Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume Seven

Pokemon Adventures Volume 7 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 7
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 1, 2010

This volume features the climax of this story arc, which tends to be referred to as the “Yellow” arc. Over the course of this volume, the battles with Lorelei, Bruno, and Agatha are resolved. After these battles are over, there’s still Lance, the final member of the Elite Four, who needs to be defeated. In this volume, we also learn how Green met Yellow, and how this whole arc began in the first place. During the final battle with Lance, Yellow ends up with help from an unexpected person. We also see a mysterious Pokemon that is revealed during the final battle. At the end of the volume, there is the setup for the next arc of the series. Through Green, we are introduced to a new character named Silver, who will end up being one of the main characters in the next arc of Pokemon Adventures.

My son pointed out that the error that was on one of the introductory pages of this volume was not corrected for the introductory pages of this manga volume. Since the next volume begins a new story arc, this error should not appear again. As for the story itself, I was rather satisfied with how this arc ended. While some issues were resolved, there are still some issues that are left open-ended, which provides potential material for the stories that appear in the next arc of the series.

The art style is what I’ve come to expect from reading the previous volumes of the Pokemon Adventures manga. However, since there’s the major battle with Lance near the end of the volume, there are more of the “busy” panels; this is mixed with the sound effect-laden panels that started appearing a little more regularly in the previous volume of the manga. Since the final battle has less dialogue than usual, this section of the book is actually a rather quick read.

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