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| Dogasu's Backpack
| Happy Anniversary! (Year Twenty-One)
Posted February 1st, 2022
When you've been running a website for as long as I have it means you
really enjoy working on it. How
else could you devote a whopping twenty-two years of your life to a
hobby like "talking
about a Japanese kids' show" if you weren't still having an absolute
blast doing it?
I think one of the things that keeps me so enthralled is how I am able
against all odds, continue to find things to write about that nobody
else out there seems to have even considered.
It's honestly kind of wild to me.
I've said this before but I'll say it again; if Pokémon was to end tomorrow
-- no more video
games, no more animated series, no more TCG or manga or music, no
nothing -- I would
honestly still have more than enough material in my backlog to last a
lifetime. There are just so many hidden gems out there, so much
undocumented content that I would be set for life.
The bread and butter of this website is the episode comparisons, those
essays I do where I show fans how different the English version of the
show is from the Japanese original. In 2021 I managed to do seven
("Fit to be Tide," "Pikachu Revolts," "The Crystal Onix," "In the
Pink," "Shell Shock,"
"Stage Fight," and "Bye Bye Psyduck") and
one movie comparison (Pocket Monsters The Movie "Koko"),
and while that all may not seem like a lot to some of you the amount of
information I managed to pack into each of those essays is something
I'm really proud of.
Translations-wise, I did "Pocket
Monsters" The Animated Series OST Liner Notes, a bunch of Pokémon Pia
interviews, and an interview
with Yuko Kobayashi about Shigeru's return to the Pocket Monsters TV series. Again,
none of this content had ever been presented on an English-language
And then there are the fun, miscellaneous stuff I did.
These include Pocket
Monsters The Movie "Revelation Lugia" -- The Ending Theme Saga, the
page where I talk about the behind-the-scenes drama surrounding the
music in the second Pocket
Monsters movie; "Pocket Monsters," or
"Pockemon" for Short, where I gather all the evidence I was able to
find of the franchise using the "Pockemon" spelling back before
"Pokémon" became the standard; the Magazine Guide,
where I go over the various Japanese magazines that cover Pocket Monsters; and Kaori and her
hiatus from voice acting, a page where I talk about why we haven't
seen (or heard) Haruka appear in the TV series since 2009.
For me, these quirky and often overlooked aspects of the
franchise are exactly the kind of thing I want to continue building on
for years and years to come. If you want a spawn list of the
Pokémon in Pokémon
Legends Arceus or whatever then you can visit one of the dozens
of sites out there that's reporting on that. But if you want detailed
synopses of a
Japanese podcast where the creators of the movies share
behind-the-scenes stories, or a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of a Pocket Monsters manga that is
only just now making its way to the US then Dogasu's Backpack is, and
will continue to be, the place for you.
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
half-baked, not-at-all serious predictions for what I think
will happen with Pokémon in the year 2022:
- I think we'll get
word of some sort of Pokémon
Legends Arceus DLC announcement on Pokémon Day (Februrary
27th). There will be two sets of DLC (just like with Sword & Shield) with Part 1
coming out in Q2 and Part 2 coming out in Q3. We'll get another new
legendary or two out of it, or at the very least a Hisui version of
- The first hints of
Generation 9 will be revealed in the year 2022 with a 2023 release
Nintendo Switch games will be more like Pokémon Legends Arceus than Pocket Monsters Sword & Shield
(there is absolutely no way Game Freak would be stupid enough to
regress back to that old style of games, right...?) and will be set in
region based on a country in either South America, Africa, or
Australia. I think we'll at least know the starters and the box
legendaries before the end of the year.
- Pokémon Go
will start rolling out the Alola Region Pokémon in earnest (so,
not just the regional forms) in 2022. Z-Moves will be introduced to the
game as special attacks that will consume a set amount of candy every
time you want to use one.
- Spin-off game
wise, I think we'll see another Pokémon
Mystery Dungeon game and maybe something random like Pokémon Picross Switch or a Pokémon Scramble Switch.
Sleep nor Detective Pikachu 2
will come out in 2022 (or ever, for that
matter) because I think those two projects have already been canceled.
- I made this
prediction last year, but I'll make it again; I do not
Monsters (2019) is 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 2022: Lately this series seems to like having old
characters who only got a single episode to themselves the first
time around (Shijima, Genji, Erika, etc.) and so I predict that in the
2022 we'll see Matis, Kyou, Hayato, and Tsukushi come back.
- I also think we'll
have Jindai come back for a Project Mew mission so that the show will
(finally) get a chance to show off Regieleki and Regidrago.
- Satoshi's will
face at least two members of the Masters Eight but he won't finish the
Pokémon World Championships until next year.
- The show will do
the absolute bare minimum to take advantage of the fact that this year
marks the animated series' 25th year on the air. Maybe the anipoke_PR
twitter account will give away replicas of an old Pikachu toy from the
1990s or something, but I don't expect to see much more than that.
- I would love,
love, LOVE it if Media Factory released a 25th anniversary Blu-ray box
set of the 1997 Pocket Monsters
series but I
unfortunately do not think that is ever going to happen.
- I no longer think
we're getting Movie 24 in 2022. If we were getting a new movie this
then we would've at least gotten a teaser by now, and I don't see them
for another December release after the most recent film's box office
performance. Also, Japan is facing a record number of new COVID
infections thanks to the omicron variant so there's that, too. I don't
see the 24th movie
coming out until 2023 at the earliest.
- This December will
mark the 25th anniversary of the airing of Pocket Monsters (1997) Episode
038, "Cyber Soldier Porygon."
Nobody in any sort of official capacity will do anything to acknowledge
this, of course (the TPCi social media team tried
it but hastily deleted it soon after) but I'm sure
we'll see tons of ill-researched clickbait articles from people who
want to capitalize on the anniversary. So my prediction is that we'll
see a bunch of cringe-inducing articles...? (By the way, I do have some
plans for the 25th anniversary myself but you'll have to wait until
December to find out what those were).
- This year will be
the 25th anniversary of the Pocket Monsters Special manga so I expect we'll see some kind of
anniversary book released similar to the PokéSpedia
book we got for the series' 20th anniversary.
- Last year was the
first year in the franchise's entire history where we did not get any
Pokémon-related CD released in Japan. Not a one! That probably
sounds absurd to most of you -- most countries more or less gave up on
physical CD releases years
ago -- but Japan is still very much clinging onto the
format. But not Pokémon, apparently! I therefore predict that we
will not see any new CDs coming out in the year 2022. No Pokémon Legends Arceus soundtrack, no Yuki
Hayashi TV series soundtrack, nothing. We'll still get digital releases
for things like the theme songs and whatnot but I don't expect to see
any more physical CD releases in the foreseeable future.
And that's about it! As the years keep on chugging by we keep bumping
into new 25th anniversaries which means we're sure to have a lot of
great nostalgia to look forward to in the next few years or so. I
can't wait to see what's in store for us next!