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Features section is where I put content that don't really fit into any
other part of
the website. Japanese to English translations, event reports, and
information on various Japan-only content can all be found by clicking
on one of the sub-sections
/ Current Features
|"Cram Adventures Into a Pocket"
Everything there is to know about the new live action Pokémon TV
series currently airing in Japan!
While pretty much every Pokémon fan knows about Pocket Monsters Episode 38 and the
seizure-like symptoms its broadcast caused, a lot of the information
that's out there only really scratches the surface of this massive
event in the history of television. In this section of the website, I
take a deeper dive into the incident, unearthing contemporary Japanese
materials and translating them into English for the first time ever.
|Pokémon Story Translations
In December 2000 a book called Pokémon Story (ポケモンストーリー) was released in
Japan. Coming in at a hefty 543 pages, the book goes through the early history of the
franchise, from the formation of Game Freak through Pocket
Monsters Red & Green's development, the franchise becoming a
national sensation, and Pokémon's break into a worldwide
I've actually translated various parts of the book over the years so
click on a link below to read them!
| Full Chapter-by-Chapter
Episode 38 Incident (Pages 355 - 391) |
Pokémon to America (Pages 397 - 441) |
Translations of various interviews, comments, and other guides from
Japanese to English.
|TV station interviews with the Cast and
Staff of Pockets
Filled with Adventure
20 of the magazine TV station, which covers TV listings for September
30th ~ October 13th 2023, features promotional interviews with two of
the people involved with the then-upcoming show Pockets
Filled with Adventure.
Interview with Producer Koichi
Interview with actor Nanase
After the March 24th, 2023 airing of the
episode of Pocket Monsters: Mezase
Pokémon Master, "The Rainbow and the Pokémon
Master," a 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. I thought it would be a shame of those
messages got lost to time and so I've archived as many of them as I
could find on this page.
|Nico Nico News
Interview with Kensho Ono
The Japanese website Nico
Nico News conducted an interview with Alan's voice actor, Kensho Ono,
to commemorate Alan's return to Pocket Monsters (2019).
|Oricon News Interview with Mariya Ise
The Japanese entertainment website Oricon News posted an interview with
Eureka's voice actor, Ms. Mariya Ise, to commemorate Eureka's return to
Pocket Monsters (2019).
|NewType Web Interview with Yuko Kobayashi
The Japanese website NewType Web posted an interview with Shigeru's
voice actor, Ms. Yuko Kobayashi, to commemorate Dr. Ookido's grandson
returning to the show.
Animedia August 2019 Interviews
The August 2019
issue of Animedia conducted two interviews: a joint interview with Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution's
Masachika Ichimura and Sachiko Kobayashi, and a brief interview with
the director of the Sun & Moon
TV series Daiki Tomiyasu.
|spoon.2Di Issue 63 Interview
The 63rd issue of the anime magazine spoon.2Di featured an interview
with (and assorted comments from) Pocket
Monsters (2019) producer Mr. Tomoya Negishi. How is the show's staff adapting to this
world? How did they decide to have the Kalos Gym Leader Corni be the
first "older character" Satoshi faces off against? And who came up with
the two-in-one episode idea in the first place? All that - plus an
acknowledgment that hey, we're going to have to eventually deal with
Gou trying to get legendary Pokémon at some point - can be found
CoroCoro Online posted a
series of interviews following the July 31st, 2020 announcement
of who will be the special guest stars appearing in Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko." Read translations of
these interviews here.
Nakamura (Zarude) |
Kamishiraishi (Koko) |
|Animedia June 2020
The June 2020 issue of
Animedia conducted a number of interviews with the cast and crew of Pocket Monsters (2019) to commerate the Gym Leader Kibana's
Tomiyasu (Series' Director)
The Buzzfeed Japan
site posted an interview with the voice actors for the Rocket trio,
Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, and Inuko Inuyama!
21st, 2019: Can a man and a woman be "just friends"? We ask the
The entertainment website Animate Times conducted several interviews
with the voice actors for the Rocket trio, Megumi Hayashibara,
Shin-ichiro Miki, and Inuko Inuyama!
25th, 2019: The Rocket trio's going to continue into the new series!
2nd, 2019: Longer interview in which the voice actors discuss
who they want to see again, how their characters have changed, and how
want the trio to appear more often.
