Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life

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Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Pokémon - Arceus and the Jewel of Life DVD cover.png
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
HepburnGekijōban Poketto Monsutā Daiyamondo ando Pāru: Aruseusu Chōkoku no Jikū e
Directed byKunihiko Yuyama
Produced byTakemoto Mori
Junya Okamoto
Mikihiko Yanagisawa
Chōji Yoshikawa
Written byHideki Sonoda
Starringsee below
Narrated byUnshō Ishizuka
Music byShinji Miyazaki
CinematographyTakaya Mizutani
Edited byToshio Henmi
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • July 18, 2009 (2009-07-18) (Japan)
Running time
94 minutes
Box office$50.7 million[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 anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama. It is the twelfth Pokémon film and the third and last 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 Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser.[2] The English language dub was aired in Australia on November 6, 2009; in the United States on Cartoon Network on November 20, 2009; and in the United Kingdom on Disney XD on May 28, 2010. 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. The theme song of the film is "Kokoro no Antenna" by Shoko Nakagawa. The events of the film take place during the 12th season of Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles.

The movie's fictitious setting is based on the Acropolis, Mycenae, Delphi, and the Metéora in Greece, which the director and producers visited in August 2008.


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.[3]


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 two mysterious individuals 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 with Ash helping to calm down Giratina, who remembers him from the previous film, 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 (a solar eclipse) 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, believing that if the Jewel of Life is return to Arceus, Michina would become a wasteland again. Unaware of Marcus' true role, Sheena tells him everything about the future. Pikachu, Piplup, and 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 Dawn (with the help of Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile) confront Marcus, and Ash obtains the real Jewel of Life.

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 and see that even without the Jewel of Life, Michina is still beautiful due to Damos leading his people in supporting the land. Arceus and his followers depart to their respective dimensions, with Arceus realizing that he is truly a part of the world that he created.

In the credits, it is shown that Marcus works for Damos after his defeat, Newton visits Zero in prison while the Shaymin discover a new location, and Alberto is still hitting on Alice as Darkrai looks on.


Character Japanese English
Ash Ketchum Rica Matsumoto Sarah Natochenny
Pikachu Ikue Ōtani
Dawn Megumi Toyoguchi Emily Bauer
Brock Yūji Ueda Bill Rogers
Narrator Unshō Ishizuka Rodger Parsons
Jessie Megumi Hayashibara Michele Knotz
James Shin-ichiro Miki Carter Cathcart
Meowth Inuko Inuyama Carter Cathcart
Piplup Etsuko Kozakura Michele Knotz
Damos Masahiro Takashima Dan Green
Sheena Kii Kitano Carrie Keranen
Kevin Yūji Kishi Wayne Grayson
Marcus Kōichi Yamadera Jason Griffith
Arceus Akihiro Miwa Tom Wayland
Pichu Shōko Nakagawa Kayzie Rogers
Tapp Yuzuru Fujimoto Bill Tost
Kato Motoko Kumai Tom Wayland
Kiko Kei Shindou Bella Hudson
Heatran Kenta Miyake Tom Wayland


  1. ^ "Japan Box Office 2009". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
  2. ^ "2009's Top Anime Movies at Japanese Box Office". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  3. ^ Yuyama, Kunihiko. "Thanks" (in Japanese). Pokemon-movie.jp.

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