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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  • 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: Aside from the Movie 1 Mewtwo, this movie's Mewtwo's personality also contradicts the minimal amount of personality that Mewtwo has in the games (being a Blood Knight with a "savage heart"; supposedly one worse than any other Pokémon). Months after this movie's release, official materials such as the Pokémon X and Y international website and the Mewtwo trophy from the fourth Super Smash Bros. game started emphasizing Mewtwo's savage Blood Knight nature even more, possibly in an attempt to reinforce this trait (the latter even adds a few details reminiscent of the Movie 1 Mewtwo). When Mewtwo was finally made playable DLC in Smash, the character was revealed to be the same one as in Melee, voiced by the newly cast Keiji Fujiwara, which helped calm many fans' fears that this movie's Mewtwo would indeed replace the original.
  • Base Breaker: 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.
  • 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.
  • Canon Sue: Mewtwo veers close to this with a side order of Copy Cat Sue - this is a character whose in-universe origin makes no sense from a continuity standpoint, only exists anyway because director Kunihiko Yuyama thought his interpretation of Mewtwo would be better, has a backstory and character arc that heavily mirrors that of the original Shudo-penned Mewtwo, acts far nicer than the original ever did... it's almost like a fanfic about an Opposite-Sex Clone of Mewtwo, except official.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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 
  • 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. However, Super Smash Bros. gave the same form to the original Mewtwo for his Final Smash, which weakened its association with that movie and helped de-establish it as a "female Mewtwo form".
  • 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.
  • Never Live It Down: Whether intentional or not, many fans saw this Mewtwo as the final nail in the coffin for any sort of pandering to the Periphery Demographic in the Pokémon anime. A few people take this further and use it to attack the creative staff, claiming that the staff outright hates the adult fanbase and that "Newtwo" was intended to piss them off on purpose, but such complaints are usually unfounded.
  • 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, 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.
  • The Scrappy:
    • This movie's Mewtwo, infamously so. While some hate 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.
  • 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. 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 Just Didn't Care: Mewtwo gets complaints of this type. Fans complain about how her backstory is simply a copy of the old Mewtwo's rather than something unique and interesting, how no explanation was ever given (in-universe or in Real Life) for why she was used over the old Mewtwo and has nothing to do with him, and how her Mega Evolution is just like a forme change rather than being closer to the games.note 
    Kunihiko Yuyama: Yes, I thought it would be better to use a new Mewtwo.
  • 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 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 literally the whole movie fighting one another.
  • Asspull: All things considered, it doesn't take much for the Red Genesect to pull a Heel-Face Turn and mellow out - just seeing the Earth and a sappy speech from Mewtwo about how everyone is their friend. Bear in mind that a minute beforehand, it was perfectly willing to attack its allies for disagreeing with it.
  • Base Breaker: 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. Ironically, the Drives in the games initially received the opposite reception - the Douse Drive was the only one of the four that wasn't made redundant by other moves that Genesect learns, and it gives it the only Water-type move it can learn (outside of Hidden Power), so it's the only one whose existence was considered slightly justified.
  • 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.
    • 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: Mewtwo controversy aside, the movie isn't as well-regarded as its immediate predecessor, Pokemon Kyurem Vs The Sword Of Justice, and is by no means one of the series' standout "surprisingly good" movies like Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew or Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
  • 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: It's not the worst Pokémon movie by any stretch (except if you really despise this Mewtwo), but it's generally seen as not quite living up to the fans' expectations or the original movie's reputation.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 Japan.note 
  • 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