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| Dogasu's Backpack
| Happy Anniversary! (Year Eighteen)
Posted January 31st, 2018
turns eighteen years old today, a number that is both exciting and
terrifying at the same time. If this website was a person living in the
U.S. then it'd
be old enough to buy cigarettes, and vote, and get a tattoo, and serve
in the military!
This site is older than a significant portion of its audience and is
older than most of the other Pokémon
websites in existence! I was only seventeen years old when I started
thing, meaning that my site is now older than I was when it
started. Like, holy shit you guys.
Some of the years were admittedly kind of meh *cough 2004 cough* but
2017 was definitely not one of them. And it's obviously all
because of Kanto2017. Dogasu's Backpack is, for better or
for worse, "that Pokémon comparisons website," yet in recent
years the site has admittedly not been living up to that reputation. I
only did like nine
comparisons in 2015, and six back in 2014? This site was living off the
coattails of its past accomplishments for quite a while there, wasn't
But in 2017 I did thirty-nine comparisons. Thirty nine long-form,
incredibly detailed, fully researched comparisons. I honestly don't
know how I could make them any better. Now I'm not going to
lie; keeping up that weekly schedule as an adult in my mid-30s is tough. It
sucked feeling guilty whenever I spent my free time not working on my
website because there was always this voice in the back of my head
nagging me to devote every second I wasn't at work to Dogasu's
Backpack. "You don't have
time for socializing or Breath of the Wild; you have Episode
Comparisons to do!"
But! I actually really do love episode comparisons. They're a lot of
teach me more about the
series I love so much, and they give me a chance to spread knowledge
about a version of the show that is still so severely under-represented
outside Japan. And, judging by how many more Facebook / Twitter
followers I've gained after doing Kanto2017, it seems that a lot of you
guys feel the same. So yeah, Episode Comparisons are tiring and time
consuming and kill my ability to do anything else for the site. But I
can't wait to do more.
I feel like a lot of
people are taking Orange2018 as something that's just a given, and
while I'm not ready to shoot that idea down completely (I'm kind of
50/50 about it now) I will say that there's other stuff I want to do
with my 2018 as well. I very much want to tackle the giant stack of
and start translating all the interviews inside and I also want to
revamp this site's sections on the Celebi and Latios / Latias movies.
And the DVD / CD Guides are in desperate need of being dusted off. So
we'll see. Whatever I end up doing, though, I hope you all enjoy it and
continue to be the awesome fans that you are.
Now that that's out of the way, I'd like to end my anniversary write-up
with my predictions for the following year:
- I don't think we'll
see Generation 8 this year. I mean sure, Game Freak's been pretty
unpredictable lately (I didn't think we'd get our Alola rehash game in
2017, after all), and it does seem that Game
Freak is moving toward having shorter generations that what we had in
the past. But I don't this year being the time for Generation 8 just
- Instead, I
predict...a third trip back to Alola on the Nintendo Switch. I dunno, Pocket Monsters Ultra Sun / Moon for
Nintendo Switch or
something like that? Game Freak has never done a sequel to a sequel
before, but then again they've also
never released a "third version" the year after the first two, nor have
they ever released new pokemon in a main series game mid-Generation
before. So sure, why the hell not? The new game will have enhanced
graphics, new Alolan forms (hopefully to balance out the huge number of
Dark-Types), aa few new Ultra Beasts, and a new post-game Battle
Frontier-like area with a bunch of old Gym Leaders.
- Accordingly, I think
will see the Nintendo Switch version of Pokemon Bank. The idea here is that
we, the consumers, will basically be used to beta test the
compatibility between the Switch and the Nintendo 3DS to make sure that
the two devices are ready to talk to each other by the time Generation
around. Nintendo will also release Pocket
Monsters Ruby & Sapphire on the Nintendo Switch's
upcoming Virtual Console.
- Detective Pikachu will do alright but it won't set the world
on fire or anything. A Nintendo Switch port will be announced later in
2018 for an early 2019 release.
- Generation 4 for Pokémon GO coming out in
2018 is a pretty safe
bet so I'd start saving up your candies for all the new evos that will
come with it. I also think we'll get either trading or battling this
year, but not both.
- Pokkén Tournament will get
another Fire/Fighting starter as a playable character. My money's on
Gaogaen even though I would much rather see Goukazaru take that spot
- For the TV series,
we'll get the Ultra Guardian arc that will take us through the spring,
followed by some light filler for during the summer, and then a
Skull-Dan / rest
of Alola for the autumn. I see the Alola League beginning in December.
- As much as I would
love to see it I don't think we'll ever see a Rainbow Rocket-Dan arc in
the TV series.
- I do, however, see Sun & Moon as being the final
series to feature the Rocket trio and I think in 2018 more and more
people will start to become convinced of that. I hate, hate, hate that
idea but I'm kind of bracing for it.
- The new movie will not feature Souji and Makoto from I Choose You! and will instead
feature two brand new companions.
The film will do alright in
the box office but it won't bring in as much money as its predecessor.
- I think Lugia will be
in the 21st movie but it won't be the same Lugia as the one from Revelation Lugia.
- This year will be the
20th anniversary of Mewtwo Strikes
Back so I think Media Factory will finally release the movie on
a standalone Blu-ray. Up until now the only way to get an HD version of
the first twelve movies in Japan is to buy that massive 30,000 yen
Blu-ray set that hasn't been in print since 2012.
- The English dub will
celebrate its 20th year of existence in September but I
don't see there being much celebration going on...there might be a
marathon on Disney
XD but that's probably about it. I would
predict that TPCI will commission OLM to create a new
TV special for them not unlike what was done for The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
for the series' tenth anniversary but that seems more like a 4Kids
- I think the Detective
Pikachu movie will get pushed
back from its current May 2019
release date to sometime later in the year (maybe September?), if not
2020 altogether. A
teaser trailer will be shown at Comic Con and it will be polarizing as
- 2018 has to be the year we get the coveted Best Wishes! ~ Sun & Moon OST
we've been waiting for all these years for, right...?
- I haven't read the manga in over a year (I keep
buying the magazines / graphic novels but none of them have been
touched...) so I'm not really in the position to make a prediction
about it. So, as a personal prediction for me, 2018 will be the year I
catch up with the Pocket Monsters
And that's about it! How much of what I said above will come true? I
can't wait to find out.