Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume Five

Pokemon Adventures Volume 5 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 2010. Pokemon Adventures is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Pokemon Adventures Volume 5
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 2, 2010

This volume starts out with Yellow doing some training with Blue; in the process, Yellow acquires a Caterpie, and his Rattata evolves into Raticate. After learning what he can, Yellow tries to go to Vermillion City; however, the boat he’s traveling on is sabotaged by Team Rocket. Yellow learns about the evolutionary stones at the bottom of Vermillion Harbor and tries to locate them. He also has a run-in with Lance, a member of the Elite Four. Green and Bill make an appearance in their own subplot, and some clues start coming to light that could explain what happened to Red. The volume ends with several characters making their way to an island for a final showdown with the Elite Four.

I was glad to see that the issues with mislabeled characters in the information at the front of Volume Four was corrected in this volume. At the end of this volume, there are also several information pages concerning the members of the Elite Four, as well as updated information for Yellow. I found these pages to be rather informative. I also appreciated that Bill’s annoying dialect in his dialogue was scaled back considerably in this volume.

Visually, the art style is in this manga volume continues in the exact same manner as the previous four volumes. While there are Pokemon battles in this volume, I noticed that the amount of “busy” looking panels actually decreased in this volume. The only new character introduced in this volume is Lance. In some respect, Lance’s hair has a little bit of a similarity to Yugi Moto from Yu-Gi-Oh! However, I do have to give credit for how Mato utilizes the characters’ facial expressions to help convey what’s going on in the story.

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

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

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