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 movieand its sequel.The film was released in Japan on July 13th, 2013 and debuted on Creator/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.
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.
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.
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 BulletDisney 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.
Easily Forgiven: Everyone forgives the Red Genesect (as well as the others) in the end. Never mind that they forcibly evicted all Pokémon out of Pokémon Hills against their will, endangered all life in the city and generally being an utter arsehole to everyone around you - 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.
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 Pokemon 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 Pokemon find too much exposure to water painful.
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.
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).
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.
Soft Water: Mewtwo and the Red Genesect are saved from a terminal-velocity fall by a giant bubble of levitated water.
Super Mode: Mega Mewtwo Y appears to function as such in the movie. 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; this movie introduces a second Mewtwo into the anime's canon, and essentially turns Mewtwo from a one-of-a-kind character into a race of two.
Posters for Movie 17 indicate this was deliberate so that both of Mewtwo's Mega forms could 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.
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.
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.