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| Dogasu's Backpack
| Happy Anniversary! (Year Twenty-Three)
Posted January 31st, 2023
Dogasu's Backpack turns 23 years old today!
I've done so many of these anniversary write-ups over the years that
it's getting to the point where I worry I'm just repeating myself, year
after year after year. "Wow, look at everything I did these last twelve
months!" "I can't wait for you to see what I have coming up for the
site!" "Hey, who wants to hear my unsolicited predictions for the next
year!?" It can be a bit repetitive, I know, but it's also kind of nice
to stop every now and then and take the time to look back into the past
and remind myself that hey, I do some pretty cool work every now and
So what did I do in 2022? Well, the episode comparisons I do between
the Japanese and English versions
of the Pocket Monsters
animated series continue to be some of the more popular content on the
site, and while I only ended up doing nine episodes in 2022 (the five
Orange Islands episodes from "Navel Maneuvers" to "Tracey Gets Bugged," as
well as the four episodes that make up Pokémon
The Arceus Chronicles) I also debuted a new type of comparison, one between
the pre-Porygon edits and post-Porygon edits of the show.
Last year was also when I started, in
earnest, doing write-ups for Pokémon Radio Show! The
Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire. When 2022 started I only had two
write-ups on the site, but by the end of year that number more than
quadrupled. Those radio show write-ups are a lot of work and tend to be not all
that popular, traffic-wise, but I still love doing them because the
show itself is just so much fun. I also love having a place on the
Internet where you can learn all about this wacky Japanese radio show
that is, unfortunately, seriously lacking as far as documentation goes.
I plan to continue to working on both episode comparisons and radio
episode write-ups throughout the rest of 2023, working on an "Orange
Islands comparison → Rocket radio write-up → Pokémon Shock
comparison" rotation schedule.
There were also a bunch of events that took place here in Japan that I
happy to cover for the site. Japan's borders were still closed to
tourists for most
of 2022 due to COVID and so I made extra sure to attend and then also
document the Daniel
Arsham "A Ripple in Time" Art Exhibit, The
Pokémon Fossil Museum, and The
25th Anniversary Pokémon Film Festival events.
I also managed to translate a few voice actor interviews; my English
translation of an Oricon
interview with voice actor Mariya Ise (Eureka) and a Nico
Nico News interview with Kensho Ono (Alan) both came out in 2022.
But the biggest thing my site did in 2022 was introduce its new section
on the Pokémon Shock
incident. The Pokémon Shock is one of those things that everyone
knows about, sure, but outside a simple one paragraph summary most
people know so little about it that they reduce it to a "Porygon did
nothing wrong" meme and call it a day. My goal was to change that. I
started work on the new section in July 2022 and treated it like a real
project, using Excel to keep track of milestones and everything. It was
an ungodly amount of work with countless hours spent transcribing,
translating, double and triple and quadruple checking, researching,
etc. But seeing everyone's reactions to the finished product was well
worth it. I still have a lot more to do with the section in 2023 but
the overwhelming majority of the heavy lifting is, thankfully, done.
And that's about it for 2022! Dogasu's Backpack's 22nd year on the
Internet was a pretty significant one (maybe one of its biggest
yet...?) and 2023 is sure to be a great one as well! Thank you everyone
for continuing to visit this creaky old website and, as always, if you
have any feedback or requests for future content then please let me
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 2023:
- I think we'll get
word of a Pocket Monsters Scarlet
& Violet DLC on Pokémon Day, with a Part 1 coming in
Summer and Part 2 coming before the holiday 2023 season.
- What will the new
DLC-exclusive Paradox Pokémon be? I think we'll see "Iron Fangs"
(based on Onvern), "Flowing Dragon" (based on Jijilong), and "Iron
Sweets" (based on Mawhip); in other words, at least one new Paradox
Pokémon for each of the three generations who currently do not
- I don't see us
getting any sort of performance patches for Scarlet & Violet unless
it's bundled in with a larger update. Like, maybe they'll throw in some
bug fixes during a routine security-related patch, or maybe a few fixes
when they add Pokémon Home compatibility, but I don't think
we'll get any updates that exist solely
to fix its many, many performance issues. The games have already sold a
gajillion copies already; Game Freak isn't going to spend any more time
/ money / effort on these games than they absolutely have to.
