Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume 24

Pokemon Adventures Volume 24 is a manga based on the Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen videogames. This manga volume was originally published in Japan in 2006. However, it wasn’t released in North America until VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint released this volume in 2014. This portion of Pokemon Adventures primarily focuses on Red, Blue, and Green. However, Yellow and Silver also make appearances in Volume 24.

Pokemon Adventures Volume 24
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: September 2, 2014

At the end of Volume 23, Red is hit by Deoxys’ Psycho Boost while he’s battling against this mysterious Pokemon, which ultimately brings about Red’s defeat. Red takes the loss hard, and this usually hot-headed Pokemon trainer becomes unsure of himself and spends some time in this volume contemplating why he’s a Pokemon trainer. This was such an interesting change for Red, and I think this provided a great opportunity for some character growth.

Meanwhile, Green reveals to Red the truth about why Professor Oak took away their Pokedexes, and she also enlists Ultima’s help to practice Hydro Cannon. Red also gets some unexpected help from Mewtwo.

Giovanni gets his hands on Deoxys with the intent on using the Pokemon’s special ability, and then lures Red, Blue and Green to Trainer Tower in order to keep them from disrupting his plan. And Yellow has an unexpected meeting with Silver in Viridian City.

I was actually surprised to see that Green’s reunion with her parents took place in this volume. But at the same time, seeing how the action and revelations have built up over the course of this volume, I expect that this particular arc may be on the shorter side. But I have to say that I do like how the story is progressing, and I especially enjoyed seeing the character development that Red underwent in this volume. I also liked seeing Yellow making a return to the series, because it had been a while since we last saw her.

And I find it interesting how much more Deoxys has been developed here in comparison to the anime. Of course, this is probably due to the fact that this story is based on the videogames rather than on the anime, so the Deoxys that’s presented here will have the attributes and traits of the Dexoys that appears in the videogames.

I expect that Silver will be learning the truth about his family rather quickly in the remaining portion of this arc, and I’m very curious to see how he reacts when he learns about it. I’m also curious to see how this arc will ultimately conclude.

If you’ve read the various volumes of the Pokemon Adventures series and enjoyed them, I expect that you’ll also enjoy reading the story that’s presented in this story arc. And I think that long-time readers of this series will feel rewarded and pleased by some of the revelations and plot points that appear, as well as the characters who reappear in Volume 24.

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