Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 11

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 11 is a manga based on the Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl video games.

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 11
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 3, 2014

Volume 11 opens with Paka and Uji in the Distortion World witnessing Giratina landing on the statue of Dialga and Palkia in Eterna City. They try to escape through the hole that Giratina made, but discover the dimension’s gravity pulls them back. They then find an unconscious Dialga and Palkia, who are trapped in a crystal-like prison. Charon arrives and says he has no intention of saving Paka and Uji.

In Eterna City, Diamond and Pearl discover Giratina. Reg leaps out of Diamond’s backpack to attack Giratina. While Reg is distracted, Charon sends out Heatran to attack Reg. During the battle, Diamond pushes Pearl out of the way of a Shadow Force and falls unconscious. After this happens, Reg leaves the area. Reg later returns with Rotom, which uses its forms to attack Charon. Reg battles with Giratina and injures it. When Giratina escapes into the Distortion World, Charon follows. Diamond’s body also disappears in a flash of light. He later awakens in the Distortion World.

Meanwhile, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter plan to find Cyrus in the Distortion World. At the same time, Thornton fixes the camera machine. Platinum, Palmer, Riley, Mira and Cheryl head out to trace the camera’s aura. Volkner and Flint also head to the Distortion World. The volume reaches its climax as most of the characters assemble in the Distortion World.

Volume 11 is the final volume of the Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum series. Overall, I thought this volume did a good job wrapping up the various loose ends and stories that were presented over the course of the series. Although it’s interesting to note that there is a “postscript” featuring Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, and the old couple running the Pokemon day care in Solaceon Town. This postscript serves as a lead-in for the two volumes of the Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver manga that VIZ Media released back in 2013.

I also found it interesting that near the end, it’s mentioned that Looker is assigned to go to the Unova region to track down an organization called the Seven Sages. It makes me wonder if at some point during the Pokemon Black and White manga series, Looker will make a re-appearance as he’s trying to track down the Seven Sages. I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open for this as I continue reading Pokemon Black and White.

It’s funny to me to realize how much my opinion of this series changed since I started reading it back in 2011. At the time, I found the protagonists to be shallow, and that Diamond and Pearl’s comedy routines came across as lame. Fortunately, I didn’t give up on the series after that volume, and I was rewarded with some good character development, and I came to care about characters who I once thought of as being shallow. Also, the comedy routine bits were cut back on quite a bit as the series continued, so that helped me to better appreciate the story. As I read Volume 11, I found myself not wanting to put the volume down so I could find out what everything was leading up to.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous 10 volumes of the Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum manga series, then I think you’ll really enjoy reading Volume 11 and finding out what everything was leading up to and how the story ultimately comes to an end.

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