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Dogasu's Backpack | Manga Guide | Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!"

The manga adaptation of Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" is currently running in CoroCoro Comics, a manga anthology magazine that goes on sale around the 15th of every month.  The first and apparently only chapter premiered in the May 2017 issue.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
May 2017
Chapter One
July 2017
Get Fired Up! Marshadow

Chapter One
May 2017 Issue

Release Date:  April 15th, 2017

May 2017
Title Page

32 pages
Somewhere in the Alola Region, Satoshi and Pikachu have arrived in a cave to take on their next trial. As the two of them make their way through the cave, a Jararanga jumps down from a hole in the ceiling and lands with a large THUD! right in front of our heroes. Satoshi guesses that -this- must be the Totem Pokemon they were searching for and tells Pikachu to get ready. Jararanga, however, is just a little bit faster and manages to strike Pikachu with a powerful Draco Meteor. The attack causes a huge explosion...


In Masara Town, in the Kanto Region, a young Satoshi is woken up by his mother. The young wannabe Trainer has overslept even though today's the day he's supposed to go to Dr. Orchid's laboratory to receive his first partner pokemon! After a quick change of clothes Satoshi rushes to the lab and meets with the professor.

At first, Satoshi tells Dr. Orchid that he would like a Zenigame as his starter. Dr. Orchid informs him that another child chose that one, so Satoshi asks for a Hitokage instead. Dr. Orchid tells him that one was chosen by a child who wasn't late. Fushigidane? Nope, that one's already been taken as well. Dr. Orchid sees how distressed Satoshi is and tells him that he -does- have one pokemon left but that it has a bit of a problem. Satoshi doesn't care; his dream is to be a Pokemon Master and in order to do that he'll need a starter pokemon. So, Dr. Orchid reluctantly introduces Satoshi to a pokemon called Pikachu.

At first, Satoshi doesn't what the professor was talking about when he said that Pikachu has a "problem." After all, it's just so cute! Satoshi happily picks up the pokemon but, before he knows it, finds himself being shocked by Pikachu's electricity! As Satoshi falls to the ground, Dr. Orchid tells Satoshi that Pikachu's problem is that it isn't used to humans yet.

Some time later, Satoshi and Pikachu are walking outside in a forest. Satoshi tries to get Pikachu to go into its Monster Ball but the Electric Mouse pokemon refuses. Satoshi comments on how weird Pikachu is but is sidetracked when he spots a wild Poppo out of the corner of his eye. Satoshi thinks this is a great chance for him to get his first pokemon so he orders Pikachu into battle. However, Pikachu refuses to cooperate! A desperate Satoshi throws a Monster Ball at Poppo, hoping it's weak enough to just go in without any fuss, but Pikachu jumps in between the two at the last second and bats the ball away with its tail! Pikachu laughs at itself as the Monster Ball lands in some tall grass and makes a loud thud sound. When Satoshi and Pikachu look to see what happened, they see that Satoshi's Monster Ball had hit a wild Onisuzume on its head!  The other Onisuzume in the flock turn around and set their sights on the new duo.

Before long, Satoshi and Pikachu find themselves being chased by the angry flock of bird pokemon. Pikachu trips and falls, landing on its back helplessly. The flock of Onisuzume dive toward the fallen pokemon so Satoshi runs over and scoops up his partner before it's attacked. Satoshi, now holding Pikachu in his arms, runas away from the flock as rain starts to fall. The young Trainer is worried that Pikachu won't make it so he asks is partner to please go inside its Monster Ball where it'll be safe. He tells Pikachu that he knows it doesn't like it but tells it that if it goes inside he might be able to save it. Satoshi really hates seeing PIkachu like this.

Satoshi places Pikachu's Monster Ball down beside it and tells it to go inside while he takes care of the Onisuzume. Satoshi faces the bird pokemon, turns his cap around, and tells them that he won't allow them to attack Pikachu any more. The Onisuzume make a dive for Satoshi so Pikachu gets up, climbs up onto Satoshi's arm, and lets out a powerful Thunderbolt attack that defeats all the Onisuzume at once! The stunned Onisuzume make a run for it while Satoshi picks up the now-exhausted Pikachu. As he thanks Pikachu, he notices a rainbow-colored feather floating down toward him.


Back in the Alola Region, Satoshi and Pikachu wake up.
Jararanga is standing over them, waiting to finish them off, so Satoshi and Pikachu jump up to defend themselves. Pikachu takes Satoshi's hat and puts it on its own head while Satoshi prepares to use a Z-Move. Pikachu jumps forward and lets out a massive 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt attack that easily defeats the Totem Pokemon.

As Satoshi and Pikachu look ahead triumphantly, they think about how their journey that started way back then is still not over. It all started when they met that pokemon, Houou...

The End

The only human characters who appear in this adaptation are Satoshi, Satoshi's mom, and Dr. Orchid. Mr. Kawamoto's adapation of Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna also left out the overwhelming majority of the human cast so this isn't really anything new.

The final page of the chapter ends with "The End" (おわり) rather than "To be continued in the next issue of CoroCoro," indicating that this 32-page chapter is all we'll be getting this year. When asked for confirmation on this, author
Kemon Kawamoto apologized and said that at this point he isn't able to say anything in regards to that. In the coming months new, standalone stories related to the movie would be printed in CoroCoro Comics.

June 2017 Issue

Release Date:  May 15th, 2017

June 2017

There was no manga related to the movie in the June 2017 issue of CoroCoro Comics.

