend of showing up in every episode will continue throughout the rest of the year. Oh, and Musashi will get her second and third Princess Keys but will lose the Master Class or whatever they're calling it.

They missed a few episodes of XY&Z but everything else was just as I predicted.

After the Hoopa movie's abysmal performance last year I expect there to be noticeable budget cuts with this year's movie. I don't think they'll get the money to go on any location scouting trip, for example, and I think the amount of promotion for the film will be way, way down from what it was last year.

This was absolutely the case, yes. There was no location scouting trip, as far as I know, and the amount of promotion was way, way less than what the Hoopa movie got. The marketing budget for the movie here in Japan was nothing compared to 2015's film.

I don't expect to see the TV series do much of anything for the games' 20th anniversary since the TV show's 20th isn't actually until 2017. I'm totally down for a remastered Blu-ray set of the original Pocket Monsters TV series for 2017, though.

The main TV series didn't do much, leaving the 20th anniversary celebrations up to the Pokémon Generations series of shorts. I'm still hoping for that 20th anniversary Blu-ray set next year though!!

Manga-wise...I actually haven't been following any of the manga much this year so I don't really know what kind of predictions to make. Pocket Monsters Special and Anakubo Kousaku's Pocket Monsters continuing and a Volcanion movie adaptation coming out are a given but other than that I've got nothing. I imagine a new Generation VII manga will come out by the end of the year that'll end up getting collected into a single graphic novel volume in 2017.

The manga adaptation of Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna was printed in CoroCoro Comics over the span of a few months before getting a graphic novel release in July. The Generation 7 manga is called Pokemon Horizons and Volume 1 is scheduled to come out February 28th, 2017.

I think Pocket Monsters Special Volume 53 will finally come out in 2016 and will be followed relatively shortly by 54 and 55.

It sure hasn't! Instead of continuing with the regular volume releases it's been doing for nearly two decades it seems like Pocket Monsters Special is focused more on releasing each arc as quickly as possible, restarting the volume numbering with each new Chapter instead of trying to fit everything into the old numbering system.

I think we'll see a re-release of the Pokérap in the U.S. Maybe TPCI will record a new version with all-new visuals? And then upload it to their YouTube channel / Pokemon.com?

This didn't happen at all but is absolutely should have. Maybe we'll see something this crop up in 2018 when the English dub celebrates its twentieth?

And finally,

"Nostalgia" is one of the few weapons Pocket Monsters has that Yokai Watch doesn't so I expect to see The Pokémon Company really strive to reach us older fans in 2016. Whether it's through merchandise that taps into that sense of nostalgia or special events aimed at us older fans I think there will be plenty of things coming out in 2016 that will make those of us who have been with the franchise from day one very happy.

I'd say so, right? Pokémon GO featured only Generation I creatures, Sun & Moon's advertisements in Japan focused on the Alola forms of the Kanto pokemon more than on the new faces, the G.E.M. series of figurines has been all Generation I based (so far), the TCG has been re-releasing old cards, etc. I'd say The Pokémon Company is finally tapping into the nostalgia that franchises like Yokai Watch are too young to have at their disposal.


And that's it for the predictions.

For what it's worth, 2016 was a great year for Pokémon. The rest of the year was a complete shitstorm but Pokemon, throughout all the nastiness that was 2016, remained a beacon of light that helped a lot of people get through the day. No matter what terrible act of violence erupted, no matter how nasty the U.S. presidential election got, no matter which beloved celebrity passed away, Pokemon was always there to take our minds off just how awful things have gotten. If there was ever a year when Pokemon was needed, 2016 was it. Here's hoping 2017 is just as generous.

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Pokémon Generations
September 22nd, 2016

Dogasu @ 10:01 JST -- I was in the U.S. last week and so I couldn't cover this when it was brand new, but there's a new series of animated shorts airing right now called Pokémon Generations.

Pokémon Generations

I've created a Pokémon Generations page over in the Movies & Specials Guide with everything I could think to add about the new series. Unfortunately there's nothing out there at all about the Japanese version at the moment but as soon as any news is released I'll be sure to update the page accordingly.

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Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna - Final-ish Box Office Numbers
September 8th, 2016

Dogasu @ 06:47 JST -- This year's Pokemon movie, Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna", has ended its theatrical run in Japan. How did it do in the end?



The final, final numbers won't be revealed until the end of the year but for now, it seems like the film is finishing out at
1,947,990,700 yen. For comparison's sake, last year's movie, Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" & "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band", ended up making around 2.6 billion yen by the end of its run.

