Manga Review: “Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Platinum” Volume 11

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 11 is a manga based on the Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl video games. The manga was written by Hidenori Kusaka, and the art was done by Satoshi Yamamoto. Viz Media released this manga in North America through its VizKids imprint in 2014. Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.


Volume 11 opens with Paka and Uji in the Distortion World witnessing Giratina landing on the statue of Dialga and Palkia in Eterna City. They try to escape through the hole that Giratina made, but discover the dimension’s gravity pulls them back. They then find an unconscious Dialga and Palkia, who are trapped in a crystal-like prison. Charon arrives and says he has no intention of saving Paka and Uji.

In Eterna City, Diamond and Pearl discover Giratina. Reg leaps out of Diamond’s backpack to attack Giratina. While Red is distracted, Charon sends out Heatran to attack Reg. During the battle, Diamond pushes Pearl out of the way of a Shadow Force and falls unconscious. After this happens, Reg leaves the area. Reg later returns with Rotom, which uses its forms to attack Charon. Reg battles with Giratina and injures it. When Giratina escapes into the Distortion World, Charon follows. Diamond’s body also disappears in a flash of light; he later awakens in the Distortion World.

Meanwhile, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter plan to find Cyrus in the Distortion World. At the same time, Thornton fixes the camera machine; Platinum, Palmer, Riley, Mira and Cheryl head out to trace the camera’s aura. Volkner and Flint also head to the Distortion World. The volume reaches its climax as most of the characters assemble in the Distortion World.

Volume 11 is the final volume of the Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum series. Overall, I thought this volume did a good job wrapping up the various loose ends and stories that were presented over the course of the series. Although it’s interesting to note that there is a “postscript” featuring Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, and the old couple running the Pokemon day care in Solaceon Town. This postscript serves as a lead-in for the two volumes of the Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver manga that Viz Media released back in 2013.

I also found it interesting that near the end, it’s mentioned that Looker is assigned to go to the Unova region to track down an organization called the Seven Sages. It makes me wonder if at some point during the Pokemon Black and White manga series, Looker will make a re-appearance as he’s trying to track down the Seven Sages. I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open for this as I continue reading Pokemon Black and White.

It’s funny to me to realize how much my opinion of this series changed since I started reading it back in 2011. At the time, I found the protagonists to be shallow, and that Diamond and Pearl’s comedy routines came across as lame. Fortunately, I didn’t give up on the series after that volume, and I was rewarded with some good character development, and I came to care about characters who I once thought of as being shallow. Also, the comedy routine bits were cut back on quite a bit as the series continued, so that helped me to better appreciate the story. As I read Volume 11, I found myself not wanting to put the volume down so I could find out what everything was leading up to.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous 10 volumes of the Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum manga series, then I think you’ll really enjoy reading Volume 11 and finding out what everything was leading up to and how the story ultimately comes to an end.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 11 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Manga Review: “Pokemon Black and White” Volume 16

Pokemon Black and White Volume 16 is a manga based on the Pokemon Black and Pokemon White video games. The manga was written by Hidenori Kusaka, and the art was done by Satoshi Yamamoto. Viz Media released this manga in North America through its Perfect Square imprint in 2014. Pokemon Black and White is rated “A,” which means that it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Pokemon Black and White focuses on two Pokemon trainers: a boy named Black and a girl named White. Black dreams of winning the Pokemon League, and White’s dream is working with Pokemon in showbiz; but after her Tepig Gigi decides to stay with N, the leader of Team Plasma, White trains in order to participate in Pokemon Battles.

In Volume 16, Black, White, and Professor Juniper’s father are battling with N. N starts espousing his talk about liberating Pokemon and how trainers can’t understand their Pokemon. This talk muddles Black’s brain; when Munna tries to eat his dream, it doesn’t want to eat it because the flavor has changed. Munna then leaves, and Black falls unconscious.

When Black awakens, Munna’s desertion causes him to start doubting himself and whether or not he’s ready to become a Pokemon champion. Black also feels that he’s gotten in way over his head between Team Plasma, the orb, and Legendary Pokemon. Black plans to give up on his dream since he only managed to get seven badges. I have to say that this was probably some of the best character development I’ve seen in Pokemon Black and White, and I genuinely felt bad for Black.

