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Pokémon the Movie 16: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

December 13, 2013 by  



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With this 16th film, not only is it action-packed but for children, they’ll love the fact that many Pokémon that they have seen in the recent video games, have an appearance in this film.  Also, a positive message within the film that one should not judge people or generalize them all as bad, as there are good people out there.  If your child loves Pokémon or a fan that is young at heart, “Pokémon the Movie 16: Genesect and the Legend Awakened” is recommended!

DVD TITLE: Pokémon the Movie 16: Genesect and the Legend Awakened

FILM RELEASE DATE: 2013

DURATION: 70 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital, English Stereo

COMPANY: Viz Media

RATED: TV Y7 FV

RELEASE DATE: December 3, 2013

Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama

Screenplay by Hideki Sonoda

Character Designs by Kazukaki Mohri, Sayuri Ichiishi, Tokuhiro Matsubara, Toshiya Yamada

Music by Shinji Miyazaki

Original Concept by Junichi Masuda, Ken Sugimori, Satoshi Tajiri

Anime Production: Oriental Light and Magic

Featuring the following voice talent:

Eileen Stevens as Iris

Jason Griffith as Cilan

Ikue Ohtani as Pikachu

Scottie Ray as Red Genesect

Sarah Natochenny as Ash Ketchum

Billy Beach as James

Jake Pague as Eric

Jimmy Zoppi as Jessie

Kiyoe Yoshioka as Eevee

A peaceful park amid the hustle and bustle seems like the perfect new home for a group of Mythical Pokemon: four Genesect and their red leader. These new neighbors quickly become a problem for the city’s residents, though. The Genesect don’t trust people, and they’ve found a dangerous ally in the Legendary Pokemon Mewtwo, whose origins also involve human tampering. But the red Genesect doesn’t want Mewtwo’s help, and their confrontation quickly rages out of control! Can Ash and friends stop these two powerful Pokemon before they destroy the city?

As a tradition with each Pokémon film in Japan, right at the end of one animated film, most often a legendary Pokémon is featured and is usually a major character for the next film.

In “Pokemon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice”, ExtremeSpeed Genesect was introduced.   And in January, as a bonus to those who watch the 15th film in Japanese theaters, anyone who brought “Pokémon Black” and “Pokémon White” (original and second versions) were able to download Genesect to their Nintendo DS game.  By February 2013, it was revealed by writer Hideki Sonoda that Mewtwo would be featured, but a different character than the version featured in the first animated film.

The 16th film titled “Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Besuto Uisshu! Shinsoku no Genosekuto: Myūtsū Kakusei” (which translates to “Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! The Movie: ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens”) was released in theaters in the summer of 2013 and was quite successful in the box office earning over $50 million worldwide.

And now the film was recently released in the US courtesy of Viz Media on DVD with the title “Pokémon the Movie 16: Genesect and the Legend Awakened”.

The film begins with four Genesects following a Red Genesect, while not far behind are a few flying Pokémon are seen following a female Mewtwo.

As the Genesects are in a cold area in search of something, one Genesect is heard saying that he wants to go go home.

Mewtwo tries to fly out into space but nearly freezes. While she is descending, she hears the Genesect saying that he wants to go home.    Mewtwo confronts the Genesects and finds out that like her, they were created from fossils by people.

As Mewtwo explains that they are safe in the location, she is attacked by the Red Genesect and explains how the planet and their home has changed.  But because the Genesects see everyone as their enemy and thinks Mewtwo is trying to give them orders, they all escape and head towards the city.

Meanwhile, Ash, Iris and Cilan arrive towards the city where Pokémon Hills are located.   As the group let their friends play in the area, Ash and Pikachu find a Genesect (the same sad Genesect who wanted to go home) who they become friends with.  As the Genesect tells Ash and friends that he wants to go home, Ash promises Genesect that he will help him come home and Ash pets it.

But when the Red Genesect sees this, it and the other Genesects begin attacking Ash and friends, only to be rescued by Mewtwo.

When Ash tries to thank Mewtwo for saving them, Mewtwo looks at them with coldness and tells them that she was trying to save the Pokémon and not them.  When Ash tries to find out the name of the Pokémon, Mewtwo explains that Genesect is an extinct Pokémon brought back by people using the ancient fossils and had weapons implanted in them.  And explains that the Genesect woke up to a world not their own which they lived millions of years ago.  And they do not belong in this world and Mewtwo explains that she doesn’t belong in that world as she was also created by people and knows how the Genesect feels and sees everyone as their enemies.

At a distance, Jessie, James and Meowth sees the battle and want to capture the Genesect and Mewtwo, so they can rule the world.

While it’s peaceful for now, at night time at the Pokémon Hill, the Genesect begin attacking all living Pokemon, seeing everyone as their enemy.  But when a Pokémon comes to Ash and friends and warn them of trouble, they run and see the Pokémon fighting against the Genesect.

Will Ash and friends find a way to stop the Genesect?  And what about Mewtwo?

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Pokémon the Movie 16: Genesect and the Legend Awakened” is another film that demonstrates that with each year, things look better for the Pokémon films . With each newer film, there is much better detail in the paintings and better use of CG.  The art backgrounds are wonderfully painted with so much detail, colors are vibrant as it can get on DVD.

Of course, with this being DVD, you are going to see mild artifacts but nothing problematic.   It’s a beautiful looking film! But I do hope that Viz Media considers a Blu-ray release for these films in the near future.

As for the audio, the audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1. Dialogue is clear and understandable, special effects sound very good coming through the center and front channels. And during the more action-based scenes, utilization of the surround channels. It’s important to note that only the English dub is featured and the Japanese soundtrack is not included.

Subtitles are available in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Pokémon” comes with the theatrical trailer.

With the release of the 16th “Pokémon” film, I can easily say that I was fortunate to be in Japan during the time Pokémon was introduced and to also see it flourish in the United States.

As my 10-year-old son is a big fan of Pokémon, watching the TV series, the films, reading the manga, collecting the cards and playing every video game that he can get his hands on, suffice to say, “Pokémon” has been a part of our family household and since I watched the very first film featuring Mewtwo, here I am years later watching the film with another Mewtwo with my son.

The storyline returns to bio-engineered Pokémon, one derived from fossils but made into a killing machine with weapons, while Mewtwo similar to the first film, has a hard time looking at humans as friends.  Both the Genesects and Mewtwo  dislike people for trying to create Pokémon but where Mewtwo is compassionate towards all Pokémon, the Genesect lead by the Red Genesect looks at everything living as their enemy.

And because the world they once knew millions of years ago is no longer the same, their desire to find their old home becomes difficult as the world has changed since their kind were still on the planet.

But as one Genesect befriends Ash and friends and desperately wants to go home, he is unlike the others that he doesn’t want to hurt anyone.  He just  wants to get back home, but unfortunately they must follow the Red Genesect’s orders.

As for Mewtwo, she has gone through so much pain and has had quite a bit of hatred towards humans.  But she sees Ash and friends who try to do all they can to protect the Pokémon and learns that all people are bad.

The same can be said with the Genesect who don’t understand why the Pokémon that they tried to hurt, are also trying to protect them from harm.

So, with this 16th film, not only is it action-packed but for children, they’ll love the fact that many Pokémon that they have seen in the recent video games, have an appearance in this film.  Also, a positive message within the film that one should not judge people or generalize them all as bad, as there are good people out there.

If your child loves Pokémon or a fan that is young at heart, “Pokémon the Movie 16: Genesect and the Legend Awakened” is recommended!

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