While the Magearna movie is now the lowest-grossing film in the franchise it's important to look at everything in context. Last year's film, for example, did awful by Pokemon's ridiculously high standards but actually ended up being the 12th highest grossing domestic film in Japan of 2015. The Magearna movie, while not as huge as hit as I'm sure Toho would have liked, probably wasn't the flop it appears to be either.

Next year's movie will be the 20th film in the franchise so many are expecting this downward trend to turn itself around in 2017.

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" was released on July 16th, 2016.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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More information about the upcoming Sun & Moon manga
August 22nd, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:47 JST -- The September 2016 issue of CoroCoro Comics, which went on sale August 12th, featured a five-page preview of the upcoming Sun & Moon manga by Yabuno Tenya.

Sun & Moon manga

I've taken pretty much everything I could from this short preview and created a Characters and Plot Synopsis page.

The new Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon manga will begin in the October 2016 issue of CoroCoro Comics, which goes on-sale September 15th, 2016.


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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Box Office Figures - Week Five
August 19th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:30 JST -- Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"' has been out in Japan for a month at this point. How's it going?





The film's currently in ninth place at the Japanese box office. This week's newcomers are the Japanese debuts of The Secret Life of Pets, which came in at first place; The Jungle Book, which debuted in fourth place; and  X-Men: Apocalypse (which is only just now hitting Japan), debuting at sixth.

The rest of the Top Ten is more or less the same as it was last week:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW The Secret Life of Pets
Toho-Towa
347
1
2
1
Shin Gojira
Toho
348
3
3
2
Finding Dory Disney
360
5
4
3
One Piece Film Gold
Toei
344
4
5
NEW The Jungle Book
Disney
347
1
6
NEW X-Men: Apocalypse
20th Century Fox
325
1
7
5
Rudolf and Ippaiattena Toho
331
2
8
4
Kamen Rider Ghost the Movie "The Hundred Eyecons and Ghost's Fated Moment" / Animal Squad Zyuohger the Movie "The Exciting Circus Panic!"
Toei
300
2
9
7 Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Toho
360
5
10
6 Himitsu: The Top Secret Shochiku
305
2

Source:  Eiga.com

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" is currently running in Japanese theaters.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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New manga based on Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon coming next month!
August 11th, 2016

Dogasu @ 10:15 JST -- The official Pokemon Twitter account posted an image from a new manga based on the upcoming Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon games and so I've made a section here on the site dedicated to the upcoming series!

Sun & Moon manga

The new manga, whose title has yet to be revealed, is going to be written by Yabuno Tenya, a man who's probably most famous for working on the Inazuma Eleven manga, and will debut in the issue of CoroCoro Comics that goes on sale September 15th.

I'll actually be out of the country when the first chapter comes out but I'll be sure to cover it as soon after its debut as I can!

"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Box Office Figures - Week Four
August 10th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:34 JST -- How is Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"' in its fourth week?





The film dropped to seventh place in Week Four. The top three didn't budge at all from last week but 4th through 6th place are now being occupied by three Japanese newcomers Kamen Rider Ghost the Movie "The Hundred Eyecons and Ghost's Fated Moment" / Animal Squad Zyuohger the Movie "The Exciting Circus Panic!"; Japanese CG movie Rudolf and Ippaiattena; and Himitsu: The Top Secret -.

The rest of the Top Ten is filled with familiar faces:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
1
Shin Gojira
Toho
348
2
2
2
Finding Dory Disney
360
4
3
3
One Piece Film Gold
Toei
344
3
4
NEW Kamen Rider Ghost the Movie "The Hundred Eyecons and Ghost's Fated Moment" / Animal Squad Zyuohger the Movie "The Exciting Circus Panic!"
Toei
300
1
5
NEW Rudolf and Ippaiattena
Toho
331
1
6
NEW Himitsu: The Top Secret
Shochiku
305
1
7
5
Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
Toho
360
4
8
4 The Legend of Tarzan
Warner Bros
309
2
9
7 HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE
Shochiku
312
4
10
6
Independence Day: Resergence 20th Century Fox
359
5

Source:  Eiga.com

No new box office earnings are being reported for Pokemon and to be honest I wouldn't expect anything until after the movie officially leaves theaters in (what I'm assuming will be) the end of August.

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
is currently running in Japanese theaters.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.


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The reason the Pokemon shorts "took a break" this year
August 7th, 2016

Dogasu @ 10:20 JST -- As most of you already know by now, this year's movie, Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna," did not come packaged with a Pikachu short for the first since 2011's Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! The Movie "Victini and the Black Hero, Zekrom / Victini and the White Hero, Reshiram." So what gives?

