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"Koko"






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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | Koko

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" logo

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko"
劇場版ポケットモンスター ココ

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" July 10th Coming Soon
First Poster Second Poster
(July 10th release date)
Second Poster
("Coming Soon!")
Coming This Winter December 25th
Second Poster
("Coming This Winter!")
Second Poster
(Dec. 25th release date)
Yoshitaka Shinomiya
(四宮義俊) Poster

Release / General Information

Japanese Premiere Dates December 25th, 2020 (Theaters)
July 14th, 2021 (Blu-ray / DVD)
American Premiere Dates TBD 2021
Runtime
1 hour 40 minutes
Opening Theme
"Koko"
(ココ)
Performed by Beverly
Insert Songs "Okite no Uta" ("The Song of Rules")
(掟の歌)
Performed by Okazaki Physical Education and SiM
"Shop Window"
(Show Window)
Performed by Okazaki Physical Education
"The Hum of the Forest"
(森のハミング)
Performed by the
Hino City Tokyo Nanamidori Public Elementary School Choir
Theme Song
"Strange and Wonderful Creatures"
(ふしぎなふしぎな生き物)
Performed by Tortoise Matsumoto
Ending Theme
"Tadaima to Okaeri" ("I'm Home. And, Welcome Back")
(ただいまとおかえり)
Performed by Kaela Kimura

Spoiler-Free Synopsis

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...

Review

Check out my review of the movie here!

Review

Characters

The cast of humans / Pokémon for this movie are as follows:

Satoshi Zarude Koko Celebi
Dr. Zed Karen Rocket-Dan

More complete details about each character, as well as what their voice actors have to say about the roles, can be found here.

Theme Song

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.

"Those Mysterious Creatures"

View more information about the song here

Home Video Releases

The Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" Blu-ray & DVD are scheduled to be released on July 14th, 2021.

Home Video Releases

Check here to see a detailed breakdown of each release.
Soundtracks

As of this writing there are three CD soundtrack releases planned for this film.

Pocket Monsters The Movie Koko Music Collection

View detailed information about each CD release here.

Distributions

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.

Pre-Order Bonuses
Theater Giveaways
Details about the Pokémon and other items that will be given away as pre-order bonuses can be found here. Details about the Pokémon and other items that will be given away at the door when you go see the movie in Japanese theaters can be found here.

Official Podcast

The Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" Supporters' Podcast - "The Movie Secrets We Want to Tell You" (劇場版ポ ケットモンスター ココ -サポーターズPodcastーいま、君に伝えたい映画のヒミツ) was an official podcast that revealed all sorts of behind-the-scenes information about the new film.

The Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" Supporters' Podcast - "The Movie Secrets We Want to Tell You"

Details about the show, including detailed episode-by-episode breakdowns, can be found
here.



Promotion for the Movie

Teasers Illustration Contest
A collection of the various trailers, with translations, can be found here. The yearly illustration contest was held for Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" as well.
Details, including who won, can be found here.
Movie Preview Screening
A preview screening for the 23rd movie was scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 28th.
Details about the screening, which has now been canceled, can be found
here.



Notes

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.

"Coco"

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.


Main Staff



It took a staff of over 1200 people to produce Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko."
Check out the full staff list, taken from the movie's end credits, here.

Voice Cast

Cast
Satoshi
サトシ
Rica Matsumoto
松本梨香
Pikachu
ピカチュウ
Ikue Ohtani
大谷育江


Musashi
ムサシ
Megumi Hayashibara
林原めぐみ
Kojirou
コジロウ
Shin-ichiro Miki
三木眞一郎
Nyarth
ニャース
Inuko Inuyama
犬山イヌコ
Sonansu
ソーナンス
Yuji Ueda
うえだゆうじ


Village Elder Zarude
長老ザルード
Hiroshi Naka
中 博史
Zarude Leader
リーダー・ザルード
Kenjiro Tsuda
津田健次郎
Zarude Sub-Leader
サブリーダー・ザルード
KENN
KENN


Mayor
町長
Kenichi Ogata
緒方賢一
Dr. Chrom Molybdenum
クロム・モリブデン博士
Tokuyoshi Kawashima
川島得愛
Dr. Lin Molybdenum
リン・モリブデン博士
Arisa Sekine
関根有咲
Koko (Baby)
ココ (赤ちゃん)
Wakana Minami
美波わかな
Hanako
ハナコ
Masami Toyoshima
豊島まさみ


Uu
ウッウ
Rikako Aikawa
愛河里花子
Hoshigarisu
ホシガリス
Kei Shindo
真堂 圭
Konohana
コノハナ
Yasunao Sakai
坂井易直
Dangoro
ダンゴロ
Keitaro Tanaka
田中啓太郎
Washibon
ワシボン
Shogo Sakata
坂田将吾
Appryu
アップリュー
Yuga Sato
佐藤悠雅
Skunpuu
スカンプー
Noriaki Kanze
観世智顕
Flygon
フライゴン
Hikaru Tanaka
田中 光
Taneboh
タネボー
Hina Natsume
夏目妃菜
Elfuun
エルフーン
Mariko Nagai
永井真里子
Gantle
ガントル
Kaichi Miyata
宮田海地


Researcher A
研究員 A
Kohsuke Tanabe
田邊幸輔
Researcher B
研究員 B
Toru Sakurai
櫻井トオル
Researcher C
研究員 C
Yukiko Motoyoshi
元吉有希子
Worker
職人
Yusuke Shirooka
城岡祐介
Announcer
アナウンサー
Miyari Nemoto
根本京里
Grunt A
下っ端 A

Tomohiro Ohmachi
大町知広
Aya Yamane
山根 綺
Eriko Kadokura
角倉英理子
Mitsuki Nakamura
中村光樹
Chihaya Terasaki
寺崎千波也
Sakura Kawaguchi
川口 桜


Narration
ナレーション
Kenyu Horiuchi
堀内賢雄

Special Guests

Special Guest Voices
Koko
ココ
Moka Kamishiraishi
上白石萌歌
Zed
ゼッド
Kou'ichi Yamadera
山寺宏一
Karen
カレン
Shoko Nakagawa
中川翔子
Zarude
ザルード
Kankuro Nakamura
中村勘九郎

Japanese Box Office Performance

Gross-to-date:  1.6 billion yen (as of March 1st, 2021)
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.


