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| Pokémon Heroes|
水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios
|| July 13, 2002
| United States
|| May 16, 2003
| Home video
|| December 20, 2002
| United States
|| January 20, 2004*
| English themes
| Japanese themes
| United States
| Great Britain
| New Zealand
Pokémon Heroes (Japanese: 水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios; Official: The Guardians of Altomare) is the fifth Pokémon movie and the final original series movie. It features Latios and Latias.
It was released in Japan on July 13, 2002. Distributed on limited release by Miramax Films, it opened in select American theaters on May 16, 2003. It was released on VHS and DVD in the US on January 20, 2004. Echo Bridge Home Entertainment released the movie on Blu-ray (along with Destiny Deoxys on the same disc) on May 15, 2011.
Pokémon Heroes was shown with the Pikachu Short movie Camp Pikachu.
Other posters and DVD covers
Guardian of the City of Water teaser poster
Final Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios movie poster
Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios DVD cover
Poster featuring Latias and Latios
Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios logo
Pokémon Heroes title screen
The film starts out with a montage of shots, showing off the Pokémon world and then the main protagonist of the Pokémon TV series and this film, Ash Ketchum. It shows a flashback of sorts towards his beginnings as a Pokémon Trainer: receiving Pikachu from Professor Oak, being chased by wild Spearow through a thunderstorm, Ash stealing Misty's bike and using it to transport Pikachu over to the Pokémon Center while still being chased by the flock of Spearow, Ash falling off the bike and crashing into a ditch, and Pikachu defeating the Spearow with an extremely powerful ThunderShock. It then cuts to the very first scene ever seen in the Pokémon series- the Agatha/Bruno fight between Gengar and Onix, then cuts to his friends Misty and Brock walking with him, and the scene fades to black.
(Note: The following scene was only in the Japanese version. The sections in bold is what is only in the Japanese version.)
The scene fades back and we see a shot of a small stone carving of Alto Mare, the film's setting. This storybook-like scene tells a backstory of an old couple who lived there eons ago. One day they found two wounded children (a boy and a girl) on a beach. The couple's medical knowledge helped the children get better. Then suddenly, an evil monster appeared and attacked the city, and meteors come down on Alto Mare like drops of rain. As the meteor shards strike the city, the buildings and walkways of the city begin to take color of the monster. We then see the elderly couple about to meet their doom, but then all of a sudden; a mysterious, enigmatic light protrudes from the children - in front of the elderly couple's eyes. The two children start to levitate and they both transform. It is now revealed that the two children were actually Pokémon - the boy was a Latios and the girl was a Latias, both classified as the Eon Pokémon. The Latias and Latios, with the mysterious light surrounding them, rise up even higher. They call their friends, and a whole bunch of Latias and Latios appear on screen, and together, they form a power to defeat and destroy the evil monster. The power the Latias and Latios conjured was the Soul Dew, which is given to the elderly couple in the form of a glowing, transparent blue orb. Alto Mare became peaceful again, and the Latias and Latios left the city. It is revealed that the Latias and Latios will appear where the Soul Dew is present, and that the city was never attacked again by the evil monster. The camera moves out and a page turns. We then see an intense circle of light on a floor and hear then see footsteps. The book then closes, and a wide shot shows that we are in the present time in a library, during the night. Two women are hiding behind a bookshelf, with a security guard closing in on them. They then scale a wall and jump out an open window. The security guard looks around in the darkness with his flashlight and walks alongside the bookcase, finding a missing slot where a book should have been, with a rose in its place. The books come together and the rose is forced out, flying off into the security guard's hands, with a card with a metallic red background that lands on the floor with two kissmarks (one red, one purple) on the bottom-right hand corner.
The scene cuts to an exterior of the roof of the library, where the two women grab on to a white rope and slide down it on a pulley, hopping into their car that looks like a cross between a train and a Ferrari. We then see the two women in close-up - the driver, Oakley, book in hand, waiting for the passenger - Annie, her older sister, to strap in. Annie gives Oakley the book, and she starts to wonder if it is a legend, with Oakley assuring her that it is. Oakley steps on the gas, then they head towards the edge of a cliff. Annie pushes a button, and a rocket booster launches the car off the cliff. The car then changes to a rocket-propelled aircraft. As they fly through the night, Oakley also tells Annie that once they get to Alto Mare, they can find out more about the legend. Annie says that she doesn't care, all she wants to see is the Soul Dew. Oakley remarks that there are many more amazing things about the Dew. As the aircraft files over the ocean, they come across a strip of land- and both Annie and Oakley identify it as Alto Mare. They both chuckle menacingly.
