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Monsters The Movie "I
A pamphlet went on sale with the
Japanese theatrical release of Pocket
Monsters The Movie "I Choose You!" A miniature size
recreation of the pamphlet is included with the Movie 20 Japanese
Blu-ray. Translations of the more interesting content from the pamphlet
The pamphlet starts off with comments by
the director of the film, Mr. Kunihiko Yuyama.
We had a goal...or
rather...for the Pocket Monsters TV series we started to last three
years...and then before we knew it 20 years had passed! The movies have
also been coming out every summer like clockwork until we've arrived
here at Movie 20!!
When it came to
figuring out how to
celebrate such a momentous occasion, we asked ourselves what we thought
we should do and what we wanted to do before arriving at a
Satoshi and Pikachu, the
icons of the Pokemon cartoon, the ones whose adventures we've been
watching so closely all these years.
When you think about it,
everything begins from the time Satoshi and Pikachu met.
So we wanted to take
another look at the bonds the two of them share from the very
The time Satoshi and
met. The friendship with your traveling partners. From getting a
pokemon to raising it to it evolving...and, every now and then, it
leaving. We wanted to refine, not remake, these elements of Pokemon and
then condense those last 20 years of experiences. It's familiar yet
fresh. Our goal was to make a Pokemon movie filled with love.
Of course this movie can
by both fans who have been watching for 20 years and those who have
only just recently started. But it can also serve as a primer for
anyone who's ever just wanted to find out “What is Pokemon?” Whether
it's by one person or many, we hope you are able to experience the love
After this comment there are several pages that recap the story of the
movie, followed by character bios.
Next up are comments from the characters' voice actors and the lyrics
to the movie's theme song. The comments from the cast, with the
exception of Rika Matsumoto's, are all different from what was posted on the official
Translation of the comments follow:
been waiting for this! The 20th
anniversary of the Pokemon movies!
I've been playing Satoshi all these years wishing for Pokemon to become
a staple of families throughout Japan and I believe that this year, at
long last, that dream has come true. I'm truly grateful to Pokemon for
allowing me to continue (playing Satoshi) for these 20 years. Thank
been playing the video games for a
long time so when I heard that
I would get to order pokemon around in real life I got goosebumps and
the whole “We'll fight together as partners!” thing really clicked with
me. The director told me something that really stuck with me: “Even in
the scenes where Souji's defeated his heart hasn't been beat.” I think
that anyone who loves Pokemon is already a Pokemon Master, you know?
is a straightforward girl who always charges forward at 100%.
Since the director gave me the advice to “always play Makoto as someone
who's always looking forward” I would stand on the train platform, wait
for a train to pass by, and then shout something like “Bubble Beam!”
(laughs) to practice those lines where I really had to project my
voice. Twenty years ago I went to the movie theater to see the first
movie and I think it's amazing to see how unbreakable the bonds between
and Pikachu have been all these years.
role I was given this year is Joy! Everyone's been helped out by a
Joy at some point and even though I tend to think of her as this
reliable older sister type I'm actually older than she is now (laughs).
So I made an effort to make my Joy voice sound younger than I actually
am. These days almost everyone around the world knows what “Pokemon”
is. I hope this year's movie will become a part of someone's treasured
I received the offer for a part in this movie I thought "I wonder
if I'll be playing a pokemon?" but it turns out that I got a role as a
human! When I first went into the studio I played Bonjii as this feeble
old geezer but the director told me that “that's not it” (laughs) and
since Bonjii is an energetic person that “just your regular voice will
be fine.” I rarely get to use my natural speaking voice when
doing voice over work so this was a new experience for me.
been acting in these movies for 20 years now so I thought maybe
there weren't any roles left for me. But I ended up being able to be in
this one as well. I didn't quite get Marshadow's character the first
time I read the script so the sound editor told me “it should feel like
it's coming from your airways” (laughs). I remember thinking “This
might be my most difficult role yet!” This is a kind of back to basics
story so I think it's perfect for the 20th film. Satoshi's and
Pikachu's bonds are so moving! This is a film that will make you think
“now this...this is a Pokemon
pamphlet also features somewhat lengthy interviews with the regular
cast of the TV series, Pokémon
Movie 20th Anniversary
Q&A. Click on the image below to view those
Finally, the miniature sized version of
the pamphlet that came with the Japanese release of the 20th movie
Blu-ray contains a two page "Making Of" feature on the scene toward the
end of the movie where Pikachu screams out after Satoshi disappears.
A translation of that feature can be found here.
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