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Apr 17

The 17th Movie Guest Voice Actors Have Been Announced

Posted by Adamant | April 17th 2014 at 05:13 AM EDT
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The official movie site has updated with information on the guest voice actors for this year's movies. A translation of the article follows:


It' time to announce the guest voice actors for this year's movies! The guest voice actors in the feature film "Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction" will be Yoshiko Mita (三田佳子), Koichi Yamadera (山寺宏一), Shoko Nakagawa (中川翔子), Rika Adachi (足立梨花) and the Nakagawake comedian duo (Tsuyoshi and Reiji).

In addition, it has been decided that the narration in the co-feature short will be provided by AKB48 member Mayu Watanabe (渡辺麻友).

Now for some comments from the actors:

The actors in the feature film, "Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction"

Yoshiko Mita (voice of Xerneas) - 三田佳子(ゼルネアス役):
VA When I was first approached about voice acting, I was very surprised! (laughs) I think it might have been the sum of my long time working in these circles, living this career and my outlook on life that got me to taking this role. I am happy being able to make myself known through Pikachu and the others. In this world, I'd like to make use of the same mentality that make my grandchild(ren) like me.


Koichi Yamadera (voice of Ninja Riot) - 山寺宏一(ニンジャ・ライオット役)
VA Perfect attendance and still going! I'm really happy! But this is the first installation of "Pokémon the Movie XY", so I'll go back and remember what it's like to be a beginner, and do my best! (Although I'm always nervous anyways, since my roles are very different every time.) This time, I'm playing a thief who uses a Gekkouga. Come to think of it, when I was a child I loved this series called "Phantom Agents" (Jp. Ninja Butai Gekkou) and I'd often play ninja games... I'll try to recall those times and give it my all while acting!


Shoko Nakagawa (voice of Miriss Steel) - 中川翔子(ミリス・スティール役)
VA This is my eighth time being a guest voice actor, and for the first time in a while, I've got a human role! Since it's a role I've never played before but have been wanting to do for a while, I'm excited. This character changes expressions often, I hope you'll see a new side of me. I'll put all I've learned in these eight years into this, so I'd be happy if you came to the theaters to watch.


Rika Adachi (voice of Marilyn Flame) - 足立梨花(マリリン・フレイム役)
VA This is the happiest thing that has happened to me lately, and I got so psyched that I kept shouting, "For real? For real?" over and over (laughs). I've been playing the games since I was little and have watched the anime the whole time, so I was overjoyed about this job. I also want to do my best so children watching this movie will grow to like Pokémon even more.


The Nakagawake duo (Tsuyoshi Nakagawa: Voice of Melecie & Reiji Nakagawa: Voice of Algus Steel) - 中川家(中川剛:メレシー役、中川礼二:アルガス・スティール役)
VA Comment written by Reiji: "What? Why?" was our initial response when we heard about this (laugh). We're comedians, but this is our first time voice acting, so we're amateurs, but we hope not to fall behind the others and to be able to express ourselves. We don't know if the children recognize our faces, but we hope they're looking forward to [the movie] in any case.


The actors in the short, "Pikachu, What Kind of Keys are These?"
Mayu Watanabe (Narrator) - 渡辺麻友 (ナレーション)
VA I'm so happy (to be in charge of the narration of the short)! I went to watch the movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back" with my family and played the games with my older sister. The Pokémon in the short are truly lovely, so it's a soothing work. I was motivated to do my best so people could enjoy it. As it premieres in the summer holidays, I hope I can help making children from all over the country come to the theaters to watch it, and make it the most wonderful work of this summer!



Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/news/?p=1208

Article edited on 2014-04-17 04:51:44 by Adamant
Apr 15

"Pocket Monsters XY: Sky Fragments" planetarium special announced

Posted by Adamant | April 15th 2014 at 12:08 PM EDT
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A new planetarium special based on the Pocket Monsters XY anime series has been announced. It is titled Pocket Monsters XY: Sky Fragments (ポケットモンスター XY 宇宙の破片 (そらのはへん) and will be shown in the Konica Minolta Planetarium from July 19th to September 7th, 2014.


Inside-gamer reports:

This summer, the Konica Minolta Planetarium will show a planetarium movie based on the popular TV anime series "Pocket Monsters XY", titled "Pocket Monsters XY: Sky Fragments". This is an all-new story written specifically for the planetarium medium, and is animated as a fulldome video intended to be projected onto the entire 360 degree dome.

