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Checking in on my predictions for 2015
December 31st, 2015
Dogasu @ 18:15 JST -- During my site's anniversary each year I like to make predictions for what I think the franchise has in store for us the next year. Since today is the last day of 2015 I wanted to take a look at those predictions and see how I did:
It certainly seemed that way, didn't it? Three games in three years sure does feel like the start of a new pattern, right? But I guess Game Freak felt it was OK to take a year off since Yokai Watch 3 isn't scheduled to come out until 2016?
I hope whatever Game Freak has in store for 2016 is going to be worth the wait.
No console release at the end of this year but we are getting one in March 2016. A new version of Mewtwo called "Dark Mewtwo" (whose name is getting changed to "Shadow Mewtwo" in the English version because reasons) showed up in the arcade version last month and is apparently going to be a playable character in the Wii U version.
We did indeed get a Mewtwo amiibo in 2015!
On the other hand, Mewtwo did not get a female voice in Smash; he was voiced by Fujiwara Keiji instead.
Satoshi got badge number seven back in October and all signs are pointing to Satoshi vs. Urup taking place in 2016.
They "met" in that they passed each other on the road but a more formal meeting won't be taking place until 2016.
Ding ding ding! This turned out to be 100% true!
It's kind of interesting to see how many more people are onboard with me on this topic now compared to just a year ago. In 2014 the very idea of Satoshi not getting a Mega Evolution was seen as ridiculous and impossible - I mean, there's no way they're not going to give one to him, right? - but, as time went on and the prospects started to look not as good more and more people joined me on Team NoMega (I JUST INVENTED THAT, © AND ™ DOGASU, DO NOT STEAL) and as we head into 2016 very few people still see the idea as a feasible one.
Satoshi's got Satoshi-Gekkouga which a lot of people see as the closest Satoshi will ever get to having his own Mega Evolved pokemon so that's something I guess.
Boy that was an understatement! The movie ended up being the worst performing film in the franchise's history and the DVD / Blu-ray sales were pretty shit too.
The movie itself was pretty alright, though.
Both DreaDrea and Getta Ban-Ban got three releases each while Tweedia, the theme song to The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa, got two releases. Since there were no new main series games this year we didn't get any soundtracks (and, on a side note, why don't we ever get soundtracks for the side games like Mystery Dungeon?) and Getta Ban-Ban never got a remix either. We got exactly two new ending themes this year: Gao Gao Monsters, which was indeed used as the ending theme to Pikachu and the Pokemon Band, and Puni-chan no Uta, which will get a CD release in like two weeks.
There weren't any real wild card releases this year and in fact the second half of the year was pretty much dead music-wise so I was wrong on that as well.
Somehow, nope! The B2W2 Chapter of Pocket Monsters Special still only has that one volume released and ORAS is still going on! As far as non-Special manga goes there was a one-chapter Mystery Dungeon chapter that ran in CoroCoro a few months ago but other than that we've just been getting more of the same (Anakubo Kousaku's Pocket Monsters, that trading card manga, etc.)
(I've also fallen suuuuuuuuuuuper behind on my site's manga coverage and hope to at least make a dent in that before going back to work next week)
Not too terrible, huh? As always I'll be making new predictions for 2016 when I do my site's anniversary write-up on January 31st.
Happy New Year!
The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa First Week DVD / Blu-ray sales
December 30th, 2015
Dogasu @ 12:15 JST -- Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" & "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band" came out on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan back on the 16th. How did it do?
According to Anime News Network, the DVD version was the third highest-selling animation DVD release in Japan (and 15th DVD overall) for the week of December 14th ~ 20th, selling 3,705 copies. The report lists Japanese entertainment site Oricon as their source but I'm not seeing that 3,705 number anywhere on the site; that number does appear, however, on various other sources such as Yaraon. Other sites seem to be repeating these same numbers. Oricon's reporting that the DVD dropped to 14th place in its second week.
That same Yaraon blog lists the Blu-ray release coming in at 42nd place overall with 1,266 copies sold in its first week. For comparison's sake, the number one Blu-ray for that same time period was a special edition release of the Love Live! The School Idol Movie with 193,769 copies sold. 1,266 vs. 193,769...ouch.
The Blu-ray retails for 4,980 yen while the DVD retails for 3,980 yen. The movie is currently available at the following retailers:
Japanese DVDs are Region 2 and cannot be played in most standard DVD players in the U.S. (though it's the year 2015 so there are like a million workarounds out there) but Japanese Blu-rays share the same region as American discs and therefore can be played in American Blu-ray players.
