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Monsters! For fourteen years
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your guide for the Japanese version of Pokémon and
content you can't find anywhere else. Stuff like detailed
comparisons between the
Japanese version and the English version of the animated series,
lists for all pokemon, information on the various manga, a
database, a DVD Guide, and much more! So whether you're a
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Pocket Monsters Special - CoroCoro
July 24th, 2014
@ 18:33 JST -- Sorry this is a few days
late but here's
a summary of the new chapter of Pocket Monsters Special that
came out this past Monday:
Volume 51 comes out tomorrow and is set to conclude the Black & White arc. I'll
be posting summaries of the new content as soon as I can.
"The Cocoon of Destruction and
July 23rd, 2014
@ 21:24 JST -- A pamphlet goes on sale
every time a new movie comes out here in Japan. In addition to
things like screenshots, a plot summary, and a full cast and staff
list, these pamphlets include messages written by the voice actors
their roles in this year's movie. This year's pamphlet is no
Today I've translated those voice actor messages (as well as a message
from the director!) and put them on a page here.
Also! The opening weekend box office numbers are in and Pokemon XY The Movie The Cocoon of
Destruction and Diancie / Pikachu, What is This the Key To?
debuted at number one!
According to Cinema Today, the
film was shown across 357 screens nationwide and was seen by 360,190
people, making 559,908,500 yen (approximately US $5,521,806) over the
three day weekend. The Cinema Today report goes on to say that
this is the first time a Pocket
Monsters movie has debuted at the number one spot in Japan since
2007's Pocket Monsters Diamond &
Pearl The Movie Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai.
Rounding out the top three this past weekend was Maleficent
at number two and Studio Ghibli's When
Marnie was There at number three.
Finally, I picked up the graphic novel
collection of the manga
adaptation of the movie the day it came out but
haven't had a chance to write anything up for this site yet. In
the meantime, however, it looks like the official CoroCoro
website has the entire first chapter of the manga adaptation of the movie up for free! You can
check out the entire 42 page chapter here for
the next month or so. Hope that tides you over in the meantime!
Pocket Monsters Special
July 20th, 2014
@ 22:11 JST -- Four updates in a single
Yesterday the new issue of Pokemon
Fan came out and, as always, it included a new chapter of Pocket Monsters Special. I've
added a summary
of that chapter to my Pocket
Monsters Special page.
The magazine also had a two page spread about Pocket Monsters XY The Space Debris,
the planetarium show now showing here in Japan. There's no new
information in there but it does include an image of the scene showing
Serena and Eureka imagining themselves as astronauts that I talked
about in my write-up
of the special so I scanned that in and have added it to the page.
I've still got a ton more stuff to go through related to yesterday's
movie so check back tomorrow for more translations and information you
can't find anywhere else!
Main Staff List
July 20th, 2014
@ 17:52 JST -- I've now gone through and
typed up a portion of the full staff list and added it to my page for The Cocoon of
Destruction and Diancie & Pikachu,
What is This the Key To? This isn't all the credits,
of course, but I've picked out the big ones that I know people are most
Are there any other staff members you're interested in?
Full Voice Actor List
July 20th, 2014
@ 15:29 JST -- I picked up the pamphlet
that accompanied the newest Pocket
Monsters movie, as I always do, and so I now have a full cast
and staff list for the movie at my disposal. It's been added to
my page for The Cocoon of
Destruction and Diancie & Pikachu,
What is This the Key To?
There are quite a few oddities in the cast list - Yveltal's
conspicuously missing and Ayaka's inclusion is weird considering she
doesn't actually say anything
in the whole movie - but it is what it is. The credits typed up
in the pamphlet are the exact same ones that appear at the end of the
actual movie so if they don't list a voice actor then all we can do now
"Pikachu, What is This the Key To?"
