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| Cast / Staff Reactions to the end of Pocket Monsters Mezase Pokémon
commemorative image signed by Kunihiko Yuyama
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.
All messages below have been arranged based on the series in which the
cast/staff member either started out in or was most active. If you know
any other message from the Japanese version's cast / crew that I'm
missing out then please let me know.
23:58 JST: Satoshi's voice actor Rica
Matsumoto (松本梨香) makes a quick tweet the night the episode
journey isn't over...to be continued!
March 26th, 21:12
JST: Rica Matsumoto took to
Twitter again to
rather long-ish thread with her thoughts on recording the final
you need to seek out those tears of happiness.
The tears have been streaming down my face all weekend as I read all
and wonderful messages. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart
My whole entire chest is filled with alllll the feelings of gratitude
for each and every one of you. But at the same time, if I'm being
honest, my heart still hasn't come
to terms with all of this yet (thread)"
it's better not to rush things, to allow the clouds to part gradually
and let the chips fall wherever they may.
I'll never forget the recording session for the final episode. It took
place on January 27th of this year. When it came time to deliver my
final line, I
knew that as soon as I uttered those last words then that would be it;
wouldn't have anything else left to say. When I realized this I
felt a lump in my throat and actually became physically unable to form
the words. I stopped and said "I'm sorry,
can you give me five minutes?""
|"I asked the
staff to grant this odd request. And then, the time once again came to
life into Satoshi's final words. "Pikachu, whenever I become a
Pokémon Master, you'll be there by my side, right? Alright then,
let's go!" As the message in those words gets sent out to all of you
been supporting us they're also being etched
into my own heart as well."
happy if Satoshi continues to live on in the hearts of all of you out
there. Moving forward I, Rica Matsumoto, will devote
everything I have as a performer to becoming someone
capable of returning all the love I've received over the years, and so
I'd like us to all stay in touch somehow."
whenever something sad or difficult happens let's take that energy and
channel it forward, with Satoshi's words "Alright
then, let's go!" springing forth from our hearts.
To everyone who's been supporting me, and those who will continue
to support me moving forward...
I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart."
and Rica's journey filled with lots and lots of love is not over. It
they say at the end of each episode, To be continued!
"Everyone, Get Love!"
With love, from Satoshi and Rica"
19:45 JST: Kasumi's voice
Iizuka (飯塚雅弓) weighs in.
you meet new people, sometimes you say goodbye, and sometimes you
reunite with old friends.
Some things never change, and everything's connected.
We got to meet you all again. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.
We poured our thoughts out to every one of you, wherever you may be.
Thank you everyone ✨
See you later ✨"
22:25 JST: Musashi's voice actor Megumi Hayashibara (林原めぐみ), who
does not have a Twitter account, instead posted about the end of the
show on her blog:
Rocket-Dan is Forever!
Solemn words of
appreciation and teary farewells…those aren't like me, right?
So I'll just laugh and
say "farewell" and leave it at that.
There's no way I'd ever
end things like that!
So, next time on Pocket
Monsters, "Musashi's Great Road to Being an Actress." Please look
forward to it! ❤
Huh? That's not right? OK
Next time, "Kojirou's
Tear-Filled Path to Becoming a Bottlecap Collector"
What? That's not right
Next time, "Nyarth! Who
Will Get a Spot on the Boss' Lap?"
You're kidding, that's
not right either? OK, I have a good feeling about this one:
Next time, "Sonansu's
Wandering, Direct Innermost Secrets." It seems like it's looking for
Huh? All of those are
wrong? No way! What're you talking about!?
In that case…
Next time, "The
Rocket-Dan is Forever!"
Let's go with that, OK?
So to all of you out
there! Whether it's the live TV broadcasts in your hearts, the YouTube
streams in your hearts, the Netflix streams in your hearts, the Amazon
Prime streams in your hearts, or the other subscription services in
your hearts…I hope you continue to replay us in your hearts.
And we're sure to see you
again someday, somewhere.
The memories we can
barely keep from overflowing, the indescribable feeling of floating
through the air…
Our tenacity knows no
And, of course, we're
always recruiting for new members!!! LOL"
March 24th, 19:47 JST: Kojirou's
voice actor Shin-ichiro
Miki (三木眞一郎) posts this image of the old S.H. Figuarts
figures from 2017. He also posts a message, for but some reason he
hides it in the tweet's Image description instead of writing it out as
an actual post:
|"This is a
photo of a box of action figures made of the Rocket-Dan, a group of
villains who appear in the animated series Pocket Monsters. On the left side
you'll see Musashi, a woman with beautiful long reddish-purple hair; on
the right you'll see Kojirou, the character I voiced who has light blue
hair that goes down
to his cheeks and is put in a
center part; and in
the middle of the two, coming in at a height of 0.4 meters, is Nyarth,
a cat-like Pokémon who's standing upright just like a human. The
Rocket-Dan's Nyarth set itself apart from every other Pokémon by
working really really hard to learn to learn to speak human language. I
have a feeling these three...people, I guess? have a love for
Pokémon deeper than anyone else. That's my personal opinion,
anyway. The Rocket-Dan is forever! Thank you all."