- We'll continue to
see new Pokémon added to the games via raids, with all the
starters coming out by the end of 2023.
- The Pokémon Stadium games will
come and go on the Switch Online service, but since we'll be forced to
use Rental Pokémon most people probably won't play it for very
long before running online to complain about how poorly those games
have aged. Also, Rougela will be recolored purple and have its fainting
animation altered because disappearing into a purple "void" would just
look too awkward.
- I do not think the
Nintendo Switch is getting a Game Boy Virtual Console. A few years ago
I would have said sure, throw a Game Boy emulator and the Gen 1 / Gen 2
Pokémon games up there, but let's be honest; the system is
probably closer to the end of its lifespan than it is its beginning. I
don't see Nintendo putting in the resources needed to port a bunch of
ROMS over to their Switch when chances are very high they'll be
announcing something new at
some point within the next twelve months.
- At the risk of
repeating myself from
last year: I think Pokémon Go will bring us Z-Moves at some
point in 2023.
- The current
series, Pocket Monsters Mezase
Pokémon Master, will end without really wrapping anything
up. I've seen a lot of fans make a laundry list of items the series absolutely has to do
before it's allowed to end -- Satoshi finds his dad, Satoshi
defeats Sakaki and causes the Rocket-Dan organization as a whole to
disband, Satoshi confesses his love to Kasumi/Serena/whoever, Satoshi
is declared a Pokémon Master -- but I don't think any of that is
going to happen. I think the show will end with Satoshi and Pikachu
running across a field while a very open-ended narration, something
like "Pocket Monsters, or 'Pokémon' for short. The adventures of
Satoshi, a ten-year-old boy from Masara Town, and his partner Pikachu
will continue. What kinds of new Pokémon will he encounter? His
journey continues!!" closes out the final episode.
would be absolutely shocked if Mezase
Pokémon Master - 20th Anniversary Ballad vers. - isn't
used in some capacity in the final episode of Pocket Monsters Mezase Pokémon
- The new
protagonists in the Pocket Monsters
2023 series will have no relation to Satoshi.
- In fact, I think
the new series will be a fresh start of sorts, kind of like Best Wishes! was except without
even Satoshi / the Rocket trio hanging around. I think the series will,
at least for its first year or so, be a brand new adventure based
solely in the Paldea Region, featuring only Pokémon that appear
- I think Yuki
Hayashi will be back to provide the background music for the new Pocket Monsters series.
- I think it's
likely we will see some kind of special standalone episode that'll air
before the end of the year that will feature the "return of Satoshi and
Pikachu." Maybe an episode that airs during Pocket Monsters 2023's regular
timeslot, or maybe a web animation of some sort. I don't think the
return will last more than an episode or two, if that.
- I don't see there
being a new movie in 2023 (they would've started promoting it by now if
we were), but I think we will
see a teaser for a new movie to come Summer 2024.
- Both the English
dub of the animated series and the Pokémon Red & Blue video
games will celebrate their 25th anniversary in September of this year.
I think we'll see TPCi get Jason Paige to come in and record Pokémon Theme ~ 25th Anniversary
Version ~ and release an AMV for it, and maybe put all of Kanto
on the Pokémon TV app, but beyond that I don't see TPCi doing
much else to commemorate the event. TPCi made a big deal about the
franchise as a whole celebrating its 25th anniversary back in 2021 and
so it'd be a big awkward for them to be like "Hey guys, it's
Pokémon's 25th anniversary...again!"
- I don't see TPCi
abandoning Netflix for TV airings or another streaming service (even
though I really wish they would...) and so I think the Pocket
Monsters 2023 dub will also go straight to Netflix in
the U.S. If we're lucky we might see the English version debut before
the video games' one year anniversary, maybe...?
- I think we'll see
a line of figures from the "old" series featuring characters like
Satoshi, Kasumi, Takeshi, the Rocket trio, etc. as a kind of "last
hurrah" for them.
- I'm going to dare
to dream and say that we'll finally, finally
get a proper DVD / Blu-ray release of the original Pocket Monsters TV series here in
Japan. None of this "random
episodes on single DVDs" nonsense we've had for years; actual
boxsets with most of the episodes in order. If there was ever a time
for them to finally release the show then, well, now's the time to do
- I think we'll get
some sort of massive guide book to celebrate the end of Satoshi's
journey in the animated series.
And that's about it! Until next time!