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11th May '16 7:50:15 PM Technicolourtardis
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** Mewtwo being the "strongest" Pokemon ever, when by now (before the release of PokemonSunAndMoon) it's more of a MemeticBadass than it is actually really powerful, and it's definitely not the most powerful Pokemon ever. Not only was this film released when five of the remaining six regions didn't exist yet (though Johto's games weren't yet released) and all of their unique Pokemon were somehow undiscovered in their own region (barring Unova), but the Psychic typing at the time was broken in a way that made it far too powerful, and Mewtwo is, of course, Psychic. This also handily explains why Shadow Ball did almost nothing to Mew- Ghost typing was miscoded originally and wasn't super effective to Psychic-types. Mewtwo was created to be the most powerful ''Kanto'' Pokemon (as the researchers were basing its power level on the only Pokemon they could- Kanto ones).
** Of course Pikachu's shocks did nothing- considering every known Rock type at the time was part-Ground, and Ash was now stone, it marks the only time Pikachu's attacks are properly useless against a Ground-type (again, Johto wasn't known at the time, it came out later, so Sudowoodo doesn't count).
3rd May '16 8:44:18 AM bassforte123
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* AssPull: The dub's moral of "fighting is wrong" makes sense given the context, but has very little to tie it to the rest of the movie and seemingly comes out of nowhere, unlike the original's. It also causes Mewtwo's "circumstances of one's birth" realization at the end to become this.

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* AssPull: The dub's moral of "fighting is wrong" makes sense given the context, but has very little to tie it to the rest of the movie and movie, seemingly comes out of nowhere, nowhere unlike the original's.original's, and like Anvilicious above essentially tries to highlight "killing is bad". It also causes Mewtwo's "circumstances of one's birth" realization at the end to become this.
27th Mar '16 11:50:38 PM Nakayama90
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* NightmareFuel: Mewtwo. While Pokémon who are abused usually grow afraid or mistrustful towards humans, this one was driven half insane by it and decides to use his extremely powerful psychic abilities to exact his revenge, human and Pokémon alike. Given his game counterpart's ability in the later series to take on, and possibly even beat, other Legendaries, including Arceus, the god of all Pokémon itself, it's a ''very'' good thing for the universe in the anime that Mewtwo eventually decides to take a more productive approach to finding his purpose in life. The last thing Ash and his friends need is a Pokémon version of [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] running amok.
** [[GoneHorriblyRight "We dreamed of creating the world's most powerful Pokémon... and we succeeded."]] (''cue Mewtwo killing everyone and blowing up the island'')
*** [[http://www.suruga-ya.jp/database/pics/game/978006477.jpg This promotional photo.]] Notable in that it depicts Mewtwo in EvilOverlooker fashion... with his mouth open, despite the fact that he never does so in the actual movie. Which, to be honest, makes the image all the creepier.

