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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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"Bad to the Bone"
November 17th, 2017

Dogasu @ 23:14 JST -- Sorry for the delay everybody! Today I have the comparison up for "Bad to the Bone."

"Bad to the Bone"

Part of the reason this episode took so long to finish is due to the amount of research I had to do on the various policies and acts that lead to one of the Paint Edits in the episode. I must have literally spent hours on Google falling down various rabbit holes to get the few paragraphs I ended up with in the final version of the comparison. Hopefully it was worth it!

The next comparison due is "All Fired Up!" and I will work to get that posted as soon as possible.

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"The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis"
November 4th, 2017

Dogasu @ 16:00 JST -- The new episode comparison for "The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis" is now up!

"The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis"

I apologize for the delay; part of it was me being especially busy at work these past two weeks and part of it was that the episode just wasn't all that interesting to me and so I kept procrastinating and did other stuff instead. But it's finished now and so I should be able to get back on schedule really soon.

I'll work to have the "Bad to the Bone" comparison (which was originally scheduled to come out today) up as soon as possible.

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"Mezase Pokemon Master - 20th Anniversary -" CD release announced
October 27th, 2017

Dogasu @ 12:15 JST -- A new CD containing a number of remixes of nostalgic Pocket Monsters songs has been announced for release in Japan. The CD is called Mezase Pokemon Master - 20th Anniversary -.

Mezase Pokemon Master - 20th Anniversary -

(If the CD cover looks familiar to you it'll be because it's an homage to the cover of the original Mezase Pokemon Master CD single that came out June 28th, 1997)

A full track listing of the new CD is as follows:

#
Track Title
Description
01
Mezase Pokemon Master - 20th Anniversary -
めざせポケモンマスター -20th Anniversary-
A remix of the first opening theme to the original Pocket Monsters TV series from 1997. The 20th Anniversary version was also used as the opening theme to Sun & Moon during the summer of 2017
02
Oyasumi Boku no Pikachu - 2017 version -
おやすみぼくのピカチュウ -2017ver.-
A new version of the song Oyasumi Boku no Pikachu
03
Mezase Pokemon Master - 20th Anniversary Ballad version -
めざせポケモンマスター -20th Anniversary Ballad ver.-
A new ballad version of Mezase Pokemon Master - 20th Anniversary Version -
04
Alola!!
アローラ!!
The first opening theme to the Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon TV series
05
XY&Z
XY&Z
The opening theme to the Pocket Monsters XY&Z TV series
06
Getta Ban Ban - Satoshi with Pikachu version
ゲッタバンバン -サトシwithピカチュウver.-
A new "Satoshi and Pikachu" version of Getta Ban Ban, the second opening theme to the Pocket Monsters X&Y TV series
07
Mezase Pokemon Master - 20th Anniversary - (Instrumental)
めざせポケモンマスター -20th Anniversary- (Instrumental)
Instrumental version
08
Oyasumi Boku no Pikachu - 2017 version - (Instrumental)
おやすみぼくのピカチュウ -2017 ver.- (Instrumental)
Instrumental version
09
Mezase Pokemon Master - 20th Anniversary Ballad version - (Instrumental)
めざせポケモンマスター -20th Anniversary Ballad ver.- (Instrumental)
Instrumental version

There will be two releases of the CD; one that comes with a DVD featuring creditless versions of the Mezase Pokemon Master - 20th Anniversary-, Alola!!, and XY&Z opening animations, and a regular version that does not. The release with the DVD will set you back 2500 yen while the one that just comes with the music CD retails for 2000 yen.

Both versions will be available November 29th, 2017. If you're outside Japan you can order it from Amazon Japan, CD Japan, Play-Asia, or YESASIA and have it shipped to you internationally.


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Commemoration of the Broadcast of the 1000th Episode of the Pocket Monsters TV Series!
October 24th, 2017

Dogasu @ 07:31 JST -- The other week it was announced that the Pocket Monsters TV series will be celebrating the broadcast of its 1000th episode on November 9th, 2017!

