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2013 Pokémon Trailer Reveals Ex-AKB48 Atsuko Maeda & New Mewtwo Form

posted on by Joanne Mertz
Kouichi Yamadera, Shokotan voice Pokémon in films with ties to Pokémon X & Y games

The official Pokémon YouTube channels began streaming a second trailer for the upcoming Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Shinsoku no Genosekuto: Myuutsū Kakusei (Pokémon the Movie: ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo's Awakening) and a new video on Wednesday. The videos confirm that the previously teased legendary Pokémon is Mewtwo in a different form. The trailer also reveals that former AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda is narrating the accompanying Pikachu short with special guest actress Shoko Nakagawa ("Shokotan") as the Pokémon Sylveon.

Kunihiko Yuyama's feature is billed as the final chapter of Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! (Pokémon: Black and White). It will have a confrontation between the legendary Pokémon ExtremeSpeed Red Genesect and Mewtwo, who returns in this installment in an alternate form. The main feature's special guest cast includes veteran voice actor Kouichi Yamadera (Red Genesect), actress Reiko Takashima (Mewtwo), and Takashi Yoshimura and Kenta Tokui of the comedy duo Heisei Nobushikobushi (Eric and Geodude/Ishitsubute from Pokémon Hills). Yamadera and Masachika Ichimura voiced Mew and Mewtwo, respectively, in Pokémon: The First Movie.

Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Shinsoku no Genosekuto: Myuutsū Kakusei will open in Japan on July 13 along with the "Pikachu to Evee Friends" short. The short stars Pikachu and a new friend, the Sylveon (Nymphia) evolution of Eevee.

The new form of Mewtwo and the new evolution of Eevee will also appear in the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games when they ship worldwide in October. A Pokémon Company video teased "a newly discovered Pokémon in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y that bears an intriguing resemblance to the Legendary Mewtwo" last week.

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