Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume Four

Pokemon Adventures Volume 4 is 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. Pokemon Adventures is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Pokemon Adventures Volume 4
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: December 1, 2009

Two years have passed since the events at the end of Pokemon Adventures Volume 3. Red receives a challenge for a battle, which he accepts and leaves Pallet Town to do so. A month passes, and Red does not return home; also, no one has heard from during that time. However, Red’s Pikachu (named Pika) suddenly arrives at Professor Oak’s lab, and Pika looks rather battered. Shortly after Pika’s appearance, a mysterious boy in a big straw hat also appears; he’s been following Pikachu. It turns out the boy’s name is Yellow, and he’s trying to look for Red. This manga volume follows Yellow and Pika’s adventures as they go on their journey to locate Red.

My kids and I both noticed that in the information section included at the front of this volume, some of the characters are mislabeled. Brock is labeled as Lt. Surge, Misty is labeled as Koga, Erika is labeled as Sabrina, and Blaine is labeled as Giovanni. It would have been nice if the editor of this volume had caught this mistake before this manga volume went to press. Outside of that, however, everything else seems to be correct.

Visually, the art style is in this manga volume continues in the exact same manner as the previous three volumes. There are plenty of Pokemon battles that take place in the story, so there are more of the “busy” panels with a lot going on in them. I have to say that I really like the art style for Yellow, because it really fits with his kind and caring personality. However, I really don’t like the design for Bruno, because he looks too much like Brock. When I first saw him, I assumed he was Brock until another character referenced him by name. Since I haven’t read further in the series, I don’t know if there is any kind of significance to the physical similarities between Brock and Bruno. I guess I’ll have to read on and see.

I would recommend reading this volume of Pokemon Adventures if you have read and appreciated the previous three volumes in the series.

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

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