Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman
Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior is the 11th film in the Pokemon franchise, and was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama. The film was released to Japanese theaters on July 19, 2008. The film made its premiere in the United States with an airing on Cartoon Network on February 13, 2009. This was followed by a DVD release on March 31, 2009. Giratina and the Sky Warrior is the first Pokemon film to be distributed by Universal in the United States.
At the beginning of the film, the Legendary Pokemon Shaymin is caught in a battle between Dialga and Giratina; Giratina had sensed Dialga's presence while in the Reverse World, and entered the real world to try and capture Dialga. During the fight, all three of the Legendary Pokemon are catapulted into the Reverse World. A man named Zero watches what unfolds. During the battle, Shaymin absorbs a dark gas and uses its "Seed Flare" ability to tear a hole in the Reverse World. Shaymin escapes, as does Dialga. However, before Dialga escapes, it fires a laser at Giratina. Giratina ends up in a time loop and is trapped in the Reverse World. Shaymin, meanwhile, falls into a river when it returns to the real world.
Ash, Brock, Dawn, and their Pokemon have lunch in a small seaside town. They are interrupted by the arrival of Shaymin, who is very dirty after its travel. They discover that Shaymin is sick, and they take the Pokemon to the Pokemon Center. After Shaymin recovers, it uses its telepathic abilities to talk to Ash and his friends. Shaymin tells the group it needs to get to a flower field and rejoin its friends. Before they can get very far, Team Rocket captures Shaymin. As they try to rescue Shaymin, a portal to the Reverse World opens, which sucks in Team Rocket, Shaymin, Ash, Dawn, and some of their Pokemon. Brock is left behind.
In the Reverse World, Ash and Dawn are reunited with Shaymin. They also meet Newton Graceland, a scientist studying the Reverse World. Newton explains a little bit about the Reverse World, and he helps Ash and his friends return to the real world. The rest of the film follows the adventures of Ash and his friends as they try to get Shaymin back to its friends in time.
Like The Rise of Darkrai, Giratina and the Sky Warrior was released as a single disc. On the disc, you can watch the film, use the setup menu to choose whether you want to have English subtitles as well as which English audio option you want, and you can choose where in the film you want to start watching. When it comes to the subtitles, this disc includes a way to turn them off in the menu if your player decides to default to showing the English subtitles.
Another similarity this release shares with The Rise of Darkrai is the fact that there are no special features included on the disc. The cost of this DVD has been priced to run the same amount as a DVD release that includes bonus features. Personally, I would recommend buying a copy of Giratina and the Sky Warrior if you can find it somewhere that's selling it for under $15.
In order to write this review, I checked out a copy of this DVD through the King County Library System.