The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon

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The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
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The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon
First broadcast
Japan October 13, 2006
United States April 29, 2006
English themes
Opening Pokémon Go!
Ending Pokémon Go!
Japanese themes
Opening Pokémon Go!
Ending Pokémon Go!
Animation Team Koitabashi
Screenplay 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
Storyboard 日高政光 Masamitsu Hidaka
Assistant directors 荻原露光 Rokō Ogihara
津田義三 Yoshizō Tsuda
Animation directors 西城隆詞 Takashi Saijō
渡辺章 Akira Watanabe
高橋直樹 Naoki Takahashi
川口弘明 Hiroaki Kawaguchi
Additional credits

Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (Japanese: 戦慄のミラージュポケモン The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon, officially Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon in Japan) is a special episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in the United States on April 29, 2006, and was broadcast as streaming video from the TV Tokyo Anitele website from October 13 to October 31, 2006.

According to The Pokémon Company International, the company wanted to give a special to American fans for Pokémon's 10th anniversary. The director of the special, Kunihiko Yuyama, said that their goal was to "convey the growth and evolution of Pokémon over the past 10 years".[1] The special was the first aired appearance of the English dub's new voice actors. In Japan, the special was aired as a trial of delivering animated episodes over broadband.[2]

In the special, Ash, Misty and Professor Oak are invited to the mansion of Dr. Yung, a Pokémon scientist who has developed a machine to create Pokémon. However, he is kidnapped by a mysterious stranger who wishes to use the system to produce Pokémon with absolutely no weaknesses, and is enraged by the sudden presence of Mew.


The story of "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon" centers on a Pokémon scientist who has developed a new Mirage System to resurrect extinct Pokémon. Ash, May, Max, and Brock show up at the Mirage Mansion for a demonstration of this new machine, only to witness the kidnapping of the scientist! Then a mysterious stranger appears and claims that the machine can actually create Pokémon without weaknesses. It’s up to Ash and company to preserve the natural balance of the Pokémon world. Catch Misty, Professor Oak, Mew, and all your favorite Pokémon friends in this action-packed special.


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English poster

Ash is rereading his letter, inviting him to Dr. Yung's lab, to Brock, May, and Max. When he gets there, he is shocked to see Misty and Professor Oak. Dr. Yung appears, and shows them a few mirage Pokémon. He invites Misty to battle one. Misty sends out her Staryu against a mirage Aggron. She is shocked that Staryu's most powerful attacks don't even make it blink. Staryu goes out quickly. Ash begins to battle when an Armaldo suddenly locks up. Yung's Mirage Pokémon System has mysteriously locked up! The controller explodes in his hands, and a handful of legendary Pokémon appear. A stranger, calling himself Mirage Master, uses the system he has just hijacked to his advantage, kidnapping Professor Oak and Dr. Yung. Ash and his friends cannot get back inside because a bunch of mirage Pokémon stand just inside.

Oak, in the custody of Mirage Master, demands to know where Dr. Yung is. Mirage Master ignores his query, and demands the password to Professor Oak's research lab. Oak refuses while a Mew flies in. Professor Oak is greeting it when Mew is attacked. The Professor demands to know why Mirage Master did that. The Mirage Master says that Mew was a failed creation, and he tells Mew to leave.

Ash, Misty, Brock, May, and Max formulate a plan. Ash and Misty will sneak in through the moat, Brock will alert Officer Jenny (with the intention of receiving a candlelight dinner for two), and May and Max will wait in case Ash and Misty get in trouble. They split up. Ash and Misty use Corphish and Staryu to get in.

Team Rocket, after the Mirage System Plans, are looking around. They attempt to burst through a door, only to have it hit them in the noses! Ash and Misty walk through, Team Rocket does the motto, thereby wasting enough time for Mirage Master to check the camera and send in mirage Pokémon. Team Rocket escapes, Ash, Misty, and Pikachu are held by two mirage Machamp and a mirage Ursaring. As the three are being carried, Ash sees Mew appear again, and Pikachu uses Thunderbolt. Some various things are blown up, including a wall, signaling to May and Max. May goes in, and tells Max to wait. Pikachu frees all of them, Misty falls over the edge of the bridge, and Pikachu is recaptured, leaving Ash and Mew. Mew is suddenly trapped by a force field, and Ash manages to get Mew free. Ash discovers that Mew is a mirage Pokémon.

Pikachu is in a fearsome-looking device. Professor Oak asks what the Mirage Master is doing. Mirage Master says he will extract Pokémon data from Pikachu's memory, and that this would not be needed if Oak was cooperative. Pikachu contorts with pain. He looks at the picture displaying Pikachu's memory. Lugia... Entei... Celebi... Latios... Latias... These are all rare Pokémon Pikachu has seen. Oak cannot stand the look of Pikachu, and enters in the password: REDGREEN. Suddenly, Mirage Master has the ability to download information from places around the world. Tracey and Professors Elm and Birch stare at computers in their labs, while Nurse Joy deals with problems at the Pokémon Center.

