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Pokemon Adventures Collector's Edition 1: Volume 1 (Pokémon Adventures Collector's Edition)

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Then, Professor Oak sends Gold and Crystal to help rescue Red, Yellow, Blue and Green-who have all been turned to stone! However, what really intrigued me the most were the new aspects the author, Hidenori Kusaka, added to the plot. He included many twists and turns, things that aren’t in the game or anime. The manga took essential elements from the other two series and turned them on their head. I was really surprised…in a good way.

At first, the story has a slice of life vibe to it, where we get to experience Red’s everyday adventures with his team of Pokémon as they travel across Kanto. Some parts of the game are explored in a little more depth, such as the Pokémon Fan Club. I personally loved seeing different Pokémon in action and in various scenarios because, well, I am a dork. Instead of having the child-friendly image, Pokémon Adventures decides to delve into some pretty sensitive themes, such as PTSD and emotional maturity being at the forefront. Honestly, one of my favorite parts of the story was seeing how the characters learned from each other and grew as people as the story went on. Though it glosses over some things (such as how certain characters' past trauma affects them) the thoughts and feelings of the characters are what makes this phenomenal. Everyone grows and you can easily see their growth and maturity, no matter whether they be 14 years old or 58 years old. Professor Birch sends Ruby and Sapphire to help Emerald find the Wish Pokémon Jirachi. But first there are fierce Pokémon battles to fight in the Battle Dome Tournament! Aside from the characters, the manga is also more mature. It's a little weird to call it mature but there are serious world issues they discuss and also the idea of death is not avoided and it mentioned a few times. Yellow is childish but charming. I think that her ability to get in touch with Pokemon is interesting, although, maybe a little contrived in that only she can defeat Lance because Viridian. She's challenged a lot, but her determination keeps her as a palatable protagonist. I especially liked Yellow's interactions with Blaine, as he was a complex character with a conflicted heart in the first volume.

This manga, originally released in 1997, is based on the first set of Pokémon games and its main character Red. If you aren’t aware, Red inspired the creation of the well-known Ash Ketchum, the protagonist in the Pokémon anime. (And while we are on the subject, I want to point that, for the purpose of this review, whenever I mention the Pokémon anime, I am referring to the first few seasons. I haven’t watched the newer ones, so I am not sure how they compare.)

The pokemon manga is a refreshing take on pokemon. For the most part, the story of pokemon for the first two generations was to collect 8 badges and complete the pokemon leauge. The story in the game was not there and relied on gameplay. This is an important factor since the manga is able to create it's own story with the assets presented. I will say that for this edition, one of the few complaints I'd have is that one or two things seem to be different than the individual editions were...I could've sworn there was a small section missing from the Articuno scene, which made it a bit disjointed, and one of the translations near the end doesn't entirely make sense. I believe it was trying to reference "With enough leverage you could move the earth," but instead it said you could change the world? Like I said, I am extremely biased, but this manga was amazing. I have years of Pokémon sentimentality brewing in me, but I think almost anyone would enjoy this read. Even if they’re not a hopeless Pokénerd like me.

In the games, there are Pokédex entries that explain the savagery of some Pokémon. For example, Pinsir likes to cut its prey in half with its claws. But we never get any real evidence of Pokémon’s ferocity in the games. I finally got a glimpse of the savage side of some Pokémon while reading this manga. It really put things in perspective for me. No. This is not based on the Pokémon television series. It's based on the games. But it still manages to strip away that awkward gameplay system that ultimately comes down to numbers. The pokémon in this series are used creatively and realistically meaning Charizard can actually fly! Not only that, a fainted pokémon may not even recover so warning, this series is a lot darker than either the games or the show.