The reason the Pokemon shorts "took a break" this year

Luckily we don't have to guess! Okamoto Junya, one of the executive producers for this year's film, sat down with the Japanese entertainment website Cinema Today and talked about the reason they decided to just have one film this year instead of the usual two. The interview's a bit old (it's from the end of June) but I thought it was interesting so I went and translated the whole thing and put it on a page I call The reason the Pokemon shorts "took a break" this year.

What do you think of Mr. Okamoto's explanation? Does it matter to you if the shorts come back at all? Or would you rather each movie get the extra 20 minute runtime that the lack of a shorts give them?

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" is currently running in Japanese theaters.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Box Office Figures - Week Three
August 4th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:48 JST -- The third week's box office figures are in for Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"' and the film has just passed the billion yen mark!

The film has made 1,062,936,500 yen (US $10,525,898.76) since its debut last month, pushing it past the all-important milestone. The movie is unfortunately not performing as well as its predecessor, which had already made 1.3 billion yen by this point in its run, but it's still a decent showing nonetheless. The film has now slid down to fifth place with the debut of the new Godzilla movie (which I actually got a chance to see on Sunday; I agree with a lot of what Kotaku has to say about it) and the Japanese release of The Legend of Tarzan.





Here's what the rest of the Top Ten looked like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
Shin Gojira
Toho
348
1
2
2
Finding Dory Disney
360
3
3
1
One Piece Film Gold
Toei
344
2
4
NEW The Legend of Tarzan
Warner Bros Movies
307
1
5
3
Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
Toho
360
3
6
4
Independence Day: Resergence
20th Century Fox
359
4
7
5
HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE
Shochiku
312
3
8
6 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Disney
350
5
9
10 Let's Go! Anpanman "Nanda and Runda of the Toy Planet"
Tokyo Theater
182
5
10
7
Too Young to Die! Wakakushite Shinu Toho, Asmik-Ace 288
6

Source:  Eiga.com

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" is currently running in Japanese theaters.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Box Office Figures - Week Two
July 27th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:45 JST -- Reports have come out regarding Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"'s second week in theaters and, despite earlier rumors that it had dropped down to number four, the 19th Pocket Monsters movie managed to hold onto its Number Three spot.

One Piece Film Gold
Finding Dory Pokemon XY&Z the movie "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"

As pretty much anyone with a brain could have predicted, One Piece Film Gold took home the number one spot. Finding Dory got pushed down to number two and Pokemon kept the number three spot. No figures regarding ticket sales / attendance numbers for the Volcanion movie's second week have been released.

Here's the full line-up:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
One Piece Film Gold
Toho
344
1
2
1
Finding Dory Disney
360
2
3
3
Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
Toho
360
2
4
4
Independence Day: Resergence 20th Century Fox
359
3
5
2
HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE Shochiku
312
2
6
5
Alice Through the Looking Glass Disney
350
4
7
6
Too Young to Die! Wakakushite Shinu Toho, Asmik-Ace 288
5
8
NEW Lost Summer Vacation
Sony Pictures Entertainment
157
1
9
NEW Accel World INFINITE∞BURST
Warner Bros. Movies
24
1
10
7
Let's Go! Anpanman "Nanda and Runda of the Toy Planet"
Toho Theaters
182
4

Source:  Eiga.com

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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Box Office Figures - Week One
July 20th, 2016

Dogasu @ 21:42 JST -- The first week's box office numbers for Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" have been announced.

Finding Dory
HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE
Pokemon XY&Z the movie "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"

The 19th Pocket Monsters film came in at third place on its opening weekend with
Finding Dory and HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE taking first and second place respectively. The XY&Z movie earned 323,900,000 yen (about US $3,040,471.97, though keep in mind that the Brexit has kind of funked up the exchange rate), down from last year's opening weekend figure of 384,115,100 yen.

The movie was watched by 289,971 people over the three-day weekend. The audience was composed of 62% male and 38% female. When broken down by age, elementary school children made up 43.1% of the audience, preschoolers made up 10%, and those in their twenties made up 25.4%.

Here's what the rest of the Top Ten looked like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
Finding Dory
Disney
360
1
2
NEW
HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE
Shochiku
312
1
3
NEW
Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
Toho
366
1
4
1
Independence Day: Resergence
20th Century Fox
359
2
5
2
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Disney
350
3
6
3
Too Young to Die! Wakakushite Shinu
Toho, Asmik-Ace
288
4
7
5
Let's Go! Anpanman "Nanda and Runda of the Toy Planet"
Tokyo Theaters
182
3
8
6
Encyclopedia of Flowers: I Picked Up a Fateful Love
Shochiku
307
7
9
7
Sadako vs. Kayako
Kadokawa
303
5
10
8
Sixty-Four (Part Two)
Toho
320
6


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Even more Sun & Moon Pokemon
July 20th, 2016

Dogasu @ 7:58 JST -- We're now up to 25 new pokemon!









