In celebration of International Pokémon Day, Pokemon fans all over the world celebrated the announcement of Pokémon Sword and Shield and its new starters and location. To totally capitalize on the hype, the second Pokemon trailer for Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, the next film in the series, was released, but, be forewarned, it’s not the anime we all know and love.
Not even Mewtwo in all his terrifying glory can distract fans from the surprising yet off-putting CGI animation featured in the new Pokemon trailer. An eventual close-up of Ash, Brock, Misty, and the rest of the gang only heightened fans anxieties about the new look. Not that the trailer is all bad…There’s an adorable blip of Mew skimming treetops and resting about a forest pond, and even the original starters look pretty good. But mostly, fans are left wondering why the switch to CGI is happening now.
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution seems to follow the plot of the first film. In his vengeful plan to destroy humanity, Mewtwo lures Ash, Pikachu, and the gang to a remote island in hopes of replicating their Pokémon. To celebrate the original film’s 20th anniversary, the remastered remake was announced in January of this year. Even the title is a callback to the original 1998 Japanese film Pocket Monsters the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back.
As of this writing, a Western release has yet to be announced, but this new CGI film will release later this year on July 12th.
With the release of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution and Detective Pikachu releasing this year, it sounds like 2019 might be the year of the Mewtwo. What are your thoughts on the new trailer? Are you a fan or too connected to the old-school anime? Let us know, and keep coming back to Mammoth Gamers for all of your Nintendo and Pokemon needs!