After the title sequence display, we cut to Alto Mare in its present form, and it is a beautiful, sprawling ancient island city; full of canals, tourists, museums and old buildings. We see a bridge over a large canal and a number of people in rafts with their Water-type Pokémon, as a flock of Pidgey fly overhead the competitors and the bridge. An announcer speaks over a megaphone that the Tour de Alto Mare, a water race through Alto Mare, is about to start. We also see Ash with his Totodile, and Misty with her Corsola as competitors. They look at each other determinedly. We then see Brock holding Togepi, with Pikachu standing on the railing of the bridge, cheering. Then the announcer announces that the race is about to start. Three Natu, standing one on top of the other, raise their small wings then and the Pokémon supporting the Natu, a Xatu, opens its wings, and the competitors are off! Ash takes the lead, but up on the bridge, Brock is distracted by a pretty girl and while Pikachu is jumping up and down, it falls off the bridge and coincidentally lands on Ash's head. (As this sequence progresses, the opening credits roll.) As a few racers including Misty pass Ash, he speeds up and catches one before the first corner, and by then, a competitor named Ross and his Wailmer are in the lead with Misty in second, Ash in third and another competitor in fourth who catches air off the waves, falls off his raft and crashes into a boat at the first corner, all while Ash rockets by. We see the race going with Ash and Misty battling and while doing so, they catch Ross, and Ash goes by between Misty and Ross, then through another turn, all three are side by side. After a shot showing the island city's location in comparison with the Johto region, Ross is back in the lead. We then see two cloaked, mysterious Pokémon flying around the city. As they fly by, an Aipom detects them, and the two Pokémon fly overhead the racers in the canal. Ash, Misty and Ross are still dueling. As they approach a restaurant, where we see Team Rocket members Jessie, James and Meowth scarfing down spaghetti with meatballs, the trio are all drenched by the water the racers' rafts are kicking up. We then see Brock watching the race on a television screen, and thinking the pretty girl is still there, he points out his friends, but turns his head to see an old woman standing there instead. He hangs his head in depression. As the three leaders still duke it out, Ash attempts to take the lead by slowing down very late for a corner, but overshoots it, flies off his raft and is about to go into a wall - when the smaller of the two cloaked Pokémon comes out of nowhere and saves Ash and Pikachu from being hurt. They then fall into the canal, and fall several places behind. As other racers go by, Ash and Pikachu swim quickly to the raft and Totodile pulls them back into the race. Then the smaller mysterious Pokémon picks up the end of Ash's tether handle tied to Totodile, and they pick up a considerable amount of speed. Ash, Pikachu and Totodile blast by other racers and a boat. (At this point, the title sequence has ended.) We then hear a tower bell ringing, and the announcer speaking over his megaphone. The crowd waits for the first racers to come under a small bridge and out of the narrow canals. Ross and Wailmer then appear, with Misty and Corsola close behind.. The race is down to these two people but then out of nowhere Ash, who is going much faster than everyone else (thanks to the cloaked Pokémon), blasts by Misty and Ross, with Ash surprised at how fast his Totodile is. Then, the bigger cloaked Pokémon picks up the smaller one and Ash, Pikachu and Totodile go even faster. But the larger Pokémon pulls them off the course and through another route. Ash is terrified as to how fast he is going, and then his raft crashes into a concrete sidewalk. At the same time, both cloaked Pokémon let go of the tether. Ash jumps out of the raft, runs up some stairs, jumps over a ledge and falls into the water again. The race is lost for Ash - but not for Misty, as she and Ross battle down to the line. They go under the bridge, neck and neck and appear to cross the finish line at the same time. After crossing the finish line, Misty fails to stop and she falls into the water. The race marshals check to see the winner with a frame-by-frame replay showing Corsola just touching the line before Wailmer. The announcer announces Misty as the winner of the race. Brock cheers for and waves at Misty, with half the crowd shocked and speechless and the other applauding Misty's performance. Misty embraces her Corsola, and to celebrate her victory, Ross offers Misty a ride in his boat. As Brock cheers, he then starts to wonder where Ash is. Ash is kneeling on the concrete sidewalk he crashed into earlier, checking the condition of his raft. Totodile hangs its head in depression, but Ash consoles it, telling it everyone makes a wrong turn once in a while. Totodile's spirits are immediately cured and it embraces Ash. We then see the two mysterious Pokémon, still cloaked, looking down on Ash and his Pokémon. They then fly away through a narrow alleyway and as they go through a light passing through a window, they are seen both uncloaked as they fly separately through the light for about a quarter of a second each.
The scene cuts to Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu on a gondola, with Ross steering. Our heroes are awed at the awesome, magnificent sight of the city of Alto Mare. They are also enjoying sailing on the gondola. Misty thanks Ross for talking her and friends into a ride, but Ross says that it is him who should be thanking her for letting him take the Water Race Champion. Misty is flattered, and she looks at the medal she was given for the race. Ross asks her if she likes it, as it is a glass medallion with two Pokémon on it. Misty then sees two statues on top of pillars and she asks Ross what they are. Ross recognizes them and points out that one to the right is Latios and the one to the left is Latias. He tells them that according to legend, those two Pokémon saved the city from disaster and that they protect Alto Mare from danger. Brock wonders if they really exist, and Ash says that he would like to see the real Latias and Latios. Misty then looks at her medal, identifying the two Pokémon on there as Latios and Latias. Ross tells them that they never see them because it is always very peaceful in Alto Mare.
The scene cuts to a flock of Pidgey flying upwards and then their shadows. Out comes a flying spy-camera of sorts, and it lands on a surface, with four legs protruding from its base. It gets a very good view of all the people in the main square. This recording is being shown on a computer with Annie and Oakley watching the screen. Annie asks Oakley if she is sure that Latias and Latios are in the crowd of people, but Oakley reminds her that both Pokémon can disguise themselves as people, and that Pokémon have a lower body temperatures than humans. A person with blue (instead of red) is walking around in the square. Oakley is sure that person is either Latias or Latios. They take off in their boat, driving through the buildings, determined to catch this person. We then see Jessie, James and Meowth about to have some ice-cream, who soon gets drenched as Annie and Oakley speed past. Jessie yells at them, but James catches a glimpse of the two thieves, and identifies them as Annie and Oakley. (In the dub, they are spies for Giovanni.) Jessie has never heard of these two, and James says they are some of the best thieves there are. He also says if they are here, then there must be something going on. Jessie gets up, with Meowth soon rising too and says that they would become the #1 thieves.
The scene cuts to Ash, Misty and Brock who are getting off Ross' gondola. He tells them about certain places to eat around Alto Mare. They say their goodbyes and Ash, Misty and Brock run off to eat. Pikachu is behind, but it stops to see a tap through a distance and an arch. There is a woman there soaking her Vaporeon, and they walk off. Pikachu runs up to the water tap, but is saddened when there is no water coming out. Then water suddenly starts to run from the tap and Pikachu looks up to see a pretty, short brown-haired girl. Pikachu is happy, and it drinks from the fountain and soaks itself in the running water. Ash then appears, wondering if Pikachu has made new friends. Ash thanks the girl for helping Pikachu, then the girl walks up to Ash, bends forward and circles Ash strangely. Ash nervously moves back while the girl circles Ash. She then runs off, much to the dismay and confusion of Ash, over a small stream and through a tunnel, out of sight. Pikachu then continues to soak itself under the running water.
