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Welcome to Dogasu's Backpack, a fansite for the Japanese franchise Pocket Monsters! For eighteen 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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Translation Tuesdays? What's that?
October 16th, 2018

Dogasu @ 22:26 JST -- Hey! Let's try restarting this whole Translation Tuesdays thing I've been slacking off on lately!

Generation 2

This week I've done a complete overhaul of my page for the Generation 2 pokemon. For years I simply listed (my amateurish attempts at romanizing) the Japanese names and then English names and called it a day but these days I want to do more.  I've already added things like pictures and detailed breakdowns of what the names mean for Generation 1 and 7 and so I hope to be able to do the same for all the generations in between.

Next week the plan is to translate an Unshou Ishizuka interview from a magazine that came out last year to celebrate the release of Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" Until then!

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Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" Spoiler-Filled Synopsis
October 10th, 2018

Dogasu @ 07:36 JST -- This is something that's been sitting at like 98% complete for the past month or so but just never got around to posting; a full, spoiler-filled synopsis for Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story."

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story"

My goal was to create the most comprehensive synopsis of the film while also making it something people will actually sit down and read. Let me know how I did!

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" was released in theaters on July 13th, 2018 in Japan and will be released on Blu-ray / DVD on December 19th. The English language dub hits theaters in the U.S. in November under the title "The Power of Us."

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Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" Home Video Release
September 27th, 2018

Dogasu @ 22:43 JST -- The official website for the film Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" has just announced the Japanese home video release of this summer's film.

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story"

There will be three releases of the film in Japan; an "absolute limited edition" Blu-ray, a standard edition Blu-ray, and a DVD. Let's break down each release, one by one; first up is the "Absolute Limited Edition" Blu-ray:

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" (Absolute Limited Edition Version) (Blu-ray)
劇場版ポケットモンスター みんなの物語 (完全生産限定盤)

Release Date:  December 19th, 2018, Released by: Sony Music Marketing
MSRP: 6,480 yen (+ tax), Number of Discs: 1, Blu-ray Region Code: A
ASIN: B07HJ346F5, JAN: 4517331046226
Disc One
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story"
100 minute runtime
Closed captions for the hard of hearing
On-Disc Extras
- Textless opening animation
- Character model sheets
- Concept artwork
- Promotional artwork
- Pocket Monsters the Movie 2018 Trailers
Physical Extras
A cover illustration created just for this release
An original pouch
A set of ten large-sized postcards
A B6-sized (125 mm x 176 mm) "Making of the Movie" booklet

The regular edition of the Blu-ray is the same only without any of the physical extras.

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" (Blu-ray)
劇場版ポケットモンスター みんなの物語
Release Date:  December 19th, 2018, Released by: Sony Music Marketing
MSRP: 4,980 yen (+ tax), Number of Discs: 1, Blu-ray Region Code: A
ASIN: B07HGBR8B9, JAN: 4517331046233
Disc One
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story"
100 minute runtime
Closed captions for the hard of hearing
On-Disc Extras
- Textless opening animation
- Character model sheets
- Concept artwork
- Promotional artwork
- Pocket Monsters the Movie 2018 Trailers

And then there's the DVD, which is the same as the regular Blu-ray except it's in standard definition instead of HD.

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" (DVD)
劇場版ポケットモンスター みんなの物語
Release Date:  December 19th, 2018, Released by: Sony Music Marketing
MSRP: 3,980 yen (+ tax), Number of Discs: 1, DVD Region Code: 2,
ASIN: B07HGHT1B8, JAN: 4517331046240

Disc One
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story"
100 minute runtime
Closed captions for the hard of hearing
On-Disc Extras
- Textless opening animation
- Character model sheets
- Concept artwork
- Promotional artwork
- Pocket Monsters the Movie 2018 Trailers

As you can see above, all three releases come out on Wednesday, December 19th 2018. You can pre-order the version of your choice via any of the links below. All prices are current as of this post:


Amazon Japan
Yes Asia
CD Japan
"Absolute Limited Edition" Blu-ray JPY 6,998
US $71.49
US $57.43
Regular Blu-ray
JPY 5,378
US $48.44
US $44.14
Regular DVD
JPY 4,298
US $38.71
US $35.27

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" was released in theaters on July 13th, 2018 in Japan. The English language dub hits theaters in the U.S. in November under the title "The Power of Us."

