YMMV / Pokémon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened
aka: Pokemon Extremespeed Genesect Mewtwo Awakens

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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  • 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. As one can see below, his "new image" wasn't exactly popular.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: The Pokémon animé'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.
  • Asspull: The entire existence of a second Mewtwo can be seen as this, especially since while we saw the original Mewtwo's creators having a motivation for why they did the project (and an insight on how difficult it was to create even one clone of Mew, plus some pretty deep pathos to both Mewtwo and Dr. Fuji), the creators of this Mewtwo have no character to them, nor a scrap of anything resembling an explanation for how they were able to procure Mew DNAnote , how they were able to create a Mewtwo physically identical to the originalnote , nor even why they made Mewtwo to begin with.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Mewtwo returning with a new Super Mode to fight an army of creatures similar to how it originally acted sounds awesome... until the detail of it being a second Mewtwo altogether pops up, at which point most will question how such a thing is even possible, given the original's backstory and the second one's comparative lack of one.
  • Author's Saving Throw: After the backlash against this movie's Mewtwo, other Pokémon media gradually phased in and emphasized the original Mewtwo's characterization while never returning to this one's, such as in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Yeah, this Mewtwo practically splits fans into armies. You have those who don't mind or even prefer the second Mewtwo, those who utterly despise it and perceive it as an inferior replacement for the original, those who have no problem with Mewtwo itself but take issue with the manner in which its backstory was handled/presented... put simply, there is no common ground fans share regarding it.
  • Better Than Canon: Mewtwo's portrayal in the manga adaptation is slightly better than in the original movie, since (much like Super Saiyan Trunks in The History of Trunks) its transformation into Mega Mewtwo Y is depicted as a major event that only happens partway into the story and elicits awe from the cast, and not something it does without issue from the very start with no comment from anyone. The lack of voice acting also makes it easier to pretend it's the original Mewtwo and not a brand new one, if readers are so inclined.
  • 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.
  • Critical Backlash: Upon release, some viewers found that the movie wasn't as bad as angry Mewtwo fanboys made it out to be, and a few people looked past the controversy and regarded it as a So Okay, It's Average run-of-the-mill Pokémon flick.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: It's best not to bring up this movie, especially its Mewtwo, when talking with fans of the original movie and its Mewtwo.
  • Fanfic Fuel: A pretty popular concept is to have this Mewtwo meet the original and battle against him or team up with him, or even to ship both Mewtwos, as the original Mewtwo attests on his Self Demonstrating page.
  • Fanon: Some try to explain away the Contrived Coincidence-dependent backstory of Mewtwo by saying that its creators were members of Team Rocket too, or that they were spies who somehow got the information from the lab that made the original Mewtwo. None of this is even hinted at in the film, mind.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: People don't like to acknowledge this movie's existence - if they do, odds are they'll say it was the original Mewtwo we saw, not a cheap knockoff, or that it takes place in a different universe entirely.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The anime had already used multiple, conflicting depictions of Legendary Pokémon before this movie; for example, a mother and child Lugia appear in the anime series, a stark contrast to the mythical talking beast in Pokémon 2000, while the Mew in Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew is separate from the one in Pokémon: The First Movie. However, Genesect and the Legend Awakened was the first such case to raise a ruckus among the fandom, mainly because of how fans were misled into thinking the Mewtwo they knew and loved was coming back due to Mewtwo (previously) being a one-of-a-kind artificial Pokémon (unlike the naturally born Mew, Lugia et al), and how the new Mewtwo rehashed the original's backstory but ended up with very few of the traits that made the original so popular.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The movie's setting strangely echoes how Mewtwo itself was handled in it; it takes place in New Tork City, a New York City Fantasy Counterpart Culture, despite the Pokémon franchise already having one in Castelia City (in the same region even!). Even more so in that this movie doesn't mention Castelia City at all, just like with the original Mewtwo.
