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The Rocket-Dan's
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Dogasu's Backpack | Features | Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire

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

"Pokémon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire" (Pokémon Radio Show! ロケット団ひみつ帝国) was a radio show that was broadcast on 76.1 interFM in Tokyo, Japan. The 30 minute radio show aired every Sunday evening from 7:00pm until 7:30pm JST from July 1st, 2012 until December 23rd, 2012. 

The premise of the radio show is that Musashi (Megumi Hayashibara), Kojirou (Shi-ichiro Miki), and Nyarth (Inuko Inuyama) are trying to recruit the earth's population of 7 billion people into the Rocket-Dan to help their beloved boss Sakaki realize his dream of world domination. To do this, the Rocket trio decide to have a secret radio show every week to entice listeners to join them.

Ms. Hayashibara, Mr. Miki, and Ms. Inuyama would perform the entire radio show in-character. Their guests would be introduced as either people who have raised certain Pokémon or as friends of the human characters.  Yuuji Ueda, for example, was introduced as Takeshi's friend (Yuuji Ueda does the voice of Takeshi) and as someone who's raised a Sonansu (Yuuji Ueda also does the voice of the Rocket-Dan's Sonansu). While there is generally an attempt to keep things as in-universe as possible, discussions about the voice actors' auditions and the work they've done for other TV series pop up from time to time as well.

The radio show was first announced via a special Twitter account (which has since been deleted) created just for the show. Masafumi Mima (三間雅文), the sound director for every Pocket Monsters series since the first one back in 1997, got the project off the ground and was put in charge of organizing the show. According to this tweet made by Mr. Mima on his Twitter page, it took a year and a half of planning to finally get the radio show off the ground.


The show had a number of recurring segments throughout its 26 episode run. These include:

Opening Sketch (冒頭) - Musashi, Kojirou, and Nyarth perform a mini play, often ending on some kind of joke. These sketches would often be parodies of various well-known stories -- Little Red Riding Hood, detective dramas, Star Wars, etc.

"Welcome, Pokémon Day Care Worker!" (ポケモンの育て屋さん、いらっ しゃーい) - Musashi, Kojirou, and Nyarth invite other Pocket Monsters voice actors to the studio and talk with them for about ten to fifteen minutes. In the context of this show, the guests weren't voice actors who voiced certain Pokémon; they were "Day Care Worker Specialists" who "raised" certain Pokémon. Some voice actors were better at playing along with this than others. The Day Care Worker Specialists (voice actors) would bring (perform the voices of) Pokémon on the show and tell stories about raising them (voice acting). Each of these segments began with an introductory rap.

"The Rocket-Dan is Quizzed on Their Knowledge of the Super Short Intros" (ロケット団知識チェック ぎゅうっと短いイントロクイズ) - Nyarth has Musashi and Kojirou listen to the first one or two seconds of a Pocket Monsters song and has them guess what the title is. The quiz would sometimes be made more difficult by playing the intros at double speed, playing the intros backwards, or by throwing non-Pokémon songs into the mix.

"The 'Orders from Double-Q - Try These New Items Out Ahead of Time' Segment" (QQ指令 先取り 新アイテムためしてなんぼのコーナー) - Double-Q, introduced in Episode 02 as being the Rocket-Dan's Weapons Development Division (ロケット団新兵器開発部) gives the Rocket trio products -- most of them food -- to try out on air. Pictures of the products being promoted would be posted on the Rocket-Dan's Twitter account.

"How Well Do You Know Pokémon?  The Drawing and Crying Marumine Segment" (ポケモン知識チェック 描いて泣いてマルマインのコーナー) - Musashi, Kojirou, and Nyarth are given 30 seconds to draw certain Pokémon / Pokémon characters purely from memory. They would then take turns guessing what each other's drawings were. Pictures of their drawings were posted on the Rocket-Dan's Twitter account so listeners could play along.

List of Episodes

Each episode of Pokémon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire was broadcast on the Japanese radio station "76.1 interFM" at 7:00pm JST on Sunday nights. Here is a general guide to the 26 episodes of the series that aired.

Click on each episode number to go to a detailed summary of each episode.

Opening Sketch
"Chapter One Opening" - The cool and professional Rocket-Dan's on Meloetta's trail. But...Kojirou's not happy with the way things have been lately? Katsuyuki
April 26th, 2013
(CD only)
"Chapter One Opening" - The cool and professional Rocket-Dan's on Meloetta's trail. But...Kojirou's not happy with the way things have been lately?
Ikue Ohtani
Rocket-Dan yo Eien ni
July 1st, 2012
02 "The Sweet Child Jessie" - "Little Red Riding Hood," with Kojirou as the narrator, Musashi as "Jessie" (ジェシー), and Nyarth as the grandmother / wolf.