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New Translation: From Yuyama to Yajima
September 7th, 2018

Dogasu @ 06:47 JST -- When the early promotional material for Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story" first started coming out a lot of fans noticed that the director of the 21st film wasn't Kunihiko Yuyama, who's been directing every film since 1998's Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back," but was instead Tetsuo Yajima. The media news website Mantan Web posted an article about this change so I've decided to translate it for all of us.

The reason why he said “New Director, I Choose You!” The real story behind the “Baton Pass” from director Yuyama to director Yajima

In the article titled (*deep breath*)
The reason why he said “New Director, I Choose You!” The real story behind the “Baton Pass” from Director Yuyama to Director Yajima, Mr. Yuyama and Mr. Yajima talk about their history with the franchise, why Mr. Yuyama chose Mr. Yajima as his successor, and what Mr. Yajima can bring to the table. It also heavily implies that this "Baton Pass" isn't just a one-off event and that the 66 year old Mr. Yuyama has stepped down as a Pocket Monsters director altogether.

As always, let me know what you think of this translation and let me know if you'd like to see more content like this in the future!

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Unshou Ishizuka's successor for Dr. Ookido, Principal Ookido named
September 3rd, 2018

Dogasu @ 22:53 JST -- TV-Tokyo has announced that veteran voice actor Kenyuu Horiuchi (堀内 賢雄) will be taking over the role of Dr. Ookido and Principal Ookido in the Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon TV series following the passing of Unshou Ishizuka last month. Mr. Horiuchi's debut episode will air on Sunday, October 21st, according to the network.

Ookidos

Kenyuu Horiuchi previously played Dr. Araragi's father in the Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! TV series and narrated some of the Pokemon Side Story (commonly referred to in the West as the Hoso specials, or Chronicles) episodes. The 61 year old has been voice acting since the early 1980s and has appeared as Mashymre Cello in Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Fond de Veau in Croket!, Yahiko in Naruto Shippuden, and Unberto Mori in Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, among others. He's also known for doing a lot of foreign movie dubs and is often called upon to provide the Japanese dub voice for characters played by such actors as Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, and Ben Stiller.

The network has not made any announcement regarding who will be taking over as the narrator, Yaregutan,
Mamane's Denjimushi, or any of the other dozens of pokemon voiced by the late Unshou Ishizuka.

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Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon moves to Sunday nights in October
August 31st, 2018

Dogasu @ 22:03 JST -- Last night TV-Tokyo announced that the Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon animated series, which currently airs Thursday nights from 6:55pm JST, as well as Boruto - Naruto Next Generations, which currently airs Thursday nights from 7:25pm JST, will both be moving from their current Thursday night timeslots to a new Sunday night block starting October 7th.

Timeslot Change

The above, which was originally posted on TV-Tokyo's homepage for the show, says "An important message from Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon! Starting Sunday, October 7th the show will move to airing every Sunday at 6:00pm! Make sure you don't forget!!" It also states that the final episode to air during the Thursday evening timeslot will be the September 13th episode. Boruto - Naruto Next Generations, meanwhile, will move to the Sunday evening 5:30pm JST slot.

This means that the schedule from now until the 7th, as far as we know, looks something like this:

Date
Ep No.
Episode Title
Sept. 6th, 2018 089
"A Prism of Light and Darkness: Its Name is Necrozma!"
(光と闇のプリズム、その名はネクロズマ!!)
Sept. 13th, 2018 090
Final episode of the Necrozma arc (title currently unknown)
Sept. 20th, 2018 ---
Pre-empted due to a Boruto - Naruto Next Generations one-hour special
Sept. 27th, 2018 ---
Nothing, apparently...?
Oct. 4th, 2018
---
Nothing, apparently...?
Oct. 7th, 2018
091
The first episode in the new timeslot

The head of TV-Tokyo's animation division, Hirokazu Oshida (押田裕一), made the following statement about the move:

