|Mew in the Anime
For those of you who have only seen the English Version of Pokemon (and
really haven't looked into the Japanese at all), then the only time you
have seen a mew in the anime would be in the intro. At the very beginning
of the intro, you can see a mew. It is the little glowing blue
thing that is flying through space. Depending on the size of
your TV you might be able to make out more details. Mew is the only
species of the original 151 not mentioned in the Pokerap.
Now as many of you probably know in the summer of 1998 there was a movie
released in Japan called "Mewtwo Strikes Back." This is the
first big appearance of a mew in the anime.
The mew from the movie is a very playful creature. Even though
the intro made it look like mews come from space, this one was actually
laying in suspended animation at the bottom of a lake. It only woke
when Mewtwo used his psychic powers to create a hurricane. It
sensed the presence of a large psychic influence, and left to investigate.
The mew spent a lot of time following behind Team Rocket.
It toyed with them, hanging just behind them and moving just out of their
range of sight when ever they tried to look at it. This mew could
teleport, an ability its species lacks in the game.
The mew has a very carefree, jovial personality. It was very curious
and always checking its surroundings to see what was going on. It
only seemed to have a more serious attitude twice during the movie; when
it spoke to Mewtwo and when at the end it agreed to stop fighting with
him. Usually it is frisky and playful, just like a kitten, and cute
enough to rival a Pikachu. Despite its cuteness it packs an incredible
power. It was the only Pokemon that successfully attacked Mewtwo.
In some ways its perpetual light heartedness is alarming. It was
only curious about death or the grief of the other Pokemon, never upset.
Either it doesn't understand or isn't capable of such feelings. It's
probably the first of the two, since the mew seems very child-like.
Like most pokemon in the anime, mew can only say its species name over
and over again.
The mew's psychic powers produce a pink field, which is different from
the usual blue field for psychic abilities. During the movie it uses
several skills; teleport, barrier, psychic, and reflect.