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"Machoke, Machoke Man!"
September 27th, 2020
Dogasu @ 00:05 JST -- The episode of Pocket Monsters (2019) that's scheduled to air later tonight, "Satoshi vs. Saitou! Beat the Octopus Hold!!," will feature the return of Shijima, the Fighting-Type Gym Leader from the Johto Region. The character hasn't appeared in person since his one and only appearance a whopping 19 years ago and so I thought now would be as good a time as any to analyze the Japanese version of that old episode from 2001. So without further ado, here's the episode comparison for "Machoke, Machoke Man!"
Script rewrites, music changes, digital paint, cut scenes; this episode has it all!
A lot of you seem to like the addition of screencaps and the original Japanese text from my last comparison so I'm continuing that with this essay as well. It's a lot more work on my end but I think it makes for a better, more complete article at the end of the day.
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" Supporters' Podcast
September 22nd, 2020
Dogasu @ 00:32 JST -- A few weeks from now - October 9th, to be exact - the very first episode of a new official Pocket Monsters podcast will begin.
The podcast is called *deep breath* The Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" Supporters' Podcast - "The Movie Secrets We Want to Tell You" (劇場版ポケットモンスター ココ －サポーターズPodcastーいま、君に伝えたい映画のヒミツ). Each week (presumably) a group of special guests will come together to provide behind-the-scenes secrets on the new movie. The first two episodes' guests will be the film's director, Mr. Tetsuo Yajima, and the actor providing the voice of the Pokémon researcher Karen, Ms. Shoko Nakagawa.
I've taken everything we know about the podcast so far and put it all on its own page here. I plan to cover the podcast, which will be all in Japanese, probably about the same way I covered Pokémon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire back in 2012.
In other movie news, the first batch of winners for the annual illustration contest has been announced and so I've added details on the winning entries to my page for the contest.
The winning entries will all be shown during Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko," most likely during the film's end credits.
Finally, I've updated the movie's box office section by filling in information on the movies Koko will be going up against on opening day.
The competition's actually not so tough this time around! It'll be super interesting to see how well this year's movie performs in contrast to all the others since it's not going up against a bunch of summer blockbusters like all the others have. Do you think Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" can take the Number One spot in its opening weekend?
Pocket Monsters will be moving to Friday nights starting next month
September 13th, 2020
Dogasu @ 22:52 JST -- This is something that had been rumored for a few days now but an commercial that played after tonight's episode of Pocket Monsters (2019) confirmed that the show will be moving from its current Sunday evening time slot to a Friday evening time slot.
Starting Friday, October 9th, 2020 Pocket Monsters (2019) will be airing every Friday evening from 18:55 JST. The show will be taking over the time slot of a cooking show called Dekamori Hunter.
This marks the fourth time in the series' 23-year history that the show's changed time slots:
At the time, Japanese TV as a whole was moving toward getting rid of the whole "anime airing in primetime during the week" idea and was moving everything on Saturdays and Sundays instead. Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations moved to Sundays in 2018 and Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan moved to Saturdays in 2019. In September 2020 there isn't a single anime that currently airs in primetime (7:00pm - 10:00pm) on weeknights on Japanese terrestrial TV.
In the December 2019 issue of the magazine Animedia the producer of the current series, Mr. Tomoya Negishi (根岸智也), talked about how the show's Sunday evening time slot had shaped the way they decided to tackle Pocket Monsters (2019):
(In addition to airing on Sunday evenings the current series is posted on the Pokémon Japan official YouTube channel every week as well as on video streaming services like Hulu and Amazon Prime so it's not like watching the TV series "live" every week is fans' only options here...)
This upcoming move from Sundays to Fridays is giving some fans hope that Pocket Monsters (2019) aversion to having multi-part episodes may be changed, though of course it's still too early to know that for certain.
Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" Pre-Order Bonuses
September 9th, 2020
Dogasu @ 15:32 JST -- Today's update is all about the bonuses you can receive when you pre-order a movie ticket for Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko".
First up: certain stores are offering exclusive bonuses for ordering the tickets from them instead of their competitors and so I've added information about each vendor-specific bonus to the Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" Distributions page.
Next up is an update regarding the dates by which you'll be able to redeem the serial codes for "Celebi of the Okoya Forest" and "Zarude of the Okoya Forest" that come with your pre-order tickets. Up until recently the official website's "you only have until this date to download your Mythical Pokémon" notice was just set to "TBD" but it now says we have up until March 31st, 2021 to get them.
The actual tickets themselves contradict this and have a download-by date of September 30th, 2020 printed on the back of them but I'm assuming that information's just out-of-date. I'd go with what's written on the movie website instead.
This year, for the first time ever, Pocket Monsters pre-order movie tickets can be purchased by fans overseas via the Japanese Amazon site. With the serial codes being valid until March 2021 fans should still have plenty of time to download the Mythical Pokémon to their Sword & Shield games.
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Episode Comparison "A Scare in the Air"
September 5th, 2020
Dogasu @ 22:54 JST -- It's been a while since I've done one of these, huh? Today I've put together a write-up for the second episode in the Orange Islands arc, "A Scare in the Air."
This comparison is a long one. I really tried to cut it down since I realize that, in the year 2020, very few people read long-form essays like this all the way through, but the sheer number of dialogue edits and supplementary information necessitated a longer than usual comparison. The rant I go into about the use of Japanese text in the show probably doesn't help much either!
I'm also trying out a few new things with this comparison; mainly, adding the original Japanese text for every single line of dialogue brought up and adding screencaps to go along with each and every dialogue edit. What do you think? Do you think they make the comparison easier to follow? And would you like to see me do this for future comparisons?
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