March 26th, 2:06
JST: Nyarth's voice actor Inuko
Inuyama (犬山イヌコ) posts
また いつか どこかで
Thank you to everyone who watched.
Thank you to everyone who's going to watch it in the future.
And thank you to all of you we've met over the last 26 years. Thank you
thank you thank you.
The Rocket-Dan really is the best after all Nya💕
to meet again sometime, someday. So until that day...
Bye Nyara Nyaraba~ 🚀✨
Kobayashi (小林優子), who
played Satoshi's rival Shigeru, posted this on Twitter:
|"I just watched the #MezaPokéFinalEpisode, "The
Rainbow and the Pokémon Master." Satoshi's first rival Shigeru
was, at first, a stuck up little brat but at the end of the day he
turned out to be a really great guy and so I'm happy 💖 Thank you to all of you who
helped look after Shigeru all these years 🥲✨
"My goal isn't to be the Champion. I will forever be a challenger" ✊ I'll keep those words etched in
19:51 JST: Chinami
Nishimura (西村ちなみ), who's
played roles like Junsar, Satoshi's Waninoko,
Hikari's Pachirisu, etc. tweeted this out:
aren't enough to express my thanks. Thank you, thank you, thank you,
thank you so, so much!!"
March 24th, 19:29 JST: Sound director /
voice director for pretty much all things Pocket Monsters, Masafumi
to everyone who watched the #MezaPokéFinalEpisode
Satoshi set off on a new journey, and the Rocket-Dan figured out what's
important and became a team again
I'm looking forward to the day we'll meet again
Thank you everyone for all you've done to support us all these years.
To director Yuyama, and all the staff, and cast, thank you for a job
March 28th, 00:54:
Mima (三間雅文) makes
another tweet about the series finale:
From the first episode of MezaPoké to the final one, I
purposefully chose to go from using #YuukiHayashi 's score to using
#ShinjiMiyazaki 's music ♫ If you look at the final MezaPoké
episode and then loop back around to that first episode of the 1997
series...well, you can really feel as if you always have
somewhere to go on a road filled with hope ♪
I'd like to thank the duo of Yuyama and Shudo from my heart for
ensuring that the children's hearts are always full."
The sound director also changed his profile picture to an image of the
flower arrangement placed in the lobby at The
Rocket-Dan's Secret Live back in 2013.
Music producer for the Pocket
Monsters animated series, Hirokazu
played Type: Wild at the end of tonight's episode 🙂
For this song, Mr. (Akihito) Toda asked me to pack in a bunch of words
in the beginning to make that opening melody feel like a tongue twister
almost. We made it
like a road trip movie, where there's an interlude and then it goes
full throttle. Having the opening melody be the same as Kaze to Issho ni was also a request
from Mr. Toda. I'm certain we must have chosen a twelve string electric
guitar to use in this song."
19:25 JST: Screenplay
Sonoda (園田英樹) had
this to say:
Satoshi and Pikachu!
I'll never forget the memories of all those adventures we had
20:41 JST: Longtime animator Sayuri
posted a short message:
Pikachu, great job. And thank you."
24th, 20:49 JST: A few minutes later she
|"I did the
key animation for this scene. It was the last time I would get to draw
the Rocket-Dan I love so much. I miss them already."
00:16 JST: Hisashi
Kagawa (香川久), one of
the animators who worked as the Chief Animation Director and Character
Designer for Pocket Monsters The
Movie "Lord of the "Unknown" Tower ENTEI," posted this message:
|"RT > The curtain came down on
Satoshi's and Pikachu's adventures last night! 😮 I didn't get a chance to catch
it...but I'm so happy I was able to take part in his adventures, even
if it only ended up being a drop in the ocean in the grand scheme of
I don't have anything new for you today 😅 So I'll post some of my older
30th, 20:05 JST: Haruka's voice actress KAORI took to Twitter
to share her thoughts in a series of tweets:
and Pikachu's adventures...
To all of you who have been with us on this journey the last 26
years, thank you from the bottom of my heart 🎖🌸✨"
with good friends.
Tears and laughter
Lots of courage
Just a touch of personal growth
Hearts that believed with everything they've got.
That feeling that you can't lose
That feeling you sometimes get of your heart skipping a beat
Those steaming hot, brilliantly glimmering days with more love than I
know what to do with
These are my precious, precious treasures.