"Get Fired Up, Marshadow!"
July 2017 Issue

Release Date:  June 15th, 2017

July 2017
Title Page

30 pages
In the Alola Region there's a mythical pokemon named Marshadow who's busy training itself. The pokemon is starting to get worried, however, because it doesn't have an actual Trainer and is therefore unable to unleash its Z-Move, an ultimate attack that comes out whenever a pokemon and its Trainer share a special bond.

Marshadow is walking through the woods one day when it hears a young boy calling out for help. It follows the voice to a clearing where it spots a boy named Ken backed up against a tree as members of the Skull-Dan surround him. The leader of the group of criminals, a shirtless bodybuilder-type named Borosue, tells Ken that he'd better not refuse his demands or he'll be pummeled by his Kairiky. Borosue's pokemon rushes in to attack when, all of a sudden, Marshadow materializes from the ground in front of Ken and stops Kairiky's fist!

Block attack

Kairiky tries to swipe at its new opponent with another one of its arms but Marshadow melts back into the earth before the attack can connect. Marshadow then rematerializes behind Kairiky. Ken notices that Marshadow appears to be able to move around Kairiky's shadow...!? Before Kairiky has a chance to turn around Marshadow delivers a jump kick that sends the Fighting-Type pokemon falling flat on its face. Borosue recalls his pokemon before ordering the rest of his men to retreat.

Once the Skull-Dan is gone, Ken thanks Marshadow and asks if it'll listen to his story. He guides Marshadow to a dojo where he explains that it was run by his martial artist grandfather. He passed away a year ago and ever since then Borosue and the Skull-Dan have been trying to tear down the dojo and erect an ostentatious bronze statue of Borosue in its place. As Marshadow walks inside, its eyes are immediately drawn to a large scroll featuring the legendary pokemon Houou.


Ken explains that his grandfather chose Houou as the dojo's guardian deity before directing Marshadow to a Z-Ring placed on a shelf under the scroll. Ken calls this the "Hero's Ring" and recalls how his grandfather used to always say that the only person who can actually meet Houou is the "Rainbow Hero." In order to become this hero, he continues, you have to have the courage to be able to stand up to an opponent even if you know you have no chance of winning. Ken tells Marshadow that he knows he doesn't have that kind of courage himself and so would like to ask Marshadow to look over his grandfather's dojo instead.

Marshadow turns around and begins to walk away. Ken begins to apologize for springing all of this on Marshadow like this but is interrupted when a group of pokemon emerge from behind the furniture placed throughout the dojo. As a Pi, Togedemaru, Abuly, Nuikoguma, and Churine all snuggle up against Ken, the young boy explains that the dojo also serves as the home for hurt and abandoned pokemon. As night falls, the dojo's pokemon start to warm up to a reluctant Marshadow. Suddenly, the mythical pokemon gets a determined look on its face and walks right out of the dojo!

Elsewhere, the Skull-Dan are busy stuffing their faces at their secret hideout. Borosue tells everyone that they'll be storming the dojo in the morning so they'd better stock up on calories now while they've got a chance. Suddenly, Marshadow bursts into the room by punching through one of its walls! Borosue recognizes Marshadow as the pokemon they saw earlier that day but then starts to wonder how it got past the guards. When he runs outside to see what happened he's shocked to see that all the grunts have been knocked unconscious! Borosue recognizes Marshadow as the threat that it is so he and the Skull-Dan grunts who are still standing release all their pokemon at once. Marshadow soon finds itself being jumped by an army of 100 pokemon.

100 pokemon

Back outside, Ken arrives at the Skull-Dan's hideout. The unconscious guards sprawled throughout the compound tells him he's on the right path. Ken makes it to the inside where he sees the Skull-Dan's pokemon had all been defeated by Marshadow! Borosue commends Marshadow for winning against such impossible odds but says that even it must be exhausted by now.

He then releases his trump card, Gyarados, to finish the weakened Marshadow off. Gyarados' Hydro Pump attack hits Marshadow head-on, sending it crashing into the wall behind it. A stunned Marshadow gets back up and tries to counterattack but is shot down by an attack that looks like Hyper Beam. Marshadow gets up again but Ken can see that the pokemon's nearly at its limit.

Suddenly, the young boy runs in between Gyarados and Marshadow and asks Borosue to stop. It seems that Ken realizes what his grandfather meant by having the courage to stand up to an opponent you have no chance of beating! Marshadow sees that Ken is wearing the Z-Ring from the dojo so it tosses a Marshadow-Z crystal at the young Trainer. Ken places the crystal in his Z-Ring, causing Marshadow's fighting spirit to ignite and its form to change. Borosue seems unfazed. This changes as Marshadow jumps up and uses the Z-Move "Seven-Star Soul-Stealing Kick" to defeat Borosue's Gyarados in a flashy explosion.

Seven Star Soul-Stealing Kick

Some time later, after the sun has risen again, Ken thanks Marshadow for protecting his grandfather's dojo. He tells Marshadow that he'll keep working on becoming strong so that, someday, he'll be a Trainer capable of protecting the dojo all by himself. Marshadow smiles and then walks away to set off on a new journey.

The End

Though it's never stated in the actual manga itself, author Kemon Kawamoto revealed on Twitter that he wrote this story with the idea that it took place before Marshadow meets Satoshi and his friends in Pocket Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!"

A piece of color artwork was released to celebrate this chapter's release.

Marshadow does not speak human language throughout the manga.

The characters of Ken, Ken's grandfather, and Borosue all seem to be original creations for this manga. More detailed character bios can be found here.

"The Rainbow Hero"
August 2017 Issue

Release Date:  July 15th, 2017

?? pages
A third story called "The Rainbow Hero" (虹の勇者編) is scheduled to be printed in the August 2017 issue of CoroCoro Comics.


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