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Jul 26

Pocket Monsters Movie 18 Places 3rd in Box Office on Debut Weekend

Posted by Sunain | July 26th 2015 at 03:07 AM EDT
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The 18th Pocket Monsters movie - The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa (光輪の超魔神 フーパ) was heavily advertised this year including an unprecedented number of event Pokémon distributions, tie-ins with the TCG, Pokémon Tretta, promotions, present campaigns, goods promotions and other media. The movie unfortunately did not do as well as last years XY movie in the box office. For the 2 day weekend of July 18th and July 19th, 2015, the movie made 384,115,100yen (Approximately $3.10 Million USD) with 351,592 ticket sales. The movie Hero took first place and The Boy and the Beast took second place.

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According to the results of a questionnaire conducted at the theaters by Toho, there was a male to female viewer ratio of 71%/29% for the movie. By age: 50.2% elementary school age, 13.8% kindergarten and nursery school age and 23.8% in their 30s or more.

Source: http://www.cinematoday.jp/page/N0075100

Article edited on 2015-07-26 03:10:44 by Sunain
Jul 18

Movie 18 Website Updates with Details on 7-Eleven Tie-in Campaign

Posted by Adamant | July 18th 2015 at 04:10 PM EDT
Tags: Movie, Campaign, Pocket Monsters XY, Event Pokémon, Plushies
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The official Pokémon movie website has updated. Our initial article on thie 7-Eleven Campaign is available here. Full details of Serena's Yancham and Satoshi's Pikachu have been added to our Event Database. Translations follow:

The 7-Eleven Pokémon Campaign is currently running!



Summer means Pokémon! And this summer, 7-Eleven is running a Pokémon campaign all across Japan, too!

Part 1 of the campaign: Visit 2 7-Eleven stores to get 1 Pokémon in the "Pokémon DS Rally"!

Take your DS to the stores! If you use the 7-Spot at two stores, you'll receive one of the Pokémon that play a major part in the movie!
During the first period, which runs from Saturday July 18th, you can receive either Satoshi's Pikachu or Serena's Yancham!
Serena's Yancham holds the "Black Glasses" item!
During the first period, which runs from Saturday August 1st, you can receive either Lugia or Latios!
These two Pokémon play a major part in "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa", working together with Satoshi!



Part 2 of the campaign: Purchase two rice balls
The first 200 at each store to buy any combination of two specially marked items, including rice balls, Pokémon-related products (including the special Boxed Pokémon Lunch) will receive special 7-Eleven-exclusive metal keychain charms!
There are two different charms in all: "Magician Pikachu" and "Summer Festival Pikachu"!
*The campaign runs until supplies are exhausted.



Part 3 of the campaign: Purchase specially marked items and win prizes

There's more: If you purchase specially marked items, including deep-fried food, frankfurters, Pokémon-related products (including the special Boxed Pokémon Lunch) for a total of more than 200 yen (tax included), a serial number worth one point will be printed on your receipt! Once you've collected two points, you can turn these in at our special site for an entry in a lottery where 300 winners will receive a special 7-Eleven-exclusive Pikachu plushie! 150 of each variant will be given out!
The plushies also come in the two "Magician Pikachu" and "Summer Festival Pikachu" variants!
The lottery can be entered between July 18th and August 16th! Collect points and enter!

For further information see 7-Eleven's website

Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/news/?p=1858

Article edited on 2015-07-18 06:30:47 by Sunain
Jul 17

Movie 18 Website Updates with Details on Tsutaya Tie-in Campaign

Posted by Adamant | July 17th 2015 at 10:12 PM EDT
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The official Pokémon movie website has updated. Translations follow:

Receive a "Kids Fun Book" from Tsutaya! Available from Friday July 17th!



Collect stamps in the stamp card you can receive at Tsutaya stores all over Japan!

Each stamp can only be used once: Once you've collected your first and second stamp you'll receive Pokémon stickers, and with the third, you'll receive an original Tsutaya "Kids Fun Book"!
Both its cover and its special articles are based on "Pokémon the movie XY: The Archdjinni of Rings - Hoopa", which premieres July 18th!
The book also comes with coloring pages featuring popular characters, as well as free gifts! There's a limited number available, so get yours quick!