1000 episodes

For years I've been saying that I didn't think the TV series was going to do anything special for the milestone as I didn't think they were even keeping track but it looks like I was wrong! As best as I can figure, the staff arrived at the 1000 episode number like this:

Series
Number of Episodes
Notes
Original Series
276
Includes "Cyber Soldier Porygon," "Rougela's Christmas," and "Iwark the Bivouac."
Advanced Generation
192
Does not include the unaired episode "The Battle of the Shaking Island! Dojoach vs Namazun!!" or any of the Side Story ("Chronicles") episodes.
Diamond & Pearl
193
Includes the two specials that aired after the start of Best Wishes!; "Hikari - A New Journey!" & "The Greatest Crisis in the Nibi Gym's History!"
Best Wishes!
144
Does not include the unaired "The Rocket-Dan vs. the Plasma-Dan!" Parts One or Two but does include "Dent and Takeshi! Gyarados' Imperial Wrath!!" and "Iris vs. Ibuki! The Road to Being a Dragon Master!!"
XY(&Z)
146
The four Mega Evolution specials are counted in this total. Also included is the Pikachu movie episode, "The Legend of XYZ!" and "The Ultimate Duo! Citron and Dent!!"
Sun & Moon
49
The episode that airs on November 9th will be Sun & Moon episode 049.

If you do the math, 276 + 192 + 193 + 144 + 146 + 49 = 1000.

To commemorate the occasion, a special event will be held at the fountain square on the B1 floor of Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on Saturday, November 11th. Satoshi's voice actress Rika Matsumoto will be at the event in addition to other guests who will be revealed at a later date. A start time has not been revealed. It has also been announced that comedian Sunshine Ikezaki will voice a character in an upcoming episode of Sun & Moon to commemorate the 1000th episode milestone.

Pokemon Center stores across Japan will also begin carrying 1000th episode merchandise from November 3rd to December 24th, 2017 as part of its "Celebrate!
Commemoration of the Broadcast of the 1000th Episode of the TV Series Pika-Pika Winter Vacation (祝!アニメ1000回放送記念 ピカピカ冬休み) campaign.

Winter Vacation

In addition to limited edition merchandise being sold during this time, customers will get one of three clear files at random
for every 3000 yen they spend on Sun & Moon merchandise. These clear files cannot be purchased on their own.

Clear Files

TV-Tokyo has put up a special website for the event that will be updated with more information as we get closer to the November 9th airing.

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"To Master the Onixpected"
October 23rd, 2017

Dogasu @ 00:17 JST -- It's a bit late but today I have the revamped comparison for "To Master the Onixpected."

"To Master the Onixpected"

The episode features the first time a member of the Elite Four's ever shown up in the TV series, something you would think would end up being a big deal but actually doesn't amount to a whole lot at the end of the day. Womp womp.

Next week's episode is
"The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis," a weird story about two ancient pokemon battling one another for reasons that aren't entirely made clear. See you then!

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"Go West, Young Meowth"
October 21st, 2017

Dogasu @15:25 JST -- The final revamp comparison of #Kanto2017 is here! Check out the redone version of my episode comparison for "Go West, Young Meowth."

"Go West, Young Meowth"

There are some rather significant changes to the script of "Go West, Young Meowth" so if you haven't read about what all's been altered then please do yourself a favor and check it out.

The comparison for "To Master the Onixpected" is supposed to come out today but I'm going to have to ask for a little bit more time before having that one ready to post. Please bear with me just a little longer!

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"Lights, Camera, Quacktion"
October 11th, 2017

Dogasu @07:44 JST -- Sorry for being late but here's the new comparison for "Lights, Camera, Quacktion."

"Lights, Camera, Quacktion"

Part of what took me so long to post this is the fact that this episode had a lot of rewrites and is therefore quite long. Hope you enjoy!

