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Dogasu's Backpack | Old Updates Archive | April 2021

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" heading to Blu-ray & DVD July 14th
April 28th, 2021

Dogasu @ 17:32 JST -- Details about the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD releases of Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko," were announced earlier today.

Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" Blu-ray & DVD

There will be three separate releases of the film, which originally hit Japanese theaters on Christmas Day 2020: 1) a special edition Blu-ray, 2) a standard edition Blu-ray, and 3) a standard edition DVD. Both the standard edition Blu-ray and the DVD releases will contain the extras we always get with the Japanese home releases; textless opening and ending animation, production artwork galleries, and trailers for the film. The special edition Blu-ray, meanwhile, will have all that as well as physical extras that include a miniature copy of the film's script, a set of file folders, and a reproduction of the pamphlet that was put on sale in Japanese theaters when the movie was out. A special feature about the special guests' voice recording will also be included in the special edition.

Details about each release, including complete lists of all the extras, prices, and links to the stores selling them, can be found on the Home Video Release page.

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"Pocket Monsters," or "Pockemon" for Short
April 24th, 2021

Dogasu @ 12:55 JST -- We all know that "Pokémon" is short of "Pocket Monsters," right? Sure we do. But did you also know that, for a few years in Japan, at least, the most common way of writing out the abbreviated version of the word was actually "Pockemon," with a C in the middle?



For today's update I take a look at this alternate "Pockemon" spelling in an article I'm calling "Pocket Monsters," or "Pockemon" for Short. How widespread was this alternate spelling, and when did Japan stop using it? It's an idea for an article I've had rattling around in my head for literally years now at this point but am only now just getting around to writing. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I had writing it!

I've tried to include images of as many examples of Japan using the "Pockemon" spelling as I could but maybe you know of some others? If you do, please let me know via one of the links below!


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Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" Supporters' Podcast - Episode 10

April 19th, 2021

Dogasu @ 21:51 JST -- My write-up for the tenth and final episode of the official Movie 23 podcast -- The Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" Supporters' Podcast - "The Movie Secrets We Want to Tell You" -- is something I've been meaning to do for a few months now but just never got around to doing for one reason or another. Well today's the day! The write-up for Episode 10 is now up!

The Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" Supporters' Podcast - "The Movie Secrets We Want to Tell You"

The tenth episode of the podcast features two of the movie's special guest actors: Mr. Kankuro Nakamura (Zarude) and Ms. Moka Kamishiraishi (Koko). The episode has the actors talking about their histories with Pokémon, the differences between doing live action work and animation voice-over, how they got into their characters, and much more!

With this I have now done write-ups for every single episode of
The Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" Supporters' Podcast - "The Movie Secrets We Want to Tell You". I'm very proud of the work I've done on these. Most websites, whether they're Japanese or English or whatever else, don't even acknowledge the existence of this series much less provide detailed breakdowns of each and every episode, and yet Dogasu's Backpack did just that. The podcast ended up providing us with a treasure trove of fascinating behind-the-scenes info and I am so happy I was able to do my part to share that with all of you.

Now that my work on this podcast is over it may be time to dust off my reviews of some other Pokémon-related audio material, maybe...?

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Episode Comparison "The Crystal Onix"
April 1st, 2021

Dogasu @ 23:38 JST -- Hey, why not take a break from all the April Fool's buffoonery going on today to sit down and read another one of my episode comparisons? This time I continue to make my way through the Orange Islands with a comparison between the Japanese and English versions of the episode "The Crystal Onix."

"The Crystal Onix"

What did you think about this episode and all the changes made to it? Let me know through any of the links below!

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