Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life

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Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life
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English language poster & DVD cover
Japanese 劇場版ポケットモンスター ダイヤモンド&パール アルセウス 超克の時空へ
Hepburn Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Daiyamondo ando Pāru: Aruseusu Chōkoku no Jikū e
Translation "Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl the Movie: Arceus: To Conquering Space-Time"
Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama
Produced by Takemoto Mori
Junya Okamoto
Mikihiko Yanagisawa
Chōji Yoshikawa
Written by Hideki Sonoda
Starring Rica Matsumoto
Megumi Toyoguchi
Yūji Ueda
Inuko Inuyama
Shin-ichiro Miki
Megumi Hayashibara
Kii Kitano
Masahiro Takashima
Kōichi Yamadera
Akihiro Miwa
Ikue Ōtani
Narrated by Rodger Parsons
Music by Shinji Miyazaki
Cinematography Takaya Mizutani
Production
  company
OLM, Inc.
Distributed by Toho
Release date(s)
  • July 18, 2009 (2009-07-18) (Japan)
Running time 94 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $50,673,078[1]

Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl the Movie: Arceus: To Conquering Space-Time (劇場版ポケットモンスター ダイヤモンド&パール アルセウス 超克の時空へ Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Daiyamondo ando Pāru: Aruseusu Chōkoku no Jikū e?), is a 2009 Japanese animated film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama. It is the twelfth Pokémon film and the third in the Diamond & Pearl trilogy. This film so far has earned US$50.2 million in Japan, making it the highest grossing animated film of the year in that country, beating Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance and Case Closed: The Raven Chaser.[2] The English language dub was aired on November 6, 2009, in Australia, November 20, 2009, in the United States on Cartoon Network, on May 28, 2010, in the United Kingdom on Disney XD UK and The Spanish language dub was aired on Spain April 4, 2010, on Disney XD and Latin America on November 21, 2010, on Cartoon Network. This marks the first time that a Pokémon feature film has made its U.S. debut in the same year as its original Japanese release before the Japanese DVD release on December 18, 2009. The theme song of the film is "Kokoro no Antenna" by Shoko Nakagawa. Cartoon Network (Pakistan) aired the movie in August 2011.

The movie's fictitious setting is based on various locations in Greece, which the director and producers visited during August 2008. Among the locations they visited and have been used as inspiration for the movie were the Acropolis, Mycenae, Delphi, Metéora.

The DVD was released on Monday 28 November 2011 in the UK by Universal, as the third Pokémon DVD to come out in the UK since The Rise of Darkrai.[3]

Production[edit]

The film's director, Kunihiko Yuyama, stated that in the film Arceus was depicted as being nature, the Jewel of Life as being the Sun, with the end goal of making people contemplate how the natural world is essential for the survival of all life. In Japan, the movie was distributed by Toho, best known for creating Godzilla.[4]

Plot[edit]

Ash Ketchum, Dawn, Brock and their Pokémon arrive in Michina Town. As the group relaxes in a nearby river, some watermelons suddenly float towards them. While enjoying the watermelons with their Pokémon, a boy named Kato and his sister Kiko appear who justify that the watermelons were theirs and were kept to cool in the flow of the river. Kato and Kiko then challenge Ash for a tag battle in return of the watermelons. Ash and Dawn thus plan for a tag Pokémon battle against them using Ash's Pikachu and Dawn's Piplup against Kako's Heracross and Kiko's Beautifly. Ash and Dawn win the battle with good teamwork and also request Kato and Kiko to join for eating watermelons. After that, Kato and Kiko suggest Ash and the gang visit the local temple ruins. Whilst visiting a lake, a typhoon suddenly strikes up, but siblings named Sheena and Kevin summon Dialga who ends the typhoon. Giratina arrives, but Sheena uses her ability to communicate with a Pokémon's heart to quell their conflicts with each other, sending Giratina back to its dimension. Palkia then arrives to save Dialga from another typhoon, and Sheena, once again, uses her ability to sync with the two to thank them. Taking the kids to the temple, Sheena and Kevin explain that they investigate disruptions in time and space, and worry that Arceus, the creator of the dimensions, is to awaken, and that he is responsible for the encounters between Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina.

