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Dogasu's Backpack | Old Updates Archive | March 2023

Voice Actors React to the Pocket Monsters (2019) series ending
March 26th, 2023

Dogasu @ 12:56 JST -- This past Friday the final episode of Pocket Monsters: Mezase Pokémon Master aired on TV-Tokyo. After the episode aired lot of the show's cast and crew took to social media to voice their appreciation for the show that's been a part of their lives the last 26 years or so and so for today's update I thought I'd archive them all in one place for you!

Cast / Staff Reactions to the end of Pocket Monsters Mezase Pokémon Master

The Cast / Staff Reactions to the end of Pocket Monsters Mezase Pokémon Master page collects all the social media and blog posts I was able to find from the show's cast and crew regarding the end of the current animated series. Since these posts are all in Japanese I have, of course, translated each and every one of them into English.

If you know of any other social media / blog posts from the people behind the original version of the show that I haven't included on this page then please let me know and I'll be sure to add it.

While the current "anipoke" series has come to a close a new series, Pocket Monsters (2023), is set to start airing Friday, April 14th, 2023 with an hour-long special.

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Pocket Monsters (2023) Manga
March 15th, 2023

Dogasu @ 16:18 JST -- The monthly Japanese kids' magazine CoroCoro Comics is going to start running a brand new manga based on the upcoming Pocket Monsters (2023) animated series soon, and to commemorate this the manga anthology featured a special sneak peek of the new series in the April 2023 issue that went on sale earlier today. While there isn't a lot to go off of at the moment, I did take the information I could and put it all in its own section of the Manga Guide.

Kei Yamadaka's Pocket Monsters

The Manga Guide's page on Kei Yamadaka's Pocket Monsters (not to be confused with Kosaku Anakubo's Pocket Monsters or Machito Gomi's Pocket Monsters) boasts the usual; a detailed plot summary of the preview, a page on the characters who appear, and information about the manga's author.

The first official chapter of the manga will appear in the May 2023 issue of CoroCoro Comics set to go on sale April 14th, 2023.

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Pokémon Shock: Retro Japanese News Report
March 8th, 2023

Dogasu @ 23:51 JST -- Remember that big Pokémon Shock feature I did back in December? Well, on the third day of that week I posted links to fansubs I made of a bunch of old Japanese TV news reports that I had found online, and while there was a lot there I didn't actually have the time to translate all the news reports I had available to me at the time. One of those reports is a 12 minute segment from a show called Sunday Morning, and so for tonight's update I present that segment, fully translated.

The segment, which seems to have taken place nearly a week after the incident, features more victim testimony, more brain wave measurements (I guess every network was subjecting its reporters to this kind of theater, huh?), and more commentary from the BBC. It's a pretty fascinating watch so check it out!

And if you like this video then check out all the other
old Japanese TV news reports I've translated as well.

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Episode Comparison: The Pokémon Shock Edits, Episode 003
March 1st, 2023

Dogasu @ 23:51 JST -- Back in September I started this new thing where I go through the first 37 episodes of the original Pocket Monsters TV series -- the ones that aired before the "Pokémon Shock" incident -- and document all the edits that were made between the episodes' original 1997 airing and the edits released from 1998 onwards. Well I'm back on it tonight with a new comparison, this time for Episode 003 "Get Pokémon."

Episode 003

Even though there are not a lot of electric attacks in this (Pikachu's incapacitated for most of the episode!) there still manage to be a ton of flashing lights, quick cuts, and other special effects that kept the editors quite busy!

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