These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Pokémon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened aka: Pokemon Extreme Speed Genesect Mewtwo Awakens
Hoo boy. If the phrase "this is a new, separate Mewtwo" on the main page didn't clue you in, this is one controversial movie. That's why all the reaction tropes for the new Mewtwo itself have been placed in a separate folder from the rest.
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Animation Age Ghetto: The Pokémon anime's adherence to this trope is believed to be one reason why a new Mewtwo was created in the first place. Compare to Takeshi Shudo explaining that he made the original Mewtwo's movie to appeal to both children and their parents (at least in Japanese) - considering this, it makes perfect sense that the older fans would prefer the original Mewtwo.
Reiko Takashima: Of course, I also wanted to really give this my all because Mewtwo is such a huge figure in the Pokémon world. I think a lot of children are excited to see this movie and so I felt pressured to not let them down.
Base Breaker: While the new Mewtwo is pretty damn controversial, it still has a few fans.
Broken Base: The fandom's primary point of contention with this movie is the use of a different Mewtwo than the original. Though there are various reasons for it, it ultimately comes down to the first movie and Mewtwo's popularity in the fandom, and having wanted to see it in action again.
There is also a Broken Base as to whether this Mewtwo should be playable in the new Super Smash Bros.; out of the three existing animated versions of Mewtwo, she is the only one who would not be universally accepted by fans. General consensus is that she'd be better than no Mewtwo at all, but she's also the least popular choice for which Mewtwo fans want in the game. Then there are the fans who do want her in the game specifically, and then there are those who can't stand the idea and feel it'd turn her into a Creator's Pet.note Of course, there is the detail of Wii Fit Trainer, Villager and Robin having separate gender options in SSB 4...
Critical Backlash: See So Okay, It's Average in the "Others" section below. While this movie is the most widely fan-criticized Pokémon movie for the whole Mewtwo controversy, some who have bothered to watch it tend to view it as a run-of-the-mill Pokémon movie; if any past Mewtwo works are ignored, there's nothing story- and character-wise to distinguish Genesect from most of the other movies in terms of quality, although it does come short of the series' best movies. A few fans even view Genesect as one of the better movies if they aren't bothered by the Mewtwo issue.
Ink Stain Adaptation: Mega Mewtwo Y's popularity in general suffered due to its association with this movie's Mewtwo, even among Pokémon fans who don't follow the anime. It's easy to imagine how an alien-like Mewtwo forme with record-breaking base stats in the games would have become a huge fan-favorite if not for the entire fiasco.
Replacement Scrappy: Taken out of context (i.e. if the original Mewtwo didn't exist), this Mewtwo is seen as an acceptable character in her own right, but part of her problem is that many fans essentially view her as a Shoddy Knockoff Product version of Shudo's Mewtwo.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: A meta example; quite a few critics of this Mewtwo calmed down thanks to Mega Mewtwo X in the gamesnote hinting that masculine portrayals of Mewtwo aren't dead and thanks to the more animalistic, third animated Mewtwo character in Pokémon Originsnote justifying the presence of different Mewtwo characters with different personalities across the franchise, and hinting that M16's Mewtwo wouldn't become the new "definitive" personality for Mewtwo characters.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The existence of a second Mewtwo isn't necessarly a bad a thing, but the writers botched her character by making a her a gender-flipped rehash of the original and the series' use of Non-Serial Movie implying that she actually replaced him. Had it been firmly established that the new Mewtwo was a completely different entity, she had a different personality (like making her a Foil to the original by having her be friendly to humans), and a back-story that wasn't the same as the original Mewtwo's, there's a good chance she wouldn't have gotten the hate she did.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Having the original Mewtwo fighting the Genesect Army would have nicely brought its story-arc full circle, as the plot not only would have given it a purpose in life, but also confront an enemy that mirrored what it tried to do in the first Pokémon film. Of course, all of those things more or less already occurred in Mewtwo Returns.
The new Mewtwo's different voice and personality would have also provided ample plot material on their own, which wasn't explored either, and her backstory relies on some major Plotholes.* A second Mewtwo shouldn't be possible due to the fact that all of data on the original was destroyed and anybody who would know how to go about making another one so similar to the original was either killed or had their memories tampered with. The only one with enough knowledge about the cloning process and has access to the genetic material needed is the original Mewtwo. There's also the fact that 2 separate groups with no contact with each other should be able to have such similar and successful results. Many fans believe that, if this Mewtwo had been given a unique and interesting backstory of her own rather than shallowly copying the original, she would have held up as a popular character in her own right.
Tainted by the Preview: Let's just say everything went downhill for this movie when Mewtwo's voice was first heard in a trailer as female. Even though there were people saying that the whole thing could be explained/redeemed somehow (neither of which has happened yet), the fanbase's overall feeling was a mix of anger and confusion.
Kunihiko Yuyama: Yes, I thought it would be better to use a new Mewtwo.
Tough Act to Follow: As one can figure out from the other trope listings, one of the problems of the whole Mewtwo controversy was that this Mewtwo had to live up to the original's reputation (especially where the Japanese version is concerned), especially since her backstory is pretty much the same. If she had been replaced with another legendary Pokémon (such as Lugia or Rayquaza) with the exact same voice and personality, then she wouldn't have gotten as much flak and would have even probably become quite popular.
Anticlimax Boss: The final "fight" between Mewtwo and the Red Genesect. Rather than an end to their battle, Mewtwo carries Genesect into orbit, where they are both moved by the sight of the world and come to terms with their place in it. However, this is debatable, considering they spend literally the whole movie fighting one another.
Narm: If you asked someone what a human-sized robotic insect's voice would sound like, "Like Fluttershy" is probably the last thing you'd expect to hear.
Ship Tease: The scene with Mewtwo and Red Genesect above the earth, and him later saving her as they fall, has some romantic undertones.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: While not quite as bad as Mewtwo, the Genesect species' depiction in this movie also gets some flak. A few fans wanted to see Genesect as a Unique Enemy and as a true villain due to its connection to Team Plasma, possibly serving as (the old) Mewtwo's new Arch-Enemy.
Snark Bait: Fans often mock Douse Drive Genesect's "cute" voice and personality, as well as the nature of the Genesect Army as "not evil, just misunderstood" - which is a major cliché of the Pokémon movies at this point.
Tough Act to Follow: Both in comparison to Pokemon Kyurem Vs The Sword Of Justice, which is widely appreciated compared to other recent movies/episodes, and with the first movie, due to the whole Mewtwo debacle. Coincidentally, it is the second lowest grossing Pokemon movie in Japannote Still, considering how well Pokemon movies typically do, this isn't saying much.
alternative title(s): Pokemon Extreme Speed Genesect Mewtwo Awakens