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Welcome to Dogasu's Backpack, a fansite for the Japanese franchise Pocket Monsters!  For fifteen years this website has been your guide for the Japanese version of Pokémon and contains content you can't find anywhere else.  Stuff like detailed comparisons between the Japanese version and the English version of the animated series, English-Japanese lists for all pokemon, information on the various manga, a lyrics database, a DVD Guide, and much more!  So whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newbie just getting into Pocket Monsters, this site has something for every fan to enjoy.




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Pokémon Generations
September 22nd, 2016

Dogasu @ 10:01 JST -- I was in the U.S. last week and so I couldn't cover this when it was brand new, but there's a new series of animated shorts airing right now called Pokémon Generations.

Pokémon Generations

I've created a Pokémon Generations page over in the Movies & Specials Guide with everything I could think to add about the new series. Unfortunately there's nothing out there at all about the Japanese version at the moment but as soon as any news is released I'll be sure to update the page accordingly.

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Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna - Final-ish Box Office Numbers
September 8th, 2016

Dogasu @ 06:47 JST -- This year's Pokemon movie, Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna", has ended its theatrical run in Japan. How did it do in the end?



The final, final numbers won't be revealed until the end of the year but for now, it seems like the film is finishing out at
1,947,990,700 yen. For comparison's sake, last year's movie, Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" & "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band", ended up making around 2.6 billion yen by the end of its run.

While the Magearna movie is now the lowest-grossing film in the franchise it's important to look at everything in context. Last year's film, for example, did awful by Pokemon's ridiculously high standards but actually ended up being the 12th highest grossing domestic film in Japan of 2015. The Magearna movie, while not as huge as hit as I'm sure Toho would have liked, probably wasn't the flop it appears to be either.

Next year's movie will be the 20th film in the franchise so many are expecting this downward trend to turn itself around in 2017.

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" was released on July 16th, 2016.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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More information about the upcoming Sun & Moon manga
August 22nd, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:47 JST -- The September 2016 issue of CoroCoro Comics, which went on sale August 12th, featured a five-page preview of the upcoming Sun & Moon manga by Yabuno Tenya.

Sun & Moon manga

I've taken pretty much everything I could from this short preview and created a Characters and Plot Synopsis page.

The new Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon manga will begin in the October 2016 issue of CoroCoro Comics, which goes on-sale September 15th, 2016.


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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Box Office Figures - Week Five
August 19th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:30 JST -- Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"' has been out in Japan for a month at this point. How's it going?





The film's currently in ninth place at the Japanese box office. This week's newcomers are the Japanese debuts of The Secret Life of Pets, which came in at first place; The Jungle Book, which debuted in fourth place; and  X-Men: Apocalypse (which is only just now hitting Japan), debuting at sixth.

The rest of the Top Ten is more or less the same as it was last week:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW The Secret Life of Pets
Toho-Towa
347
1
2
1
Shin Gojira
Toho
348
3
3
2
Finding Dory Disney
360
5
4
3
One Piece Film Gold
Toei
344
4
5
NEW The Jungle Book
Disney
347
1
6
NEW X-Men: Apocalypse
20th Century Fox
325
1
7
5
Rudolf and Ippaiattena Toho
331
2
8
4
Kamen Rider Ghost the Movie "The Hundred Eyecons and Ghost's Fated Moment" / Animal Squad Zyuohger the Movie "The Exciting Circus Panic!"
Toei
300
2
9
7 Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Toho
360
5
10
6 Himitsu: The Top Secret Shochiku
305
2

Source:  Eiga.com

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" is currently running in Japanese theaters.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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New manga based on Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon coming next month!
August 11th, 2016

Dogasu @ 10:15 JST -- The official Pokemon Twitter account posted an image from a new manga based on the upcoming Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon games and so I've made a section here on the site dedicated to the upcoming series!

