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Dogasu's Backpack | Old Updates Archive | March 2021

"Koko" (English Version)
March 17th, 2021

Dogasu @ 23:29 JST -- Earlier today Beverly, the singer who provides the opening theme to Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko," released an English version remake of the song called, appropriately enough, Koko.

"Koko" (English Version)

The song's lyrics -- which are actually a really faithful translation of the Japanese original! -- have been transcribed and added to the Lyrics Archive.

One might reasonably expect The Pokémon Company International to use this version of the song for their upcoming English dub of the film but there's unfortunately a history of them actually not doing that. The ending theme to the Japanese version of 2007's Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl The Movie "Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai", famously, was an English language song called I Will Be With You ~Where the Lost Ones Go~ that ended up getting replaced in TPCi's version anyway. Other songs with English versions released in Japan -- Type: Wild, Just Like a Rainbow -- have also been passed over by the English dub. I hope Beverly's Koko is the song that breaks this trend but, at the same time, I'm not holding my breath.

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Pocket Monsters The Movie "Revelation Lugia" -- The Ending Theme Saga
March 8th, 2021

Dogasu @ 11:50 JST -- Today I'd like to stay in the year 1999 for a bit longer with an article about the second Pokémon film ever, Pocket Monsters The Movie "Revelation Lugia." We all know that the ending theme to that film is Namie Amuro's toi et moi, right? Well did you know that the song was not actually the filmmakers' first choice for the ending? And that they actually had a slower, much more gentle song planned instead?

"Revelation Lugia" The Ending Theme Saga

Today we're going to look at the "Revelation Lugia" The Ending Theme Saga. This article takes a look at how the filmmakers went from using the more soft, subdued melody they originally had in mind to them swapping it out with the latest single from one of Japan's biggest pop superstars at the last minute. We also get to hear comments from the movie's screenplay writer Mr. Takeshi Shudo about what he really feels about the song toi et moi. This article took a lot of research and a lot of work to put together but I hope it was all worth it!

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"Pikachu Re-Volts" Episode Comparison
March 3rd, 2021

Dogasu @ 23:26 JST -- Let's continue to make our way through the Orange Islands arc of the animated series by looking at the differences between the Japanese and English versions of the episode "Pikachu Re-Volts."

"Pikachu Re-Volts"

4Kids' tendency to just throw out the original Japanese script and make up their own dialogue, combined with a certain set of sound-related decisions toward the end of the episode, ensure that I had plenty to write about for this one. Hope you enjoy!

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