Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume Nine

Pokemon Adventures Volume 9 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 volume 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 9
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 5, 2010

This volume opens with Gold encountering a mysterious masked opponent, and the two of them have a battle. Gold also has a run-in a Pokémon that paints on his face while he’s asleep; this encounter ends with a chase that leads to DJ Mary, a competition with the Goldenrod Gym Leader, and an encounter with a Sudowoodo. An egg that Gold has been carrying around with him for Professor Elm also hatches in this volume. When Gold takes the hatched egg to a Pokémon day care, this leads to training, a mission to rescue a young girl after an earthquake, and a run-in with Silver. After encountering Silver, we start to learn a little more about what Silver is doing and get a hint into Silver’s past. We also see some appearances from Yellow, Red, and Blue in this volume as well. At the end of the volume, Red is on his way to Mt. Silver, and Yellow is on her way to the Johto region.

The art style is consistent with the previous eight volumes of Pokemon Adventures. For the Pokemon battles that appear in this volume, Mato starts combining the elements of “sound effects” and “busy” panels to illustrate the action that is taking place. There was one character who appeared in here that really didn’t have a good design; this character is a producer for DJ Mary’s radio show. I really didn’t care for how Mato drew the producer’s moustache; to me, it looks more like a scribble than an actual moustache. It almost looks like the Pokemon that Gold chased for drawing on him had drawn a fake moustache on the producer. However, I can say this issue isn’t due to Mato not being able to draw a moustache; later in the volume, one of the people at the Pokemon day care has an actual moustache.

By the end of this volume, there has been some character development done for Silver; this has helped to increase my interest in this particular character. However, I’m still not terribly interested in Gold, who is supposed to be the main protagonist in this arc. Bringing some of the characters back from the earlier arcs does help to make this particular volume a little more interesting. This arc isn’t necessarily bad, but at this point, I don’t think it’s quite as strong as the earlier arcs in the story. However, if you’ve read this far through Pokemon Adventures and have enjoyed it, I would recommend reading this volume as well.

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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