This weekend I'll be posting the revamped comparison for "Go West, Young Meowth." Something exciting about this one is that this will be the very last revamp comparison in this #Kanto2017 project; everything else from here on out will be episodes that have never been covered before!

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Ryuji Saikachi, 1928 - 2017
October 3rd, 2017

Dogasu @07:20 JST -- Anime News Network has reported that Ryuichi Saikachi (槐 柳二), a veteran voice actor of 60 years, passed away on September 29th of congestive heart failure. He was 89 years old.

Ryuji Saikachi

Mr. Saikachi appeared in countless TV series and movies during his 60 year career. A small sample of some of his most famous roles include Mister "Rerere" in Tensai Bakabon, the old engineer in Hayao Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky, Dai Kaiou in Dragon Ball Z,
Dr. Ichigaki in Yu Yu Hakusho, and Rafiki in the Japanese dub of The Lion King.

Old Man Gon

In Pocket Monsters, Mr. Saikachi appeared in a 2000 episode of the original Pocket Monsters TV series entitled "Hellgar and Togepi!" as
Old Man Gon (ゴン爺), a Mareep farmer who also trains the titular Hellgar.

I hope you'll join me in wishing condolences to Mr. Saikachi's family. May he rest in peace.

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"Make Room for Gloom"
October 2nd, 2017

Dogasu @ 22:27 JST -- The longest ever April Fool's prank in this site's history continues with a brand new comparison for the episode "Make Room for Gloom."

"Make Room for Gloom"

The episode has approximately eight billion rewrites and some really weird paint edits so there's quite a bit to talk about with this one!

This weeked\nd I'll post the comparison for "Lights, Camera, Quacktion!", an episode all about inter-species romance. Look forward to it!

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Pocket Monsters the Movie "I Choose You!" Blu-ray and DVD release
September 26th, 2017

Dogasu @ 7:50 JST -- Information about the Japanese Blu-ray and DVD release of Pocket Monsters the Movie "I Choose You!" has been announced.

Pocket Monsters the Movie "I Choose You!"

No cover art has been released yet but thanks to Amazon Japan listings we know that three different versions are set to come out on December 20th, 2017;
a DVD release (MSRP 3,980 yen), a standard Blu-ray release (MSRP 4,980 yen), and a "Perfect Limited Edition" Blu-ray release (MSRP 6,480 yen). That last one, according to Animate-Online Shop, includes the HD remaster of the first episode of the original Pocket Monsters TV series, "I Choose You!," as an extra, though it's unclear if this is going to be the 2012 remaster or the 2017 one. Other on-disc extras, which all three releases will have, include:
  • Creditless opening
  • Creditless ending
  • Character model sheets
  • Production artwork
  • Promotional artwork gallery
  • Collection of trailers for the film
Japanese DVDs are Region 2 so if you're in the U.S. or Europe the disc will not normally play in a standard DVD player (but also, it's 2017 and there are a million ways around that). Japanese Blu-rays, on the other hand, are Region A, same as North America, so if you live in the U.S. or Canada you can just pop the Japanese Blu-ray into your Blu-ray player and enjoy the movie no problem.

Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" is the 20th Pokemon movie and is now playing in Japan. The English dub, titled Pokémon The Movie "I Choose You!" will have a limited theatrical run in the U.S. on November 5th and 6th, 2017.

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"The Pi-Kahuna"
September 24th, 2017

Dogasu @ 15:10 JST -- The second episode to take place in Binnes Seafoam Island is the topic of this week's Kanto2017 comparison, "The Pi-Kahuna."

"The Pi-Kahuna"

Luckily the script isn't so bad, especially compared to the last few episodes, so it's a bit of a short comparison. In other news I made myself sit through a terrible Gary Busey movie while doing research for this one so I hope you all  appreciate the effort being put into these things lol.

Next week I'll have the comparison for "Make Room for Gloom" ready, an episode that features some really strange digital paint edits. Look forward to it!

