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Jul 08

Movie 18 Blog Updates with Seventh Event Report

Posted by Adamant | July 8th 2015 at 05:40 PM EDT
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The official Pokémon movie blog has updated. Another article about the Pokémon VISA cards with further details from the announcement day is available by clicking here. Translations of the new entry follows:

Event Report #7: A Report from the Sumitomo Mitsui Pokémon VISA Credit Card/Prepaid Card Launch Celebration Event Saturday June 26th

The "Pokémon VISA Card" and "Pokémon VISA Prepaid" from Sumitomo Mitsui Card was available for respectively sign-up and sale starting June 26th!

A launch event for the cute credit cards and prepaid cards with Pikachu pictures on them was held at Ikebukuro Sunshine City!
Here is a detailed report from that event!



For further information on the "Pokémon VISA Card" and "Pokémon VISA Prepaid", see this news article!

Shoko Nakagawa aka Shoko-tan, who plays Mary, the girl who grew up together with Hoopa, in this year's movie "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa", was at the launch event as a special guest!



We started off with an interview with the topic "Pokémon and me"!
When asked "How long is Pokémon's history now?", Shokotan replied "19 years"!

It's been an entire 19 years, and now that you can easily trade Pokémon with people all over the world via wifi, Pokémon has truly become a subculture that connects people! Nostalgic Pokémon are still showing up, or getting new Mega Evolutions, so I really think these 19 years have passed in the blink of an eye!



Every year, when summer comes and Pokémon Movie season is in session, I like watching older movies as well. I was watching "The Guardian Gods of the Water Capital: Latios and Latias" the other day and ended up crying at it! Your childhood memories of the summer when you first watched a movie truly engraves it into your heart, but I feel that as you keep growing older and gain more life experience, the movie just becomes more and more emotional to you. This is why I pour my heart and soul into the dubbing of this movie, for the sake of all the children who will be watching a Pokémon movie for the first time this year.

We can't wait for this year's movie to premiere!
This is a truly heartfelt interview with Shoko-tan, where she really lets her feelings out!!
Now we're curious, can you tell us a bit about the character you play in "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa"?

Mary is a girl with slight magic powers who watches over Hoopa alongside her brother Barza, played by Tatsuya Fujiwara. She and Hoopa have been together ever since she was a child, and grew up like siblings. She currently keeps watching over Hoopa, feeling both like an older sister and a mother to it, coming across as a noble, strong and cool woman.



Tell us some of the highlights of this year's movie!

It's Hoopa's special ability that lets it summon all kinds of Pokémon! It's incredibly showy! More legendary Pokémon than ever before show up, making for a veritable legendary festival that leaves even Hollywood astounded!

Groudon! Giratina! Lugia! And more! Which do you like better? Even if you enjoy multiple different generations, when your favorite legendary Pokémon shows up, you still really feel all that excitement and good emotions bubble up inside you and go all "whoosh!"

You only get to experience watching this year's Pokémon movie on the big screen this one summer, and I think it'd be an extremely valuable experience that'll create memories for a lifetime! I want you all to go to the theater and make sure you get the experience of seeing this year's Pokémon movie, this rush of legends, right there in the theater chair, with your own naked eyes!



As she tells us how much she wants us to get the true theatrical experience of the movie, Little Glee Monster, performers of the theme song for this year's short, "Pikachu and the Pokémon Musicians", come on stage!
They perform the short's theme song "Gaogao All Stars live!



Monsters! Monsters! Oh Yeah!!!!!!!




Pikachu and Hoopa start dancing, too!



Children, other family members, this is a playful song made for singing and dancing along to, so we hope you'll all enjoy listening to it in the theater, manaka from Little Glee Monster said.
I almost cried just from seeing Pikachu and Hoopa dance along with you, Shoko-tan added.

And here is the "Pokémon VISA Card" and "Pokémon VISA Prepaid" you've been curiously awaiting.
"How do you want to use it?", we asked.



"Even as an adult, I love casually using Pokémon merchandise. Things that can just peek out of my wallet. This is perfect for me. I'll let LGM talk about the prepaid card!"
"They said that the color yellow gives you more luck with money!"

The card makes them all excited.

Here's another bit of surprising news: Incredibly, one of those who sign up for the "Pokémon VISA Card" will be selected by lottery to win a special home visit from Pikachu this Christmas!!!

"Santa is a genius to come up with something like that!"

"If you win, that Christmas will go down in your family history!
"If Pikachu were to come to us, I'd never let it leave!

The event then concluded with Shoko-tan giving the card a very Shokotan-y tagline!