「2018年秋、テレビ東京は日曜日の17時30分~18時30分を 子どもたちを中心とした家族にむけて、アニメ番組を編成いたします。生活環境、視聴環境が変化する中、『休日ゆっくり、家族一緒で』をコンセプトに新たな るスタートをきりたいと考えています。両番組からはじまり「モヤモヤさまぁ~ず2」「緊急SOS!池の水ぜんぶ抜く大作戦」「日曜ゴールデンの池上ワール ド」と休日の家族団らんで過ごす時間を、テレビ東京で楽しんで頂ければと思います。今後も長く皆様に愛される番組になる様、全力を挙げてまいります。どう ぞ、両番組の活躍にご期待ください。」
"Starting from Autumn 2018 TV-Tokyo will create a new animation programming block aimed at families, particularly children, on Sunday evenings from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. As people's lives and viewing habits change we want to really shift gears toward the concept of "spending your days off relaxing with your family." Starting with those two programs and continuing on with shows like "Moya-Moya Summers 2," "Emergency SOS! The Great Plan to Drain All the Water from the Pond," and "Ikegami's Sunday Primetime World," we hope the whole family will come together to enjoy TV-Tokyo's programming. We're going to continue giving it our all to make sure everyone continues to love these shows for a long time. Please look forward to both these programs."

(It should be noted that Mr. Oshida is apparently new to his position; it was announced that he was taking over as the head of TV-Tokyo's animation division in June of this year. Before that he was the president and CEO of the network's communications department.)

The Sunday 5:30pm timeslot that Boruto - Naruto Next Generations will be taking over is currently occupied by a variety show called The Gulliver You Should Know ~The Excellent Company Files~ (知られざるガリバー~エクセレントカンパニーファイル~) while the 6:00pm timeslot that Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon is taking over is currently occupied by the variety show If You Get a Car, What Would You Like To Do? (車あるんですけど…? ). Both variety programs will be moving to new timeslots of their own after October 7th.

Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon's new timeslot will put the show in direct competition with rival network Fuji TV's long-running Chibi Maruko-chan.

Unlike the U.S., where TV shows change timeslots all the time, a show on a terrestrial Japanese TV station changing its timeslot is a very rare event indeed. The very first Pocket Monsters series originally aired on Tuesday nights at 7:00pm from until the Pokemon Shock incident forced the show off the air for a few months and then move to a new night and time, Thursdays at 7:00pm. It kept that timeslot for about 18 years before shifting slightly to a 6:55 start time with the April 7th, 2016 episode.


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Unshou Ishizuka, 1951 - 2018
August 26th, 2018

Dogasu @ 23:25 JST -- Unshou Ishizuka (石塚運昇), the voice of characters like Dr. Ookido and the Narrator in the Pocket Monsters animated series / movies, passed away on Monday, August 13th. He was 67 years old.

Unshou Ishizuka

His talent agency, Aoni Production, made the announcement on their website a few days later on Friday, August 17th:

弊社所属俳優 石塚運昇 儀(享年68) 
食道癌の為かねてより病気療養中でしたが、
薬石効なく平成30年8月13日永眠いたしました。
生前、皆様から頂きました御厚誼に心より深謝致します。

Mr. Unshou Ishizuka, an actor belonging to our agency, has passed away at the age of 67. He had been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer but none of it proved to be effective and on August 13th, 2018 he went into an eternal slumber. We are forever grateful for all the kindness received during his life.

(Japanese obituaries use what's called the kazoedoushi system, an old and mostly obsolete standard that calculates your age starting with your time in the womb, not from the day you were actually born. This, in turn, usually makes your kazoedoushi age a year older than the age we would normally recognize. Mr. Ishizuka was born on May 16th, 1951 which made him 67 years old at the time of his death).

I want to avoid statements like "we lost one of the greats" or "this is a big one!" because it implies that his death is somehow more tragic than the others who have died before him. Ranking voice actors' deaths by how many roles they played is gross. At the same time, however, it's hard to look at his resume and not feel that the animated series will never be the same again now that he's no longer with us.

Read the rest of my tribute to Mr. Unshou Ishizuka

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