The scene cuts to three children running along a canal, and the strange girl appears through the tunnel. She starts walking along the canal in the opposite direction the children were running. We then see Annie and Oakley in their boat, and they see that the Pokémon has taken the form of a girl, and they figure out that the girl is actually Latias. Annie looks through a pair of special glasses and sees that the girl is indeed a Latias. Being a fashion freak, Annie wonders what brand of clothes the girl is wearing. Annie and Oakley start to go alongside the girl, then Annie asks "I love that shirt... where did you get it, Latias?" The girl starts to become scared and runs away from the two antagonists. Annie sends out her Espeon and Oakley sends out her Ariados. The two Pokémon chase after the girl and while Pikachu is enjoying itself under the tap, it senses what is happening between the Latias and the antagonists' two Pokémon. It runs off in that direction, calling Ash to come with it who turns off the tap and runs after Pikachu. We then see the girl/Latias running away from Ariados, onto a bridge, but Ariados scales the side of the bridge and cuts off the girl/Latias. She tries to run in the opposite direction, but is cut off and surrounded by Espeon. It then uses Psychic on Latias and Ariados uses String Shot, bounding the girl/Latias. Annie and Oakley, sitting in their boat, come up to the bridge and Annie asks Latias in an intimidating manner why she ran away from them, saying they hadn't done anything to her. Ash and Pikachu arrive, and Ash shouts at Annie and Oakley, wondering what they are doing to the girl/Latias. Annie sarcastically remarks that they were giving her "fashion advice" while Ash pulls away at the String Shot the girl/Latias is covered in. While tearing away at the String Shot, Ash remarks that she doesn't want it. Oakley asks Ash if he would like to give her tips on fashion, but Ash gives them a tip, telling them to leave the girl/Latias alone. Annie and Oakley, classy as ever, act sarcastically scared to Ash's threatening comments and Annie orders her Espeon to "punish" Ash with Psybeam, which it does. Ash shouts again at Annie and Oakley, and retaliates with Pikachu chasing after Espeon. Espeon hops onto their boat. Ash commands Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, and the attack hits the boat. Annie, Oakley and Espeon are all affected by the attack and Annie falls into the water. Ash grabs the girl's hand and they run off. Pikachu then shocks Ariados. Annie's hair is ruined and she and Oakley send Espeon and Ariados after Ash. Ash, the girl and Pikachu run through a series of alleyways while Espeon and Ariados chase after them. They then run over a bridge, and after a few hundred feet Ash is lost. But then the girl/Latias grabs Ash's hand and runs up some stairs past an elderly woman and her Vulpix. At this point, Espeon and Ariados have lost Ash, the girl/Latias and Pikachu. She leads them up some more stairs, and we then see Ash and Pikachu on a balcony overlooking where they started. He then sees his friends Misty and Brock and they call to him, saying his food is getting cold and that they are heading over to a museum later. He then turns and starts to ask the girl who those two women were - but the girl has vanished. Ash wonders where she went.
The scene cuts to a shot of the ocean as the camera moves away from it, revealing the Latios statue on the right. We then see Ash, Misty and Brock, awed at the sight of the museum of which they are about to enter. Ash describes it as looking more like a palace than a museum. We then see the same spy camera we saw earlier, which zooms in on Ash. Annie and Oakley look on at their screen.
The scene fades into the inside of the museum, as we see Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu awed at the museum they are in. They walk up to a reconstruction of a Pokémon skeleton, and a large, elderly man named Lorenzo walks up to them and reveals that it is the skeleton of an Aerodactyl. He also tells them that there are many different Fossils to look at. Ash sees another one, and Misty identifies it as a Kabutops. They walk further into the museum. Brock steps into an intense ray of light coming through a window, and becomes hopeful that he will definitely find a girl in Alto Mare, but Misty disagrees. Lorenzo sheds light on the fact that the museum temple and the two pillars were built in gratitude to the Latias and the Latios who protected their city from being destroyed. We then see a huge machine, and Lorenzo explains it is the Defense Mechanism of Alto Mare (DMA), and he explains that the citizens never had to use this devastating weapon because the city was never attacked on a huge scale again. While Lorenzo fills in our heroes with this backstory, Ash notices a pretty girl wearing a white beret painting on a higher level, and it appears that it is the same girl as he saw before. He becomes intrigued by and walks forward about 10 steps and touches the DMA, much to Lorenzo's chagrin. He shouts at Ash not to touch it. Ash apologizes, while Pikachu, standing on Ash's left shoulder, is still looking at the girl. Ash is curious about this girl, and he tells Misty and Brock to meet him at the Pokémon Center, as he has something to do. Misty, Brock, and Lorenzo are all left standing there in total surprise.
The scene cuts to the museum exterior, showing Ash and Pikachu running through a walkway who then stop abruptly. Ash looks around, and sees the girl again, her painting/drawing equipment and sketch board in hand. He and Pikachu run down some stairs, through a garden where we see the girl walking over the bridge. Ash and Pikachu cross this bridge and follow the girl, while that same spy camera we saw earlier is honing Ash and Pikachu, all while the diabolical Annie and Oakley watch. We do not see them, only their shadows. Ash and Pikachu finally catch up with the girl, and Ash calls out to her, while she is on the other side of a waterway. He asks why she disappeared earlier like she did. The girl has no idea what he is talking about, and walks off. Ash shouts at her not to go, and runs after her. He crosses the bridge and runs into an alleyway. He is at a four-way intersection- and a revolving shot shows his situation - which way should he go? He walks ahead, walks and stops on a bridge (and we see some Murkrow), hesitates and runs forward again. He comes across another canal, where we see a few passing gondolas and a Yanma taking off. Ash realizes that they are lost, and that the city is like a maze. Pikachu shouts towards the bridge, Ash turns his head and sees the girl again. She runs off, Ash chases after her again and he follows her through a series of alleyways. He then gets to a pathway that leads through an archway with plants and vines covering it. He then gets to the end of the archway, and he sees two Pidgey drinking from a fountain, enjoying themselves. They notice Ash, and get back to their enjoyment. Ash then sees the mysterious girl at the end of a walkway, and she runs towards a wall, then through a mysterious portal. Ash is surprised. Pikachu then runs through the portal, and Ash follows Pikachu's example. He walks through a short, dark tunnel and reaches the end of it. He sees Pikachu, and runs through two pillars and comes upon a Secret Garden. It is a vast, sprawling place; with statues, grassy fields, ponds, fountains and large trees. It is home to Butterfree, Yanma, Wooper, Poliwag and other Pokémon. Ash and Pikachu walk down the stairs, and Ash wonders where he is. He then looks ahead, and sees the mysterious girl standing in front of a fountain. She then runs off. Ash and Pikachu follow her, and they see her on a swing next to a pond. They walk up to her and nearby stationary objects starts to spin ominously. Ash and Pikachu notice this.
