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Welcome to Dogasu's Backpack, a fansite for the Japanese franchise Pocket Monsters! For 24 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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Episode Comparison: "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure"
June 12th, 2024

Dogasu @ 23:59 JST -- As you're all aware by now I've been making my way through the Orange Islands episodes these last few years, documenting the numerous changes between the Japanese version and the English version. I've now reached the point in the saga where the second Pocket Monsters movie comes out in Japan and so for this month's comparison I'm doing a revamp of my comparison for "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure."

"Pikachu's Rescue Adventure"

I already did this comparison years ago but when I looked back over it I found it to be lacking in quite a few areas so I basically redid the comparison from the ground up. The second Pikachu film is unique in that 4Kids completely removed the narrator from the film, creating this weird pseudo dub where something like 95% of the film's dialogue gets removed for reasons we can only really guess at.

I'm also working on a revamp of my "The Power of One" comparison so look forward to that coming soon!

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"Pocket Monsters Liko's and Roy's Adventure" Animated Series Original Soundtrack CD comes out June 19th
June 11th, 2024

Dogasu @ 21:19 JST -- A few weeks ago listings for what seemed to be a CD soundtrack release of Conisch's background music from the Pocket Monsters (2023) TV series began to surface on online retailers. Details were pretty scarce at the time -- all we had were a title and a June 19th release date -- and so there wasn't much to report but now that we're getting closer to the release date we're starting to get a better picture of what this release will be!

"Pocket Monsters Liko's and Roy's Adventure" Animated Series Original Soundtrack

The CD Guide has been updated with full details about the CD that include a full track listing, a look at the physical extras that'll come packed with early printings, and links to where you can purchase the CD for yourself.

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Rougela in Animation From Black to Purple
June 10th, 2024

Dogasu @ 23:27 JST -- You may remember I made a page a few years ago called "Rougela in Animation From Black to Purple" where I documented the episodes of Pocket Monsters that had been re-edited to turn Rougela from its original black to its updated purple design. As of 2017 the majority of Rougela's appearances had been updated but there were still about five episodes that still depicted her with her old design.

Rougela in Animation From Black to Purple

Well, earlier this week bluesun and Toa of Gallifrey alerted me to the fact that all those random stragglers -- the Hinamatsuri episode, the Orange Islands showboat episode, the final Orange Islands gym episode, that one Dr. Ookido's Pokémon Lecture segment, and the Pokémon magician episode -- had finally gotten their own purple edit. And so I went through the aforementioned Rougela page and updated both the sections on those episodes as well as the big list at the bottom of the page that lays out which streaming service is showing which version of each episode.

With this latest update, every single piece of animation that used to feature Rougela with its original black design has been updated so that she's now consistently purple across the entire series.

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Introducing the Rumor Guide
June 5th, 2024

Dogasu @ 21:12 JST -- For a long, long while now I've wanted to add a Rumor Guide on the site, a section where I take a look at the various rumors surrounding the animated series and work to figure out whether they're true or not. But, for one reason or another, I just never got around to sitting down and writing it. Well, today I'm finally ready to post my first entry to the newest section of the site: Does the Japanese version of the second Pokémon movie confirms Musashi and Kojirou are 25 years old?



Instead of giving a simple "yes" or "no" answer I try taking a look at the dialogue from every possible angle, as well as any other materials I could think of to refer to, before delivering what I believe to be a sensible verdict. Hopefully you'll agree!

I've got a lot of ideas for future installments to the Rumor Guide -- some as long as this one, some much, much shorter -- but if you happen to have any suggestions of long-standing rumors you'd like me to cover then please let me know!

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Episode Comparison: "Bound for Trouble"
May 6th, 2024

Dogasu @ 10:47 JST -- It's a new month so that means it's time for a new comparison! This time let's look at what all was changed between the Japanese and English versions of the Orange Islands episode "Bound for Trouble."

"Bound for Trouble"

The episode has the usual script rewrites, of course, but this one sticks out because it also has a number of sound effect edits as well...? The write-up also takes a look at the brilliance of Masaaki Iwane's animation style, characters being mean to each other, Pikachu's gender, dub background music, and a whole lot more!

As usual, let me know what you think via the links below!

