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Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013) Poster

For them, everything that exist today are totally new. A completely alien world.
For them, everything that exist today are totally new. A completely alien world.

Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013) at a glance

Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013) is the sixteenth theatrical film by Pokémon film. Directed by Kunihiko Yuyuma, it features Mewtwo with its new form and Pokémon that was said to be extinct for 300 million years until they are restored from their acient fossils by humans; the Genesect.

Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013) Trailer

Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013) Synopsis

A vast Pokémon habitat amid the hustle and bustle of the big city seems like the perfect new home for a group of five Genesect. The arrival of these Mythical Pokémon quickly becomes a problem, though: their nest threatens the city’s power supply, and they keep attacking anyone who approaches it. On top of that, they’ve attracted the attention of the Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo, who sympathizes with them because its own origins also involve human tampering. The group's leader, known as Red Genesect, doesn’t trust Mewtwo, and their confrontation quickly rages out of control! Can Ash and friends stop these two powerful Pokémon before they destroy the city?

Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013) Review

The Genesect Army.
The Genesect Army.

Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013) is profound. Other than having a compelling backstory, it has great themes and settings too. With many Pokémon in action, we could also have a glimpse of their daily lives. There are just so many symbolic stuffs; if you analyse it.

Angry Red Genesect.
Angry Red Genesect.

In this animated feature, the Genesect Army is lead and controlled by its shiny member called the Red Genesect and their nest is actually creepily interesting. As you may have already known (if you have played the games before), restoring Pokémon fossils have been a part of the main series games since the first one but these Genesects, are the first real living fossil Pokémon featured in a Pokémon film so it is quite special! (The ones in Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002) are undead!)

Genesect, lost in time.
Genesect, lost in time.

However, it is sad to watch them being resurrected just to be lost in time. They are suffering confusion, have trust issues and there is even one feeling severely homesick. Lonely and afraid, these creatures are actually simple and sweet. Although they do resemble an insect that I am not quite fond of, I like one of the Genesects; the gentle one stands out a lot. Might be just me but I felt that particular Genesect is nicely animated; it probably exhibits the best body language by any Pokémon in films to date and I just couldn't help to feel sorry for it! :(

Mega Mewtwo Y
Mega Mewtwo Y

Then, there is one inevitable issue for older fans or those who are die-hard fans of Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998) and Mewtwo Returns (2000). The Mewtwo here is seemingly a different one as it obviously has different, much feminine voice and certainly do not know Ash Ketchum personally. Though that could be an issue, it is still refreshing and it is not the major flaw of this animated feature. Instead, Mewtwo fans should rejoice as the Pokémon is back on screen after so many years with its new mega evolution form!

Iris, Eric, Ash and Pikachu.
Iris, Eric, Ash and Pikachu.

In my opinion, the major flaw of Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013) is that there are several abrupt moments. I find it unsatisfactory but I am happy with what I see overall and what they do with the Genesects in the end.

My verdict? Give this anime family film based on video game a chance and you may find yourself entertained especially if you like its genre. After all, it is one of the better Pokémon Films ever made and it certainly will not lost in time!

Eevee and friends!
Eevee and friends!

By the way, a short note on the Pikachu short that was released with the animated feature entitled Eevee & Friends (ピカチュウとイーブイ☆フレンズ)... It is a must see for all Eevee family/Eeveelution fans! You will fall in love with them all over again by just watching this ♥

PS. Two more posts until Pokémon Movie Marathon ends. Can't believe that it took longer than I have initially planned for but Worst to Best Pokémon films list is coming soon! !

Who will like this?

Science inclined and Pokémon fans!! Note that almost everything happened in the previous Pokémon Films doesn't exist here so we need to clear all those and keep an open mind while watching this!!

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)
The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006)
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 Origins (2013)
Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)
Pokémon the Movie XY (2015)

Details of the movie

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
Producer: Takemoto Mori, Choji Yoshikawa, Yukio Kawasaki, Junya Okamoto, Koichi Kawase
Story: Satoshi Tajiri, Ken Sugimori, Junichi Masuda
Screenplay: Hideki Sonoda
Cinematography: Tatsumi Yukiwaki
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Aoi Yūki, Mamoru Miyano, Ikue Ōtani
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, VIZ Media
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Family Fantasy Sci-Fi
Running time: 96 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 32,293,377 est.

Official website(s)

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