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Welcome to Dogasu's Backpack, a fansite for the Japanese franchise Pocket Monsters! For 23 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, interview translations, information on Japan-only manga, a lyrics database, a home video 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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"Manga Guide: "Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure~" & "Pocket Monsters ~ Pucchi Gumi Special ~"
May 20th, 2023

Dogasu @ 22:50 JST -- In the last few weeks a couple of new manga based on the Pocket Monsters (2023) TV series came out in Japan and so for tonight's update I wanted to take a close look at both of them.

Pocket Monsters ~ Pucchi Gumi Special ~
Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~

The first one is Pocket Monsters ~ Pucchi Gumi Special ~, a manga adaptation that breezes through the first three episodes of the TV series in about a dozen pages. The chapter that's currently out now has been advertised as being the first of two chapters; chapter two is set to come out June 30th. Story summaries, character bios, and an author profile can also be found in the section for this series.

The second one is Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~, a series I've already featured in a previous update but that made its official debut in the issue of
Ciào that went on sale May 2nd. This series is also an adaptation of the Pocket Monsters (2023) TV series but it's taking things a bit more slowly than its Pucchi Gumi counterpart; it covers one episode in 32 pages instead of three episodes in a dozen pages. This manga looks like it's going to be a monthly series but of course it's still a bit early to tell. In any case, story summaries, character bios, and an author profile (spoiler alert: both these manga are being made by the same artist!) can be found for this series as well.

A third adaptation of the Pocket Monsters (2023) series, Kei Yamadaka's Pocket Monsters, was already covered in an update from last month. The issue of CoroCoro Comics that went on sale earlier this month did not feature a second chapter of this series and so this particular manga, as I suspected, was only a one-off.

And as far as I know that's all the Pocket Monsters (2023) manga that's out right now! I'll continue to follow up with these two series and will let you know if any others pop up in the future.

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"Lyrics - RVR ~ Rising Volteccers Rap
April 21st, 2023

Dogasu @ 20:56 JST -- A new ending theme debuted with tonight's episode of Pocket Monsters (2023) and so I went and added the lyrics to RVR ~ Rising Volteccers Rap to the Lyrics Archive!

RVR ~ Rising Volteccers Rap

Of course, English translations of the lyrics have also been added.

The title of the song used in tonight's episode contains the words "Friede Ver.," implying there will be multiple versions of this song used throughout the series. It'll be interesting to see how many variations of this song we'll eventually get!

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The 'Pocket Monsters' Animated Series Special Investigation
April 16th, 2023

Dogasu @ 1:29 JST -- Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Pocket Monsters TV series making its triumphant return to the air after being pulled for about four months due to the Pokémon Shock incident. A few days before that, on April 11th, 1998, TV-Tokyo aired a special called The "Pocket Monsters' Animated Series Special Investigation. Like with the other news reports of the era, I've made a fansub (of the footage that still exists) and posted it to my YouTube page!

The ‘Pocket Monsters’ Animated Series Special Investigation

This news special, as we learned from the book Pokémon Story, was first teased on March 30th, 1998 and then eventually aired on Saturday, April 11th, 1998 from 1:00 PM to 1:55 PM. The special is, for all intents and purposes, TV-Tokyo's final report on the incident. The other videos I've shared up until now were from just a few days after the incident; this report is from a whole four months later. It is, therefore, the most comprehensive of the bunch.

And with that I think I've translated every single Japanese report from that time period (December 1997 - early 1998) related to the Pokémon Shock! If you see any other reports floating around out there let me know; I'd love to add it to the archive!

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Kei Yamadaka's "Pocket Monsters" Summary
April 14th, 2023

Dogasu @ 12:29 JST -- The May 2023 issue of CoroCoro Comics went on sale earlier today and with that comes the first (and apparently also the only...?) chapter of Kei Yamadaka's Pocket Monsters manga!

