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New episodes of Pocket Monsters (2019) to return June 7th
May 31st, 2020
Dogasu @ 12:49 JST -- Earlier this morning the Pocket Monsters (2019) animated series' official Twitter account announced that the show, which has been on hiatus since mid-April, will be returning next week:
TV-Tokyo's official website for the show provided even more information. Thanks to abcboy for the tip:
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the nationwide state of emergency on May 25th. The city of Tokyo, where a lot of the show's production takes place, is going for a three-phased approach toward reopening. Phase 2 is scheduled to start tomorrow despite the fact that a second wave of infections is currently sweeping through the nation's capital.
The next episode of Twilight Wings, which was originally scheduled to come out in May, will be debuting on June 6th at 14:00 JST. The 23rd Pocket Monsters film, Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko," has not announced its new release date yet.
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Random behind-the-scenes tidbit about the Mewtwo Ball
May 20th, 2020
Dogasu @ 22:56 JST -- I was going through some files on my computer and found an old behind-the-scenes story about Pocket Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back!" / "Pikachu's Summer Vacation" that I was preparing for a site update but then just never got around to finishing for some reason. So today I'm dusting that off to share with you some info about the Mewtwo Balls, the special Monster Balls created to get the Originals in the first movie.
In a series of tweets posted early last year (!!), animator Sayuri Ichi'ishi explains her inspiration for the design of the super powered Monster Balls as well as what exactly she was told about them as far as a backstory goes. There's also some other background information that I actually have posted before but never archived so here that is as well.
Satoko Kito, 1962 - 2020
May 16th, 2020
Dogasu @ 10:39 JST -- Voice actress Satoko Kito (木藤聡子) has passed away on May 1st at the age of 58, according to her talent agency Artvision..
The agency posted this notice on their website:
Ms. Kito's one role in the Pocket Monsters franchise was Misa, the green-haired biker girl from the original Pocket Monsters episode 036 "The Stormy Cycling Road."
Outside Pocket Monsters, Ms. Kito played Asami-chan in Anpanman, the Countess Lamika Lee in 1985's Vampire Hunter D, Rei Hijikata in Bakusou Kyodai Let's & Go!!, and Misato Todo in Hono'o no Tokyuji: Dodge Danpei. She also provided the Japanese dub voices for Lauren Wando in the 1997 film Dante's Peak and Raven in the Japanese dub of the TV series That's So Raven.
Condolences to Ms. Kito's family and friends. May she rest in peace.
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" gets postponed
May 14th, 2020
Dogasu @ 23:43 JST -- To the surprise of absolutely no one, the release of Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko," which was originally scheduled for July 10th of this year, has been pushed back indefinitely.
Toho, the film's distributor, provided this public comment:
The movie's official Twitter account also posted this message:
In the video embedded in the above tweet, we see the film's director Tetsuo Yajima compile an image of Koko standing in the Okoya Forest. The end of the video featured this message from the director:
The director retweeted the video and provided an additional comment of his own:
A new release date has yet to be announced; all we've got now is a vague "Coming Soon" (近日公開) release date.
The "Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko"" Movie Preview Screening (that will probably never happen)
May 11th, 2020
Dogasu @ 16:21 JST -- I was looking through the May 2020 issue of CoroCoro Comics - the one that came out last month - and noticed a promotion for the preview screening of Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" that I haven't seen anyone else report on yet.
According to the promotion, the "Shogakukan Association Movie Preview Screening" (小学館連合試写会) will take place on Sunday, June 28th in both Tokyo and Osaka. Attendance will be limited to 750 groups (maximum of three people per group) for a total of 2250 people.
More details, including application dates, can be found here.
It's worth noting that the announcement regarding the sale of the pre-order tickets was being postponed - in other words, the movie's first COVID-19 related delay - was made on April 3rd. The issue of CoroCoro Comics promoting the preview screening didn't come out until April 15th. My guess is that at the time they submitted this article for publication (probably late March or so...?) the event was still going ahead as scheduled, as far as anyone at CoroCoro could tell. So it went to print as-is.
Since then, both the event's venues - Tokyo Dome City Hall and The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry's International Conference Hall - have temporarily closed due to the novel coronavirus. A date for their re-openings has not been announced.
It's also worth noting that Anime Expo - the anime convention in Los Angeles that hosted the world premiere of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution last year - has already announced that this year's convention was being canceled due to COVID-19. A preview screening of Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" was never announced for the convention but it was always a possibility after the success of last year's premiere.
Officially the movie screening event is still moving ahead as scheduled but I think it'll end up being canceled in the end. I can't imagine production has been able to continue at the rate it would need to in order for the film to even by ready on time, and even if it has I don't see the organizers being irresponsible enough to hold a massive public gathering like this a little over a month from now. The fact that this event hasn't even been publicized on the official website at all leads me to believe that even its organizers know it's not happening.
List of Pokémon - Generation Eight
May 7th, 2020
Dogasu @ 23:08 JST -- This is like...six months late? but I finally got around to finishing up the List of Pokémon for Generation 8.
The usual information - the Pokémon's name, the way they're written in Japanese, their likely etymology, and their English names - are all provided.
I know, I know, it's not the most exciting update or anything but it's something I'm glad to have done regardless.
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