Then, all of a sudden, a winged, cloaked creature comes blasting out of a manmade pond and files at a very high speed, swooping dangerously close to Ash and Pikachu. It comes back again and Pikachu tries to hit it with an electric attack, but misses, so the winged creature successfully hits Pikachu. Ash goes to check Pikachu, but Pikachu gets up; it has taken little damage. The creature comes back to strike Ash and Pikachu, but the girl runs in front of Ash and Pikachu, holds her arms out, preventing the winged creature from attacking. The creature then uncloaks itself. Ash gets up, completely flabbergasted, while the girl still blocks Ash from any further harm. Then Ash immediately recognizes the blue and white creature as the legendary Pokémon Latios. Latios roars at the girl, telling her to move, but the girl shakes her head at Latios. Ash wonders why Latios is mad, and all of a sudden another girl wearing a white beret who is exactly identical in appearance (minus the beret) to the girl blocking Latios appears. She asks Ash how he got into the Secret Garden, and then accuses him of being a thief. Ash introduces himself, but this is not enough to convince the beret-wearing girl and she commands Latios to attack, when all of a sudden Lorenzo appears. He stops the fighting, and tells the girl, who is his granddaughter, that Ash is telling the truth. She is still not convinced, but Lorenzo hushes her, and says to the girl without the beret "Latias, would you like you play with your new friend?" Ash is confused as to why Lorenzo is calling the girl "Latias", but nevertheless the girl nods, and she takes Ash's hand and runs over to the swing she was swinging on earlier. She seats Ash on the swing and runs back, pushing off on the swing and stands on it behind Ash. He asks that isn't Latias the name of a Pokémon, and then, the girl transforms into a red and white colored creature that is none other than the legendary Pokémon Latias. Ash, shocked by this transformation, falls off the swing and faceplants on the ground. Latias flies over and helps Ash up, and he assures her that he is okay. Latias is happy, and flies in quick circles around him. Lorenzo observes that Latias has taken a liking towards Ash. Pikachu agrees, and Latios appears, with Pikachu becoming scared of Latios. It then licks Pikachu and Pikachu's fear is wiped clean. A short montage of shots show Pikachu climbing a tree and hopping onto Latias, then hopping over to Latios. While the Pokémon play with each other, the beret-wearing girl introduces herself as Bianca. She apologizes for what happened before, and Lorenzo explains that their family has protected the Secret Garden for generations. Bianca also says that Latias likes to shapeshift into her, because they are best friends. Bianca also reveals that Latias and Latios are siblings - Latios is the older brother and Latias is the younger sister. Latias then flies towards Ash with Pikachu on her back and Pikachu jumps and lands on Ash. Latias then takes Ash's hat, and Ash chases after it and jumps up, trying to get the hat from Latias. He succeeds in doing so, but Latias tries to get the hat back. Then, Latios faces Latias and its eyes start to glow light blue. Latias's eyes then start to glow a light blue also. Latios roars, then flies straight into the pond and Latias comes down to Ash, Bianca and Lorenzo's level. The entire scenario appears to have changed - Ash, Bianca, Lorenzo and Latias are surrounded by a mystical light as the area they appear to be standing in is underwater, yet they are still standing stationary as before. As Ash and Pikachu try to figure out what is going on, they go through a tunnel and at the end is a bright light - they go through it, make a right turn, and then we see Latios do the same thing. Ash asks what is going on, and Bianca explains that Latias and Latios are showing them the underwater world, by telepathically projecting what Latios is seeing. Lorenzo explains this is called "Sight Sharing". As Latios flies underwater through the canals, past a school of Remoraid, Bianca says that this rare privilege is Latios' way of showing that he likes his new friends. As Latios goes through numerous turns, past a school of Chinchou and then past a group of Quagsire, Ash is awed at his experience of sight sharing.
The scene cuts back to the Secret Garden. Bianca tells Ash of the legend of Latias and Latios and how they saved the city that was explained in the previous backstory. After the Soul Dew resided on Alto Mare, Latias and Latios visited quite often. Ash figures that the current Latias and Latios' ancestors protected this island. Ash catches a glimpse of the DMA, and the tiles they are standing on is actually a diagram of how to use the DMA and the Soul Dew's true powers. They then walk up to a small body of water. Under the water there is a magnificent spherical orb with a transparent blue color and a bright light protruding from the center. This is the Soul Dew. Lorenzo explains that his ancestors created the DMA to release the immense power within the Soul Dew with the help of Latios. The Soul Dew also contains the soul of a deceased Latios. It was only done to protect the island. Lorenzo also explains that the location of the Soul Dew must be kept a secret from everyone. Latias then comes out of nowhere up behind Ash, and picks him up, holding him above the main fountain, then dropping him into the fountain. Just as he is about to fall in, the larger Latios swoops down and catches Ash on his back. Latios flies up back to Bianca and Lorenzo's level and Ash gets off Latios. Latias goes up to Ash and starts rubbing and hugging him intimately, as if she has a crush on Ash. Bianca explains that Latias wants to play with Ash some more, but Ash has to head back to the Pokémon Center to find Misty and Brock. He tells Latias that he will come back and play later with her. Latias is saddened by Ash having to leave, and they exit, with Latias following Latios, as they fly off into the depths of the secret garden. As they fly together, we see that Annie and Oakley's spy camera has been in the Secret Garden the whole time Ash was there...
