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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 main film's setting is in the water-themed Johto city of Altomare (which means "High Sea"), based on cities such as Venice, Italy and Amsterdam, Netherlands. The city is watched over by two legendary Pokémon, Latias and Latios. The story behind the two involves an evil Pokémon Trainer using a Kabutops and an Aerodactyl to terrorize the citizens, until the original Latios came to the city, using his powers to drown the evil Pokémon and turning the streets into canals. However, Latios died and his children were left orphans. His soul is within a special jewel, the Soul Dew.
The Soul Dew is sought by Annie and Oakley, two members of Team Rocket. The Soul Dew acts as a key for activating the Defense Mechanism of Altomare, a special device built in case of disaster. Meanwhile, Ash Ketchum, Misty, and Brock are visiting Altomare on their travels. Ash and Misty participate in the Tour de Altomare, a water chariot race. Misty wins, after Ash takes a wrong turn due to an invisible Latias and Latios. Ross, the former champion of the race gives the friends a tour of the city in his gondola and tells them of the city's guardians. Annie and Oakley follow Latias, disguised as a human girl named Bianca. Latias is saved by Ash and his Pikachu. Team Rocket are also in the city and decide to follow Annie and Oakley.
The trio later visit Lorenzo, the curator of a local museum, who explains the city's history and also introduces them to the Defence Mechanism of Altomare (DMA). Ash pursues Bianca, and then Latias in disguise, across the city, eventually discovering a hidden garden where Latias and Latios live. When Latios and Bianca threaten to force Ash out, Lorenzo arrives to clear up all the tension. Latias and Latios play with Ash and Pikachu, and later Lorenzo reveals to Ash the Soul Dew. However, Annie and Oakley's spy robot is watching this and later the duo steal the Soul Dew and capture Latios - using both to control the DMA. Latias flees to Ash for help, and later the two and Pikachu race across the gridlocked city to the museum. Using the DMA, Oakley locks down the city and revives the dead Pokémon to capture Latias. After a long chase through the city, Ash and Latias cause the undead Aerodactyl to crash into a building, and are saved from the Kabutops by their friends' Pokémon. The heroes arrive at the museum to find the DMA going berserk and Latios seriously injured. After freeing Latios, the Soul Dew fades and turns black, causing the DMA to shut down. When Annie tries to get the Soul Dew, it disappears and the city's water becomes a giant tsunami. Latios and Latias use their psychic powers to stop the tsunami, but Latios sacrifices himself in the process. The water returns to the city, washing away Team Rocket in the process. The undead Pokémon return to their Fossil states, and Annie and Oakley get trapped inside the DMA.
Latios becomes a new Soul Dew and is placed as the new guardian of Altomare. Ash, Misty, and Brock head off to leave Altomare, but Bianca or Latias disguised as Bianca (Ash doesn't know which) stops them before they leave and hands Ash a drawing of him and Pikachu, giving Ash a kiss on the cheek before disappearing. As the group leave on a boat, they see two Latios and a Latias in the air. Annie and Oakley are sent to jail, where they examine the possessions of Lawrence III.
- 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, in this case 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.
- Cyrillic characters appear on the right side of Oakley's computer screen while she is deciphering the code on the stone plates.
- 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 featuring a next-Generation Pokémon during the last movie in the current Generation's series.
- This is one of the first two Pokémon movies to be available on Blu-ray, in a two-pack with Destiny Deoxys, in May 2011.
- During the opening scene, Brock narrates how Ash met Pikachu as the events of the first episode are shown with new animation, but fraught with inconsistencies and errors.
- Ash is pictured fully clothed when he receives Pikachu, but he was in his pajamas at that point in the episode. Also in this scene, Pikachu's Poké Ball surges with electricity as Ash holds it and Pikachu shakes his head after being released, neither of which occur in the episode.
- In the very next scene, Ash and Pikachu are running on foot from the flock of Spearow while a storm covers the sky, but the storm doesn't occur until after Ash takes Misty's bike in the episode.
- Ash's hat faces forward during this entire cinematic, even while Ash and Pikachu are lying on the ground after defeating the Spearow. In the episode, he turns it backward right before jumping into the river with Pikachu and it stays that way for the rest of the episode (except for the very end, when his hat erroneously flips back and forth between scenes).
Scene that did not appear in the English dub
- Brock narrates the opening of the movie instead of the narrator.
- 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 visited and left 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, when it did appear in the dub.
- A replacement backstory was added in the form of a story 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 makes Annie and Oakley members of Team Rocket, but in the original, the two are working independently and never mention a relationship with Team Rocket or Giovanni.
- Masashi Ebara and Megumi Hayashibara provide the voices for Latios and Latias in the Japanese version, but Hayashibara provides each Pokémon's voice in the English dub. As a result, Latios's voice sounds much like Latias's and is almost as feminine.
- An intense blue tint was applied to the American DVD release of the movie, making most of the colors much darker than in the original.
Original Japanese version
In other languages