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Dogasu's Backpack | Old Updates Archive | May 2009

Chapter Two of the "Arceus - To the Conquering of Spacetime" Manga
May 20th, 2009

Dogasu @ 23:39 JST -- I had this idea for a Photoshop that would perfectly capture the way I feel about the fans' reactions to the GS remakes.  I think it's pretty obvious who's who in this picture.  The fact that this game is getting all the hype that it's been getting is mind boggling, but that's the fandom for ya. 

OK, OK...I'm done.  Just had to get that off my chest.  Dead horse has been beaten.  Moving on.

I finished typing up the summary for the second chapter of the manga adaptation of Arceus - To the Conquering of Spacetime.  There's still no sign of the Jouto starters, but everyone else has appeared in the manga by this point.  Like I've said before, this adaptation is being done by the same lady who did the adaptation of the Manaphy movie, and since that was fairly accurate, it's pretty safe to assume that this particular adaptation is equally as accurate.  Check it out if you get a chance.

In other DP Movie 03 news, the soundtracks for the upcoming movie have been given release dates.  It looks like the movie's opening theme is going to be a remix of High Touch! entitled High Touch!  2009.  Must have taken them all night to come up with that title, huh?  It will be released alongside the current ending theme, Moeyo Giza Mimi Pichu!, on July 15th, 2009.  As for the movie's actual soundtrack - y'know, the one with all the instrumental stuff - that will see a release on August 5th, 2009.  There's also going to be a bunch of alternate releases of the ending theme, Kokoro no Antenna, so check out that soundtracks to find out which is which.

Finally, I wanted to draw you guys' attention to this article over on Kotaku that states that, during the pitch to bring Pokemon over to the United States, a number of alternate, more muscle-bound characters were proposed because it was thought that some of the more cuddly pokemon would not be marketable in the West.  Here's what Kotaku has to say:

When cutesy monster series
Pokémon was being prepped for the Western market, localizers told Nintendo this: No way will adorable monsters be accepted by Americans.

In a recent interview, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata reveals, "We were sent a proposal of muscle-bound characters to use if we wanted to do well in the U.S." Nintendo didn't sign off on the beefed-up Pocket Monsters.

The-then-Nintendo-honcho Hiroshi Yamauchi viewed releasing the cute monsters in the States as a worthy challenge. The fact that these characters were different could be appealing to Western gamers.

I'm curious to know what pokemon would have been considered too cute and unmarketable for American audiences.  Like...can you imagine what the franchise would be like now if there were Japan-exclusive pokemon and American-exclusive pokemon? 

I don't know about you guys, but I feel like we dodged a bullet with that one.

My next update will be manga and/or comparison related.

Random Updates
May 13th, 2009

Dogasu @ 06:50 JST -- Hey everyone.  I thought I'd be able to just jump right into the swing of things as soon as my long weekend was over, but that didn't really end up happening.  Oops.

So...anything been going on since I last updated?  Any major news?

Well, there's the whole Heart Gold and Soul Silver announcement, which seems to have everyone except me creaming their pants.  Because,'s basically going to be DPP set in Jouto.  Whoop-de-freakin'-doo.  While I completely understand the arguments for this game existing (the save batteries in the old games no longer work, there's a generation of kids who weren't around when those first games came out, etc.), what I don't understand why people are acting like this is game of the year stuff or something.  It's a REMAKE, people; save your excitement for any number of the other good, new games coming out this year.

But I guess the silver lining in all this is that we'll get other, non-game Jouto stuff released.  Like maybe they'll finally release a BGM collection CD with Jouto music?  Manga like Golden Boys in English?  Johto Journies and Johto League Champions DVD box sets?  Yes, please.

In any case, I've updated the Video Games section with a placeholder for the games.

I've also added some information for some of the new DVDs coming out in the U.S.  A box set collecting Volumes 11-20 of those All-Stars DVDs will be coming out in August for those of you out there who care.  All two of you.  More exciting news is the release of Volumes Three and Four of Pokémon DP Battle Dimension.  Volume Three has a running time of 160 minutes while Volume Four has a running time of 180 minutes, so I guess that means each disc will have nine and ten episodes respectively.  I'm also assuming that the Riolu two-parter will be moved around just like it is on the official site, so I listed it as being a part of Volume 04 rather than being on Volume 03. 

I've also gotten a better quality image of the cover to the manga adaptation of Arceus - To the Conquering of Spacetime from CoroCoro's website.  The June issue comes out "around May 15th" (even though leaks have already surfaced online), so I'll be sure to pick it up and post a summary of part two before too long.  There are still quite a few characters who have been confirmed to be in the movie who haven't showed up in the adaptation yet, so it'll be interesting to see how they'll be introduced and what role they'll play.

Finally, I've got a new episode title up on the List of Anime Episodes.  "Handsome" is the character known in the English version of Platinum as "Looker," because I guess the name "Handsome" wasn't American enough or something *shrugs*. 

Also, the title of the twelfth season is officially Pokémon Galactic Battles.  With an s at the end.

*looks around*...I guess that covers all the recent news.  I'll start working on tweaking those first 26 episode comparisons soon so I can hurry up and start working on Episodes 027-052.  Until next time!

"Arceus - To the Conquering of Spacetime" Manga
May 2nd, 2009

Dogasu @ 01:00 JST -- We've got a long weekend here in Japan, so I'm going to be heading out of town soon for a little sightseeing.  Before I go, though, I wanted to make sure I finished the section for the manga adaptation of Arceus - To the Conquering of Spacetime.  The summary contains a lot of plot information that may or may not make it to the final film, so if you don't like spoilers, then this update may not mean a lot to you.  For the rest of you - read away.

By the way - I do agree that the whole section is really, really bland looking.  I don't have a scanner here in Japan, though, so getting manga images to accompany the giant block of text isn't something I'm really able to do so easily.  There are a few public places I can go to get the scans done, but if I had taken the time to do that, I probably wouldn't have had the summary up before I went out of town.  So, I chose information over presentation.

I'll hopefully be able to gain access to a scanner before next weekend, though.  If I do, I'll certainly scan a number of key panels and post them here.

I've also added four new English titles to the List of Anime Episodes.  Nothing too exciting there, really.

Until next week!




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