"You have to believe me, Officer!" Brock pleads to Officer Jenny. "We need to go to Professor Yung's lab for a candlelight dinner... I mean-" Nurse Joy flickers onto the officer's computer. She tells the officer that someone is downloading massive amounts of Pokémon data. Brock tells her about Mirage Master, and they leave.

Misty is hanging onto the edge of a bridge. She suddenly loses her grip, and May appears in the nick of time to save her. They go upstairs. Ash and Mew are there already, and the process of creating the Pokémon finishes in a flash of light. A mirage Mewtwo emerges. He attacks them, and they run. Outside of the boundaries of the Mirage System, the heroes think they are safe. Then, missiles are launched from the towers, and they expand the system! Mewtwo and Mirage Master emerge. Mirage Entei, Articuno, and Zapdos suddenly appear. Oak correctly guesses the identity of the Mirage Master. Mirage Master removes his mask, revealing Dr. Yung! Oak reveals that when Mirage Master first appeared, he was a hologram, and that Yung was expelled from the Pokémon Institute for his research, deemed disrespectful to Pokémon. Yung's Mewtwo and Ash and company battle. Yung is about to obliterate Pikachu when Mew takes the blow. Mew then is absorbed into the Mirage System. Yung says "good riddance," and Mewtwo absorbs the entire Mirage System database. Ash is enraged that Mew is called a failed creation, and the attack begins anew.

Team Rocket is blown away in this fight. Pikachu is about to be killed when Mew holds Mewtwo back! Ash orders Pikachu to perform Volt Tackle, and Mewtwo is destroyed, as are Mew and the System. The fortress is now aflame, and Yung retreats inside. The police are searching, as are firefighters, but they cannot find him yet. The gang discusses what happened, and agree that Mew was far more than just data and certainly not a 'flawed specimen' as Yung believed.

Major events


Pokémon debuts




Mirage Pokémon


Ash (redub) Sarah Natochenny Satoshi Rica Matsumoto サトシ 松本梨香
Ash (first dub) Jamie Peacock Satoshi Rica Matsumoto サトシ 松本梨香
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani Pikachu Ikue Ohtani ピカチュウ 大谷育江
Brock Bill Rogers Takeshi Yūji Ueda タケシ うえだ ゆうじ
May Michele Knotz Haruka KAORI. ハルカ KAORI.
Max Jamie Peacock Masato Fushigi Yamada マサト 山田ふしぎ
Professor Oak Billy Beach Dr. Okido Unshō Ishizuka オーキド博士 石塚運昇
Misty Michele Knotz Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka カスミ 飯塚雅弓
Jessie Michele Knotz Musashi Megumi Hayashibara ムサシ 林原めぐみ
James Billy Beach Kojirō Shin'ichirō Miki コジロウ 三木眞一郎
Meowth Billy Beach Nyarth Inuko Inuyama ニャース 犬山イヌコ
Dr. Yung Billy Regan Dr. Yung Hidenobu Kiuchi ドクター・ユング 木内秀信
Nurse Joy Michele Knotz Joy Yuriko Yamaguchi ジョーイ 山口由里子
Officer Jenny Jamie Peacock Junsar Chinami Nishimura ジュンサー 西村ちなみ
Staryu Shin'ichirō Miki Hitodeman Shin'ichirō Miki ヒトデマン 三木眞一郎
Squirtle Michele Knotz Zenigame Tomoe Hanba ゼニガメ 半場友恵
Corphish Bill Rogers Heigani Katsuyuki Konishi ヘイガニ 小西克幸
Combusken Bill Rogers Wakasyamo Chinami Nishimura ワカシャモ 西村ちなみ
Mew Satomi Kōrogi Mew Satomi Kōrogi ミュウ こおろぎさとみ
Mewtwo Katsuyuki Konishi Mewtwo Katsuyuki Konishi ミュウツー 小西克幸
Narration Rodger Parsons Narration Unshō Ishizuka ナレーション 石塚運昇