July 20th, 2014
@ 11:53 JST -- Here's what happens in the
Pikachu short Pikachu What is This
the Key To?
else about the special I noticed is that the soundtrack really stood
out to me. It reminded me of the Pikachu's Hide and
Seek soundtrack a lot; lots
of trumpets, lots of jazzy melodies, lots of memorable tunes.
- Like just every
other Pikachu short, this one begins with Satoshi and his friends
telling their pokemon to play (this time in a playground) and to be
back in time for dinner. This year's lineup is Pikachu, Dedenne,
the three Kalos starters, and Luchabre. Hinoyakoma and Horubbi do
not appear in this short.
- Dedenne wanders
off into a nearby building where it finds treasure chests filled with
jewelry. Pikachu follows it in. When Dedenne pops out of
one of the chests it notices that it has a strange key hanging off its
- The mice pokemon
go back outside where they're met by Cleffey. At this point in
the special it only has one key with it. It takes the key Dedenne
found and shows them a magical keyhole just sort of floating there in
the sky. Cleffey looks back and forth at the two keys it's
collected, finds the one that fits the keyhole, and puts it in. A
gate to a new dimension opens up and Cleffey invites Pikachu and the
others to come in.
- During all this
Nyasu, Sonansu, and Maa'ika are watching. Bakeccha's not there
for some reason. The Rocket pokemon all decide to follow Pikachu
and the others into the new world.
- Everyone ends up
in Cleffey's dimension, a world where many more magical keyholes can be
seen floating in the sky. Each keyhole has a unique shape and
each one has a key made specifically for it. There are mountains
and mountains of keys in the world - keys that Cleffey's collected over
time - and among them is a key with a unique "V" shape on it.
- Pikachu and
Dedenne seek out the appropriate keyhole and put it in. The two
of them are transported to the top of a flat-topped mountain high in
the clouds! Pikachu falls off the mountain but is relieved to
find that the clouds below are soft. Pikachu and Dedenne enjoy
bouncing up and down on the clouds like a trampoline for a while until
Pikachu bounces and...there aren't any more clouds left for it to land
on! Luckily, a Victini appears out of nowhere and rescues Pikachu
from falling to its death. It looks like this is Victini's world!
- Pikachu and
Dedenne return to Cleffey's world and waste no time looking for another
key. This time they take the whole gang with them to an icy world
with slides they can enjoy sliding down. The pokemon are having
fun playing on the ice when they come jumping off a slide and all land
on the top of a Chigoras' head! The dinosaur pokemon is joined
by Amars, Shishiko, and Onbat and all start to fight with our heroes.
- Suddenly a big
crack appears in the iceberg that everyone's standing on!
Everyone makes a run for it but when the iceberg breaks off Pikachu and
Chigoras are still on it! Chigoras can't jump high enough to
reach everyone else so Pikachu jumps into its mouth and electrocutes
it, startling it enough to make it jump up high! Chigoras and
the others become friends with Pikachu while a Jiraachi appears out
from behind the ice.
- Elsewhere, Nyasu
and the other Rocket pokemon wander into different worlds of their
own. First they head into Manaphy's world where they are blasted
off on a stream of water shot out of a Whale'oh's blowhole. Next
they head into Darkrai's world but quickly run away when they see the
nightmarish pokemon heading their way.
- Back in Jiraachi's
ice world, all the pokemon are playing happily together. During
all this, Cleffey, who's been in its own world this whole time, notices
that the keyholes are starting to close! If the keyhole to a
world you're in closes off while you're still in it then you won't be
able to return home! Cleffey travels to Jiraachi's world to relay
this message to our heroes and tells them to hurry up and get out of
there. Unfortunately the keyhole is too high up so all the
pokemon have to climb on each other and create a tower. Chigoras,
who's on the bottom, jumps up with all its power, propelling
everyone up to the keyhole and out of Jiraachi's world. Pikachu
and its friends say goodbye to Chigoras and the others.
