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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | Koko
Posted February 28th, 2020
Koko, a boy who was raised by Pokémon. This summer, a new bond between Pokémon and humans is being formed.
There's an area deep in the jungle, far away from human civiliation.
It's a paradise known as the Okoya Forest, where the Pokémon are protected by strict rules where outsiders are not allowed to step foot into the forest.
Both the Mythical Pokémon Zarude and a boy who was raised as a Pokémon named Koko live in that forest.
Koko, who believes with all his heart that he really is a Pokémon, meets Satoshi and Pikachu one day and is able to make his very first "hewmann friends."
Am I a Pokémon? Or a hewmann?
When danger visits the forest, the love between Pokémon and humans, father and son are put to the test.
Posted sometime around May 14th, 2020
The summary posted on the official website was updated to remove the phrase "this summer" from the first paragraph but was otherwise unchanged.
Posted August 5th, 2020
What makes a father and son? What does being brought up mean?
This is a father/son story about Pokémon and humans that's a little bit different from what you're used to.
There's a land deep in a jungle far removed from civilization. The Okoya Forest, a paradise whose Pokémon are protected by strict laws, is located there.
One day, a stubborn Zarude who lives there with its fellow Pokémon comes across a human baby by the river.
"Hewmann, this is..."
It couldn't abandon the child and so Zarude, going against the laws of the forest, names the baby "Koko" and makes the decision to leave the rest of its pack to live together with the child.
The Pokémon's life of raising a human goes on for the next ten years. Then, Koko comes across Satoshi and Pikachu when they come into the Okoya Forest. It's the first time he's been able to make "hewmann friends!" Koko had always believed he was a Pokémon and never even questioned it but now, little by little, the seeds of doubt are beginning to bud.
"Dada, am I a hewmann?" Am I a Pokémon? Or a human? As Koko wrestles with these questions the footsteps of uninvited humans approach the forest, instantly turning the peace on its head...
Coming December 2020!
The cast of humans / Pokémon for this movie are as follows:
More complete details about each character, as well as what their voice actors have to say about the roles, can be found here.
The main theme for this film is Fushigi na Fushigi na Ikimono (ふしぎなふしぎな生きもの), or "Strange and Wonderful Creatures." It will per performed by Tortoise Matsumoto.
View more information about the song here
As of this writing there are three CD soundtrack releases planned for this film.
View detailed information about each CD release here.
A number of Pokémon and other swag will be given to audiences when they purchase a movie ticket to go see Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" in theaters.
There are two official spellings of the film's titular character. On one hand, OLM's English-language website lists the movie's title as Pokémon the Movie: Coco but, on the other hand, merchandise released for the film calls it Pokémon the movie KOKO. Both "Coco" and "Koko" are perfectly acceptable ways to spell ココ and so neither one is actually "wrong"; whatever spelling you choose just comes down to personal preference.
The "Coco" spelling instantly reminded many Westerners of 2017 film Coco. That same association is not made among Japanese fans, however, as the Disney film went by the name Remember Me when it was released in Japan.
The first teaser for the film was shown at the end of the previous year's movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. It features a 2D animated Pikachu pulling on a vine.
The setting of this film, the Okoya Forest (オコヤの森) most likely comes from rearranging the letters in oyako (親子), or "father and son."
The film was originally scheduled for a July 10th, 2020 release but this got pushed back due to COVID-19. The new release date has now been set to December 25th, 2020. This makes Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" the first animated film in the franchise's 23 year history to not debut in July.
Gross-to-date: 517 million yen (as of January 4th)
Total Number of Days in Theaters: TBA
Due to the ever-changing status of the COVID-19 pandemic the dates below may change suddenly and without notice.
A prequel manga began running in the December 2020 issue of CoroCoro Comics.
Click here to find out more about this manga.
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