Kei Yamadaka's "Pocket Monsters"

The main update I have for you today is a detailed summary of the massive 48-page chapter as well as brief character bios for everyone who appears in this manga. Now it's just a matter of waiting and seeing how much of what's in this manga matches up with what we'll see in the actual animated series itself when it debuts later tonight!

There was no "To Be Continued" type text at the end of the chapter so it seems as though this manga may actually end up being a one-off, though I will of course buy next month's issue of CoroCoro Comics and let you know.

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Lyrics - Dokimeki Diary
April 8th, 2023

Dogasu @ 13:25 JST -- This is a bit late, I know, but the theme song to the upcoming Pocket Monsters (2023) TV series, a song called Dokimeki Diary, was played on TV for the first time ever during the "Pocket Monsters The Animated Series Music Festival" that aired last week (March 31st) and so I went and added the lyrics to the song to the Lyrics Archive.

Dokimeki Diary

I've included the song's full lyrics, both in its original Japanese and in our alphabet, as well as a line-by-line English translation of the song's lyrics. Translations of comments from the song's performer and lyricist have also been included!

The series' ending theme hasn't been revealed yet so the lyrics for those will have to wait until the series' first episodes air this coming Friday, April 14th.

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Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~ Manga
April 4th, 2023

Dogasu @ 22:14 JST -- Another new manga based on the upcoming Pocket Monsters (2023) TV series has been announced!

Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~

Pocket Monsters ~ Liko's Treasure ~ is a new manga that is set to debut in the issue of the girls' manga anthology magazine Ciào that goes on sale May 2nd. The issue that's currently on the shelves, the May 2023 one, includes a special four page preview of the upcoming manga and so I've done the usual series overview, plot synopsis, character bios, and author biography that I do for all the manga featured in the site's Manga Guide. Like with
Kei Yamadaka's Pocket Monsters, the series hasn't started its actual run yet and so there isn't a ton of information to go off of at the moment but if there's anything out there then I've included it in this update.

I'll be sure to update the Manga Guide with new information once the next issue of
Ciào goes on sale.

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Voice Actors React to the Pocket Monsters (2019) series ending
March 26th, 2023

Dogasu @ 12:56 JST -- This past Friday the final episode of Pocket Monsters: Mezase Pokémon Master aired on TV-Tokyo. After the episode aired lot of the show's cast and crew took to social media to voice their appreciation for the show that's been a part of their lives the last 26 years or so and so for today's update I thought I'd archive them all in one place for you!

Cast / Staff Reactions to the end of Pocket Monsters Mezase Pokémon Master

The Cast / Staff Reactions to the end of Pocket Monsters Mezase Pokémon Master page collects all the social media and blog posts I was able to find from the show's cast and crew regarding the end of the current animated series. Since these posts are all in Japanese I have, of course, translated each and every one of them into English.

If you know of any other social media / blog posts from the people behind the original version of the show that I haven't included on this page then please let me know and I'll be sure to add it.

While the current "anipoke" series has come to a close a new series, Pocket Monsters (2023), is set to start airing Friday, April 14th, 2023 with an hour-long special.

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Pocket Monsters (2023) Manga
March 15th, 2023

Dogasu @ 16:18 JST -- The monthly Japanese kids' magazine CoroCoro Comics is going to start running a brand new manga based on the upcoming Pocket Monsters (2023) animated series soon, and to commemorate this the manga anthology featured a special sneak peek of the new series in the April 2023 issue that went on sale earlier today. While there isn't a lot to go off of at the moment, I did take the information I could and put it all in its own section of the Manga Guide.

Kei Yamadaka's Pocket Monsters

The Manga Guide's page on Kei Yamadaka's Pocket Monsters (not to be confused with Kosaku Anakubo's Pocket Monsters or Machito Gomi's Pocket Monsters) boasts the usual; a detailed plot summary of the preview, a page on the characters who appear, and information about the manga's author.

The first official chapter of the manga will appear in the May 2023 issue of CoroCoro Comics set to go on sale April 14th, 2023.

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