    • The original Mewtwo appears in the fourth Super Smash Bros. game along with Lucina, another Distaff Counterpart from a work with "Awakening" in its name, whose entire marketing and role within her franchise were similar to this movie's Mewtwo but handled much better.note 
    • The idea of Mewtwo depicted with a feminine personality and causing a fandom uproar is strikingly similar to later, higher-profile Western cases of tampering with the gender of established characters, such as with the all-female Ghostbusters (2016) reboot, which (like this movie) copies the setup of the original but doesn't feature or acknowledge the original Ghostbusters team at all.note 
  • Internet Backdraft: This movie's reaction can be summed up as: "what if Darth Vader was confirmed to return for Star Wars Episode VII, and was then revealed to be a much shallower, female, heroic Suspiciously Similar Substitute with Anakin Skywalker not being mentioned at all?" In this case, the Internet Backdraft was so big that the director and writers had to lock their Twitter accounts after fans kept questioning them on the new Mewtwo.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: A major criticism of Mewtwo is that its backstory (what little there is) and overall arc copies almost word-for-word that of the original. If you were to take away everything not taken from the original, all this Mewtwo would have is its female voice and Mega Evolution (raising the question of, "Why not just bring back the old one if it's so similar anyway?").
  • Never Live It Down: The controversy generated by this movie's Mewtwo damaged the reputations of the anime, its writers, and especially director Yuyama with many fans, although Mewtwo's reputation as a whole was eventually repaired by the re-introduction of Mewtwo's old characterization to the franchise.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: While many remember the original Mewtwo for being a stone cold badass villain, most that think of this Mewtwo will think of the controversy it generates just by virtue of its mere existence.
  • Replacement Scrappy: One of the main issues people have with the Mewtwo seen here is that she's a replacement of the beloved first movie one.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In a meta sense. While one of the biggest criticisms of this Mewtwo was her potential to retcon the original Mewtwo and effectively replace him within the franchise, the original Mewtwo's return to the fourth Super Smash Bros. game helped quell some of these fears and calmed down much of the backlash towards this new Mewtwo, even if not completely. Giving it Mega Mewtwo Y as its Final Smash had a similar effect towards the form in general, which was previously best known for being this Mewtwo's alternate form.
  • Scapegoat Creator: People often blame screenwriter Hideki Sonoda for the existence of the second Mewtwo (leading to him locking his Twitter account for a time after the movie's release). In reality, director Kunihiko Yuyama confirmed the decision was his on an episode of Pokémon Smash.
  • The Scrappy: While some hate towards this Mewtwo just comes from her jarring feminine persona compared to the original Mewtwo, not being the original Mewtwo and being Lighter and Softer than him, there are also many complaints about her being a lazy copy of the original Mewtwo, with no connection to him and no justification for her existence and radically different voice and personality. This Mewtwo's English voice actress, Miriam Pultro (who happens to be One of Us) even anticipated said backlash against her role.
  • 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The existence of a second Mewtwo isn't necessarily 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, but would you pass such a story up?
    • 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. 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.
    • Mewtwo having the ability to Mega Evolve from the get-go ruins the possibility of it having to open up to humans before it can Mega Evolve, much like how Mega Evolution works in the games. Such a plot could have allowed for some Character Development to help this Mewtwo gain its own identity without aping that of the original.
    • Adding to the above, Mewtwo is established early on to distrust humans and not care about their wellbeing. Rather than having it overcoming this in a believable way, it just suddenly cares about humans out of nowhere when the Red Genesect slightly dents a building someone lives in.
    • A minor example: the introduction of a second Mewtwo would have been a good way to show off Mewtwo's shiny form. Indeed, the wound many fans feel regarding it may not be so deep had this been the case; thus being a bit more upfront that this Mewtwo was a different one, instead of it being ambiguous for a while thanks to the director's unclear wordingnote  and just plain old logic and common sense.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Thanks to the popularity of every other Mewtwo incarnation, you wouldn't know this Mewtwo was more feminine than them until you heard its voice, since it looks identical to the original.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: After the former Single Specimen Species was portrayed as masculine across all Pokémon media for over 15 years, the choice to use a female voice actress for this new Mewtwo is... jarring, to say the least.

    Others 
  • Angst? What Angst?: While Mewtwo somewhat averts this, the Genesect Army don't seem to mind being cybernetically altered to the point of being a new species, nor do they (well, four out of five) mind being off from their home by about 300 million years.