The Pokemon League Championships are about to begin, even though Alder has disappeared. Black sees the news coverage and wistfully talks about wishing he was there. And with some prodding from his Pokemon, Black decides to take on Drayden in order to earn his eighth badge and enter the championship…

Compared to some of the more recent volumes, Volume 16 is less action-packed and more character-driven. But I think this is a good thing, because this allows the reader to get to see that there’s more to Black than the cocky kid who’d appeared in the series up to this point. The one major drawback to how small these volumes are is the fact that it takes longer for character development to happen, and the action feels like it’s taking longer than it really is.

There’s obviously still a ways to go in the story, but getting to the Pokemon League Championships is a step in the right direction toward bringing this series to an end. Volume 16 ends with the eight finalists being selected, so I suspect that Volume 17 will focus very heavily on their eight finalists’ Pokemon battles, and will end up being another action heavy volume.

Fans of the series who have enjoyed reading it up to this point will probably also enjoy reading Pokemon Black and White Volume 16.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Black and White Volume 16 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Manga Review: “Pokemon Adventures” Volume 22

Pokemon Adventures Volume 22 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 2006; however, it wasn’t released in North America until Viz Media’s Perfect Square imprint released this volume in 2014.

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.

Volume 22 is the final volume for the Ruby & Sapphire arc. At the end of Volume 21, Ruby locked Sapphire in an air car and teamed up with Courtney from Team Magma. Not only do we see the two of them work together, we also learn why they’be paired up. Unfortunately, Courtney ends up being injured. But just as all hope seems lost, Ruby’s father arrives with another Legendary Pokemon; together, Norman and Ruby work together to subdue Groudon and Kyogre.

Both Ruby and the reader learn why Norman had been away from home for five years after Norman falls at the end of the battle. The leaders of both Team Aqua and Team Magma make a reappearance, and it ends up being up to Ruby and Sapphire to try to defeat them…

Volume 22 is a rather busy volume, especially with the battles that take place to reach the conclusion of the arc. There’s a breather during the portion of the volume where we see a flashback of what happened to Norman five years earlier when he had first tried to become a Gym Leader.

I also have to mention that the 80 day deadline for the two trainers’ to achieve their dream is an integral part of the volume right near the end. I have to give credit to Kusaka for not letting that plot element become forgotten about due to the climactic battles to save the Hoenn region.

Overall, I have to say that this was a rather satisfying conclusion for the Ruby & Sapphire arc. I really can’t think of any ways that Kusaka could’ve changed the story to make it stronger. I believe fans of this particular arc for Pokemon Adventures arc will find a lot of satisfaction in the ending of the story.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Adventures Volume 22 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Manga Review: “Pokemon Black and White” Volume 15

Pokemon Black and White Volume 15 is a manga based on the Pokemon Black and Pokemon White video games. The manga was written by Hidenori Kusaka, and the art was done by Satoshi Yamamoto. Viz Media released this manga in North America through its Perfect Square imprint in 2014. Pokemon Black and White is rated “A,” which means that it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Volume 15 opens with Black, Princess, and Shoko are facing off with three Legendary Pokemon: Virzion, Terrakion, and Cobalion.An explosion takes place, causing a fire. Princess and Shoko argue with each other as they escape. The Three Legendary Pokemon take the humans’ Pokemon, due to beliefs they have about Pokemon, humans, and fighting that come from the past. Black explains things to the Legendary Pokemon, and they end up getting their Pokemon back.

Meanwhile, N, the king of Team Plasma, is battling Unova Champion Aldur. During their battle, Black is reunited with Iris and White, and also meets Professor Juniper’s father. Also, when Zekrom is out with N, Black’s light stone activates, but Black hasn’t been able to turn it into Reshiram yet.

The battle between N and Aldur sees N beating the champion, but the Pokemon he uses to achieve his victory surprises White. Right at the end of Volume 15, Black, White, and Professor Juniper’s father are ready to battle N, with the hope of defeating him and learning the whereabouts to Team Plasma’s castle.