Sun & Moon manga

The new manga, whose title has yet to be revealed, is going to be written by Yabuno Tenya, a man who's probably most famous for working on the Inazuma Eleven manga, and will debut in the issue of CoroCoro Comics that goes on sale September 15th.

I'll actually be out of the country when the first chapter comes out but I'll be sure to cover it as soon after its debut as I can!

"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Box Office Figures - Week Four
August 10th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:34 JST -- How is Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"' in its fourth week?





The film dropped to seventh place in Week Four. The top three didn't budge at all from last week but 4th through 6th place are now being occupied by three Japanese newcomers Kamen Rider Ghost the Movie "The Hundred Eyecons and Ghost's Fated Moment" / Animal Squad Zyuohger the Movie "The Exciting Circus Panic!"; Japanese CG movie Rudolf and Ippaiattena; and Himitsu: The Top Secret -.

The rest of the Top Ten is filled with familiar faces:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
1
Shin Gojira
Toho
348
2
2
2
Finding Dory Disney
360
4
3
3
One Piece Film Gold
Toei
344
3
4
NEW Kamen Rider Ghost the Movie "The Hundred Eyecons and Ghost's Fated Moment" / Animal Squad Zyuohger the Movie "The Exciting Circus Panic!"
Toei
300
1
5
NEW Rudolf and Ippaiattena
Toho
331
1
6
NEW Himitsu: The Top Secret
Shochiku
305
1
7
5
Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
Toho
360
4
8
4 The Legend of Tarzan
Warner Bros
309
2
9
7 HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE
Shochiku
312
4
10
6
Independence Day: Resergence 20th Century Fox
359
5

Source:  Eiga.com

No new box office earnings are being reported for Pokemon and to be honest I wouldn't expect anything until after the movie officially leaves theaters in (what I'm assuming will be) the end of August.

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
is currently running in Japanese theaters.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.


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The reason the Pokemon shorts "took a break" this year
August 7th, 2016

Dogasu @ 10:20 JST -- As most of you already know by now, this year's movie, Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna," did not come packaged with a Pikachu short for the first since 2011's Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! The Movie "Victini and the Black Hero, Zekrom / Victini and the White Hero, Reshiram." So what gives?

The reason the Pokemon shorts "took a break" this year

Luckily we don't have to guess! Okamoto Junya, one of the executive producers for this year's film, sat down with the Japanese entertainment website Cinema Today and talked about the reason they decided to just have one film this year instead of the usual two. The interview's a bit old (it's from the end of June) but I thought it was interesting so I went and translated the whole thing and put it on a page I call The reason the Pokemon shorts "took a break" this year.

What do you think of Mr. Okamoto's explanation? Does it matter to you if the shorts come back at all? Or would you rather each movie get the extra 20 minute runtime that the lack of a shorts give them?

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" is currently running in Japanese theaters.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Box Office Figures - Week Three
August 4th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:48 JST -- The third week's box office figures are in for Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"' and the film has just passed the billion yen mark!

The film has made 1,062,936,500 yen (US $10,525,898.76) since its debut last month, pushing it past the all-important milestone. The movie is unfortunately not performing as well as its predecessor, which had already made 1.3 billion yen by this point in its run, but it's still a decent showing nonetheless. The film has now slid down to fifth place with the debut of the new Godzilla movie (which I actually got a chance to see on Sunday; I agree with a lot of what Kotaku has to say about it) and the Japanese release of The Legend of Tarzan.





Here's what the rest of the Top Ten looked like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
Shin Gojira
Toho
348
1
2
2
Finding Dory Disney
360
3
3
1
One Piece Film Gold
Toei
344
2
4
NEW The Legend of Tarzan
Warner Bros Movies
307
1
5
3
Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
Toho
360
3
6
4
Independence Day: Resergence
20th Century Fox
359
4
7
5
HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE
Shochiku
312
3
8
6 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Disney
350
5
9
10 Let's Go! Anpanman "Nanda and Runda of the Toy Planet"
Tokyo Theater
182
5
10
7
Too Young to Die! Wakakushite Shinu Toho, Asmik-Ace 288
6

Source:  Eiga.com

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" is currently running in Japanese theaters.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Box Office Figures - Week Two
July 27th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:45 JST -- Reports have come out regarding Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"'s second week in theaters and, despite earlier rumors that it had dropped down to number four, the 19th Pocket Monsters movie managed to hold onto its Number Three spot.

