Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened

Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened[a] is a 2013 Japanese animated film produced by OLM, Inc. and distributed by Toho. The film was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and written by Hideki Sonoda. It is the 16th animated film in the Pokémon franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri, Junichi Masuda and Ken Sugimori.

Pokémon the Movie:
Genesect and the Legend Awakened
Shinsoku no Genesect.jpg
Japanese Theatrical release poster
Japanese劇場版ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ 神速のゲノセクト ミュウツー覚醒
HepburnGekijōban Poketto Monsutā Besuto Uisshu Shinsoku no Genosekuto: Myūtsū Kakusei
LiterallyPocket Monsters Best Wishes! The Movie: ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens
Directed byKunihiko Yuyama
Screenplay byHideki Sonoda
Based onPokémon: Black & White
by Satoshi Tajiri
Junichi Masuda
Ken Sugimori
Produced byTakemoto Mori
Junya Okamoto

Akiko Odawara
Toshio Miyahara
Starringsee below
CinematographyTatsumi Yukiwaki
Edited byToshio Henmi
Music byShinji Miyazaki
Production
companies
OLM, Inc.
OLM Digital
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • July 13, 2013 (2013-07-13) (Japan)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office$32.3 million

The film follows a conflict involving a group of Genesect and a single Mewtwo, both human-engineered members of a species of creatures called Pokémon, and the wild Pokémon inhabitants of a nature park the Genesect forcibly try to take over to make their new home.

The film premiered in Japan on July 13, 2013.[1][2]

PlotEdit

The Pokémon trainers Ash Ketchum, Iris, and Cilan visit Pokémon Hills, a nature park surrounded by a city. While there, Ash quickly befriends a lost Genesect, a Pokémon that people brought back to life from fossils after being extinct for 300 million years. Ash offers to help the Genesect get back to its home. A red Genesect attacks Ash and forces the friendly Genesect to attack him as well. Mewtwo, another Pokémon created by people, blocks the attack, saving Ash, Cilan, and Iris's lives. The Genesect, not realizing the humans survived, leave.

That night, five Genesect take over the center of Pokémon Hills, driving out the other Pokémon and building a giant nest near some Panna Lotuses (a flower that existed in their home 300 million years ago) to turn it into their new home. This threatens the substation under Pokémon Hills, along with the city's power supply. Mewtwo, having been told about the Genesect's rampage, appears. Mewtwo tells the red Genesect not to hurt the other Pokémon, but it refuses to listen, and the two embark on a high-speed chase around the city.

Meanwhile, the Pokémon native to Pokémon Hills fight the three Genesect and begin to overwhelm them. The red Genesect then returns to protect them. The friendly Genesect saves Ash by taking an attack from the other Genesect, causing it to collapse. Mewtwo fights the four remaining Genesect and gains the upper hand. However, in the process the nest is set on fire.

Ash's Oshawott, together with the Pokémon of Pokémon Hills, help to put out the flames, and save three of the Genesect, who realize that the other Pokémon are not their enemies and save Ash from a falling beam. Ash, along with the four Genesect other than the red Genesect, run between Mewtwo and the red Genesect to stop them from fighting. The red Genesect claims that they are all its enemies and fires an attack, but Mewtwo blocks it takes it into space. In awe of the beauty it originated from, the red Genesect realizes that all people and Pokémon are friends. Unable to survive there, Mewtwo and the red Genesect begin to fall. Oshawott and the wild Pokémon create a giant ball of water to cushion Mewtwo and the red Genesect's fall. By morning, Eric restores the power.

Ash realizes that the perfect place for the Genesect to live is Absentia National Park, the only place where Panna Lotuses still grow naturally. Ash, Iris, Cilan, and Eric take the Genesect there, where they start building another nest.

CastEdit

Regular charactersEdit

Character Japanese English
Ash Rica Matsumoto Sarah Natochenny
Pikachu Ikue Ōtani
Iris Aoi Yūki Eileen Stevens
Cilan Mamoru Miyano Jason Griffith
Jessie Megumi Hayashibara Michele Knotz
James Shin-ichiro Miki Carter Cathcart
Meowth Inuko Inuyama
Narrator Unshō Ishizuka Ken Gates

