The internet has been an ever-transforming platform for the Mewtwo community. I am among the first generation of Mewtwo fans as far as the non-Japanese go, having jumped on board in the spring of 1999 (maybe even late 1998?). I had the advantage of being a preteen, so while I did not grow up with Mewtwo like some fans did, I had more access to Mewtwo-related content. For example, I didn’t have parental controls so I was able to access Mewtwo shrines and Japanese websites to absorb more information.
As time passed, much has changed for the Mewtwo community. More and more people are aware of The Birth of Mewtwo CD drama (although some, oddly enough, still haven’t heard of it), more people have access to the subtitled versions of the first movie and the special, and so forth. In other words, information about the Japanese Mewtwo isn’t as obscure as it was years ago. Back then one was lucky to find a transcript of the CD drama and perhaps a few scans from the booklet; now you can listen to it right on Youtube. Actually, that was like finding gold. Heck, one was fortunate just to find a non-Japanese person who didn’t think of Mewtwo as an evil megalomaniac…
I am happy for these changes. However, there is also some stuff that I dearly miss.
First, I miss shrines. The internet once was abundant with Mewtwo and Mew shrines, but now only a few remain and they are static. I can see why this happened for a myriad of reasons. However, it is a part of history that will likely never revive. People do not seem to have an interest in shrines anymore, and it also doesn’t help that most free website hosts are gone. I think, too, that people don’t see the need in making shrines anymore since information is far more easy to access these days (but in a way that’s a good thing).
I also miss fanfiction. Back in the old days there were far more writers than there are now in the Mewtwo community. There were more readers too. For the few veteran writers who do remain, they also have limited incentive to produce more works because their traffic has severely plummeted. I know this because I am one of them. My alias is Meriah, and I am a relatively well-known Mewtwo writer (although I am nothing but a shadow compared to my close friend WiseAbsol, who rightfully is one of the queens of Mewtwo fanfiction. Do read her stuff. You will be blown away). One of the problems that haunt writers such as us is that due to the drop in traffic we are forever most known for our very old works – products that were good for our age, but now are an embarrassment.
The huge increase in fanart has also been a bane to the fanfic writers. Fanart has always existed, and it can be argued that it was always more popular than fanfiction. However, in the past fanart was mostly limited to private websites rather than large hosts such as DeviantArt and Pixiv. With this flood in fanart has also come the desire to avoid fanfiction, perhaps because fanfiction fails to offer the “instant gratification” given by fanart. This is not a stab at fanart – it is simply a note that things have changed. It is also a reason why I repost fanart instead of fanfiction.
However, the changes in the Mewtwo fandom have also served as beneficial. For example, Tumblr is a huge website, and thus it is easy to gather many Mewtwo fans together. This was not possible in the past except for some forums, and even still, the forums never attracted as much attention anyway.
So how do I feel about the changes? It’s for both the good and the bad. I can say this, though: Mewtwo fanfiction appears to be a dying art form. And that makes my heart heavy.
To be honest, I am glad that things changed … but then again I came later to the party. When the Pokémon Movie was first released I was still pretty young and didn’t know english! Coming from a non english speaking country kind of made it hard to find out anything about japanese Mewtwo .. I think it wasn’t until 2005 that I learnt that the jap Movie was different from what I had seen as a kid but back then I only found the script of it? I read all the stuff at Copycat haha.
Also.. Back then I actually wanted to make a shrine for mewtwo! I found the concept of the website on my old computer recently. I never finished it though so hmm. I don’t know the reason I really prefer the easy acces to everything nowadays is that I find more people with my interests…
I remember in 2005 I always was alone with my Mewtwo fandom.. A reason why I never ended up getting dragged into it and lost interest after a while again (even though Mewtwo ALWAYS remains a special spot on my heart, he’s just my favourite character from this franchise)
But yes, now that everyhting is easier to access and we have places like Tumblr where a lot of fans hang out, I feel much more integrated into the Fandom, which makes me happy. Because fangirling something all alone can be sad sometimes ehehe.
About Mewtwo Fanfiction .. I don’t know I don’t read much fanfiction tbh. I read your’s but you know that. And sometimes I check out WiseAbsol’s. But I don’t really read it actively and I’d never write any because I just can’t pull myself through.
In a way though even though access to the Mewtwo Stuff has become much greater, I feel like the fandom is rather shrinking than growing, simply because there is a new generation of people in the fandom and I think they find other things more important than Mewtwo.. I remember when Mewtwo was much more prominent. :/ but maybe I am just imagining this ?