- This article is about the movie. For the manga, see Arceus and the Jewel of Life (manga).
| Arceus and the Jewel of Life|
アルセウス 超克の時空へ Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime
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Arceus and the Jewel of Life (Japanese: アルセウス 超克の時空へ Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime) is the third Diamond & Pearl series movie and the twelfth Pokémon movie overall. It is the last movie in the trilogy that started with The Rise of Darkrai and continued with Giratina and the Sky Warrior. It premiered in Japan on July 18, 2009, coincidentally the 11th anniversary of the premiere of the first movie. The movie's first international screening was on Cartoon Network Australia on November 6, and is set to air in the United States on Cartoon Network on November 20, 2009.
The movie was confirmed in Japanese cinemas in July 2008 at the end of the credits of its predecessor, Giratina and the Sky Warrior, with a teaser that showed Giratina, Dialga and Palkia ready to battle over ruins that resembles the Spear Pillar.
Other posters and DVD covers
Pikachu the Movie poster
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Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime poster
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Japanese Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime DVD cover
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Template:Spoiler Thousands of years in the past, the legendary Alpha Pokémon Arceus came to Earth to retrieve a "Jewel of Life" that it had loaned to a man named Damos. Damos however betrayed Arceus and attacked it with a large army of Pokémon. After presumably killing Damos in its counterattack, Arceus went to sleep, vowing to judge all humans when it next returns based on Damos's actions.
Ash and his friends reach a beautiful land called Michina Town. As they are playing in the river three watermelons float over to them. A boy named Kanta and a girl named Kako says that Ash and his friends can have them if they can beat them in a Tag battle. After Ash and Dawn win the Tag battle Kanta and Kako reccomend that they go the towns famous ruins, a spatial distortion opens near them and nearly sweeps up Ash's Pikachu and Dawn's Piplup; they are however saved when a girl named Sheena calls Dialga to stop the distortion from spreading. Sheena (who has the ability to communicate with a Pokémon's heart) is a guardian of the city's ruins, and together with her partner Kevin, explains that the battle between Dialga and Palkia was caused by the massive energy surrounding the slowly awakening Arceus. Sheena further explains that long ago, her ancestor Damos betrayed Arceus and stole its Jewel of Life, sending it into a rage that it continued to harbor throughout time. The time that Arceus returns is drawing near, however, and Sheena plans to return the Jewel to Arceus in order to rectify her ancestor's mistake.
Later, another spatial distortion caused by Arceus nearly sweeps Dialga. Palkia then destroys the distortion.Sheena mediates and ends the conflict between them once and for all. However, the presence of both Dialga and Palkia soon attracts Giratina, who is still enraged at them for damaging its world. The battle between the three gods erupts anew, and Sheena is helpless to stop it as her ability cannot reach a Pokémon whose heart is filled with rage. Giratina only calms when it recalls Ash's help in defeating Zero. Once Sheena finally ends the conflict, the three return to their own worlds.
Soon thereafter, Arceus fully awakens and returns to pass down its Judgment. As Arceus destroys Michīna, Sheena attempts to present it with the Jewel of Life. It briefly calms, then becomes even more enraged when it realizes the Jewel Sheena possesses is a fake. Michīna continues to crumble beneath Arceus's might until Dialga, Palkia and Giratina return to stop it. Palkia is able to subdue Arceus long enough to allow Dialga to send everyone but Kevin back in time to alter the past.
When the group arrives, they see Damos enter the temple with the Jewel of Life on a staff. Following him, they all witness as he betrays Arceus as already known, however, it becomes apparent that another man who is dressed in a red toga and controls a Heatran and Bronzong wearing strange armor is also involved. Furthermore, Damos appears to be under hypnosis of some sort. When Arceus violently counterattacks, Ash and his friends nearly fall to their deaths along with Damos and the other man, but Sheena quickly prays to Dialga again and manages to get it to send them back a bit further in time.
Meanwhile, in the present day, Arceus is gaining the upper hand in its battle against the dragon trio and defeats Dialga.
Ash, Brock, Dawn and Sheena arrive in the afternoon several hours prior to Damos's betrayal. Sheena becomes alarmed when she realizes that Dialga can no longer send them through time, and things get worse when a group of armed soldiers surround them. The man in the toga appears with his Bronzong and has it use Hypnosis on everyone but Sheena. The girl attempts to warn him of what is going to happen, garnering the man's interest, so he orders his guards to take the others away while he interrogates Sheena.
