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| Happy Anniversary! (Year Twenty-One)
not even counting the fact that I was also able to post more
both Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko"
and Pocket Monsters Planetarium "The Message
from the Aurora" than literally any other English-language
site (and in the case of the latter, any other website period) on the
year I sit down to write these little articles to look back at the kind
of year Dogasu's Backpack just had, and they usually end up being these
fluffy, self-congratulatory write-ups where I rattle off lists of
everything I had accomplished the previous year before going into a
bunch of predictions that'll probably end up being dead wrong. This
year's going to be more of the same, but it's also going to be a little
bit different. Because, well, 2020.
Any look back at dumpster fire of a year that was 2020 inevitably boils
down to "Haha, that sure was a living nightmare, wasn't it?" I don't
need to waste your time with an itemized list of all the horrors we had
to endure, because we were all there. It was a non-stop horror show,
every single day, and it can be suuuuuuuper
easy to let that get you down.
And yet through it all, through all the nightmare headlines and
constant feelings of dread, Pokémon
kept on chugging along. It was a constant bright spot throughout
the year, for all of us. People like us turn to Pokémon because it's fun and
interesting, sure, but there are also times when we use the franchise,
whether we realize it or not, to just help us catch our breath for a
minute. It's good for our mental health every now and then to turn off
our brains and play a video game where you're looking for a horsey
belonging to some balloon-headed deer guy, or to go on Twitter and
argue about dumb nonsense that doesn't matter even the tiniest bit.
I'm no exception to this; I have absolutely
used my website to help distract me from what's going on in the real
world. This year, in particular, I've been very fortunate in that I
have a job that has been allowing me to work from home
every single day since the beginning of March. This has given me a ton
of extra free time to work on my site -- to distract myself, in other
words -- that I wouldn't have had otherwise. I calculated the time I'm
saving by not commuting to and from the office every day, for example,
and I found that I've been saving about nine hours a week! This has
allowed me to finish things that I simply wouldn't have had the time to
do otherwise, things like:
- Revamp entire
website sections (List of TV Episodes,
Pokémon World Atlas)
- Translate a bunch
Buzzfeed Rocket trio interview, all the Pokémon stuff in the
June 2020 issue of Animedia, CoroCoro
with the stars of Movie 23, the spoon.2Di
interview with Tomoya Negishi, the
in the August 2019 issue of Animedia)
- Really get into
typing up staff credits (Mewtwo
Strikes Back Evolution, Twilight
Wings, CD soundtracks),
something I'm very much looking to continue in 2021.
- Create pages I've
had in the back of my mind for years
but just never got around to making (Rougela
in Animation - From Black to Purple, the event report for the
Rocket-Dan's Emergency Meeting, a page for The Nintendo All-Stars Free-For-All! Smash
- Pick up the pace a
little bit with my Episode
Comparisons, revamping the way I do them to
provide more details than ever before.
Would I have gotten even half of this done if I wasn't working from
home? No. Would I be working from home if it weren't for COVID? Also
not happy this is the way
things turned out -- I'd trade in all this "productivity" in the world
if it somehow made it so that COVID never happened -- but this is the
timeline we're stuck with, so all I know how to do is to make the best
of it. For me, in the context of the Dogasu persona I've been using
online these past 21 years, that means pumping out more content for my
little Pocket Monsters
The year 2021 is going to be tough. It hopefully won't be as bad as
2020, but I doubt it's going to be smooth sailing either. But through
it all, I hope to continue providing you all with content that will
make you think, learn, laugh, and hopefully, maybe, make the year 2021
something a little bit better than its predecessor.
I always end these site anniversary write-ups with a set of predictions
for the coming year. And so, without further ado, here's my completely
scientific, definitely realistic predictions for what I think
will happen in the year 2021 with Pokémon:
- For the 25th
anniversary I think we'll get Virtual Console style re-releases of Red / Green / Blue / Pikachu
on the Nintendo Switch. But not just the same ROMS that were released
on the 3DS Virtual Console; this time around I think it'd make sense
for us to get the Super Game
Boy versions, with the borders and Super Game Boy colors and everything.
