Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume 21

Pokemon Adventures Volume 21 is a manga based on the Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire videogames. The manga is written by Hidenori Kusaka, and illustrated by Satoshi Yamamoto. This manga volume was originally released in Japan in 2005; however, it wasn’t released in North America until Viz Media’s Perfect Square imprint released this volume in 2014.

Pokemon Adventures Volume 21
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 4, 2014

This section of the Pokemon Adventures manga is set in the Hoenn region, and features the characters of Ruby and Sapphire. Ruby dreams of being a Pokemon Coordinator and winning all of the Pokemon Contests in the region. He’s the son of the Petalburg City gym leader, Norman; unfortunately, his father doesn’t agree with his son’s dream. Ruby runs away from home in order to pursue his dream and to try to make it come true.

Sapphire is the daughter of Professor Birch, and she wants to battle of the Gym Leaders in the Hoenn region. Ruby and Sapphire become rivals, and Sapphire issues a challenge to Ruby: prove which one of them can achieve their dream first within 80 days. Ruby agrees to the challenge.

The Gym Leaders continue to fight against Team Aqua and Team Magma. Steven, the current Pokemon Champion, arrives to ask Wallace a favor. Steven, along with the Elite Four, are trying to decipher a stone plate that explains how to summon Regirock, Regice and Registeel. It’s believed that summoning these three Pokemon should help end the battle between Kyogre and Groudon.

Ruby and Sapphire, meanwhile, come to. The piece of meteorite that Sapphire found at Mt. Chimney is used to try to seal away the power inside the leaders of Team Aqua and Team Magma. The power seems to affect the leaders, but it also causes an explosion. Steven rescues Sapphire, and she’s finally able to deliver the letter from his father she’s had all this time. The letter ends up being the key to solving the mystery of the stone plate, and Sapphire has the exact Pokemon that are mentioned on the plate. In the midst of the confusion, Sapphire and Ruby disappear.

The two trainers find themselves on Mirage Island with Gym Leaders Tate and Liza, along with Wallace’s teacher, Juan. They spend some time training with Tate, Liza, and Juan until it’s time to return to the battle. Some revelations are made, some backstory is given, and Sapphire makes a confession to Ruby.

There’s a lot that takes place in Volume 21, both in terms of the action of the story and the various information and backstories that are revealed. This volume provides some more backstory for both Sapphire and Ruby, and it was interesting to see how different these two characters were when they were younger children. They both looked so cute when they were younger!

The ending of the volume is a major cliffhanger, and I found myself wondering what exactly Ruby is doing. I have a feeling we’ll get an answer to that question during Volume 22.

With how the story is progressing, it’s gotten to the point that the end of this arc is just about upon us. It’ll be interesting to see how this arc ultimately comes to an end.

If you’ve read the previous six volumes of this story arc and liked what you read, then I think you’ll also enjoy reading Volume 21.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Adventures Volume 21 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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