How long can you realistically keep a genetic psychic monster down? He’s escaped….Mewtwo is striking back once more, but will he rehash his old plan or try something new?
This week in Japan the latest Pokemon movie, called “Everyone’s Story,” opened in theaters. The long-standing Pokemon fansite Dogasu’s Backpack was there to report on it, but Dogasu caught something more interesting that needed attention first. These movies usually open with a teaser for the next film, and this time, a reanimation of Mewtwo’s birth was shown.
The teaser starts with a black screen. Text that says something along the lines of “The Legend is Back” (伝説が戻ってくる) appears in both English and Japanese. After that, some bubbles that’ll look very familiar to Movie 1 fans start floating up from the bottom of the screen.
As the bubbles continue to rise, we hear a voice that I’m 99.99999999% sure is Masachika Ichimura, the original voice of Mewtwo from Mewtwo Strikes Back (and that Jouto TV special), recite the opening monologue from the first movie: “What is this place? Who am I?” (ここはどこだ？私は誰だ？). We then see a shot similar to the one below of Mewtwo opening its eyes, though I’m sad to say that the Mewtwo shown in the teaser for next year’s film is rendered in CG.
The title was then flashed onscreen, which used the same logo as the original Mewtwo Strikes Back feature, only with the word “EVOLUTION” tacked across it in English. It’s a pretty strong hint that a remake of Pokemon: The First Movie is in the works, but Dogasu cautioned everyone that it could also mean a sequel (though this many years after the original, we doubt it).
Clearly the bigwigs were inspired by the extra attention given to “Pokemon: I Choose You” and decided to see what else they could rope in the nostalgic crowd with. It makes sense. This is likely the first you’ve heard of “Everyone’s Story,” but we’ll be hearing news about this Mewtwo remake for months to come.
Let’s hope for a better translation this time. “NOT LIKE THIIIIIIIS…..”