Anime: Pokémon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened
Genesect and the Legend Awakened
(known in Japan as ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens
) is the 16th movie entry in the Pokémon
movie franchise. It marks the anime debut of the legendary Pokémon Genesect as well as one of Mewtwo's Mega Evolutions introduced in Pokémon X and Y
. The movie follows Ash, Iris, Cilan, and their Pokémon as they arrive in New Talk City, which is being attacked by the Genesect Army, a group of five Genesect led by a Shiny one known as the Red Genesect. The only one who can stop them is Mewtwo, who notes that the Genesect are made by humans, just like it was. Of note, this is a new, separate Mewtwo rather than a return of the Mewtwo from the first movie and its sequel
. This tidbit (among others) has made the movie... divisive
among fans, to say the least.
The film was released in Japan on July 13th, 2013 and debuted on Cartoon Network
in the United States on October 19th, 2013. It was released on DVD in the United States on December 3rd, 2013.
Additionally, the film was accompanied in Japan by the Pikachu short Eevee and Friends
, which was streamed on the English website's Pokémon TV service
from December 6th, 2013 to December 15th, 2013, during which time the service was known as "Eevee TV" and featured Eevee-themed Pokémon episodes.
Just like The First Movie,
this one had plot elements set up, this time within the Team Plasma Arc of the Best Wishes Series, and it had a prologue special episode as a lead-in.
Genesect and the Legend Awakened features examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: This Mewtwo appears to be female, as opposed to the original, but is none the less a badass.
- Alpha Bug: The Red Genesect is an asshole (and extremely violent, to boot) towards anyone who isn't on its side... even when "anyone" includes one of its own kind, like the Douse Drive Genesect.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked; the director wanting to make a new image for Mewtwo is his rationale behind the use of a different one from the pre-existing character.
- Apocalypse How: The Genesect build their nest in the power supply to New Talk City, and it threatens to cause a Class 0 to the city before it is stopped.
- Badass Bystander: One of the Pokemon the Genesect disturb in the nature preserve is a Feraligatr, who proceeds to spend the entire rest of the movie trying to fight them off.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The Feraligatr and Persian seem to be the leaders of land and water Pokémon, respectively, and do the most fighting of the wild Pokémon.
- Bad Boss: Hoo boy, Red Genesect.
- Berserk Button: Red Genesect really hates being told what to do.
- Big Bad: The Genesect Army, but particularly the Red Genesect, its leader.
- Bigger Bad: Though not present in the movie itself, Ghetsis and Colress of Team Plasma are the creators of the Genesect, and thus the conflict.
- Big Damn Heroes: Mewtwo pulls this off, twice.
- Big Good: Mewtwo, compared to the first Mewtwo, and despite the painful past it's been through.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The Red Genesect can bend the other Genesect to his will and force them to do his bidding. This becomes a recurring plot point with the Douse Drive Genesect, who's pulled a Heel-Face Turn and formed a friendship with Ash and friends.
- Broad Strokes: Mewtwo's backstory amounts to a basic retelling of the original Mewtwo's history (up to and including a compressed version of Mewtwo Returns), minus Team Rocket.
- Bullet Time: Mewtwo is capable of creating this effect in its Mega Evolution "Y" form.
- Cheerful Child: The Douse Drive Genesect is this...which can come off as kind of odd since it's a scary-looking cyborg bug with a Backpack Cannon.
- Chekhov's Gun: Albeit not a very effective one. James drops a bazooka into the Genesect nest upon being Signal Beam'd by Red Genesect. Relatively soon after, it drops towards the Douse Drive Genesect before being knocked aside.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: All the Genesect use differently-colored Drives. Red Genesect also shows itself as the leader with its different color scheme.
- Could Have Been Messy: A group of Genesect looking for a home, led by a mind control-equipped leader who is quick to label everyone else as the enemy and fire their arm cannons directly at them with intent to destroy. And yet, between several Big Damn Heroes moments and a Taking the Bullet Disney Death, not a single casualty. Except a few lotuses.