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Episode Comparison: "Misty Meets Her Match"
April 16th, 2024

Dogasu @ 23:21 JST -- Now that I've revamped my page for the Den-geki! Pikachu comic I can now focus my attention on the next Japanese to English episode comparison, "Misty Meets Her Match!"

"Misty Meets Her Match"

This episode is pretty heavy on the romance aspect (well, for this show at least) and so I'm sure a lot of people are wondering how much of that was in the original and how much of it was added in by 4Kids. Well, wonder no longer! The write-up also contains discussions about dub-only lore, challenges with adapting the Japanese language's tendency to be ambiguous, and giant prehistoric kaiju and so there's plenty for you to sink your teeth into.

As usual, let me know what you think via the links below!

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Lyrics Archive: "Will" and "Let Me Battle"
April 12th, 2024

Dogasu @ 23:17 JST -- Tonight's episode of Pocket Monsters (2023) debuted two brand new songs: Will, the new opening theme sung by the South Korean girl group IVE; and Let Me Battle, the new ending theme sung by Japanese TikToker 9Lana. Lyrics to both these songs have been added to the Lyrics Archive.

Will
Let Me Battle
"Will"
"Let Me Battle"

As always, the pages for boths songs contain the original lyrics as they appear in the original Japanese, a transliteration of those lyrics into our alphabet, and an English translation. For now I only have the TV edits of these two songs up but I'll be sure to add the full versions at a later date.

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Manga Guide: "Den-geki! Pikachu" Revamp
March 31st, 2024

Dogasu @ 23:38 JST -- I was taking a look at the next Orange Islands episode I'll be doing a comparison for and was reminded there was a chapter of that old Den-geki! Pikachu comic that adapted this episode. Well, I went to check in on what I already had up on the site about the series and it turns out...not much at all? In fact, my site's coverage of the series kind of sucked...? So let's fix that today.



I've spent the last few weeks (and more money than I'd like to admit) to give the Dengeki! Pikachu section of the website a much, much needed makeover. I've completely rewritten the series introduction, added a page on author Toshihiro Ono, added summaries and trivia to the chapters that make up the first volume, and have posted comparisons between various versions of the series' very first chapter!

There's still a lot more work to do on this series but for now I think this is a pretty great start.

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Episode Comparions:  Pokémon Horizons Episodes 1-6 (Updated)
March 8th, 2024

Dogasu @ 11:30 JST -- As I'm sure most of you are aware of by now, the first batch of Pokémon Horizons episodes dropped on Netflix in the U.S. yesterday morning. The version currently streaming in the U.S. is a lot less edited than what was added to the BBC iPlayer late last year and so I went back through the six comparisons I did back in December, did a few spot checks, and updated the write-ups accordingly.
Pokémon Horizons

The version airing on Netflix in the U.S. is, for all intents and purposes, completely uncut. Footage from the Japanese opening and ending themes, the Dr. Friede end-of-episode segments, and the Next Episode Previews are still all missing, unfortunately, but the actual episodes themselves (well, the first six at least) don't have anything cut from them.

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Episode Comparison: "The Mystery Menace"
March 1st, 2024

Dogasu @ 20:30 JST -- It's time for the second Japanese to English episode comparison of the year! Let's take a look at what all was changed in the Orange Islands episode "The Mystery Menace."

"The Mystery Menace"

This episode didn't have as many rewrites as some of its predecessors but the ones it does have are kind of interesting! I also use this episode to try to figure out who knows what, and when, in regards to where they'll be spending the next episode because it's quite different depending on what version of the show you're watching! As always, please let me know what you think via the links below.

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CD Guide: Pocket Monsters Sword & Shield, Legends Arceus, Scarlet & Violet Soundtracks
February 28th, 2024

Dogasu @ 23:00 JST -- If you've seen me posting about this over on X these last few days you already know this, but I've been adding the tracks lists to the soundtracks for Pocket Monsters Sword & Shield, Pokémon Legends Arceus, and Pocket Monsters Scarlet & Violet that all came out earlier this week to the CD Guide:

Pocket Monsters Sword & Shield
Pokémon Legends Arceus
Pocket Monsters Scarlet & Violet

There were 460 tracks across all three releases and I managed to transcribe, translate, and provide the composition / arrangement information for every single one. It was actually a pretty overwhelming amount of work! I did my best to make sure everything was as error-free as possible but if you spot anything then please let me know.