You have to be level 18 or up!


Referring to age as "levels", and thinking of how you gain experience points over time and thus gain levels as your age increases is a positive way of thinking! Pokémon get more fun around level 18 too! Level 18 means you're an adult!, Shoko-tan said.

This has been the Pokémon Credit Card/Prepaid Card Launch Celebration Event, which built excitement with talk about both the movie and the cards!
For more information on the "Pokémon VISA Card" and "Pokémon VISA Prepaid", see this news article!

Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/pokemovie_ch/?p=1038

Article edited on 2015-07-08 10:27:03 by Sunain
Jul 06

Movie 18 Blog Updates with Sixth Event Report

Posted by Adamant | July 6th 2015 at 01:28 PM EDT
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The official Pokémon movie blog has updated. Translations of the new entry follows:

Event Report #6: A Report from the Pre-Premiere of Pokémon the movie XY: "The Arcdjinni of Rings - Hoopa" Saturday July 5th

Summer means Pokémon! The Pokémon Summer is finally here!
Only two more weeks remain until the premiere of "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa"!!
To celebrate the completion of the movie, we held a pre-premiere screening (in cooperation with Shogakukan)!
Here's a report with details on how it turned out!



About 1600 children were gathered at the venue, having won invitations via lottery!
First off, Hoopa and Pikachu appeared!
Next came Director Yuyama and Satoshi's voice actor Rica Matsumoto, followed by the entire lineup of extravagant guest voice actors!



They were all dressed in beautiful yukata, one reason being that Tanabata is in two days!
They all looked really fancy!

It was then time for their individual greetings!
First up was Director Kunihiko Yuyama!



I am very excited about us showing the movie to the public for the first time ever today.
Because this is the first time we have an audience watch the movie, I think of this as the day the movie is truly completed.
Please enjoy it.


He was then asked what he thought was the highlight of the movie...

Both for the short and the feature film, the accumulation of experience we got from the last 18 years has helped us create something new.
In the short, the Pokémon create a musical performance using nothing but their voices, something that's being done for the first time through all the years we've been developing Pokémon voice acting.

While in the feature film, legendary Pokémon from earlier movies appear all together at once.
I've been doing these movies for 18 years now, and while I can tell from the viewers' ages they have different opinions on which Pokémon they have a strong attachment to, I hope you will all have a good time discussing which Pokémon you prefer with each other.


Next up was Rica Matsumoto, voice of Satoshi!

I got a Pokémon!!


I'm grateful to be allowed to do this greeting this year as well.
Ever since the first movie, "Mewtwo Strikes Back", Satoshi has continued his journey to become a Pokémon Master, and even though 18 years have passed in the blink of an eye since then, he still hasn't given up on those feelings, but keeps doing his best with undying optimism and positivity!
Please look forward to the role he'll play in this year's movie as well!


Next up was Tatsuya Fujiwara, the voice of Barza, the young man who grew up together with Hoopa and who holds the key to the movie's story!



I was really surprised when I heard these movies had been running or an entire 18 years. It's almost unbelievable I get to play in movies so beloved by children that they can go on for so long, and I had a lot of fun with my role.



Also, since Shokotan and I play brother and sister, in the finished movie there are places where I speak my line and Nakagawa's voice comes in as well. So I played these parts as if we were having an actual, normal conversation.

Next up, for his 18th consecutive annual role! Koichi Yamadera, voice of Hoopa (Unleashed Form) = Super Hoopa!

Yama-chan, Aaaappeeaar!!

And when you think of Yama-chan, here's his famous greeting...

HooPa~~~!!



Oops, got that wrong. Once again: OHA!

I've been in these movies for 18 years now, but I've played different roles every time. This year I'm Hoopa (Unleashed Form).
When it comes to Hoopa, you usually think of the small cute one (Confined Form), but I want you all to root for the big Hoopa I play as well.




Hoopa goes "Appear!" all the time, so this summer I want you all to imitate it and run around saying "Appear!" all over the place!
That way you'll create an "Appear!" boom! I think it'd be really great if you managed to keep it going until the end of the year and we'd win the Buzzword-of-the-year award!


Next, for her 9th consecutive annual role! Shoko Nakagawa, voice of Mary!

Pokéssu!!


Shokotan appears with her famous greeting from Pokémon Get TV!

The Pokémon movies have 18 years of history to them now! The games have been out for 19 years! And I just reached level 30!
I have become an adult through Pokémon!




