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"The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo" - Week Two
July 24th, 2013
Dogasu @ 19:10 JST -- The box office figures for the newest movie's second week are now in!
In its second week, The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo dropped to third place after Studio Ghibli's The Wind Has Risen and Monsters University, according to Cinema Today. Studio Ghibli's newest film, by the way, made 960,885,850 yen in just two days, which is almost as much as this year's Pocket Monsters movie has been able to make in two weeks. The Genosect movie has earned 1,007,267,050 yen since its debut, putting it just past the one billion yen mark.
In other movie news, the cover for the soundtrack to The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo has also been revealed!
The CD goes on sale July 31st for 2,625 yen (about US $26) for the regular version and 3,360 yen (about US $34...yeah, the current exchange rate makes these conversions super easy, doesn't it?) for the version that comes with a DVD. There's still no word on what's actually on that DVD, but I'll be sure to post here as soon as that information becomes available. The CD Guide has been updated accordingly.
Finally, I've updated the List of TV Episodes with a new episode title.
"The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo" Opening Weekend
July 17th, 2013
Dogasu @ 20:11 JST -- The box office figures for the newest movie's first weekend are in!
Cinema Today reports that The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo opened in second place at the box office. It was shown in 345 screens nationwide and made 486,293,500 yen over Saturday and Sunday. Cinema Today breaks down the audience attendance by saying that 62% of the audience was male and 38% were female, adding that 37% of that overall audience were elementary school kids, 28.2% were those over 30, and 17.6% were people in their 20s. The site estimates that a lot of those older audience members were parents chaperoning their kids. The film was beaten at the box office by Monsters University (nailed it!), now in its second week. Rounding out the top three is the Japanese film Galileo [sic] Project.
Rank-wise it did very well - number two! - but money-wise? When you compare it to 2012's Kyurem vs. The Sacred Swordsman Keldeo, which made 753,760,100 yen in its first weekend, it's hard to look at the Genosect numbers without feeling disappointed. Now, it's important to note that the numbers we're getting for the Genosect movie are just for the Saturday and Sunday while the numbers we got for the Keldeo movie were for the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Also, the last movies of a generation (in this case, Generation V) generally tend to do worse than their predecessors. Still, though...while these numbers are in no way bad or indicate that the movie is a failure (also, approximately 0% of the elementary school kids give a shit about there being two Mewtwo now), the fact remains that this year's movie made quite a bit less in its opening weekend than last year's movie did.
I'll definitely continue to keep an eye on these box office figures as the weeks go by.
"Pikachu and Its Eevee Friends" Notes
July 16th, 2013
Dogasu @ 23:14 JST -- Did you know that, in addition to the Genosect movie that's out now, that there's also a Pikachu short in theaters?
You wouldn't know it just by looking around the Internet, though - nobody seems to care enough about the short to give it the time of day. It's all Mewtwo this, Genosect that, who gives a shit about the Pikachu short, amirite? I think that's kind of lame, so I'm going to post some notes about Pikachu and Its Eevee Friends right here. They're going to be more detailed than the ones I wrote for The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo because we know way, way more about the main movie than we do about this short.
"The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo" Notes
July 16th, 2013
Dogasu @ 00:13 JST -- So I got back from the movies a few hours ago and wanted to do my own little recap of what happened.
I'll cover the Genosect movie first because that's the one that most of you care about. But don't worry! I'll do a write-up for the Eevee short later tonight.
So anyway, I really liked the movie for what it was. A lot of people hate the whole Mewtwo thing (I personally don't think it's that big a deal but understand why some fans are upset) and I think a lot of them are going into this movie just looking for things to hate about it, and that's a shame. It's a pretty decent movie and it's really sad to see so many people let the whole Mewtwo thing overshadow everything. The film's all about the Genosect and their problems, and while Mewtwo does play a pivotal role at several points, that pokemon is not the focus. Don't let that ruin the movie for you.
So please, go into this movie with an open mind. Who knows? You might actually like what you see.
Finally, the new tree pokemon, Ohrot (オーロット) totally reminds me of this Dragon Quest monster:
I'll write about the Pikachu short later today.
"The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo" Cast List
July 14th, 2013
Dogasu @ 09:59 JST -- I still haven't seen the new movie yet, but I did get a chance to swing by a movie theater on my way home from work last night and pick up the pamphlet for the film. These pamphlets, for those of you who don't know, are these big A4 size booklets that contain a detailed story summary (up until a certain point), tons of pictures from the movie, interviews, and - this is where today's update comes in - a full list of the credits from the end of the movie.