- When everyone
returns to Cleffey's world, they notice that the keyhole leading back
to their world is starting ot
shrink too! After almost losing the key (it falls into one of the
mountains of keys and seems to be lost forever but Pikachu is able to
fish it out) our heroes and the Rocket pokemon safely return to their
- The sun is setting
in the real world so Pikachu and everyone else returns to their
Trainers to eat dinner. The end!
- A version of J
Dee'z Peace Smile that's
slightly longer than the TV version plays as the ending theme.
I wish the other pokemon had been given a chance to do something -
Luchabre's pretty useless here - but it's still a pretty decent short
"The Cocoon of Destruction and
July 19th, 2014
@ 13:58 JST -- The new movie opens in
theaters today! I got a chance to see it earlier this morning and
would like to share what I think are notable. I'll be updating
this post throughout the day so keep checking back every so often:
So basically, Xerneas vs. Yveltal doesn't
happen, Xerneas turns into a tree, Diancie basically created its own
Mega Stone, and Riot and Marilyn are a thing now because reasons.
Still, it was an entertaining movie; it moves at a good enough pace
without any of the scenes overstaying their welcome, everyone gets a
chance to contribute to the plot (even the Rocket-Dan!), the scenery
and music are top notch. I think people are going to like this
one even without a big climatic battle at the end.
- The manga adaptation
follows the movie very
closely so if you haven't read my summary of that then you should go
ahead and do that now. Everything below assumes you've already
- During the "World of Pokemon" segment
there's this group shot of our heroes with all their pokemon
out...including Hinoyakoma. Who's still a Yayakoma in the TV
series at this point. While movies have spoiled pokemon
evolutions in the U.S. before (I remember Kids' WB!'s airing of
"Destiny Deoxys" spoiling a bunch of evolutions / captures that hadn't
happened yet) I think this is the first time something like this has
happened in the Japanese
- The pokemon used in the battle between
Carnet and Ganpi - a battle we first found out about through the movie's
soundtrack - is Mega Sirnight and Mega Hassamu. Carnet's
pokemon wins. Also, the music used - which will be Track 7
"Carnet vs. Ganpi" on said soundtrack - is actually just the Gym Battle
music from Diamond & Pearl,
of all things. Weird.
- Ayaka, in addition to having a Mega
Absol, also battles with a male Kaenjishi and a male Nyaonyx. I
also don't remember Ayaka actually having any speaking parts but I
could be mistaken.
- Almost all our heroes' pokemon get to
battle at one point or another in this movie. Satoshi uses his
Keromatsu a few times, his Luchabre during the battle against Ayaka
(and then it's used a lot to help him fly at various points during the
rest of the movie), Serena's Fokko and Citron's Harimaron battle
against Riot's Gekkouga...even Eureka's Dedenne gets a chance to
help. The only pokemon who aren't used in this film are Satoshi's
Hinoyakoma, Citron's Horubbi, and Musashi's Bakeccha.
- Throughout the first two thirds of the
movie or so you can see the Steels' Hitotsuki hovering around in the
background / foreground, watching our heroes.
- Satoshi, Serena, Citron, and Eureka all
wear a change of clothes during a scene on a ferry. Citron and
Eureka have matching hoodies.
is exactly as useless a character as you'd imagine. He has only
- In the shopping center, Serena and Eureka
take Diancie shopping and try on a number of outfits.
- I don't think there's a single hand-drawn
image of Xerneas in the entire movie. Every time you see the deer
pokemon it's rendered with CG and sometimes it looks really, really
bad. Oddly enough the same thing doesn't happen with Yveltal.
- I don't think Yveltal's signature attack
"Death Wing" is named once in the movie.
- OK, now on to the part not covered by the
manga adaptation that ran in CoroCoro
- Diancie Mega Evolves into Mega Diancie
and creates a Sacred Diamond to use as a shield to protect her and the
others from an oncoming Death Wing attack. The diamond
disintegrates from the force of the attack. A shocked Yveltal is
about to try again when Millis' and Algus' airship comes out of the
clouds and fires a volley of missiles at the legendary pokemon!