The scene cuts to Lorenzo's gondola shed/workshop. It is now dusk. As they walk through the workshop, Lorenzo explains his occasional work as a tour guide in Alto Mare's canals and in the museum. He then asks Bianca to take Ash back to the Pokémon Center.
The scene cuts to the Alto Mare canals, and we are treated to an incredible sight of Alto Mare at sunset. We then see a boat motoring past, with Bianca taking Ash and Pikachu back to the Pokémon Center. Ash then asks if it was Bianca who was attacked by Annie and Oakley earlier, or Latias. Bianca does not know what he is talking about, so Ash then figures it must have been Latias who was attacked earlier. Bianca starts to worry about this.
The scene cuts to an alleyway, and it is now nighttime. We see the villains Annie and Oakley hopping over rooftops and gaps. We then see Meowth, then Jessie and James. Meowth says that they have to follow them over those rooftops, and James remarks that he used to be a skilled Gymnast. Jessie starts to become over confident and revs up James and Meowth. As Annie and Oakley are scaling rooftops; Jessie, James and Meowth are clumsily following them. As Annie and Oakley both jump over a wide gap, all three slip on an arched roof, wipe out, fall down and land on top of each other onto a suspended wall light below. They all say at the same time, "that was a close one." Then, to make matters worse for them, Wobbuffet appears and stands on top of James. The weight now is too much for the street light and it breaks, and all four fall to the ground.
The scene cuts back to Lorenzo's workshop, and Lorenzo is hard at work. Then an Espeon walks into Lorenzo's workshop. Lorenzo sees Espeon, and asks it where it came from. Then suddenly, Espeon attacks Lorenzo and knocks him out with Psychic. Annie and Oakley appear, and Annie compliments her Espeon.
The scene cuts back to the Secret Garden, where we see Latias and Latios sleeping next to each other. The revolving objects we saw earlier start to rotate again. Latios wakes up, noticing this and gets up. We then see Annie and Oakley, who have entered the Secret Garden. Latios charges at the two villains, but they dodge Latios by cartwheeling. As the two women make time with classy banter, Latios continually charges at Annie. Latias and Latios then disappear, though the use of cloaking. Annie and Oakley are surprised by their abilities which they did not know about before. Latios charges at Annie again, who somehow manages to dodge again. Annie and Oakley then put on the special glasses that allow them to see the near-invisible Latias and Latios. They see Latios, and Annie commands her Espeon to use Swift. Espeon manages to hit Latios, but is then struck from the side by Latias. Oakley then commands her Ariados to use Night Shade, but then Latios flies in front of the attack, taking it for Latias. Oakley then pulls out an electronic sticky net and throws it at Latios. The net wraps itself around Latios, shocks him, and drains most of his energy. Latios comes crashing down to the ground. Latias flies around getting ready to attack, but Annie commands her Espeon to use Psybeam and successfully hits Latias, sending it crashing into a hill. Espeon is about to finish Latias with Tackle, but Latios in its near-incapacitated state slides across Espeon, stopping it from causing any further harm. Latias calls to Latios, but he shouts at her, presumably telling her to run and get out of the Secret Garden. Annie then commands her Espeon to use Psychic again and Oakley commands Ariados to use String Shot, both attacks on Latios. Both hit Latios, but just as Latias is about to attack, Latios stops her, and shouts at her to run and get help. Latias reluctantly starts to escape, but Annie and Oakley chase after it. Latios shouts at it again to run and Latias flies away from them, but Annie and Oakley both throw nets at Latias. Luckily Latios jumps in front of the nets and saves Latias from being captured. Latias escapes through the fountain and the secret tunnel Latios used earlier. Annie and Oakley look over the balcony at the fountain through which Latias escaped, and they declare that one Pokémon is enough. They then walk up to the Soul Dew. Oakley initially struggles to pull it out, but eventually she succeeds. Oakley is awed at the sight of the marvelous jewel. Annie is anxious to see it, and she is even more hypnotized at the sight of the Soul Dew. She declares it to be the most beautiful jewel she has ever seen. Oakley then sees the diagram of how to use the DMA on the stone tile floor. She explains that if the Soul Dew were to be used for evil, the Soul Dew would be destroyed, resulting in water from the ocean swallowing Alto Mare. Oakley declares that she has solved the puzzle, and she will go ahead with their plan, thinking that the warnings about evil-doing with the DMA is just a joke. The last shot is a shot of the water ceasing to flow in the Secret Garden.
The scene cuts to a canal and a bridge and Latias dives frantically out of the water and cloaks itself. The scene cuts back to the Secret Garden, where we see Bianca and Lorenzo running up to the body of water that contained the Soul Dew. They discover that it is missing, and Bianca figures that it is the work of the two women Ash told her about before. The scene then cuts to an exterior shot of the museum, and then inside of the museum, where Annie and Oakley are transporting the captured Latios to the DMA. Oakley's Ariados carries the unconscious Latios to a certain spot with a circle with triangles around it, with three rings surrounding the spot. The circle glows with light, and the three rings protrude up along with Latios. The rings start to spin in formation around Latios. Red creases in the floor start to illuminate. Then, the oddly-shaped pillars start to open up and come down, unveiling the DMA. The pillars start to disappear through the floor. Bianca and Lorenzo appear and Lorenzo asks Annie and Oakley what they have done. The sisters once again make time with classy banter. Annie then commands her Espeon to use Psychic on Bianca and Lorenzo, incapacitating them. As Annie waves "good night" to them, Oakley walks up to the DMA and goes to "test" it out. She places the Soul Dew in the receptor, and the DMA becomes under Oakley's control, much to her pleasure.