This year's movie is something else, though!
A rush of legends, legends and legends that leaves even Hollywood astounded!
This year's movie Mega Mega Mega Mega Evolved to an absolutely astounding level, creating a truly historical, cutting-edge moment for the world, humanity, the universe and the Pokémon anime before our very eyes, and when I first watched it in the preview room, I truly felt that I was alive!!
You will all be able to live and witness a Pokémon summer and a Japanese summer this year as well! It's amazing!


In this year's movie, Pikachu and Hoopa do their best to keep on going; When you're an adult, you sometimes hit a brick wall and wonder if you should keep trucking on, and that's where Pokémon once again has a lot to teach you.
Even if you're an adult, I want you to have fun watching the movie, constantly discovering how delightful Pokémon is and wondering about what kind of fantastic secrets it hides.


Following Shokotan's proclamation of love for Pokémon, judoka Shinichi Shinohara, the voice of the Hippopotas playing an important role in the story, stepped forward.

You all know what to do, right? Do your customary "Hippossu!" greeting!!



"Hippossu!!"

I'll count on you to popularize that "Hippossu" saying!

This is your first time voice acting, but you're providing a voice for a Pokémon, was that so?

My first reaction was "I'm a Pokémon!?", but well, I already knew I had a talent for voice acting, so I had no problems with that... Nope!

You asked if you could get a different role, a cooler role, is that right!?



Actually, I was originally going to play Barza, Fujiwara-kun's role. And Fujiwara-kun was supposed to play Hippopotas... but then they suddenly switched us around!

So he claims..

Shinohara-san is always trying to steal my role!, Fujiwara said.
We asked the director if Shinohara had been cast as Hippopotas from the very beginning, and got an immediate That's correct!

Hippopotas plays an essential role in this year's story, though!
You need to play close attention to what it does so you don't miss out on anything important, so please make sure to do so!


Finally, we got Mizuki Yamamoto, an expert at narrating as if she's talking to children.



I've been watching Pokémon since I was 5 years old, so Rica Matsumoto's "I got a Pokémon!!" line earlier really hit me!

Mizuki doesn't just narrate, during "Pikachu and the Pokémon Musicians" she also joins in when the Pokémon are singing!

I always did poorly in music classes in the past, so I initially didn't really feel up for it, but when I pictured the children that would be watching this, I worked as hard as I could on it.

Mizuki is really humble here,
but the director comments "I think she has a really good and cute singing voice!"

There's one more guest after this, too! Here's Rei Yasuda, performer of the theme song "Tweedia"!
Yasuda, what kind of song is Tweedia?



It's a song about thinking of someone dear to you. Even though you all surround yourselves with people that mean much to you, such as friends and family, it always comes across as hard to directly tell them how thankful you are to them. It'd make me very happy if listening to Tweedia makes people feel like telling their loved ones how much they appreciate them!

And of course, she then sang Tweedia, theme song to The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa!



Her crisp singing spread through the room like a crystal clear blue sky!
Pikachu and Hoopa danced along too!!



And then! A giant shadow appears behind her... could it be!?

Oh my! Shinohara isn't just happy with trying to steal Fujiwara's role as Barza, now he has his eyes set on the position of theme song perormer as well!



Ariiii-gatooo-! Tonaaa-ri ni iteeee-kurereeee!

Yamadera and Fujiwara desperately attempt to stop him!



The two keep singing as if nothing is happening!!



I thought I was supposed to sing the third stanza, Shinohara said,
with Yamadera playing the straight man with with a quick "As if!

The pre-premiere greetings ended with this amusing incident!



And here's what the audience had been waiting for:
They all enjoyed the first ever screening of The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa!

The "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa/Pikachu and the Pokémon Musicians" co-feature has its public premiere Saturday July 18th!!

The special pre-order tickets with which you can receive a double giveaway of not only the mythical Pokémon Arceus, but also your choice of one of six legendary Pokémon, is currently on sale and doing very well!
It will be available until Friday July 17th! Don't forget to buy one!

Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/pokemovie_ch/?p=1125

Article edited on 2015-07-06 03:54:14 by Adamant
Jul 03

Movie 18 Website Updates with Details on Tie-in Events

Posted by Adamant | July 3rd 2015 at 10:05 PM EDT
Tags: Event, Oha Suta, Movie, Pocket Monsters XY
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The official Pokémon movie website has updated. Translations follow:

"The Pokémon Legend, Re-Discovered! Special Trailer Screenings" ~The Past Pokémon Movies Get Revived on the Big Screen~



Special screenings of a compilation of the trailers for the 17 past Pokémon movies your mothers father, brothers and sisters watched will take place in the Kansai/Chugoku/Shikoku regions!
Of course, the trailer for this year's movies will be shown as well!
The Past Pokémon Movies Get Revived on the Big Screen! And Pikachu will be there that day too!

