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| Jirachi: Wish Maker|
七夜の願い星 ジラーチ Wishing Star of the Seven Nights: Jirachi
|| July 19, 2003
| United States
|| June 1, 2004*
| Home video
|| December 19, 2003
| United States
|| June 1, 2004*
| English themes
| Japanese themes
| United States
| Great Britain
|| Not Released on DVD
| New Zealand
Jirachi: Wish Maker (Japanese: 七夜の願い星 ジラーチ Wishing Star of the Seven Nights: Jirachi; Official: Wishing Star of the Seven Nights) is the first Advanced Generation movie, and sixth of all Pokémon movies. It was first shown in Japanese theaters on July 19, 2003. It was released on video and DVD for North American audiences on June 1, 2004.
Other posters and DVD covers
Wishing Star of the Seven Nights teaser poster
Final Wishing Star of the Seven Nights: Jirachi movie poster
Wishing Star of the Seven Nights: Jirachi DVD cover
Wishing Star of the Seven Nights teaser logo
The Millennium Comet is about to make its long-awaited appearance in the sky again, supposedly granting the wishes of all those who see it in the skies above them. Of course, Ash and friends are equally interested in the Millennium Festival, especially when they attend a magic performance by the Great Butler. Even more interesting is the mysterious cocoon in Butler’s possession—from which Max hears a mysterious voice calling! When Jirachi emerges from its slumber, Max has a new friend—sadly, it’s only for the brief few days that the Millennium Comet appears in the sky.
Max is anxious to make the most of his time with his new friend, but the Great Butler has his own plans for Jirachi, which are not so friendly. He wants to revive the Legendary Groudon, and Jirachi just might be able to grant that wish.
Can Max, Ash, May, and Brock stop Butler and save Jirachi before Groudon reappears to reign destruction over the land?
The world of Pokémon is truly a wonder, the planet is filled with these magnificent creatures. Some live in the sky, some live beneath the ocean, some travel the world and some exist only in dreams. Many of these Pokémon live peacefully among humans, however some humans seek to exploit Pokémon for their own means. One of the Pokémon so desired is the legendary Groudon, coveted by the villainous Team Magma. This story is about one man who went looking for Groudon, yet found something far more powerful that would make his wish come true...
Once every thousand years, the Millennium Comet is visible from earth for only seven nights... and now the time for it to appear among the stars has arrived again. Ash and his friends arrive at the location where a carnival is due to be held to celebrate the comet's arrival... but despite Brock's guidebook guiding them to the correct spot, there's no sign of a park, or even anything but open plains. As it's late at night, everyone decides to get some sleep and resume the search the next morning.
During the night Pikachu wakes up when he hears trucks from a distance. It then wakes everyone up, as the workers are starting to erect the carnival. A yellow pickup then parks on the side and a purple-haired man then come out with a briefcase. He then takes a magician stick and opens the briefcase. Pink balloons then magically come out of his briefcase, as he hit them with his stick. A woman then comes out with two fans and hit the balloons with them. Once all balloons are forming a circle, they pop up, and a huge tent is slowly created by the magician. Everyone stares in wonder at the magician, while Brock (of course) has his eyes on the woman. Soon the carnival is erected, and it sure looks like a lot of fun.
Day One of the Millennium Comet
The day is spent by the gang enjoying the various rides and attractions of the carnival. Team Rocket are naturally nearby, but don't have time to enjoy themselves as they've been put to work handing out flyers to everyone to announce 'The Great Butler's Magic Show' while disguised as clowns. Ash pick up one of the flyers, and Max notices that the flyer features the magician they saw last night, creating the tent. The gang decide to check the show out, thinking that if he can do a magic show as well as he can create a tent then they're in for a treat.
