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| The Birth of Mewtwo|
Mewtwo no Tanjō
Back cover of the radio drama's CD.
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The Birth of Mewtwo (Japanese: ミュウツーの誕生 Mewtwo no Tanjō) is a radio drama released in CD format written by Takeshi Shudō that was only released in Japan. It was released on CD on February 12, 1999, but was originally broadcast on radio over five Sundays leading up to the premiere of Mewtwo Strikes Back in Japanese theaters, between June 7 and July 12, 1998. It was also adapted to an anime special that was dubbed into English. The special appears in the DVD of Mewtwo Returns, where it is titled The Uncut Story Of Mewtwo's Origin.
The CD drama is divided into five parts:
- The Mythical "Mew" (幻の「ミュウ」 Maboroshi no "Mew").
In the far, distant past, the Earth was born. Now, the planet is populated by humans and mystery creatures known as Pocket Monsters or Pokémon. As time passes, New Species of Pokémon are discovered one after another, and they now number more than a hundred. Sakaki, the boss of the evil organisation which uses Pokémon, Team Rocket, tells a story that begins with an audio tape with the Cry of the Mythical Pokémon, Mew, recorded on it.
- The Birth of Mewtwo (ミュウツーの誕生 Mewtwo no Tanjō).
Eighteen years since the last contact with the Mew Search Team headed by the Female Team Rocket Grunt, Miyamoto, a fossilised Mew eyebrow is found at an excavation site. Giovanni brings this fossil to Dr. Fuji, who is studing Pokémon DNA on New Island, and suggests that he try creating a copy of Mew. He says to Giovanni that he doesn't know if it will work, the same way as creating a copy of a human, but Giovanni sneers. The truth is that Dr. Fuji studied DNA in order to create and live with Ambertwo, a copy of his daughter, Amber, who died in an accidental death.
- Mewtwo and Amber (ミュウツーとアイ Mewtwo to Ai).
Mewtwo, created from the DNA of Mew, communicates with Ambertwo. It becomes friends with her, and learns various things, but suffers a sad farewell with Ambertwo, as copies of humans only live for four years...
- The Strongest Pokémon in the World (世界最強のポケモン Sekai Saikyō no Pokémon).
Mewtwo is shaken by its sad farewell with Amber. A researcher injects a tranquiliser to make it sleep. For a while after, it undergoes rapid growth while pondering the question that the trauma from Amber's farewell burnt into its mind, 'Who am I?'. Learning that it was created by humans, Mewtwo destroys the laboratory with powerful Psychic. Having seen so, Giovanni tempts it, plotting to use it as a tool to catch Pokémon for Team Rocket.
- Mewtwo Strikes Back (ミュウツーの逆襲 Mewtwo no Gyakūshu).
Under Giovanni's orders, Mewtwo spends each day fighting Wild and Trainers' Pokémon to catch them. One day, it begins to question this lifestyle, but Giovanni replies, 'This is the reason you were born.' In its rage from Giovanni's statement, it destroys and flees the Team Rocket Base, and decides to Strike Back against the humans who created it...
The anime plot is slightly different, and not divided into parts.
Dr. Fuji speaks of being sent out by Giovanni to look for Mew, supposedly the strongest Pokémon known to mankind. However, he also said that with the research funds, he wants to try recreating his daughter Amber, while Giovanni simply wants control of said most powerful Pokémon known to mankind. They start to bring back what they believe is a Mew Fossil and hopefully, will be enough to create a new super Pokémon. They begin research and start to create the DNA for a new Pokémon.
Mewtwo and Ambertwo begin to speak with each other through telepathy. Mewtwo asks her what are those sounds being made, to which Ambertwo simply replies, they are speaking. Mewtwo wonders what she is and she says that she is a girl. Mewtwo ponders if he is a Pokémon or a human and Ambertwo says it should never matter which one you are. The researchers figure out that the clones are speaking to each other. Fuji simply looks at the tubes in joy but anger. Ambertwo explains they call her Ambertwo but she is still Amber inside. Fuji hopes that his daughter will be able to live once more. His wife whines that he shouldn't try to bring their daughter back to life. She breaks up with him, explaining she can't stand to see him try this fruitless efforts and she leaves.
Fuji and a researcher talk about Giovanni happily for having the strongest Pokémon of all soon while Fuji hopes to have new knowledge of how to bring his daughter back to life. Ambertwo shows Mewtwo and the rest of the clones: Charmandertwo, Squirtletwo and Bulbasaurtwo (clones of Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur respectively), a memory where she used to live and shows him elements of life, wind, sun, rain and times of the day. Mewtwo asks Ambertwo if the Moon is the Sun and is told the moon is there to keep people from being afraid of the dark. The clones slowly fade away and so does Ambertwo. "It feels like it's time to say goodbye.." which leaves Mewtwo feeling very sad and alone. He fears being alone and Ambertwo told him that it will be alright and thanks for caring for her. She tells him being happy is alive. Mewtwo's uncontrollable sadness starts to affect the lab and they try to stabilize its powers and they almost fail. Dr. Fuji is happy Mewtwo survived but outraged that his daughter is gone forever.
Mewtwo says sleeping feels like forever and says life is wonderful and begins to ponder why it exists. It awakens to the real world and sees the lab while constantly asking "Who am I?" in ghostly whispers. It asks where it is. From here, the movie Mewtwo Strikes Back begins.
Anime voice cast
- This special was originally thought of as "too dark" for the anime's target audience by 4Kids, however, as stated above, it was eventually released on the Mewtwo Returns DVD.