Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Three

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

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Three 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 3
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 4, 2011

This volume opens with Lady, Diamond, and Pearl arriving at Veilstone City. Lady becomes addicted to the games at a casino. They also have a run-in with the Veilstone City Gym Leader, which causes Lady to end up battling with her. Dia and Pearl run into Paka and Uji, the two men who were supposed to be Lady’s bodyguards, and the four have to team together to fight against Team Galactic. During this battle, Dia and Pearl learn a shocking revelation; this revelation changes the boys’ perception of their situation going forward. The trio also encounters a boy who collects Pokemon footprints, which leads them to an adventure at Lake Valor. The volume ends with our three leads trying to capture wild Pokemon at the Great Marsh.

Once again, this volume relies heavily on Dia and Pearl’s lame comedy routines. However, I didn’t find myself to be quite so annoyed by this device. I think I’ve resigned myself to the fact that this element of the series won’t be going away any time soon, so I’ve come to accept it better than I did in the previous two volumes of the series. This volume also finally sees the characters of Dia and Pearl developing more of a personality than the one-dimensional characters that were seen in the previous volumes. The one major weak point of this volume, in my opinion, is the guy who collects Pokemon footprints. I know that it’s because of him that the lead characters end up at a major plot point, but I wish there had been another way to reach that point of the story.

Overall, Yamamoto’s art has remained rather consistent between the three volumes of the series. However, I do have to give a “dishonorable mention” to the design of the character that collects Pokemon footprints. This character does not have anything resembling normal eyes; honestly, this guy’s design kind of freaks me out. There’s also a bit more in the way of Pokemon battles in this volume, so there are more “busy” panels than there were in the previous two volumes of the series.

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 Three through the King County Library System.

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