The movie will be premiere this July in both Konica Minolta Planetarium "Tenku" in Tokyo Sky Tree Town, Sumida, Tokyo and Konica Minolta Planetarium "Manten" in Sunshine City, Toshima, Tokyo.

Story Summary

Satoshi and friends are visiting PAXA, the "Pokemon Aerospace eXploration Agency". PAXA is an agency that works towards researching and utilizing space in a variety of ways. The group excitedly listens to a female PAXA astronaut telling them about the wonders of the space and the possibility of Pokémon living there. However, just as she is in the middle of telling them about the menace of space debris; how the problems arising from junk floating freely around out in space is becoming more and more serious, a siren suddenly starts ringing! The Rocket Gang have snuck into the facility in an attempt to take control of PAXA. The situation suddenly gets serious!

In the middle of all this, trouble suddenly occurs in the satellite control system! If this causes the satellite to crash into a piece of space debris, it will just create even more debris...

If space debris keeps continuing to fill the sky more than it already has, humanity will eventually be block off their way into space permanently...

How does Satoshi and friends react to this crisis...!? There are countless threats out there in space, ever piling up! Join up with your friends and work together to open the way to the future!

Story Summary (Japanese) - あらすじ

PAXA(Pokémon Aerospace eXploration Agency)に訪れたサトシたち。 ここは宇宙の研究・開発を行う機関として、日々さまざまな活動を行っている。 PAXAに所属する宇宙飛行士のおねえさんから、宇宙の素晴らしさ、宇宙に存在するポケモンたちの可能性の話を聞き、サトシたちは心を躍らせる。一方で、その宇宙がスペースデブリの脅威、深刻化する宇宙ごみ問題によって危機的状況にあるという話を聞いていると、突然サイレンが鳴り響いた!なんと、PAXA強奪を企てたロケット団が、この施設内に潜入したようだ!一気に緊張が走る!

そんな緊急事態の中、人工衛星の制御システムにトラブルが発生! このままでは大型デブリと衝突し、更にスペースデブリが増えてしまう恐れが…


この危機に直面したサトシ達が取った行動は…!? 宇宙を埋め尽くす無数の脅威!仲間と力を合わせ、キズナで未来を切り拓け!

Source: http://www.inside-games.jp/article/2014/04/15/76018.html

Article edited on 2014-04-15 10:16:21 by Sunain
Apr 11

Movie Website Updates with News on Theme Song, Part 6 of Yuyama's Scouting Report, etc

Posted by Sunain | April 11th 2014 at 02:43 AM EDT
Tags: Anime, CD, Movie, Music
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The Official Movie 17 Website has updated today with several new articles and their translation is below. It has been decided that the 4-member girls' band SCANDAL will be responsible for the theme song to "Pokémon the Movie XY: The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie", which premieres this summer.

The Four-Member Girls' Band SCANDAL Will be Responsible for the Theme Song


The song is titled Meteor Shower at Dawn (夜明けの流星群) and part of it can be heard in the new movie trailer premiering in theaters April 19th.

All the members of SCANDAL are huge Pokémon fans. The first video game RINA (drummer and vocalist) bought in her life was "Pocket Monsters", and the first movie she went to see in a theater was "Pocket Monsters the Movie" (this was also the case with MAMI). Because of this, they feel very strongly about this song, and were extremely motivated about it.

Now for some comments from SCANDAL themselves:

HARUNA (Vocals and guitar) - Haruna Ono (小野春菜)
HARUNA When I heard we were going to do the theme song this year, I got so happy I started jumping around with joy. While the four of us are from what you call the first generation of Pokémon fans, I still remember me and my friends excitedly looking forward to the very first Pokémon movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back" during the summer vacation when it first premiered as if it was yesterday. Every year since then, children have been falling in love with another such Pokémon movie during summer vacation, and I want our song to help burn this movie into the memories of the children that will be running the world in the future just like those older movies remain in our memories.


TOMOMI (Bass and vocals) - Tomomi Ogawa (小川ともみ)
TOMOMI Back when we were in grade school, Pokémon was always the subject when we had time off. It practically was our youth. I think there's a lot of children who will be watching "Pokémon the Movie XY: The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie" as their first movie ever, and we're going to do our absolute utmost to make those children come back home as excited and emotionally moved as we were back then... or no, even more excited and moved than we were. We will be very happy if you enjoy the movie all the way till the end.