Box Office Performance At a Glance
Week Rank
Earnings
To Date
Viewer-
ship
Competition
Week One (December 25th - December 27th)
1
2 276 million
(12/26 -
12/27),

378 million
(12/25 -
12/27)
234K
(12/26 -
12/27),

320K
(12/25 -
12/27)
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" claimed the number two spot in its opening weekend. First place went to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train, a film that had spent its entire eleven-week run up until that point in the Number 1 spot and had even gone on to become the #1 top earning film in Japanese history. The Number Three spot went to Romance of the Three Kingdoms - The New Interpretation.
Week Two (January 2nd - January 3rd)
2 4 139
million
(01/02 -
01/03)
115K
(01/02 -
01/03)
The 23rd Pocket Monsters movie fell to the Number 4 spot in its second week in theaters. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train kept its hold on the Number 1 spot, Romance of the Three Kingdoms - The New Interpretation climbed from Number 3 to Number 2, and Poupelle of Chimney Town climbed from Number 4 to Number 3.
Week Three (January 9th - January 10th)
3 5 Unknown Unknown The arrival of Gintama The Final at Number 1 pushed every other film down a spot. Other newcomers this week are Perfect Strangers: Smartphone no Nozoitara, a Japanese remake of the Italian film Perfetti sconosciuti, and Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie (Part One), the first of two Sailor Moon Crystal-style retellings of the Sailor Moon SuperS story.
Week Four (January 16th - January 17th)
4 5 Unknown Unknown Movie 23 kept its Number 5 spot in its fourth week in theaters. The only other newcomer in the Top 10  this week is Natsume's Book of Friends - The Stone Waker & The Suspicious Visitor, the second Natsume's Book of Friends movie.
Week Five (January 23rd - January 24th)
5 5 Unknown Unknown
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" remained in the Number 5 spot for its third week in a row. The Top Ten welcomed in newcomer The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, a live action adaptation of the supernatural / boys' love manga.
Week Six (January 30th - January 31st)
6 7 Unknown Unknown The Top Ten was shaken up by the arrivals of We Had a Love Like a Bouquet of Flowers, a love story about two young people who met after missing their last train; The Family, a film about the yakuza that deals with the concept of found family; and The End of the Tiny World, about a trio of childhood friends whose lives change once they become adults.
Week Seven (February 6th - February 7th)
7 7 Unknown Unknown Three new films were welcomed to the Top Ten this week: Suicide Forest Village, a horror film by director Takashi Shimizu ("The Grudge"); Endless SHOCK, the film version of the famous Japanese stage musical; and The Melancholy Cinderella, a film touted as being a suspenseful never-before-seen look related to the famous fairy tale.
Week Eight (February 13th - February 14th)
8 9 1.5 billion
1.36 million
The new films added to the Top Ten this week were Detective Conan: The Scarlet Alibi, a compilation film being released to prepare audiences for the franchise's 24th film; First Love, aa suspense mystery about a university student accused of killing her own father; and Under the Open Sky, a sorta-kinda biopic about a real life serial killer. Conspicuously absent from the Top Ten this week is Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie (Part Two), which hit Japanese theaters on Thursday the 11th.
Week Nine (February 20th - February 21st)
9 11
Unknown Unknown The debuts of romantic comedy Liar x Liar  and the latest super sentai film Mashin Sentai Kiramager The Movie "Bebop Dream" pushed last week's Number 9 and Number 10 movies -- Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" and The Family -- out of the Top Ten.
Week Ten (February 27th - February 28th)
10
9
1.6 billion
1.44 million
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" manages to claw its way back into the Top Ten, moving up two spots from the previous week. No new movies debuted in the Top Ten this week.
Week Eleven (March 6th - March 7th)
11
7
Unknown
Unknown
There are a couple of new faces in the 23rd Pocket Monsters movie's eleventh week in theaters; Taiyou wa Ugokanai, a thriller starring a couple of actors who both have happened to appear in a couple of Pokémon movies in the past, by the way; Disney's newest animated film Raya and the Last Dragon; and  ARIA The CREPUSCOLO, a new film to celebrate the franchise's 15th anniversary.
Week Twelve (March 13th - March 14th)
12
11 (or lower)
Unknown
Unknown
The new films debuting during Movie 23's twelfth week in theaters are Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, the fourth and final film in the Rebuild of Evangelion series; Brave Gunjo Senki, a film about members of various high school sports teams finding themselves traveling back in time to the Sengoku period; and Shimajiro The Movie "Shimajiro and the Flying Ship," a film version of the TV-Tokyo kids' program.


Publications

A prequel manga began running in the December 2020 issue of CoroCoro Comics.

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko"


Click
here to find out more about this manga.
Further Information

Comparison
Director's Comments
Tidbits from the Movie's Pamphlet Official Site (Japanese)

 

 

 

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