*Distribution of the stickers and the book will both end when supplies run out.
*Some stores will not be participating in the campaign.
For more information, see the Tsutaya Kids Campaign website

Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/news/?p=1838

Article edited on 2015-07-18 02:06:54 by Adamant
Jul 17

Movie 18 Blog Updates with Fourth and Final Part of Yuyama Interview

Posted by Adamant | July 17th 2015 at 03:45 PM EDT
Tags: Movie, Pocket Monsters XY, Movie Blog
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The official Pokémon movie blog has updated. We have added a section collecting every single blog entry for easy browsing. Translations follow:

Appear! Movie Details #12: A Special Movie Pre-Premiere Interview with Director Yuyama #4



We're interviewing Director Yuyama about the movie's highlights!
Tomorrow is finally the movie's premiere day!
The big highlight of "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa" is the "Legend VS Legend" concept!
We'll now be asking questions regarding this battle between legendary Pokémon and the place where the battle takes place!

Q: Since the movie is set in a desert city, you went scouting in Dubai, but what kind of place is this Désser City?

The core concept is a place in the middle of a desert filled with hyper-modern skyscapers.
That's the kind of place I wanted to have the legendary Pokemon rampage through.
We started looking for places to base it off, and since Dubai is a hypermodern city in the middle of a desert full of skyscrapers, we decided to go there for our scouting.

Dubai isn't just a modern city, lots of older parts of the cityscape still remain there as well.
The movie goes into the particulars of the great rampage Hoopa went on in the past, giving us a story that spans an entire 100 years, so we designed Désser City as a place where different time periods intermingle, making it a part historic and part modern place for legendary Pokémon to appear in.



Q: And what is the city's iconic building, Désser Tower, based on?

Well, you see there's this giant ring on the top of the building, right?.
It's not based on any particular building in Dubai, but instead on... a certain Pokémon.
You'll find out when you watch the movie.

Q: Can you tell us the highlights of this intense battle being referred to as "Legend VS Legend"?

Legendary Pokémon appear in the middle of this city filled with skyscrapers we've modeled after Dubai and a battle beteen them and Satoshi's side unfolds.
We constructed the city they battle in entirely in 3D, and then you get Satoshi flying through it riding on Latios' back, taking part in this huge dogfight. This battle scene is the one part of the movie we put the most effort into and its absolute highlight.



There's also this sandstorm blowing during this scene.
During our scouting, we went to the top of the Burj Khalifa (*the world's tallest building, at 828 meters), but when we looked down from it, it looked extremely foggy, almost as if a sea of clouds was hanging below us.
It turned out this was a sandstorm blowing through.

It was evening then, and as we were watching the sun go down, I thought it'd be really cool to have the legendaries flying around the scene we were now watching.
I think the finished movie scenes that resulted from that carry a real impact.

Q: Finally, can you say a few words to the audience that are going to be watching the movie in the theater?

This year we have a movie that features a battle between a lot of the legendary Pokémon that have starred in earlier movies on their own, so it's a real big-scale movie.
As such, in a sense it's the culmination of the 18 years' worth of Pokémon movies I've been making, and I'd like you to look forward to how that aspect gets across.
I'd like you all to go watch and enjoy the movie in the theater.



Pokémon the Movie XY: The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa/Pikachu and the Pokémon Musicians finally premieres tomorrow, Saturday July 18th!

Summer means Pokémon!
Go on an adventure with Hoopa, Pikachu and Satoshi in the theater!


Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/pokemovie_ch/?p=1408

Article edited on 2015-07-17 08:04:28 by Adamant
Jul 16

Movie 18 Website Updates with Details on Yahoo Tie-In

Posted by Adamant | July 16th 2015 at 05:54 PM EDT
Tags: Movie, Pocket Monsters XY
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The official Pokémon movie website has updated. Translations follow:

A Pokémon Movie Premiere Commemoration! Use The Smartphone Version of Yahoo to Make Your Search, Mail And Home Screens, As Well As Your Keyboard, All "Pokémon"!



Pokémon movie designs are now available for the various smartphone dressing services provided by Yahoo! Japan! You can dress up your smartphone's Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Search, keyboard and home screen (*)!
For your keyboard and home screen, you can select between two Pokémon dressing versions, based on the feature film "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa" and the short "Pikachu and the Pokémon Musicians"!
Yahoo! Mail's design will change every time you visit it!

With this service, you can make your entire smartphone all Pokémon!
Go dress up your smartphone!
(*)buzzHome, the application used to dress up your home screen, is only available for Android.

For further information, see "Give Your Smartphone a Pokémon Dressing" @ Yahoo! Japan

Source: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/news/?p=1843

Article edited on 2015-07-16 05:56:17 by Adamant
Jul 16

Movie 18 Blog Updates with Scouting Report and Interview

Posted by Adamant | July 16th 2015 at 03:11 PM EDT
Tags: Movie, Pocket Monsters XY, Movie Blog
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The official Pokémon movie blog has updated. We have added a section collecting every single blog entry for easy browsing. Translations of the new entries follows:

Location Scouting Report #14 and Final: The Location Scouting is Done



It's been about a year since we performed our location scouting in Dubai, the Middle East metropolis.
In reality, the place is very far from the image you get from what you see and hear in the news regarding the unstable situation in the Middle East, public order is well maintained, and we were able to do our scouting in a well-developed cityscape.
That said, the place did feel very different from all the other countries we've been to so far in every respect.



