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Dogasu's Backpack | Manga Guide | Kousaku Anakubo's Pocket Monsters
The Pocket Monsters manga achieved what no other manga has managed to accomplish; it crossed over into the television series! In Episode 086 of Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation, "The Movie Rides on Bakuuda" ("Lights, Camerupt, Action"), which debuted on July 22nd 2004, Satoshi recalls watching a movie featuring Red, Pippi, and Pikachu as the stars. The general plot outline is as follows:
Wikipedia states that Ikue Otani played Red and Mayumi Yamaguchi played Pippi but there is no citation for this claim. The episode's credits don't list the voice actors for any of the characters in the short so it's hard to say for certain who voices who.
The Pocket Monsters manga version of Pippi's animated debut was actually announced in the August 2004 issue of CoroCoro Comics (released July 15th, 2004).
In addition, the Pocket Monsters manga chapter for that month dealt specifically with Pippi's debut in the animated series. Head over to the page for RS Volume 04 for a summary of the chapter.
None of the characters from Pocket Monsters, nor any other manga for that matter, have appeared in any of the animated series since then. Hopefully, "The Movie Rides on Bakuuda" won't be the last time we see Pippi and friends on our TV screens.
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