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Dogasu's Backpack | Old Updates Archive | November 2008

"Cream of the Croagunk Crop!"
November 28th, 2008

Dogasu @ 16:28 JST -- The JLPT is coming up in just a little over a week (it's being held on December 7th), so I'm still in hardcore study mode for the time being.  I've still managed to update a few things, though.

First off...I hope you guys were able to take advantage of that sale.  Personally, I got the third Indigo DVD set, both Battle Frontier DVD sets, and the Manaphy movie DVD, all for under $70.  Not too shabby, I must say.  Once I get those in, I'll start working on updating my Recycled Characters page.

The big update this time around is a comparison for "Cream of the Croagunk Crop!"  I wasn't planning on taking a break from the Indigo comparisons (in fact, I was about halfway through the "Bye Bye Butterfree" comparison when the Croagunk episode premiered), but the edit that takes place in that episode kind of necessitated an "emergency" update.  I wanted to kind of nip some rumors in the bud, so I hope the pages I uploaded today will be helpful in debunking some of the crap going around out there.  Seventy-four screencaps were taken (with smaller versions being made for 72 of those), so that's kind of the reason the update took so long.

I've also updated the List of Anime Episodes with a new Japanese title and the new English episode order.  Putting the two part Pokemon Ranger episodes in between "Cream of the Croagunk Crop!" and "A Crasher Course in Power?"  Friggin' brilliant.

In some somewhat sad news...Pokemon 151, the name of the clothing line that appeals to us older fans, has announced that the site will be closing on December 31st.  Guess the line wasn't all that successful, huh?  The shirts will still be on sale in the Pokemon Center stores scattered around the country, but it still kind of sucks that the line seems to be ending.

I might, might post some lyrics from the recently released High Touch/Ashita wa Kitto CD soon, but I probably won't get around to it until after my test.

Please be sure to check out this thread on Bulbagarden and leave any feedback if you feel like it. 

Quick Note
November 15th, 2008

Dogasu @ 10:45 JST -- I just wanted to let you guys know that is having their annual 25% off sale on everything on the site.  Meaning you can get some really cheap Pokémon DVDs (i.e. Kanto box sets for about $19 apiece), manga (basically everything Pokémon-related Viz has released in the past three years or so), and CD soundtracks (like the anime background music collection) by typing the code SUPERSALE into the site right before checking out.  So if you have some holes in your collection to fill, now would be the time to do it.  The sale ends November 23rd.

I've actually made some real progress on the "Bye Bye Butterfree" comparison, so I should hopefully have it up before the end of next week.  Fingers crossed.

Staying up-to-date
November 12th, 2008

Dogasu @ 07:22 JST -- I didn't really have the time to do a new comparison this week, but I did manage to prepare a few quick updates.

First of all, check out the List of Anime Episodes for some new Japanese titles.  While checking everything out, I noticed that has updated their episode list with the first part of the Riolu episode and have pretty much confirmed that they've ahead and officially changed the order of the episodes around.  Before, I thought PUSA was just airing episodes out of order (like May's last contest in Hoenn), but now it looks like the order has been "officially" changed to push those two episodes further back.

So in Japan, "Pokemon Ranger!  The Wave-Guiding Riolu!" takes place in between that Lishan filler and the goodbye Dokucale episode while in the U.S., "Pokémon Ranger And The Kidnapped Riolu!" take place between that Chimchar training episode and the Croagunk festival one.  We haven't seen the dub rearrange episodes like this since Pokémon Chronicles (4Kids pushed all the Meowth-centered episodes to the end of the series for no real reason), and while it doesn't create any plotholes or anything like those Kanto episodes that were switched around, it's still a bit weird.

(And before anyone else brings it up...I also think it's weird that the site doesn't have any listing for episode 1128).

I also went in and added the English title for the second DP movie to the list while I was at it.

Secondly, I've updated the DVD Guide.  The Region 2 Movies page now has information about the DVD release of the aforementioned Giratina movie, and the Best Collection page now has box art for the eight discs that were just released earlier this week.  With this box art, we learn that the episodes being released has changed; gone are the Fuwante, Hippopotas, and Tatetops episodes and in are the Roserade, Dainose, and Lishan ones.  I've already managed to pick up these discs but, sadly, have not had the time to take a look at any of them yet. 

On the North American side of things, I've also updated the Pokémon Tenth Anniversary page with two more entries in the series, this time featuring Skitty and Chikorita.  We've got two more of these discs to go before the current batch is done with, and I really hope Viz doesn't do a third batch and instead start focusing on releases we fans actually want (*coughJohtoboxsetscough*).  I've also put up the box art for the second Diamond & Pearl box set.

I'm actually getting somewhat caught up as far as my studies go, so there's a good chance I'll be able to at least start on the "Bye Bye Butterfree" comparison this week.




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