Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Nine

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Nine 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 9
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 1, 2013

Volume Nine is split into two sections. The first four chapters complete the “Diamond and Pearl” section of the story, while the remaining six chapters follow the “Platinum” section of the story.

In the first four chapters, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum must somehow find a way to stop Cyrus’ plan, which includes trying to battle Dialga and Palkia. The time-space distortion spreads and starts causing some funky things to happen. Not only thay\t, when Cyrus makes his appearace he looks so freaky and he seems to have completely lost his mind.

This volume also makes a tie back in with the main Pokemon Adventures manga series through the character of Sird. It turns out that she joined Team Rocket as a spy so she could try to capture Deoxys. A couple of other characters are also seen in passing in this portion of the volume, and they become more important characters in the “Platinum” portion of the story.

After Diamond, Pearl and Platinum are able to bring Cyrus’ plan to an end, Platinum realizes she’s at the peak of Mt. Coronet and can get the blossom bearing her family crest. She also decides that she wants to locate the two bodyguards who were supposed to be guarding her and to investigate the Distortion World.

Right at the end of the first section of the volume, we see Volkner at the Battle Zone.

The “Platinum” section of the volume sees Platinum parting ways with Diamond and Pearl in order to conduct her investigation. Platinum teams up with Looker from the International police; he’s one of the characters we had seen in passing earlier in the manga. I have to say that I’m personally not too fond of Looker, because he appears to be rather idiotic for someone who’s supposed to be a police officer. They have teamed up together in order to learn about the Distortion World and what people may know about Team Galactic.

This portion of the story takes place at the Battle Zone, and Platinum has to battle in the various areas in the Battle Frontier in order to talk with the various Frontier Brains.

I can definitely say that the “Platinum” portion of the series has a different feel than the “Diamond and Pearl” portion of the story. With both Diamond and Pearl being written out of the story, Platinum is on her own. Yes, Looker is there, but there’s a difference; while I think Looker is the type of character he is in order to replace both Diamond and Pearl, he brings a different kind of interaction for Platinum. Overall, Platinum has become more sure of herself as a Pokemon trainer; however, her main issue now is trying to manage the Castle Points she earns as she wins battles, because she’s not use to having to manager her money. But Platinum seems to have some brains about her, so I have a feeling that over the course of the story, she will become better at managing her Castle Points.

And while I’m glad to finally see the resolution to the main storyline in the “Diamond and Pearl” portion of the story, I thought that what happens during those last few chapters felt rather trippy. Oh well. At least that portion of the story was finally resolved, even if it did seem to be kind of strange. The one positive thing I can say for these first four chapters is that Yamamoto did have some very impressive close-up panels of some of the characters. The most notable close-ups are one of Dia on page 30, Sird on page 35, Dia on page 71, and Dia and Pearl on page 81. These particular close-ups really stand out from the other panels on their respective pages and makes the reader pay attention to them.

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

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

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