Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Five

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

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Five 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 2012. 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 5
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 5, 2012

At the beginning of Volume Five, the truth about Dia and Pearl is revealed. Lady is shocked, and then becomes angry with Dia and Pearl with not telling her the truth. After some thought and contemplation, Platinum realizes that she hadn’t been entirely honest with Dia and Pearl during their travels together, and is willing to forgive them. During her apology, Lady’s real name is finally revealed: Platinum. I nearly groaned when I saw that, and the thought running through my heads was, “I really should have seen that coming.”

After the three main characters patch things up, they learn of Team Galactic’s plan to use the Galactic Bomb to capture the three Legendary Pokemon of the Sinnoh region: Mesprit, Uxie and Azelf. Since there are three Pokemon, they decide to go their separate ways to help the Pokemon, since they know that they don’t have a lot of time until the bomb is detonated.

However, before Dia goes to help his designated Pokemon, he is sent to get some training in order to improve his team of Pokemon. Near the end of the volume, Pearl has his own adventure while he’s on his way to his designated Pokemon. By the end of this volume, none of the three have reached their assigned locations; this guarantees that there’s at least one more volume of this series, if not more, to go.

Unlike the previous four volumes of this series, Volume Five doesn’t utilize Dia and Pearl’s lame comedy routines at all. Considering the tone the series is much more serious in this volume, and the fact that the three main characters go their own separate ways, this really isn’t terribly surprising. But it was a nice change of pace not having to read those attempts at stand up comedy. Hopefully this trend will continue in future volumes of the series.

When it comes to the art, there were three panels in this volume that really stood out to me. After Dia, Pearl, and Platinum have gone their separate ways, they each have an emotional panel when they realize that they’ve become so accustomed to being together and that they miss being with the others. For all of these panels, there is a close-up of each character’s face, and it shows their emotional response to this realization.

Overall, I’ve been impressed with how Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum has evolved, especially in Volumes Four and Five. I’m glad that I didn’t write this series off after reading Volume One and that I gave subsequent volumes a chance.

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

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Five that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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