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Zoroark: Master of Illusions (Japanese: 幻影の覇者 ゾロアーク Ruler of Illusions: Zoroark) is the manga adaptation of the movie of the same name. It was adapted by 井上桃太 Momota Inoue.
Differences between the anime and the manga
- The characters of Peg and Tammy are removed from the manga. While Peg was an extremely minor character with less than two minutes of actual screentime, Tammy had a prominent role. Tammy's Tangrowth is also removed.
- Due to Tammy being removed, it is Joe who instead spots Celebi arriving in the city.
- Grings Kodai's team is referred to only as a team of legendary Pokémon, not using the name "Nimbasa Legends".
- In the movie, upon finding Zorua being surrounded by several Vigoroth, Ash and Dawn send out Infernape and Mamoswine to scare them away. In the manga, neither are used, and Pikachu is the one to scare the Vigoroth away.
- When a Ninjask carries Zorua away in at the beginning of the movie, Zoroark is restrained by several energy bolts, whereas in the manga Zoroark simply stands there.
- In the movie, Zorua transforms into Ash, Dawn, Brock, Pikachu, Scizor, Skiploom, Vigoroth and Celebi at various points in the movie, while Zoroark transforms into all three legendary beasts and later Pikachu. Most of these transformations are removed from the manga, with Zorua only transforming into Ash, Pikachu, Celebi and Karl while Zoroark only transforms into the legendary beasts.
- The flashback to Rowena's introduction to Kodai is removed, therefore, Kodai's vision revealing the Time Ripple in Crown City is also removed. However, this event still happened, as Kodai refers to his vision that led him to Crown City.
- In the movie, Goone manages to recapture Zoroark by luring it towards a trap with a projection of Zorua. In the manga however, Goone recaptures it while it is simply wandering Crown City.
- In the manga, Kodai reveals he doctored the footage of Zoroark "destroying" Crown City and warns the gang to leave and when Ash tries to grab him it's revealed Kodai is simply a projection. In the movie, Kodai delivers the same warning but does so in person.
- In the movie, the group ends up at Joe's house after Joe's Mightyena and Tammy's Tangrowth catch Zorua destroying a monitor (after seeing Kodai on it) and, thinking it to be a threat, gang up on it and put it to sleep with Tangrowth's Sleep Powder. In the manga, Joe simply invites everyone into his house.
- In the movie, Zorua squeezes through a gate Pikachu and Piplup follow and encounter the Pokémon living in the area who are ready to attack Zorua until Celebi calms them creating the friendship between Zorua and Celebi while the Trainers are trapped by Kodai and Goone. In the manga, Pikachu and Piplup don't follow and are captured along with their Trainers. Meanwhile the Pokémon living in the area don't appear and the friendship between Zorua and Celebi begins when Celebi saves the Tricky Fox Pokémon from falling into a stream.
- It is explicitly stated in the movie that while Zorua is able to transform into Celebi it cannot fly (which is a factor in tricking Kodai later in the movie), whereas there is no mention of this in the manga.
- Kodai and Goone's car has its steering wheel on the right, whereas the steering wheel was on the left in the movie.
- The fight on the tree between Pikachu and Piplup and Goone's two Scizor is completely cut from the manga (since Pikachu and Piplup were captured earlier). As a result, Togekiss's role in the story (saving Pikachu and Piplup from their fall) is removed.
- Goone has two Scizor in the movie, which respectively battle Sudowoodo and Croagunk during the attempt to get Celebi back to the Time Ripple, whereas in the manga Goone only has one Scizor which battles Croagunk.
- Goone's battle against Brock and Dawn is entirely cut; as a result, the scene of Zoroark attacking him is also removed and his fate is left unrevealed.
- The roles of the legendary beasts in the manga are greatly reduced from those in the movie. In the movie, the Beasts destroy Kodai's airship and then have an extended battle against Zoroark. In the manga, it is Zoroark who destroys the airship and the battle between Zoroark and the Beasts is completely removed. The real beasts only turn up towards the end when they prevent Kodai from reaching the Time Ripple.
- The fate of Team Rocket during the scene when Kodai's plane gets destroyed is notably changed. In the movie, their pedal boat get simply pushed away by incoming waves, whereas in the manga, they get blasted off.
- At the end of the movie, Kodai falls into the Pokémon Baccer stadium and is knocked out and, upon waking, the tape secretly recorded by Karl where he confesses to destroying the plant life in Crown City twenty years previously and was planning to do so again is playing and he is arrested by Officer Jenny. In the manga, Kodai's fate is left ambiguous as he is shown falling into the stadium but is not seen again. It is never revealed if he survived the fall, nor is it revealed if the residents of Crown City learned of his misdeeds.
- When Kodai escapes the legendary beasts into the stadium close to the end of the movie, Zoroark uses its illusions to make Kodai see that he is aboard his flying plane, before the illusion is cancelled and he falls over the edge and down into the stadium. In the manga, instead of the plane, Zoroark makes Kodai see that he's being chased by a group of huge vines growing through the hallway, causing him to get scared and accidentally fall into the stadium.
- In the movie, Ash and his friends frequently mention Zorua's illusions, while in the manga, Kodai is the only one who knows that Zorua's transformations are illusions, as most of the main characters mention that Zorua actually transforms.