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Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution Details
March 23rd, 2019
Dogasu @ 11:34 JST -- You know, if I'm going to be nearly a month late reporting on Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution news then I'd better bring you information and analysis you can't find anywhere else, right?
A new trailer was released at the end of last month that showed off quite a bit of the new movie:
Here's a translation of the trailer:
Of course, with this being Dogasu's Backpack and all, I also went ahead and did a full breakdown / comparison of the trailer to see what all we can gather about the new film.
Check out my breakdown of the new trailer here.
A "plot synopsis," if you can even call it that, was posted on the official website:
That last line about the movie going "worldwide in Summer 2019"...is that hinting at a worldwide simultaneous release??
On the voice cast side of things we got the expected returning names; Rika Matsumoto as Satoshi, Ikue Ohtani as Pikachu, Megumi Hayashibara as Musashi, Shin-ichiro Miki as Kojirou, and Inuko Inuyama as Nyarth.
We also got word that the late Unshou Ishizuka will be back as the narrator, suggesting that his audio from the 1998 original (well, all two lines of it anyway) will be reused for 2019's film.
Curiously enough, neither Kasumi's nor Takeshi's voice actors are listed yet despite appearing in the trailer.
The big voice actor news, of course, is that Masachika Ichimura has (finally) been confirmed to be reprising his role as Mewtwo. Mr. Ichimura played Mewtwo in 1998's Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back!" as well as the TV special Mewtwo Lives but he hasn't played the character since then. Here's a comment he gave to go along with the announcement:
Still no word yet if the first film's other special guest voice actors - Kouichi Yamadera as Mew and Sachiko Kobayashi as Voyager - will be returning.
On the staff side, we got Junya Okamoto (岡本順哉) and Katakami Hidenaga (片上秀長) returning as Executive Producers from last year's Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story." The regular Producers of the film are Satoshi Shimodaira (下平聡士), Nobuyuki Hosoya (細谷伸之) and Yosuke Nagafuchi (長渕陽介).
Masashi Kobayashi (小林雅士) is the animation producer of the new film. Previous credits of his include Rudolf the Black Cat, Cyborg 009 Call of Justice, and Snack World.
Kiyoshi Nasu (那須基仁)'s the CGI supervisor. He previously worked on the CG in Future Card Buddyfight.
According to OLM's official site the film is being animated by a combination of OLM, OLM Digital, and the Los Angeles-based Sprite Animation Studios. The latter's "About Us" section on their website is worth a read:
On the audio side of things, the duo of Masafumi Mima (三間雅文) and Shinji Miyazaki (宮崎慎二) return as sound director and music composer, respectively. The first movie's soundtrack was composed by both Shinji Miyazaki and Hirokazu Tanaka (たなかひろかず) but, as of this writing, there's no word of the latter being involved in the new film at all. I'm guessing that, at the very least, the music he wrote for the original will be replaced with all new music, though of course we don't have any real way of knowing until the final film's released.
Details about this year's illustration contest have been revealed.
The general idea is that you take one of the templates seen on the left side below, draw fanart around it like the examples on the right, and then send it in to one of the magazines associated with the franchise. Here are some examples of what they're looking for; the template's on the left while an example's on the right.
Prizes include having your name and artwork featured during the end credits of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution and a copy of either Pocket Monsters Let's Go! Pikachu or Let's Go! Eevee.
I've compiled / translated all the details about the illustration contest on its own page here.
Those who purchase a pre-order ticket - which go on sale starting April 12th, can get a special "Strikes Back Mewtwo" for their Pocket Monsters Let's Go! Pikachu or Let's Go! Eevee games.
I've compiled / translated all the details about the distribution on its own page here.
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION) will be the 22nd Pocket Monsters movie. The film will be released on Friday, July 12th, 2019 in Japan and is part of a year-long campaign known as "The Year of Mewtwo."
Pre-Order Tickets for Hollywood's "Detective Pikachu" movie to go on sale in Japan March 21st
February 27th, 2019
Dogasu @ 6:45 JST -- Pre-order tickets for Detective Pikachu, the first live action Hollywood Pokémon movie, will go on sale in Japan on Thursday, March 21st the movie's official site announced last week.
The pre-order tickets, which go on sale during a bank holiday, will be sold at the following locations:
More information about pre-order bonuses (probably a keychain, or a clear file, or something like that) are going to be given out along with your ticket will be announced at a later date.
Detective Pikachu will be one of two Pokemon movies coming out later this year, with the other being Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution". The former currently has a vague release date of May 2019 in Japan.
