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Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (Japanese: ポケモンレンジャーと蒼海の王子 マナフィ Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy) is the manga adaptation of the movie of the same name. It was adapted by 溝渕誠 Makoto Mizobuchi.
The first chapter appeared in a mini-volume that was bundled with the May 2006 issue of CoroCoro. This volume, titled ポケモンレンジャーと蒼海の王子マナフィ最強コミックBOOK Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy Strongest Comic Book, also included supplemental information about the movie of the same name (which was upcoming at the time) and the newly-released Pokémon Ranger video game. The full story was later published in a collected volume. This was the first movie manga to be published in the US.
List of chapters
- The Legendary Pokémon Manaphy Is Born!!
- Bursting In! Akusha, the Temple of the Sea
- Protect the Sinking Temple!
- Back Home to the Sea
Differences between the anime and the manga
- Judy is absent in the manga.
- During May's dream sequence, it is implied that May is naked while in the water, while she is fully clothed in the movie.
- After his submarine is destroyed, the Phantom threatens to take May hostage and wields a pillar as a weapon, instead of failing to hold the pillar up and being trapped underneath it.
- The newly-hatched Manaphy seemingly became somewhat more precocious in the manga adaptation, unlike its movie counterpart, which seems to act annoying and angsty about the new world outside of its Egg.
- Manaphy's Egg case breaks when Manaphy hatches, instead of its Egg falling out of the case before hatching.
- Manaphy is happy to see Ash in Jack Walker's body after using Heart Swap in the anime, while in the manga, Manaphy seems to mellow out a bit after using Heart Swap on Ash and Jackie, but it's still not happy that May is gone.
- May and Manaphy's goodbye at the end and Ash's near-drowning scene before becoming the "King of the Sea" is a lot more lighthearted in the manga than it is in the movie.
- Instead of the People of the Water's mark, The Phantom opens the door to the Sea Crown by playing an instrument known as the Water Flute.
- When escaping from The Phantom's submarine, Jackie is attacked by several Water Pokémon used by The Phantom's underlings, instead of The Phantom and his Bug Pokémon.