Anime: Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea

The seas 'cross over' with the Ranger of Pokemon.

Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, or known in Japan as Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation the Movie: The Pokémon Ranger and Prince of the Sea: Manaphy, is the 9th Pokemon film to be released, and is the last film for the Hoenn era of the series.

A Pokémon egg is obtained by a pirate known as Phantom. Working undercover is Jack "Jackie" Walker, a Pokémon Ranger who retrieves the egg and flees. Meanwhile, Ash, May, Brock and Max meet up with Lizabeth, one of the descendants of the "People of the Water." Later, they team up with Jackie as they attempt to keep the egg safe from Phantom and his crew, and a Manaphy hatches from the egg. The little Pokémon sees May as its mother.

With a feature running for 1 hour and 45 minutes, it is currently the longest Pokémon movie made-to-date.


This movie provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Jack Walker. Probably a requisite of being a Pokémon Ranger.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: The performing family's Buizel, which is seen licking Max once and also repeatedly plays with the Manaphy egg before it hatches.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Manaphy, despite it being named "The Prince of The Sea", which may lean towards a male.
  • Badass: The asskicking Jackie lays down in the opening scenes is pretty ridiculous, even considering his Narmful lines.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Lizabeth.
  • Big Bad: The Phantom.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Jackie develops this kind of relationship with Ash over the course of the movie.
  • Bittersweet Ending: May & Manaphy's goodbye.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Meowth says that Diamond and Pearl would be great names for games. He gets told to wait until next season.
  • Catch Phrase: Phantom repeatedly tells his Mooks that "There Are Two Kinds of People in the World".
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Officer Jenny shows up to arrest the Phantom after Ash defeats him.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The capsule that Team Rocket uses to hide from Phantom while they were following him to the Temple of the Sea.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Heart Swap. It becomes a defibrillator of sorts when Ash drowns, and later snaps The Cavalry water-types out of their confused states.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Manaphy
  • Conspicuous CG: Even more so than the movies usually go. One of the studios responsible would later do similar work in The Sky Crawlers and also work on Transformers Prime.
  • Continuity Cameo: Attila, Hun and Marina (from The Legend of Thunder!), Solana, Rebecca and Brendan.
  • Cue the Sun: Right after Ash saves the Temple, it rises out of the water, at the same time as the sunrise.
  • Cute but Cacophonic: Manaphy's shrill crying and shrill voice throughout, including the scene where Manaphy cried/threw a tantrum over May's absence before it uses Heart Swap of course.
  • A Day in the Limelight: May, as the movie focuses on her friendship with Manaphy, similarly to how the sixth focused on Max and Jirachi.
  • Desperate Object Catch: While May and the Phantom are struggling over the container holding the Manaphy egg, its lid is pulled open and the egg flies into the air. May runs after it and dives to catch it, ending up face down on the ground.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Why Corphish was at the Blue Lagoon during the temple's discovery. Ash saving the temple would have been a lot easier if he had the aquatic Pokémon at his beck and call at the time. The same could be probably be said for Jackie, who deserts the temple when he thought everyone else has gotten out of it safely.
  • Disney Death: Ash drowns, but he gets revived by May and Pikachu's prayers (heard through Manaphy's Heart Swap) and saves the Sea Temple.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Chatot, Buizel, and Manaphy, all of whom are Sinnoh Pokémon.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The Buizel acts more dog-like and less anthropic then any Buizel shown afterwards.
  • Establishing Character Moment: It takes one scene to show how much of The Ace Jack is.
  • Fanfic Magnet: Manaphy after the end of the movie.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Manaphy's Heart Swap ability.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The manga's take on the Sea Temple Dream Sequence has May in the nude. Thankfully, Barbie Doll Anatomy is much in effect, even in the original Japanese; there is no risque detail whatsoever (think the Bowlderized Sailor Moon transformation sequences) which probably helped get it past Viz's radar.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Like Pokémon 2000, only it's limited to water-type Pokémon, including Kyogre. At least this time they participated in the final battle. Yeah, Phantom's crew is screwed, especially once Ash and pals smash the sonar weapons that had been keeping the Water-types at bay.
  • Imprinting: May is holding the Manaphy egg when it hatches, so the baby Manaphy considers her to be its mother for the rest of the movie.
  • Last of her Kind: Lizabeth, one of the descendants of the "People of the Water."
  • Le Parkour: Ash inexplicably knows how to pull this off when he was trying to save the sinking temple.
  • Lost in Translation:
    • May's "kamo" was only heard in Japanese, whereas "sweetie" and "happy" was only heard in English.
    • Phantom's "Argh!" or "Yar!" and any other "Pirate Talk" was only heard in English, while the Japanese soundtrack simply had him groan for almost every sentence.
  • Magic Music: Manaphy's singing has the ability to calm water Pokémon, and allows access to the Temple of the Sea.
  • Merchandise-Driven
    • This movie practically advertises the Manaphy event in Pokémon Ranger and, subsequently, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
    • Considering its title and content, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that, like the animé episodes with Solana, this movie advertised the first Pokémon Ranger game itself.
  • Mood Whiplash: May's final words go from emotional to very happy in the end: "No, I'm not alright, but I will be."
  • Mythology Gag: in order to stop Team Rocket from escaping with the Manaphy egg, Jackie captures a Fearow, alluding to one of the leaders of the Pokémon Rangers in the first game, who has Fearow as his signature Pokémon.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Where the Phantom's Chatot is usually found.
  • Pet Baby Wild Animal: May & Manaphy.
  • Pirate Parrot: The Phantom has a Chatot that rides on his shoulder.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Once at the Temple, the Phantom halts his pursuit of Manaphy, and he even lets the kids accompany him to the treasure room. None of the heroes there ever thought of trying to stop him from pilfering the Sea Crown (the only one who tried to was Manaphy). Once the Temple is saved from sinking a little later, the Phantom goes back to trying to kidnap Manaphy again.
  • Sailor's Ponytail: This film is more sailing-oriented than the rest of the Pokémon films, and Jack Walker sports this kind of ponytail.
  • Seize Them!: At the beginning Jack Walker reveals himself aboard the Phantom's submarine and obtains the Manaphy egg that the Phantom just acquired. The Phantom tells his pirate minions to "Seize him."
  • Ship Tease: This movie is at the top of the list on Advanceshippers (Ash/May) for the sheer number of hints present.
  • Shout-Out: Among other things, Jackie's flashback shows him wearing Gold's/Ethan's clothes.
  • The Starscream: Team Rocket offer their services to the Phantom, but they make no secret in their intention to double-cross him.
  • Submarine Pirates: The Big Bad is a pirate named Phantom who travels around in a giant submarine.
  • Super Strength: Phantom seems to have this, but it's revealed in the end that he's just wearing a strength-enhancing suit. Which then shorts out. While he's trying to hold up a pillar so that it doesn't crush him. He lives, but still!
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Mercifully averted. Instead, he talks like Tuco Ramirez.
  • Team Pet: The performing family's Buizel.
  • There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: The Phantom likes to say this oh so often, changing the actual contrast based on the current situation.
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot
  • Totally Radical: Pokémon Ranger Jackie talks like this on occasion.
  • Twinkle in the Eye: While Jack Walker is apparently trapped aboard the Phantom's submarine, he has one of these just before his daring escape.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: While Team Rocket is fleeing on a bicycle-powered balloon, a Fearow controlled by Jack Walker pierces their balloon with its beak and sends them zooming away into the sky.
  • Visual Pun: the light show that Ash and friends perform over the Sea Temple happens to take the shape of a crown.
  • Voices Are Mental: One of the indications that Manaphy had used its Heart Swap ability.