- Covers Always Lie: Played with for the international release of the movie. While depicting standard Mewtwo on the cover and/or including Mewtwo's name in the title would be true to the movie, the international title leaves out Mewtwo and always depicts Mega Mewtwo Y on promotional material rather than standard Mewtwo, probably to avoid confusing the audience due to their familiarity with the original member of the species.
- Disney Death: The Douse Drive Genesect undergoes this following its Taking the Bullet moment, complete with Eye Lights Out. It does it again later.
- Distaff Good Counterpart: The Mewtwo in this movie has a female voice, unlike the one in the Kanto movies, and is also more of a straightforward hero rather than a villain turned anti-hero.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Mega Mewtwo Y and Sylveon.
- Easily Forgiven: Everyone forgives the Red Genesect (as well as the other Genesect) after the climax. Never mind that they forcibly evicted all Pokémon out of Pokémon Hills against their will (injuring quite a few in the process), endangered all life in the city with their nest and that the Red Genesect was a general arsehole to everyone around him - apparently saying "We're all friends" is enough for New Talk City to wholeheartedly forgive you, no matter what you did.
- Expy: New Talk City is very clearly designed like Castelia City, which itself is New York City. A different reading of the city's name, "New Tork City", makes it even clearer. See No Communities Were Harmed.
- Eye Lights Out: Unusually, a living (albeit cybernetic) creature gets this. The Douse Drive Genesect's eyes turn black when it loses consciousness.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: The Genesect Army, who died over 300 million years ago before their revival by Team Plasma.
- Flat Character: The Chill, Shock and Burn Drve Genesect have no established personality and mostly exist to shoot things and get hit.
- Fleeting Demographic Rule: Likely why there's a new Mewtwo. Never mind that in Japan the movie was promoted using everything the original Mewtwo appeared in...
- According to this interview, the director created Newtwo because he wanted to create a "brand-new image" for the character.
- Heel-Face Turn: The Douse Drive Genesect is kind-hearted and befriends Ash early on. During the climax, the other three purple Genesect undergo one too. Then Red Genesect turns good in the end.
- I Gave My Word: Ash, to the Douse Genesect.
- Japanese Pronouns: Like the original, this Mewtwo uses watashi to refer to itself. Unlike the original, this enhances its feminine persona in contrast with the original Mewtwo's male persona.
- Kick the Dog: While the Genesect were trying to create a new nest in the park, they attacked all the Pokémon that already lived there. The Red Genesect went so far as to attack some rock type Pokemon, sending them into a pond full of water. Remember, rock type Pokémon find too much exposure to water painful.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: The Red Genesect is the Army's leader.
- Lighter and Softer: Than the original Mewtwo's stories. This Mewtwo's backstory is far less complex and isn't quite as tragic, and both it and the Genesect aren't truly evil and are simply misunderstood.
- Limited Animation
- Meaningful Name: The city's name, New Talk City, was apparently chosen for meaning "a city telling a new story".
- Mind Control: The Red Genesect can exert this power, and the Genesect succumb to such control at various points. Given that the Genesect are cyborgs, and knowing their creator (Colress), this makes total sense.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Downplayed with Mewtwo - it doesn't like humans and gets on better with other Pokémon, but it doesn't wish to destroy them like its predecessor. Though it suddenly starts caring about them when it and the Red Genesect fight in a populated area when not long ago it still had those feelings.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Mewtwo's backstory contradicts a bit of what was established in the prologue dedicated to it.
- Mythology Gag: When Mewtwo and Red Genesect fly through the Times Square counterpart, some video screens show Pokémon Baccer.
- Never Trust a Title: One would imply from the title that Mega Mewtwo Y is the titular "legend awakened" (or "awakening of Mewtwo" in Japan) and that it's a big plot point. Nope, Mewtwo has it straight from the get-go. It's even implied to have had it from day one of its life!
- Never Trust a Trailer: Many of the trailers used footage that either showed certain events happening in a different way than in the movie (such as the Genesects' attack on Pokémon Hills taking place during the day and while Ash and co. were present) or was flat out not in it at all (such as Team Rocket falling into the Genesect nest, Iris and Cilan witnessing the Genesect creating said nest, and the Genesect fighting Mewtwo in New Talk City proper with people running away).
