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On August 30th, 2023 The
Pokémon Company announced, seemingly out of nowhere, that a live
action series "Cram Adventures Into a Pocket" (ポケットに冒険をつめこんで), or
"PokéTsume" for short, will begin airing on TV-Tokyo starting
Starting October 20th and airing
every Friday morning at 12:30 am
first original live action drama based on the Pokémon video
character in this Pokémon-themed human drama, "Cram Adventures Into a Pocket,"
moves to Tokyo to follow her dreams and begins
journey of grown when she starts playing the "Pocket Monsters" video
game for the first time in 20 years.
That main character is
the Pokémon super fan Nanase Nishino!
If you're looking at the Japanese
version of this announcement, you may
notice it states the show's Airedale as October 19th at 24:30. This is a
unique quirk of late night TV in Japan, where they'll allow airtime
listings to go past the 24:00 mark to convey what we in the West would
simply convert to "12:30 am." For simplicity's sake, I've converted all
the times in my translations to the Western style.
| Ever since the video games went
on sale in 1996, Pocket Monsters, or
"Pokémon" for short, has grown into this huge multimedia
franchise that covers things like animated series and trading card
games beloved by people of all ages. And now,
TV-Tokyo has joined forces with The Pokémon Company to develop
the very first live action Pokémon-themed drama!
Pokémon is something everyone's heard of, something that people
encounter every single day. The main character of our story is a young
woman named Madoka who grew up playing Pocket Monsters Red with her
older brother ever since she was little. Now that she's an adult, she
gets her hands on the Pokémon video game for the first time in a
long while and it's through that chance encounter that small changes
begin to occur in her life. Playing the role of Madoka is someone who's
been keeping up with the Pocket Monsters series ever since she was a
kid, the Pokémon super fan Nanase Nishino.
Ms. Nishino is a former member of the girl group Nogizaka 46 who has
gone on to appear in numerous video projects and stage shows in the
years since. She's had remarkable success as an actor, including
winning the Best Supporting Actress Award and Best New Actor Award at
the 45th Japan Academy Awards show. This show links the Pokémon
video games to the everyday encounters we have with friends and with
our own growth and is the kind of heart-warming, comical show that only
the Pokémon loving Nishino is able to deliver.
Piece fans may
recognize Ms. Nishino's name; she played the role of Alba in One Piece Film: Gold.
story starts here! Madoka starts playing Pocket Monsters Red again
after 20 years
Akagi (Nanase Nishino) grew up in Masshiro, a port town in the Kanto
Region of Japan. After graduating from local university, Madoka starts
working at a company that makes fish paste, but her long-held
aspirations to one day be a creator leads her to start working at a
small ad agency in Tokyo called ADventure. Madoka came to the big city
with lofty dreams, but it turns out that real life isn't so easy...her
days end up being completely different from the sparkling wonderland
she had envisioned. And if that wasn't enough, she's assigned to give a
presentation at work that'll decide the fate of the very company
itself! One day, Madoka receives a package from her mother who's still
back home. Inside is the Game Boy Pocket she used to play with as a kid
and her copy of Pocket Monsters Red...
And so she starts playing Pocket
Monsters Red for the first time in 20
years. And the game seems like it's jam packed with the things
that make life so important!? It's here that the curtains rise on the
world's very first "Pokémon Human Drama," a show where its main
character learns and grows through Pokémon!
The show "Cram Adventures Into a Pocket," or "PokéTsume" for
both filled with enough Pokémon to excite any Pokémon fan
and is also
able to be enjoyed by those who maybe aren't so familiar with it but
who may want to start Pokémon on their own.
The name of Madoka's hometown,
translates to "pure
white." It's not at all unlike Masara Town ("Pallet Town" in the
English localization), which means "brand new."
Comment: Nanase Nishino
I was talking with my friends
one day about how "Someday, I wanna work on something to do with
Pokémon" and so imagine my shock when I heard about this show
just a few days later.
I've played most of the games from the first generation all the way to
the newest games, and so as one of the members of the generation of
adults who've grown up with Pokémon I was just ecstatic.
The character I play, Madoka Akagi, is someone who mobilizes into
action and who can take shocking developments and grow from them. The
first time I talked with the producers they told me that they "want to
stress that you're not the 'star' of the show, you're its 'main
character," and I thought that was so interesting. I made sure to keep
that in mind whenever I stepped onto set.
The people at the company Madoka works at, ADventure, are all very
friendly and have a good time laughing it up, both out in the field and
in the break room. Each and every employee has a strong personality
that also fits in well with the others to make them an unbeatable team!
To borrow a phrase Madoka uses, I think her colleagues might be some of
the "select few."