Ash, Brock and Dawn are thrown in a jail cell guarded by an old man and soon realize they are sharing the space with Damos, who appears jovial and in control of himself, unlike what had previously been seen. The group's initial reaction to him is overwhelmingly negative, to which he takes offense. Damos explains that in the past, the world was threatened with destruction through the impact of a gigantic meteor, but Arceus tackled it and destroyed it. In the process Arceus lost the sixteen Plates that gave it life and began to die, so he helped find them and heal it. In return Arceus detached the Plates of grass, ground, water, electric, and dragon to form the Jewel of Life so Damos could make Michīna, previously a desolate wasteland, rich and fertile. It was to be returned at the date of the next solar eclipse, and Damos claims he has no intention of not returning the Jewel.
After hearing that they were imprisoned by a man with a Bronzong, Damos identifies him as Marcus. Thinking back, Brock realizes that Marcus and Bronzong were present at the scene of Damos's betrayal and theorizes that Marcus was the real mastermind and that he was controlling Damos through Bronzong's Hypnosis.
Marcus, meanwhile, is hosting Sheena at a dinner. She explains everything to him, that Damos is going to betray Arceus and cause the world to be placed in danger, so Marcus agrees to assist her in stopping him. He then walks over to an area obscured by his Heatran and secretly removes the Jewel of Life from its staff before presenting Sheena with the empty staff. Sheena, unknowing of Marcus's true nature, goes off willingly with him to the temple.
Just in the nick of time, a Spiky-eared Pichu that Damos had previously befriended using the same ability as Sheena appears and gives him the jail cell's keys so they can escape.
At the temple, the eclipse begins and Arceus enters. Sheena tells it that Damos is not coming and attempts to give the Jewel to it, only for Marcus to initiate the attack in much the same fashion he forced Damos to. Ash's group arrives and Sheena comes to peace with her ancestor, while Ash confronts the true villain. Using his Monferno, Ash attempts to battle with Marcus, but Heatran is far too strong and overpowers them. Instead, he attempts to defeat Marcus with hand-to-hand combat. This also fails, but Marcus drops the Jewel. It is nearly destroyed but Ash manages to recover it.
Arceus, meanwhile, is losing strength under the force of Marcus's attack, and begins to die when molten silver is poured onto it. Damos and Sheena combine their abilities and are able to touch the hearts of Damos' Pokémon, which are being controlled by the armor they wear. Ash and Dawn have Pikachu and Piplup destroy the armor on Heatran and Bronzong with Iron Tail and Peck. This frees them, and they turn on Marcus while the other Pokémon stop their attack. Marcus smugly declares that even if he fails, Arceus will still die, and the future that Ash and his friends came from will cease to exist, meaning they will no longer exist as well. True to his word, Pikachu soon vanishes, and Ash begins to vanish as well as he attempts to give the Jewel of Life to the nearly-dead Arceus. Damos manages to reach the last spark of life in Arceus' heart, giving it enough strength to reabsorb the Jewel and completely recover. With Marcus's plan thwarted Pikachu is restored to life, then returns Ash's group to their proper time.
Arriving back in the present day, it appears that things have become peaceful due to the changes in the past. However, this is not the case - Arceus has completely defeated Dialga, Palkia and Giratina, and is preparing its final Judgment attack to destroy all of Michīna. Ash cries out to it, begging it to remember that everything was fixed in the past, and just before the attack's destruction begins, Arceus remembers that this is true and halts its rampage. With everything finally back to normal, Arceus heals the three dragons and restores Michīna to its beautiful state, then the four gods bid a final farewell to Ash and his friends and depart for their respective worlds.
In the credits, it is revealed that Marcus went on to become an employee of Damos as a steward of the temple. In Alamos Town, Tonio and Alice fly in a hot air balloon while Baron Alberto attempts to follow them. Darkrai is then seen looking over the town. In a later scene, an imprisoned Zero is seen being visited by Newton Graceland and receiving a copy of Infi that survived the Megarig's wreck, much to his delight. Shaymin is also seen, looking out to a sunrise with a smile.