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* NightmareFuel: Mewtwo. While Pokémon who are abused usually grow afraid or mistrustful towards humans, this one was driven half insane by it and decides to use his extremely powerful psychic abilities to exact his revenge, human and Pokémon alike. Given his game counterpart's ability in the later series to take on, and possibly even beat, other Legendaries, including Arceus, the god of all Pokémon itself, it's a ''very'' good thing for the universe in the anime that Mewtwo eventually decides to take a more productive approach to finding his purpose in life. The last thing Ash and his friends need is a Pokémon version of [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]] running amok.
** [[GoneHorriblyRight "We dreamed of creating the world's most powerful Pokémon... and we succeeded."]] (''cue Mewtwo killing everyone and blowing up the island'')
*** [[http://www.suruga-ya.jp/database/pics/game/978006477.jpg This promotional photo.]] Notable in that it depicts Mewtwo in EvilOverlooker fashion... with his mouth open, despite the fact that he never does so in the actual movie. Which, to be honest, makes the image all the creepier.
[[NightmareFuel/PokemonTheFirstMovie Has its own page.]]
27th Jan '16 8:56:26 PM Karxrida
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* MagnumOpus: While the English version suffers from heavy bowdlerization and is LoveItOrHateIt, the Japanese version is considered among the best in the series, with some people calling it [[http://youchew.net/forum/index.php?/page/Articles/_/mediareviews/why-pokemon-mewtwo-strikes-back-is-m-r491 the best video game movie of all time]] (not that that's [[VideoGameMoviesSuck saying much]]). Along these lines, some people consider it to be Takeshi Shudo's best work along with ''Anime/{{Pokemon 3}}''.
22nd Jan '16 4:30:50 AM Firechick12012
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** The Japanese ending, ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOi6_Km120Y Together With The Wind]]'', sung by popular enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi (and in the beginning an unnamed little girl) is absolutely beautiful and heartwrenching.
21st Jan '16 5:55:53 AM spyro19
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** There is also the "only humans cry" bit in the japanese version which makes no sense because we have seen pokemon cry before this movie came out.
21st Jan '16 5:49:24 AM spyro19
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** Despite what people say about the dub if you actually watch it their is alot of stuff you wont find in your average kid movie. Or adult movie for that matter.

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** Despite what people say about the dub if you actually watch it their there is alot of stuff you wont find in your average kid movie. Or adult movie for that matter.
21st Jan '16 5:42:48 AM spyro19
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** Despite what people say about the dub if you actually watch it their is alot of stuff you wont find in your average kid movie. Or adult movie for that matter.
21st Jan '16 5:34:35 AM spyro19
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** The fighting is wrong thing really needs context to make sense. In the show the fights are exaggerated sparring matches, when one looses they eyes go all swirly and its over. Half the time the pokemon get up right up afterwards and smile it off. But Mewtwo makes it clear that the non clone pokemon will die alongside the humans. Mewtwo is waging a fight to the death for racist reasons... There is plenty of mature content in the dub version as well.


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** And then there are those who actually prefer the dub and think the Japanese version had its own share of problem. Mewtwo does'nt even remember the other clones so the Birth of Mewtwo has little effect on the story and think that Mewtwo's english version is cooler than the japanese version.
9th Jan '16 3:34:45 PM X2X
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-->'''Takeshi Shudo:''' Perhaps this anime is not only for children but [[ParentalBonus also for their guardians]]: Where is this? Who am I? If you answer, "This is a movie theater where I seldom come. I am a parent who has a child. --Ah, child rearing is an expensive, tiring job," I'll be slightly embarrassed by your answer.

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-->'''Takeshi Shudo:''' Perhaps "Perhaps this anime is not only for children but [[ParentalBonus also for their guardians]]: Where is this? Who am I? If you answer, "This 'This is a movie theater where I seldom come. I am a parent who has a child. --Ah, child rearing is an expensive, tiring job," job,' I'll be slightly embarrassed by your answer."



*** For a different comparison to ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', Mewtwo is an anthropomorphic animal with PsychicPowers who halts its attackers via [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]] and then flings them away, even remarking "It's no use" before showcasing this ability against Ash. [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sound familiar?]] [[http://breakneck-blur.tumblr.com/post/65031566276/mewtwo-said-it-before-silver-did It should.]] For bonus points, both works were dubbed by [=4Kids=].
%% Just in case the original Tumblr closes due to inactivity at some point, here's an alternative link: http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/630325-pokemon

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*** ** For a different comparison to ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', Mewtwo is an anthropomorphic animal with PsychicPowers who halts its attackers via [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]] and then flings them away, even remarking "It's no use" before showcasing this ability against Ash. [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sound familiar?]] [[http://breakneck-blur.tumblr.com/post/65031566276/mewtwo-said-it-before-silver-did It should.]] For bonus points, both works were dubbed by [=4Kids=].
%% Just in case the original Tumblr closes due to inactivity at some point, here's an alternative link: http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/630325-pokemon
[=4Kids=].
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