The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
戦慄のミラージュポケモン The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon
Created by
  • 田尻智
  • 増田順一
  • 杉森建
Production supervisor
  • 石原恒和
Animation supervisor
  • Yōichi Kotabe
  • 小田部羊一
Executive producers
  • Hiroyuki Jinnai
  • Masakazu Kubo
  • 陣内弘之
  • 久保雅一
Executive producer
  • 湯山邦彦
  • 日高政光
Animation producer
  • Shūkichi Kanda
  • 神田修吉
  • 宮崎慎二
Sound recording director
  • Masafumi Mima
  • 三間雅文
  • Takemoto Mori
  • 盛武源
  • Shinzō Fujita
  • 藤田伸三
  • 日高政光
Assistant directors
  • Rokō Ogihara
  • Yoshizō Tsuda
  • 荻原露光
  • 津田義三
Character design / executive animation directors
  • Yūko Inoue
  • Kazumi Satō
  • 井ノ上ユウ子
  • 佐藤和巳
Character design / assistant executive animation directors
  • 一石小百合
  • 松原徳弘
Character design
  • Toshiya Yamada
  • 山田俊也
Animation directors
  • Takashi Saijō
  • Akira Watanabe
  • Naoki Takahashi
  • Hiroaki Kawaguchi
  • 西城隆詞
  • 渡辺章
  • 高橋直樹
  • 川口弘明
Color keys
  • Noriyuki Yoshino
  • 吉野記通
Colorist / ink & paint checker
  • Miyuki Kowata
  • Natsuko Ōtsuka
  • 木幡美雪
  • 大塚奈津子
Art director
  • Masatoshi Mutō
  • 武藤正敏
Director of photography
  • Hisao Shirai
  • 白井久男
CGI producer
  • Misako Saka
  • 坂美佐子
CGI director
  • Kobayashi Masashi
  • 小林雅士
  • OLMデジタル
  • Toshio Henmi
  • 辺見俊夫
Original score (partial)
  • 一之瀬剛
  • 青木森一
Original score (partial)
  • 一之瀬剛
Audio production
  • 小学館プロダクション
Animation production
  • OLM Team Koitabashi
  • オー・エル・エム小板橋司

USA production

USA production
Executive producer
Assistant producer
Creative Director
  • Chris Brixley
Script adaptation
Adaptation consultant
  • C.J. Cathcart
Script translation
  • Z Pang America
Video editor
  • B. Scott Dempsey
Video formatting
  • Chromavision
Support staff


  • This was the first Pokémon anime feature to air in the United States earlier than in Japan.
  • All the music used in the special was originally used in the Japanese movies and series. 4Kids mostly used its own, American-composed music for the series.
  • This is the first time Michele Knotz plays Misty. She would not appear again in the role until Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!, about seven years later.
  • The scenes of Pikachu's memories of Lugia, Entei, Celebi, Latias, and Latios come from their respective movie appearances.
  • The password for Oak's lab, "REDGREEN", is a reference to the original pair of Pokémon games, Pokémon Red and Green.
  • The copyright notice on the Japanese version reads © 2006 Pokémon USA, Inc./ShoPro. © 2006 Pokémon. © 1995 - 2006 Nintendo / Creatures Inc. / GAME FREAK inc. Some of the U.S. production credits were also included.
  • During the opening theme, a brief frame of Dr. Yung standing behind Mewtwo dressed as the unmasked Mirage Master can be seen, spoiling the special's climactic plot twist.


  • Max states that Aggron cannot use Thunder Wave, but it is able to legitimately learn the move via Move Tutor in Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald.
  • When the Mirage Houndoom sends Team Rocket blasting off, Wobbuffet's voice is heard, but only the trio is seen.
  • The footage of Pikachu's memory of Celebi: The Voice of the Forest is of Celebi being chased by the Pokémon hunter, which he did not witness.
  • As the missiles are launching out of Dr. Yung's castle, Mewtwo and the Mirage Master can be seen standing outside the gate. They are then shown exiting the building a few scenes later. Not only is this a continuity error, but Mewtwo could not have stepped through the gate without the Mirage Field having been deployed.
  • In the English version, when Dr. Yung removes his mask after being revealed as the Mirage Master, he briefly continues speaking with a distorted voice after removing the mask. This is not the case in the Japanese version.
  • Due to a perspective error, the wreckage of the castle gate that impedes Oak from apprehending Yung seems to fall from empty sky off-screen. The rubble is later shown in a more accurate position beneath the gate arch.
  • In the second dub, Ash erroneously refers to Dr. Yung's villainous persona as "Mr. Mirage", his persona's Japanese name, when his identity is revealed.

Dub edits

Redub edits

A redubbed version, with the newer voices and the others improved, is included on the bonus DVD of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

The original opening used the rap section of Pokémon Go!, while the redub opening used a different section of the song and a different animation. The redub then played the original rap opening as an ending theme during the credits, but without the original animation.

There are a few dialogue changes, as listed below.

Dub dialogue changes
Character Timestamp English TV version English DVD version
Ash 0:04 Dear Ash Ketchum, because of your amazing Pokémon battle skills, I'd like to introduce and challenge you to my brand new battle system. Dear Ash Ketchum, because of your amazing Pokémon training skills, I'd like to introduce and challenge you to my brand new battle system.
Ash 1:58 My amazing training skills, that's what. Doctor Young sent me a letter inviting me to come. My amazing training skills, that's what. Doctor Young sent me a letter inviting me.
Brock 12:12 If so, that's that. Bye! Yahoo! So that's that! Bye! Yahoo!
Ash 29:15 Mirage Master is Dr. Yung? Mr. Mirage is Dr. Yung?

In other languages


Save Our Voice ActorsThe Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
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