  • Anticlimax Boss: The final "fight" between Mewtwo and the Red Genesect. Rather than a climactic 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 the last fourth of the movie fighting one another. This also prompts a Heel–Face Turn from Genesect, which is very sudden considering how it was nothing but Ax-Crazy through the whole movie.
  • Asspull: That the day is only saved thanks to a giant ball of water breaking Mewtwo and Genesect's fall from orbit rather than having the same effect as if they hit the ground flies in the face of physics, which is especially strange considering how just moments ago they portrayed the effects of space more-or-less realistically.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Aside from the one with a folder devoted to it, there's the Douse Drive Genesect, who is either considered one of the cuter and more interesting characters in the movie, or a subject of mockery. Said mockery is pretty common on message boards.
  • Broken Base:
    • Putting aside the controversy of Mewtwo, the movie's overall quality is debated. While no-one will say it's one of the best in the series, people will either find the entire movie as being among the worst Pokémon movies and symbolic of everything wrong with the Dork Age that is the Best Wishes saga, or merely an average to mediocre flick.
    • The ending. Depending on who you ask, it's either a beautifully animated end to the main conflict, or a sappy, cheesy cringefest that serves to force redemption onto a character who, by all rights, did not deserve it.
  • Dork Age: This film seems to be the start of one for the Pokémon movies, gaining a mixed-to-negative reception with fans, coming after the well-regarded Pokémon: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice, and preceding the average at best XY movies (which also contain the lowest grossing movies in the whole series).
  • Idiot Plot: The Genesect Army's threat to New Tork City only happens due to Pokémon Hills seemingly having the most irresponsible managers and architects of any nature reserve, as the power generator for the entire city is built right underneath the park, it's easily accessible by the Pokémon inhabiting it, and there are seemingly no rangers on-duty to protect the park from internal or external threats (such as the Genesect Army - true, they probably wouldn't be effective against Team Plasma-enhanced apex predators, but still). No-one also bothers to tell the (capable-of-human-speech) Genesect Army of the eventual consequences of their actions.
  • Informed Wrongness: When the Pokémon Hills inhabitants fight back against the Genesect Army, Ash tries to break up the fight by pointing out that all the Genesect want is a home. Had they settled into the park peacefully, he'd have a point, but they outright attacked the park with lasers and forced every one of them out, in particular injuring several of them in the process. He even saw said injured Pokémon being thrown out earlier, so all things considered, the Pokémon Hills residents have every right to fight back.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Seeing Mewtwo and the Red Genesect fight is probably what most will want to see the film for.
  • Moe: The Douse Drive Genesect, in an Ugly Cute sort of way.
  • Most Annoying Sound: "I want to go home." Not so bad on its own, but take the Douse Drive Genesect's voice (with its huge heaping of Vocal Dissonance), and have it be said repeatedly by that character to the point where it comprises almost 80% of its dialogue, and it can be this. To paraphrase Mr. Plinkett, Genesect should never say the phrase "I want to go home." Or "Snuffleupagus."
  • 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.
      • Or in the case of the Japanese version, like Ichigo Hoshimiya, since both characters are voiced by Sumire Moroboshi.
    • The Chill Drive Genesect, to a lesser extent, in the dub can also come across as such with its vaguely-Japanese accent.
    • Mewtwo and Genesect above the Earth comes across as this, due to the romantic undertones, how sappy the dialogue is and how easily Genesect's Heel–Face Turn happens, despite everything it thought and did prior.
    Mewtwo: On this planet, all Pokemon are friends. You are my friend.
    Red Genesect: Everyone on this planet... is my friend.
  • Sequelitis: This movie is one of the most unpopular Pokémon movies along with Pokémon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, but is more infamous and more vocally derided because its handling of a fan-favorite former Single Specimen Species is seen as a huge step back for the anime. On top of that, while the characters and plot aren't necessarily better or worse than most of the other movies (which are generally So Okay, It's Average), it's generally agreed that at best they aren't good enough to redeem the movie, and at worst make the film unfocused and dull, with action scenes being mostly variations of "X shoots laser at Y" with little substance added.
  • Ship Tease: The scene with the feminine Mewtwo and the masculine Red Genesect above the Earth, and the latter later saving the former as they fall, has some romantic undertones.