The scene cuts to the Pokémon Center where a cloaked Latias is looking for Ash, Misty and Brock's room. She finds it, and sees them through the opened doors. While Pikachu is sleeping next to Ash, it senses Latias' presence and wakes up. In front of Pikachu's eyes Latias transforms into human form, identical to Bianca. Ash is woken up by this and at first thinks Latias is Bianca. Latias runs up to Ash, visibly scared. Ash immediately figures out that it is actually Latias in human form, so he explains it to Misty and Brock, who are now awake. He tells Latias that she doesn't need to be afraid; these people are his friends. Latias hangs her head, Misty waves awkwardly and Brock smiles towards Latias. Ash nods his head and Latias stands up and transforms back into its normal self, much to the surprise and shock of Brock and Misty.
The scene cuts back to the museum, where Bianca and Lorenzo are tied up by Ariados' Spider Web. As they struggle, Bianca calls to Latios, telling him to wake up and snap out of his possession. Latios is asleep, but then wakes up. As the DMA is warming up, the main controls are presented with stairs appearing from the floor. Annie remarks that it looks uncomfortable to sit in. Latios attempts to break out, but is unsuccessful thanks to a force field set up around the rotating rings. It keeps trying, but to no avail. It then uses its sight sharing power, where the scene transitions to Ash's Pokémon Center room, with Latias. Ash, Misty and Brock immediately see what Latios is seeing, that is, the DMA in action and Bianca and Lorenzo tied up. Misty and Brock are confused, but Ash fills them in on what is happening. They then see the Soul Dew being used. The scene then cuts back to the museum, where Oakley steps into the control unit. Annie looks on at Oakley nervously. Lorenzo shouts at them not to use it, but Oakley has already started. First she regenerates the fossilized Kabutops and Aerodactyl through a transparent blue cloud of particles, and the two ancient Pokémon appear. Through sight sharing, Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu witness all of this. Lorenzo is confused as to what Oakley is doing. Oakley then commands Kabutops and Aerodactyl to find Latias and bring her back to the museum. Latios stops the sight sharing, as both Pokémon have lost energy from it. The scene cuts back to the Pokémon Center and Ash asks Latias if it is okay. Misty and Brock ask what is going on, and Ash replies that he doesn't know, but that it's something bad. The scene cuts back to the museum where Oakley, now completely obsessed with her powers, declares "the city is all mine!"
The scene cuts to Jessie, James and Meowth; walking through an alleyway and wondering where they are. They realize that they need to get to a waterway and run towards one. But then Oakley starts seals off the entire city with prison-like bars. Before they can get to the waterway, Jessie, James and Meowth are thwarted by the bars sealing off the alleyways. They attempt to escape, but the next intersection is also blocked off by appearing bars. A series of shots, including one of Oakley with the machine, show bars of all forms sealing off every passageway, every alleyway and every house in Alto Mare. Then, we cut back to the Pokémon Center, where Ash and Latias are witnessing the city lockdown. He then sees a few nearby balconies being closed with bars and immediately he, Pikachu and Latias jump off the balcony into the water, before they are trapped behind it. Misty and Brock, who are now trapped, are worried for Ash, but he surfaces from the water and tells them that he is going to the museum to rescue Latios, Bianca and Lorenzo. He then swims off down the canal. As more alleyways are being sealed off, Ash and Pikachu climb into a Venetian boat and Ash grabs an oar in the back. He tells Latias that he is going to rescue her friends at the museum, and that he needs her to guide him there.
The scene cuts back to the museum, where Latios is in considerable pain. The red crease are taking Latios's energy and using it to power the DMA. As Oakley operates it, Bianca, Lorenzo and even Annie start to become nervous. The scene cuts to a canal where Ash is rowing the boat whilst following Latias' lead. As he goes under a tunnel, the Aerodactyl brought back to life by Oakley swoops down right under Ash and grabs Latias with its feet. Ash drops the oar, jumps off the boat and grabs onto Aerodactyl's foot. Ash then commands Pikachu, who is standing on the tip of the boat to use Thunderbolt, which it does. The thunderbolt squarely hits Aerodactyl, Latias and Ash; and all are clearly affected by the attack. Aerodactyl drops Latias and Ash and is clearly shaken by the Thunderbolt. Ash surfaces and Latias flies off in fear, cloaking itself. Aerodactyl swoops down and launches a Hyper Beam at Ash and Pikachu. The ferocious attack destroys the boat Ash was using. Pikachu manages to dodge the attack but the Hyper Beam grazes Ash. It kicks up water, and Ash is plunged back into the water, in pain. Latias, hiding from Aerodactyl, uncloaks itself and dives into the water, saving the unconscious Ash. She picks him up and lifts him to the surface. He is still conscious, but is coughing and spluttering. Pikachu swims to them and Ash thanks Latias for saving him. As Latias slowly moves with Ash partially in the water Ash sees Aerodactyl and he knows he has to figure out how to get away from it. Ash then catches a glimpse of two rafts. He tells Latias to stop and he climbs up onto the dock where the two rafts are located. The scene then cuts to Latias pulling Ash, who is on the raft, with the teather cord; like when Ash was pulled by Latias in the Tour de Alto Mare. They are going fast but Aerodactyl is catching up to them. While Latias swiftly navigates sharp turns at a fast speed, Ash is having trouble holding on. Aerodactyl is getting closer and closer, until Latias speeds up and suddenly makes a fast turn into a narrow canal between two close buildings. Aerodactyl goes after them, but crashes into the two buildings. Ash and Pikachu are relieved and compliment Latias' quick thinking. Meanwhile, Misty and Brock are having trouble getting through the bars that have sealed off the buildings. Brock tries to open the bars using his own strength, but to no avail. They decide to help Ash, as he has left all of his Poké Balls behind. Brock sends out his Crobat and Misty sends out her Politoed and Corsola. They tell them to go lend Ash a hand and that they will meet up with them later. Crobat flies off, while Politoed and Corsola dive into the canal. Brock has lost his patience and decides to climb the fence. We then cut back to the Ash and Latias chase. While they are going, the Kabutops Oakley summoned earlier has now caught up with them. It slashes at Ash and is able to catch up to Latias' speed. It hops from object to object, boat to boat, dock to dock and scales a wall briefly. While Ash attempts to outrun Kabutops, he slides wide at a left turn and crashes into a concrete dock. He manages to hop off in the nick of time and Kabutops' Slash attack misses him by inches. Pikachu has fallen into the water and Kabutops is about to stab Ash with its sword-like claws. Then Crobat arrives and tackles Kabutops. Politoed and Corsola finish it off with Water Gun and BubbleBeam, respectively.
