Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008)

Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008) Poster

Japanese title: 劇場版ポケットモンスター ダイヤモンド&パール 
ギラティナと氷空(そら)の花束 シェイミ 
(Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Daiyamondo Pāru 
Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi)

Other title: 騎拉帝納與冰空的花束 潔咪, 기라티나와 하늘의 꽃다발 쉐이미,
Giratina et le Gardien du Ciel, Giratina und der Himmelsritter,
Giratina e il Guerriero dei Cieli, Giratina y el Defensor de los Cielos.

Comments on Movie Review: Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008)
"Somewhere over the past decade, the Pokémon franchise evolved (no pun intended) into something surprisingly interesting." - David Cornelius, DVD Talk.

"Easy to watch and tolerable from beginning to end." - Andrew K., Earn This.

"Filled with both new and recurring likable characters, endearing Pokémon and a well thought out world concept which can be easily enjoyed by all." - Rosalyn Lim

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Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008) Preview

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Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008) at a glance
Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008) is the eleventh theatrical film by Pokémon, the second animated feature of a trilogy known as the Diamond & Pearl trilogy. It is preceded by The Rise of Darkrai (2007) and concluded with Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009). This animated feature by Pikachu Project is included in the Guinness World Records as the Greatest Advance Sales for an Animated Film in Japan when the pre-sale sold 2,384,198 tickets.

Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008) Synopsis
Giratina is the sole Pokémon living in the Reverse World, a little-known realm adjacent to our own. Enraged when Palkia and Dialga disrupt time and space, it drags Dialga into the Reverse World for a battle—but the conflict is broken up by a tiny Shaymin, the Gratitude Pokémon!

After departing the Reverse World and meeting Ash and his friends, Shaymin—communicating telepathically—asks for help so it can be reunited with the other Shaymin in the Gracidea garden. Soon after Ash and his friends agree to assist Shaymin, they're dragged into the Reverse World and meet Newton Graceland, who's been researching the mysterious realm. Little do they know that Newtown's former assistant, Zero, seeks to harness Giratina's power to rule the Reverse World, even if that means destroying the real world!

Can our heroes and their Pokémon thwart Zero's evil plans and protect both worlds? Will Giratina resolve its differences with Dialga? And what will Ash and his friends learn about that special Shaymin?

Movie Review: Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008)

Pikachu, Ash, Brock, Shaymin and Dawn.

Due to my personal Pokémon Movie Marathon, it's easy to tell how much Pokémon films have improved over the years due to the creators' efforts and that means Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008) is different from the rest of the older Pokémon films!

Zero and Infi.

It has unique concepts and the creators of this animated feature evidently paid more attention to details such as the Pokémon movements, feelings and personality. The CGI is much better too. Most of all, the creators have played with interesting point of views and angles as well, which allows us to see through the characters' eyes and have a fun experience!

Giratina versus Dialga.

Honestly, I will never hide this one fact; Pokémon films can be disappointing no matter how promising they can be sometimes but they are just going all out for their specific target audiences and guess what... I am immensely delighted with this Diamond & Pearl trilogy! 

Shaymin uses Seed Flare.

The Diamond & Pearl trilogy films have impressed me before and rewatching them again to write about them here on my film blog is certainly my pleasure as they have shown improvements in various aspects especially the plot compared to all the older films and are quite entertaining to watch. So for Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008), I would say it easily is one of the best Pokémon films and like the rest of the trilogy, it is pleasantly interesting!

The Reverse World. 

Both the Real and Reverse World locations in this animated feature (and in the game) are charming in their on ways. The Real World are based on beautiful scenic locations from Norway such as Bergen, Geiranger, Jostedalsbreen and Sognefjorden whereas the Reverse World are distorted but exactly the mirror or opposite of the reality in the Pokémon universe which is super cool! How it works and coexist with the Real World is so special; I think the concept is a work of genius because it is so creative and amazing!

... Just throw me into the Reverse World, please! *-*

Shaymin.

Nonetheless, one of the most notable issue among older Pokémon fans is that any Pokémon after generation I (and sometimes generation II or the generation after they are first introduced to) are considered newer Pokémon and they suck. Although many disliked the "newer" Pokémon and the concepts, I would like to point out that that thinking is negative and it blinds one from Pokémon's charm and potentials.

Giratina Origin Forme.

In regard to generation IV Pokémon which is the generation of this animated feature, I thought some of the "newer" Pokémon especially generation IV final evolution forms of various Pokémon are quite badass. I am quite impressed with the list of Pokémon as they are all equally unique in their own ways. Giratina for instance, rules the Reverse World and looks quite spectral yet majestic; Dawn's Piplup is always adorable and Shaymin is amusing as it has its own attitude! 

Giratina's angry red eyes.

In brief, Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008) is filled with both new and recurring likable characters, endearing Pokémon and a well thought out world concept which can be easily enjoyed by all. Deliciously sci-fi, it is a great family film and animated feature based on video game; you should watch this especially if you love Pokémon!

PS. This made it into my favorite list because it's truly one of the best Pokémon films!

