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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | Koko
The ending theme to Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko," in theaters December 25th, is a song called Fushigi na Fushigi na Ikimono (ふしぎなふしぎな生きもの), or "Strange and Wonderful Creatures." It will be produced by Okazaki Physical Education and performed by Tortoise Matsumoto.
Below is a translation of the information posted about the song on the movie's official website. An additional comment about the song made by the film's director, Mr. Tetsuo Yajima, has also been included.
Okazaki Physical Education will be producing six songs (including the main theme song) that'll be used in the movie! A single artist providing multiple songs for a Pokémon film is a first for us!!
Mr. Okazaki Physical Education is known as a big Pokémon fan who also provided both opening and ending themes to the Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon animated series (on-air November 2016 - November 2019) and now, at long last, he'll be producing the theme song for an animated theatrical film in a first for him as well!
On top of that, multiple other famous artists are being invited to sing a few of the songs that Mr. Okazaki Physical Education has written, the first of those being Mr. Tortoise Matsumoto for the movie's main theme song Strange and Wonderful Creatures (ふしぎなふしぎな生きもの). This will actually be the first time these two long-time friends have worked together! The lyrics have messages from a father's point of view like "What makes a father and son?" and "What does being brought up mean?," making it a song that embraces the film's worldview in a firm but welcoming way.
More information about the other songs will be revealed at a later date so please make sure be on the lookout!
Okazaki Physical Education
"When I was a boy I was super excited to go see Mewtwo Strikes Back in the theater with my friends from school. More than 20 years have passed since then and, before I knew it, that boy who loves Pokémon would go on to have the unique experience of actually working on one of its movies. There's stress and pressure, of course, but thanks to the amazing staff and artists, starting with director Yajima, the joy of creating this film was always giving me that little nudge forward. My wish is that, someday in the future, there will be a little kid like me who sees this movie and then goes on to have the same unique experience that I've had."
Tortoise Matsumoto (ulfuls)
"I've always thought Okazaki Physical Education was an interesting guy. That's why I instantly accepted his request to sing for him. And since it's Pokémon it's kind of a big deal, you know? I was like oh, that must be it, that's why he asked me to do this, and so I enthusiastically went to the studio and did my best to live up to his expectations. I think Okazaki-kun will make all the Dadas of the world shed a tear."
A statement from the film's director, Mr. Tetsuo Yajima, was also released on various news sites but was for some reason not included in the write-up found on the official website. Here's a translation:
Statement from Director Tetsuo Yajima
"Having a music artist involved in the early scriptwriting phases was a first for all of us. But I was blown away by the meetings we had with Mr. Okazaki Physical Education where I could tell just how much he understood what I was trying to say with my script. And the final version of Strange and Wonderful Creatures turned out to be exactly the song I wanted it to be. Having Mr. Tortoise Matsumoto's kind yet powerful voice added to the mix makes it the perfect song for this movie. The other songs that we'll announce for this film are also really amazing and I can't wait for you all to hear them."
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