In addition, everyone that comes will be given original merchandize for free!
Let's all rediscover the Pokémon legend together!

Theater schedules:

1) Toho Cinemas Konan
Date: Wednesday July 8th, 4pm
Venue: Toho Cinemas Konan (Okayama)
URL: http://www.tohotheater.jp/theater/031/access.html

1) Toho Cinemas Kochi
Date: Thursday July 9th, 5pm
Venue: Toho Cinemas Kochi (Kochi)
URL: http://www.tohotheater.jp/theater/017/access.html

Contact the respective theater for details!
*Admission is free, but works on a first-come first-serve basis. If the room is full, you will be denied entry!
*Please note that the media may be there reporting on the event.

Starting Monday July 6th, Oha Suta will Feature the Pokémon Movies Every Day! 2 straight Pokémon Weeks!



The popular TV show "Oha Suta" airs on the TV Tokyo Network!
Starting Monday July 6th, the show will have pre-release material on the Pokémon movies! For the two weeks leading up to the movies' premiere, it will have Pokémon Weeks where there will be Pokémon movie information every day!

A new segment hosted by Shinichi Shinohara, who plays Hippopotas in the movie, will start! It's called "Listen to Hippopotas!"
In addition we'll have the extravagant guest voice actors on one after another!
This will be an incredible live morning broadcast you just can't miss out on!



Oha Suta airs on the TV Tokyo Network every Monday to Friday at 6:45am!
*broadcast content may differ from what is scheduled

For further information, see the official Oha Suta website

Sources: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/news/?p=1802 and http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/news/?p=1800

Article edited on 2015-07-03 10:15:31 by Sunain
Jul 01

Movie 18 Website Updates with Details on the Stage Greetings

Posted by Adamant | July 1st 2015 at 01:18 PM EDT
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The official Pokémon movie website has updated. Translations follow:

Come Watch the Premiere Day Movie Screening That Includes Stage Greetings From the Entire Line-Up of the Extravagant Guest Voice Actors!!



To celebrate the premiere of the double feature "Pokémon the movie XY: The Archdjinni of Rings - Hoopa/Pikachu and the Pokémon Musicians", we will hold premiere day stage greetings!

The entire line-up of the extravagant guest voice actors will be present!
In addition to Tatsuya Fujiwara, who plays Barza, Koichi Yamadera, Shoko Nakagawa, Shinichi Shinohara and Mizuki Yamamoto will all be there!
And of course, so will Satoshi's voice actor Rica Matsumoto, director Kunihiko Yuyama, Pikachu and Hoopa!
We will truly hype up the premiere of the movie with these extravagant stage greetings!

Date and time: Saturday July 18th, immediately after the 8:30am screening and immediately before the 11:50am screening.
*The screenings use a seat reservation system, audience must leave the theater after the screening.
Speakers: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Koichi Yamadera, Shoko Nakagawa, Shinichi Shinohara, Mizuki Yamamoto, Rica Matsumoto, Director Kunihiko Yuyama (more planned)
*Please understand that the above schedule may change
Location: TOHO Cinemas Nichigeki (Yurakucho Marion, 2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo)

Tickets to the premiere date screenings with stage greetings will be distributed via lottery.
For application details etc, please see the Toho Application page

Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/news/?p=1787

Article edited on 2015-07-01 01:19:23 by Adamant
Jun 27

Movie 18 Blog Updates with Fifth Event Report

Posted by Adamant | June 27th 2015 at 11:11 AM EDT
Tags: Event, Movie, Pocket Monsters XY, World Hobby Fair, Movie Blog
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The official Pokémon movie blog has updated. Translations of the new entry follows:

Event Report #5: A Report from the "PokéTV Presents: A Pokémon the Movie XY Special Stage Show" at the Next Generation World Hobby Fair '15 Summer Saturday June 27th

The Next Generation World Hobby Fair '15 Summer takes place at Makuhari Messe Saturday June 27th and Sunday June 28th!

We'll do an instant report of the "PokéTV Presents: A Pokémon the Movie XY Special Stage Show" held Saturday June 27th!
In addition, we'll do a smashing report on the Pokémon Booth!

First off, the "PokéTV Presents: A Pokémon the Movie XY Special Stage Show".
Hoopa was there on the stage!



So now what? Is it going to make something "Appear!"?
Indeed it is: Shortly after, Anchor Shoko-tan, Director Yukito and Director Robin, known from Pokémon Get TV, all appeared.


