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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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The "Pocket Monsters" the Animated Series Character Song Project
November 20th, 2015

Dogasu @ 07:47 JST -- A new initiative known as the "Pocket Monsters" the Animated Series Character Song Project has just been announced!
Pokemon Character Song Project
The project, as the name implies, is a collection of songs performed by various characters from the Pocket Monsters XY&Z TV series.  The project's producer is Sakou Tomohisa (佐香智久), the guy who performed the show's previous opening theme Getta Ban-Ban.

The first three songs announced as being part of the project are:


XY&Z, the current opening theme to the TV series sung by Satoshi (
as performed by Matsumoto Rika).  The TV-sized version of the song went up on the Japanese iTunes store on October 29th.

Puni-chan no Uta

Puni-chan no Uta (プニちゃんのうた), or "Puni-chan's Song," is the current ending theme to the TV series and is sung by Eureka (as performed by Ise Mariya).  The TV-sized version of the song went up on the Japanese iTunes store on November 5th.

Rocket-Dan Danka

Rocket-Dan Danka (ロケット団団歌), or "Team Rocket's Team Song" (I didn't want to use their English name but it's the best way to get the wordplay in the song's title to work in English), isn't being used in the TV series at this point but has been heavily promoted on Mima Masafumi's Twitter page over the last few months.  The song will be made available on January 20th, 2016.

The project's site teases three more songs are also in the works.  I'm guessing this means a Serena song, a Citron song, and...? A Flare-Dan song? An Alan song? A Shouta song? An Orchid-Hakase song? Who knows!

A CD is being released on January 20th that contains the first three songs of the project.  The CD will be called Pocket Monsters XY&Z the Animated Series Character Song Project Collection Volume 1  (アニメ「ポケットモンスター XY & Z」キャラソンプロジェクト集vol.1) and will contain the following tracks:

Song Title
Satoshi (Matsumoto Rika)
Puni-chan's Song
Eureka (Ise Mariya)
ユリーカ CV伊瀬茉莉也
Team Rocket's Team Song
ロケット団 団 歌
XY&Z ~Off Vocal~
「XY&Z」~Off Vocal~

There will be two versions of the CD; a special first-print version that'll include a DVD featuring textless versions of the opening and ending animation and a special Pokemon Tretta puck, and a regular edition that just comes with the CD. The first print version will be 1,600 yen while the regular version will be 1,300 yen.

Special thanks to Bulbagarden user ii kanji for the heads up!

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Pokémon the movie XY 2015 Home Release Details
November 12th, 2015

Dogasu @ 06:51 JST -- Details on the Japanese home release for this year's Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings Hoopa" and "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band" have been released.


Disc One will contain the main feature The Archdjinn of the Rings Hoopa and Disc Two will contain the Pikachu short Pikachu and the Pokemon Band.  On-disc extras will include Appear, the Small Djinn Hoopa, the direct-to-DVD special released back in June; all six Hoopa's Great "Appear~!" Operation!! shorts; creditless opening and ending; a character model sheet gallery; a concept art gallery; a promotional art gallery; trailers for the movie; and a teaser for next year's film (which is probably just this).  First pressings of the DVD / Blu-ray will also include a set of Pikachu stickers.

Both the DVD and the Blu-ray are coming out Wednesday, December 16th.  The Blu-ray will retail for 4,980 yen while the DVD retails for 3,980 yen.  The movie is currently available at the following retailers:

Amazon Japan Blu-ray 3,979 yen
CD Japan Blu-ray 4,980 yen
DVD 3,180 yen
DVD 3,980 yen

YesAsia Blu-ray US $47.02 Play-Asia Blu-ray US $49.99
DVD US $36.57 DVD US $39.99

Japanese DVDs are Region 2 and cannot be played in most standard DVD players in the U.S. (though it's the year 2015 so there are like a milloin workarounds out there) but Japanese Blu-rays share the same region as American discs and therefore can be played in American Blu-ray players.

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Matsuki Miyu, 1977 - 2015
November 2nd, 2015

Dogasu @ 00:47 JST -- Last week we lost another voice actor when Matsuki Miyu (松来未祐) passed away at the age of 38.

Matsuki Miyu

Anime News Network reports:

Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actress and singer Miyu Matsuki passed away on October 27 due to an illness. She was 38.

Matsuki had announced in July that she would be taking a break from her work to focus on treating her pneumonia. She said at the time that she had a fever since the start of the year that wouldn't recede, and then found out she had acute pneumonia after repeatedly going to the hospital for check-ups.

In Pocket Monsters she was the voice of Yaoki, one of Takeshi's brothers, in the Side Story episode "Takeshi! Save the Nibi Gym!" (he's the one holding the toys in the image below). Strangely enough she was actually the second person to voice the character; every other time he had appeared up until that point he was voiced by Inuyama Inuko instead.  Ms. Matsuki would later go on to voice the Isshu Champion Cattleya in Best Wishes Season 2.

Yaoki Cattleya

Death sucks in general but to die at such a young age (she's only a few years older than I am) from something as common as pneumonia?  Tragic.

