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The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006) at a glance

The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006) is the third Pokémon TV movie special in conjunction with 10th anniversary. The Pokémon Company International has featured all new voice casts but it has caused controversy among fans resulting new voice actor for Ash Ketchum and voice rerecording for the rest of the casts for the DVD version.

The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006) Preview

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The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006) Synopsis

Filled with drama, action and suspense, this is a must-see adventure for all Pokémon fans! A Pokémon scientist named Dr. Yung has invented a Mirage System that can recreate extinct Pokémon. Ash, Misty, and Professor Oak are asked to help test it out, but the Mirage System is suddenly taken over by a being called the Mirage Master! It's up to Ash and his friends to stop this mysterious villain - but when the Mirage Master steals classified Pokémon data and creates a Mirage Pokémon so powerful that Ash and Pikachu can't defeat it, will our heroes still find a way to save the day?

The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006) Review

Dr. Yung and his Mirage Pokémon!
Dr. Yung and his Mirage Pokémon!

The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006) is barely animated feature length at about 45 mins but it is scientifically creative. The Mirage System is absolutely promising and I like what I see.

However, there are several flaws that are too difficult to ignore.

Ash, Pikachu and Misty.
Ash, Pikachu and Misty.

Firstly, the plot. I love the story and the characters, Misty even came back for a bit but there are illogicality throughout the movie. I would usually forgive illogicality but this one is difficult to ignore especially the running time is so short. Then, the major voice cast change.

I am not going to review based on the newer version because of their initial low effort in maintaining the quality of the English dub voice. So yeah, the irreversible controversy happened because the voices are indeed awful; even though I am only following the Pokémon movies all these years, I could even notice that the personality of the characters are also slightly different!

That little Mew possess a true soul. You can't turn a soul into data!
That little Mew possess a true soul. You can't turn a soul into data!

I am not angry at those at all as it is baffling and I certainly won't let those to affect my whole experience watching The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006). So I proceeded to watch, ignoring the voice issues although I have detected it almost instantaneously.

I have seen Mew on screen several times but I think this Mirage Mew is the most endearing *and cutest* one! You may also die inside watching this towards the end if you are easily moved and loves all sorts of creatures deeply! :(

Pikachu using Volt Tackle!
Pikachu using Volt Tackle!

The whole thing? Turns out to be pleasant, very science fiction inclined and it is actually enjoyable although there are some violence such as Pokémon killing the other or attacking human. (I would like to think Pokémon battle is normal in Pokémon Universe but not violence.)

Conclusion? Some may like this, some won't. There are flaws and different people have different tolerance or views towards them but I surely loved the scientific side of this story and the Mirage Mew although it's a short one!

Who will like this?

Hmm, I do think Pokémon fans will love this if it isn't the voice acting issues.

PS. Rated this as 5/10 even though I came to like it because it's not great filmmaking! :/

Pokémon Movie Marathon

Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
The Power of One (1999)
Spell of the Unown (2000)
Mewtwo Returns (2000)
Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001)
The Legend of Thunder! (2001)
Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002)
Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003)
Destiny Deoxys (2004)
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005)
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006)
The Rise of Darkrai (2007)
Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008)
Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009)
Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010)
Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram (2011)
Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom (2011)
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)
Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)
Pokémon Origins (2013)
Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)
Pokémon the Movie XY (2015)

Details of the movie

Director: Not sure.
Producer: Not sure.
Story: Not sure.
Screenplay: Not sure.
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Not sure.
Studio: Not sure.
Starring: Jamie Peacock, Ikue Ōtani, Bill Rogers, Michele Knotz, Billy Beach, Shin-ichiro Miki, Satomi Kōrogi, Katsuyuki Konishi, Rodger Parsons, Sarah Natochenny
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Not sure.
Country: Japan, United States
Language: Japan, English
Genre: Action Adventure Sci-Fi
Running time: 45 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: Not applicable.

Official website(s)

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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