Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume 11

Article first published as Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume 11 by Hidenori Kusaka on Blogcritics.

Pokemon Adventures Volume 11 is a manga based on the Pokemon video games. The manga was written by Hidenori Kusaka, and the art was done by Satoshi Yamamoto. Viz Media released this manga in North America through its VizKids imprint in 2011. This series is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Pokemon Adventures Volume 11
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 1, 2011

Volume 11 is part of the “Gold & Silver” arc for Pokemon Adventures. This volume continues with the capture specialist Crystal, along with Eusine, trying to capture the Legendary Pokemon Suicune at the top of Tin Tower. Unfortunately, Suicune gets away and continues to battle with the various gym leaders. The Legendary Pokemon Raikou and Entei also make an appearance in this volume. As Crystal goes through some additional training and continues on her journey, she encounters a character who appeared in the manga series’ first arc. Another character from the first arc also makes an appearance. The volume ends with a clue as to the whereabouts of the characters of Silver and Gold, who had basically disappeared for two volumes.

This is the second Pokemon Adventures manga that Yamamoto has illustrated. While I give Yamamoto credit for having a better drawing style than Mato (the former illustrator of the series), the designs and illustrations are still a bit on the simplistic side. While the characters who overlap from the anime series look closer to their anime counterparts in Yamamoto’s drawings, they still have a bit of a distinctive look to them.

As for the storytelling, this volume presents some backstory for Crystal; specifically, it gives the reader an explanation as to why she kicks her Pokeballs instead of throwing them to catch Pokemon. It was also nice to finally see the characters of Silver and Gold again, especially since this arc for the manga is named after them. By the end of this volume, it feels like Silver and Gold’s storyline is getting closer to intersecting with Crystal’s; I also have the feeling that this arc may be getting closer to reaching its climax.

I have to say that while it was nice to see several characters from earlier arcs making another appearance in the series, we still haven’t seen what happened to Red since he headed out to Mt. Silver back in Volume Nine. To me, it almost feels as if Kusaka has forgotten that he has that plot thread hanging out there. Hopefully we will finally see a purpose to Red’s journey in the next volume of the series.

If you’re a fan of the Pokemon video games, you’ll probably find some enjoyment in the Pokemon Adventures manga series, since you will recognize the characters, locations, and some of the story from the games. However, if you’re more familiar with the anime series, then you may potentially find Pokemon Adventures to be a little jarring, since there’s a bit of a difference between the anime and the manga.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Adventures Volume 11 that my son checked out through the King County Library System.

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