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"Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire" (Pokemon Radio Show! ロケット団ひみつ帝国) was a radio show that was broadcast on 76.1 interFM in Tokyo, Japan. The 30 minute radio show aired every Sunday evening from 7:00pm until 7:30pm from July 1st, 2012 until December 23rd, 2012.
The premise of the radio show is that Musashi (Hayashibara Megumi), Kojirou (Shin'ichirou Miki), and Nyasu (Inuyama Inuko) are trying to recruit the earth's population of 7 billion people into the Rocket-Dan to help their beloved boss Sakaki realize his dream of world domination. To do this, the Rocket trio decide to have a secret radio show every week.
Ms. Hayashibara, Mr. Shin'ichirou, and Ms. Inuyama would perform the entire radio show in-character. Their guests would be introduced as either people who have raised certain pokemon or as friends of the human characters. Ueda Yuuji, for example, was introduced as Takeshi's friend (Ueda Yuuji does the voice of Takeshi) and as someone who's raised a Sonansu (Ueda Yuuji also does the voice of the Rocket-Dan's Sonansu). While there is generally an attempt to keep things as in-universe as possible, discussions about the voice actors' auditions and the work they've done for other TV series pop up from time to time as well.
The radio show was first announced via a special Twitter account (which has since been deleted) created just for the show. Mima Masafumi (三間雅文), the sound director for every Pocket Monsters series since the first one back in 1997, got the project off the ground and was put in charge of organizing the show. According to this tweet made by Mr. Mima on his Twitter page, it took a year and a half of planning to finally get the radio show off the ground.
The show had a number of recurring segments throughout its 26 episode run. These include:
Opening Drama (冒頭) - Musashi, Kojirou, and Nyasu perform a mini play, often ending on some kind of joke.
"Welcome, Pokemon Day Care Worker!" (ポケモンの育て屋さん、いらっしゃーい) - Musashi, Kojirou, and Nyasu would invite other Pocket Monsters voice actors to the studio and talk with them for about ten to fifteen minutes. An intro rap would be performed at the beginning of this segment in which the guest would state their name, occupation, where they're from, what their first voice-over work was, and what their most memorable show to work on was.
"The Rocket-Dan is Quizzed on Their Knowledge of the Super Short Intros" (ロケット団知識チェック ぎゅうっと短いイントロクイズ) - Nyasu has Musashi and Kojirou listen to the first one or two seconds of a Pocket Monsters song and has them guess what the title is. The quiz would sometimes be made more difficult by playing the intros at double speed, playing the intros backwards, or by throwing non-Pocket Monsters songs into the mix.
"The 'Orders from QQ - Try These New Items Out Ahead of Time' Segment" (QQ指令 先取り 新アイテムためしてなんぼのコーナー) - QQ (pronounced "Double Q"), introduced as being the Rocket-Dan's Weapons Development Department (ロケット団新兵器開発部) gives the Rocket trio products - most of them food - to try out on air. Pictures of the products being promoted would be posted on the Rocket-Dan's Twitter account.
"How Well Do You Know Pokemon? The Drawing and Crying Marumine Segment" (ポケモン知識チェック 描いて泣いてマルマインのコーナー) - Musashi, Kojirou, and Nyasu are given 30 seconds to draw certain pokemon / pokemon characters from memory. They would then take turns guessing what each other's drawings were. Pictures of their drawings were posted on the Rocket-Dan's Twitter account so listeners could play along. Portions of the song Can You Draw All the Pokemon? are used as the intro music to the segment; the "Marumine" part of the segment's title most likely comes from the song Ah, Marumine from the Can You Draw All the Pokemon? CD.
Each episode of Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire was broadcast on 76.1 interFM at 7:00pm JST on Sunday nights. Here is a general guide to the 26 episodes of the series that aired.
Click on each episode number to go to a detailed summary of each episode.
Additionally, a special live event was held on March 23rd, 2013.
This page will be updated with more information in the future.
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