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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution

"Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution"
(ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION)


Theatrial Poster Theatrical Poster

Release/General Information

Japanese Premiere Date July 12th, 2019
American Premiere Date July 4th, 2019
(Japanese with English subtitles)
Runtime
98 minutes
Opening Theme
"Mezase Pokemon Master '98 (2019 Remaster)"
(めざせポケモンマスター'98 (2019 Remaster))
Performed by Rika Matsumoto
Ending Theme
"Together with the Wind"
(風といっしょに)
Performed by Sachiko Kobayashi & Shoko Nakagawa

Spoiler-Free Synopsis

We're telling the whole world... It's the greatest because it's the original.

"A pure heart and a strong desire to meet"...the mythical pokemon Mew is said to only appear before those adventurers who possess both. Researchers from all over the world have been chasing after that which is said to be the genesis of all pokemon until finally, one day, a scientist discovered a Mew fossil and dirtied his hands by crossing a line that even God is afraid to cross.

"What is this place...Who am I..."

A legendary pokemon was dragged into this world due to man's egotistical desire to create the strongest pokemon. That pokemon's name is Mewtwo. Without knowing the reason for its existence Mewtwo is subjected to experiment after experiment to make it the strongest weapon and, during all this, begins to plot against the humans who brought it into this world.

"And so to the humans who gave birth to me I will...strike back."

At long last, that perfect masterpiece will STRIKE BACK in full 3D-CG worldwide in Summer 2019.


Review

Check out my review of the movie here!

Review

Characters

The cast of humans / pokemon for this movie are as follows:

Mewtwo
Mew
Dr. Fuji
Joy
Satoshi
Kasumi Takeshi Musashi
Kojirou
Nyarth

More complete details about each character, as well as what their voice actors have to say about the roles, will be provided as they become available.

Theme Song

The ending theme for this film is Kaze to Issho ni (風といっしょに), or "Together with the Wind." It will be performed by Sachiko Kobayashi and Shoko Nakagawa.

Kaze to Issho ni

View more information about the song here.

Home Video Releases

Coming Soon!

Soundtracks

As of this writing there are three CDs planned to be released to commemorate this film.

View detailed information about each CD release here.

Pre-Order Bonus

A number of pokemon will be made available for audience members' Pocket Monsters Let's Go! Pikachu & Let's Go! Eevee games as part of the movie's promotion.

Distributions

You can find out more about the various giveaways here.

Promotions for the Movie

Teasers
Illustration Contest
A collection of the various trailers, with translations, can be found here. An illustration contest is currently being held. Details can be found here.
Anime Expo 2019 Premiere
The world premiere of the movie took place in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. on  July 4th 2019. It is the first time the Japanese verison of Pocket Monsters has been officially show in the U.S. in the franchise's two decade history. A report on the event can be found here.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes
CGWORLD
See a collection of all the public comments made by the film's Japanese staff here! The September 2019 issue of CGWORLD had a 10-page feature on the animation process for the film. Read more about it here.

Notes

The first teaser for the film premiered after the end credits of the previous film, Pocket Monsters The Movie "Everyone's Story," started showing in Japan on July 13th, 2018. The pamphlet for Everyone's Story also included a brief advertisement (below) stating that a brand new movie will be coming in Summer 2019 (劇場版最新作2019年夏公開決定!).

Pamphlet Teaser

This will be the second Pocket Monsters movie in a row to debut on a Friday instead of a Saturday.

The first poster for 2019's movie is an homage to the very first poster made for the original Mewtwo Strikes Back!

Original Theatrical Poster

Movie 22 is simply referred to as "Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution"; the "Pocket Monsters the Movie" (or "Pokémon the Movie") bit that usually proceeds the film's title is nowhere to be seen in any of the promotional materials released so far.

This is the first full length Pocket Monsters movie for which the voices were recorded before the animation was completed. In Japanese animation the norm is to dub the voices in after the animation's finished, not before. Pokémon the movie XY "Pikachu and the Pokemon Band," released in 2015, was also scored beforehand.

While Shoko Nakagawa is indeed involved in the movie's ending theme this is the first movie since Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl The Movie "Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai" in which she does not voice any of the movie's characters.


Main Staff

Staff

It took a staff of over 200 people about two and a half years to produce Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. Check out the full staff list, taken from the movie's end credits, here.

