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Welcome to Dogasu's Backpack, a fansite for the Japanese franchise Pocket Monsters! For 22 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:  "A Shipful of Shivers"
May 22nd, 2022

Dogasu @ 00:40 JST -- It's once again time to take a look at the differences between the Japanese versions and English versions of an old Orange Islands episode of the original Pocket Monsters series! This month's episode is "A Shipful of Shivers."

"A Shipful of Shivers"

How does an episode that intrinsically deals with ghosts and dead people fare when aired on kids' TV in the early 2000s? Click on the link above to find out!

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"Pocket Monsters" The Animated Series Original Soundtrack Vol. 2
May 22nd, 2022

Dogasu @ 00:40 JST -- A second CD collection of Yuki Hayashi's background music from the Pocket Monsters (2019) animated series, "Pocket Monsters" The Animated Series Original Soundtrack Vol. 2, was recently announced for a June 22nd, 2022 release date.
"Pocket Monsters" The Animated Series Original Soundtrack Vol. 2

Here is what composer Yuki Hayashi had to say about this release on the special website created for the CD:

Filling up this release with a bunch of different music was, just like the last time, reminiscent of dumping out the contents of a toy box! I really gave it my all to make this second batch of music even more energetic and even more epic than before. I hope the soundtrack to our heroes' adventures can someday become the soundtrack to its listeners' adventures as well. And even though this will be the last one I was honored to be able to do my own arrangements of some fantastic game music this time as well!

The CD's full track list has been added to the CD Guide.

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Footprints in the Snow -- Episode 01 Full Cast, Staff Credits
May 19th, 2022

Dogasu @ 23:45 JST -- The first episode of the new animated mini-series based on Pokémon Legends Arceus, a series that I'm currently choosing to translate as Footprints in the Snow, premiered on YouTube last night and so I've updated my section of the site with the episode's full cast and staff credits!

"Footprints in the Snow" Episode 1

The fact that the English dubbed upload of the episode included romanized credits right there at the end of the episode itself (instead of, say, a Twilight Wings-type situation where I had to end up relying on the Korean version of all things) were a huge, huge help.

The next episode of the series is scheduled to come out Wednesday, June 8th.

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Pokémon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire -- Vol. 4
May 9th, 2022

Dogasu @ 09:15 JST -- This is coming out a bit later than I would have liked but here's my write-up for the July 22nd, 2012 episode of Pokémon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire.

Pokémon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire

The main attraction here is the interview with Yuuji Ueda, the man behind the voices of characters like Takeshi, the Rocket-Dan's Sonansu, and many others!

Part of this reason this write-up is so late is because of real world commitments (I started a new job in April and have been very busy with that) and part of it is because there was even more content to cover this time around compared to the previous episodes. You see, the way I usually do these write-ups is I'll listen to the radio version of the episodes first, do my first draft based on that, and then listen to the CD version to double check that there aren't any significant differences between the two. Up until now there haven't really been any but this time around the CD versions of both the special guest interview and the Double-Q merchandise segment had additional content! So truth be told the episode's write-up probably would have been late even if I hadn't been logging in so much overtime at work lately.

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

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New information on the upcoming Pokémon Legends Arceus web series
April 27th, 2022

Dogasu @ 1:00 JST --  The first substantial details about the upcoming Studio Wit animated web specials based on the Pokémon Legends Arceus video game -- this is the one first teased during the Pokémon Direct that came out on Pokémon Day -- were made public last night and so I've compiled it all in a new page dedicated to the mini series.

Pokémon Legends Arceus Web Anime

The series, which I'm currently calling Footprints in the Snow (this may change if I come up with a better way to render the series' nearly impossible-to-translate title) will begin streaming on YouTube starting May 18th at 22:00 JST. Translations of the plot synopsis, character bios, and cast & staff list from the series' official site have all been archived on the page linked to above.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Translation: Oricon News Interview with Mariya Ise
April 3rd, 2022

Dogasu @ 12:38 JST --  On March 13th the entertainment website Oricon News posted an interview with Ms. Mariya Ise, the voice actor who played Eureka in the Pocket Monsters XY and Pocket Monsters XY&Z TV series, to commemorate her character's return in the Pocket Monsters (2019) TV series. I somehow missed the interview when it was first posted but saw it after it got retweeted a few days ago and so I went ahead and translated it.

Oricon News interview with Mariya Ise

In this conversation we learn about Ms. Ise's history with the franchise, how she feels about Eureka's Dedenne, and what it's like raising a child as a Pokémon voice actor.
I don't believe we've gotten many interviews with Ms. Ise in regards to her roles in Pocket Monsters before so this is actually something of a rare treat!

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