小学生の頃、休み時間の話題はいつだってポケモン。まさに私たちの青春そのものでした。今回の『ポケモン・ザ・ムービーXY 「破壊の繭とディアンシー」』が初めて観る映画になる子供たちも沢山いると思います。あの頃の私たちが抱いた興奮と感動と同じくらい、いやそれを越えるものを持って帰って頂けるように、精一杯心を込めて作りました。ラストまで楽しんで頂けたら嬉しいです。

MAMI (Bass and vocals) - Mami Sasazaki (笹崎まみ)
MAMI Pokémon was the first movie I ever saw in my life. It was so intense I thought the Pokémon were going to jump out of the screen at any moment, and I still remember the tears that fell as I entered the world of movies way back then. I also really love the Pokémon video games and have played them all the way since "Pocket Monsters Red/Green" and "Pocket Monsters Blue" up to the recent "Pocket Monsters X/Y", and I'm incredibly happy I get to take part in the production of something as indispensable to my life as Pokémon. I think our song will cheer the Pokémon in the movie on.


RINA (Drums and vocals) - Rina Suzuki (鈴木理菜)
RINA We've been chosen to do the theme song for "Pokémon XY the Movie: The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie"! Since the four of us were born right into the Pokémon generation, this makes us very happy. Pokémon was the very first video game I ever got as a birthday present, and if I look back on my childhood, I remember Pokémon always being part of it. It makes me very happy to think that the children who will be watching this as their first movie, and who make "Meteor Shower at Dawn" the first song they memorize, will have that song automatically play in their heads when they reflect back on their childhood after growing up. I'm also really looking forward to the live performance we'll be doing of the song!

今回、映画『ポケモン・ザ・ムービーXY 「破壊の繭とディアンシー」』の主題歌を担当させていただくことになりました!ポケモン世代ド真ん中の私たちにとっても、とても嬉しいことです。誕生日プレゼントで初めてもらったゲームもポケモンで、思い返せばポケモンがそばにある幼少期でした。今回が初めて観る映画になる子供たちが、初めて覚えた歌が「夜明けの流星群」になって、それが大人になった時に子供の頃を振り返ると頭の中で自然に再生されたら嬉しいです。ライブでやるのも楽しみです!

A profile on SCANDAL

SCANDAL was formed in Osaka in 2006, and made their debut in 2008. The year after, their single "Girl S" (少女S) won the Best New Artist category at the Japan Record Awards. They set a new record as the fastest a girls' band has performed at the Nippon Budokan after debuting, and not too long ago, they topped even that achievement when they fulfilled their goal of holding a concert at the Osaka Jo Hall. Then, in June 2014, they will be performing the annual Yokohama Arena 2days concert as the first girls' band to do so in 23 years. Truly, they are the very model of Japanese girls' bands.

From left to right: TOMOMI(Bass & Vocal), HARUNA(Vocal & Guitar), RINA(Drums & Vocal), MAMI(Guitar & Vocal)

Director Yuyama's Location Scouting Report

This time, Director Yuyama chose Canada as the country he would go scouting in. He went there in search of the landscapes where Yveltal would sleep, where Xerneas would hide, and Diancie would journey.

Part 6: The Jewel of the Rideau, Merrickville

The group continued onward to the town of Merrickville, which is known as "the Jewel of the Rideau".

The streets of this town were filled with locations we could use for the movie, with colorful buildings lining the picturesque scenery. Thanksgiving was just around the corner too, leading to the stores having lots of decorations on display. The entire city felt like one big, cute general store.

Director Yuyama and Art Director Akiba went to a local book store and bought reference material, so you'll get to see landscapes resembling this town in the movie.

For earlier parts, please go here:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

The "Get Pokémon with Namco!!" Campaign


Starting Friday April 11th, the "Get Pokémon with Namco!!" campaign will be held at Namco arcades all over Japan. Lots of games! Lots of prizes! Make sure to go to Namco!

Join the "Namco Pokémon Club" and get a "Puffy Pokémon Key Ring"
1) First, get registered
Go to a Namco arcade during the campaign period, enter the "Namco Pokémon Club" and receive a "Namco Pokémon Club Membership Card".

2) Get a collection
If you take the membership card to a Namco arcade, you'll receive a Pokémon sticker every day. First, select your favorite Pokémon among Harimaron, Fokko and Keromatsu. Then, collected one sticker for each of their evolved forms, and once you've reached their final form, you'll receive a "Puffy Pokémon Key Ring" featuring that very Pokémon you raised yourself. Then, if you get all three such key rings, you'll receive a "The Final Evolutions Gathered Together" key ring!