Movie Ratings
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

Who will like this?
Pokémon fans especially those who love science fiction, fantasy and Pokémon Diamond & Pearl trilogy/series!

Details of the movie
Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
Producer: Mikihiko Fukazawa, Takemoto Mori, Junya Okamoto, Choji Yoshikawa
Story: Not sure.
Screenplay:  Hideki Sonoda
Cinematography: Takaya Mizutani
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Megumi Toyoguchi, Yūji Ueda, Koichi Yamadera, Shidō Nakamura, Ikue Ōtani, Vanilla Yamazaki, Tomomichi Nishimura, Shoko Nakagawa
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Warner Bros., Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Genre: Adventure Family Fantasy
Running time: 100 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 43,338,599 est.

Official website(s)
http://www.pokemon.co.jp/
http://www.pokemon.com/us/

Related
All Pokémon Movies
OLM, Inc.
Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon

Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008) Behind the Scenes
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Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008) Movie Quotes
These are from the dub! Compiled these myself ><
  1. The world of Pokémon, a spinning globe of wonderment, home to an infinite array of creatures too varied to fully comprehend.
  2. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, meticulously fashioned by the forces of nature in all its glory, as only nature can.
  3. And no matter what corner of the world you find yourself, rest assured, you'll find Pokémon there as well.
  4. Soaring overhead, skimming the clouds and riding the currents undersea. 
  5. Sharing the mountains majesty and animating our many lush green forests. 
  6. Happily making their home in fields of grass while even our sprawling cities are teeming with them. 
  7. People and Pokémon find common ground, sharing the goal of victory in the Pokémon battle, vying to become friends, comrades and Pokémon masters!
  8. Which brings us to a young trainer who has dedicated his life to the love of Pokémon and battling. 
  9. Ash Ketchum of Pallet Town, with partner Pikachu, working side by side, catching Pokémon and perfecting the art of the battle. Traveling with good friends and training with boundless energy! 
  10. For every Pokémon our heroes meet, a new adventure waits around the corner!
  11. And right now, somewhere in this world, a new Pokémon is waiting, poised to soon make itself known to our heroes, heralding the start of a new and fantastic adventure. 
  12. Giratina has captured Dialga and is returning to the Reverse World.
  13. Find the next point of appearance.
  14. As you wish, Zero.
  15. It appears, after coming in contact with Dialga, Giratina is unable to leave the Reverse World.
  16. Time is now running in an infinite loop around Giratina.
  17. Wonders never cease for Ash and Pikachu, as their Pokemon journey ocntinues! With a little help from his friends, Dawn and Brock and in a beautiful setting such as this, a bite to eat will never taste better!
  18. Pipping hot and straight from the grill.
  19. Hold on a minute. Did you wash your hands?
  20. Ash Ketchum! You should always remember to wash your hands before you eat!
  21. I made more than enough for everybody!
  22. Ta-da! My extra special Pokemon food!
  23. Wait until you feast your eyes on this feast!
  24. No shocking, Pachirisu.
  25. Stop it right now! No need to worry, don't be afraid.
  26. There, nice and clean.
  27. That did feel nice. Although it was a little chilly, and perhaps if you'd been the tiniest bit gentler. 
  28. It's telepathy.
  29. Where are you from?
  30. From over there.
  31. We should go to the Pokemon Center!
  32. It's a Shaymin, the gratitude Pokemon. 
  33. My name's Brock, the gratitude person! I'm grateful to have meet you, Nurse Joy! Now will you go out with me?
  34. Of course, we could always be just friends. Still more grateful!
  35. Oh please, I never need healing. But I do get hungry.
  36. That sure doesn't sound like gratitude to me. 
  37. Try this, it's called a Poffin. I made it myself!
  38. Shaymin, you're really something, aren't you?
  39. I am, aren't I?
  40. There was a Shaymin who used Seed Flare and when it inhaled toxic air, it destroyed an entire forest. 
  41. I would say you owe me a big thank you!
  42. Shaymin has a custom. Once every season a group of them gather together in a garden and migrate. Then a brand new garden grows wherever they decide to stop. And that's where the name Flower Bearing comes from. 
  43. I am going to fly off from the Flower Garden!
  44. Wow, you can fly?
  45. Don't tell me you can't!
  46. Giving a gratitudinous gift of Shaymin to the Boss would certainly gift back to us in spades!
  47. Wealth beyond our wildest dreams!
  48. We will be bursting at the money scene!
  49. So it's Operation: Swipe Shaymin. 
  50. I feel like I don't weigh anything!
  51. I don't like this place. 
  52. Please get me out of here now!
  53. It's going to eat me!
  54. You can't upset Giratina!
  55. Newton Graceland is the name. I am in the process of researching the Reverse World. And just so you know, among those in my field, I am considered a genius, if I do say so myself.
  56. That's no way to treat someone who saved your lives.
  57. Excellent question. Allow me to explain.
  58. We are now in the middle of an alternate world, the location of which is exactly opposite the world of reality!
  59. The force of gravity gets weaker and stronger here, depending on where you happen to be, which means here we have a distorted world!