Sheena explains that centuries ago, Arceus saved Earth from a meteor storm and nearly died with the loss of his sixteen Life Plates, but a man named Damos saved him. In gratitude, Arceus fused five of his plates into the Jewel of Life, which turned the town of Michina into a paradise. Arceus asked Damos to return the Jewel to him, but Damos proceeded to betray Arceus and attacked him. Arceus was forced to go into a long slumber, but he vowed to awaken and judge humanity. Sheena reveals that Damos is her ancestor, and that she possesses the actual Jewel of Life, planning to give it back to Arceus to pass judgement. Arceus arrives, and Sheena offers him the jewel, only to discover that it is a fake. Arceus would have destroyed humanity, but Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina arrive to stop their creator. Upon Sheena's request, Dialga sends Ash, Dawn, Brock, and Sheena back in time to the day when Damos betrayed Arceus, but Dialga sends them further back, only for the heroes to be apprehended by Damos' lieutenant, Marcus, and his Heatran.

The kids, Pikachu, and Piplup are imprisoned, but the latter two are released by a notch-eared Pichu. The kids meet Damos, who was imprisoned by Marcus, who is actually the true culprit behind the betrayal, using his Bronzong's Hypnosis to manipulate Damos into becoming his pawn. Unaware of Marcus' true role, Sheena tells him everything about the future. Pikachu, Piplup, and a notch-eared Pichu free the kids and Damos. Arceus arrives to collect the Jewel of Life, hidden in Marcus' scepter, but the fooled Sheena ends up being the one who betrays him. Arceus is forced into a pit and is wounded by silver water and electrical attacks. Marcus' intention is to kill Arceus himself to save the future. Sheena and Damos use their abilities to free the Pokémon under Marcus' control, including Heatran and Bronzong. Ash and the Pokémon confront Marcus, and Ash obtains the real Jewel of Life.

Ash reaches Arceus, but he discovers that Arceus is dying. As a result, Ash and his friends begin to fade due to the future being altered. Damos uses his powers to reach Arceus' but are interrupted by the sudden appearance of the Lord Garmadon. The Damos battles him, and in a showdown ,Garmadon reveals himself to be Damos's Brother, raging heart, and asks him to save the future. Arceus absorbs the Jewel of Life, restoring his own life force and those of the future. Arceus rescues his saviors from the collapse of the temple. Ash, Dawn, Brock, and Sheena are transported to the future, only to discover that Arceus is still furious and has defeated Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. Arceus spots Ash and recognizes him due to history's alterations, and reverses the destruction he caused and heals his servants. Ash and the others discover Damos has put them on a mural, thanking them for their help in saving the world. Arceus and his followers depart to their respective dimensions, with Arceus realizing that he is truly a part of the world that he created.

The fate of Marcus is unclear. There is one scene where his headpiece is shown on the ground, implying that he has perished, but he is later seen behind Damos in an ending scene. The end credits show, via murals, that Damos helped turn Michina into a paradise. We also see the fates of several characters from the previous two movies, including Zero (antagonist from the 11th movie), Shaymin, and Darkrai. The main song of the end credits is "If We Only Learn" with vocals by Chris Barczynski. The music during the credits also includes sections from "I'll Always Remember You" and "This is a Beautiful World", the ending songs from the 10th and 11th movies, respectively.

Cast[edit]

Regular characters[edit]