Hyaku Gojuu-Ichi
July 8th, 2012
03 "Nyarth's Dream" - Nyarth counts various Pokémon in an attempt to fall asleep.
Megumi Nakajima
Try Unite
(OP to Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne)
July 15th, 2012
04 "Detective Drama 1" - Inspector Kojirou interrogates Nyarth over a bowl of katsudon. But Nyarth won't confess...?
Yuuji Ueda
Takeshi's Paradise
July 22nd, 2012
05 "Redial Furui" - Musashi and Nyarth are terrorized by a Mr. Furui, a man who's known as "the Redial who turns evil on its head!"
Kou'ichi Yamadera
Maemuki Rocket-Dan!
July 29th, 2012
06 "Pokémon Shiritori" - The Rocket trio plays shiritori with Pokémon names, but Nyarth keeps losing.
Sachiko Kobayashi
Kaze to Issho ni
August 5th, 2012
07 "Space People No. 1" - James (Kojirou) listens to Jessie (Musashi) as she's trapped in space in a desparate situation.
Mamoru Miyano
Shoko Nakagawa
Yajirushi ni Natte
August 12th, 2012
08 "Train" - Train conductors Musashi and Kojirou announce the various trains as Nyarth runs up and down the train platforms.
Mika Kanai
Nyarth no Uta
August 19th, 2012
09 "The Rocket-Dan is Disbanding!?"  - Musashi and Kojirou announce they're disbanding to a stadium filled with fans.
Kiyotaka Furushima  & Kensuke Satou
古島清孝 & 佐藤健輔
Sora Tobu Pokémon Kids,
Lucky Lucky
August 26th, 2012
"Heart to Heart" - In the TV show "Heart to Heart," Mr. Yamada (Kojirou) tries to learn how to communicate with Pokémon by listening to Nyarth's backwards speech.
Aoi Yuuki
Pokémon Ieru Ka Na?
September 2nd, 2012
"Space People No. 2" - A young boy named Bon-Bon (Musashi) and his teacher (Kojirou) listen to Pokémon cries on an old Pokémon Bestiary toy.
Rikako Aikawa
Pokémon Hara Hara Relay
September 9th, 2012
12 "Detective Drama 2" - Inspector Kojirou interrogates Nyarth over a bowl of katsudon.  But Nyarth is eating too much...?
Megumi Toyoguchi
High Touch!
September 16th, 2012
13 "Yamato and Kosaburou" - "Little Red Riding Hood," with Kosaburou as the narrator, Yamato as "Cassidy" (カシディー), and Nyarth as the grandmother / wolf. Masako KatsukiTakehito Koyasu, & others
勝生真沙子、 子安武人、他
Big Nyarth Day
September 23rd, 2012
14 Satoshi hijacks the Rocket's radio show.
Rica Matsumoto & Mayumi Iizuka
松本梨香 & 飯塚雅弓
Best Wishes!
September 30th, 2012
15 The Rocket trio takes their radio show back.
Etsuko Kozakura
High Touch (Full Chorus ver.)
October 7th, 2012
16 "Zen'nichi Sorao" - Nyarth tries to watch a TV quiz show on an airplane but keeps getting interrupted by the pilot, Zen'nichi Sorao (Kojirou) and his announcements.
Chiaki Takahashi
Dotchi ~ Nyo?
October 14th, 2012
17 "The Advertising Agency" - Musashi and the others are trying to put together a kids' show but keep getting phone calls requesting that changes be made.
Satomi Koro'ogi
Boku-tachi Pichu Brothers
October 21st, 2012
18 "Team Rocket's Live" - Musashi, Kojirou, and Nyarth throw a concert with Kojirou on drums, Musashi on the electric guitar, and Nyarth on the piano.
Daisuke Sakaguchi
Pokémon Ieru ka na?  BW
October 28th, 2012
19 "Sound Check" - Musashi helps us make sure our radios / headphones are adjusted properly.
Kikuko Inoue
Nani ka?
(from Inukuo Inuyama's "inu cafe" CD)
November 4th, 2012
"Heart to Heart 2" - "The Rocket-Dan's Radio Shopping" - The return of "Heart to Heart!"
Wasabi Mizuta
Ice Cream Syndrome
November 11th, 2012
21 "Usoppy's Fables - Episode 99" - Musashi and Kojirou are an elderly couple who have to face off against an ogre in this retelling of a classic Japanese fairy tale.
Misato Fukuen
Best Wishes!
November 18th, 2012
22 "Bed-Wetting" - Nyarth keeps having dreams within dreams about having to use the bathroom.
Chinami Nishimura
Kaze to Issho ni
November 25th, 2012
23 "Comic Show" - Nyarth hosts a stand up comedy show.
Miyako Itou
High Touch!
December 2nd, 2012
24 "Space Wars" - The Rocket trio does a Star Wars parody! Can Pan Solo (Kojirou), Nyarabacca (Nyarth), and R2-Danger2 (Nyarth) make their way past the Ginga-Dan and destroy the Deathmas Star?
Chika Fujimura
Mite Mite ☆ Kotchi-tchi! December 9th, 2012
25 "Radio Shopping" - Pikachu the Movie Premium Blu-ray set "promotion"
Akeno Watanabe
Rocket-Dan yo Eien ni
December 16th, 2012
26 "The Final Episode" - A performance of the chorus version of Rocket-Dan yo Eien ni
Ayana Tsubaki
Maemuki Rocket-Dan
December 23rd, 2012

Additionally, a special live event was held on March 23rd, 2013.

Event Name
Event Date
"The Rocket-Dan's Secret Live"
March 23rd, 2013


Radio Staff

村椿拓郎 (ShoPro)
Assistant Producer

久東由依 (ShoPro)

生田健 (ShoPro)
Composition / Production
構成 / 演出
Mima Masafumi
Audio Production
Shimamura Kyoko
Yamada Fujio
Recording Assistant

Recording Studio
Tricycle Studio
With Cooperation From
Sound Box
Production Producer

宮本広樹 (ムービック)
Package Design



Jacket Illustration
Art Direction
アート ディレション

金子真理 (ムービック)

Special Thanks
TV-Tokyo (テレビ東京)
The Pokémon Company
Media Factory (メディアファクトリー)
Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment (小学館ミュージック&デジタルエンタテイメント)
Kids Station (キッズステーション)
Woodpark Office (ウッドパークオフィス)
81 Produce (81プロデュース)
Cube (キューブ)


The show's director, Mr. Masafumi Mima, will sometimes tweet out behind-the-scenes stories from time to time.

Untold Stories

Translations of these tweets, which offer information you can't find anywhere else, can be found here.

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

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