"There's a massive difference between what we see and what we hear"

While these are Director Yuyama's personal words, he does believe all the members of the scouting team think the same.
I've never seen a desert outside of photos or video before. It's first when you stand in such a landscape you get a true feeling of what it's like, just like how it's first when I actually went to Dubai I got a sense of the heat and air in the city.
Likewise, I have now experienced firsthand what terms like "desert oasis" that we normally just toss casually around actually mean.



I also have to mention the many non-standard, futuristic skyscrapers.
Seeing a glittering metropolis like this appear right out of the middle of the desert felt almost like looking at a mirage.

The premiere of "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa" is finally right around the corner.
It's a tale set in the desert city "Désser City", starring Hoopa, as well as Satoshi and Pikachu, and even a grand line-up of legendary Pokémon.
How will the many hints for the movie we obtained from the material gathered in Dubai show on screen, I wonder?



That's another thing those of you who enjoyed following this scouting report should have fun looking for as you watch the movie.

"The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa" finally premieres Saturday July 18th!

Appear! Movie Details #11: A Special Movie Pre-Premiere Interview with Director Yuyama #3



Only two days remain until the movie premieres! We're interviewing Director Yuyama about the movies' highlights and subjects, and in this third part, we'll be asking about the feature film, "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa"!

Q: What kind of movie is the feature film "The Archdjinni of Rings: Hoopa"?

First and foremost, it's a movie where lots of legendary Pokemon appear.
You could call this the ultimate concept for a Pokémon movie, and it's what I used as the starting point for this year's installment.
We were going to have all these legendary Pokémon that have starred in earlier movies appear all together, so figuring out what we were going to have them do was actually really difficult.
What made it all possible was this year's star Pokémon, Hoopa.
It has this power to retrieve asolutely anything from faraway places using its rings.
This power was a perfect fit for gathering an entire lineup of legendary Pokémon.



Q: So this star Pokémon with this special power, Hoopa, what kind of Pokémon is it?

While its natural form is the giant "Unleashed Form", it's been deprived of its power thanks to this item called the "Prison Bottle" and turned into the cute, small "Confined Form".
As such, both the big Hoopa and the small Hoopa are, in fact, the same Hoopa.

The big Hoopa went on a rampage in the past, but rather than it being out of malice, it was more like it was a child that got egged into doing something that escalated way out of control.
So when such a Pokémon got turned into its current form, one that feels the same but is so much smaller, it may be a prankster, but it also has this really innocent and honest personality and loves simple fun.



Q: However, what's been confined in the Prison Bottle, the "Unleashed Form" of Hoopa, acts as Satoshi and his friends' enemy, right?

What's been confined in the Prison Bottle is Hoopa's true power.
This power has built up a lot of "anger" due to its confinement.
So this other... Hoopa that's taken the shape of Hoopa, it's sort of like Hoopa's anger that's taken physical form.
And then Satoshi and the real Hoopa fight it, setting up this huge confrontation.



Q: The small Hoopa meets Satoshi and they have an adventure together, so what's the relationship between Satoshi, Pikachu and Hoopa like?

Hoopa is this really innocent little kid. However, it's unable to regain its original, true power.
So Satoshi shows up and, true to himself, instantly develops this really straight and uncomplicated relationship with it. It's very unlike "Kyurem VS the Sacred Swordsman Keldeo", where Keldeo had a strong sense of duty and went to Satoshi for encouragement, treating him as his elder; here instead, Satoshi's relationship with Hoopa is much more spontaneous and feel kind of like an extension of them just playing together.

For Hoopa, the events that unfold are not about duty, but instead about doing something together, overcoming difficulties together, building this very straightforward friendship between it and Satoshi.
Hoopa is able to make anything and everything "Appear!" from its rings, and while it can use this to make people happy, one of the big themes in the movie is the discovery of important things that can't just be summoned from these rings.

One of these important things is its relationship with Barza and Mary, which has developed over all the years they've been living together.
Another of them is Satoshi and his friends.
You'll get to see whether Hoopa manages to find something important when you watch the movie in the theater.



In part 4, we will ask for details about the movie's setting and the battle between legendary Pokémon that unfolds there!

Sources: http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/pokemovie_ch/?p=1373 and http://www.pokemon-movie.jp/pokemovie_ch/?p=1387

Article edited on 2015-07-17 08:52:03 by Sunain
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