The scene cuts back to the museum, where Latios is taking damage from the energy used by the DMA. Oakley then pulls up a monitoring system on the DMA and sees Ash, Pikachu and Latias. Lorenzo shouts at Oakley and tells her that if the Soul Dew were to be used for evil, it would become irreversibly broken. Oakley does not take him seriously and is now completely consumed by the powers of the DMA. Annie starts to fear for Oakley. Oakley then starts to manipulate the canal and ocean water with the DMA. Latios is being severely affected by this and the bright light that was protruding from the Soul Dew has ceased. We cut back to Ash, Pikachu and Latias, who are traveling quickly to the museum. Oakley manipulates the water in such a way that it comes out of the ocean and appears to be in the shape of the bottom of a tree trunk. It moves towards the museum. Ash, Pikachu and Latias are shocked at the sight of this. They arrive at some stairs, Ash hops off the raft and runs towards the museum. Oakley makes the water come down like a tsunami. Then it forms a rectangle around Ash, Latias and Pikachu. The water rises up in front and behind them, swirling down and crashing on them. The water traps Ash and Pikachu, attempting to drown them. Latias is also struggling but all of a sudden she activates a power that expels the water and destroys the screen on the control board, rendering the DMA useless. After using this tremendous power, Latias falls to the ground from a long height. Ash and Pikachu run over to Latias. Latias gets up and is fine. After the DMA has been overwhelmed by Latias, the machine starts to go out of control. The Soul Dew is now forever corrupted and Latios is suffering even more. Ash, Pikachu and Latias make it to the museum. Annie sees them, but before she can order her Espeon to attack, Ash commands Pikachu to use ThunderShock which lands a clean hit on Annie and Espeon, who are now incapacitated. Ash and Pikachu run off to help Bianca and Lorenzo. Ash attempts to free Bianca first from the Spider Web, but to no avail. Ash has Pikachu use ThunderShock and it succeeds; the web comes off Bianca. Latias attempts to free Latios from the rings. Lorenzo is now free as well and says that the machine is out of control. Annie starts to worry for Oakley, who is still in the rampaging machine. While Latias attempts to free Latios from the DMA, Bianca says that if Latios is not freed from the machine it will die. Ash orders a Thunderbolt from Pikachu, who hits the forcefield around the rings but the attack rebounds. Latias still can't penetrate the forcefield, so Ash decides to run into the forcefield with Pikachu. They do not succeed so Latias uses its mysterious power again to breakthrough the forcefield, jamming the rings for just long enough. Ash, Bianca and Lorenzo manage to pull Latios out of the rings and the DMA finally shuts down. Latios is in bad shape but Latias goes up to him and he wakes up, much to everyone's relief. Bianca hugs Latios and Annie hops up to where Oakley is, who has one arm hanging out of the DMA. Oakley asks what happened, and Annie tells her that she got carried away. Misty and Brock then enter, happy that Ash is okay. Annie says that she will take the Soul Dew this time. Oakley is disappointed with what happened. Annie walks up to the corrupted Soul Dew, and she is disgusted by the colors of it - red, black and purple all swirling around. Annie reaches out for it but Lorenzo shouts at her not to touch it. When she does attempt to pick it up, it protrudes light, blows Annie back into the cockpit and explodes into a million red pieces. Then red energy surrounds the DMA and it starts to operate again. The control panel shuts with Annie and Oakley inside and the protective pillars come up again. Lorenzo re-tells the legend of the Soul Dew, and water then starts to surround Alto Mare.
The scene cuts to Team Rocket who have finally managed to climb the bars, and they see the very fast current washing away boats and rafts. A montage of shots show boats and other objects being washed out to sea, with the water going out too. The entire ocean and the canals of Alto Mare have been completely drained. Latias and Latios fly over to the Sun Tower and begin circling it. They then face the ocean. Latios is still not in very good shape. A giant tsunami then rises out of the ocean, destroying some ancient ruins. Lorenzo says that at this point, the city will be destroyed. Latias and Latios decide to take action: they both fly towards the tsunami at high speed, much to the surprise and shock of Ash, Misty, Brock, Bianca and Lorenzo. Latios emits a beam of energy from itself and Latias does the same. Their whole bodies glow white and they combine themselves together to form a ball of energy. The ball of energy gets larger and larger and starts to separate the tsunami, causing a better flow of water. The spherical beam of light shows Latias and a transparent, blue Latios. He extends his arm out to Latias, and then lets go. Latios emits a blue light and separates from her. As this happens, a blue wave of light forms a single beam of light, going up into the sky. Bianca wonders what just happened and Misty points to the ocean. The ocean water is calmly filling up again, along with the canals. We cut to Jessie, James and Meowth, who have gotten over the bars and to the canals. Once they stop to rest, Jessie wonders what is wrong with Alto Mare. Then the water flows back into the city, which washes them into the canal. They are helpless in the fast current and get swept down Alto Mare's canals. A montage of shots then shows the lockdown bars finally disappearing. The Kabutops disintegrates into blue particles, and we then see the Aerodactyl while a resident comes out of his balcony. The Aerodactyl flies by the resident and it too disintegrates into blue particles. We then see the Kabutops particles going back to the Fossil, while Annie and Oakley bicker while they are locked inside the DMA.