Yveltal safely bursts out of the huge cloud of smoke caused by all the
explosions and attacks the cockpit of the plane with its talons.
It then uses Death Wing on the duo, sending the plane crashing into the
lake below. Yveltal turns back to Satoshi and his friends and
fires off another Death Wing attack, but this time a beam from the
distance intercepts the attack! It's Xerneas!
- So, the big showdown between Xerneas and
Yveltal...doesn't happen. Xerneas just sort of looks at Yveltal,
soothes its heart with its powers, and convinces it to stop its
rampage. All without words. Yveltal flies away, the end,
most anti-climatic ending ever.
- Our heroes breathe a sigh of relief until
they notice that Pikachu's starting to turn into stone just like the
others! Citron figures out that its tail must have brushed up
against Yveltal's Death Wing at some point and that it's going to lose
its life soon as well! Satoshi and everyone else cries and it's
this big dramatic thing but Xerneas steps in like two seconds after
Pikachu turns and uses its Fairy Aura to bring it back to life.
- Next, Xerneas turns into a tree.
Everyone worries that it's dead, but Xerneas tells them not to think of
this as its death; think of it as the "dawn of birth" and the
"beginning of hope." Xerneas then uses its power to restore the
forest and all the living things in it back to life.
- When Riot and Marilyn turn back to
normal, Marilyn kisses Riot on his cheek, much to his surprise.
- Later, we see Mega Diancie back at the
Diamond Ore Kingdom making a new Sacred Diamond. The kingdom is
saved! Diancie thanks Satoshi and everyone for all their
help. Eureka's Dedenne pops out of her pochet with the diamond
that Diancie had given to Eureka earlier in the movie; it looks like it
didn't disappear like all the others! Our heroes return the
diamond to Diancie, saying that it's a symbol of their friendship, and
Diancie says she'll take good care of it. The movie ends with the
camera zooming into the diamond, revealing a Mega Evolution symbol.
- During the end credits we find out what
happens to the thieves who were after Diancie. Millis and Algus
are working at a chocolatier (Algus has a problem eating the free
samples!) while Marilyn works at a clothing store. Riot shows up
in the store with a nice suit and goes up to Marilyn, gets down on one
knee, and presents her with an engagement ring. Marilyn smiles.
As for the teaser for next year's movie:
I've said this elsewhere but I'll say it
here too; these teasers serve as a means to announce that a new movie
is coming out, that's it. There is absolutely no reason any of us
should assume that the next movie is going to actually feature any of
the pokemon in that appear in the teaser.
- We see Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre
let out a roar before we see a splash of text announcing that the next XY movie will hit theaters summer
I'll be posting a summary of what happens in the Pikachu short later.
Monsters XY The Space Debris"
July 16th, 2014
@ 23:56 JST -- On Sunday I saw the
planetarium special! I got home, wrote about 80% of my
impressions and then...came down with a terrible flu that kept me out
of work for like two days. Whee. I'm feelilng a lot better
now so let's get this thing out there!
Tonight I take a look at the planetarium special that just came out
this past weekend Pocket Monsters XY The Space Debris.
I had a chance to go and see it Sunday afternoon and would like to
share my experience with you all. How was the show? What
was the story? Was it any good?
I would like to see the show again when it opens up in Tokyo Skytree
Town (the other Tokyo venue this thing's being shown at) to both see
what I missed the first time around and to see if there are any
differences in the way they present the show versus the way it was
presented in Sunshine City. That won't happen until after the
Diancie movie comes out, however, but I'll do my best to make it happen
As always, please let me know what you think through Facebook
This week's news
July 6th, 2014
Dogasu @ 21:38 JST -- A few updates have been
made to the official website for The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie.