  • Rica Matsumoto (Sarah Natochenny in the English adaptation) as Satoshi (Ash Ketchum in the English adaptation)
  • Ikue Ōtani as Pikachu
  • Yūji Ueda (Bill Rogers in the English adaptation) as Takeshi (Brock in the English adaptation)
  • Megumi Toyoguchi (Emily Bauer in the English adaptation) as Hikari (Dawn in the English adaptation)
  • Etsuko Kozakura (Michele Knotz in the English adaptation) as Pochama (Piplup in the English adaptation)
  • Megumi Hayashibara (Michele Knotz in the English adaptation) as Musashi (Jessie in the English adaptation)
  • Shin-ichiro Miki (Jimmy Zoppi in the English adaptation) as Kojirō (James in the English adaptation)
  • Inuko Inuyama (Jimmy Zoppi in the English adaptation) as Nyarth (Meowth in the English adaptation)
  • Satoshi's Pokémon:
    • Shin-ichiro Miki (Jimmy Zoppi in the English adaptation) as Hayashigame (Grotle in the English adaptation)
    • Megumi Hayashibara (Bill Rogers in the English adaptation) as Mōukazaru (Monferno in the English adaptation)
    • Katsuyuki Konishi (Sarah Natochenny in the English adaptation) as Mukuhawk (Staraptor in the English adaptation)
    • Kiyotaka Furushima as Buizel
    • Katsuyuki Konishi (Marc Thompson in the English adaptation) as Glion (Gliscor in the English adaptation)
  • Takeshi's Pokémon:
    • Katsuyuki Konishi (Bill Rogers in the English adaptation) as Gureggru (Croagunk in the English adaptation)
    • Daisuke Sakaguchi (Bill Rogers in the English adaptation) as Usokkie (Sudowoodo in the English adaptation)
    • Miyako Itō (Emily Bauer in the English adaptation) as Pinpuku (Happiny in the English adaptation)
  • Hikari's Pokémon:
    • Satsuki Yukino (Sarah Natochenny in the English adaptation) as Mimirol (Buneary in the English adaptation)
    • Chinami Nishimura as Pachirisu
    • Unshō Ishizuka (Bill Rogers in the English adaptation) as Mammoo (Mamoswine in the English adaptation)
  • Unshō Ishizuka (Rodger Parsons in the English adaptation) as the Narrator

Guest characters[edit]

  • Kii Kitano (Evelyn Lanto in the English adaptation) as Sheena: A girl who has the power to communicate with the hearts of people and Pokémon. She is Damos's descendant and seeks to right the wrongs he committed in the past, later traveling back in time to do so.
  • Masahiro Takashima (Dan Green in the English adaptation) as Damos: The man who saved Arceus and received the Jewel of Life, and was believed to later have betrayed it. He appears when the protagonists travel back in time and joins them.
  • Kōichi Yamadera (Jason Griffith in the English adaptation) as Gishin (Marcus in the English adaptation): Damos's assistant, and the antagonist who will do anything to ensure Michina Town's continued prosperity. His Pokémon are Heatran and Bronzong, both controlled by magical armor.
  • Kouji Ishii (Scottie Ray in the English adaptation) as Master Garmadon (Lord Garmadon in the English adaptation):the True antagonist Garmadon evil sorcerer who commanded evil Shadow Realm monsters
  • Kōichi Yamadera (Matthew Charles in the English adaptation) as Kruncha): Garmadon Henchmen
  • Yuu Mizushim (Jimmy Zoppi in the English adaptation) as Nickal): He was a shrimp Crazy guy
  • Chisa Yokoyama (Andrew Rannells in the English adaptation) as Samukai): The Genreal of the Zombies

Sub-characters[edit]

  • Yuzuru Fujimoto (Marc Thompson in the English adaptation) as Tapp: An elderly man with a laid-back attitude who guards Marcus's jail cell.
  • Yūji Kishi (Wayne Grayson in the English adaptation) as Kevin: Sheena's assistant in guarding the temple of Michina, as well as her boyfriend.
  • Motoko Kumai (Tom Wayland in the English adaptation) as Kanta (Kato in the English adaptation): A boy who challenges Ash and Dawn to a tag battle in the movie's opening. Uses Heracross.
  • Kei Shindō (Bella Hudson in the English adaptation) as Kako (Kiko in the English adaptation): Kato's tag battle partner and friend. She uses Beautifly.
  • Hiroshi Yamamoto as the Villager: A follower of Marcus who prepares food with the forced aid of a Chikorita and Cyndaquil.
  • Ryūji Akiyama as Soldier B: A member of Marcus's army.
  • Hiroyuki Baba as Soldier D: A member of Marcus's army.

Guest Pokémon[edit]

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