One Piece Film Gold
Finding Dory Pokemon XY&Z the movie "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"

As pretty much anyone with a brain could have predicted, One Piece Film Gold took home the number one spot. Finding Dory got pushed down to number two and Pokemon kept the number three spot. No figures regarding ticket sales / attendance numbers for the Volcanion movie's second week have been released.

Here's the full line-up:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
One Piece Film Gold
Toho
344
1
2
1
Finding Dory Disney
360
2
3
3
Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
Toho
360
2
4
4
Independence Day: Resergence 20th Century Fox
359
3
5
2
HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE Shochiku
312
2
6
5
Alice Through the Looking Glass Disney
350
4
7
6
Too Young to Die! Wakakushite Shinu Toho, Asmik-Ace 288
5
8
NEW Lost Summer Vacation
Sony Pictures Entertainment
157
1
9
NEW Accel World INFINITE∞BURST
Warner Bros. Movies
24
1
10
7
Let's Go! Anpanman "Nanda and Runda of the Toy Planet"
Toho Theaters
182
4

Source:  Eiga.com

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" is currently running in Japanese theaters.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" Box Office Figures - Week One
July 20th, 2016

Dogasu @ 21:42 JST -- The first week's box office numbers for Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" have been announced.

Finding Dory
HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE
Pokemon XY&Z the movie "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"

The 19th Pocket Monsters film came in at third place on its opening weekend with
Finding Dory and HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE taking first and second place respectively. The XY&Z movie earned 323,900,000 yen (about US $3,040,471.97, though keep in mind that the Brexit has kind of funked up the exchange rate), down from last year's opening weekend figure of 384,115,100 yen.

The movie was watched by 289,971 people over the three-day weekend. The audience was composed of 62% male and 38% female. When broken down by age, elementary school children made up 43.1% of the audience, preschoolers made up 10%, and those in their twenties made up 25.4%.

Here's what the rest of the Top Ten looked like:

Rank
Last Week
Title
Distributor
No. of Theaters
Weeks in Theaters
1
NEW
Finding Dory
Disney
360
1
2
NEW
HiGH&LOW THE MOVIE
Shochiku
312
1
3
NEW
Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
Toho
366
1
4
1
Independence Day: Resergence
20th Century Fox
359
2
5
2
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Disney
350
3
6
3
Too Young to Die! Wakakushite Shinu
Toho, Asmik-Ace
288
4
7
5
Let's Go! Anpanman "Nanda and Runda of the Toy Planet"
Tokyo Theaters
182
3
8
6
Encyclopedia of Flowers: I Picked Up a Fateful Love
Shochiku
307
7
9
7
Sadako vs. Kayako
Kadokawa
303
5
10
8
Sixty-Four (Part Two)
Toho
320
6


Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" is currently running in Japanese theaters.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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Even more Sun & Moon Pokemon
July 20th, 2016

Dogasu @ 7:58 JST -- We're now up to 25 new pokemon!









The List of Pokemon has been updated.

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"Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" - Plot Summary
July 19th, 2016

Dogasu @ 7:46 JST -- I just got back from watching the newest Pocket Monsters movie, Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna." In the past I've pointed you guys to my summaries of the manga adaptation and told you that what happens there is pretty much what happens in the movie but this year the movie and the manga diverge so much that this isn't possible. So, I went ahead and typed up a long, detailed plot summary, from beginning to end.