First up, some changes in the character pages confirm that the pokemon
the thieves had in the manga adaptation
of the movie will be in the actual movie as well. Pokemon owned
by the characters-of-the-day in these movies tend to be one of the few
things the manga adaptations fudges around with but it doesn't seem
like this year's adaptation took any liberties on this front.
Good to know.
The website also shows us that these four pokemon will be appearing in
the Pikachu short:
page has been updated accordingly.
There's also been a page added
about a special opening day screening of
the movie and so I went and translated that. The
director of the movie
and a bunch of the voice actors in the film will be present during
this special opening
day screening of the movie so I
sent in an entry into the lottery in the hopes that I'll actually be
able to attend this thing and give you guys a first-hand report.
There's no guarantee I'll be able to go but fingers crossed!
In CD news, you know that J☆Dee’Z CD coming out later this month, Let's Dance with Pokemon with
J☆Dee'Z? Well, Sony
Music Japan's website has updated its site with a full track
listing and holy shit look at track number three:
03) V (Volt) (Matsumoto Rika
Suddenly my interest in this CD has skyrocketed. I mean I was
going to get it anyway because I buy pretty much every Pocket Monsters CD that's released
in Japan but finding out that this will have a version of the opening
theme sung by Matsumoto Rika!? Ho-ly crap I cannot wait for
this. One of my main complaints with V (Volt) and its remix is that
while they're both catchy songs the whole thing is dragged down by a
lackluster performance by an artist who really doesn't have any
business in front of a microphone. But! Matsumoto Rika can
actually sing and she doesn't need any autotune to fix her voice the
way other musicians do! I'm kind of "meh" about J☆Dee’Z
being a part of this (I mean it is
on their debut CD so it's kind of unavoidable) but hopefully they'll
just stick to the Pokemon Types rap at the beginning and end and then
step aside to let Ms. Matsumoto do her thing.
The CD comes out July 23rd, 2014. The CD Guide's been updated
Let's take a look at the competition
June 29th, 2014
@ 22:04 JST -- This year's movie The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie
is coming out July 19th, 2014. Every year I like to scope out the
competition and see what else is being released that day and so here's
what I've come up for this year:
There are actually fourteen other movies
coming out that day but they're all these arty independent films that
aren't going to make as much money in their first weekend as this
year's Pocket Monsters movie
opens on July 5th and so The Cocoon
of Destruction and Diancie might end up debuting in second place
if Angelina Jolie's newest film is still doing well by the time the
19th rolls around. Which, knowing how much Japan loves both
Disney and Angelina Jolie, is
a very strong possibility. So maybe the weekend box office will
be Maleficent, then Pocket Monsters, and then the Studio Ghibli movie?
In other news, Amazon
Japan posted the track listing for Pokemon the Movie XY "The Cocoon of
Destruction and Diancie" & "Pikachu, What is This the Key To?"
Music Collection! The CD
Guide's been updated accordingly.
A few things worth mentioning:
Oh and speaking of CDs J Dee'Z is finally
releasing a CD featuring the two ending themes they've done for Pocket Monsters XY so far.
The two-disc set - one CD, one DVD - is coming out July 23rd,
2014. The CD
Guide's been updated with this information as well.
- The track listings for
the movie soundtracks tend to be listed in the order they happen in the
movie and so you can pretty much use this soundtrack as a general
outline for the film's plot. Spoilers!
- You can also see that
the plot outline offered by the soundtrack more or less matches up with
what the manga adaptation
- Track 7, "Carnet vs.
Ganpi," is almost certainly taking place during the obligatory "World
of Pokemon" segment at the beginning of the movie. I doubt either
one of them will have any speaking roles.
- Look, information
about the Pikachu short! Looks like it'll
have a bunch of Chigaurus in it? And the Rocket pokemon get their
own theme? And the order that the legendary pokemon debut will be
Victini, then Manaphy, then Jiraachi, and finally Darkrai?
I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel for this big
project I've been working on lately. If all goes well maybe it'll
be ready before next weekend's up?
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