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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon Planetarium

Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon Planetariuml

ポケットモンスター サン&ムーン プラネタリウム

(Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon Planetarium)

Main Film Basic Synopsis

Tomorrow is a very special day because you'll be able to see a total eclipse of the sun! If you miss this opportunity then it'll be more than 300 years before you get a chance to see another one in the Alola Region! When Satoshi hears this he decides to go with Mamane to Eclipse Island, the central spot to see the solar event. There, they meet a "Solar Eclipse Hunter" named Fred who travels around the world chasing after solar eclipses. They decide to watch it with him but unfortunately, the weather is a bit cloudy on the actual day of the eclipse. Satoshi and his friends, thinking they'll definitely be able to see the eclipse from above the clouds, decide to head toward the top of a mountain to get a better view.

Meanwhile, the Rocket-Dan hear that rare pokemon are said to appear during the solar eclipse and, thinking they can also capture Pikachu while they're at it, sneak away from Kiteruguma's nest and hurry to the top of the mountain to confront Satoshi and his friends. During the conflict, however, the solar eclipse starts without them! Will Satoshi and his friends be able to watch the solar eclipse after all?

Use your full power to not miss the miraculous moment when the sun and moon perform their special dance!

Review of the Special

On January 4th, 2018 I went out to the Hamagin Space Science Center near Yokohama to see the special.

My review of the special, as well as my impressions of the planetarium experience altogether, can be found here.


This is an original animated story created specifically for the Konica Minolta planetariums. The show is projected on the planetarium's dome-like ceiling and makes full use of the space provided to surround the audience with images and sound.

The story of 2009's Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl The Movie "Arceus - To the Conquering of Time and Space" also involved a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse of the sun. On July 22nd of that year an actual solar eclipse was visible from Japan. Another eclipse occurred the same year Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon Planetarium was released as well but this time the total solar eclipse that was visible throughout much of the continental U.S. on August 21st was only visible as a partial solar eclipse when viewed from Hawaii, the area on which the Alola Region is based.

Release Date / Venues

The show's known screenings are as follows.

Yamaguchi General Children's Center
Dates:  September 10th, 2017 ~ September 30th, 2017

Showtimes:  1:30pm, 3:30pm Tuesday through Friday (duration: 45 minutes; this includes a presentation about the autumn constellations); 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The planetarium is closed on Mondays.

Ticket Prices:  260 yen (individual tickets), 180 yen (groups of 20 or more). Children under 18 years old and those 70 years old or older can view the show for free.

Hamagin Space Science Center
Dates:  October 1st, 2017 ~ March 16th, 2018

Showtimes:  Once a day on weekdays at 2:45pm and twice a day on weekends / holidays at 11:15am and 4:00pm.

Ticket Prices:  400 yen (general admission to the museum) and 600 yen for the show ticket.
Hamamatsu Science Museum

Hamamatsu Science Museum
Dates:  October 1st, 2017 - March 31st, 2018

Showtimes:  11:00am, 3:00pm on  Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, Winter Vacation, and Spring Break

Ticket Prices:  900 yen (individual tickets), 400 yen (high school students). Children younger than middle school age can view the show for free.
Digital Star Dome Hotaru

Digital Star Dome Hotel
Dates:  October 7th, 2017 onwards

Showtimes:  Mostly 11:00am and 3:00pm Monday through Sunday though sometimes the show is also scheduled for other times as well.

Ticket Prices: 
800 yen for adults and 500 yen for children for hotel guests, 900 yen for adults and 600 yen for children for non-guests.
Tsukuba Expo Center

Tsukuba Expo Center
Dates:  November 3rd, 2017 - May 27th, 2018

Showtimes:  10:10am, 2:10pm on  Saturdays, Sundays, and National Holidays

Ticket Prices:  410 yen for children, 820 yen for adults
Ichinomiya Local Culture Plaza

Ichinomiya Local Culture Plaza
Dates:  December 2nd, 2017 - February 25th, 2018

Showtimes:  3:00pm Monday through  Saturday, 3:30pm on Sundays. On national holidays the show airs at 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

Ticket Prices:  60 yen for adults and 30 yen for children younger than middle school age; free for children younger than middle school age on Saturdays and Sundays
Fukuoka City Science Museum

Fukuoka City Science Museum
Dates:  February 1st, 2018 - the end of May 2018. The show will be temporarily closed from April 9th to the 11th.

Showtimes:  11:00am on weekdays (except Tuesdays), 11:30am and 2:30pm on weekends and holidays. The museum is closed every Tuesday.

Ticket Prices:  500 yen for adults, 300 yen for high school students, and 200 yen for elementary and middle school students. For groups of 30 or more the tickets are 450 yen for adults, 270 yen for high school students, and 180 yen for elementary and middle school students. Children younger than elementary school age can view the show for free.
Release / General Information

Japanese Premiere Date
September 10th, 2017
this is the earliest known screening)
29 minutes
Opening Theme
Performed by Rika Matsumoto
Ending Theme
Instrumental BGM

Main Staff
Original Story Tajiri Satoshi (田尻智)

Voice Cast

Voice Cast
Satoshi Rika Matsumoto
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani
Rotom Bestiary
Daisuke Namikawa
Mamane Fumiko Takekuma
Mika Kanai
Megumi Hayashibara

Musashi Megumi Hayashibara
Kojirou Shin'ichirou Miki
Nyarh Inuko Inuyama

Katsuji Mori

Further Information

First-Hand Impressions
Konica Minolta Planetarium's Official Site




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