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There's a really awesome concert going on today that I'm only just now finding out about
March 8th, 2014
Dogasu @ 08:13 JST -- I really, really wish I hadn't just found out about this yesterday. If I had known about it earlier I would have tried to make plans to attend.
The Legend of RPG is a concert being held later today by the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra the features performances of background music from various RPG series. And as you might have guessed from the fact that you're hearing about this on a Pocket Monsters fansite, music from our favorite monster collecting series will be featured as well. Here's what the concert's official site says they'll be playing:
Music from Chrono Trigger, the Dragon Quest series, and the Final Fantasy series will be performed as well.
Masuda Jun'ichi, producer of the video game series and composer of a lot of the music featured in the concert, tweeted that he'll be attending the afternoon show. So, y'know, no pressure guys.
Tickets go from between 3,000 yen (US $29) to 6,000 yen (US $58) apiece. The afternoon show begins at 3:00pm and the evening show begins at 7:00pm.
And in other Masuda Jun'ichi Twitter news, he apparently met with OLM last night to discuss...something. OLM is the company responsible for pretty much everything to do with the animated side of the franchise. What do you think they talked about?
"Princess vs. Princess"
March 3rd, 2014
Dogasu @ 22:50 JST -- For years and years, Hinamatsuri, often translated into English as "Girls' Day," comes along and every year I wish I had a comparison for the Hinamatsuri episode of Pocket Monsters to link to in order to commemorate the holiday. Well this year I've decided to actually do something about that: here's the comparison for "Princess vs. Princess."
This holiday-themed episode had a ton going on. Cultural rewrites, more paint edits than I think any other episode in the series' history, questions about where in the storyline it fits...the list goes on and on. It's about ten pages long which is about 2/3 the length of my massive Myuutwo Strikes Back comparison but then when you consider that this is a 22-minute episode as opposed to a full length movie you'll maybe see why I waited so long to do this comparison.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it and I would love to hear whatever feedback you guys have to give.
Pokemon - The Legend of the Ryuu-Oh! Chapter Five, BW Rival Destinies DVD
February 22nd, 2014
Dogasu @ 15:26 JST -- I've just finished the summary for the newest chapter of the manga Pokemon - The Legend of the Ryuu-Oh!. There's some pretty interesting battling going on in this one!
I haven't had a chance to pick up the newest issues of either Pokemon Fan or CoroCoro Ichiban! yet so summaries of the Pocket Monsters Special chapters that were printed in those two won't be up until sometime next week. And while I'm on the subject - one thing I forgot to mention in my last update is that Volume 50 of Special is going to be coming out soon. To celebrate this milestone, Shougakukan will be releasing two versions of the volume: a regular version priced at 524 yen (plus tax) and a special limited edition version that comes with a 64-page collection of color illustrations priced at 880 yen (plus tax). Both versions will go on sale March 25th, 2014.
In unrelated news, I've updated the DVD Guide with information on the second volume of BW Rival Destinies. The two-disc set is also due out March 25th, 2014.
Pocket Monsters Special
February 18th, 2014
Dogasu @ 07:47 JST -- I've (finally!) gotten around to updating the summary for the chapter of Pocket Monsters Special that was printed in last month's issue of CoroCoro Ichiban!
In related news, Pocket Monsters Special author Kusaka Hidenori announced that XY graphic novels will start going on sale in Japan starting in April! In a letter posted on the manga's official website, he talks about how we usually have to wait two years for chapters of Special to get collected into graphic novel format (WHY?) but that this time they're going to start releasing these XY volumes as soon as they have enough chapters ready. Y'know, like just about every other manga series out there. Details are scarce at the moment but they did say that the chapters will be printed as-is from the magazines, which to me implies that they won't have any of the art / dialogue edits that usually occur in the transition from magazine to graphic novel.
The first volume will focus on the chapters printed in CoroCoro Ichiban! and will be released under the "CoroCoro Dragon Comics" label. The Pokemon Fan chapters will come out in the regular graphic novel release that'll come after the conclusion of the Black & White and B2W2 arcs. That graphic novel release, as always, will be released under the "Tentou-mushi Comics Special" label.
Dogasu's Backpack's Fourteenth Year
February 13th, 2014
Dogasu @ 07:59 JST -- Today is the fourteenth anniversary of this website...is what I'd be saying if I had made this post like two weeks ago like I was supposed to. Whoops!
Here's a write-up I did looking back at 2013 and making predictions for 2014.
Better late than never, right?
Nagai Ichirou, 1931 - 2014
January 28th, 2014
Dogasu @ 08:13 JST -- After losing Katou Seizou less than two weeks ago we've got news of another voice actor leaving us.
