Arceus and the Jewel of Life (manga)

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Arceus and the Jewel of Life (Japanese: アルセウス超克時空 Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime) is the manga adaption of the movie of the same name. It is adapted by 溝渕誠 Makoto Mizobuchi.


Edition Country Company Date ISBN
First Edition by Shogakukan First
Japan Shogakukan July 18, 2009 ISBN 4091408281
First Edition by VIZ Media First
United States VIZ Media February 1, 2011 ISBN 1421538024
First Edition by Chuang Yi First
Singapore Chuang Yi August 4, 2011 ISBN 9789814323055


  1. Arceus's Rage
  2. A World-Changing Decision!

Japanese chapter names

  1. The Climax of the Battle of the Gods
  2. The Battle of the Gods Reaches Its Climax. The Creation Pokémon Finally Appears!!
  3. Witness the Battle of the God Pokémon With Your Own Eyes! Go Through Time and Space to Save the World!!

Differences between the anime and the manga

  • The characters of Kato, Kiko, Tapp, several of Marcus's servants and the Johto starters are not present in the manga.
  • At the beginning of the film, all of Ash, Dawn and Brock's Pokémon are sent out to play which leads into the battle against Kato and Kiko for the watermelons that the Pokémon find in the stream. In the manga, none of the Pokémon are sent out upon arriving at Michina Town and (with Kato and Kiko removed) there is no battle, although an allusion to this is made when Jessie and James are briefly seen eating watermelons.
  • In the film, the gang decide to go and visit the ruins on advice from Kato and Kiko whereas in the manga the gang decide to go after Brock reads about it in his guidebook.
  • Marcus is spelled as 'Markus' in the manga.
  • When the gang are thrown in the prison cell in the manga, Ash and Dawn prove they're from the future by briefly sending out Monferno and Pachirisu to demonstrate the technology of the Poké Ball, whereas in the film only Monferno was sent out.
  • In the film, during the flashback of how Damos saved Arceus after it lost its life Plates, Arceus is surrounded by wild Pokémon and Damos is wearing an outfit more suited to the snowy climate. In the manga, there are no wild Pokémon present and Damos is wearing his usual outfit.
  • When the gang were captured by Marcus and thrown in the prison cell in the film, Pikachu and Piplup were separated from the others and thrown into a hold where Damos' other Pokémon lived. From here, they were rescued by the Spiky-eared Pichu and (after freeing a Chikorita and Cyndaquil from the armor that forced them to work for the guards) retrieved the key to the cell with the help of a Totodile and returned to rescue the others. In the manga, this entire subplot is removed, as Pikachu and Piplup are thrown in the cell alongside their Trainers and the Spiky-eared Pichu simply turns up with the key (with no indication of how she retrieved it)
  • When Marcus tells Sheena that she is to return the Jewel of Life, in the film he secretly removes the Jewel of Life from the staff before giving it to her while in the manga he instead gives her a fake jewel to present to Arceus (which could be the same fake that Sheena attempted to return to Arceus in the future).
  • In the film, upon returning to the future the gang find Arceus still fighting the Dragon trio and preparing to destroy Michina before the changes in the timeline catch up to it and it remembers the new history of events. In the manga, upon returning to the future Arceus is no longer fighting the Dragon trio, with the changes in the timeline appearing to have taken immediate effect.
  • The temple does not collapse as a result of the silver water overflowing during the story's climax. Instead, it is damaged by a mechanism Marcus uses in a final kamikaze attack on Arceus.

Translation edits

  • In the Japanese version, the manga is split into three chapters, however, in the English translation by VIZ Media, it is split into two chapters.


  • In several (but not all) first print editions of the VIZ Media edition, the last chapter is cut off and instead the first chapter is repeated due to a printing error.
    • Another printing error also exists where the beginning is cut off and the end is instead repeated.

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