Monsters in 1996
a look at how the media was covering Pocket
Monsters during its first year.
Pokkén Tournament, the arcade fighting
game being billed as a crossover between Pokémon and Tekken, has finally been released
in Japan! Let's take a look at this Japan-only (for now!) game.
movie XY Exhibit
The "Pokémon the movie XY Exhibit" was an
exhibit over at the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower here in Tokyo, Japan that
celebrates the history of the Pocket
Monsters movies. I was able to go this past summer and
have written about what I saw.
Ken's Work - A 25
Year Portfolio from "Quinty" to "Jerry Boy" and "Pocket Monsters"
A portfolio of the work done by Sugimori Ken, the man most of us know
as the man responsible for drawing the official artwork of all the
pokemon! Read my review / overview of the book here.
Shouko "Pokemon Taught Me the Meaning of Life"
Voice Actor / Singer / Pokemon Smash!
cast member Nakagawa Shouko has written a book about how Pokemon and
the effect it's had on her life. Read my review / overview of the
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.
||Pikachu The Movie Premium Box 1998 - 2010
Everything you'll want to know about the massive fourteen disc Blu-ray
set released in Japan in November 2012.
||"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. This feature translates those interviews so us
non-Japanese speakers can enjoy them.
An archive of all the April Fools pranks I've pulled with this website
A place where I archive all the contests held on Dogasu's Backpack.
Illusionary Conqueror, Zorro'ark" Navigate DVD
A special behind the scenes DVD available for rental at Tsutaya stores
Pokemon Music Special Chat
The three-disc release of
the soundtrack to HeartGold and SoulSilver came with a
booklet. This booklet included an interview with the game's sound
staff. Here is my translation of the interview.
Diamond & Pearl ("Get Pokemon" Version) DVD Review
An in-depth look at the seemingly random assortment of Diamond & Pearl episodes sold
at convenience stores and supermarkets all over Japan.
tribute to those background characters who keep reappearing over and
over and over again.
||Shudou Takeshi, 1949 - 2010
On October 29th, 2010, screenplay writer Shudou Takeshi passed
away. I posted some information about the man that had never been
available in English before as a tribute. I didn't want to bury
this information in the Old Updates Archive, so I'm reposting it here
for easy access.
Pokemon shows how mainstream it is by gracing the cover of one of the
most highly-circulated magazines. The article about Pokemon
Grand List of Pokemon Video Game Clichés
at some of the trends seen in the Pocket Monsters video games.