Old Updates Archive
Goriky and Kairiky have been hiding a secret all this time...
November 29th, 2015
Dogasu @ 10:15 JST -- On Friday the Pokemon Daisuki Club website opened up Kairiky Gym, a special website dedicated to the Kairiky line of pokemon, for some reason. In an article on the site called "Kairiky's Secrets," a shocking bombshell was released:
Here's a translation:
"People think Goriky and Kairiky are wearing underwear but the truth is that they're not wearing anything at all. The part of its body that looks like underwear are really just markings. And besides, pokemon don't normally wear clothes in the first place. "They're not wearing anything!!""
After this information became public Harada Katsuhiro, the producer of the arcade fighting game Pokkén Tournament, went to Twitter to share a story:
"When development started on Pokkén I hadn't ever touched the world of Pokemon so The Pokémon Company sat me down and told me that "Those parts that look like Kairiky's belt and tights aren't clothing or accessories. It's completely naked." The amount of awkwardness I felt after hearing that explanation...it was pretty big."
Oh, and if that's not enough nightmare fuel for ya there's also a page on the site that implies that women in Kanto go to cafes staffed by Kairiky so they can perv on them.
If you excuse me I think I'm going to curl up into a ball and cry now.
The "Pocket Monsters" the Animated Series Character Song Project
November 20th, 2015
Dogasu @ 07:47 JST -- A new initiative known as the "Pocket Monsters" the Animated Series Character Song Project has just been announced!
The project, as the name implies, is a collection of songs performed by various characters from the Pocket Monsters XY&Z TV series. The project's producer is Sakou Tomohisa (佐香智久), the guy who performed the show's previous opening theme Getta Ban-Ban.
The first three songs announced as being part of the project are:
XY&Z, the current opening theme to the TV series sung by Satoshi (as performed by Matsumoto Rika). The TV-sized version of the song went up on the Japanese iTunes store on October 29th.
Puni-chan no Uta (プニちゃんのうた), or "Puni-chan's Song," is the current ending theme to the TV series and is sung by Eureka (as performed by Ise Mariya). The TV-sized version of the song went up on the Japanese iTunes store on November 5th.
Rocket-Dan Danka (ロケット団団歌), or "Team Rocket's Team Song" (I didn't want to use their English name but it's the best way to get the wordplay in the song's title to work in English), isn't being used in the TV series at this point but has been heavily promoted on Mima Masafumi's Twitter page over the last few months. The song will be made available on January 20th, 2016.
The project's site teases three more songs are also in the works. I'm guessing this means a Serena song, a Citron song, and...? A Flare-Dan song? An Alan song? A Shouta song? An Orchid-Hakase song? Who knows!
A CD is being released on January 20th that contains the first three songs of the project. The CD will be called Pocket Monsters XY&Z the Animated Series Character Song Project Collection Volume 1 (アニメ「ポケットモンスター XY & Z」キャラソンプロジェクト集vol.1) and will contain the following tracks:
There will be two versions of the CD; a special first-print version that'll include a DVD featuring textless versions of the opening and ending animation and a special Pokemon Tretta puck, and a regular edition that just comes with the CD. The first print version will be 1,600 yen while the regular version will be 1,300 yen.
Special thanks to Bulbagarden user ii kanji for the heads up!
Pokémon the movie XY 2015 Home Release Details
November 12th, 2015
Dogasu @ 06:51 JST -- Details on the Japanese home release for this year's Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings Hoopa" and "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band" have been released.
Disc One will contain the main feature The Archdjinn of the Rings Hoopa and Disc Two will contain the Pikachu short Pikachu and the Pokemon Band. On-disc extras will include Appear, the Small Djinn Hoopa, the direct-to-DVD special released back in June; all six Hoopa's Great "Appear~!" Operation!! shorts; creditless opening and ending; a character model sheet gallery; a concept art gallery; a promotional art gallery; trailers for the movie; and a teaser for next year's film (which is probably just this). First pressings of the DVD / Blu-ray will also include a set of Pikachu stickers.
Both the DVD and the Blu-ray are coming out Wednesday, December 16th. The Blu-ray will retail for 4,980 yen while the DVD retails for 3,980 yen. The movie is currently available at the following retailers:
Japanese DVDs are Region 2 and cannot be played in most standard DVD players in the U.S. (though it's the year 2015 so there are like a milloin workarounds out there) but Japanese Blu-rays share the same region as American discs and therefore can be played in American Blu-ray players.
Matsuki Miyu, 1977 - 2015
November 2nd, 2015
Dogasu @ 00:47 JST -- Last week we lost another voice actor when Matsuki Miyu (松来未祐) passed away at the age of 38.
Anime News Network reports:
In Pocket Monsters she was the voice of Yaoki, one of Takeshi's brothers, in the Side Story episode "Takeshi! Save the Nibi Gym!" (he's the one holding the toys in the image below). Strangely enough she was actually the second person to voice the character; every other time he had appeared up until that point he was voiced by Inuyama Inuko instead. Ms. Matsuki would later go on to voice the Isshu Champion Cattleya in Best Wishes Season 2.
Death sucks in general but to die at such a young age (she's only a few years older than I am) from something as common as pneumonia? Tragic.
Condolences to Ms. Matsuki's family and friends. May she rest in peace.
Pokkén Tournament Halloween Event
October 9th, 2015
Dogasu @ 06:39 JST -- The official website for Pokkén Tournament, the arcade fighting game currently available in Japan but coming to the Wii U worldwide in 2016, announced a Halloween Event taking place later this month.
The event will run from Thursday, October 15th to Tuesday, November 3rd. If you use your Bana Passport / Aime Card you'll receive a Mumage and a Kyuukon as a special Support Pokemon set. You'll also receive new avatar items / titles / PokéGold at random every time you play during the event. The Haunted House stage will also get a Halloween-themed makeover.
You'll also be able to log onto the Pokken Web Link site and add Near's (the woman in the image above) Halloween costume to your game.
New Rocket-Dan song coming soon!
October 5th, 2015
Dogasu @ 07:35 JST -- Mima Masafumi, the sound director for Pocket Monsters XY (and every other Pocket Monsters series before that) has been posting on his Twitter feed for a while now about an upcoming new Rocket-Dan:
August 8th, 2015 3:50am JST
"The Rocket-Dan's secret" seems to be be a reference to The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire, a radio show that ran for 26 episodes back in 2012 that was hosted by the Rocket trio. It was amazing.
"The new P of Pokemon" probably means "the new producer of Pokemon." Based on a tweet I'll talk about later I'm thinking this is a reference to Sakou Tomohisa.
August 8th, 2015 3:51am JST
August 8th, 2015 3:52am JST
August 8th, 2015 3:57am JST
After that we didn't get much of an update until Sakou Tomohisa, the singer of the current opening theme to XY and producer of the upcoming theme song to XY & Z, tweeted this:
September 25th, 2015 1:56am
Mr. Sakou is also helping produce the opening theme to XY&Z so it seems like he's being kept busy with his role as a "General Producer."
And then, the very next day we get this from Mr. Mima's Twitter:
September 26th, 2015 3:27am JST
The Sakou Tomohisa tweet may be unrelated to this Rocket-Dan song but it's hard to ignore the timing of his tweet in relation to Mr. Mima's.
Anyway, I really, really hope this new Rocket-Dan song ends up being the ending theme to XY&Z. This "let's use middle school aged girl groups for the ending themes" thing the franchise has been doing for the last few years or so is getting really old so having the Rocket trio provide the ending would be a much-needed change of pace. The ending theme for XY&Z hasn't been announced yet even though its premier is only a few weeks away so maybe there's still hope...?
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