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Welcome to Dogasu's Backpack, a fansite for the Japanese franchise Pocket Monsters!  For fourteen 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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Masafumi Mima tweets about "Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire"
December 18th, 2014

Dogasu @ 22:57 JST -- And OMG information overload.

Untold Stories

Back on December 2nd Mima Masafumi, the mastermind behind the excellent Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire, spent about an hour writing tweet after tweet divulging information about the radio show he helped bring to us back in 2012.  He reveals things such as how the pilot was recorded, just how scripted the show really was, how the show originally only had a thirteen episode order and why he was hesitant to do another batch, how the show had no budget whatsoever, and more!  It's all very fascinating stuff.

I've translated all fifteen tweets and put them on their own page here.  I hope you find it as engrossing as I did!

Here's some twelve year old manga!
December 5th, 2014

Dogasu @ 23:22 JST -- Over the last three months Shogakukan has been re-releasing the Ruby & Sapphire Chapter of the manga Pocket Monsters Special through a series they call "My First Big Special: Pocket Monsters SPECIAL."  They're not unlike the "VIZBIG" volumes Viz releases in the U.S. for their other series; several volumes' worth of content get crammed into a single book designed to help people who are behind on the story to catch up.  This re-release collects all seven volumes worth of content (Volumes 15 - 22) into four books.

My First Big Special Ruby / Sapphire 01 My First Big Special Ruby / Sapphire 02 My First Big Special Ruby / Sapphire 03 My First Big Special Ruby / Sapphire 04
My First Big Special
Ruby / Sapphire 01
My First Big Special Ruby & Sapphire 02
My First Big Special Ruby & Sapphire 03
My First Big Special Ruby & Sapphire 04

Today I've created pages for all four volumes that list what chapters are contained in each one.  But that's not all!  Each volume also has a number of informative essays written by writer of the series Kusaka Hidenori that go into how they decided various aspects of the series.  Why did they decide to have Ruby do Contests and Sapphire focus on battling?  How did they decide the relationship between Ruby and Senri?  How did they pick which pokemon goes to which Trainer?  Why did they give Sapphire a Kimori and why did they decide to give her an Achamo instead?  All of that and more are answered in the essays written by Mr. Kusaka.  And I've translated them all.

Kusaka Hidenori

The fourth volume also has a detailed timeline of Ruby's and Sapphire's 80-day journey.  I've translated that too.

The fourth volume has an 18-page preview of the upcoming Thirteenth Chapter of Special, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.  I've written up a summary.

Finally, the fourth volume has information about said Thirteenth Chapter that I've also translated.



Nintendo 3DS Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Super Music Complete
December 3rd, 2014

Dogasu @ 23:24 JST -- The massive six-disc soundtrack for Pocket Monsters Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire went on sale today so I've updated the CD Guide with a track listing for the set.  As had been previously announced, the first four discs are music from the new games (153 tracks plus seven bonus tracks) while the final two are music from the original Ruby & Sapphire.

ORAS Soundtrack
ORAS Soundtrack

A few notes about the Bonus Tracks found on Disc Four:
  • "Birthday at the Pokemon Center!" (Disc Four, Track 36) is the same birthday music from Pocket Monsters XY that was missing from that sountrack release.  Better late than never, I guess.
  • "Deoxys Battle! (original version)" (Disc Four, Track 38) and "Frontier Brain Battle! (original version) (Disc Four, Track 39)" are both presented as they appeared in Pocket Monsters Emerald for the Game Boy Advance.  The Deoxys song had never been released on CD before was released on the FireRed & LeafGreen CD set back in 2004 (Disc Two, Track 2) while the Frontier Brain music was released as a Bonus Track on the Nintendo DS Pokemon Black 2 / White 2 Super Music Complete CD set back in 2012 (Disc Four, Track 15).  Also, way to put a Frontier Brain song on the ORAS soundtrack despite the games not having a Battle Frontier, seems kind of like a dick move if you ask me.
  • "Appeal ☆ Love" (Disc Four, Track 42) is a pop song complete with lyrics.  It is sung by Orikasa Naomi (折笠奈緒美).
  • The two Ruby & Sapphire discs (Discs Five and Six) are exactly the same as the CD set that was released here in Japan back in 2003.  Same track names, same track order, same number of tracks per disc, nearly identical label on the CD itself...everything's the same.  It even includes all the Game Corner stuff that ended up getting cut for the remakes because of European PEGI classifications, making their omission in the new games all the more conspicuous.
You can order Nintendo 3DS Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Super Music Complete from Amazon Japan, CD Japan, Play-Asia, and YesAsia.  An international release has not been announced yet but I'm sure it'll show up on Western iTunes stores eventually.

More like "Pocket Monsters Pakira," amirite?
November 25th, 2014

Dogasu @ 23:03 JST -- Two new chapters of Pocket Monsters Special came out in Japan late last week.  Let's take a look at them today!

Pokemon Fan Issue 39
CoroCoro Ichiban! January 2015 Issue
Pokemon Fan
Issue 39

CoroCoro Ichiban!
January 2015 Issue

The next issue of CoroCoro Ichiban! goes on sale December 21st, 2014.  The next issue of Pokemon Fan, on the other hand, doesn't go on sale until February 20th, 2015.

"The Castle Beneath the Sea!  Kuzumo and Dramidoro!!"

