Old Updates Archive
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Coco" Supporters' Podcast
September 22nd, 2020
Dogasu @ 00:32 JST -- A few weeks from now - October 9th, to be exact - the very first episode of a new official Pocket Monsters podcast will begin.
The podcast is called *deep breath* The Pocket Monsters The Movie "Coco" Supporters' Podcast - "The Movie Secrets We Want to Tell You" (劇場版ポケットモンスター ココ －サポーターズPodcastーいま、君に伝えたい映画のヒミツ). Each week (presumably) a group of special guests will come together to provide behind-the-scenes secrets on the new movie. The first two episodes' guests will be the film's director, Mr. Tetsuo Yajima, and the actor providing the voice of the Pokémon researcher Karen, Ms. Shoko Nakagawa.
I've taken everything we know about the podcast so far and put it all on its own page here. I plan to cover the podcast, which will be all in Japanese, probably about the same way I covered Pokémon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire back in 2012.
In other movie news, the first batch of winners for the annual illustration contest has been announced and so I've added details on the winning entries to my page for the contest.
The winning entries will all be shown during Pocket Monsters The Movie "Coco," most likely during the film's end credits.
Finally, I've updated the movie's box office section by filling in information on the movies Coco will be going up against on opening day.
The competition's actually not so tough this time around! It'll be super interesting to see how well this year's movie performs in contrast to all the others since it's not going up against a bunch of summer blockbusters like all the others have. Do you think Pocket Monsters The Movie "Coco" can take the Number One spot in its opening weekend?
Pocket Monsters will be moving to Friday nights starting next month
September 13th, 2020
Dogasu @ 22:52 JST -- This is something that had been rumored for a few days now but an commercial that played after tonight's episode of Pocket Monsters (2019) confirmed that the show will be moving from its current Sunday evening time slot to a Friday evening time slot.
Starting Friday, October 9th, 2020 Pocket Monsters (2019) will be airing every Friday evening from 18:55 JST. The show will be taking over the time slot of a cooking show called Dekamori Hunter.
This marks the fourth time in the series' 23-year history that the show's changed time slots:
At the time, Japanese TV as a whole was moving toward getting rid of the whole "anime airing in primetime during the week" idea and was moving everything on Saturdays and Sundays instead. Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations moved to Sundays in 2018 and Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan moved to Saturdays in 2019. In September 2020 there isn't a single anime that currently airs in primetime (7:00pm - 10:00pm) on weeknights on Japanese terrestrial TV.
In the December 2019 issue of the magazine Animedia the producer of the current series, Mr. Tomoya Negishi (根岸智也), talked about how the show's Sunday evening time slot had shaped the way they decided to tackle Pocket Monsters (2019):
(In addition to airing on Sunday evenings the current series is posted on the Pokémon Japan official YouTube channel every week as well as on video streaming services like Hulu and Amazon Prime so it's not like watching the TV series "live" every week is fans' only options here...)
This upcoming move from Sundays to Fridays is giving some fans hope that Pocket Monsters (2019) aversion to having multi-part episodes may be changed, though of course it's still too early to know that for certain.
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Coco" Pre-Order Bonuses
September 9th, 2020
Dogasu @ 15:32 JST -- Today's update is all about the bonuses you can receive when you pre-order a movie ticket for Pocket Monsters The Movie "Coco".
First up: certain stores are offering exclusive bonuses for ordering the tickets from them instead of their competitors and so I've added information about each vendor-specific bonus to the Pocket Monsters The Movie "Coco" Distributions page.
Next up is an update regarding the dates by which you'll be able to redeem the serial codes for "Celebi of the Okoya Forest" and "Zarude of the Okoya Forest" that come with your pre-order tickets. Up until recently the official website's "you only have until this date to download your Mythical Pokémon" notice was just set to "TBD" but it now says we have up until March 31st, 2021 to get them.
The actual tickets themselves contradict this and have a download-by date of September 30th, 2020 printed on the back of them but I'm assuming that information's just out-of-date. I'd go with what's written on the movie website instead.
This year, for the first time ever, Pocket Monsters pre-order movie tickets can be purchased by fans overseas via the Japanese Amazon site. With the serial codes being valid until March 2021 fans should still have plenty of time to download the Mythical Pokémon to their Sword & Shield games.