CoroCoro Online posted a
series of interviews following the airing of the 139th
episode of Pocket Monsters Sun &
Moon "The Birth of the Master of Alola!!" Read translations of
these interviews here.
| Rica Matsumoto (Alola
League | Dr.
Nakagawa | Nicole Fujita
Physical Education |
This magazine / book, which was released to commemorate the release of Pocket Monsters The Movie "I
Choose You!", includes a whopping fourteen (!) interviews with
voice actors and production staff. Translations of those interviews can
(Please note that this is still a work in progress and so all the
interviews are not yet available)
|Animage (May 2017)
Satoshi Nakano Feature
Let's hear from Satoshi
Nakano, the character designer of the Pocket Monsters Sun
& Moon TV series!
|Animage (March 2015)
Masaaki Iwane Interview
The March 2015 issue of
Animage features a massive interview with Masaaki Iwane, one of the
most prolific animators to ever work on Pocket Monsters.
Memorial Book of Orange Islands
A guide book
printed shortly after the Orange Islands arc ended its run on Japanese
TV in late 1999. The following content has been translated:
from the Screenwriters for (nearly) every episode
with Chouji Yoshikawa, the associate producer of the original Pocket Monsters TV series
A five-page comic "What it takes to make the Pokemon cartoon" that goes behind
the scenes of the animation process!
|"Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman Keldeo"
Visual Guide Interviews
This "visual guide" for the second Best
Wishes! movie features a number of interviews with the cast and
crew of the film.
Pokemon Music Special Chat
The three-disc release of the soundtrack to HeartGold and SoulSilver came with a booklet that
included an interview with the game's sound staff.
I've been fortunate enough to attend numerous Pocket Monsters-related events
throughout Japan over the years. Collections of my observations and
thoughts about each event can be found below.
A collection of photos
taken from a Pokémon science museum exhibit in Tokyo, Japan in
|Daniel Arsham "A Ripple
in Time" Art Exhibit
A collection of photos
taken from a series of Pokémon art exhibits held in Tokyo, Japan
in February 2022
Rocket-Dan's Emergency Meeting
On July 13th, 2017 the Rocket trio hosted an emergency meeting in
Japan to announce a super top-secret project.
movie XY Exhibit
The "Pokémon the movie XY Exhibit" was an art
installation at the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Tokyo, Japan held
the summer of 2014.
Once upon a time Pokkén Tournament was an arcade game
available exclusively in Japan. These first impressions from before the
game was brought overseas may not be terribly useful now but they do offer a unique time
capsule of a time when this game wasn't available overseas.
Books / Magazines
Information about books and other written content released in Japan and
/ or the U.S.
Information about various audio-only content released in Japan.
Information about various video content released in Japan.
other features that don't really fit into any other category.
|Kaori and her hiatus
from voice acting
The voice of Haruka in Pocket Monsters
Advanced Generation, Kaori,
has been on a voice acting hiatus since around 2012 or so. What's going
on with that and what does that mean for the future of Satoshi's
|Pocket Monsters, or "Pockemon" for Short
Did you know that the word we all spell as "Pokémon" used to
have an alternate spelling? Let's look at how "Pockemon" was the
preferred spelling of the franchise's titular characters back when
Pocket Monsters was still a Japan-only franchise.
|Rougela in Animation -
From Black to Purple
Over the years The
Pokémon Company in Japan has been slowly going back and editing
old Rougela episodes so that she's purple instead of black. Which
episodes have been changed? Check
out this guide to find out!
|Unshou Ishizuka, 1951 -
My tributes to Unshou
Ishizuka, one of the most ubiquitous voice actors in the Pocket Monsters animated series.
|April Fools Archive
An archive of all the April Fools pranks I've pulled with this website
over the years.
A place where I archive all the contests (as of this writing, only
one...) held on Dogasu's Backpack.
tribute to those background characters who keep reappearing over and
over and over again.
|Takeshi Shudo, 1949 - 2010
On October 29th, 2010, screenplay writer Takeshi Shudo passed away. I
found some information about the man that had never been available in
English before and have collected that here.
|The Grand List of Pokemon
Video Game Clichés
look at some of the trends seen in the Pocket Monsters video