Soon, the gang are watching the show and it's turning out to be even better than expected. Butler, the purple-haired magician, putting his white hat on an empty table. After creating a flock of Swablu out of thin air he then slaps the hat with his stick, and when he takes off the hat, a Kirlia suddenly appears! Butler then calls on his Mightyena for another trick. Butler seals back Kirlia, puts a red cloth over it, then burns it off. Out of the smoke comes Diane, Butler's assistant, carrying a crystal. Brock applauds, declaring that Butler is amazing. Glowing rays come out of the crystal, and Max suddenly hears a voice. The voice tells him that 'it' is sealed inside the crystal. Max rushes to the scene, followed by Ash. Max tells Butler that he heard a voice from the crystal. Naturally Butler is surprised... but not too surprised. Butler then claims their arrival was in an impeccable timing for his next trick, the 'Burning Box'. Jessie and James (still disguised as clowns) then carry the box and put Ash and Max in it. Diane encourages them, and Butler tells the audience that Ash, Max and Pikachu are fellow magicians, and will escape the box before his Dusclops destroys it with Hyper Beam. Butler summons Dusclops, which slowly approaches the box. The entire audience are on tenderhooks, especially May and Brock. Dusclops then fires on the box but before it does so, Ash and Max are transported away by a machine under the stadium. Butler says not only did they vanish from the box, but also teleported to the entrance of the dome! The flashlights then show Ash and Max, and while Ash laps up the applause Max isn't sure what to do. May wonders if Ash and Max will tell her how they did the trick, while all Brock is hoping for is that he gets introduced to Diane.
Ash is still waving to the crowd... when suddenly Team Rocket (suspended from a balloon) grab Pikachu off his back and put him in an electricity-proof container and take off their disguises. Ash demands Pikachu back, but Team Rocket prepare a trick of their own... they're going to make Pikachu disappear along with Kirlia and Mightyena which they've also nabbed. Meowth has been waiting at the side and opens the roof and joins his teammates as they make their getaway. Ash goes to send out one of his Pokémon however Butler stops him as he has one more trick up his sleeve. He orders Dusclops to use Will-O-Wisp which sends Pikachu flying back to Ash who decides to do an encore and has Pikachu fire a trusty Thunderbolt which certainly charges up Team Rocket and releases Butler's Pokémon. Butler has Dusclops finish things off with Night Shade which sends Team Rocket blasting off again. The audience applauds loudly, and May notes that the audience think Team Rocket were part of the act... hopefully they won't come back for a final bow. Max is relieved everything worked out, but is still curious about Butler's crystal.
After the show, Max asks Butler and Diane about the crystal, and they respond by saying the crystal contains a Pokémon named Jirachi. Butler tells everyone that Jirachi only awakens once every 1000 years, and is sleeping inside the crystal, which acts like a cocoon. To wake up Jirachi, the crystal needs two things; the Millennium Comet to be visible in the night sky and a best friend chosen by destiny. Max happens to be the chosen one, so Diane gives him the crystal and as the crystal is due to appear in the sky that night it seems Max's new friend will awaken soon.
At twilight, May buys a Wish Maker, a sacred item that can grant one wish when its panels are closed while facing the comet. The stallholder tells May that she has to close a flap on the Wish Maker every night the comet is in the sky to make her wish come true. Soon fireworks are going off to celebrate the arrival of the comet, with many of the fireworks taking the forms of Pokémon. Afterwards, the fair closes down for the night.
Ash, May and Brock talks how about the world can change in a thousand years. The clouds then go off, revealing the comet glowing magnificently in the night sky. Soon Max is asleep with the crystal in his arms. May then starts singing her mother's lullaby. As Max sleeps, the crystal glows, goes off Max's hands then float in the air. Then, a mysterious light surrounds it, and Jirachi appears! Max introduces everyone to Jirachi. Diane then comes and Ash tells him that the prophecy was true. Diane tells them to pass the night in her bus. Inside, Max asks about wishes, then wants snacks. At first, everyone said Jirachi can't grant wishes until Ash saw a bag of potato chips on Max's legs. Then, more and more snacks appears, filling the whole bus! The doors then open, with Diane with Butler coming and asking what happened. Max tells them he wished for candy, and his wish came true! Diane picks up some cheese puffs, look at them then says those are the same from the snack-bar which suddenly lost all of its merchandise. Jirachi didn't create the treats, it teleported them away. May then gets irate and blames Max for this. Ashamed, he asks what should he and Jirachi should do. Brock suggests teleporting the food back to the store. If Jirachi was able to get the candies from the store, it could also teleport them back there. May yells at Jirachi to 'get rid of the problem'. Jirachi agrees, but from its point of view, 'the problem' to get rid of was May, not the snacks! It teleports May in the load of snacks, and falls asleep. Ash, Brock and May are then forced to take the candies back to the store by themselves.
