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| Movies & Specials Guide | Koko
Below are translations of the character bios and voice actor
comments posted on the official website for
the movie Pocket Monsters The Movie
A boy who's aiming to be
the world's best Pokémon Master.
VA: Satoshi (Rika Matsumoto (松本梨香)), Pikachu (Ikue Ohtani
|Satoshi & Pikachu
Pikachu: A partner Pokémon who's traveling together with
VA: Kankuro Nakamura (中
A Mythical Pokémon who decides to go against the rules of the
forest and raises Koko as its own.
Mr. Kankuro Nakamura
"I went to see Pocket Monsters The
Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back" (1998) in the theater back when I
high school and then, last year, I went to see Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution together
with my children. We spend a lot of time at kabuki rehearsals together but
still find it hard to fit quality playtime into our schedules and so
being able to go see a film like
Pokémon as a family was a precious father /
sons moment for us. When I was chosen to be a guest voice actor I was
had always wanted to try my hand at doing animation voiceover work but
then, if that wasn't enough, my first job as a voice actor was going to
something as long-running and beloved as Pokémon! Ever since my kids
were born I've been looking after them and learning a lot, and in the
story of this movie, similarly, Zarude learns about itself as it looks
after and brings up Koko. I'm actually a really big
softy and so when I read the script
for this movie about the love of a parent for its child I had tears
streaming down my
face the whole time. Kabuki actors use tradition to connect each
to one another, and then new bonds form out of those connections;
Zarude, meanwhile, is a Pokémon who continues to safeguard the
rules (of the forest). So there
lot of parts about the character I could really relate to."
VA: Moka Kamishiraishi (上白石萌歌)
A boy who was raised by
Pokémon who also believes he is a
from Ms. Moka Kamishiraishi
"The first movie I ever saw was Pocket
Monsters Advanced Generation The Movie "Pokémon Ranger and the
Prince of the Sea, Manaphy" (2006). I was a first grader in
elementary school and went to go see it in the theater with my family.
I played the Nintendo DS games as well and so I feel like I've
always been in contact with the culture of
Pokémon this whole time. I lived in Mexico for a while and
Pokémon was really popular with the other kids at school there
and so I could experience, first-hand, Japanese culture being exported
overseas, and the whole time I was there I could see how much everyone
loved Pokémon no matter what country it was. When I was a kid I
used to look at the Pokémon and think
"they're soooo cute~" but now that I'm an adult I've started to be able
to understand the deeper meaning behind it all. In this movie I
play a boy who was raised by Pokémon and the theme of this
film, I feel, are the various relationships we can have with each
other, be they a father / son relationship where the two aren't
actually related to each other by
blood; the bonds between humans and Pokémon; and so on. I'm
forward to seeing how Mr. Kankuro, who plays Zarude, breathes life into
the Mythical Pokémon."
A Mythical Pokémon said to be the guardian god of the forest.
This Celebi is pink as opposed to its usual color.
A professor of the
Biotope Company who's researching the secrets of the
from Mr. Kou'ichi Yamadera
"I was really happy to receive the offer to be in a Pokémon movie again. Over
the years I've been going back and forth
between voicing humans and voicing Pokémon but this time I feel
at ease since the
role I'm playing, Dr. Zed, has the role Ms. Nakagawa is playing, the
assistant Karen, to play off of. When I watched the footage in the
trailer it made me believe
that director Yajima is going to serve up yet another new whirlwind of
a movie and so I got really excited. I can't wait to see this movie!"
Dr. Zed's name is basically the letter Z (written out in Japanese as ゼット) with a dakuten added to the final
syllable to change the to (ト)
into the voiced do (ド).
VA: Shoko Nakamura
A researcher at the
Biotope Company and Dr. Zed's assistant.
from Ms. Shoko Nakagawa
"This movie is going to be my 13th Pokémon film and while that
makes me unbelievably happy I did kind of wonder if me singing the
ending song to last year's film meant that was going to be it for me
so when I got the offer this year I was actually kind of
person I'm playing this year is Karen and I think she's really great
because I love getting to play adult women! And on top of that she's
also a researcher! I, too, want to test myself to do many different
things in this new Pokémon movie that director Yajima is working
so hard on.
Please look forward to it!"
(Megumi Hayashibara (林原めぐみ)),
Kojirou (Shin-ichiro Miki
(三木眞一郎)), Nyarth (Inuko
Kojirou, and Nyarth are three members of the Rocket-Dan who have sworn
loyalty to Sakaki, the organization's boss.