  60. Even though these two worlds exist side by side with each other, they do not intersect at all. 
  61. However, Giratina and only Giratina, has the power to travel between these two worlds. Moreover, Giratina is the only Pokemon that exists in this world. Which is to say Giratina is the master of the Reverse World, as it were.
  62. There is not a moment to lose. Come on, be lively!
  63. This place looks like a circus fun house.
  64. But we are not having fun and we are all alone.
  65. This is ridiculous even for us.
  66. I become obsessed with the Reverse World and started researching it exhaustively. The next thing I knew, five years had gone by!
  67. He seems impressive.
  68. He's a weirdo.
  69. When there are imbalances in the real world, this world then corrects them to maintain the balance between time and space. Whenever this occurs, a black cloud appears.
  70. It's poisonous. One quick breath and you're done for.
  71. You see, once time and space, the two dimensions that never should have met collided and unraveled each other... Dialga and Palkia both thought that their territories had been violated. So they began fighting fiercely. 
  72. As a result, both time and space were bent violently. And the sum total of the Reverse World started overflowing with all of this toxicity. 
  73. Giratina was absolutely furious with Dialga and Palkia for defiling its home, so it made its way to the real world and proceeded to capture Dialga!
  74. Giratina can no longer go into the real world because of Dialga!
  75. Let the punishment fit the crime.
  76. If something get destroyed here, it has a big influence on the real world.
  77. Any changes to these bubbles are reflected in the real world.
  78. Gravity gets strange again, starting right here but it can be kind of fun!
  79. Substitute! 
  80. I've got to say, I'm thoroughly impressed.
  81. Sorry but flattery will get you nowhere!
  82. Giratina can see into the real world so watch your step and also beware of mirrors!
  83. Leave this weightless stuff to the astronauts!
  84. Becareful, I await your return.
  85. I wish I could've seen that.
  86. You must want to eat me too.
  87. I don't think that's what he wants.
  88. Can you smooth out this bumpy ride?
  89. Dawn, you're wonderful. Way nicer than Ash.
  90. What a lucky guy, that's why you have a beautiful wife!
  91. If you can't beat them, join them.
  92. Around these parts if you really want to show someone your gratitude, you send them a bouquet of Gracidea Flowers since they look like  Shaymin, the gratitude Pokemon.
  93. You're grateful, right?
  94. You better be careful with that one, it might blow up any moment!
  95. I don't do that to nice people.
  96. It's my great grandmother's 100th birthday. She took such good care of me when I was a little girl, so I figured I would give her a bouquet of Gracidea Flowers to show my gratitude.
  97. Shaymin changes into Sky Forme when it comes in contact with Gracidea pollen. 
  98. The Shaymin gather at a Gracidea Garden where they change into Sky Forme and fly off. 
  99. I have to go right away, my friends are all there. If I don't make it before the flowers bloom, I'll be left behind!
  100. I love when things turn out right!
  101. No need to worry.
  102. Brock, is this a part of the sea?
  103. The fact is, a glacier wore away the mountain here and created this valley a long time ago. 
  104. Ice has been covering and wearing away at this mountain for tens of thousands of years. And there is a glacier located deep in the Flower Garden we're heading to as well.
  105. As you can see, we have finally succeeded in entering the Reverse World. Only Giratina can move freely in and out of this world! 
  106. Then lets grab that power ourselves!
  107. I am not so good at night.
  108. Why can't you run any faster!
  109. Why are you always on me when we are running?
  110. So we'll be eaten together, that's why!
  111. Giratina's out there. We can't just waltz out of here.
  112. You will all abandon me. I know it!
  113. So where is all that confidence you had back in Sky Forme?
  114. I left it back in the sky.
  115. Home sweet home, I am finally back. Such a beautiful, quiet and unspoiled world, where no one can bother me at last!
  116. Give me food.
  117. You have no claim to this world.
  118. This place is beautiful but people destroy it, defile and pollute it!
  119. Realize your dream and go to the real world!
  120. Giratina only wanted to get you to use Seed Flare so it could come forth into this world.
  121. It probably has to do with the gravity change.
  122. We can't use Giratina as a sacrifice just for the sake of our research.
  123. I am deleting all my blueprints.
  124. This whole thing is my fault, I have to make sure Giratina is safe!
  125. Soon the Reserve World is mine and I'll rule like a king!
  126. I invite you to sit and watch as the execution of my beautiful plan is made real. 
  127. I guess he forgot, this thing is my design!
  128. The system has just been hacked.
  129. They would know what was at stake and how important the Reverse World.
  130. The Real and Reverse Worlds support each other!
  131. A simple thank you will suffice.
  132. If anything is destroying this place, it's the real world.
  133. Every single one of my glorious plans, they are ruined.
  134. All of you, I will never be able to thank you enough. But I'll try. Thank you. Here is where I say goodbye. 
  135. It's the Sky Bouquet. Make a pretty garden, everybody!

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