This first volume follows Red (from the games, essentially) on his adventure through the world and story of the first Pokémon Red game. It really feels like a deep dive into the world of the games in a way that no other medium has quite captured, and it brings the games to life with anime logic, adorable Pokémon, and a whole lot of personality. This is the first time I have read manga in my life and I guess, I chose a good one to start with as a first time. If you have not played any of the Pokémon games, you will still understand the main concept of the plotline (as an avid Pokémon game player, the games and manga story kind of go hand and hand with some plot twists you do not expect). It is a long story but there is not like a traditional novel with full blown sentences and so on. I believe it is a well-written manga and plan on trying to read the other volumes. On top of the unique plot elements, the story and battles were a lot more intense compared to the game or anime. The animated adaption tends to sugarcoat everything and adds a lot of silliness to battles or other important situations. It can be hard to take things seriously at times. The manga has humor, but it’s more serious in my opinion. It’s still kid-friendly, but there is actually some blood shown! Additionally, a bunch of scenes showed the potential danger of Pokémon battles or Pokémon in general. There are moments where Red, other characters, or the Pokémon themselves could have possibly lost their lives. Along the way, Gold and Crystal must battle a fearsome creature that Archie, the former leader of Team Aqua, wished into existence using the powers of the Wish Pokémon Jirachi that Ruby and Sapphire found!Despite my obsession with the Pokémon games, I had never read the manga. To be honest, it completely blew me away and made my inner Pokénerd very happy. Where do I even begin? The Diamond & Pearl arc was released in a boxed set of four omnibus volumes on November 6, 2019. Each volume was released separately at a later date. In 2011, a series of omnibus releases were announced in Japan, collecting the Ruby & Sapphire arc. The arc was chosen due to its high popularity in Japan. These volumes were issued under Shogakukan's "My First WIDE" brand.

In October 2015, Spanish publisher Norma Editorial announced they would be publishing the entirety of the Pokémon Adventures manga. Due to the length of the series (52 volumes at the time of announcing the license) and due to different story arcs often starting and ending partway through volumes, Norma Editorial opted for an omnibus format, with 30 volumes released. The volumes have double numbering to accommodate fans who may wish to begin reading from a particular story arc. For example, the Yellow arc was published over two volumes, which were numbered as Yellow volumes 1 and 2, and as volumes 3 and 4 of the series overall. saw the release of new collector’s edition manga formats, such as the Soul Eater Perfect Editions, and manga box sets, like the Tokyo Ghoul:re Complete Box Set and the reissuing of the Akira 35th Anniversary Manga Box Set. This year, a lot of continuing volumes are releasing along with new ones, including a Collector’s Edition of A Silent Voice, Fist of the North Star hardcovers, and a Season 1 Manga Box Set of The Quintessential Quintuplets, that are making 2021 yet another strong year for collectors. In 2014, Shogakukan announced that they would be releasing a new omnibus edition of the Ruby & Sapphire arc, in commemoration of the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The volumes were released under Shogakukan's "My First Series" brand, which are bargain-priced volumes sold only in Japanese convenience stores. A total of four volumes were released, beginning with volume one on October 24, 2014. The Gold, Silver & Crystal arc was released in a boxed set of three omnibus volumes on November 15, 2017. Each volume was released separately at a later date. On January 16, 2018, Kurokawa announced they would start publishing the Diamond & Pearl and Platinum arcs together in omnibus format. [23] A boxed set containing the five volumes was released on October 14, 2021. [24] CoverI feel like I could make comparisons, babble about Pokémon facts, and really show what a nerd I am all day long. But what about people who aren’t as familiar with Pokémon as I am? Will they enjoy the manga? I think so because, for starters, the writing is very strong. The author included seeds throughout the story that help connect everything together. They put a lot of thought into the story, and it paid off in the end. As with a lot of manga, a lot of content was lost in the effort to localize for English-speaking children. Some conversations lose steam due to puns that don't translate, some words (especially in the art) have their letters scrambled in strange ways, and of course the infamous "Surprise!" scene at Silph Co becomes nearly unintelligible as the writers try to skate around a character's risqué dialogue.

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