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Dogasu's Backpack | Old Updates Archive | February 2019

Pre-Order Tickets for Hollywood's "Detective Pikachu" movie to go on sale in Japan March 21st
February 27th, 2019

Dogasu @ 6:45 JST -- Pre-order tickets for Detective Pikachu, the first live action Hollywood Pokémon movie, will go on sale in Japan on Thursday, March 21st the movie's official site announced last week.

Detective Pikachu

The pre-order tickets, which go on sale during a bank holiday, will be sold at the following locations:
  • Theaters nationwide that'll be playing the film (a full list of theaters can be found here)
  • Lawson convenience stores
  • Aeon and Aeon Super Center department stores
  • Tsutaya Records video rental stores and their online shops
  • Pokemon Center stores
  • The Pokemon Center Online website.
The pre-order tickets will go for 1,400 yen (about USD $12.64) for general admission and 800 yen (USD $7.22) for children. These prices are the same as the pre-order tickets for the regular Pocket Monsters movies every year.

More information about pre-order bonuses (probably a keychain, or a clear file, or something like that) are going to be given out along with your ticket will be announced at a later date.

Detective Pikachu will be one of two Pokemon movies coming out later this year, with the other being Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back! Evolution". The former currently has a vague release date of May 2019 in Japan.

For the purposes of this website, I will be focusing primarily on the Japanese release of the film. More information about its release will be added as it becomes available.

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Kinryu Arimoto, 1941 - 2019
February 11th, 2019

Dogasu @ 23:40 JST -- Japan's Daily Sports newspaper announced this past Friday that film and animation voice actor Kinryu Arimoto (有本欽隆) passed away on Friday, February 1st from esophageal cancer. The Tottori Prefecture native was 77 years old.

Kinryu Arimoto

Mr. Arimoto got his start way back in 1966 when he was cast as a bank employee in an episode of Osomatsu-kun. These days he's
most well known among anime fans as being the voice of Whitebeard in One Piece, Seigou Hibiki in Inazuma Eleven, and Tomomi Masaoka in Psycho-Pass. He's also known in Japan for acting in the Japanese dubs of Hollywood films, particularly for roles portrayed by actors Christopher Walken and Jeremy Irons.

In Pocket Monsters, Mr. Arimoto provided the voice of Ford in the Orange Islands episode "The Coil of the Great Plains!" and Denjirou in the Jouto episode "The Poppo Fancier's Carrier Poppo!"


A private funeral was recently held with his family and close friends while a (presumably more public) farewell event is planned to take place sometime in the near future.

Condolences to Mr. Arimoto’s family and friends.  May he rest in peace.

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Dogasu's Backpack Turns 19 Years Old
February 1st, 2019

Dogasu @ 00:26 JST -- It's January 31st (in America, still) and so it's time to celebrate this website's birthday! Dogasu's Backpack turns19 years old today and so I've done the usual write-up looking back on 2018 and looking ahead on the new year.

Dogasu's Backpack is 19 Years Old

The essay also has my predictions for what will happen with the franchise this year so be sure to check those out as well! What do you think this year has in store for us? Let me know via one of the links below!

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