An analysis of the differences between Mew and Myuu
by, 12th February 2014 at 03:16 AM (5965 Views)
This person, a fellow Mewtwo/Mew fan, posted a very interesting analysis of Mew's characterization in the Japanese version of the original anime Mewtwo story. It's actually really spot-on and really well-explained - it pretty much goes to show you how much intrigue was lost when the first movie was exported outside of Japan.
It's nice to know someone other than me watched the true version of the story enough to actually talk about it on this level. Genuinely.It is well known that there are gigantic distinctions between the Japanese and English versions of “Mewtwo/Myuutsu Strikes Back”. Between the script rewrites, score edits, narration (existent only in the dub), and the opposing personalities and intentions between Myuutsu and Mewtwo, any fan can agree that these movies are very different. At the very end of it all, there are only a few elements that remained the same.
Perhaps the most important of these differences are of Myuutsu/Mewtwo. As we all know, Mewtwo starts out as a stereotypical megalomaniac villain who has very little substance – he simply wants to purge, destroy, and reign, until his heart is softened by Ash. However, Myuutsu is a philosopher who only carries out his plans in an effort to come to understand himself. Myuutsu has no desire to create a war against all of humanity and pokemon; instead, he wants strike back (gyakushuu – more literally, counterattack) against those who harmed him.
But what about Myuu/Mew?
Many websites and Japanese fans leave out the differences between Myuu and Mew. The result: Americans are under the impression that Mew is a playful, innocent cat that appears out of no where with the implied idea that it needs to stop Mewtwo. After all, it certainly seems that way, especially thanks to Meowth saying: “Mew says you don’t prove anything by showin’ off a lot of special powers, and that a pokemon’s real strength comes from da heart.”
Let me make it clear that Myuu is nothing like this. And if anything, in some ways, Myuu is as multidimensional as Myuutsu – only subtle.
When Myuu appears before Myuutsu, it is not playfully teasing him like Mew. Instead, it comes across as downright mocking Myuutsu through “play”. Myuu only turns serious upon being attacked by a Shadow Ball. It is then that it has its elaborate – and very insulting – speech. Nyarth (Meowth) translates: “The real one is real. If they fight using only their bodies without their abilities, the true ones will not be beaten by their copies.” This is short, but the difference is profound. Myuu refers to as the originals as the REAL ones, implying that they are the only ones with reasoning to be alive. This is emphasized that throughout the Japanese movie, Myuutsu constantly is plagued by the idea of if his existence is worth anything (in the dub, he is driven by the idea that he has to prove himself BECAUSE he’s a clone; that is, he is narcissistic and selfish). Also, throughout the Japanese movie, the word “clone” is never used. “Copy” is the chosen word, as it is stigmatizing and hints at the concept that a clone is not an individual. Remember, this movie came out at the end of the 1990s when the idea of cloning was a heated controversial issue in bioethics.
So already we can see that there is more to Myuu than an adorable kitty. For one thing, Myuu has a clearly calculating mind and has deep-seated – and in some ways, downright demeaning – beliefs.
The Japanese version also has more information about Myuu that was eliminated from the dub.
Recount that in “The Origin of Mewtwo” (the ten-minute short of Amber and Mewtwo), Dr. Fuji states his intention of the Mewtwo project was for Giovanni to have the world’s most powerful pokemon. Yet throughout all aspects of the Japanese version – from the radio drama to the short to the movie – it is never once highlighted that Myuutsu was meant to be some all-powerful pokemon (and that makes sense. I mean, really, why the hell would Fuji-Hakase care about that?). Instead, the scientist took on the project because he was working with Myuu’s DNA – said to be powerful, yes, but more importantly rumored to be immortal.
Myuu is far more than a super powerful pokemon. It has the gift of immortal life. Possessing and manipulating Myuu’s DNA,Fuji-Hakase believed, would be the key to revive his daughter.
So let us bring this back to Myuu. Here were have a pokemon with godly powers, believed to be immortal. If Myuu indeed can live forever, this is likely why it never cried when Satoshi was turned to stone (try explaining that, 4Kids; after all, didn’t you paint Mew to be some goody-two-shoes?). Myuu is confused by what happened to Satoshi – it is so lost in its godly abilities that it is also detached from mortality, much like in myths in which gods cannot understand why things die/change.
Finally, we have Myuu as one of the leading characters in the radio drama. It is made clear that Myuu was present for when Miyamoto (Musashi’s/Jessie’s mother) went disappearing. Yet interestingly, Myuu did nothing to protect Miyamoto from the avalanche. Nothing. Considering this pokemon – at the time, anyway – was said to be the most powerful of all, there is no reason it could not have stopped an avalanche (I mean, really, Myuutsu/Mewtwo effortlessly formulated a hurricane while sitting on his throne). My theories: A) Myuu could not understand that a life was on the line, much like the scene in which Satoshi turned to stone, or B) For unexplained reasons, Myuu is not allowed to intervene (but why would Myuu later intervene with Myuutsu? Questions, questions…).
There are more differences between Myuu and Mew, but I will stop here. Regardless, I hope this has opened your eyes to this mesmerizing character. Remember, there’s a lot more to that cat than pink bubbles and cuteness. To quote a well-known Myuu fan, “Myuu is a phantom pokemon, and Myuu is a mystery.”
I also have no life but it’s my day off and it’s raining, so I don’t care.
Note: In the future, I intend to write an improved version of the above essay, including comparisons between this Myuu and the one from the Lucario movie. I realize this essay is kinda… ranty. But I’m lazy. In addition, I will write an essay comparing the differences between Myuutsu and Mewtwo. That one will be long!
Like, you seriously don't know how much I'm grinning right now. Seriously, I love it when people write analyses about anime/manga/VNs like this. Having that kind of analytical eye is really useful when trying to enjoy any fictional medium, and it helps promote healthy and intelligent fan discussion if you're willing to share your viewpoint. You might even be spot-on and universally agreed with.
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