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  The Features section is where I put content that don't really fit into any other part of the website. Japanese to English translations, event reports, and information on various Japan-only content can all be found by clicking on one of the sub-sections below.


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Translations | Event Reports | Information: Books / Magazines, Audio Content, Video Content | Miscellaneous



Translations

Translations of various interviews, comments, and other guides from Japanese to English.

Animage Feature on Satoshi Nakano
Animage (May 2017)
Satoshi Nakano Feature

Let's hear from Satoshi Nakano, the character designer of the Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon TV series!

Animage: Masaaki Iwane
Animage (March 2015)
Masaaki Iwane Interview
The March 2015 issue of Animage features a massive interview with Masaaki Iwane, one of the most prolific animators to ever work on Pocket Monsters.

The Memorial Book of Orange Islands
The Memorial Book of Orange Islands
A guide book printed shortly after the Orange Islands arc ended its run on Japanese TV in late 1999. The following content has been translated:

Episode-specific Comments from the Screenwriters for (nearly) every episode

Interview with Chouji Yoshikawa, the associate producer of the original Pocket Monsters TV series

A five-page comic "What it takes to make the Pokemon cartoon" that goes behind the scenes of the animation process!




"Kyurem vs. The Sacred Swordsman Keldeo" Visual Guide "Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman Keldeo" Visual Guide Interviews
This "visual guide" for the second Best Wishes! movie features a number of interviews with the cast and crew of the film.
A Pokemon Music Special Chat
The three-disc release of the soundtrack to HeartGold and SoulSilver came with a booklet that included an interview with the game's sound staff.

Event Reports

I've been fortunate enough to attend numerous Pocket Monsters-related events throughout Japan over the years. Collections of my observations and thoughts about each event can be found below.

Pokemon the movie XY Exhibit Pokémon the movie XY Exhibit
The "Pokémon the movie XY Exhibit" was an art installation at the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Tokyo, Japan held during the summer of 2014.
Pokkén Tournament
Once upon a time Pokk
én Tournament was an arcade game available exclusively in Japan. These first impressions from before the game was brought overseas may not be terribly useful now but they do offer a unique time capsule of a time when this game wasn't available overseas.

Information: Books / Magazines

Information about books and other written content released in Japan and / or the U.S.

Sugimori Ken's Work Ken Sugimori's Work - A 25 Year Portfolio from "Quinty" to "Jerry Boy" and "Pocket Monsters"
A portfolio of the work of Ken Sugimori, who most of us know as the man responsible for drawing the official artwork for the pokemon used to promote the video games.
Nakagawa Shouko "Pokemon Taught Me the Meaning of Life" Shoko Nakagawa "Pokemon Taught Me the Meaning of Life"
Voice Actor / Singer / Pokemon variety show cast member Shoko Nakagawa has written a book about how Pokemon and the effect it's had on her life.
Pocket Monsters in 1996 Pocket Monsters in 1996
Let's take a look at how the media was covering Pocket Monsters during its first year in existence.
Time Magazine
Pokemon shows how mainstream it is by gracing the cover of one of the U.S.'s most highly-circulated magazines.

Information: Audio Content

Information about various audio-only content released in Japan.

Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire
Everything you want to know about the Japan-only radio show that was on-air for the second half of 2012.

Information:  Video Content

Information about various video content released in Japan.

Pikachu The Movie Premium Box Pikachu The Movie Premium Box 1998 - 2010 Review
Everything you'll want to know about the massive fourteen disc Blu-ray set released in Japan in November 2012.
Tsutaya "The Illusionary Conqueror, Zorro'ark" Navigate DVD Tsutaya "The Illusionary Conqueror, Zorro'ark" Navigate DVD
A special behind the scenes DVD available for rental at Tsutaya stores
Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl ("Get Pokemon" Version) DVD Review
An in-depth look at the seemingly random assortment of Diamond & Pearl episodes that were sold at convenience stores and supermarkets all over Japan.

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous other features that don't really fit into any other category.

April Fools Archive
An archive of all the April Fools pranks I've pulled with this website over the years.
Contests Contests on Dogasu's Backpack
A place where I archive all the contests (as of this writing, only one...) held on Dogasu's Backpack.
Recycled Characters
A tribute to those background characters who keep reappearing over and over and over again.
Shudou Takeshi, 1949 - 2010 Takeshi Shudo, 1949 - 2010
On October 29th, 2010, screenplay writer Takeshi Shudo passed away. I found some information about the man that had never been available in English before and have collected that here.
The Grand List of Pokemon Video Game Clichés
A humorous look at some of the trends seen in the Pocket Monsters video games.


 

 

 

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