  • 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.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Regarded as this by some of the more forgiving fans. On its own merits, it's probably not the worst Pokémon movie (unless you really despise this movie's Mewtwo), but it's generally seen as not quite living up to the fans' expectations or the original movie's reputation, and is one of the most unpopular Pokémon movies in the larger scheme of things.
  • Special Effect Failure: Alongside some rather unconvncing 3D models of some Pokémon, when the inhabitants of Pokémon Hills flee, some of them run straight down a wall, completely defying gravity.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Downplayed, but the Douse Drive Genesect's sickeningly sweet voice, and Mewtwo's final speech to the Red Genesect (and the latter's abrupt Heel–Face Turn) can come off like this.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Genesect is a Prehistoric Monster revived and turned into a cyborg by Team Plasma in an effort to create the Ultimate Life Form. Sounds like an awesome concept, right? Except the film makes the decision to downplay their origins (beyond Mewtwo saying, "humans made both of us" about two times in the film), and have five Genesect instead of one (seemingly to match the number of Drives), and as such their personalities are rather lacking in depth. The Red Genesect is angry and violent all the time for no real reason, the Douse Drive Genesect does little but cry about home, and the other three have zero character at all.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • While not quite as bad as Mewtwo, Genesect's depiction as a species in this movie also gets some flak. A few fans wanted to see Genesect as a Single Specimen Species (as it is in the games) and as a true villain due to its connection to Team Plasma, possibly serving as (the old) Mewtwo's new Arch-Enemy.
    • You'd think the setting being a New York City expy would lend itself well to some unique and cool setpieces, such as the Genesect Army attacking the city itself. Outside of the Missing Trailer Scenes from the seemingly-mandated lying trailer, and a small skirmish between Mewtwo and the Red Genesect with no impact on the setting, the action is kept exclusively to Pokémon Hills, and Genesect's threat to the city at large is unintentional, as opposed to the outright invasion seen in trailers. Which is ironic, given that the director chose a city setting specifically to contrast with the ancient Genesect, who end up being in said city for less than a few minutes.
    • One would think that being the creation of Team Plasma would have an impact on the Genesect's characterisation and motivation, much like the original Mewtwo. However, their connection is never acknowledged by anyone, is only even present thanks to a brief flashback, Team Plasma's name is never even spoken aloud, and that the Genesect were cybernetically enhanced considerably is downplayed, to the point where their origin may as well be, "just straight revivals by some nobodies who at most welded guns to their backs," for all it matters in the story.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Both in comparison to Pokémon: 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 one of the lowest grossing Pokémon movies in Japan.note 
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: While the Genesect Army are supposed to be tragic Pokémon cruelly torn from their home via time and turned into unnatural beings by humans, only one of them is remotely sympathetic about the whole thing. The others show no similar pining for home or angsting about their situation, are content to force Pokémon out of their home, and open fire on anyone who fights back. The Red Genesect, meanwhile, mind controls its own kind routinely, shoots at anything that questions it (with no distinction between the other Genesect or human children), and is an all-around jerkass. Makes you wonder why Ash tries to defend them when the other Pokémon try to reclaim the park from them.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: It is difficult to discern whether the Douse Drive Genesect's voice is meant to be that of a young boy or girl. Needless to say, it does sound significantly feminine, due to the performance of the voice actresses for both the Japanese and English versions of the movie. All this without mentioning how technically it's genderless...
  • Wangst: The Douse Drive Genesect constantly angsts about wanting to go home. Not helping is its unfitting voice that makes it sound like a moe girl one second away from bursting into tears.
  • What an Idiot: Mewtwo's creators. The brain trust capable of finding Mew DNA and using it to create their own identical Mewtwo, with seemingly no idea one already exists... also decides to electrocute it for no clear reason. And somehow, they didn't expect its incredible psychic power (that they would've known about!) to be used against them. That they somehow managed to survive afterwards (as briefly mentioned in the prologue special) is the real miracle here.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Mewtwo's not alone here - the Douse Drive Genesect's conspicuously unfitting female voice raises quite a few eyebrows.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Extreme Speed Genesect Mewtwo Awakens

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