- No Communities Were Harmed: New Talk City (which can be romanized as "New Tork City") is an obvious reference to New York City. Likewise, Pokémon Hills is similar to Central Park.
- Strangely enough, a place based on New York City has already appeared — Unova, making New Talk City a New York within a generation based on New York.
- No OSHA Compliance: Who the hell builds the power supply for a New York-sized city underneath a Pokémon reserve, anyway?!
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: For roughly the seventh time, the movies use this trope for its villains - in this case, the Genesect Army is mainly interested in going back to their prehistoric homeland (as the Douse Drive Genesect is oh-so-happy to remind the audience constantly).
- Off Model: Where to start!?
- Phlebotinum Rebel: All the Genesect, eventually, given that they were cloned and equipped with Drives by Team Plasma as weapons.
- Poor Communication Kills: The entire plot happens mostly because the Red Genesect is a stubborn bastard who refuses to listen to people.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When the Genesect are under Mind Control (or exerting it, in the case of Red Genesect).
- Running Gag: Chansey appearing whenever it hears its name.
- Save the Villain: The park Pokémon have to rescue the other three villainous Genesect from a fire, causing their Heel-Face Turn. They later have to rescue the Red Genesect when he and Mewtwo are falling from orbit.
- Space Does Not Work That Way: Surprisingly, this is mostly averted - Mewtwo taking the Red Genesect into space causes the two of them to partially freeze, they speak telepathically thus getting around the lack of sound in space, and after a while they plummet back to Earth due to a lack of air.
- Soft Water: Mewtwo and the Red Genesect are saved from a terminal-velocity fall by a giant bubble of levitated water. Of course, being scientifically engineered superweapons probably helped their chances of survival somewhat.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: In one early trailer, Smiling Face (a happy upbeat J-pop song with lyrics that suggest a mother-child relationship) plays while the Genesect Army attack Mewtwo and destroy New Talk City. Fits that scenario like a glove.
- Super Mode: Mega Mewtwo Y functions as this for Mewtwo. Interestingly, it can do this without Mewtwonite Y.
- Taking the Bullet: The Douse Drive Genesect leaps to take the combined attack of four Genesect out of five of the Genesect Army aimed at Ash at one point.
- There's No Place Like Home: This is the Army's main motivation: however, their home has changed over 300 million years and they come across New Talk City while searching for the landscape they're familiar with. In the end, they make a new nest in a place where ancient flowers that grew in their homeland grow.
- Transforming Mecha: The Genesect Army, who can turn into a High-Speed Flight Form to achieve flight.
- Uniqueness Decay: Prior to this movie, Mewtwo was portrayed as a unique specimen with a unique personality across all Pokémon media; this movie introduces a second Mewtwo into the animé's canon, and essentially turns Mewtwo from a one-of-a-kind character into a race of two.
- Some fans try to justify this as a means of having both of Mewtwo's Mega Evolutions show up at the same time, with the first "male" Mewtwo presumably getting the masculine X form and the second "female" Mewtwo retaining the Y form. The use of both Mega Mewtwos in a brief scene during the intro to the first Mega Evolution special lends credence to ths, though it remains to be seen if there will be a proper meeting of the two.
- Video Game Movies Don't Use Codenames: Because the mechanic of Mega Evolution hadn't yet been revealed while the movie was released, Mega Mewtwo Y is referred to as Mewtwo's "Awakened Forme" in promotional material... but never in the actual film.
- Villainous Breakdown: Red Genesect has one when the other three Genesect turn on him and try to stop him, screaming that they're all enemies and trying to blow them to bits with his Wave Motion Gun.
- Vocal Dissonance: The Douse Drive Genesect telepathically speaks with a voice actress doing a young voice. And this is coming from a 4'11" tall cyborg insect with a cannon on its back, red eyes, and a permanent Slasher Smile. Made even more jarring when you hear the Genesects' real voices - garbled Dalek-esque noises.
- Chill Genesect sounds female in its few lines.
- Mewtwo comes off as this for some people. While it is merely the second member of the Mewtwo species and not the same as the original character, to some its voice still feels as if Darth Vader suddenly had a motherly female voice.