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Piplup (Dawn's)
- Grotle (Ash's)
- Monferno (Ash's)
- Staraptor (Ash's)
- Buizel (Ash's)
- Gliscor (Ash's)
- Pachirisu (Dawn's)
- Buneary (Dawn's)
- Mamoswine (Dawn's)
- Sudowoodo (Brock's)
- Croagunk (Brock's)
- Happiny (Brock's)
- Heracross (Kanta's)
- Beautifly (Kako's)
- Nidoking (Damos's)
- Nidoqueen (Damos's)
- Electrike (Damos's)
- Manectric (Damos's)
- Baltoy (Damos's)
- Claydol (Damos's)
- Linoone (Damos's)
- Nosepass (Damos's)
- Probopass (Damos's)
- Absol (Damos's)
- Exploud (Damos's)
- Luxray (Damos's)
- Suicune (cameo)
- Raikou (cameo)
- Entei (cameo)
- Ho-Oh (cameo)
- Lugia (cameo)
- Zapdos (cameo)
- Articuno (cameo)
- Moltres (cameo)
- Kyogre (cameo)
- Groudon (cameo)
- Manaphy (cameo)
- Phione (cameo)
- Milotic (cameo, Palmer's)
- Garchomp (cameo, Cynthia's)
- Heatran (Marcus's)
- Spiky-eared Pichu
- Bronzong (Marcus's)
|Ash Ketchum||Sarah Natochenny||Satoshi||Rica Matsumoto||サトシ||松本梨香|
|Pikachu||Ikue Ohtani||Pikachu||Ikue Ohtani||ピカチュウ||大谷育江|
|Brock||Bill Rogers||Takeshi||Yūji Ueda||タケシ||うえだ ゆうじ|
|Dawn||Emily Jenness||Hikari||Megumi Toyoguchi||ヒカリ||豊口めぐみ|
|Piplup||Michele Knotz||Pochama||Etsuko Kozakura||ポッチャマ||小桜エツ子|
|Jessie||Michele Knotz||Musashi||Megumi Hayashibara||ムサシ||林原めぐみ|
|James||Jimmy Zoppi||Kojirō||Shin'ichirō Miki||コジロウ||三木眞一郎|
|Meowth||Jimmy Zoppi||Nyarth||Inuko Inuyama||ニャース||犬山イヌコ|
|Narration||Rodger Parsons||Narration||Unshō Ishizuka||ナレーション||石塚運昇|
|Special appearances by||特別出演|
|Damos||Dan Green||Damos||Masahiro Takashima||ダモス||髙嶋政宏|
|Sheena||Rebecca Soler||Sheena||Kii Kitano||シーナ||北乃きい|
|Template:Mo||Wayne Grayson||Kevin||Yūji Kishi||ケビン||岸祐二|
|Marcus||Jason Griffith||Gishin||Koichi Yamadera||ギシン||山寺宏一|
|Arceus||Tim Werenko||Arceus||Akihiro Miwa||アルセウス||美輪明宏|
|Spiky-eared Pichu||Kayzie Rogers||Gizamimi Pichu||Shōko Nakagawa||ギザみみピチュー||中川翔子|
|Heatran||Tom Wayland||Heatran||Kenta Miyake||ヒードラン||三宅健太|
- The movie director and producers went to Greece in August 2008 to use the country as a basis for the movie's fictitious setting. Among the locations they visited were there Acropolis, Mycenae, Delphi and Metéora.
- Though it has happened to Ash's friends before, this is the first time Ash himself travels through time.
- The events of this movie happen between the episodes DP135 and DP136.
- Interestingly, the longest solar eclipse in the 21st century was visible from Japan just days after the premiere of this movie, which uses the astronomical event as a herald of Arceus's approach.
- This is the first movie that shows a legendary Pokémon that appeared in two previous Pokémon movies, in this case Dialga from The Rise of Darkrai and Giratina and the Sky Warrior.
- As opposed to previous movies, this time it is Pikachu who dies and Ash who helps save him. In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Ash died and Pikachu's tears helped bring him back to life, and in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, Ash was swallowed up by the Tree of Beginning and Pikachu helped Mew bring him back again.
- This is the first movie to debut in the US in the same year as it debuted in Japan, with the shortest time between the Japanese premiere and English premiere yet. This makes 2009 the first year when two Pokémon movies debuted in the US.
- Much as was standard in the original series movies, this movie's English opening is the same as the corresponding season, which has not occurred since Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.
- This is the third movie in which Ash and friends do not encounter Team Rocket.
- Arceus had transformed into its Dragon form and Grass form during the fight in the movie, yet it should not have been able to transform into those two forms due to the fact that it no longer possesses their respective plates at that particular point in the movie.
In other languages
- French: Arceus et le Joyau de Vie
- Korean: 아르세우스 초극의 시공으로
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