November 24th, 2014

Dogasu @ 00:29 JST -- I would have had this up sooner but UGH computer problems.

"The Castle Beneath the Sea!  Kuzumo and Dramidoro!!"

"The Castle Beneath the Sea!  Kuzumo and Dramidoro!!" finally aired on Thursday and so I've updated the timeline page I had created for the episode.  I've added information about the week leading up to the episode's airing, the lack of any "that fishing episode from Best Wishes!" - like retconning, comparisons between the images from the supposed Korean airing of the episode and the Japanese broadcast, and information about how the series numbering has been affected

I think that should just about cover everything?

Mewtwo Lives
November 17th, 2014

Dogasu @ 07:50 JST -- There are a number of rumors about this franchise that people just sort of accept and take at face value despite a lack of clear evidence one way or the other.  One such rumor is the supposed death of Philip Bartlett.

Philip Bartlett

The rumor goes that Mr. Bartlett, whose real name is Jay Goede, passed away after providing the voice of Mewtwo in Mewtwo Strikes Back and was therefore replaced by Dan Green for the TV special sequel Mewtwo Returns.  There was never really any proof of his death and a lot of people - myself included - just sort of took this information at face value.  Old VA died and so Dan Green takes over.  Makes sense, right?

A post made a few days ago over at behind the voice actors tells of how Mr. Bartlett is actually very much alive and was willing to speak with the poster about various things.  He talks about his supposed death, what it was like to record the movie ("I just remember spending a lot of time recording...about 2 or 3 days"), how he was also the voice of Dr. Fuji and how surreal it was to play both the creator and the creation, and how he believes his ego was the reason he didn't get asked to come back to reprise the role for Mewtwo Returns.  I found it to be an extremely fascinating read and I don't even like the dub!

Special thanks to PockyAddict over at the Bulbagarden Forums for the tip.

Yanaga Kazuko, 1947 - 2014
November 16th, 2014

Dogasu @ 22:50 JST -- I'm a little bit late with this news but I want to post it anyway: we've lost another voice actor.

Yanaga Kazuko

Yanaga Kazuko (弥永和子) passed away on November 1st from Sepsis, according to an announcement made earlier in the month by her talent agency 81 Produce.  She was 67 years old.  Ms. Yanaga was born on April 14th, 1947 in Fukuoka Prefecture and was married to fellow voice actor Otsuka Houchuu.  Ms. Yanaga is famous for being the dub-over actor for the Japanese dubs of movies featuring Sigourney Weaver, Meryl Streep, and Jamie Lee Curtis, among others.

In Pocket Monsters Ms. Yanaga provided the voice of Kaneyo, the rich woman who owned the Buru that would eventually follow our heroes throughout the Jouto region.  She was the only character Ms. Yanaga voiced for the series.


Condolences to Ms. Yanaga's family and friends.  May she rest in peace.

"Diancie and the Destruction of My Faith in the Dub"
November 15th, 2014

Dogasu @ 08:48 JST -- Last Saturday was a dark day for the English dub.  Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction aired on Cartoon Network and...sigh. 

"Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction"

The Japanese Blu-ray won't be out for another month or so but in the meantime I've written up a preliminary comparison between the uncut Japanese version and the English hackdub. 


Pokémon the movie XY Exhibit
November 8th, 2014

Dogasu @ 17:41 JST -- This is one of those updates that's been about 95% ready to go for a few months now but am only just now posting for some reason.

This past summer there was a special exhibit over at the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower here in Tokyo called "Pokémon the movie XY Exhibit."  The exhibit, which commemorated the release of Pokemon the Movie XY "The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie" and "Pikachu, What is This the Key To?," was like one massive giant love letter to every Pocket Monsters film to date.  It had everything an animation fan like myself could want: overviews of each of the movies, original production artwork, character sketches, background paintings, and a Pikachu Café selling special Pikachu-shaped food.

Pokemon the movie XY Exhibit

Tonight I've finished writing up my report on the exhibit and would like to share it with you.  I go over what was displayed, how everything was set up, and what it was like to eat a parfait made to look like Pikachu.  I hope you enjoy!

The exhibit's been over for a while now but hopefully it'll re-open again at some point in the future.  Fingers crossed!

Pocket Monsters Special
October 21st, 2014

Dogasu @ 23:32 JST -- A new chapter of Pocket Monsters Special came out yesterday so I've typed up the usual summary for it and added it to the Manga Guide:

CoroCoro Ichiban! December 2014

Also, a reminder that the first volume of the re-release of the Ruby & Sapphire Chapter of Pocket Monsters Special hits stores this Friday, October 24th.

"Pokemon Omega Ruby Crimson Passion" & "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire Indigo Wisdom"
October 20th, 2014

Dogasu @ 17:58 JST -- Two new manga series started in the issue of CoroCoro Comics that went on sale last week and so tonight I bring you synopses of the first chapters of both Pokemon Omega Ruby Crimson Passion and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire Indigo Wisdom.

Pokemon Omega Ruby Crimson Passion Pokemon Alpha Sapphire Indigo Wisdom

Detailed plot synopses of both chapters as well as a bunch of Character Bios have been added to the Manga Guide.  The promos for next month's CoroCoro Comics are saying that there will be 64 pages of this Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire manga in the December 2014 issue so I'm guessing that means that each chapter will be 32 pages apiece.




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