Nagai Ichirou (永井一郎) passed away yesterday, January 27th from unknown causes. He was 82. Mr. Nagai was the voice of Namihei in Sazae-san, Happousai in Ranma 1/2, and Tsuru-Sen'nin and Karin-sama in the various Dragon Ball series. He also provided the voices of Professor Dumbledore and Yoda in the Japanese dubs of the Harry Potter and Star Wars films, respectively.
In Pocket Monsters, Mr. Nagai provided the voice of the Rocket-Dan scientist Namba-Hakase. The character debuted in the late Jouto episode "The Mystery of Pokemon X!!" and last appeared in the Diamond & Pearl episode ("Pachirisu is Inside Kabarudon's Mouth!?"). Namba-Hakase was the only character Mr. Nagai voiced for the series.
Condolences to Mr. Nagai's family and friends. May he rest in peace.
Pokemon The Legend of the Ryuu-Oh
January 26th, 2014
Dogasu @ 22:44 JST -- Hey, did you know that the Pokemon The Legend of the Ryuu-Oh manga was still going on? I've fallen behind on this manga so in tonight's update I get us up to date with the summaries of the three chapters that have been released since I last took a look at the series..
I've also written up a page on the real world Ryuu-Oh Tournament currently taking place here in Japan. This manga is sorta-kinda based on this tournament and so I thought it would be a good idea to make a page that tells you what all is going on there and how that relates to what we see in Mr. Ishii's comic.
Finally, I've also updated the character bios for this series.
I just bought a new scanner (remember me saying that my old one was broken?) and I'm still playing with the settings to get things just the way I like them (I feel like those two black and white covers up there are too dark) but I'll be uploading better quality images in the next few days or so.
Katou Seizou, 1927 - 2014
January 18th, 2014
Dogasu @ 18:09 JST -- It always sucks to have to report this sort of thing, but we've lost another voice actor this week.
Katou Seizou (加藤精三) passed away yesterday, January 17th after a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 86 years old. Mr. Katou is an actor who's been working since the 1960s and has, among many others, provided the voices of Megatron and Galvatron in Transformers The Headmasters and Hoshi Ittetsu in Kyojin no Hoshi (a series that Pocket Monsters does homages to all the time). His English language Wikipedia page has a much longer list of his roles but even that only barely scratches the surface of all the work he's done in the last 50 years or so.
In Pocket Monsters, Mr. Katou provided the voice of Instructor Viper from the continuity awkward Side Story episode "The Rocket-Dan! Love and the Origin of Youth" (though his name was misspelled in the credits as 加藤清三) and of Namidabashi in the Advanced Generation episode "The Lake of Hakuryuu!." He also, according to his Japanese Wikipedia page, provided the narration for the TV commercial for the original Pocket Monsters Red & Green games.
Condolences to Mr. Katou's family and friends. May he rest in peace.
More "The Cocoon of Destruction" Information
January 16th, 2014
Dogasu @ 00:32 JST -- The February 2014 issue of CoroCoro Comics came out yesterday / the official movie website updated yesterday with new information about this summer's movie, The Cocoon of Destruction.
A brief synopsis of the movie's plot has been added to the official site. Here's my translation:
It doesn't really sound like the most original plot out there but we're still in the very early stages of promotion at this point so there's bound to be more to the movie than what's presented here. There's no mention of Mega Evolution, for example.
I've also added information about the poll being conducted to choose which pokemon will be distributed as the pre-order ticket bonus this year. This information probably won't be useful to most of you since Nintendo of America is kind of hit or miss when it comes to these sorts of distributions (neither the Red Genosect nor the special Myuutwo from last year's movie made it stateside, for example) but I still like having it here anyway for documentation's sake.
(And for the record, I voted for Darkrai).
In other news, the U.S. iTunes store released the it's-been-out-in-Japan-for-almost-five-years-now Heart Gold & Soul Silver soundtrack the other day. The Japanese release came with a booklet containing a six-page interview with the sound team of the game and I translated said interview back when it first came out, so any of you newcomers out there should definitely check it out.
"Dogasu Strikes Back"...at super old rumors
January 12th, 2014
Dogasu @ 13:46 JST -- I'm putting the finishing touches on the summaries of the Pokemon - The Legend of the Ryuu-Oh chapters I missed during my absense, but in the meantime I wanted to add a tidbit about the first movie. You've probably heard that rumor that Myuu states that clones are inferior and should therefore die, right?
In today's update, I take a look at what Myuu really says and then try to figure out why the "Myuu wants unnatural pokemon to perish" rumor came about in the first place.
I've also updated the List of TV Episodes with a new Japanese title and a new English title.
