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Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006) Poster

Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006) at a glance

Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006) is an anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama. It is the ninth theatrically released film by Pokémon.

Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006) Trailer

Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006) Synopsis

There's a legend out there, about a Sea Temple created by the People of the Water, where the Sea Crown is kept. No one has ever seen this Sea Crown, and very few people even know the story of the temple, except a few members of the People of the Water who wander through the Pokémon world. That all changes when a Pokémon Ranger named Jackie rescues a Manaphy Egg from a greedy pirate named Phantom! Phantom is absolutely determined to snatch the Sea Crown, and he'll need Manaphy to get to it. To stay one step ahead, Jackie will need to enlist the help of the People of the Water.

A chance encounter with the People of the Water puts Ash, May and friends right in the thick of the action, and May forms a very special bond with the Legendary Manaphy, even as the specter of Phantom hovers ever closer! Together, they must find the Sea Temple before Phantom does, unlocking the secret that connects Manaphy and the Sea Temple!

Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006) Review

Manaphy Egg with Phantom.
Manaphy Egg with Phantom.

Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006) certainly has improved in various areas compared to the previous ones. Throwing a personal Pokémon Movie Marathon does makes it easier to tell the differences between Pokémon films and while it is arguably the worst of all Pokémon films, I beg to differ; it is not the worst there is although I would agree that it isn't a flawless animated feature!

Undersea.
Undersea.

Why? First of all, Pokémon stories usually set on the land or the sky if not alternate dimension. This one is under the sea! There are a lot of endearing water Pokémon which is amazing to watch and there is a brief spectacular Underwater Pokémon Show by Marina Group too!

Then, this one has improved introduction which makes it less difficult keep up with the ever growing Pokémon franchise. The creators of these films are more careful now, they did not specify the total number of Pokémon any more.

May and Manaphy.
May and Manaphy.

What's more interesting are the new characters introduced, namely the Pokémon Ranger who utilises Capture Stylers instead of Pokéballs to command Pokémon and the story of the People of the Water, the descendants of an ancient water-based civilisation.

Manaphy, the featured legendary Pokémon, who is related, is interesting and adorable too. It is quite heartwarming to watch it hatch from egg, bond with May and to be independent in such a short time. Although it is kind of sad that Kyogre and the Temple of the Sea are not much highlighted here, seriously, how can these not make it great adventure family film?

Okay, now let's go straight to the worst part of this animated feature.

Manaphy!
Manaphy!

There is a ridiculous awkward near-ending scene that amazed me to the point that I am not sure if I am amused or upset about it and I did vomit blood after watching that as it isn't "very-Pokémon" and totally inappropriate. I won't tell you what it is but I am sure you will know what I mean if you watch this as it is truly unexpected. However if you like fantasy, that short scene should be fine because it is a fantasy, nothing obscene just in case you are wondering!

(Vomit blood is the direct translation of a phrase in Chinese that I use to describe or as a response to, uhh, unbelievable stuffs. Some people use it when they are really, really furious though, lol.)

Pokémon Ranger Jackie.
Pokémon Ranger Jackie.

Although I came to smile at it in the end, I believe this is the scene that put a permanent scowl on many general audience's face. Unfortunately, that is also in fact the scene that made this one ultimately not listed under my favorite but aside from this scene, I am quite pleased with almost everything else which is why I would like to defend, it is not the worst of worst.

As a conclusion, the ending of Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006) is unfortunately ridiculous but it is certainly not the worst because it actually has one of the best backstory, maybe just poorly executed. Honestly, it is actually a pretty sweet, familial film!

PS. I'll write about Best to Worst Pokémon films on Moviepilot once Pokémon Movie Marathon ends so stay tune!!

Who will like this?

Water Pokémon lovers trainers will be most pleased with this animated feature!

Pokémon Movie Marathon

Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
The Power of One (1999)
Spell of the Unown (2000)
Mewtwo Returns (2000)
Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001)
The Legend of Thunder! (2001)
Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002)
Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003)
Destiny Deoxys (2004)
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005)
The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006)
The Rise of Darkrai (2007)
Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008)
Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009)
Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010)
Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram (2011)
Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom (2011)
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)
Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)
Pokémon Origins (2013)
Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)
Pokémon the Movie XY (2015)

Details of the movie

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
Producer: Yukako Matsusako, Takemoto Mori, Junya Okamoto, Choji Yoshikawa
Story: Satoshi Tajiri, Junichi Masuda, Ken Sugimori
Screenplay: Hideki Sonoda
Cinematography: Takaya Mizutani
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Kaori Suzuki, Kyoko Yamada, Yuji Ueda, Ikue Ōtani, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Inuko Inuyama, Kōichi Yamadera, Hiroshi Fujioka, Kaori Manabe, Yuri Shiratori, Becky
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, VIZ Media
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Action Adventure Family Sci-Fi
Running time: 105 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 26,851,324 est.

Official website(s)

http://www.pokemon.co.jp/
http://www.pokemon.com/us/

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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