And now that N has defeated the Unova Region champion, what kind of an effect could this have on the series? Will this give N more of a platform to advance Team Plasma’s ideology of releasing Pokemon back into the wild?

With the various Pokemon battles going on, this is an action-packed volume. And with how short these particular volumes are, they end up being a quick read. It’s just really getting going when it comes to an abrupt halt.

It was also nice to see White finally rejoining Black for the main storyline. Hopefully she’ll stick around for the rest of the story and appear more regularly in the Pokemon Black and White manga series. Even though she’s one of the title characters, there was a stretch of at least two or three volumes where White either hardly appeared or didn’t appear at all. I ultimately blame this issue on how short these Pokemon Black and White manga volumes are.

Fans of the series who have enjoyed reading it up to this point will probably also enjoy reading Pokemon Black and White Volume 15.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Black and White Volume 15 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Manga Review: “Pokemon Adventures” Volume 21

Pokemon Adventures Volume 21 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 2005; however, it wasn’t released in North America until Viz Media’s Perfect Square imprint released this volume in 2014.

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.

The Gym Leaders continue to fight against Team Aqua and Team Magma. Steven, the current Pokemon Champion, arrives to ask Wallace a favor. Steven, along with the Elite Four, are trying to decipher a stone plate that explains how to summon Regirock, Regice and Registeel. It’s believed that summoning these three Pokemon should help end the battle between Kyogre and Groudon.

Ruby and Sapphire, meanwhile, come to. The piece of meteorite that Sapphire found at Mt. Chimney is used to try to seal away the power inside the leaders of Team Aqua and Team Magma. The power seems to affect the leaders, but it also causes an explosion. Steven rescues Sapphire, and she’s finally able to deliver the letter from his father she’s had all this time. The letter ends up being the key to solving the mystery of the stone plate, and Sapphire has the exact Pokemon that are mentioned on the plate. In the midst of the confusion, Sapphire and Ruby disappear.

The two trainers find themselves on Mirage Island with Gym Leaders Tate and Liza, along with Wallace’s teacher, Juan. They spend some time training with Tate, Liza, and Juan until it’s time to return to the battle. Some revelations are made, some backstory is given, and Sapphire makes a confession to Ruby.

There’s a lot that takes place in Volume 21, both in terms of the action of the story and the various information and backstories that are revealed. This volume provides some more backstory for both Sapphire and Ruby, and it was interesting to see how different these two characters were when they were younger children. They both looked so cute when they were younger!

The ending of the volume is a major cliffhanger, and I found myself wondering what exactly Ruby is doing. I have a feeling we’ll get an answer to that question during Volume 22.

With how the story is progressing, it’s gotten to the point that the end of this arc is just about upon us. It’ll be interesting to see how this arc ultimately comes to an end.

If you’ve read the previous six volumes of this story arc and liked what you read, then I think you’ll also enjoy reading Volume 21.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Adventures Volume 21 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Manga Review: “Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum” Volume 10

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 10 is a manga based on the Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl video games. The manga was written by Hidenori Kusaka, and the art was done by Satoshi Yamamoto. Viz Media released this manga in North America through its VizKids imprint in 2014. Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Volume 10 follows Dia and Pearl as they head on a journey to search for the other Legendary Pokemon, while Lady takes on the challenge of the five Battle Frontier facilities in the hopes of earning the privilege to ask the Frontier Brains about where Paka and Uji have been transported.

Dia and Pearl are approached by the chairman of the Sinnoh Region Pokemon Association and three of the four members of the Elite Four. They are told some of the information that was discovered after deciphering Charon’s notes. After this, Dia, Pearl, and the chairman begin their journey to find the other Legendary Pokemon. They are soon joined by Dr. Footstep, the guy who likes to study footprints they met earlier in the series. Why, oh why did they bring Dr. Footstep back? I didn’t care for him when he was introduced, and I’m still not that fond of him as a character now.

