Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume 14

Article first published as Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume 14 by Hidenori Kusaka on Blogcritics.

Pokemon Adventures Volume 14 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 14
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 2, 2011

Volume 14 concludes the “Gold & Silver” arc of Pokemon Adventures. Not only is this the final volume of this arc, but it is also the longest volume by coming in at 263 pages. This volume finally reveals who the Masked Man is and why he had kidnapped children several years prior to the start of the series. The truth of what really happened with the Legendary Pokemon Suicune, Raikou and Entei at the Burned Tower is also addressed. There are also some revelations made in this volume in regards to some of the characters and their relationships.

The biggest thing that stood out to me is how effectively Kusaka was able to bring together the original Pokemon Adventures arc and the “Gold & Silver” arc in such a way that is not only effective, but it makes sense when you look at the overall series. I have to admit that when I started reading the “Gold & Silver” arc, it felt as if it was something completely unrelated to the original Pokemon Adventures arc. So it was very rewarding to me as a reader to see all of the elements come together to tell an effective story. This volume was a satisfying ending for the Pokemon Adventures manga series.

One other thing that really stood out to me in this volume is how much the character of Bill had changed from the earlier volumes in Pokemon Adventures. In some of the earlier volumes, this character who is supposed to be a technological genius was being depicted with a dialect that made him sound like a country bumpkin; to me, this never really fit the character. It was gratifying to see him in a portrayal that actually fits his character; in fact, Bill has one of the most thought-provoking lines of dialogue that appears in this volume.

When it came to the art, one thing that really stood out to me was the character of Green. It was obvious as I read this volume that Yamamoto went to a lot of effort and to a lot of care when drawing this particular character. There is one panel in particular on page 104 where the drawing of Green is very effective. In this particular panel, I really appreciated how Yamamoto captured the look of determination on Green’s face as she faced a Pokemon that she used to fear.

Since this entire volume focuses on the final battle in the series, it’s really no surprise at how many “busy” panels there are for the battles. There’s a good mix of action and exposition dialogue in order to reveal all the remaining information to tie up the loose ends in the series.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the Pokemon Adventures manga series up to this point, you won’t be disappointed by how the story concludes.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Adventures Volume 14 that my older daughter checked out through the King County Library System.

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