So today's update is the full, final cast list for both the main movie and the Pikachu short as seen in the movie's end credits. And as I'm going through this, I think a) Why is the Rocket-Dan Sonansu listed as being in the main movie?????????, b) Does Leafia not have a speaking role in the Pikachu short or do the people behind the series just hate it that much?, and c) Oh look, both Shinji's and Shooty's VAs are members of the Genosect army. That's amusing.
As I mentioned in my previous update, I won't be able to see the movie for myself until tomorrow. Got anything you want me to look out for when I go to the theaters? Any questions you want answered? Let me know!!
Mewtwo Week, Day Five: Interviews with Yuyama Kunihiko
July 12th, 2013
Dogasu @ 23:45 JST -- My final update before the debut of tomorrow's movie are translations of the three interviews with director Yuyama Kunihiko that were posted on the official website!
The interviews offer some insight into what was going through everyone's heads as they were making the movie and helps explain how the creators feel about the various characters. It's definitely an interesting read!
I unfortunately have to work tomorrow (!) and have plans to go to the beach on Sunday, meaning I probably won't be able to actually see The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo until Monday.
Mewtwo Week, Day Four: Egao, a look at this year's competition
July 11th, 2013
Dogasu @ 23:45 JST -- Let's start Day Four of this five day event by taking a look at Egao, the ending theme to this year's movie.
It's a pretty catchy song though, like pretty much all the other movie ending themes, has pretty much next to nothing to do with the film it's attached to. Oh well!
Now, let's turn our attention over to what The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo will be going up against this year. I've been doing this for the past few years because I think it's interesting to take a look at what all's coming out, but this year's a bit...boring.
So there you have it. I'm thinking that in its opening weekend - which is also a three day weekend - The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo will come in at second place. I don't see it beating Monsters University at all, but I do think it will be able to top the rest of the competition.
Mewtwo Week, Day Three: "Save the Amusement Park from the Extreme Speed Genosect!"
July 10th, 2013
Dogasu @ 23:45 JST -- Update #2 for the day is a look at a new theme park attraction coming to Japan this week called "Save the Amusement Park from the Extreme Speed Genosect!"
I've collected what little information I was able to find on the attraction and added it to its own page. The amusement park's only about an hour's train ride away from where I live, so I'm going to have to try to convince some of my friends to take a day to go out there with me to check it out.
Tomorrow I'll be taking a look at the theme song to the movie, Egao.
Mewtwo Week, Day Two: Distributions
July 10th, 2013
Dogasu @ 11:38 JST -- Sorry this is a day late, but something came up last night that required my immediate attention. I'll update again later tonight to make up for it.
So today's update looks at all the pre-order bonuses and downloads being made available to promote Saturday's new movie. Mewtwo, Red Genosect, Sing Eevee...this page details all the promotional downloads for the movie and what all you have to do to get them.
See you later tonight!
Mewtwo Week, Day One: Mewtwo - The Prologue to Its Awakening
July 8th, 2013
Dogasu @ 23:49 JST -- For my final week of "Mewtwo Mondays," I'll be doing...five days' worth of updates related to The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo!
Tonight's update: A page for Mewtwo - The Prologue to Its Awakening, the TV special that will be airing this Thursday on TV-Tokyo!
I've also updated the List of TV Episodes.
Come back tomorrow for another update related to this Saturday's new movie!!
Catching up - New pokemon, New episode titles
July 7th, 2013
Dogasu @ 00:15 JST -- So a new pokemon was revealed on the fourth named Hitotsuki (ヒトツキ). This sword pokemon's name most likely comes from either hito tsuki (一突き), or "to lunge / stab at someone"; and hito tsuki (人憑き), or "to be possessed," which fits since the pokemon's said to have an ancient soul residing in its blade. The pokemon's name is also similar to Hitomoshi's ("Litwick" in the English versions), though the hito in that comes from a different source.
The List of Pokemon has been updated.
The Movie 16 Soundtrack Basically Spoils the Plot of the Entire Movie
July 5th, 2013
Dogasu @ 00:15 JST -- Amazon Japan's page for the soundtrack to The Extreme Speed Genosect and the Awakening of Mewtwo has been updated with the track listing for the CD, so I've added that to the CD Guide. A few things of interest:
Mewtwo Monday Week Seven: "Mewtwo Returns" Comparison
July 1st, 2013
Dogasu @ 23:47 JST -- New comparison time! Spoiler alert: The English dub of "Mewtwo Returns" is just as bad as the dub of the first movie!!
Next week is the final week I'll be doing these Mewtwo Mondays. What will I do? You'll have to wait and see!
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