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Dogasu's Backpack's predictions for the year 2018
December 31st, 2017
Dogasu @ 19:26 JST -- I have this tradition of making a bunch of predictions for Pocket Monsters franchise for the following year and then checking in on them in December. I made a bunch of predictions for 2018 back in January and today I'd like to go through them to see how I did.
First up, here are the predictions I made about the video games:
There was a time when people were genuinely convinced that we were wrapping up Gen. 7 this year! That didn't end up happening, of course, and so far everything's still pointing toward a 2019 debut.
...I actually would have preferred this to Let's Go!, if I'm being honest. I mean, Sun & Moon seem like they were designed for a better hardware than what they ended up being released for and a Switch port didn't seem like it would have been all that hard. But I guess the gazillionth trip through Kanto was determined to be the better option?
Nope and nope! Pokemon Bank, as of this writing, has not made an appearance on the Nintendo Switch and there isn't even a Virtual Console on the new console for Ruby & Sapphire to make its debut.
Detective Pikachu reportedly sold 105,622 units its first week, which definitely fits with the "alright but isn't setting the world on fire or anything" (Let's Go! Pikachu / Eevee, in comparison, sold 3 million units in its first week). And outside that week it went on sale it seems like everyone stopped talking about it...? No Switch port was announced which is a bit surprising what with the movie coming out next year and all but I suppose there's still time to squeeze in an announcement during January's Nintendo Direct if they really wanted to.
Generation 4 started in October and has been having a steady rollout ever since. We happened to get both trading and PvP battling this year so I'll give myself half credit for that one.
Gaogaen ended up going to Smash and Pokkén didn't end up getting any new Fire-Types this year so I was completely off on this one.
Next up, some predictions related to Pocket Monsters animation!
Seems like I may have been a little more ambitious than the TV staff! Bevenom's arc ended in September (so, late summer / early autumn) and we got new Ultra Beasts as recent as this month so that's way off. No Skull-Dan arc or Pokemon League is anywhere in sight so I guess we'll have to wait until 2019 to see how that all turns out.
So far, nope! I would be really surprised if we had a Rainbow Rocket arc now that Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon are no longer the latest main series games.
This wasn't ever going to be a prediction that would be proven one way or the other in 2018 but I do still feel like we're on this track. Of the 46 new Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon episodes that premiered in 2018 the Rocket trio was absent in a whopping 19 episodes (20 if you count Episode 68, which only had Kojirou but no Musashi / Nyarth), which amounts to about 41% of the series. That's pretty much following the same trend they had in 2017; they were absent in 20 of the 48 episodes that debuted in 2017, which equals = 41%. At first I thought this was a monetary decision; Hayashibara and Miki can't be cheap these days! but then the actors still appear in episodes in which the Rocket trio don't appear so that can't be it. The decision to not have them appear at all during the month after the release of Pocket Monsters Let's Go! Pikachu / Eevee despite the fact that the trio actually does appear in the game also raises some red flags.
Then again, the trio's more or less remaining the most heavily merchandised human characters in the show so maybe their time isn't quite up yet...? 2019 will be an interesting year for sure.
I almost got this one right! No Souji / Makoto, but no new companions either. Box office wise, Everyone's Story started out strong but did indeed fail to make as much as its predecessor.
While this has never been 100% officially announced I don't think there's anyone around who believes that the Lugia in this summer's film is the same one from 1999.
This didn't happen at all, but with Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution coming up next year I might have to dust this one off for my 2019 predictions.
TPCI really didn't do that much, did they? I'm not tapped into what the English dub is doing these days anyway but from what I can see there was that Twitch marathon and that's maybe about it...? No Master of Mirage Pokémon-esque special either.
Nope, this movie's still on track for its May 2019 release date. The trailer was released on Thanksgiving weekend, so not Comic Con at all, and for the most part people seemed to be pretty pleased with it. For me, personally, that first trailer exceeded my (abysmally low) expectations and looks like it might not be a complete dumpster fire after all!? And it might be somewhat watchable?
I will continue to make this prediction every year until it magically comes true lol
I didn't "catch up" at all, but I did at least finish the Red & Green chapters for the first time, so that's something.
Finally, a note about that Translation Tuesdays project I started and then more or less dropped; I haven't actually abandoned it despite not posting any new translations for a long while. A new comparison every week (like I did back in 2017) was easy because there was a certain rhythm, a certain pattern to it all, but translations are a whole different beast altogether. While I didn't finish as much as I would have liked to have finished by this point I'm still planning to pick away at the massive backlog into 2019 and beyond to provide content that you absolutely cannot find anywhere else.
I'll be making my predictions for 2019 at the end of January.
Until next time, I hope you had a great 2018 and look forward to an even better 2019!!
More Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution tidbits
December 19th, 2018
Dogasu @ 7:36 JST -- The day after I made my last site update we got two new tidbits of information about next summer's film Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution.
One, Sayuri Ichi'ishi, a longtime animator / character designer / etc. for this franchise, more or less confirmed that the entire movie's going to be "in 3D."
The tweet has since been deleted which tells me that she maybe got reprimanded by some higher ups who weren't ready for her to leak that information yet...?
The other reveal we got is that a teaser is coming out "in the next few days." Ever since this past Friday if you go to pokemon-movie.jp you see this teaser advertising that "the newest footage will come out in a few days!!" (最新映像、近日公開‼！).
The CG bubbles you see floating up there are the exact same CG bubbles that appeared in the teaser trailer from July. Personally, I fully expect the "newest footage" to just be an upload of that July teaser with maybe one or two extra bits (i.e. confirmation that Masachika Ichimura is indeed returning to voice Mewtwo, or a vague Detective Pikachu-esque poster that doesn't show anything) but who knows!
If I was a betting man I'd say it's likely we'll see this during tomorrow's episode of Oha Suta since Thursdays are usually their Pokemon days but so far no exact date has been revealed.
Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution Released Date announced
December 14th, 2018
Dogasu @ 7:40 JST -- Late yesterday afternoon the release date for Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution was revealed to the public for the first time during Toho's annual showcase of upcoming titles..
The 22nd Pocket Monsters film will be released on Friday, July 12th, 2019. This was pretty much a given - basically every Pocket Monsters movie has debuted during that one three day weekend in July - but it's still nice to see an official confirmation regardless.
Some initial credits were also provided on Toho's official website. First up, the film will be directed by both Kunihiko Yuyama (湯山邦彦) and Motohori Sakakibara (榊原幹典). Mr. Yuyama did the first 20 Pocket Monsters movies and then had apparently passed the torch on to Tetsuo Yajima but it seems like his retirement was only a temporary one. Mr. Sakakibara, meanwhile, is known primarily for CG animated films such as the Snack World movie and Rudolph the Black Cat, so make of that what you will.
Takeshi Shudo (首藤剛志) is being credited as writing the screenplay...despite the fact that he's been dead for almost a decade. It is worth noting that he was given a co-screenplay credit for 2017's Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!", probably due to how the Episode 1 retelling section of that film was basically his original script verbatim, so the fact that he's also credited here strongly suggests that this new film will reuse a significant portion his script from the original Mewtwo Strikes Back!
Everything there is to know about the film so far has been collected here.
Pokémon The Movie: The Power of Us Contest Winners
December 13th, 2018
Dogasu @ 7:40 JST -- Last month I held a contest on the site to award five people with a free tiket to go see Pokémon The Movie: The Power of Us. The contest is over, the tickets have been passed out, and the winners have seen the film so let's take a look at their "Everyone's Story":
And finally, Stevenprr2Pryor
Thank you to everyone who entered!
"Detective Pikachu" heading to Japanese Theaters in May 2019
December 4th, 2018
Dogasu @ 7:35 JST -- We've known for a while that the Hollywood live action Pokémon movie, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, will be coming out in the U.S. and Europe in May 2019. However, basically nothing had been announced about a Japanese release. When the first trailer dropped a couple of weeks ago, for example, we got English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German versions but there was a conspicuous lack of a Japanese language trailer. Could the Japanese release be delayed, like so, so many other Hollywood movies before it?
Well we got our answer when on Thursday, November 29th, a press event was held in Tokyo that officially announced that the Japanese version of the film is coming out in May. At the moment the film, Meitantei Pikachuu (名探偵ピカチュウ), or "Detective Pikachu" has a vague "May 2019" release date. The movie will debut in the U.S. on May 10th under the title Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.
An official website for the Japanese version of the film was also launched on the 29th. There's not much on there at the moment but the "Introduction" section includes some plot information that I don't know has ever been made public before (?) so I've translated that below:
The Japanese language trailer for the film has also dropped, which is basically the original English trailer with Japanese subtitles slapped on it.
The press event announcing the movie took place at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo on Thursday, November 29th. The event was attended by director Rob Letterman, cast members Justice Smith (Tim) and Kathryn Newton (Lucy), and Ryoma Takeuchi (竹内涼真), who was announced to be providing the voice of Tim in the Japanese dub of the film. Ryoma Takeuchi is probably best known among Westerners as portraying the role of Shin'nosuke Tomari in Kamen Rider Drive.
Detective Pikachu will be one of two Pokemon movies coming out next year, with the other being Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution" coming out in July.
For the purposes of this website, I will be focusing primarily on the Japanese release of the film. More information about its release will be added as it becomes available.
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