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The Origin of Mewtwo - The rarely-seen opening of Mewtwo Strikes Back

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by , 22nd March 2012 at 07:30 PM (1279 Views)
Some of you may have heard that Mewtwo Strikes Back had a very important intro cut out which was included in the Japanese theatrical release. The opening dealt with the origin, infancy, and character shaping of Mewtwo, something so vital to the story it's a mystery why they didn't extend the barely 1.5-hour long English dub by a measly 10 minutes to show it.

The opening was later released in Japan as a standalone CD called The Birth of Mewtwo. The opening was first available in English only on the Japanese DVD of Mewtwo Strikes Back. It was finally released to the West as an added feature to the Mewtwo Returns DVD, called "Origin of Mewtwo".

My point is, I've found it online, but only in English (sorry weaboos). All joking aside, I tried but could not for the life of me find it subbed anywhere. I gave up and went to YouTube, where a few versions of it do exist, but they're all terrible in their own ways.

So what I did was play the highest visual quality video and the highest audio quality at the same time, muting the visual one. I played this video (better audio) and then went over to this video (better visuals) and pressed play at exactly 0:14. That should give the best experience. And yes, the better-visuals video is recorded from camera, but it's still better than all else. Stop complaining. :P

Well I hope you liked my little guide and of course the "Origin of Mewtwo". This post was inspired by this blog by @Destiny Queen.

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Updated 22nd March 2012 at 08:53 PM by Aviator Zero

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  1. 33Whimsicott33's Avatar
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    I think I saw this episode on the VCR we got for movie 1. It was so brief it felt like a dream. All I could remember was seeing that mew hair, over and over again...
  2. Te-em's Avatar
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    Found this on youtube some years ago. It's the VHS version, with the original animations they later edited in the DVD. Unfortunately, it's in flv format and with low resolution. But the quality is otherwise good, because if you play the video its original size, there are no pixels or crap in the picture.

    I'm still looking for a subtitled version, because the one sub I found the beginning was cut out for some reason. Why would someone do that when uploading a movie? It wasn't the dub, so there shouldn't have been any cut out scenes, not major ones at least. I also have a complete DVD version without subs, but I find the VHS version valuable because of the different artwork/animation in some areas. I wonder if that version was ever released on DVD, or did everyone forget about it?

    About that CD, it's really interesting story about Mewtwo, the Rocket Dan making him attack humans and Pokemon. I wish Pocket Monsters could still be like that today. It was more dramatic.
  3. Aviator Zero's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Te-em
    I'm still looking for a subtitled version, because the one sub I found the beginning was cut out for some reason.
    I've managed to find the first movie and the story of Mewtwo subbed, and many things are very different. I've already noted the dub edits here: The Uncut Story Of Mewtwo's Origin - Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia
    As for the video... well, I'm not sure if we're allowed to share, but it's on a website, not a download.

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