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 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.
- 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"). 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.
- 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.
- Colbert Bump: Indie actress Miriam Pultro voices Mewtwo in the dub of this movie. Ironically, this movie and the whole controversy surrounding it helped raise awareness of Pultro and her other work, and consequently gained her a small following for being One of Us and for taking the whole Mewtwo controversy with grace - which is much more than can be said for the Mewtwo character she voices.
- 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.
- 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 Discontinuity: People don't like to acknowledge this movie's existence.
- 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.
- 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.
- Memetic Sex God: Despite the controversy, a female Tsundere Mewtwo is a dream come true for much of the Furry Fandom, who view her as Tall, Dark and Bishoujo. Not to mention the ton of gijinka art she's gotten...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Base Breaker: Douse Drive Genesect, who is either considered one of the cuter and more interesting characters in the movie, or a subject of mockery.
- Fountain of Memes: Said mockery is pretty common on message boards.
- Moe: Douse-Drive Genesect, in an Ugly Cute sort of way.
- 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.
- So Okay, It's Average: It's not the worst Pokémon movie by any stretch (except if you ''really'' enjoy the original Mewtwo), but it's generally seen as not quite living up to the fans' expectations or the original movie's reputation.
- 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.
- 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 .