The scene cuts from black, and it is now sunrise. Ash, Misty, Brock, Bianca and Lorenzo call Latias while in a boat. Pikachu then sees something and calls to Ash. Latias is on top of a Mantine escorted by two Chinchou. She is unconscious. Mantine brings Latias over to the boat, where Ash, Brock and Bianca pick her up and haul her into the boat. While Ash hangs onto Latias, she wakes up and is okay. Bianca then asks her where Latios is. Latias looks up to the sky. Then Bianca and Lorenzo figures out that the beam of light before was Latios sacrificing itself to save the city. Everyone is saddened by this. Latias then activates her sight-sharing powers, and Latios, now in a spherical form, is in space above the Pokémon world. It starts to move farther away from the planet. They look on at their world and Misty says that is very pretty. Then, the sight sharing is gone. A light then protrudes from the sphere as Latios is now reborn as a new Soul Dew. The orb comes from the light and falls into Bianca's hands. Bianca holds the new Soul Dew closely while Ash holds Latias as it mourns the death of its sibling.
The scene fades to the Secret Garden, and it is now morning. We see the main characters at the Soul Dew fountain where Lorenzo places the new Soul Dew in place of the original one. The water then starts to flow out of the fountain. Bianca says, "Keep watching over us, will you, Latios?" Then the fountains start to flow normally again. It then fades to two ringing church bells, then to a magnificent establishing shot of Alto Mare. The scene then fades to black.
The scene fades from black to Lorenzo outside his workshop. A boat comes up, and it stops. Ash waves to Lorenzo and thanks him for all his help. Lorenzo is surprised they are leaving already, so he calls Bianca down. He calls again, but there is no response. Then we get a view of Bianca's room, and someone or something grabs a drawing off Bianca's sketch board. Her beret is shown hanging on the wooden stand. Ash and his friends are about to leave Alto Mare, but Ash catches a glimpse of a girl running on a bridge, identifying her as Bianca. He asks the driver to stop the boat. They stop at a wooden dock, where Ash gets off and Bianca arrives. She is holding a rolled up piece of paper. She then looks at Ash intimately. She gives him the drawing, and then plants a long kiss on his cheek. Misty is so shocked that she drops Togepi and stares at them. Brock, too, is surprised and he does a 360 degree turn. He also stares at Ash and Bianca. Bianca then runs off, without saying a word. Misty wonders whether if that was Bianca or Latias, as she was not wearing the beret. Brock is extremely jealous. Ash unrolls the paper which turns out to be a sketch of him and Pikachu on his shoulder. He smiles on a final note that ends the film.
END CREDITS MONTAGE: The boat takes Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu back to the Johto mainland and we see Latios with another Latios and Latias; Lorenzo leads the reconstruction and rebuilding of the DMA; Annie and Oakley are arrested by the police; Bianca continues her drawings; and Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu continue their journey through the Johto region.
- Main article: Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios Music Collection
Cyrillic characters on Oakley's computer
- This film uses the same intro from the dub of Celebi: Voice of the Forest, but that sequence was animated specifically for this film, and Celebi: Voice of the Forest was released internationally after this film was released in Japan.
- In this movie, as in Celebi: Voice of the Forest, Jessie, James, and Meowth land on a protruding object that only breaks when Wobbuffet comes out of its Poké Ball.
- Director Kunihiko Yuyama looked to Venice, Italy for inspiration when designing Alto Mare.
- This explains why the characters say "Ciao" and "Arrivederci", as well as the names Bianca and Lorenzo.
- In a throwback to The Power of One, Annie and Oakley are reading about Lawrence III during the credits.
- Images of Mewtwo, Lugia, Entei, and Celebi are hidden in this movie, referencing Pokémon featured in the previous films.
- This is the first movie not to feature a remixed version of the season's theme song during the opening credits; instead, an extended version of Believe in Me is played.
- This is the first movie to feature the permanent death of a Pokémon (Latios).
- This is the fourth Pokémon movie to air on Toon Disney. The first three were Jirachi: Wish Maker, Destiny Deoxys, and Celebi: Voice of the Forest.
- Like the previous films, this one briefly displays Porygon at the beginning.
- The characters appearing on the right side of Oakley's computer screen while she is deciphering the code on the stone plates are Cyrillic.
- This is the first movie in which Team Rocket does not influence the plot and has no contact with the main characters.
- Ash continues his habit of ramming obstacles, this time throwing himself into a barrier shielding Latios.
- The English dub of this movie mentions that an Aerodactyl and Kabutops drowned. Though it is possible that Aerodactyl (a Rock/Flying type) drowned, it is highly unlikely that Kabutops (a Rock/Water type) would have.
- Misty refers to the Pokémon world as Earth during Latios's final sight sharing.
- This movie begins the tradition of the last movie in a series that features a Pokémon available in the Generation following the current one.
- This movie is one of the first two Pokémon movies to be available on Blu-Ray, in a two-pack with Destiny Deoxys, in May 2011.
- In the opening scene where Brock explains how Ash met Pikachu, Ash is pictured fully clothed. However, in the episode in question, Ash was still in his pajamas. Also in the opening scene, Pikachu is portrayed as having been friendly with Ash as soon as they met, yet in the episode Pikachu was not friendly with Ash at first.
Scene that did not appear in the English dub
- The entire backstory of the movie was changed in the dub. A segment of approximately two minutes, which told the story of the origin of the Soul Dew in Alto Mare's ancient history, was cut. This cut also removed the reference to the fact that many Latios and Latias came and went to and from Alto Mare frequently, causing some confusion to dub watchers when two Latios and a Latias appeared in the credits. This scene is very unique because the animation was done in a storybook-like fashion, something that had never been done before in the Pokémon anime and has been repeated only once (where it was part of original version).
- A replacement backstory was added in the form of dialogue telling about an evil Trainer who once attacked the people of the city with a Kabutops and Aerodactyl until Latios brought water to the town, drowning the evil Pokémon and turning the streets into canals.
- The dub also makes Annie and Oakley members of Team Rocket, but in the original, the two are working independently and no mention is made of a relationship between themselves and Team Rocket or Giovanni.
- Latios does not keep its Japanese voice in the dubbed English version, and it sounds almost like Latias as a result.
- In the American DVD release of the movie, an intense blue tint was applied, making most of the colors much darker than in the original.
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