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Episode Comparison "A Scare in the Air"
September 5th, 2020
Dogasu @ 22:54 JST -- It's been a while since I've done one of these, huh? Today I've put together a write-up for the second episode in the Orange Islands arc, "A Scare in the Air."
This comparison is a long one. I really tried to cut it down since I realize that, in the year 2020, very few people read long-form essays like this all the way through, but the sheer number of dialogue edits and supplementary information necessitated a longer than usual comparison. The rant I go into about the use of Japanese text in the show probably doesn't help much either!
I'm also trying out a few new things with this comparison; mainly, adding the original Japanese text for every single line of dialogue brought up and adding screencaps to go along with each and every dialogue edit. What do you think? Do you think they make the comparison easier to follow? And would you like to see me do this for future comparisons?
"Twilight Wings" Episode 07, PokéToon Zuruggu and Mimikkyu "Chase the Beans"
August 17th, 2020
Dogasu @ 11:34 JST -- I've got two animated shorts-related updates for you today.
The first deals with the final episode of Twilight Wings that was released earlier this month.
The series' official site has also been posting interviews with the staff that gives some neat behind-the-scenes details so I'm thinking about translating those at some point. Is that something you'd like to see? I'm holding off on doing anything with them for the time being on the off-chance that TPCI actually just does it themselves but at the same time I get the feeling they're just not going to bother.
The other update has to do with me (finally!) getting around to making a page for PokéToon Zuruggu and Mimikkyu "Chase the Beans," the Japan-only Looney Tunes-style short that came out back in June.
There isn't a whole lot to document about the four minute short but I do at least have the full staff list up for those of you interested.
Pocket Monsters Planetarium "The Message from the Aurora"
August 12th, 2020
Dogasu @ 11:23 JST -- Today's update is all about the new Pocket Monsters planetarium show coming out later this year.
The show, Pocket Monsters Planetarium "The Message from the Aurora," is the seventh of these planetarium shows to be released here in Japan. These shows are original animated Pocket Monsters episodes created specifically for Konica Minolta planetariums where a hybrid of 2D and 3D animation is projected onto their dome-like ceilings to surround the audiences with images and sound. It's like a regular episode of the TV series, just projected on the inside of a giant dome. The shows tend to tour the country's planetariums for a few years, coming and going from various planetariums and science museums throughout Japan.
The story of this particular 27 minute special is about Satoshi and Gou researching how auroras and the legendary Pokémon Suicune are all connected.
I was fortunate enough to be able to see the two most recent productions - Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon Planetarium and Pocket Monsters XY The Space Debris - so my plan is to go see this one as well and then provide a write-up.
In the meantime, I've created a page detailing everything we know about the special here.
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Coco" Music
August 9th, 2020
Dogasu @ 13:05 JST -- Let's talk about the music we'll be hearing in Pocket Monsters The Movie "Coco."
During Wednesday's info dump we learned that the movie's main theme song will be Strange and Wonderful Creatures (ふしぎなふしぎな生きもの). This is going to be one of several vocal songs to be used in the film, apparently. The Japanese title, Fushigi na Fushigi na Ikimono, is a phrase used a lot in this franchise; it's heard in many of the films' "World of Pokémon" segments, songs like Pokémon Ieru ka Na?, and even as the episode title (kind of) of that one clip show episode of Diamond & Pearl.
The song is written and composed by Okazaki Physical Education. You'll know him as the singer / lyricist of various songs from the Sun & Moon TV series such as Pose; Jaari Boy, Jaari Girl; and Kimi no Bouken. Tortoise Matsumoto is from the Japanese rock band Ulfuls, and while they've had dozens of hit songs over the decades Western fans will probably recognize them as being the singers of the second opening theme to the series Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo.
There will also apparently be other vocal songs used in this movie but those won't be announced until later.
All the information we have about the new song has been collected here.
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Coco" is the 23rd Pokémon film. It is about a young boy, Coco, who was raised in a jungle by the Mythical Pokémon Zarude. The film, which was originally schedule to come out July 10th, has a new release date of Friday, December 25th, 2020.
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