Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
and the Temple of the Sea
Theatrical release poster
|Japanese||劇場版ポケットモンスターアドバンスジェネレーション ポケモンレンジャーと蒼海の王子 マナフィ|
|Hepburn||Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Adobansu Jenerēshon Pokemon Renjā to Umi no Ōji Manafi|
|Literally||Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation the Movie: Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy|
|Directed by||Kunihiko Yuyama|
|Screenplay by||Hideki Sonoda|
by Satoshi Tajiri
|Narrated by||Unshō Ishizuka|
|Music by||Shinji Miyazaki|
|Edited by||Toshio Henmi|
|Box office||$26.9 million|
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation the Movie: Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy (Japanese: 劇場版ポケットモンスターアドバンスジェネレーション ポケモンレンジャーと蒼海の王子 マナフィ Hepburn: Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Adobansu Jenerēshon Pokemon Renjā to Umi no Ōji Manafi), is a 2006 Japanese anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, and the ninth Pokémon film. The story follows the Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum, his Pikachu (Ikue Ōtani), and his friends May, Max and Brock as they help a Pokémon Ranger called Jack Walker deliver the Mythical Pokémon Manaphy to an undersea palace called Samiya while evading mercenaries led by Phantom the Pirate.
An egg belonging to the Mythical Pokémon Manaphy is found floating in the sea by mercenary Phantom the Pirate, but it is subsequently stolen from him by Jack "Jackie" Walker, a Pokémon Ranger disguised as one of Phantom's crew members. Walker escapes Phantom's ship and joins the Marina Group, a traveling circus family that specializes in Water-type Pokémon, to deliver the Manaphy egg to Samiya, an undersea palace built by the People of the Water, whom the Marina Group are descendants of. Pokémon Trainer Ash Ketchum, his Pikachu, and their friends Brock, May, and Max become lost on their journey and encounter the Marina Group in their search for water, inadvertently becoming involved with Walker's mission.
When Phantom leads an assault after the Egg, Manaphy hatches in May's arms, who presumes she is its mother. The group eventually escapes Phantom by running into a network of ruins belonging to the People of the Water, where Ash and his friends learn about Samiya. Walker declines Ash and his friends' further involvement with his mission and departs in a boat with the Marina Group toward Samiya. However, Manaphy shows discomfort and starts crying without May's presence, forcing Ash and his friends along anyway. Manaphy's natural instincts lead the boat toward Samiya, and to Walker's dismay, May and Manaphy bond closer. Walker warns May of Manaphy's destiny to become Samiya's leader and that she will eventually need to part ways with it. May understands, but is distraught nonetheless. Lizabeth, the Marina Group's daughter, comforts May and gives her a bracelet known as the People of the Water's Mark as a memento of her time with Manaphy. One day, May loses her bandanna to the wind and Manaphy embarks far into the ocean to retrieve it. Ash and his friends, board a submarine operated by Lizabeth to search for Manaphy, eventually finding it along with Samiya during the expected lunar eclipse. Unbeknownst to them, Phantom had been in pursuit the whole time.
While exploring Samiya, the group encounters Phantom, who is able to open the chamber to the Sea Crown, the temple's central artifact consisting of numerous large crystals. Phantom begins to remove the crystals, causing Samiya to flood and sink deeper into the ocean. The group escapes to the submarine while Walker confronts Phantom, reconnecting most of the crystals to the crown before he, Phantom, and one of the crystals are washed away by the flood. Determined to save its home, Manaphy returns to the Crown's chamber with Ash, Pikachu and May in tow, while Lizabeth, Brock, and Max are forced to depart in the submarine. Ash and May reconnect the remaining crystals but notice one is missing. While escaping the flood, Ash finds the last crystal in a fountain. He puts Pikachu, May, and Manaphy in an air capsule that used to be part of Phantom's submarine before diving into the completely flooded crown chamber and reconnecting the crystal, causing Samiya to rise to the ocean's surface.
While May and Pikachu mourn Ash's apparent sacrifice, Phantom appears and kidnaps Manaphy. Ash, surrounded by a glowing aura from the newly rebuilt Sea Crown, pursues Phantom and retrieves Manaphy. Phantom returns with his ship, but Manaphy leads an assault with several wild Water-type Pokémon to destroy the ship and subdue Phantom in its rubble. With Phantom arrested, Walker is able to deliver Manaphy safely to Samiya, completing his mission. May and Manaphy share a heartfelt farewell before the group watches Samiya return to depths of the ocean. Ash and his friends separate from Walker and the Marina Group and continue on their journey.
Note: Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea is the first film in the series to be released since Pokémon USA's acquisition of US distribution from 4Kids Entertainment, which resulted in a new English voice cast produced by TAJ Productions.
|Ash||Rica Matsumoto||Sarah Natochenny|
|May||Kaori Suzuki||Michele Knotz|
|Max||Kyoko Yamada||Kayzie Rogers|
|Brock||Yuji Ueda||Bill Rogers|
|Jessie||Megumi Hayashibara||Michele Knotz|
|James||Shin'ichirō Miki||James Carter Cathcart|
|Meowth||Inuko Inuyama||James Carter Cathcart|
|Wobbuffet||Yūji Ueda||Kayzie Rogers|
|Jack Walker||Kōichi Yamadera||Rich McNanna|
|The Phantom||Hiroshi Fujioka||Eric Schussler|
|Lizabeth||Kaori Manabe||Emily Williams|
|Manaphy||Yuri Shiratori||Michele Knotz|
|Narrator||Unshou Ishizuka||Rodger Parsons|
This is the last Pokémon movie to use traditional cel animation; all Pokémon films made since are digitally animated. Setting designs were inspired by cities and ruins in Italy, particularly in Rome, Naples, and Capri.
Box office performance
 The general screening of Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy ran for 6 weeks, from July 15 to August 25, 2006.
- July 15–16, 2nd overall, 2nd domestic, 1st anime
- July 22–23, 3rd overall, 2nd domestic, 1st anime
- July 29–30, 4th overall, 3rd domestic, 2nd anime
- August 5–6, 5th overall, 4th domestic, 2nd anime
- August 12–13, 4th overall, 3rd domestic, 2nd anime
- August 19–20, 6th overall, 4th domestic, 2nd anime
In North America, the film was aired on Cartoon Network on March 23, 2007.
The original Japanese version of the movie was released on DVD on December 22, 2006. The English Dub was released first in North America on April 3, 2007. It was later released in Australia nearly a year later, being released on February 6, 2008. The American set included the Pikachu short Pikachu's Island Adventure.
The film has yet to be released on DVD in the United Kingdom although it has been released in UK iTunes Store.
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- "Japan Box Office 2006". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
- Box Office Performance Archived 2008-12-08 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea DVD: Box Art and Bonus!". Retrieved 2007-02-13.