For the purposes of this website, I will be focusing primarily on the Japanese release of the film. More information about its release will be added as it becomes available.
Kinryu Arimoto, 1941 - 2019
February 11th, 2019
Dogasu @ 23:40 JST -- Japan's Daily Sports newspaper announced this past Friday that film and animation voice actor Kinryu Arimoto (有本欽隆) passed away on Friday, February 1st from esophageal cancer. The Tottori Prefecture native was 77 years old.
Mr. Arimoto got his start way back in 1966 when he was cast as a bank employee in an episode of Osomatsu-kun. These days he's most well known among anime fans as being the voice of Whitebeard in One Piece, Seigou Hibiki in Inazuma Eleven, and Tomomi Masaoka in Psycho-Pass. He's also known in Japan for acting in the Japanese dubs of Hollywood films, particularly for roles portrayed by actors Christopher Walken and Jeremy Irons.
In Pocket Monsters, Mr. Arimoto provided the voice of Ford in the Orange Islands episode "The Coil of the Great Plains!" and Denjirou in the Jouto episode "The Poppo Fancier's Carrier Poppo!"
A private funeral was recently held with his family and close friends while a (presumably more public) farewell event is planned to take place sometime in the near future.
Condolences to Mr. Arimoto’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.
Dogasu's Backpack Turns 19 Years Old
February 1st, 2019
Dogasu @ 00:26 JST -- It's January 31st (in America, still) and so it's time to celebrate this website's birthday! Dogasu's Backpack turns19 years old today and so I've done the usual write-up looking back on 2018 and looking ahead on the new year.
The essay also has my predictions for what will happen with the franchise this year so be sure to check those out as well! What do you think this year has in store for us? Let me know via one of the links below!
"Pocket Monsters Ball Collection - Mewtwo" coming in May 2019
January 21st, 2019
Dogasu @ 23:05 JST -- Earlier today Bandai announced the "Pocket Monsters Ball Collection - Mewtwo" (ポケットモンスターボールコレクション MEWTWO) and in doing so included an interesting bit of information about Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution that hadn't been revealed before.
"The Mewtwo Ball that appears in Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution" part here suggests that the scenes from 1998's Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back" featuring the Mewtwo Balls are going to be recreated, in some form or another, in 2019's Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution.
The "Mewtwo Ball" (ミュウツーボール) is the name of the special Monster Ball conjured up by Mewtwo in the original movie to get the Trainers' pokemon as punishment for being defeated by its clones. After getting all our heroes' pokemon, including Satoshi's Pikachu, they're brought to the nautilus shaped cloning machine in the castle's basement to start the cloning process. Satoshi breaks the machine and the Mewtwo Balls release their prisoners.
For years the term "Mewtwo Ball" has been used in various Japanese guide books to refer to these special black Monster Balls. In the book This is Animation: Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back" & "Pikachu's Summer Vacation," released on September 20th, 1998, for example, the Mewtwo Balls are given this description:
And in the Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back" & "Pikachu's Summer Vacation" Daizenshuu, released that same day, Mewtwo Balls get an even lengthier description:
Now, back to Bandai's new merchandise. Each ball is listed as having a height of 48mm (1.89 in) and a width of 49mm (1.93 in). Pre-orders started today, January 21st at 13:00 JST. The set of five, which also includes stands for the five balls as well as Ramune candies, retails for (a ridiculous) 4,320 yen (about US $39.40).
Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution (ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION) will be the 22nd Pocket Monsters movie. The film will be released on Friday, July 12th, 2019 in Japan and is part of a year-long campaign known as "The Year of Mewtwo."
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CoroCoro Comics - February 2019
January 18th, 2019
Dogasu @ 22:10 JST -- The February 2019 issue of CoroCoro Comics came this past Tuesday and featured a two page spread on this summer's new movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution.
The spread doesn't really feature anything new but it does re-confirm the fact that this movie will be all CG, something that Sayuri Ichi'ishi already told us back in mid-December.
Translation of the relevant text follows:
The page also has a small ad for the Blu-ray and DVD release of last year's movie, Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story," as well as the titles and one sentence summaries of two upcoming episodes of Sun & Moon.
There was also a page all about being able to catch Mewtwo in Let's Go! Pikachu / Let's Go! Eevee since, you know, Mewtwo. The magazine tells its readers that they have to go to the cave outside Hanada City after entering the Hall of Fame and recommends using a Dark-Type pokemon to weaken it.
And that does it for this month's CoroCoro coverage! If future issues of the magazine contain any interesting news I'll be sure to post that as well.
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