Hey everyone! I was talking to another member about the Pokemon Adventures manga and they recommended that I share it with everyone since there’s probably a number of you who’d be interested. I wanted to take some time to just give a little information about what it is, where you can buy it and a little bit about the story and some tidbits I enjoyed.
What It Is
Pokemon Adventures is a manga series that loosely follows the story of the video games and involves lots of different characters (familiar and unfamiliar) and you guessed it, Pokemon . I believe it started in the late 90s and is still continuing today with Sword and Shield. I have the first 14 volumes condensed into two 7 volumes sets that each contain the story for Red/Blue/Yellow and Gold/Silver/Crystal.
Each generation has a 7 (or more) volume box set that coincides with their specific games. The remakes like FireRed/LeafGreen, HeartGold/SoulSilver as well as the special releases like Emerald, Platinum and Black2/White2 also have manga counterparts that are shorter than the main series counterparts. For example, here’s the box set for Firered/Leafgreen and Emerald.
The way that the volumes are numbered is a little confusing. Usually manga starts off at volume 1 and continue up to whatever number the series ends. With Pokemon Adventures it starts with volumes 1-29 which covers Gens 1-3 but every series onwards will start back over at volume 1 when we get into a different game title. For example, Diamond/Pearl/Platinum are numbered 1-11 but HeartGold/Soulsilver are numbered 1-3 instead of 12-14 even though they’re technically still in the same generation.
Where You Can Buy It
I know you can find the box sets for Red/Blue/Yellow, Gold/Silver/Crystal, Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald and Diamond/Pearl/Platinum online for around $40-$55 each. I think the other box sets are out of print so they’re harder to find at a low price. I think you can get the individual volumes on eBay for around $10.
There are also these 3-in-1 Collector’s Editions that have come out recently and are planned to release up to the end of gen 3 (total of 10 volumes covering Gens 1-3) and are about $15 a piece. These are going to be the best bang for your buck in my opinion. I found this picture from a reddit post, I don’t own this. Often when a series is reprinted for a 3 in 1 volume format the paper quality will be comparable to the toilet paper you find in a public bathroom. I flipped through one of these at a Barnes and Noble the other day and the quality seems to be closer to Charmin Ultra, so pretty good. These are also a little bit taller than your standard manga volumes as you can see in the second panel.
Honestly I would have preferred getting these to the box sets I currently have because it’s actually quite difficult to get the volumes in and out of the box without possibly damaging anything. I don’t think you could go wrong with either release though.
Alternatively, if you like to read digitally, I believe it’s available through the VIZ app but it’ll be substantially more expensive. I’m sure you can also find it online for free, probably.
Little Bit About the Story and Tidbits I Enjoyed
I really don’t think the story is worth talking about in great detail, I think an important thing to keep in mind is that it doesn’t follow the same exact story as the games or the anime. The first three volumes start off with a very similar story to the games but it ends up being very different and continues to be different through the Gold/Silver/Crystal portion of the story where I’m currently at.
Another thing to keep in mind is that this story is definitely written for kids. I think if I owned these as a child they would have been my most prized possession and I know I would have read through it countless times. However, as an adult I think re-reading it once in a great while will suffice as I know I won’t enjoy it more on subsequent reads. However, I do think it is worth reading for the artwork just by itself. If you’re someone that grew up during this era of Pokemon you’ll find something you enjoy from it and I really had a great time reading through it.
Below I’ll showcase some random things I found amusing throughout my readthrough. There’s going to be a lot of pictures so I’m going to reply to this with a list of imgur links and titles to what they are. I tried putting them in this post but it got cut off for some reason.