Principal Cast

Voice Cast
Character
Voice Cast
(1998 Original)
Voice Cast
(2019 Remake)
Satoshi
Rika Matsumoto
松本梨香
Rika Matsumoto
松本梨香
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani
大谷育江
Ikue Ohtani
大谷育江
Takeshi
Yuuji Ueda
上田祐司
Yuuji Ueda
うえだゆうじ
Kasumi
Mayumi Iizuka
飯塚雅弓
Mayumi Iizuka
飯塚雅弓
Togepi
Satomi Ko'orogi
こおろぎさとみ
Satomi Ko'orogi
こおろぎさとみ
Zenigame
Rikako Aikawa
愛河里花子
Rikako Aikawa
愛河里花子

Musashi
Megumi Hayashibara
林原めぐみ
Megumi Hayashibara
林原めぐみ
Kojirou
Shin-ichiro Miki
三木眞一郎
Shin-ichiro Miki
三木眞一郎
Nyarth
Inuko Inuyama
犬山犬子
Inuko Inuyama
犬山イヌコ

Joy
Ayako Shiraishi
白石文子
Chika Fujimura
藤村知可
Junsar
Chinami Nishimura
西村ちなみ
Chinami Nishimura
西村ちなみ
Sakaki
Hirotaka Suzu'oki
鈴置洋孝
Kenta Miyake
三宅健太

Sorao
To'oru Furuya
古谷 徹
Hiroshi Kamiya
神谷浩史
Umio
Wataru Takagi
高木 渉
Hiroyuki Yoshino
吉野裕行
Sweet
Aiko Satou
佐藤藍子
Ayane Sakura
佐倉綾音

Professor
Yousuke Akimoto
秋元羊介
Minoru Inaba
稲葉 実
Researcher A
???
Kiyotaka Furushima
古島清孝
Researcher B
???
Masaya Fukunishi
福西勝也
Excavator
???
Kenta Okuma
大隈健太
Trainer
???
Shouhei Komatsu
小松昌平
Fushigibana
Ryuuzaburou Ootomo
大友龍三郎
Tsuguo Mogami
最上嗣生
Lizardontwo
???
Ryouta Iwasaki
岩崎諒太
Nyartwo
???
Misuzu Togashi
富樫美鈴

Narration
Unshou Ishizuka
石塚運昇
Unshou Ishizuka
石塚運昇

Masachika Ichimura

Special Guest Voices
Character
Voice Cast
(1998 Original)
Voice Cast
(2019 Remake)
Mewtwo Masachika Ichimura
市村正親
Masachika Ichimura
市村正親
Mew
Kou'ichi Yamadera
山寺宏一
Kou'ichi Yamadera
山寺宏一     
Pirate-Like Trainer
Raymond Johnson
レイモンド・ジョンソン
Raymond Johnson
レイモンド・ジョンソン
Voyager
Sachiko Kobayashi
小林幸子
Sachiko Kobayashi
小林幸子

Japanese Box Office Performance

Gross-to-date:  2.7 billion yen (as of August 26th)
Total Number of Days in Theaters:  TBA


Toy Story 4
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
Aladdin

Box Office Performance At a Glance
Week Rank
Earnings
To Date
Viewer-
ship
Competition
Week One (July 12th - 14th, 2019)
1
2
553
million
(7/13 - 7/14)
454K
(7/13 - 7/14)
Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution claimed the number two spot on its opening weekend. Pixar's Toy Story 4 opened the same weekend earning 1.38 billion yen, more than twice that of the CG Mewtwo Strikes Back! remake, to claim the number one spot. The top three was rounded out by the live action Aladdin remake, now in its sixth week in theaters in Japan.
Week Two (July 20th - 21st, 2019)
2 3 1.2
billion
200K
The top spot went to Weathering With You while Toy Story 4 and Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution fell to 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Week Three (July 27th - 28th, 2019)
3 7 1.7
billion
TBA The movie fell to 7th place in its third week as newcomers The Great War of Archimedes took the Number 3 spot, the annual Kamen Rider / Super Sentai double feature took the Number 4 spot, and the Japanese debut of The Secret Life of Pets 2 took the Number 5 spot. Number 6 went to Aladdin.
Week Four (August 3rd - 4th, 2019)
4 8 2
billion
TBA The movie dropped a spot in its fourth week with the arrivals of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and Dragon Quest Your Story. Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution's made about 2 billion yen in the box office by this point.
Week Five (August 10th - 11th, 2019)
5 9 2.3
billion
1.94
million
The Japanese version of Disney's The Lion King remake and the latest One Piece movie, One Piece The Movie "Stampede" join the Top Ten this week.
Week Six (August 17th - 18th, 2019)
6 8 2.6
billion
2.16
million

The only new movie to join the Top Ten this week is the musical comedy Dance With Me.
Week Seven (August 24th - 25th, 2019)
7 10 2.7
billion
TBA Newcomer Ossan's Love The Movie "Love or Dead" debuted at the Number 3 spot. Other newcomes include the Japanese debut of the Elton John biopic Rocketman at Number 6 and the Ni no Kuni movie at Number 7.
Week Eight (August 31st - September 1st, 2019)
8 TBA TBA TBA
Week Nine (September 7th - 8th, 2019)
9 TBA TBA TBA


Publications

Coming Soon

Further Information
 
Comparison
Director's Comments
Tidbits from the Movie's Pamphlet Official Site (Japanese)

 

 

 

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