Manga Review: “Pokemon Adventures” Volume 19

Pokemon Adventures Volume 19 is a manga based on the Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire videogames. The manga is written by Hidenori Kusaka, and illustrated by Satoshi Yamamoto. This manga volume was originally released in Japan in 2004; however, it wasn’t released in North America until Viz Media’s VizKids imprint released this volume in 2013.

This section of the Pokemon Adventures manga is set in the Hoenn region, and features the characters of Ruby and Sapphire. Ruby dreams of being a Pokemon Coordinator and winning all of the Pokemon Contests in the region. He’s the son of the Petalburg City gym leader, Norman; unfortunately, his father doesn’t agree with his son’s dream. Ruby runs away from home in order to pursue his dream and to try to make it come true.

Sapphire is the daughter of Professor Birch, and she wants to battle of the Gym Leaders in the Hoenn region. Ruby and Sapphire become rivals, and Sapphire issues a challenge to Ruby: prove which one of them can achieve their dream first within 80 days. Ruby agrees to the challenge.

Ruby and Sapphire are reunited at the beginning of Volume 19. When it looks like Sapphire is going to be run over by a stampede of Spoink, Ruby saves her and ends up revealing to Sapphire that he has serious battle skills. Sapphire becomes angry with Ruby when she realizes that he’s lied about his battling skills all this time. After Ruby makes some rather self-centered remarks, Sapphire leaves in a huff and says that she never wants to see Ruby again.

This volume also introduces Tate and Liza, the leaders of the Mossdeep Gym. They’re trying to protect the red and blue orbs that can be used to control Kyogre and Groudon. Unfortunately, Team Magma is able to get a hold of them and the plan to release the two Legendary Pokemon gets underway.

This volume also sees Ruby getting knocked off of his self-centered high horse. He has to spend some time later in the volume figuring out if he’s really worthy of being a Pokemon trainer and what he can do to remedy his attitude.

Even though there’s a major catastrophe going on in the story, we still get a countdown of how many days are left in Ruby and Sapphire’s challenge; for those interested, there are 27 days left at the end of Volume 19.

Obviously, the return of Kyogre and Groudon and all the various disasters their return has caused are very important to this volume. However, the part that sticks out to me the most is when Ruby hears some words from Wallace that he should have heard a while ago. By the end of Volume 19, I think that Ruby has become a much better character than he was earlier in this story arc.

So far, I think Volume 19 has probably been the best volume so far for the Ruby and Sapphire arc for the Pokemon Adventures manga series. I’m actually looking forward to reading Volume 20, and I hope to find out what Sapphire and Ruby will try to do to save the Hoenn region from the twin disasters brought about by Kyogre and Groudon.

If you’ve read the previous four volumes of this story arc and liked what you read, then I think you’ll really enjoy reading Volume 19.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Adventures Volume 19 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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