Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Two

Article first published as Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Two by Hidenori Kusaka on Blogcritics.

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Two is a manga based on the Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl 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. Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 2
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 7, 2011

The female lead of the series looks a lot like Dawn from the Pokemon anime series, but here, she is simply known as “Lady Berlitz.” Pearl looks like Barry from the anime series, and he has a sidekick named Diamond (who goes by Dia for short). Lady is headed to Mt. Coronet to acquire the substances she needs to make an emblem of her family crest. Diamond and Pearl, meanwhile, entered a Comedy Grand Prix; they win a special merit prize. However, their prize ends up being mixed up with the instructions for Lady’s bodyguards. Lady believes Pearl and Dia are her bodyguards, while the boys think that Lady is their travel guide.

In this volume, the trio meets Cynthia, which is followed by Lady’s gym battle with Gardenia, the leader of the Eterna City gym. Later in the volume, Lady competes as part of the Pokemon Super Contest in Hearthome City. The trio also has an adventure with Fantina at the Lost Tower. The final story in the volume deals with the Pokemon known as Unown. There is also a subplot dealing with the two men who are supposed to be Lady’s bodyguards and Team Galactic.

So far, both volumes of this series I have read rely too heavily on Dia and Pearl doing lame comedy routines together. It’s become an overused device, and I find it to be rather annoying. The character of Lady seems to have evolved somewhat from the first volume of this series; she seems to have become a little less stuck and snobby in this volume. Unfortunately, Dia and Pearl are both just as shallow of characters as they were in the first volume.

When it comes to the art, I have to say that it definitely looks better than the art in the main Pokemon Adventures manga series. While Yamamoto’s artwork has improved the look of the main Pokemon Adventures series, it’s still a bit lacking in detail than his art in Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum.

If you enjoy the Pokemon franchise, then you might find enjoyment in Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum.

I wrote this review after my older daughter checked out a copy of Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Two through the King County Library System.

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