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| Happy Anniversary! (Year Thirteen)
So a new episode of the TV series debuted on my site's birthday
tonight, something that actually
doesn't happen all that often. The only other episodes to debut
on a January 31st in the series' fifteen years on the air were "Natio's
Big Prophecy!" (January 31st, 2003) and
"Pachirisu is Inside Kabarudon's Mouth!?" (January 31st, 2008).
The first is a Jouto filler about psychic birds while the second one
deals with a hippo eating a squirrel, so...yay? The latter one does feature the most recent
appearance of Yamato and Kosaburou, though, so that's something.
So if you read last year's write-up,
you'll see how I stated that my goal for 2012 was to revamp the site's
layout. While that obviously hasn't happened, I have actually done some work toward
that end, believe it or not. It'll be a while before I'm ready to
yet, but I've already passed a few hurdles and hope to be able to make
it past the rest later this year.
While I didn't accomplish my big goal of the year, I did manage to do a
bunch of other stuff that I'm proud of. I translated interviews
from the Black2 & White2 CD soundtrack
(which people seemed to like) and the Kyurem vs. The Sacred Swordsman Keldeo
Visual Guide (which people seemed...indifferent
toward?). I was also one of the only English language websites
(if not the only
English language website) to cover the Blu-ray
movie set, but I'm sure part of that is also because I'm one of the
only people crazy enough to actually drop the money for it. One
of the goals of my site is to provide information you can't get
anywhere else - why would you visit Dogasu's Backpack if it just
regurgitated the same content that every other fansite does? - and I
think updates like these really help keep that going.
I also started covering Pocket Monsters Special in
earnest, something I had been meaning to do for years but just never
got around to. I also covered the manga adaptation of Kyurem
vs. The Sacred Swordsman, Keldeo and the Black2 & White2 tie-in manga Pocket
Monsters B2 - W2 ~ A New Legend ~, coverage that, again, is
something that only Dogasu's Backpack can give you.
I did nine episode comparisons in 2012, which I know
doesn't sound all that amazing. But! I like to think the
ones for "The
Rocket-Dan vs. The Plasma-Dan" and "Rougela's Christmas" had
several comparisons' worth of content in them and therefore kind of
help justify the low number. Let's just hope there aren't any
more "huge" comparisons coming up in 2013 that will require me to stop
everything to work on.
Oh, and I also met Masuda Jun'ichi last year. That was pretty rad.
But that's enough of that. Let's get to the more interesting
parts of these write-ups, the predictions!
- I predict that Pocket Monsters X and Y will come out in
Japan on October 12th, 2013. Why? Well, video games
typically come out on Saturdays in Japan, and October 12th is the first
day of a three day weekend (that Monday is Tai'iku no Hi, which you often see
translated as "Sports Day"). Kids will therefore not have school
making that the perfect time to release a new video game. I think
U.S. will get the games on Tuesday, October 15th.
- I don't want to get into too many X
& Y predictions because I'd be here all day if I do, so I'll just
make one more: I think Generation VI will be the first generation
have all its pokemon spoiled on day one. The 3DS' ability to do
DLC means Game Freak can leave the data for the legendaries off the
actual carts themselves and have them added in later, enabling them to
actually keep the
secret pokemon a secret this time around.
- I think we'll get one more side game before X & Y come out in
October. Eleven months without a single Pokemon game is a long time, so I'm
thinking they'll announce - and then release - a new side game between
now and then. Perhaps a Pokemon
Ranger 3DS which will also have some legendary pokemon egg that
you'll be able to transfer to your X
& Y games later on?
- So, what's going to happen in (deep
breath) Pocket Monsters Best Wishes!
Season 2 Episode N? Well...it's
kind of hard to say. We'll see Satoshi's Lizardon come back
before July (because of the movie) and the whole thing will end at the
White Ruins, but other than that? Um...I think Charbu will evolve
into Emboar, as redundant as having two fully evolved Fire-Types on his
team will be?
- I think "The Rocket-Dan vs. The Plasma-Dan" will
air, in some form, later this year.
- Iris and Dent will have their
farewells and will not go to
the X and Y series. Iris will return to Souryuu City and become a
Gym Leader while Dent goes back to the Sanyou City Gym to be with his
brothers. Hopefully, hopefully
they'll both get a full episode to themselves, but after the way they
handled Takeshi's departure back in DP I'm not holding my breath.
- Satoshi and Pikachu will stay for
the new series. Obviously.
- The Rocket-Dan, on the other
hand...that's kind of
50/50. I'm leaning toward them being written out at the end of BW
(and for real this time...none of that "Don't miss the Rocket-Dan's
final battle!" bullcrap from before), though, because there doesn't
really seem to be any point in keeping the trio around anymore.
- An all-new Generation VI pokemon
will be teased at the end of
the Genosect movie, just like how Victini was teased at the end of the
Zorro'ark one back in 2010.
- CD-wise, we'll get the four
Rocket-Dan radio show CDs, a Yajirushi
ni Natte! 2013
single, a Sakura-Go-Round
single (Shiritsu Ebisu Shougakkou
is not on
Media Factory's record label so I think a release with both the opening
and ending on it is unlikely), a soundtrack for the Genosect
movie, two CDs for the movie's ending theme (one regular and one
limited edition), a Pocket Monsters X
and Pocket Monsters Y video
game soundtrack (I'm guessing a four disc set), a CD for the new TV
series' opening theme, and a CD for the new TV series' ending theme
(which will feature some other young girl idol group). So twelve
- At least two new manga series will pop up related to
Pocket Monsters X & Y;
one will be a short, one volume dealie that won't leave Japan while the
other will be a much longer series.
I want to thank everyone
who's been visiting this site, from all you old timers to those of you
who only just started visiting in the last year. I do this site
for you (well, mostly) and will continue to do my best to give you all
the exclusive content you've come to expect from Dogasu's
Backpack. Until next time!
- Every time a new
pokemon is revealed, cries of "It doesn't look like a Pokémon!"
or "It looks like a Digimon" will be echoed across the Internet, much
to our annoyance.