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

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Pokkén Tournament Halloween Event
October 9th, 2015

Dogasu @ 06:39 JST -- The official website for Pokkén Tournament, the arcade fighting game currently available in Japan but coming to the Wii U worldwide in 2016, announced a Halloween Event taking place later this month.

2015 Halloween

The event will run from Thursday, October 15th to Tuesday, November 3rd.  If you use your Bana Passport / Aime Card you'll receive a Mumage and a Kyuukon as a special Support Pokemon set.  You'll also receive new avatar items / titles / PokéGold at random every time you play during the event.  The Haunted House stage will also get a Halloween-themed makeover.

You'll also be able to log onto the Pokken Web Link site and add Near's (the woman in the image above) Halloween costume to your game.

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New Rocket-Dan song coming soon!
October 5th, 2015

Dogasu @ 07:35 JST -- Mima Masafumi, the sound director for Pocket Monsters XY (and every other Pocket Monsters series before that) has been posting on his Twitter feed for a while now about an upcoming new Rocket-Dan:

August 8th, 2015 3:50am JST

"And now information about the Rocket-Dan's secret...we've been surprised, once again, at the huge reaction of you members out there.  The new P of Pokemon's love for the Rocket-Dan is also quite strong!  It seems like, without a doubt, the gears can get going on a new proposal sometime soon!  As for the Team Song, there have been rumors among the members that it's going to be the ED for this autumn but making a Team Song is not so easy→"

ロケット団ひみつ情報…。 団員の反響の大きさに、改めて驚かされるw。ポケモンの新たなPも、ロケット団愛は強い!間違い無く企画は再び動き出しそうだ! 団歌に関してだか、秋のEDを噂する団員もいるが、団歌作りはそんなに簡単では無いw。→

"The Rocket-Dan's secret" seems to be be a reference to The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire, a radio show that ran for 26 episodes back in 2012 that was hosted by the Rocket trio.  It was amazing.

"The new P of Pokemon" probably means "the new producer of Pokemon."  Based on a tweet I'll talk about later I'm thinking this is a reference to Sakou Tomohisa.

August 8th, 2015 3:51am JST

"At the moment we've asked the Rocket trio to submit some lyrics.  But will they do it?  And will the composer accept them?  And on top of all that, will we get an OK from the P, finance, and the other people at the top?  It's not impossible but the road ahead of us is definitely going to be a tough one.  But we believe you members' love for the Rocket-Dan definitely has the power to set things in motion!"

現在、ロケット団の3人に詩を発注。しかし、これを彼らが受け入れるか?さらには作曲家が受け入れるか?さらにさらにPが、予算組み、組織の上のOKを 取って来れるか?まだまだ道は険しいとしか、言いようが無い…。だが、団員のロケット団への愛が、必ずや全てを動かせる力を生み出すと信じている!

August 8th, 2015 3:52am JST

"→That's my idea!  We create a Rocket-Dan Team Song, we bring back the Rocket-Dan radio show and the Rocket-Dan Secret Live, and then have a late-night Rocket-Dan animated series "The Rocket-Dan's Pokemon for the Rocket-Dan."  It's a big dream but I think you need to dream big and give it your all.  That's what the late Mr. Shudou believed!"

→私の構想は、こうだ!ロケット団の団歌を得て、ロケット団のラジオの復活、ロケット団のシークレットライヴ、さらには深夜のロケット団のアニメ番組「ロ ケット団の為のロケット団のポケモン」。夢は、あまりに大きいが、夢を目標にすべく努力を続けて行く。それこそが、亡き首藤さんへの想いだ!

August 8th, 2015 3:57am JST


"So from here on out
We're depending on
"The Love for the Rocket-Dan"
from Rocket-Dan members all over the world


After that we didn't get much of an update until Sakou Tomohisa, the singer of the current opening theme to XY and producer of the upcoming theme song to XY & Z, tweeted this:

September 25th, 2015 1:56am

Tomorrow I'll be working on a Pokemon Animation Song Project as the general producer!!  Good night!  Sweet dreams!  (∩^o^)⊃━☆゚.*・。

明日はポケモンアニソンプロジェクト総合プロデューサーとしての仕事を全うしてきます…!!おやすみなさい!!! みんないい夢を! (∩^o^)⊃━☆゚.*・。

Mr. Sakou is also helping produce the opening theme to XY&Z so it seems like he's being kept busy with his role as a "General Producer."

And then, the very next day we get this from Mr. Mima's Twitter:

September 26th, 2015 3:27am JST

Sheet Music

"That was a lot of fun :P  I'm sure some of you know what I'm talking about.  Details are coming soon Nyaa!"

至福の時間だったw。 わかる人にはわかるよね? 詳細は近々ニャー!w

The Sakou Tomohisa tweet may be unrelated to this Rocket-Dan song but it's hard to ignore the timing of his tweet in relation to Mr. Mima's.

Anyway, I really, really hope this new Rocket-Dan song ends up being the ending theme to XY&Z.  This "let's use middle school aged girl groups for the ending themes" thing the franchise has been doing for the last few years or so is getting really old so having the Rocket trio provide the ending would be a much-needed change of pace.  The ending theme for XY&Z hasn't been announced yet even though its premier is only a few weeks away so maybe there's still hope...?

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