Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume Two

Pokemon Adventures Volume 2 picks up from where the first volume of Pokemon Adventures leaves off. This volume of the manga had the story written by Hidenori Kusaka and the art was done by Mato. Vizkids, an imprint of Viz Media, holds the North American rights to distribute the manga in the United States. This English adaptation, which is presented as an “unflipped” release, was done by Gerard Jones, with a translation done by Kaori Inoue. This edition of the manga was published in 2009. Pokémon Adventures is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Pokemon Adventures Volume 2
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 4, 2009

This volume introduces a female character named Green, a character who appears in the video games, but does not have an anime series counterpart. Green is a con artist and a thief, and her first appearance is when she cons Red out of money for worthless Pokémon items. As the story in this volume of the manga progresses, Red ends up entangled in Green’s scheme to find the legendary Pokemon, Mew. We also see the leader of Team Rocket and are able to identify who he is; however, Red encounters him but has no clue as to his identity. A character who is first introduced in volume one, but who has a bigger role in volume two is Bill; he’s a Pokémon researcher who invented the Pokemon transport system. To be honest, I found the character of Bill and his dialect to be rather annoying. I really wish he won’t show up in future volumes, but I have a feeling that he will. Near the end of volume two, a female member of Team Rocket appears. To me, she comes across as a more competent version of Jessie from the anime series.

At this point in the manga, the storyline in the series has completely veered away from what was seen in the Pokemon anime series and films. However, the manga’s storyline is progressing in a way that makes sense for the Pokemon world that is established in this series. The art style continues in the same vein as what was seen in the first volume of the series. In a lot of ways, the “busy” panels I complained about in the review of the first volume of Pokemon Adventures seem to be more prevalent in the second volume of the series.

If you enjoyed the first volume of Pokemon Adventures, then I would recommend moving on to the second volume to see how the storyline progresses. While I may personally prefer the anime series, I believe that the manga does provide a different, yet interesting, take on Pokemon.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of this manga volume that my older daughter checked out through the King County Library System.

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