Close by, another creature has sensed Jirachi's reawakening. It is Absol, the disaster Pokémon. It takes off towards the fair, heading for Jirachi... and Max.
Day Two of the Millennium Comet
The sun rises on a brand new day, and Max eagerly waits for Jirachi to wake up which it soon does and in no time is happily flying around Butler's van. With Team Rocket having left Butler's employment, Ash and Brock are now his new clowns. Max goes to the amusement park with Jirachi and have fun the whole day. At twilight, Absol can be seen rushing to the park. May folds the 'Day 2 of the Wishing Star' while she's carrying a lighting rig, but hits a leg of wood and it starts to fall. She asks for Max's help, however Jirachi is far more interested in playing than helping and steals Max's glasses. But Max hears an eerie sound coming from the mirror. The mirror breaks, revealing Absol! Butler recognizes Absol, a Pokémon which is known to appear just before a disaster. Absol runs after Max and Jirachi. May, seeing her brother in danger, summons Torchic and orders an Ember but the attack is far too weak and Absol continues to approach Max dangerously. Ash sends in Pikachu telling him to use Thunderbolt which succeeds in hurting Absol and sending it flying back... but also makes it even angrier. Jirachi tells Max that Absol is here for it and then teleports Pikachu and Torchic away. The two reappear far above the tent, and fall although the tent cushions their fall. Now there is nothing protecting Max and Jirachi, however Absol then changes its target and rushes towards the gang when Butler opens a booby-trap and Absol falls into it. The trap then release a cage with Absol in it. Kirlia then uses Hypnosis to send it to sleep. During night, May sits on a rock and folds the second panel of her Wish Maker and then notices Butler going back to the tent with something. That's right, it's Jirachi! Butler puts it on some machine that would create a Groudon, to get revenge on Team Magma, who fired him and made a mockery of his Magical tricks. He then asks Jirachi to open its true eye 'Millennium Eye' but Jirachi refuses. Dusclops then starts torturing Jirachi until its Millennium Eye is opened. Absol was actually there to protect Jirachi from Butler...but it can't do a thing since it's in a cage. The gang then sees a beam coming out of the tent. Butler's machines explodes, and Max rushes to a severely injured Jirachi. He then flees but Dusclops blocks him. Absol then breaks free of the cage and Dusclops faints. Butler then send his Mightyena to run after Diane's bus. Mightyena then sticks a tracker under the bus, which allows Butler to keep of all their movements.
Day Three of the Millennium Comet
Diane is driving everyone out across some very bumpy terrain, which manages to destroy the tracker. Inside, when Ash falls down, with May, Max and Jirachi laughs. When night comes, Brock starts cooking and May closes the Wish Maker's third panel and then joins Diane in the bus. She tells her that she and Butler were childhood friends, and the last time she saw a delighted Butler was long ago. However Butler joined Team Magma, and proposed that he could revive a Groudon from a fossil he discovered. However, when he attempted to demonstrate this, he only managed to destroy the equipment. Butler realized he would need a lot more power before the restoration would work, but this wasn't good enough for the Team Magma leaders and Butler was laughed out of the organization. Butler now plans to use Jirachi to channel the power of the Millennium Comet using the true eye.
Day Four of the Millennium Comet
The majority of the day is spent driving. The bus manages to get stuck in the mud, so everyone helps out. Afterwards, everyone is covered in mud, and all laugh. Ash and Max have fun at skipping stones on the lake, and Max wins. That same night, May takes her Wish Maker then fold the panel of 'Day 4 of the Wishing Star'.
