Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume 10

Pokemon Adventures Volume 10 is written by Hidenori Kusaka and the art was done by Satoshi Yamamoto. 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 10
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: December 7, 2010

This volume opens with Professor Oak looking for another trainer to help him fill up a Pokedex and collect more information on Pokemon. Bill places an ad for Professor Oak, and it is answered by a young woman named Crystal; she goes by Crys for short. It turns out Crys is a Pokemon capture specialist, and Professor Oak gives her the task of acquiring more information for him. Over the course of the volume, Crys encounters and captures several Pokemon. Also, the three Legendary Pokemon who were buried at the Burned Tower in an earlier volume of Pokemon Adventures escape, and Suicune becomes a major issue in the story. Suicune is going around challenging gym leaders to try to find a worthy opponent. As usual, Team Rocket are trying to capture Suicune. Also, Crys encounters a rival named Eusine; they are both trying to track down Suicune.

With a new artist drawing this manga volume, there is a noticeable change in the art style. The character designs are looking much more realistic, especially for characters who had appeared in earlier volumes of the Pokemon Adventures manga series. Professor Oak looks much closer to his anime counterpart than he had previously, and Bill looks a lot lees goofy than he had before. While Yamamoto does utilize some “busy” panels to help illustrate the Pokemon battles, the “busy panels” in this volume are nowhere near as dizzying to the reader when compared to similar panels done by Mato in the earlier volumes of the series.

The introduction of Crys brings a truly strong female character into the Pokemon Adventures series; while Green and Yellow have existed prior to this volume, those characters do not exude the same “strength” that Crys does. Admittedly, I wasn’t as impressed by Eusine, the other major new character introduced in this volume; however, there’s always the chance I could grow to like him better as I read more of the series. I also have to say that, at this point, Crys’ arc has started out to be more interesting than the arc featuring Silver and Gold. It should also be pointed out that neither Silver nor Gold appear anywhere in this volume.

If you’re a fan of Pokemon Adventures and have already read and enjoyed the previous volumes of this series, then you should read 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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