Pocket Monsters SPECIAL
January 7th, 2014
Dogasu @ 19:31 JST -- One of the things I fell behind on during the month or so I didn't update was the Pocket Monsters Special manga. I correct that in tonight's update by posting summaries of the five chapters of XY that have been released so far.
The covers of the first two chapters there were scanned before my scanner died on me while the other three chapters were photos I took with my iPhone that I then cleaned up in Photoshop. I'll add proper scans once I get a new scanner.
I've also made lots of other little tweaks in the Pocket Monsters Special section of the site including adding a bunch of new English language cover art to the Viz Edits page.
I've also added some information about the whole "Sepultra" thing in my comparison of the first episode of Pocket Monsters Origins behind the meaning of the nickname and why the Japanese version may have changed the spelling slightly.
Finally, I've corrected errors in my List of Pokemon pages and on my page for "Pikachu's Big Seabed Adventure" that several of you have e-mailed me about.
Happy New Year's!
January 1st, 2014
Dogasu @ 23:51 JST -- Every year I make predictions about various aspects of the Pocket Monsters franchise and then check back on them at the end of the year. Let's see how I did with last year's predictions:
I absolutely nailed the Japanese release date. My prediction was made on January 31st, 2013 and the actual release date wouldn't be announced for another five months (June 11th, 2013). Not too shabby.
The U.S. release date...I didn't actually think they'd release the English version and the Japanese version on the exact same day and was positive there'd be a day or two difference, but luckily for you guys in the West that ended up not being the case.
That batch of pokemon discovered post-release - the three legendaries, Mega Latios / Latias, the new Floette and Vivion forms - made the second sentence up there true. As for the DLC...we'll see about that. If my theory about this year's movie ends up being correct then we should be getting our first DLC-exclusive pokemon sometime this summer.
Pokemon Ranger 3DS has sadly not happened yet and probably won't, which is a real shame because I absolutely loved that series. Instead, we got...Pokemon Scramble U. Yawn.
But we did get "one more side game before X & Y" came out, so I wasn't too far off.
Charbu didn't end up evolving but I think we can all agree that it really should have. It was obvious that Satoshi's Mijumaru wasn't ever going to evolve and it seemed like his Tsutarja was stuck as well and so Charbu was the only one that had a chance of ever evolving.
The Plasma-Dan finally debuting in the TV series and the opening to Episode N featuring reworked footage from the skipped two-parter gave me hope that it would air but then they had to go and retcon out the two-parter the week after I made this prediction. So much for that.
Man, I really like my version of those characters' departures better. Iris' made some amount of sense (though really, why would you set up the whole Souryuu City Gym Leader thing and then never come back to it?) but Dent going to Jouto for a freaking fishing competition? Really!?
Also, their departures were only like five minutes long and ended up being even worse than Takeshi's was, so it's a good thing I didn't hold my breath.
Every time a series is about to come to an end people start talking on and on about how this will be the series they finally write Satoshi off the show and that the next one will star a brand new Pokemon Trainer. This time, however...there was still some of that, yes, but I didn't really see it around as much as I usually do. Could people have finally realized that Satoshi and Pikachu are going to be with the show forever? And that if they were ever going to leave then they would have done so over a decade ago? Is the fandom actually capable of...gasp!...learning?
Best Wishes! started with the Rocket trio being all serious, and a lot of people - myself included - wondered if this drastic change in these characters was a sign that they were going to be written out at the end of the series. Surely they wouldn't just up and change them so drastically for no reason, right? And there's no way they'd have them revert back to their old selves at the end of the series.
The funny thing is - that's exactly what ended up happening. I knew that the Best Wishes! Rocket-Dan story arc (if you can even call it that) was a haphazardly thrown together collection of half-assed ideas but even I had given up hope on the writers coming to their senses and having the trio go back to being entertaining again. They did, though, and now I can actually enjoy watching the TV series again without cringing every time they're on screen. 2013 was a great year for us Rocket-Dan fans.
Nope. We just got the starters and the legendary duo.
We got five Rocket-Dan radio show CDs if you count the rare pilot version (also I'll be doing a write-up of that sometime, by the way).
Yajirushi ni Natte 2013 never got a CD release even after all this time. Weird.
Sakura-Go-Round didn't end up getting its own single but it did get thrown onto a CD with Te o Tsunagou, the ending theme to the TV series / Eevee short. There were three variations of that release.
I didn't count on there being a Natsu Meku Sakamichi CD because I didn't count on Decolora Adventures ever being a thing. I think a lot of us assumed that Episode N was going to last all the way until the end of the series and so I had assumed that Yajirushi ni Natte 2013 was going to be it for Best Wishes!
The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Myuutwo ended up getting two CDs - a regular version and a version with a DVD featuring the trailers for the movie.
Egao did end up getting two CD releases - one regular and one limited edition - so at least I got one right.
