Manga Review: “Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum” Volume Seven

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

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Seven 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 2013. Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 7
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 5, 2013

In Volume Seven, Team Galactic finally launches its plan to bomb the three lakes in the Sinnoh region where three Legendary Pokemon reside. Dia goes to Lake Verity, Platinum (aka Lady) goes to Lake Acuity with Candice and Maylene, and Pearl goes to Lake Valor with Rad Rickshaw.

As one would expect, all three of our main protagonists have run-ins with members of Team Galactic when they reach the lakes. Unfortunately, Team Galactic end up succeeding in what they were trying to accomplish. This causes Dia to end up aboard a Team Galactic ship without being detected, Pearl training with the gym leader Crusher Wake, and the introduction of the Sunyshore gym leader.

The gym leader at Sunyshore Gym bears a bit of a physical resemblance to Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage in Naruto. For this character’s appearance during the last chapter of this volume, I had to remind myself that I was reading a Pokemon manga so I wouldn’t think of him as Minato.

When I finished Volume Six, I knew that Team Galactic’s plan would have to be launched during Volume Seven, but I also thought there was a chance that this manga series could have also potentially ended. However, there is still at least one more volume to go. With the way the story was developed, it ended up needing at least one more volume to get through the story. After doing some quick research, I discovered there’s actually still two more volumes left in Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum. Hopefully, the story will actually need both volumes and not be stretched out unnecessarily, because by the end of Volume Seven, it’s obvious that the story is starting to wind down.

When it comes to the art, one thing that really stands out are the three Team Galactic members that Dia, Pearl, and Platinum encounter at the three lakes. These Team Galactic members really seem to have a bit of a distinctive feel to them when compared to the other characters in the series. I’m not entirely sure how to describe it, but they seem to have a bit more definition in their faces.

When it comes to Volume Seven, I think one of its strongest points is the character development that Pearl receives near the end of the volume. He’s really come a long way from the kid in the early volumes who spent time spouting lame jokes, and is starting to become a strong Pokemon trainer in his own right.

Overall, I thought that Volume Seven was a good read. I’m hoping that Volume Eight will be just as enjoyable as Volume Seven was.

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 Seven that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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