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Mewtwo Strikes Back

'Pokémon: The First Movie' (Simply known as 'Mewtwo Strikes Back', its original Japanese title) is the very first Pokémon anime movie, released in July 18, 1998 in Japan, and in US on November 12, 1999.

Who am I?
Where am I?
Who wanted me here?
Who wished for me to be created?
I curse everything I was born upon.

That's why, not as an attack or a proclamation of war...

...against all of you responsible for my birth, I'll strike back!


It is released in Japan under the title Pocket Monsters the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back (劇場版ポケットモンスター ミュウツーの逆襲) and its distribution in Japan is handled by Toho.

The movie is accompanied by a Pikachu Short Pikachu's Vacation.

In Japanese, the movie's opening theme song is a special version of 'To be a Pokémon Master' by Rica Matsumoto, and its ending theme is 'Together With the Wind' by Sachiko Kobayashi.

About the Complete Edition

When Mewtwo Strikes Back was made back then, there are two version: the theatrical version and the TV special airing version. The latter has the first 15 minutes additional footages which is now known as The Story of Mewtwo's Origin. Said footages is a adaption of the CD drama, further explaining Mewtwo's origin, its anguish and why it hates humans.

When the movie was theatrically released in the US, some CG edits were made to it.

Those CG edits, along with The Story of Mewtwo's Origin, were included in the Complete Edition version of Mewtwo Strikes Back home release in Japan. Since then, all home re-releases of Mewtwo Strikes Back were using the Complete Edition of the movie.


Mewtwo, is a artifical Pokémon who is created from Mew's DNA by Team Rocket. Days passed and while Mewtwo do dirty jobs for Team Rocket, it is distress by a reason that why it (Mewtwo) lives. One day, Mewtwo, who developed a strong hatred for humans and despised the Pokémon who served humans, breaks out from Team Rocket. Mewtwo decided to strikes back against humans.

Meanwhile, Ash and his friends recieved a invitation and a hologram mail from a Dragonnite. The woman in the hologlam told the trainers to head to Old Shore Wharf in order to get to an island fortress called New Island. Ash and his friends decided to go to Old Shore Wharf to get to the island.

Little did Ash know, It is the invitation from Mewtwo...


Character (Japanese name) Voice (Japanese)
Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) Rica Matsumoto
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani
Misty (Kasumi) Mayumi Iizuka
Togepi Satomi Kourogi
Brock (Takeshi) Yuji Ueda
Jessie (Musashi) Megumi Hayashibara
James (Kojiro) Shin-ichiro Miki
Meowth (Nyarth) Inuko Inuyama
Mewtwo Masachika Ichimura
Mew Kouichi Yamadera
Corey (Sorao) Toru Furuya
Neesha (Sweet) Aiko Satoh
Fergus (Umio) Wataru Takagi
Raymond Raymond Johnson
Nurse Joy (Joy) Ayako Shiraishi
Officer Jenny (Junsar) Chinami Nishimura
Miranda (Voyager) Sachiko Kobayashi
Dr. Fuji Yosuke Akimoto
Giovanni Hirotaka Suzuoki
Narration Unsho Ishizuka
Mewtwo (Young)Showtaro Morikubo
Ambertwo (Aitwo)Kyoko Hikami


  • Some dialogues and character portrayal in the English version of the movie is different than the Japanese version, such as Mew and Mewtwo themselves. Because of this, some people in the overseas prefer the Japanese version of this movie.
  • A TV special, known as Mewtwo Returns (ミュウツー 我ハココニアリ), is the sequel to this movie.

See also

Pokémon - The franchise itself
Pokemon Anime - The anime series
Mewtwo - The title Pokémon
Mew - Another main character in the movie

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