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The year 2016 in review
December 31st, 2016
Dogasu @ 23:15 JST -- So. How ya doin'?
It's been three months since the last official site update and all I can say is that I'm sorry. I could sit here and give you excuse after excuse about how I've been extremely busy with overtime at work and how difficult it's been to set aside time for site updates in general but none of that changes the fact that three months without a site update is a very long time. All I can do is say I'm sorry and try to do better in the future.
To kick that whole "doing better in the future" part off, I'd like to look back at the predictions I made for 2016 and check to see how I did when I made them back in January. It's something I love doing every year because it shows how even now, 20 years into the franchise, Pokemon still finds ways of surprising even someone who's been in the game as long as I have. So let's get started.
First, some video game predictions:
Not really. There were a fair number of interviews (though far less than I would have expected) but as far as I know pretty much none of them featured Satoshi Tajiri.
I haven't seen those nightmare discussions I described taking place but to be honest I haven't really been looking for them either. I guess I hang out in the right parts of the Internet? The first part about the games selling a gajillion copies was absolutely correct, though; it's been ten months since the games' release and both Yellow and Red are still in the Top 20 downloaded 3DS games in Japan.
A Pocket Monsters Z never happened and Sun & Moon were eventually released on November 18th, 2016, just as predicted. However, Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon were announced to the public on February 26th, 2016, well before the E3 show in June. Still, two out of three ain't bad!
Pokémon GO wasn't really anything like that announcement commercial, sure, but it also wasn't nearly as restricted as I thought it'd be either so I'll give myself half credit for that. The game was downloaded a gajillion times like I thought it would but I don't think anyone, anywhere, expected the game to bring the franchise back to its late-90s fad stage again. The game is barely a game at all and it still runs like hot garbage even now, six months after its release, but it's currently sitting at Number 2 in the iTunes charts so it's going to be sticking around long into 2017.
Yeah, the game did alright. It didn't set the world on fire or anything but it seems to have been a financial success. The arcade version here in Japan got a bunch of support during the second half of the year in the form of new characters so I was wrong about the game vanishing from arcades.
Detective Pikachu seems to have been all but forgotten, huh? There's been no announcement of a Western release and nothing about the Japanese release of the second episode, either.
Now, some predictions about the TV series.
More or less, yeah. Citron did a little more than I expected though, what with the whole Xerosicy rivalry and all, so that was nice.
Oh my God I got so much crap for making this prediction back in 2013. "There's no way they're not going to give him a Mega!" I was told. "It would be absolutely insane to go through all of Kalos without giving him at least one Mega." "Satoshi's going to get a Mega Lizardon, I just know it!" And yet, look what the eff happened. Guess Dogasu's not so crazy after all, huh?
Satoshi not actually beating Alan (which is BS, but whatever) and the Zygarde climax taking place after the Kalos League kind of threw this one off. Whoops.
Well, he did beat Shouta at least...?XY(&Z) seemed to have this weird aversion to referencing anything from the past so I guess I should have seen the lack of reserves coming.
They missed a few episodes of XY&Z but everything else was just as I predicted.
This was absolutely the case, yes. There was no location scouting trip, as far as I know, and the amount of promotion was way, way less than what the Hoopa movie got. The marketing budget for the movie here in Japan was nothing compared to 2015's film.
The main TV series didn't do much, leaving the 20th anniversary celebrations up to the Pokémon Generations series of shorts. I'm still hoping for that 20th anniversary Blu-ray set next year though!!
The manga adaptation of Volcanion and the Tricky Magearna was printed in CoroCoro Comics over the span of a few months before getting a graphic novel release in July. The Generation 7 manga is called Pokemon Horizons and Volume 1 is scheduled to come out February 28th, 2017.
It sure hasn't! Instead of continuing with the regular volume releases it's been doing for nearly two decades it seems like Pocket Monsters Special is focused more on releasing each arc as quickly as possible, restarting the volume numbering with each new Chapter instead of trying to fit everything into the old numbering system.
This didn't happen at all but is absolutely should have. Maybe we'll see something this crop up in 2018 when the English dub celebrates its twentieth?
I'd say so, right? Pokémon GO featured only Generation I creatures, Sun & Moon's advertisements in Japan focused on the Alola forms of the Kanto pokemon more than on the new faces, the G.E.M. series of figurines has been all Generation I based (so far), the TCG has been re-releasing old cards, etc. I'd say The Pokémon Company is finally tapping into the nostalgia that franchises like Yokai Watch are too young to have at their disposal.
And that's it for the predictions.
For what it's worth, 2016 was a great year for Pokémon. The rest of the year was a complete shitstorm but Pokemon, throughout all the nastiness that was 2016, remained a beacon of light that helped a lot of people get through the day. No matter what terrible act of violence erupted, no matter how nasty the U.S. presidential election got, no matter which beloved celebrity passed away, Pokemon was always there to take our minds off just how awful things have gotten. If there was ever a year when Pokemon was needed, 2016 was it. Here's hoping 2017 is just as generous.
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