3) Get playing
By completing missions listed on your membership card, you'll receive "monster ball stickers". Once you've collected 3 or more monster ball stickers, you'll get a "Mega Evolution sticker".

Get exclusive Namco "Pokémon Kids" figures
Also, between Friday April 25th and Tuesday May 6th you can obtain the special limited Nacmo edition Pokémon Kids figures "Fokko: Pearl-coating Version", "Keromatsu: Pearl-coating Version" and "Harimaron: Pearl-coating Version" from special campaign vending machines for 500 yen a piece!! Get Pokémon with Namco!!

*Membership in the "Namco Pokémon Club" is free.
*You can receive up to one "Pokémon sticker" a day.
*The stickers are limited in number, and will only be available as long as supplies last.

Sources: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/news/?p=1185, http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/song_cast/, http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/locahan_report/ and http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/news/?p=1176

Article edited on 2014-04-11 01:50:17 by Adamant
Apr 07

Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction / 12 Million X and Y Sales

Posted by Sunain | April 7th 2014 at 11:53 AM EDT
Tags: Anime, TCG, Games, Press Release, Nintendo 3DS, Movie, X and Y, YouTube, Pokémon X and Y
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The Pokémon Company International announced that the 17th Pokémon movie will be called: Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. It was also revealed that Pokémon X and Y have almost sold a combined total of 12 million copies worldwide since their October 2013 launch, This brings the overall Pokémon video games sales to date at approximately 245 million. More than 20 billion Pokémon TCG cards gave shipped globally and anime is licensed for broadcast in more than 160 countries and in more than 30 languages.


Press Release

New Feature Film and Television Season, Video-on-Demand Deals, and More Broadcast Partners Help Bring More Pokémon Animation to More People

Cannes, Paris—April 7, 2014—The Pokémon Company International kicked off MIPTV by announcing its newest feature-length animated film, Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, which is now available for license. The movie features Ash and Pikachu, plus other classic Pokémon as well as those making their animation debut from the blockbuster Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games. With more broadcast and VOD partners signed, brand-new TV animation in homes, and the new movie on the horizon, 2014 promises to be a strong year for Pokémon animation.

Pokémon’s expanded VOD offerings include deals with Netflix and Hulu. Fans in all Netflix territories have enjoyed classic Pokémon seasons and movies since content launched in March, and fan favorite Pokémon animation also debuted on Hulu in the US this February. The Netflix and Hulu deals come after The Pokémon Company International launched the Pokémon TV application for iOS and Android devices in 2013.

Fans in Russia will once again enjoy their favorite animated episodes, as Pokémon and the Russian free-to-air broadcaster 2X2 recently signed a deal to begin airing Pokémon the Series: XY this September. The season, which is already airing in numerous markets around the world, brings the total number of Pokémon episodes to nearly 800. 2X2 joins European partners including CITV in the UK, Gulli in France, K2 in Italy, YEP! in Germany, Clan TV in Spain, TV4 in Sweden, TV2 in Norway, VT4 and Club RTL in Belgium, and Disney XD in markets across Europe. Other broadcast partners are Cartoon Network in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America; Eleven in Australia; etv in South Africa; and YTV in Canada.

A leading children’s entertainment franchise, Pokémon features a wide array of offerings including video games, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, animation, and various licensed products. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y recently became the fastest-selling video games for the Nintendo 3DS system, selling nearly 12 million copies worldwide since their October 2013 launch and adding to the more than 245 million Pokémon video games sold to date. With more than 20 billion Pokémon TCG cards shipped globally and animation licensed for broadcast in more than 160 countries and in more than 30 languages, Pokémon is a long-standing hit among fans around the world.

The Pokémon Company International is excited to meet new and existing partners at MIPTV at stand P0.A20.

YouTube Trailer

Movie Summary

In the underground Diamond Domain, where many Carbink live, the Mythical Pokémon Diancie serves as ruler. The Heart Diamond that sustains the land is beginning to fall apart, and Diancie is not yet strong enough to create a new one. While seeking help from the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas, Diancie encounters a group of thieves who want to take control of its diamond-producing power—and who awaken the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal from its cocoon in the process! Can Ash and his friends help Diancie discover its true power, stop Yveltal's rampage, and save the Diamond Domain?