Day Five of the Millennium Comet
Once again, the day is spent mostly driving. That night, May takes her Wish Maker then folds the panel of 'Day 5 of the Wishing Star'. However Max snaps at her for doing it, as it is a reminder that he has only two days left with Jirachi. The boy then runs off in distress, and Ash follows to talk to him. Ash assures Max that really good friends never really leave, and tells him that he recently separated from one of his best friends and although he misses her a lot he knows that she's still with him in spirit. Max cheers up, knowing that he and Jirachi will still be friends even if separated.
Day Six of the Millennium Comet
The gang arrives at Forina, Jirachi's home place. Many other Pokémon lives there, such as Nuzleaf, Breloom, Tropius, Linoone, Flygon, Altaria etc... The gang is then greeted by Absol, showing them Forina. Diane explains that Jirachi will collect energy from the comet and use it to keep Forina's beauty alive. May clears 'Day 6 of the Wishing Star' and the gang prepares to sleep... except Max, who knows tomorrow he and Jirachi will separate. He plans to remain awake and play with Jirachi when everyone else has fallen asleep, however he drops off when May sings the lullaby.
Day Seven of the Millennium Comet
Brock and May trapped in the fake Groudon
Absol leads the gang to a cave, the same cave where Jirachi absorbs the comet's power and falls asleep for another 1000 years. As Jirachi is going to open his Millennium Eye, spikes come out of the walls and purple energy beams capture Jirachi! Butler (who has been waiting for the gang) is finally going to bring Groudon back to life. Then he sets all the machines A-OK, while Absol and Flygon break the spikes. Flygon takes Ash and Max for a ride, and they manage to get Jirachi back, while Butler sends his Salamence to fight against them. Groudon is slowly rising as Butler watches. Groudon is then completely formed as the gang stand behind it, however it becomes clear that rather than resurrecting a real Groudon all Butler has done is create a monster with Groudon's shape. The fake Groudon then starts sucking energy from the earth as Absol attacks it. Groudon's left claws then become slimy blue-green tentacles and engulf Absol away! Groudon rear spikes becomes tentacles, too, chasing every Pokémon. Team Rocket then arrives, but get engulfed as Groudon is trying to get the Altaria. A scene is then shown in Groudon's stomach; Absol, many Pokémon and Team Rocket! Other Pokémon are getting 'eaten' while Butler claims this isn't the Groudon he wanted, as if Groudon was an evil beast! Having the taste not only for Pokémon energy, but also human energy, Groudon was going to eat Butler, but Diane blocks the tentacle and get sucked in instead! Butler realizes how to stop Groudon; put Jirachi back on the machine and reverse the polarity. With the help of Ash, he gets to the machine, while May and Brock get eaten! Butler makes an ill movement and drops the shard with Groudon's data but Ash manages to catch it and bringing it back to Butler. As soon as the machine is started, Groudon approaches and launches its tentacles on Jirachi, but Butler shields Jirachi and gets sucked instead. Groudon, angry, pours its gooey substance over the machine, but Jirachi starts glowing. Groudon is slowly dragged by a white meteor made by Jirachi to the Millennium Comet, and then explodes, releasing all Pokémon and human alike it ate. Jirachi then descends the sky and asks Max one final wish; the lullaby. Everyone starts singing while Jirachi returns inside the crystal and sinks into the earth. Max cries for a short time, and wishes Jirachi a good night and sweet dreams.
The End of the Millennium Comet
The next morning, Butler and Diane announce that they have decided to stay in the nature of Forina, having realized that the only important thing is that they are together. They offer the group a ride back to town. Then Brock reminds May of her Wish Maker. She takes it out only to see that, to her disappointment, she didn't fold the 'Day 7 of the Wishing Star' flap. However, she says it doesn't matter after all, because we all have to make our own dreams come true anyway. Ash agrees, saying that by wishing for a dream to come true, one would lose the fun that comes with pursuing the dream. As the group leaves, Jirachi communicates to Max using telepathy, saying that they will always stay best friends forever.
- Main article: Wishing Star of the Seven Nights: Jirachi Music Collection
The fake Groudon (actually a manifestation of evil desire)
- The prologue for this movie shows the main legendary Pokémon from the first five movies. It shows Mewtwo, Lugia, Entei, Celebi, Latios, and Latias. However, Mew, the legendary birds, and Suicune were absent.
