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Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 1 (2nd Edition) (Pokemon) Paperback – June 2, 2009
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As far as I'm concerned, this series goes where the anime series should have gone. Don't get me wrong, I loved the anime series, but these books actually have a plot other than "Ash and co meet new character. Jessie, James and Meowth then show up, try and steal Pickachu, get butts kicked, blast off at the speed of light, etc. etc. etc." The humor is good, the artwork is adorable and Red is a cocky but lovable hero.
If you have a child who loves pokemon, get them this series please. I know I was enthralled. It breaks my heart that this series doesn't get more attention. It follows the same basic plot as the video games, which is why the main character's name is Red instead of Ash. It also means that the series is pretty well sectioned. The first three have a clear ending, with no cliff hangers. The fourth starts a spinoff with a different main character but the same basic cast. Again, this series is finished off at number 7, and when I was a child, I thought that was the end. No. 8 and its sequels are actually being published for the first time in the U.S. As I want them to continue releasing these books in the U.S. (I really don't want to have to buy them from Singapore again) please try out this series : ) It's kinda the best.
Essentially Pokemon Adventures follows the storyline of the video games, probably Pokemon Yellow version the most and expands upon it. The manga does not follow the exploits of Ash Ketchum nor even mention his name at all. Professor Oaks grandson, Gary, ie, Blue in this one, is still here but once again they dont reference Gary from the show either. Team Rocket is present however it also does not have Jesse, James, or Meowth. So ultimately, this manga takes place in the video game world and takes some elements from the anime, but does not directly reference them.
Volume follows Red, the main character, as he goes to do what Professor Oak told him to do in order to become a pokemon master. Because Professor Oak is too old, he gave Red and Blue a Pokedex and entrusted them with travelling around the world to gain data on every Pokemon imaginable. He also told Red that in order for him to become a pokemon master he must fill up this device. Red starts the journey with a Poliwhirl, but ends up catching more and more pokemon.
The story is quite faced paced and up the ante on the seriousness of Pokemon. Team Rocket seems more evil than they were in any recent showing with their use of wanting to kill anyone who stands in their way and carrying out experiments on pokemon or tricking townspeople. Red and Blue often run into Team Rocket at the same time as they keep having run-ins with them and their search for the mysterious pokemon.Read more ›
How is it better than the anime? First, the story is a couple of hues darker. Trainer and Pokémon often get hurt together in battle, and both are confrontational. Sometimes, the objective of the opponent is not only to win, but to eliminate the trainer and pokémon, i.e. killing! In a few instances, I even shuddered when some Pokémons were what appeared to me defeated beyond the healing capabilities of a Pokémon Center! (I won't spoil anything.) One of my favorite parts is Red's visit to Lavender Town.
Also, the characters are way more interesting, starting with the protagonist. Red is a cocky wannabe trainer with talent and drive; he actually catches a lot of Pokémon and takes Prof. Oak's original bidding seriously. He's also caring and the relationship with his Pokémon feel a lot more real -- especially with his oldest one, Poliwag/whirl/wrath. Misty, Brock, Bill, the Pokémon Fan Club mustachioed guy, EVEN THE BUG CATCHER (guy with a net and hat), they're all more interesting. And Blue as a rival is awesome too, brooding and proud.
That said, it should be self-evident that this isn't a manga for adults, but if you can still enjoy playing Pokémon (technically a child's game), then you'll definitely have a good time reading this manga.
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Great plot, I like how it is based off of the game but isn't the exact plot of the game and it is really cool and interestingPublished 26 days ago by Reese Roberts
One the best books ever! I really enjoyed the amazing illustrations and story! This is a really great book that any Pokefan should buy!Published 4 months ago by potatoegamer
I'm not sure if I missed it but this bookbreads from the back to the front ! All in black and white and fairly expensive for what I got. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Debbra Steffes
This is everything that the anime should have been. Team Rocket is actually menacing, the main character is competent and trains his pokemon, and the rivals don't have random... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tyler Baker
This was my first book of the series. When I read it it was so much like the game I. Was. Hooked. I just recently got the Diamond and Pearl Adventure ones after getting Red and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Garcia