- Predicting that
the next main series game is going to be Diamond & Pearl remakes is
boring, so instead I'll say the new games will be sequels to Diamond & Pearl set 15 years
after the events of the first games. They'll come out in November of
this year and will feature a new Gen 8 Mythical Pokémon or two.
- The first Gen 9
games will be teased sometime this year but won't actually come out
until late 2022. Game Freak will initially be very tight lipped about
whether or not the new games will have all the 898 Pokémon from
Generations 1 - 8 included from the get-go but I'm betting they won't.
- The Switch's New Pokémon
Snap will contain the voice actors from the TV series voicing
Pokémon, just like the Nintendo 64 original.
- Pokémon GO
will finish both Gen 6 and Gen 7 this year. Satoshi Hat Pikachu will be
made available again in February, around the time of the video games'
anniversary. A Zarude special mission will come out to commemorate the
English release of Movie 23.
Sleep will not come out in 2021 either, making fans wonder if the game
(or app, or whatever) has in fact been canceled.
- I made this
prediction last year, but a recent
tweet from Tekken
producer Katsuhiro Harada is prompting me to say this again; we'll see
an announcement of a Pokkén 2
this year, with the game being slated for a 2023 release.
|Animation: Pocket Monsters 2019
How do you even
make Pocket Monsters (2019)
predictions? This series, more than any other before it, is just a
string of random events with only the thinnest of plots holding
everything together so it makes it hard to really predict how anything
will go. I'll try my best anyway:
- This is not so
much a prediction for 2021 as it is for 2022, I guess, but I do not
Monsters (2019) is not going
to wrap up after only three years. I think we'll still be following the
adventures of Satoshi and Gou through Generation 9 (if not longer).
characters in 2021: Other than the ones we already know about I
think we'll see Hikari and Takuto ("Tobias") appear again.
- Satoshi's World
Pokémon Championships rank will hit within the Top 300, thanks
in part to battles he'll have with additional Galar Gym Leaders. I'm
thinking we'll see Satoshi go up against Yarrow and Makuwa before the
end of December.
- The Yell-Dan will
make their debut in the TV series for ...let's say a two-part episode.
- There will also be
a Isle of Armor / Crown Tundra mini arc sometime this year, during
which Satoshi will get a Dakuma.
- We'll get two more
"two-in-one" episodes, and three more episodes without Satoshi in them
like that Gou / Tokio episode from last year.
- The episode that
aired just a few days ago opened up the possibility of Gou getting
legendary Pokémon so I think he'll get...let's say three more in
2021. But I don't think he'll get any full sets right away; like, he'll
get Groudon or Kyogre, but
not both. Dialga or Palkia,
but not both. And so on.
- The Japanese Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko"
Blu-ray / DVD will come out around July 2021.
- My Movie 24
prediction is that we won't see the film released until July 2022. If
you want to be pedantic then you could consider Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko" as
the film for both 2020 and 2021 (it was technically in theaters both
years, after all) and so it's not like we'd really be "skipping" a
right? Movie 24 comes out July 2022, setting the stage for Movie 25 to
come out the same year Pocket
Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back!" celebrates its
- I don't know
enough about the Pokémon TCG to make any decent predictions so
I'll just say we'll get some kind of memorial book released in 2021
with lots of card galleries, illustrations, interviews, and other
get a second Yuki Hayashi Pocket
Monsters (2019) soundtrack released at some point during the
will be...something done to
celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kosaku Anakubo's Pocket Monsters manga. Not really
sure what that'll be, but I think we might see some "Best Of" graphic
novel release in Japan or something like that.
Gomi's Pocket Monsters (2019) manga
will continue to exist...?
And that's about it! The year 2021 is going to be the franchise's 25th
anniversary so I'm sure there are all kinds of things coming out this
year that we can't even imagine right now. No matter what happens,
there's sure to be plenty of things out there to distract us throughout