- This is the first Pokémon movie to go directly to video for its American release.
- The ending song, Make a Wish, is the first time that the U.S. dub left the original Japanese lyrics performed by Asuca Hayashi. It was also combined with English lyrics performed by Cindy Mizelle.
- This movie manifests itself in the form of a cameo in Pokémon Colosseum. A Trainer named Rider Zalla owns a Jirachi (the star), Flygon, Absol (wild Pokémon befriended during the movie), Kirlia, Mightyena, and a Dusclops (Pokémon belonging to Butler). She can be found as the 77th Trainer on Battle Mode's Single Battle Mount Battle.
- Also, in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the two Ace Trainers that appear on the southernmost part of Route 229 have their teams based on those of Butler and Diane. In fact, in the Japanese version, they have the same names as them, but the English translation team did not notice the relation to the movie characters.
- May's rival Drew eventually obtains a Absol and Flygon, two of the main non-legendary Pokémon of the movie.
- Throughout Tropius's appearances, instead of using its actual anime cry, it uses the same "slurp" noise from when it was eating fruit.
- Even though Treecko and Mudkip appear on the box cover, they never even appear in the main story of the movie. In fact, out of all the main characters' Pokémon, Pikachu and Torchic were the only two to appear, with two exceptions outside of the main plot, the opening sequence when Treecko, Mudkip, and the main characters' other Pokémon do appear while eating and the ending beach scene. They do both, however, appear in fireworks in the movie.
- When traveling to Forina, an instrumental version of Advance Adventure is played in the background and on the DVD main menu.
- This is first Pokémon movie to not feature the season's theme song during the opening credits.
- This is the last Pokémon movie released to UK DVD until The Rise of Darkrai years later.
- This is the only Advanced Generation series movie in which a Generation IV Pokémon does not appear.
- This was the last movie that Tomiko Suzuki (Jirachi) lent her voice. Tomiko died of a heart attack a week and a half before the theatrical release.
- While the previous two movies kept the original Japanese background music for the main feature, this is the first movie to also keep the title sequence music.
- This movie aired for the first time in Italy on March 16, 2012, almost 8 years after the American release. It has been the last AG movie to air, and so far it is the movie that aired with the longest gap.
- During the ending credits, several real world constellations appear. The constellations are then used as the frame for various Pokémon alluding to their names and mythology:
- During the credits, the castle from Lucario and the Mystery of Mew is visible.
- There were unusual changes made in several dubs for this movie and Destiny Deoxys, leaving many fans intrigued by the reasons:
- In Latin America, both movies were dubbed in Argentina (the usual dubbing is located in Mexico), by an entirely different voice cast and were aired only in some local channels.
- The voice cast also changed completely in the Dutch dub.
- In Spain, the two movies were not dubbed at all.
- This is the first movie in which a villainous team other than Team Rocket makes an appearance.
Original German cover art
- During the magic show in the dub, Butler calls for his Dusclops to use an attack called "Capitata", while in the Japanese version, Butler says 'Onibi!' which is Will-O-Wisp's official Japanese name. It is unknown how the name "Capitata" got into the script or final product, but it seems that every dub used 'Capitata!' rather than Will-O-Wisp.
- The original German DVD cover bizarrely used art from Destiny Deoxys, but this has since been fixed. Unfortunately, the movie's IMDb page uses this erroneous poster.
- In the beginning, Ash says the person who last comes up the hill is a Slowpoke (May calls Max a Slowbro). However, in most translations from English, the joke was eliminated, replacing "slow" to each language's response.
- In the dub when Ash is talking with Max, he talks about friendship and makes a reference to Misty, though not by name. In the original dialogue, instead, Ash says to Max that a thousand years for Jirachi and its comet could be just an instant and it wouldn't be the same traveling with him; he remarks that he's not able to explain the thing very clearly.
- In the Brazilian dub, all of the references of Jirachi being a male (which is wrong since it is Genderless) are changed into Jirachi being a female, including the fact of being dubbed by a woman.
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