Guest charactersEdit

  • Genesect (ゲノセクト, Genosekuto): An ancient Pokémon revived by Team Plasma. They are initially responsible for some events in the anime TV series.[3][4] Team Plasma "enhanced" it by having a cannon installed onto its back that can be equipped with several elemental cassettes, which changes its type. It can also fly at high speeds by transforming into a High-Speed Flight Form. In the original Japanese release, the Genesect are voiced by Koichi Yamadera, Sumire Morohoshi, Akeno Watanabe, Kiyotaka Furushima, and Kensuke Satō. In the English dub, Scottie Ray, Samia Mounts, Yūko Minaguchi, Tom Wayland, and Marc Thompson provide the voices.
  • Mewtwo (ミュウツー, Myūtsū): A successful clone of Mew made by Mew's fossil, it is said to be the most powerful Pokémon in existence. This Mewtwo is an entirely different individual from the one that appeared previously in Pokémon films,[5] possessing a female voice and distinct personality traits in comparison to the original Mewtwo. This Mewtwo can assume a new form referred to as "Awakened Mewtwo" (覚醒したミュウツー, Kakusei-shita Myūtsū).[6] In the original Japanese release, is provided by Reiko Takashima. In the English dub, Miriam Pultro provides the voice.[7][8]
  • Eric (エリック, Erikku): Is a park ranger who works at Pokémon Hills in New Tork City and a Guest character from the movie. Eric's voice in the original Japanese release is provided by Takashi Yoshimura. In the English dub, Eric is voiced by Jake Paque.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Moviegoers could receive Genesect in copies of the Pokémon Black, White, Pokémon Black 2, or White 2 video games at theaters from January 11 to February 20, 2013.[9]

The film's setting is based on New York City, much like the Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 games, with Central Park as a key location. Director Kunihiko Yuyama stated that this was chosen to contrast a modern city with the wild and ancient nature of Genesect.[10] A special episode of the anime serving as a prologue to the film aired on TV Tokyo, titled Mewtwo: Prologue to Awaking (ミュウツー ~覚醒への序章(プロローグ)~, Myūtsū ~Kakusei e no Purorōgu~).[11]

MusicEdit

The film's ending song is titled "Egao" (笑顔, lit. "Smile"), performed by the J-pop group Ikimono-gakari.

ReleaseEdit

Theatrical releaseEdit

The film was released in Japan on July 13, 2013 by Toho.

Broadcast airingEdit

The film premiered in the United Kingdom on CITV and in the United States on Cartoon Network on October 19, 2013.

The movie premiered in India as Pokemon Movie: Genesect Aur Mewtwo: Ek Shandaar Kahani on Hungama TV on November 7, 2020 at 9:15 A.M.

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

In its opening weekend, the film debuted #2 on the Japanese box office with $4,901,163. As of September 8, 2013, the film grossed $30,906,537 in Japan and $1,386,840 in South Korea, as of January 12, 2014, for a worldwide total of $32,293,377.[12] It was the 10th highest-grossing film of the year in Japan.[13]

Critical receptionEdit

Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network gave the dub an overall grade of B, describing the film as "a very dark film in such a kid-friendly franchise", and praised the film's animation, but stated: " Ash and his pals serve very little point ... at least they're still less extraneous than Team Rocket, who really could have been left out of the film." She concluded that the film "is cinematic in the scope of its art, pays attention to some of the darker aspects of the franchise's world, and as usual showcases a variety of interesting creatures against lovely backgrounds."[14]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Japanese: 場版ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ 神速のゲノセクト ミュウツー覚醒, Hepburn: Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Besuto Uisshu Shinsoku no Genosekuto: Myūtsū Kakusei, lit. "Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! The Movie: ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pokémon: Shinsoku no Genesect Film to Open on July 13". Anime News Network. December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  2. ^ "Pokémon the Movie: ExtremeSpeed Genesect's Teaser Streamed". Anime News Network. December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Pokémon Best Wishes Episode 117 "Team Plasma's Ambition! The Controlled Pokémon!!", TV Tokyo
  4. ^ Pokémon Best Wishes Episode 119 "Team Rocket vs Team Plasma! Meowth and Corless!!", TV Tokyo
  5. ^ "Twitter / sonodahideki: 今回のミュウツーは、前のミュウツーとは別の個体ですよー。前の ..." Hideki Sonoda. July 11, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "2013 Pokémon Trailer Reveals Ex-AKB48 Atsuko Maeda & New Mewtwo Form". Anime News Network. April 18, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  7. ^ "Resume for Miriam Pultro". IMDb. October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  8. ^ "voicing Mewtwo in the new Pokémon movie". Official Miriam Pultro Website. October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  9. ^ "幻のポケモン「ゲノセクト」、ポケモンセンターでプレゼント!!|ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト". Pokemon.co.jp. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  10. ^ "湯山監督のコメント | ポケモン映画公式サイト「神速のゲノセクト」同時上映「ピカチュウとイーブイ☆フレンズ」". Pokemon-movie.jp. Archived from the original on April 19, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  11. ^ "Pokémon's Mewtwo ~Kakusei e no Prologue Trailer Streamed". Anime News Network. June 27, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  12. ^ "Gekijouban Pokketo monsutâ Besuto wisshu 2013 (Pokemon: Best Wishes 2013) (2013)". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  13. ^ Kevin Ma (January 1, 2014). "The Wind Rises tops 2013 Japan B.O." Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  14. ^ Silverman, Rebecca (May 1, 2014). "Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened Dub.DVD". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 15, 2021.

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