Oha Suta news
December 22nd, 2015
Dogasu @ 07:42 JST -- Two pieces of Oha Suta-related news today:
One, the teaser trailer that debuted on last Thursday morning's episode of Oha Suta has been posted online. A translation of the narration text follows:
There's not a whole lot to go off there but these early teasers never reveal anything good. We can probably expect more information when the movie's full title is revealed in February.
Looking ahead to this Thursday, Oha Suta is going to be airing...a new Hoopa short? As in, a different Hoopa short from the ones they aired back in April / May? The program's official website has the following:
Absolutely nothing else is known about this but chances are this will be another nothing little short that lasts less than a minute. Yay...?
Pokémon the movie XY&Z 2016
December 16th, 2015
Dogasu @ 23:15 JST -- Let's leave the Hoopa movie aside for a minute (I'll come back to it, though, I promise!) to talk about next summer's film, the first hints of which were just released yesterday.
The title currently being used is Pokémon the movie XY&Z with a full title likely to be revealed in early 2016. About all we know about the movie is that it's coming out July 16th and will feature the mythical pokemon Volcanion, though how big a role it'll play in the film or what other pokemon it'll have to share the stage with have yet to be announced. A poster for what is obviously meant to be the Pikachu short was also revealed that implies that Puni-chan is apparently still going to be around half a year from now. So I guess the Zygarde "arc" or whatever you want to call it won't be a short Episode N-sized storyline after all?
A teaser trailer will be shown on tomorrow morning's episode of Oha Suta! with footage that has a 99.99999% chance of not appearing in the actual movie itself in any way, shape, or form. Regardless, let the hype train begin!
Dogasu's Backpack: The site that updates with content Pocketmonsters.net has had up for months
December 14th, 2015
Dogasu @ 23:27 JST -- The year's coming to a close and that means it's about time to start the hype train for next summer's Pocket Monsters movie. Before that happens, however, let's wrap up a few things with The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa, shall we?
One of the things I wanted to be sure to do by year's end was to translate all the interviews / articles from the movie's official website before they go away forever. So, let's finish that up:
I did the first eight Location Scouting Reports over the summer but there were still quite a few left so I've completed Episodes 9 - 14. Due to the large number of images in these updates I decided to separate the blog entries by what day they took place on.
This year's movie didn't do that great at the box office (more on that later!) so I wonder if Mr. Yuyama and his crew was even given the budget to go on another one of these location scouting trips this year. I guess we'll know soon enough!
Character model sheets for the Confinement Urn, Young Mary, Young Balza, and the Traveller have been added to the Production Artwork page.
Entries nine through fourteen of that dumb "Today's Hoopa" thing from the official website have been added to the site.
A Special Interview with Director Yuyama Right Before the Movie Comes Out
The third and fourth parts of the interview posted with Director Yuyama that was posted on the movie's official site has now been translated.
The third part talks about the themes of the movie and how Satoshi's and Hoopa's relationship is different from, say, Satoshi's and Keldeo's relationship from the second Best Wishes! movie while Part Four talks about the movie's setting.
Box Office Performance
So here's where this update gets depressing.
The final, final numbers haven't been released yet but Japanese fansite PokePale seems pretty sure that Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" & "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band" ended up making 24,040,078,200 yen over its ten week run. Up until this point the lowest grossing movie in the franchise's history was Latias and Latios, The Guardian Deities of the Water Capital, which ended its run with 49-day run with 26,070,000,000 yen back in 2002 (which translates to about 26,974,258,242.55 in today's yen). The Hoopa movie didn't even top that.
In other words, Pokémon the movie XY "The Archdjinn of the Rings, Hoopa" & "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band" is (pretty much officially) the worst-performing Pocket Monsters movie in the franchise's history.
An article on the entertainment site Bunka Tsuushin had an interview with Ichikawa Minami, one of the board directors for Toho Co., Ltd., the movie studio that puts out all the Pokemon films. The interview, which was about how Toho movies as a whole did in 2015, had a brief section on this year's Pokemon movie:
Well, one, Mr. Ichikawa's dates are a bit off. Next year is indeed the 20th anniversary of the video games, but the 20th anniversary of the animated series isn't until 2017. And the movies' anniversary won't be until 2018.
Two, I wish I could be as optimistic as Mr. Ichikawa here, but it's hard to ignore what I see as a very clear indication that people just aren't interested in watching new Pokemon movies every every single year anymore. Next year's movie has already been confirmed to be happening but after that? Will there be a movie in 2017? Is next year's movie going to suffer from heavy budget cutbacks to make up for the Hoopa movie's performance? Will the movie series continue to flail about helplessly, refusing to die with any shred of dignity?
Next year will be interesting to say the least.
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