I have to say, I’m terribly excited for the release of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. Not only is it the first full-GG animated Pokemon feature, it’s also a remake of the very first Pokemon movie – the one most would argue is still easily the best.
The trailer, which you can see below, is pretty damn gorgeous. While it’s a little weird seeing computer generated versions of Ash, Misty, and Brock at first, the environments and Pokemon look fantastic and full of detail.
While it’s all looking good, just how faithful is this remake when compared to the original anime? Well, it actually stacks up pretty well according to 2ch, who put together some cool shot for shot comparisons.
Everything looks exactly as I remember it, right down to the adorable Mew who spends much of the film bouncing around in a bubble and the heartbreaking moment in which the “real” Pokemon go to war with Mewtwo’s clone army.
Check out some screens below:
For those who might not have seen the original, Mewtwo Strikes Back sees Ash, Brock, Misty and a group of other powerful trainers lured to a mysterious island by the bio-engineered super Pokemon Mewtwo.
It transpires that Mewtwo has a plan to rise up with an army of cloned Pokemon, which leads to an all out battle royale and emotional gut punch that still gets me every time I think about. It’s safe to say that there aren’t many 90s kids who didn’t learn a valuable life lesson about tolerance and acceptance from this movie.
Of course, when the remake releases I can almost guarantee that people are going to complain about the political message being shoved down our throats, but whatever.
Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution comes to Japan on July 12. There’s word on a Western release yet, but we can probably expect it a few months later.
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.