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Pokémon Story: Chapter-by-Chapter Breakdown
February 10th, 2024

Dogasu @ 11:16 JST -- Over the last two years I've been diving into the old Japanese book Pokémon Story for a variety of updates. I've managed to translate over 100 pages of the book by this point and yet I've only really barely scratched the surface. I recently finished re-reading Pokémon Story and realized that hey, I don't think anyone's ever taken the time to actually document what all this book covers, and so for today's update I present the Pokémon Story Chapter-by-Chapter Breakdown.

Pokémon Story

As you can probably guess from the title alone, this chapter-by-chapter breakdown provides chapter and section titles, page numbers, and brief one-to-two-sentence summaries of what's covered in each section. The idea is to provide a resource that makes it easier to determine what kind of coverage, if any, this 500+ page book provides for different aspects of the franchise.

I have no plans of translating any more chapters of the book in this calendar year (my site's 25th anniversary project is going to have to be my top priority) but I'll be more than happy to hear your feedback on what sections you'd like to see translated in 2025 and beyond.

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Dogasu's Backpack's 23rd Anniversary
January 31st, 2024

Dogasu @ 23:38 JST -- On January 31st, 2000 I started a little Geocities website that would eventually become the site you're on right now, Dogasu's Backpack. I've been doing yearly round-ups for most of that time and so today I've done the same thing. So join me in saying Happy Anniversary! with this year's write-up!

Happy Anniversary! (Year 24)

Thank you everyone for continuing to visit this website, whether you're a first time visitor or someone who's been visiting for years. I can't wait to show you all what I have in store for 2024!

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Episode Comparison:  "Get Along Little, Pokémon"
January 22nd, 2024

Dogasu @ 20:45 JST -- It's time to jump right back into the Orange Islands with the next comparison in line, "Get Along Little, Pokémon" [sic]!

Git Along Little, Pokémon

The dialogue in this episode is actually fairly faithful (there are "only" thirteen rewrites!) but there are also episode title shenanigans, new dub music, Pokémon voice acting, name localizations, and the Rocket trio's roles in the show to delve into and so even with fewer dialogue edits there's still a lot to talk about!
As usual, let me know what you think via the links below!

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CD Guide - 2024
January 11th, 2024

Dogasu @ 23:53 JST -- It's been a while since I've made this update, but I finally got around to updating the CD Guide with the first few releases of 2024!

CD Guide

The three CD sets we know of so far -- the soundtracks for Pocket Monsters Sword & Shield, Legends Arceus, and Scarlet & Violet -- all go on sale at the end of next month. All known details about each release, as well as links to where you can pre-order them for yourself, have all been added to the 2024 page of the CD Guide.

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Look Back - Predictions 2023
January 8th, 2024

Dogasu @ 10:32 JST -- Every year I make an attempt to predict what will happen in the World of Pokémon and then post those predictions on my website as a sort of fun little game. Part of that game is to then check back on those predictions a year later to see how many of my predictions came true. So let's take a look at the stuff I thought would happen in 2023 in my 2023 Predictions Check-In!



I'll be posting my predictions for 2024 when I do my website's anniversary write-up later this month.

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Episode Comparions:  Pokémon Horizons Episodes 1-6
December 13th, 2023

Dogasu @ 00:30 JST --   A little over a week ago the first six episodes of Pokémon Horizons, the title given to the English dub of the Pocket Monsters (2023) series currently running in Japan, debuted on the CBBC and BBC IPlayer in the U.K. I haven't done a comparison for a TPCi-era regular TV episode in a little over ten years and so I thought hey, we have a fresh start series now so why not take a look at the newest batch of episodes?

"The Pendant That Starts It All: Part One"
"The Pendant That Starts It All: Part Two"
"The Pendant That Starts It All: Part One" "The Pendant That Starts It All: Part Two"
"For Sure! Cause Sprigatito's with Me!"
"The Treasure After the Storm!"
"For Sure! Cause Sprigatito's with Me!" "The Treasure After the Storm!"
"Found You, Fuecoco!"
"The Ancient Poké Ball!"
"Found You, Fuecoco!" "The Ancient Poké Ball!"

My opinions on how TPCi handled the dub are covered in the actual comparisons themselves so I'll just point out that it took me about the same amount of time to do six TPCi era episode comparisons as it usually takes me to do a single Orange Islands episode comparison. How you interpret that information is up to you.

