Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon

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The Mastermind of
Mirage Pokémon
PKMN Mastermind Mirage.png
English poster
Genre Anime
Written by Shinzo Fujita
Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama (chief)
Masamitsu Hidaka
Starring Jamie Peacock
Ikue Ōtani
Bill Rogers
Michele Knotz
Billy Beach
Shin-ichiro Miki
Satomi Kōrogi
Katsuyuki Konishi
Rodger Parsons
Composer(s) Shinji Miyazaki
Country of origin Japan
United States
Original language(s) Japanese
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Oriental Light and Magic
Shogakukan Production
Original network
Original release
  • April 29, 2006 (2006-04-29) (United States)
  • October 13, 2006 (2006-10-13) (Japan)
Preceded by Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, later released in Japan as The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon (戦慄のミラージュポケモン, Senritsu no Mirāju Pokemon) is a special hour-long episode of the Pokémon anime series created for the tenth anniversary of the franchise. This special premiered on Kids' WB on April 29, 2006 (with the Kayzie Rogers version). It became available on DVD in the United States on September 19 that year as a special feature on the 2-disc Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew release (with the Sarah Natochenny version), and the new dub aired on October 28 in the same year on Cartoon Network. In Japan the special was available for download as 戦慄のミラージュポケモン on the official site from October 13-October 31, 2006.

This special marked the first time English-language production was handled exclusively by Pokémon USA (now known as The Pokémon Company International) and TAJ Productions. Previously, 4Kids Entertainment (now known as 4Licensing Corporation) was mostly responsible for the Pokémon anime English dub. As a result of this change, costs were cut, and the English-language version of the special featured an all-new voice cast, replacing the original voice actors for many major characters, many of whom had worked on the show for eight years. The only three who returned were Rodger Parsons as the narrator, Jimmy Zoppi, who voice many characters like Gary Oak but now provides the voice for James and Meowth, and Kayzie Rogers, who voices over 50 Pokémon, now provides the voice of Max (and also voiced Ash for the original version of the special).

This change caused controversy among many fans. It was announced at the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con that the version available on DVD would be improved from that aired on TV, with dialogue being re-recorded after the new voice cast became more familiar with their roles, and after Ash was given another new voice actor, Sarah Natochenny. The redub was included as a bonus disc on the home media release of Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.


Japanese name English name Japanese cast English cast
Satoshi Ash Ketchum Rica Matsumoto Jamie Peacock
Masato Max Fushigi Yamada
Junsar Officer Jenny Chinami Nishimura
Sonasu Wobuffet Yuji Ueda
Pikachu Ikue Ōtani
Takeshi Brock Yūji Ueda Bill Rogers
Haruka May Kaori Michele Knotz
Kasumi Misty Mayumi Iizuka
Nurse Joy
Nurse Joy
Megumi Hayashibara
Yuriko Yamaguchi
Tomoe Hanba
Professor Oak
Professor Oak
Shin-ichiro Miki
Inuko Inuyama
Unsho Ishizuka
Billy Beach
Dr. Yung Hidenobu Kiuchi Billy Regan
Staryu Shin-ichiro Miki
Mew Satomi Kōrogi
Mewtwo Katsuyuki Konishi
Narration Unsho Ishizuka Rodger Parsons


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