Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume Six

Pokemon Adventures Volume 6 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 6
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 6, 2010

This volume sees an unlikely alliance between our heroes (Blue, Yellow, Green, Bill, and Blaine) and Team Rocket commanders/gym leaders Sabrina, Koga, and Lt. Surge. They are broken up into four pairs to find the members of the Elite Four: Yellow and Blaine, Koga and Blue, Green and Sabrina, and Lt. Surge and Bill. Blue and Koga battle with Agatha, Green and Sabrina battle with Lorelei, and Lt. Surge and Bill battle with Bruno. In addition, we see a Bruno have a flashback about his battle with Red, and two important surprises are revealed near the end of the volume. As you read this volume of the manga, it becomes readily apparent that this storyline is wrapping up. I have a feeling that this story will wrap up in Volume 7 or in Volume 8.

My son pointed out a mistake on the introduction pages at the beginning of the manga volume that provides information on the characters and what has gone on previously in the series. He pointed out that the Pokemon named Ratty is labeled as being a Rattata, but this Pokemon evolved into a Raticate in an earlier volume of the series.

The art style in this volume is no different than the art style in the previous five volumes of the series. Even though there’s a lot of battles going on in this volume, the use of “busy” panels with lots of lines to indicate battles isn’t being utilized as much. Instead, the panels are utilizing more “sound effects.” I appreciate this change, because in the early volumes of Pokemon Adventures, the style of the “busy” panels nearly made me dizzy while reading, especially with the amount being used for pages on end. Using the “sound effects” instead is a lot easier on the eyes, and it also makes the manga itself a little easier to follow. Hopefully, Mato will continue using this style for the Pokemon battles in future volumes of Pokemon Adventures.

I would recommend reading this volume of Pokemon Adventures if you have read and appreciated the previous five 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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