As always, any and all feedback is welcome via any of the methods below.

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Episode Comparison:  "Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon?"
December 2nd, 2023

Dogasu @ 15:29 JST --   It's time for another episode comparison! This time we continue on through the Orange Islands with the episode "Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon?"

"Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon?"

This episode was a loooot more work than I thought it'd be. As I mention in the comparison itself, a good 75%-ish of the dialogue is completely rewritten, meaning that when all's said and done I ended up having to transcribe most of the episode's script to compare the two. As usual, let me know what you think via the links below!

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Translation: TV Guide interview with Nanase Nishino
November 22nd, 2023

Dogasu @ 08:24 JST --   The October 7th to October 13th 2023 issue of the Japanese TV Guide magazine featured an interview with Cram Adventures Into a Pocket star Nanase Nishino in order to promote the then-upcoming show.

TV Guide

In this interview Ms. Nishino talks about her history with the Pocket Monsters video games and how her approach toward playing Madoka is to make her more like the protagonist of a video game. She also highlights an adventure of her own she's had recently.
You can read my translation of the interview here.

Cram Adventures Into a Pocket is a live action TV show based on the Pocket Monsters video games. It stars Nanase Nishino and will debut on TV-Tokyo on Friday, October 20th at 12:30 am JST. The show is also currently airing in Taiwan and South Korea.

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Manga Section: Kousaku Anakubo's Pocket Monsters
November 12th, 2023

Dogasu @ 13:20 JST --  I want to do a better job of keeping up with the Pokémon manga that's currently running in Japan. One of those manga, believe it or not, is the Kousaku Anakubo Pocket Monsters gag manga with the rude Pippi and the non-traditional character designs and the dick jokes. I took a look at my site's coverage of the series and found that I haven't really updated it since 2012 and so I thought that before I start adding stuff to the section I'd better clean it up first.


So today's update is about getting the Kousaku Anakubo's Pocket Monsters portion of the Manga Guide tidied up and ready to update. I completely rewrote the series' front page, author profile, character bios, and added a list of all the collected volumes. I then took a look at all the random chapter summaries I had scattered throughout the website over the decades and consolidated them all in one place; there was a Sun & Moon era chapter, for example, I had summarized and posted on this site's front page but then never bothered to add to the actual manga section itself. Stuff like that. I also went through each and every single page in the section and updated all the terms and phrases to match what this site currently uses, so sentences like "Ookido-Hakase gives Red a Pokemon Zukan" now reads "Dr. Ookido gives Red a Pokémon Bestiary." The crusty old manga scans I took back in the early 2000s have also all been replaced with much higher quality versions.

These days, Kousaku Anakubuo's Pocket Monsters manga is serialized on the CoroCoro Online website under the title Pocket Monsters Aniki Series. New chapters come out the last Sunday of each month and can be read for free. Now that the manga section is presentable again I can start updating it with summaries of the new chapters as they come out.

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Lyrics Archive: "Halo"
November 8th, 2023

Dogasu @ 00:45 JST --  I know it's been a while since it debuted, but I've added the lyrics to the current opening theme to the Pocket Monsters (2023) TV series, Halo, in the Lyrics Archive.

Halo

I've got the song lyrics in their original Japanese, romanized Japanese, and translated into English. I also have English translations of comments made by the song's artists, yama and Botchi Boromaru, from back when the song was first announced.

A CD single with the song will be released on December 13th.

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Pokémon Shock: Does an English Dub of "Cyber Soldier Porygon" Exist?
October 27th, 2023

Dogasu @ 23:59 JST --  We all know that "Cyber Soldier Porygon," the episode of Pocket Monsters that sent all those children to the hospital 25 years ago,  never ended up airing outside Japan. But is there any truth to the claims that 4Kids actually dubbed it before deciding to skip it? Today let's take a look at all the evidence in a new article called Does an English Dub of "Cyber Soldier Porygon" Exist?

Does an English Dub of "Cyber Soldier Porygon" Exist?

What's the timeline leading up to the episode being skipped? Which voice actors claim the episode was dubbed, and which ones have claimed it wasn't? And is there anything else we can look at to figure out what the truth is? I pull in evidence from as many sources as I could find to make the most thorough article on this topic possible so hopefully you'll find something in there you haven't seen before!

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