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"The Evolution Solution"
September 21st, 2017

Dogasu @ 23:28 JST -- I'm finally all caught up! Here's the brand new comparison for "The Evolution Solution."

"The Evolution Solution"

The English dub of this episode is the source of a lot of misinformation that's been cycling around the interwebs all these years so I hope you enjoy reading about all the weird script changes in this one! I'm really excited to hear what you all think about this one in particular.

On Satuday we'll be back to our regularly schedule with the release of "The Pi-Kahuna."

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"Showdown at the Po-ké Corrall"
September 18th, 2017

Dogasu @ 18:15 JST -- Today I have the revamped comparison that was originally scheduled to go up on September 9th, "Showdown at the Po-ké Corrall."

"Showdown at the Po-ké Corrall"

I ended up redoing a lot more of this comparison than I had anticipated so I hope you're able to take the time to read through what I've written!

Next up will be the comparison for "The Evolution Solution," an episode I've never covered on this site before! My goal is to have it up within the next few days (I'm very close to being finished with it) so that by the time this Saturday comes around I'll be able to get back on schedule and post the comparison for
"The Pi-Kahuna."

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"Snow Way Out!"
September 16th, 2017

Dogasu @ 17:23 JST -- The revamped comparison for "Snow Way Out" is now available!

"Snow Way Out"

I actually a fairly major discovery about Musashi's mother while redoing this comparison that caused me to have to rewrite large portions of it so I hope you take the time to re-read this one!

I've got two more comparisons to do before I'm all up to date with my Kanto2017 schedule and will do my best to get the revamped version of "Showdown at the Poké-Corral" and a brand new comparison for "The Evolution Solution" up as soon as I can.

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Movie 20 Japanese Box Office Performance, Week Nine
September 14th, 2017

Dogasu @ 7:57 JST -- It took nine weeks but Pocket Monsters the Movie "I Choose You!" has finally fallen out of the Japanese Top Ten.

Dunkirk
The Third Murder
Sekigahara

Since the movie is no longer on the charts none of the entertainment sites I've come across are bothering to report the film's current earnings or even what place it ended up reaching. So, all I can do is report on what the Top Ten looked like for the weekend of September 9th to September 10th:


Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
Dunkirk
Warner Bros. Movies
346
1
2
NEW The Third Murder
Toho, Gaga
313
1
3
1 Sekigahara Toho, Asmik-Ace 338
3
4
2 Despicable Me 3 Toho Towa 359
8
5
3 Wonder Woman Warner Bros. Movies 338
3
6
6
High & Low the Movie 2 End of Sky Shochiku 314
4
7
5
 I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Toho 319
7
8
4
Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? Toho 298
4
9
7 Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony Pictures Entertainment 355
5
10
NEW Before We Vanish
Shochiku, Nikkatsu
181
1

Source:  Eiga.com


Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" is the 20th Pokemon movie and is now playing in Japan. The English dub, titled Pokémon The Movie "I Choose You!" will have a limited theatrical run in the U.S. on November 5th and 6th, 2017.

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"Holiday Hi-Jynx"
September 11th, 2017

Dogasu @ 7:45 JST -- Sorry for the wait! The revamped comparison for "Holiday Hi-Jynx" is now up!

"Holiday Hi-Jynx"

And if you haven't seen it before, be sure to check out the massive image gallery I've made featuring over 180 screenshots showing how Japan edited the original version of the episode to recolor Rougela from black to purple!

Black
Purple

Links to all the galleries can be seen below:

Musashi's Past | Rougela on the Beach | Let's Help Rougela! | En route to Santa's Island A
En route to Santa's Island B | The Rocket-Dan Attacks | Santa's Island | What Really Happened | The End

I know I'm currently two episodes behind schedule so I will do my best to get everything back on track and release both "Snow Way Out!" and "Showdown at the Poké-Corral" as soon as I can.

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