As the show's title suggests, "Cram Adventures Into a Pocket" has
"adventure" as one of its themes, and so during this adventure those of
you who've played Pokémon before will be able to see Madoka and
her friends evolve while also saying things like "that takes me back"
or "is that...!?" while also noticing all the small references hidden
here and there. We hope you'll enjoy it.
Koichi Uruma (TV-Tokyo)
The world famous Pocket Monsters is becoming a live
action TV series! There've been a lot of original series
based on all sorts of things over the years but I never thought I'd see
the day we'd get one based on Pokémon
of all things! I'm so incredibly grateful!
Our show is centered around the video games Pocket Monsters Red &
Green that came out 27 years ago. Through its main character
Akagi, played by Ms. Nanase Nishino, we'll see a human story
about how her coming in contact with Pokémon for the first time
in a long while gradually changes both her work and personal life. When
I was a kid I remember playing video games with other kids my
age on the stairwells of the apartment complex we lived in, and how
those video games were what got us talking to each other.
Communication is a very important aspect to TV shows as well and so we
ours about the adventures Madoka and her friends have on a day-to-day
Since everybody knows Pokémon we felt a lot of pressure about
creating something its fans will like. But when we were in our writers'
meetings we'd have a lot of fun talking about the Pokémon video
games, and the first time I met Ms. Nishino we also got really excited
talking about Pokémon! It was just like a TV show, where two
people could use Pokémon to bridge the age gap between them and
If you've never played Red and Green
before we've put in references
to later entries as well, and of course those of you who've never even
touched a Pokémon game in your life can enjoy the show based on
We hope you'll enjoy this story of friends, adventure, and personal
/ Screenplay / Producer Shota Hatanaka (Babel Label)
I still remember going to my
local game shop 27 years ago to buy a copy of Pocket Monsters Green the day it
came out. I started from Green
and have been playing the new games as they come out, all the way up to Scarlet, but I never thought the
day would come where I'd get to both plan and write for the first live
action television series based on the Pokémon
Our story centers around a young woman named Madoka Akagi who comes
across her old copy of Pocket
Monsters Red for the first time in 20 years. After dusting it
off and picking it up again she's able to discover some of "life's
small hints" in the game, gradually changing her daily life into a
series of little "adventures." Types, training, evolutions, trading...a
"Pokémon/Human drama" is born out of the wild idea that it may
be "possible there are all these important life lessons crammed into
this tiny Game Boy cart?" The colorful cast of characters our hero
Madoka's surrounded by share some of the same backgrounds at the
characters in Pokémon,
filling the show with all sorts of things fans of the games can enjoy
and creating a TV show like no other!
The main character is played by Ms. Nanase Nishino. When we all first
got together to go over the show's story I was struck by how she
started talking to everyone about their favorite Pokémon more
than the actual show itself. It made me feel like we absolutely made
the right choice in casting Ms. Nishino to play our Madoka Akagi.
Everyone on the show's staff, from the entire cast to the directors to
the screenplay writers to the producers, we've all come together to
make this show as huge fans of Pokémon. We hope you're excited
for the show that made us feel like we were kids again, "Cram Adventures Into a Pocket."
"Cram Adventures Into a Pocket"
|TV Network / Air
TV-Aichi, TV-Setouchi, TV-Hokkaido, TVQ Kyushu
Starts October 20th, airing every Friday morning from 12:30 am ~ 1:00
BS TV-Tokyo, BS TV-Tokyo 4K
Starts October 25th, airing every Wednesday morning from 12:00 midnight
- 12:30 am JST
exclusively on U-Next
Streams with ads on the free service "TV-Tokyo on the 'Net" (TV-Tokyo's
TV-Tokyo's homepage: https://video.tv-tokyo.co.jp/
Monsters" video game series
(TV-Tokyo "Mass Produced Liko," "The Truth is in your Ears,"
(TV-Tokyo "The Truth is in your Ears,"
"Eating Crabs with the Snow Woman," "If It Suits Your Ears")
(TV-Tokyo "The Bullet Train That Saves
the World," "If It Suits Your Ears")
(TV-Tokyo "Mass Produced Liko - The
Story of the Assembly of Another Plastic Girl," "Train Nerd Michiko -
20,000 Kilometers," Movie "Ghost Master")
(Movie "From Dawn to Midday at Sea," Movie "Mirrorliar Films / I Think
I'll Be There," ABEMA "Lemmings in the Miniature Garden")
(TV-Tokyo "I'll Be Fine in the Afterlife
3," "Would You Like to Da Capo?" BS TV-Tokyo "Twilight Yusaku")
(TV-Tokyo), Ayaka Masai (TV-Tokyo) Hideyuki Wakuta (C&I
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