Do you have any additional questions about the movie that you can't find in this synopsis? Let me know via Facebook, Twitter, or over on Bulbagarden!

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
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So let's talk about "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna"
July 10th, 2016

Dogasu @ 16:17 JST -- Did you know that there's a new Pokemon movie coming out next week?

Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna

It's not hard to imagine that there are people out there completely unawares that we're less than a week away from the release of Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna. After the poor box office performance of last year's movie, a film that actually did OK by regular movie standards but absolutely abysmal by Pokemon standards, the effects to this year's movie are clear:

  • There doesn't seem to have been any Location Scouting trip taken this year, probably due to budget cuts. I predicted this back in February, by the way.
  • There's no Pikachu short this year for the first time since 2011's Victini and the Black Hero Zekrom / Victini and the White Hero Reshiram. There has to be a reason for that, and production issues are a likely suspect.
  • There's no supplemental episode being developed for this movie like Appear, the Small Djinn Hoopa, Princess Diancie of the Ore Kingdom, or Mewtwo - The Prologue to its Awakening. Again, budget cuts?
  • Seven-Eleven convenience stores here in Japan, which are usually filled with Pokemon merchandise this time of year, are dedicating their shelf spaces to One Piece Film Gold-related merchandise instead.
  • The movie's official site doesn't have nearly as many interviews or behind-the-scenes looks as it usually does.
There's also the fact that July 16th, the day Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna comes out, is also when the movie Finding Dory and the video games Yokai Watch 3 are going to be released. Maybe the people at Toho, the company that distributes the Pocket Monsters films, realized they have no hope of wrestling kids' attention away from all that and so they decided not to waste the money trying? Next year will (probably) see the release of the franchise's 20th movie so I'm thinking maybe they're playing it super safe this year so they'll have the money to throw a huge celebration next year.

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" hits Japanese theaters on July 16th, 2016.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna
July 7th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:33 JST -- You've probably noticed that I have not been updating much at all over the past few months. What's up with that, Dogasu?  Well, I've actually been working on this massive project for the site and while I'm not quite ready to reveal what that is just yet I thought I'd take a break from working on it to remind myself that, oh yeah, there's a movie coming out in like ten days!

Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna

I've made a massive update to the page for Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna with all kinds of information, both from the official website and elsewhere. Updates include:
Lots of other minor tweaks here and there have been made as well.

The section's not finished and there's still content from the official site I want to bring over but I think today's update is at least better than nothing.

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" hits Japanese theaters on July 16th, 2016.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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Sun & Moon!
July 1st, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:45 JST -- The List of Pokemon has been updated with the seven new pokemon revealed last night.

Kapu Kokeko
Denjimushi
Kuwagannon
Jijilong
Hagigishiri
Abuly Togedemaru

This brings the grand total of Generation VII pokemon revealed so far up to eighteen.

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Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna - Chapter Three
May 17th, 2016

Dogasu @ 07:34 JST -- The third chapter of the manga adaptation of Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna was printed in the issue of CoroCoro Comics that came out this weekend so let's take a look!

Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna Chapter Three

This chapter features Magearna battling for the first time as well as an apparent death? It's quite a step up from last month's chapter!

I think it's important to remind everyone that the events that take place in this adaptation may or not reflect what happens in the actual movie itself. Previous manga adaptations have been pretty faithful to their source material but the fact that this particularly adaptation doesn't include the overwhelming majority of the human characters tells me that more than a few changes have been made here. It really will be interesting to compare the two when the movie hits theaters in a little over two months!

Pokémon the movie XY&Z "Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna" hits Japanese theaters on July 16th, 2016.  It is the 19th film in the franchise overall.

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Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon
May 11th, 2016

Dogasu @ 00:15 JST -- The List of Pokemon has been updated.

Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon

I'm eventually planning to do all the Lists of Pokemon in this style because, well, the current way sucks. What do you guys think? Any feedback / suggestions?

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