Article edited on 2014-04-07 12:51:09 by Sunain
Apr 04

Family Join Days (ファミリーJoinデイズ)

Posted by Sunain | April 4th 2014 at 02:03 PM EDT
Tags: Anime, TCG, Nintendo 3DS, Movie
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The Pokémon Company has announced, in association with the J-League, their Family Join Days (ファミリーJoinデイズ) festivities. To coincide with Golden Week, the J-League Family Join Days will take place from Saturday April 26th, 2014 until Tuesday May 6th, 2014. Elementary aged children that attend specific soccer games can receive special Pikachu TCG cards as a promo while supplies last. In addition there will also be a venue at the stadium to meet Pikachu.

A special Darkrai TCG card will be given to people that pre-order tickets for the 17th Pocket Monsters movie. People that spend 800yen or more on TCG related products can also receive the card while supplies last. Darkrai will be appearing in the upcoming 17th Movie short Pikachu, What Kind of Keys are These?

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As a special bonus, at home games for the Urawa RED Diamonds, F.C Tokyo and Yokohama F Marinos, special Nintendo 3DS LL's featuring the team colors and artwork featuring Satoshi, Xerneas and Yveltal on the front and Pikachu and Diance on the back based on the 17th Pocket Monsters movie will be given out via lottery. The number of systems that will be given out will be determined by the score of the home team during the match.


Sources: http://www.pokemon.co.jp/info/2014/04/140404_e01.html and http://www.pokemon.co.jp/info/2014/04/140404_cd01.html

Article edited on 2014-04-04 02:17:06 by Sunain
Apr 04

Part 5 of Director Yuyama's Scouting Report / Meitetsu Pokémon Stamp Rally and Pokémon Movie Train

Posted by Adamant | April 4th 2014 at 10:05 AM EDT
Tags: Anime, Movie, Pocket Monsters XY
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The official Pokémon movie website has updated with the fifth part of the coverage of Yuyama's location scouting report, as well as information on this year's Meitetsu movie tie-in campaign. Translations follow:

Director Yuyama's Location Scouting Report

This time, Director Yuyama chose Canada as the country he would go scouting in. He went there in search of the landscapes where Yveltal would sleep, where Xerneas would hide, and Diancie would journey.

Part 5: The Canal and the Sluices

The scouting team take a walk along the side of the Rideau Canal, an area referred to as the "Rideau Heritage Route". Lots of sluices can be found throughout this area; due to the 25 meter height difference between the canal and the Ottawa River that lies beyond it, a complex structure of numerous sluices has been set up to adjust the water level.

A ship was setting off down the canal just as we arrived, and three nearby sluices were just about to open. We also saw the nearby bridge over the canal turn aside. Amazingly enough, there's a mechanism that makes the bridge move when a ship approaches. While this was going on, the bridge got closed to crossing cars for about 10 minutes.

At this time during fall, this scene only occurs once a day at a non-predetermined time, so we were very lucky we got to witness it.

For earlier parts, please go here:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

The Meitetsu Stamp Rally 2014 Spring


Once again, a stamp rally will be held along the Nagoya Railroad ("Meitetsu"). During the "Meitetsu Stamp Rally 2014 Spring", children can gather stamps from 5 different locations along the railroad and use these to enter a lottery for great prizes. The more stamps you collect, the better prizes you can win. The 5 stamps can be found at the Meitetsu Ichinomiya Station Service Counter, the Inuyama Station Service Counter, the Pokémon Center Nagoya, Chiryu Station and Centrair International Airport. The stamp rally is held from March 21st to April 6th.

Like earlier years, a train sporting designs based on the upcoming Pokémon movie will also be running along the Meitetsu. The train running this year has been dubbed "The Pokémon XY". A video of the train in action can be found here, thanks to Youtuber suita66271050.


Collecting the stamp from the Pokemon Center Nagoya as well as one other location makes you eligible for two lotteries. 130 winners will receive a set of Pokémon-themed school supplies, while 20 winners will receive a set of 5 Pokemon plushies. Collecting all 5 stamps makes you eligible for the final lottery, where 5 winners will receive a Pocket Monsters X/Y Nintendo 3DS game. In addition, everyone who collects all 5 stamps will receive a special sticker.


Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/locahan_report/, http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/news/?p=1171 and http://www.meitetsu.co.jp/recommend/catalog/pokemon.html

Article edited on 2014-04-04 11:02:15 by Adamant

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