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The Deeper Meaning of Movie 16

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Apparently, Movie 16 is all about Genesect's story, which is why discussing Mewtwo's role is fruitless and irrelevant. So I've decided to look at the movie from another perspective.

But the immediate obstacle in doing that is that the Red Genesect's characterization makes it so... enigmatic. This is a character of few words. For the bulk of the movie, you hear it saying this:

DESTROY ALL ENEMIES
Then after the climax where the insignificant Mewtwo teaches Genesect to love the world, it is so deeply affected that its catchphrase takes a complete turn:

EVERYONE'S MY FRIEND
I wonder what the deep undertone behind this transformation is. What does it teach us about our own world? I'm sure that the scriptwriter, Hideki Sonoda, put a lot of thought into this. After all, the movie is all about Genesect's story. Luckily, Mr. Sonoda was generous enough to shed light on his thought process. Thus, I think that we can translate Genesect's words to a less alien-like language:

DESTROY ALL ENEMIES -> ALL CRITICISM IS BOTHERSOME. SHUT UP.

EVERYONE'S MY FRIEND -> COMPLIMENTS ARE FINE. PRAISE ME.

This all makes sense now, doesn't it? Clearly, the movie teaches viewers about the value of appreciation, and it does that so cleverly.

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Updated 16th July 2013 at 01:02 AM by Silktree

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  1. dracoflare's Avatar
    LOL man, you will never give up on this, will ya? :3

    Yeah, it sounds like that LOL. Red Genesect is Sonoda selfinsert?? :3
  2. Silktree's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dracoflare
    LOL man, you will never give up on this, will ya? :3

    Yeah, it sounds like that LOL. Red Genesect is Sonoda selfinsert?? :3
    I'm just giving Sonoda the appreciation that he craves.
  3. dracoflare's Avatar
    You could try his twitter :3

    Use FANG-TAN's help to write Japanese to hide it it's you? :x
  4. FANG-TAN's Avatar
    ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Based on a true story.
  5. Silktree's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dracoflare
    Use FANG-TAN's help to write Japanese to hide it it's you? :x
    I'm all up for it if FANG-TAN is. Sonoda is waiting.
  6. FANG-TAN's Avatar
    Heh, I'd have to make a new Twitter account in that case. (Though, I'm not confident that I can avoid sounding like a bothersome foreigner.)

    Red Genesect is based on Sonoda-san?

    DESTROY ALL ENEMIES -> ALL CRITICISM IS BOTHERSOME. SHUT UP.

    EVERYONE'S MY FRIEND -> COMPLIMENTS ARE FINE. PRAISE ME.
    I could probably do this much.
  7. Silktree's Avatar
    Maybe we should give him one last chance to explain the Mewtwo decision. If he ignores us or lashes out again (very probable), that will be our response.
  8. FANG-TAN's Avatar
    I'll be willing to do that. Can't just berate him without confirming if that's really his attitude on things, right? Might be best to ask someone more fluent to do it, though. We'd get more information in that case.
  9. Silktree's Avatar
    Right. I'd ask him the following question:

    How is the story of the new Mewtwo connected to Takeshi Shudo's Mewtwo saga? What inspired you to expand the story in this way?
    It doesn't get any nicer than that.
  10. dracoflare's Avatar
    It's polite AND more like a slap on his face.

    You could even add some Japanese respect tags to make it more polite :3 If he does give a similar answer.....then you could try the other one:3
  11. Hitmonchan107's Avatar
    Silly Sonoda. Only Satoshi Tajiri can self-insert in the anime.
  12. Silktree's Avatar
    Some music to set up the anticipation game. Will we get to the truth? Will Sonoda show his real color? He basically already has, but I digress.
  13. Silktree's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FANG-TAN
    Might be best to ask someone more fluent to do it, though. We'd get more information in that case.
    I don't know about that. The only fluent people I know are Dogasu and Sunyshore, who probably won't want to help.
  14. FANG-TAN's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Silktree
    I don't know about that. The only fluent people I know are Dogasu and Sunyshore, who probably won't want to help.
    I could ask クリスタル. She's more fluent in the language than I am.
  15. クリスタル's Avatar
    I'd heard the request from FANG-TAN. Let's just see am I of any help.

    So this is the question you wanted to ask Mr. Sonoda?
    How is the story of the new Mewtwo connected to Takeshi Shudo's Mewtwo saga? What inspired you to expand the story in this way?
    Well, if I have to translated into Japanese in the most polite form without angering the other person, it will be something like this (in a formal way like an interviewer):
    Code:
    ぶしつけな質問で申しわけございませんが、今回の映画で出場する新しいミュウツーはかつて首藤
    剛志先生が執筆したミュウツーの物語とどのように関連しているのかしら?一体どんなインスピ
    レーションであなたをこの話をこんな風に展開させたのでしょ?
    That is the most polite way I can think of. Unless Sonoda is really so arrogant that he don't wanted to reply to fan's question in anyhow, then I'm not of any help.
  16. Silktree's Avatar
    Thank you Crystal. I've tweeted him.
  17. dracoflare's Avatar
    Okay....*crosses fingers*
  18. Silktree's Avatar
    I hope that he doesn't bite our heads off.
  19. Sweet Veil's Avatar
    Wow, Silktree.
  20. dracoflare's Avatar
    Shouldn't I get credit for suggesting it on this blog? (Even if you have already decided on it.)
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