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The Mastermind of
Mirage Pokémon
PKMN Mastermind Mirage.png
English DVD cover
Genre Action, Science Fiction
Written by Shinzo Fujita
Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama (chief)
Masamitsu Hidaka
Starring see below
Composer(s) Shinji Miyazaki
Country of origin Japan
United States
Original language(s) Japanese
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) OLM, Inc.
Shogakukan Production
  • Shogakukan Productions (Japan)
  • Pokémon USA, Inc. (United States)
  • Magna Pacific (Australia)
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, 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 original dub aired on October 28 in the same year on Cartoon Network. In Japan the special was available for download on the official site from October 13-October 31, 2006. The events of the specials take place during the 8th season of Pokémon: Advanced Battle.

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 Konami Cross Media NY) 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 voiced several recurring characters like Gary Oak, and Kayzie Rogers, who voiced minor characters and over 50 Pokémon throughout the show. Beginning with this special, Zoppi additionally carried over the roles of James and Meowth (using the pseudonym Billy Beach in the special) and Rogers also provided the voice for Max (using the pseudonym Jamie Peacock in the special). Rogers also voiced Ash for the original version of the special, but was subsequently replaced by Sarah Natochenny.

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
Sarah Natochenny (Redub)
Masato Max Fushigi Yamada Jamie Peacock
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 Dr. Young Hidenobu Kiuchi Billy Regan
Mew Satomi Kōrogi
Mewtwo Katsuyuki Konishi
Narration Unsho Ishizuka Rodger Parsons
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