Pokéssu!


Hoopa then made someone else Appear!...
It's the performer of "Getta Banban", the opening theme to the "Pocket Monsters XY" TV series: Tomohisa Sako!



The group then presented lots of the latest bits of news on the Pokémon movies, right before their premiere!

Tomohisa Sako and Anchor Shoko-tan had a Pokémon battle using the legendary Pokémon you can receive with the special preorder movie ticket and the Hoopa you can receive in theaters!
Anchor Shoko-tan clinched victory using Hoopa Unleashed's move Hyperspace Fury!



Next, Director Yukito did a "Today's Recommended Scene" segment, just like he always does on PokéTV, presenting the story of the new Pokémon movie "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa".
This was followed by a special Next Generation WHF-exclusive clip from the movie, which made the audience really pumped.




Hoopa then made Rei Yasuda, performer of the movie's theme song, Appear!



She performed the theme song, "Tweedia"!



Rei Yasuda was singing with a soft and powerful voice, with Hoopa and Pikachu at her side!



And of course, Tomohisa Sako performed "Getta Banban" as well!
Everyone in the audience remembered the steps and danced and sang along.




There will be another "PokéTV Presents: A Pokémon the Movie XY Special Stage Show" held tomorrow, Sunday June 28th!

The show can be seen even without tickets or prior reservation. For further information, go here!

The special stage show wasn't the only thing at the Next Generation World Hobby Fair '15 Summer that attracted a crowd, the Pokémon Booth did as well!
The Pokémon booth's stage also had presentations of the latest news on the movie, as well as the latest news on Pokemon Tretta and the like!



There were also "Legendary Pokémon Battle Attractions" where you could experience the world of the movie in person!
Which will you choose, the Primal Groudon Route or the Primal Kyogre Route?



The special pre-order movie tickets were also being sold at the fair!
If you bring your Nintendo 3DS and a compatible game, you can have a legendary Pokémon Appear! at the Next Generation WHF!



Which Pokémon will they ask to have Appear!...?


The Next Generation World Hobby Fair '15 Summer takes place at Makuhari Messe!
It's open from 9am to 4pm and admission is completely free!
The Pokémon booth is marked by the Pikachu balloon you all know so well!
All of you, make sure to visit the Pokémon booth for tons of fun!!



Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/pokemovie_ch/?p=995

Article edited on 2015-06-27 11:14:55 by Adamant
Jun 26

Movie 18 Blog Updates with Fourth Event Report

Posted by Adamant | June 26th 2015 at 09:11 PM EDT
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The official Pokémon movie blog has updated. Translations of the new entry follows:

Event Report #4: A Report from Rei Yasuda and Little Glee Monster's "Pokémon the Movie XY Special Stage Show" Sunday June 21st

The "Pokémon the Movie XY Special Stage Show" was held at the Takara Tomy Booth at the Tokyo Toy Show 2015.

This was an extravagant stage show where both Rei Yasuda, performer of this year's movie theme song, and all the members of Little Glee Monster, performers of the short's theme song, appeared!
We will describe the show for all those of you who weren't able to come watch!

First up was Rei Yasuda, performing "Tweedia", the theme song to "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa"!



The audience was spellbound by her unparalleled singing!


Arigato tonari ni itekurete!


Rei Yasuda sings as if she's talking to Pikachu!
We're all looking more and more forward to listening to Tweedia in the movie theater now!

Next up was Little Glee Monster!
Little Glee Monster is an energetic female vocal unit made up of middle and high schoolers with an average age of 15!



Little Glee Monster performer Gaogao All Stars, the theme song to the short "Pikachu and the Pokémon Musicians"!


Monsters! Monsters!
Oh yeah!!!!!!!


People instinctively began to dance, as a fun rhythm spread through the venue!



We were having so much fun the show was over before we knew it!
The 6 members of Little Glee Monster have plans of going all together to watch "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa" this summer vacation!

You guys go invite your friends to see "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa" in the theater too!
The special pre-order movie tickets are on sale until Friday July 17th!

Also, here are some good news for those of you disappointed you missed the show:
Rei Yasuda and all the members of Little Glee Monster will be at the Next Generation World Hobby Fair '15 Summer, which takes place Saturday June 27th and Sunday June 28th at Makuhari Messe!
That will be your chance to listen to the movie's theme song and the short's theme performed live! Admission is free!

For further information, go here!
Come, come to the Pokémon booth!

Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/pokemovie_ch/?p=949

Article edited on 2015-06-27 10:18:21 by Adamant
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