I have so much going through my head right now
These treasures will stick with me forever and ever, maybe ✨✨"
get Pokémon, maybe! ❣️🤗
March 24th, 22:42 JST: Hiroshi
member of the comedy group Robert who's appeared in a lot of the live
action Pocket Monsters Sunday
shows, posted this:
|"I want to be friends with all the
Thank you Satoshi, Pikachu."
|Pocket Monsters Diamond
24th, 8:34 JST: Fumie Akiyoshi (あきよしふみえ), who performed the
opening themes Together and Saikou Everyday!, posted this about
half a day before the episode aired:
years! 😭 I'm sad right now, but whenever I see Satoshi and Pikachu
together like this I feel like I'm full of energy 😭
24th, 19:39 JST: Once the episode actually aired she had this
last episode 😭 Satoshi's story's not over yet 😭
24th, 19:53 JST: A few minutes later, she touches upon the
actual episode itself while also promoting her apperance in the (then)
upcoming "Pocket Monsters The Animated Series Music Festival":
still can't stop thinking about that last episode 😭 Each one of
Satoshi's words hit me like an arrow to the chest 😭
Thank you for everything
The Pocket Monsters The Animated Series Music Festival, airing Friday,
March 31st starting at 6:55 PM on TV-Tokyo networks.
Yours truly will be on it! The show will be jam-packed with courage and
hope! We're giving it everything we've got!
31st, 20:00 JST: Finally, on the night of the aforementioned
music festival, she posts this simple message:
|Pocket Monsters Best
March 24th, 19:56
Yuuki (悠木碧), who
played Iris in Pocket Monsters Best
memories of me sitting in front of the TV as a kid watching your
adventures, and then the memories of actually getting to join you on
adventures as Iris, will be with me a lifetime. Thank you for this
wonderful adventure! Best Wishes! Have a good trip!"
March 24th, 23:48 JST: Misato
Fukuen (福圓美里), best
known for voicing Satoshi's Mijumaru:
25th, ??:?? JST: In a post without a
timestamp, Mayuki Maguchi (牧口真幸),
who played Serena in
Pocket Monsters XY, posted this on her blog:
you for the past 26 years.
I first met Satoshi
when I was a kid during that very first series, and ever since then I
could count on
him and his friends to be there whenever I turned on the
TV. It felt like we'd always be on a journey together, but in the space
of one night that feeling's disappeared...
But! I feel like
Satoshi-kun's and everyone else's journeys will keep
on going. And so I'll be cheering you all on, always.
I'm also looking
forward to the new series 🐰
March 24th, 23:30 JST: Yuki
Kaji (梶裕貴), who
played Citron in Pocket Monsters XY:
met you when I was in elementary school. You were a little younger than
me, but we became friends as I watched your adventures each and every
Sixteen years passed. I met you as a voice actor and was able to
actually join you on your adventures as Citron.
All those times together will always be a glittering treasure in my
Thank you, Satoshi! Let's meet again somewhere, OK?" 🍋
20:12 JST: Singer / songwriter during the Pocket Monsters XY(&Z) days, Tomohisa
Sako (佐香 智久):
wasn't for Satoshi's journey I wouldn't be the person I am today. I
couldn't be happier to support Satoshi on his journey with my music,
even if it was just for a short time. Big Sister Rica, you did a
fantastic job!! Iku Z!"
|Pocket Monsters Sun
March 24th, 19:49 JST: Voice actress Fumiko
Takekuma (武隈史子), who
voiced Mamane in Pocket Monsters Sun
& Moon, posted this amazing piece of fanart she did:
adventure that nobody else can draw will continue on and on.
I would like to offer you allllllllllllllllll the thanks I have to
March 25th, 10:58
Okamoto (岡本信彦), who
voiced Glazio in Pocket
Monsters Sun & Moon:
|"I watched the TV-Tokyo upload of
last night's episode of Pokémon
and the back part of my eyes have been unbelievably hot all morning. As
I watched those amazing 20 minutes or so the memories of when I was a
kid all came flooding back.
But being able to actually go to that legendary studio and work
alongside all those wonderful people back then will always be an
irreplacable treasure to me. Everyone, you did a really, really great
I'll be cheering on the new series as well."
March 24th, 18:42 JST: The very first
post-episode message I
was able to find, chronologically, comes from Daiki
Yamashita (山下大輝), the
played Gou in Pocket Monsters (2019):
happy we met. Thank you, Satoshi."
March 24th, 21:14 JST: Pocket Monsters (2019)'s music
Hayashi (林ゆうき), in response to Mr. Mima's tweet from
me so much. Thank you very much!!"