The List of Pokemon has been updated.

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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" - Plot Summary
July 19th, 2016

Dogasu @ 7:46 JST -- I just got back from watching the newest Pocket Monsters movie, Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna." In the past I've pointed you guys to my summaries of the manga adaptation and told you that what happens there is pretty much what happens in the movie but this year the movie and the manga diverge so much that this isn't possible. So, I went ahead and typed up a long, detailed plot summary, from beginning to end.



Do you have any additional questions about the movie that you can't find in this synopsis? Let me know via Facebook, Twitter, or over on Bulbagarden!

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So let's talk about "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
July 10th, 2016

Dogasu @ 16:17 JST -- Did you know that there's a new Pokemon movie coming out next week?

Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna

It's not hard to imagine that there are people out there completely unawares that we're less than a week away from the release of Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna. After the poor box office performance of last year's movie, a film that actually did OK by regular movie standards but absolutely abysmal by Pokemon standards, the effects to this year's movie are clear:

  • There doesn't seem to have been any Location Scouting trip taken this year, probably due to budget cuts. I predicted this back in February, by the way.
  • There's no Pikachu short this year for the first time since 2011's Victini and the Black Hero Zekrom / Victini and the White Hero Reshiram. There has to be a reason for that, and production issues are a likely suspect.
  • There's no supplemental episode being developed for this movie like Appear, the Small Djinn Hoopa, Princess Diancie of the Ore Kingdom, or Mewtwo - The Prologue to its Awakening. Again, budget cuts?
  • Seven-Eleven convenience stores here in Japan, which are usually filled with Pokemon merchandise this time of year, are dedicating their shelf spaces to One Piece Film Gold-related merchandise instead.
  • The movie's official site doesn't have nearly as many interviews or behind-the-scenes looks as it usually does.
There's also the fact that July 16th, the day Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna comes out, is also when the movie Finding Dory and the video games Yokai Watch 3 are going to be released. Maybe the people at Toho, the company that distributes the Pocket Monsters films, realized they have no hope of wrestling kids' attention away from all that and so they decided not to waste the money trying? Next year will (probably) see the release of the franchise's 20th movie so I'm thinking maybe they're playing it super safe this year so they'll have the money to throw a huge celebration next year.

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" hits Japanese theaters on July 16th, 2016.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna
July 7th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:33 JST -- You've probably noticed that I have not been updating much at all over the past few months. What's up with that, Dogasu?  Well, I've actually been working on this massive project for the site and while I'm not quite ready to reveal what that is just yet I thought I'd take a break from working on it to remind myself that, oh yeah, there's a movie coming out in like ten days!

Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna

I've made a massive update to the page for Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna with all kinds of information, both from the official website and elsewhere. Updates include:
Lots of other minor tweaks here and there have been made as well.

The section's not finished and there's still content from the official site I want to bring over but I think today's update is at least better than nothing.

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" hits Japanese theaters on July 16th, 2016.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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Sun & Moon!
July 1st, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:45 JST -- The List of Pokemon has been updated with the seven new pokemon revealed last night.

Kapu Kokeko
Denjimushi
Kuwagannon
Jijilong
Hagigishiri
Abuly Togedemaru

This brings the grand total of Generation VII pokemon revealed so far up to eighteen.

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Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna - Chapter Three
May 17th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:34 JST -- The third chapter of the manga adaptation of Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna was printed in the issue of CoroCoro Comics that came out this weekend so let's take a look!

Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna Chapter Three

This chapter features Magearna battling for the first time as well as an apparent death? It's quite a step up from last month's chapter!

I think it's important to remind everyone that the events that take place in this adaptation may or not reflect what happens in the actual movie itself. Previous manga adaptations have been pretty faithful to their source material but the fact that this particularly adaptation doesn't include the overwhelming majority of the human characters tells me that more than a few changes have been made here. It really will be interesting to compare the two when the movie hits theaters in a little over two months!

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Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon
May 11th, 2016

Dogasu @ 00:15 JST -- The List of Pokemon has been updated.

Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon

I'm eventually planning to do all the Lists of Pokemon in this style because, well, the current way sucks. What do you guys think? Any feedback / suggestions?

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