Pokemon Movie 01: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu

Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Gekijouban Pocket Monsters: Mewtwo Strikes Back, Pokémon Movie 1, Pokémon: The Origin of Mewtwo, Pokémon: The First Movie Kanzenban, Pokémon: The First Movie Complete Version
Japanese: ポケットモンスター ミュウツーの逆襲
English: Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back
German: Pokémon: Der Film
Spanish: Pokémon La Película: Mewtwo vs Mew
French: Pokemon Le Film: Mewtwo vs Mew
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 18, 1998
Studios: OLM
Source: Game
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, Award WinningAward Winning, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 1 hr. 25 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.651 (scored by 181142181,142 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #13662
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Popularity: #922
Members: 268,431
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Using the fossil of the Legendary Pokémon Mew, Team Rocket has created the first successful Pokémon clone. Named Mewtwo, the man-made Pokémon quickly becomes upset with the circumstances of its creation and goes on a rampage. It is soon approached by Sakaki, the leader of Team Rocket, and is manipulated into committing evil acts.

Repulsed by the tricks of mankind and the cruelties it has suffered, Mewtwo isolates itself from everyone and plots against humans whilst trying to discover its true purpose in life. Disguising as the world's strongest Pokémon trainer, Mewtwo draws in the region's most powerful trainers who want to fight the new, mysterious opponent. With the fate of the world at stake, renowned trainers Satoshi, Takeshi, and Kasumi must battle against Mewtwo and defeat it before it brings about the downfall of humanity.

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The Origin of Mewtwo was originally not included with the theater release but every subsequent release has included it, so this entry includes it as well in its runtime.<br /> <br /> Pokemon Movie 01: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu won the Feature Film Award in the 3rd Animation Kobe Awards in 1998. The film chronologically takes place after episode 67 of Pokemon.

Characters & Voice Actors


Yamadera, Kouichi


Miki, Shinichiro


Hayashibara, Megumi


Inuyama, Inuko

Ookido, Shigeru



Okuno, Toshiaki
Yuyama, Kunihiko
Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Mezase Pokemon Master '98" by Rica Matsumoto

Ending Theme

''Kaze to Issho ni'' by Sachiko Kobayashi


Apr 22, 2020
Man, this is a classic. Reaching this in my pokemon marathon even I remembered it was quite entertaining, and entertain me it did. These film takes on this ideal of are you really a being of the Earth if you were cloned into existence and while rather simple it's enough to make me think and understand what the clones mean, even if it's kinda dumb. having a big team of pokemon fight really amps up the stakes, along with everything being paced almost a little too fast.

Overall a good little flick, 7/10, very surprised they got to a show a glass of liquor in a ...
Aug 13, 2023
Mixed Feelings
This Pokemon movie is very much the definition of nostalgic, but not a good one. Many people have stated that this was one of the best Pokemon films, although a good film it definitely doesn’t hold that statement. This of course is a movie for kids at the end of the day, but a lot of story beats seemed either rushed or didn’t really work. Unlike the main series, this felt like it was more aimed at kids than a wider audience, which might explain the movies that came after it. It’s still pokemon at the end of the day, and I’d watch this compared ...
Jun 16, 2020
This review is just a blurt of thoughts as it is part of a Pokemon watch series I am doing with some friends. I apologize for the short format.

Just re-watched this film with some friends; it's still a meh film. It is mostly enjoyable due to nostalgia reasons. However as a film, it shows its cracks in many places. The narrative seems pointless, the side characters are not fleshed out what so ever, and in a lot of spots the animation and artwork look pretty bad even for a late 90's animated film.

However, this film is still quite watchable. It isn't bad but it ...

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