The Pocket Monsters X & Y soundtrack got a four disc release. I hadn't counted on it getting a North American iTunes release (or FireRed & LeafGreen), though, so that was a nice surprise!
The CD for Yuusuke's V (Volt) came out in three different packages. The ending theme hasn't gotten a CD release yet, but I was at least right in my assumption that it was going to be sung by a girl group. So...yay?
All in all, 2013 saw seventeen CD releases. I predicted twelve. Whoops.
Can the XY chapter of Special count as "the much longer series?" As for the first part, I think Pokemon - The Legend of the Ryuu-Oh will end up fulfilling the role of "one volume dealie."
That's not so much a "prediction" as it is "stating the obvious," is it?
I'll have a fresh batch of predictions when I do my site's fourteenth anniversary write-up at the end of the month.
Miscellaneous Loose Ends
December 31st, 2013
Dogasu @ 14:27 JST -- The year's come to an end and there are a few things in the last few updates I wanted to work on.
In other news, I've finally gotten around to making a page for next year's movie!
One thing I've noticed online is the assumption that the twelve Mega Evolutions we see in this preliminary teaser poster are actually going to appear in the movie that comes out next July. I don't think that's what's going to happen at all. These first glimpses of the movie we get in December do a few things - give us a preliminary title (which will be updated in February with the name of the name of the movie's co-star), give us a release date, and give us a vague idea of what the movie's going to be about. Let's take a look at the previous movies' teaser posters for a second:
Key information about the final movies is missing from all three of these. In last year's teaser poster, the fact that there are four other Genosect and a Myuutwo who can Mega Evolve wouldn't be revealed until several months later. The year before? No Keldeo, no "Resolution Form," and no Black Kyurem / White Kyurem. The year before that? Nothing about there actually being two movies in production instead of just the one. They purposefully held back on revealing key information until they got closer to each films' release date.
Having twelve Mega Evolutions in next year's movie would be insane. So would having two movies, similar to the aforementioned Victini movies, with six Mega Evolutions apiece. And if either one of those were what they were planning to do then they wouldn't have blown their wad already and revealed all of this now - they'd have waited until February and would have given us a generic poster featuring Yveltal and Xerneas in the meantime.
And besides all that, none of the Mega Evolutions featured on the teaser poster are given bios on the movie's official site.
The way I see it, this year's teaser poster is telling us that Mega Evolutions will play a part in the movie. Not these Mega Evolutions in particular, but a Mega Evolution of some kind. If they chose just one or two Mega Evolutions to put on the poster then that would heavily imply that those pokemon would appear in the movie so they decided to throw a whole bunch of them on there. And I think chances are high that when February comes around they'll reveal that the Mega Evolution(s) who are going to appear in the movie are actually all new ones that none of us know about yet. Maybe a Mega Evolution of an XY pokemon, since none of those exist at the moment? And it'll probably be the pre-order bonus for the movie, with either Yveltal or Xerneas being the pokemon you get just for stepping foot inside the theater?
This could all end up being wrong, but this is just my take on the teaser poster. New Mega Evolution instead of the twelve we see on the poster. Guess we'll find out in February!
Tomorrow is January 1st so I'll take a look back at the predictions I made for 2013 and see how close / far off I was.
Pokemon Radio Show The Final! Tsubaki Ayana
December 23rd, 2013
Dogasu @ 23:58 JST -- Two things happened a year ago today. One, the newly edited version of "Rougela's Christmas" debuted on Pokemon Smash!, and two, the final episode of Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire aired on InterFM in Japan. Tonight's update has to do with the second one.
To celebrate, I've posted a detailed summary of the final episode of the radio show. It's hard to believe it's been a year now since we got the final episode.
On May 21st of this year, sound director Mima Masafumi (三間雅文) tweeted that he didn't think the radio show would be coming back for summer 2013. And, sure enough, it didn't come back. I'd say the chances of the radio show coming back are slim to none at this point but I would love, love to be wrong about this because I really did love everything about this crazy radio show.
I hope you all have a great Christmas! I'll be back sometime after Wednesday with more updates.
Pokémon Origins "File 1 Red"
December 19th, 2013
Dogasu @ 07:59 JST -- REASONS FOR GOING OVER A MONTH WITHOUT ANY WEBSITE UPDATES:
There's about a million and one things that I want to get up to date on, but I think the thing that you guys want to see the most, right away, is a brand new comparison. So here are the differences between the Japanese version and the English version of the first episode of Pokémon Origins, "File 1 - Red"
I've also revamped the main Movies & Specials Guide because the older version had this weird glitch that made it cut off halfway down the page.
I look forward to reading the feedback to both of these on my Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the Bulbagarden thread set up for this site.
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