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Pokemon: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu


Alternative Titles

English: Pokemon: The First Movie
Synonyms: Gekijouban Pocket Monsters: Mewtwo Strikes Back, Pokemon Movie 1, Pokemon: The Origin of Mewtwo, Pokemon: The First Movie Kanzenban, Pokemon: The First Movie Complete Version
Japanese: ポケットモンスター ミュウツーの逆襲

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 18, 1998
Studios: OLM
Source: Game
Duration: 1 hr. 25 min.
Rating: PG - Children

Statistics

Score: 7.671 (scored by 69,594 users)
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Ranked: #11272
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Popularity: #552
Members: 99,769
Favorites: 180
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Synopsis

It was a successful science experiment gone horribly wrong. When a team of scientists discovers the DNA of the ancient Pokémon Mew, they harnessed the potential within it in an attempt to create the ultimate living weapon. With advanced cloning techniques and resources provided to them by Team Rocket crime syndicate leader Giovanni, the scientists succeed in creating the powerful psychic Pokémon, Mewtwo.

Pokemon: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu reveals the terrifying power of Mewtwo as he learns that not only was he created to be an experiment, but also to be a tool for Giovanni’s sinister dealings. Breaking free of his control, Mewtwo creates his own island fortress and reconstructs the cloning technology that gave life to him.

Under the guise of being a master Pokémon trainer, Mewtwo lures the best trainers in the world to his base. Among these trainers are Ash Ketchum, his loyal Pokémon Pikachu, and their friends Brock and Misty. United together, human and Pokémon alike, they must not only discover the hidden secret of Mewtwo's plans, but stand against his terrifying might. If they fail, Mewtwo’s vengeance will not only lead to tyranny over all the Pokemon, but also the extinction of the human race.

Background

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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Pikachu
Pikachu
Main
Ootani, Ikue
Japanese
Ootani, Ikue
Satoshi
Satoshi
Main
Matsumoto, Rica
Japanese
Matsumoto, Rica
Kasumi
Kasumi
Main
Iizuka, Mayumi
Japanese
Iizuka, Mayumi
Takeshi
Takeshi
Main
Ueda, Yuji
Japanese
Ueda, Yuji

Staff

Yuyama, Kunihiko
Yuyama, Kunihiko
Director
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Shudou, Takeshi
Shudou, Takeshi
Storyboard
Watanabe, Cheru
Watanabe, Cheru
Theme Song Arrangement


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"Mezase Pokemon Master '98" by Rica Matsumoto

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''Kaze to Issho ni'' by Sachiko Kobayashi




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ryuutora
Sep 20, 2010
This was my favorite movie as a child, and it always made me sad to watch it every time, so watching it again having gone through the self-discovery of adolescence made me realize why it was so impacting.

The reason why Ash is always able to win is because he's friends with his Pokémon. The whole series is an allegory on how you're supposed to treat your fellow man, using the relationship between Pokémon and their trainers as a parallel for the relationship between human beings.

Mewtwo's hatred for mankind stems from their lack of compassion - he was basically used. He was given life, and then read more
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Chaotic_beauty
Apr 5, 2012
I've watched the Japanese version of the movie and that's my main impetus for this review. Most of us watched either the 4kids version as kids or a localization based on the English version. I have a bone to pick with that. I don't want to make this into a 4kids hate article, but they fucked up.

4kids have cut out 15 minutes of the movie, removed part of Mewtwo's monologue simply because he mentioned 'God' and distorted the message movie was trying to give. Mewtwo also wasn't portrayed as the spawn pf Satan in the original version, but a misguided villain. He was given motives read more
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kiriska
Jun 11, 2008
This was a movie that broke the box office records for an animated feature at the time. Of course, records have come a long way since then, but this was still a fun movie.

STORY - As a kids' movie for a kids' show, the themes in Mewtwo Strikes Back are actually quite impressive. The morality of cloning and genetic modification/enhancement is a very real debate that ripples through the scientific community now and again, and it's interesting to see that idea translated into a Pokemon movie. Thus, as far as its target audience goes, the core plot of this First Movie is definitely doing something read more
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literaturenerd
Jan 14, 2016
Overview:

It is time I take a short reprieve from reviewing actually acclaimed anime and go back to my little niche on this site, reviewing old CRAP!

Background:

The first Pokemon movie brings to the big screen what was easily the most interesting sub-plot of the 1st generation of pokemon games, the creation of Mewtwo. The game and anime adaptation leave many hints and clues that foreshadow events in the movie and built up anticipation. In the original games on Cinnebar Island, there is a building that is filled with documents about attempts to clone Mew and create an all powerful Pokemon for Team Rocket. Throughout the game, read more
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