Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Eight

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

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Eight 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 Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 8
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 4, 2013

Volume Eight begins with the three protagonists, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum heading toward Team Galactic’s headquarters, in the hope of trying to free the three Legendary Pokemon that are trapped there. There’s also a surprise in store for our protagonists when someone they have encountered earlier in the series arrives in order to take on Cyrus, the leader of Team Galactic.

The story then shifts to the peak of Mt. Coronet, where Cyrus and Team Galactic intend to summon the Legendary Pokemon that controls time (Dialga) and the Legendary Pokemon that controls space (Palkia). Cyrus’ plan is to create a vortex that will engulf everything and wipe away everything that is unfinished. It’s up to Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, and their friends and allies to try to stop Cyrus’ plan.

Unfortunately, this storyline isn’t resolved by the end of Volume Eight. When I did some research to write my review of Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Seven, I saw that there’s supposed to be nine volumes for this series. If my research was correct, then this particular storyline, as well as this section of the Pokemon Adventures manga, will soon be coming to an end.

The art style that appears in this volume of Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum is what I have come to expect from this series. Probably the biggest strength to the art that I’ve seen in this series is Yamamoto’s ability to create some visually stunning close-up panels. While there are times that some of the panels that appear in the volumes seem to have drawn in a rush due to limited amounts of detail, Yamamoto is able to make up for this with the detailed close-up panels that grab the reader’s attention.

Volume Eight is a rather climactic volume for the series, and it really ups the ante when it comes to the action, drama, and the consequences of what can happen if Cyrus succeeds with his plan. By the time a reader reaches the end of this volume, they really want to know what will happen next.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous seven volumes of the Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum manga series, then I think you’ll really enjoy reading Volume Eight.

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

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