Quite a bit of this volume focuses on Lady and the challenges she faces at the Battle Frontier. For the most part, Lady seems to sail through it rather easily; while a couple of the Frontier Brains give her a little more of a challenge, it overall felt like she was breezing through rather easily. During her time at the Battle Frontier, she meets the following Frontier Brains: Dahlia, Thorton, Palmer, and Argenta. It turns out Palmer has a connection to one of the main characters of the series.

OK, now is it just me, or is Thorton kind of creepy looking? I know he’s supposed to be a smart guy who tries to use logical thinking, but his character design is so stoic-looking that it’s nearly creepy.

This volume also sees a young man named Buck accidentally freeing Heatran. This storyline ends up dovetailing with Lady’s storyline at the Battle Frontier. Right at the very end, there’s a brief scene of Paka and Uji in the Distortion World, as well as getting a glimpse of a Legendary Pokemon.

As I read Volume 10, I had a pretty strong feeling that we have to be getting rather close to the end of the story, especially with the more intense tone that seemed to appear throughout this volume. When I saw the page at the end that previews Volume 11, it says right on it that the next volume is the conclusion for Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum.

My only disappointment with this volume is the fact that there’s a scene that tries to utilize Dia and Pearl’s comedy routine. It was even lamer than the comedy routines that appeared earlier in the series. Pearl says he hoped it would help relax them, but to me, it felt more like a way to kill time.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous nine volumes of the Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum manga series, then I think you’ll really enjoy reading Volume 10.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 10 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Manga Review: “Pokemon Black and White” Volume 14

Pokemon Black and White Volume 14 is a manga based on the Pokemon Black and Pokemon White video games. The manga was written by Hidenori Kusaka, and the art was done by Satoshi Yamamoto. Viz Media released this manga in North America through its Perfect Square imprint in 2014. Pokemon Black and White is rated “A,” which means that it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Volume 14 returns the focus on Black’s storyline. Black has his battle with Brycen, and learns the truth about the dark stone and the light stone, and that the “ideal” and the “truth” refer to the Legendary Pokemon Zekrom and Reshiram. Black is victorious in his battle against Brycen, and he decides he’ll be the one to awaken Reshiram with the light stone. Meanwhile, N is trying to befriend Zekrom.

Dryden also makes a shocking announcement. Due to the extenuating circumstances, the Pokemon League has been pushed up so it will be taking place in one week instead of in three months. However, the rule of needing to have all eight Gym Badges in order to compete remains. When Black learns of this, he’s frustrated because he doesn’t have enough badges to compete.

After Iris suggests to Black that even though he may not have enough Gym Badges, he needs to do something to impress Drayden so he’ll accept Black as a participant. Together, they look for a powerful Pokemon. They find a cave with two powerful Pokemon: Virizon and Terrakion. At the cave, they also find a girl named Princess who’s also trying to capture a powerful Pokemon and her friend Shoko.

I have to say that Volume 14 would have to be the most intense volume of the Pokemon Black and White manga at this point. With the Pokemon League being moved up and with Black learning the truth about the stones, the climax of the series seems to be rapidly approaching.

From the preview in the back, it looks like Black and White will finally be reunited in Volume 15. I hope so, because it’ll truly start feeling like that this series is both Black’s story and White’s story. So many of the recent volumes of this series has placed an emphasis on Black that it almost feels like the title of the series should be Pokemon Black (and Sometimes) White.

Even with the gripe about how little White has been appearing, I would still say that fans of the series who have been enjoying it up to this point should also enjoy reading Pokemon Black and White Volume 14.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Black and White Volume 14 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Manga Review: “Pokemon Adventures” Volume 20

Pokemon Adventures Volume 20 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 2005; however, it wasn’t released in North America until Viz Media’s Perfect Square imprint released this volume in 2014.

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.

There’s a lot of action of Volume 20, and the volume includes three different storylines that are taking place at the same time. I’m going to write this review to talk about each storyline individually, instead of trying to follow all of the action chronologically as it appears in the volume.

The first storyline focuses on the Gym Leaders and their battles with Team Aqua and Team Magma. The Gym Leaders put up a valiant fight against both teams, but they appear to be getting overwhelmed by their opponents.

The second storyline sees the return of Wally, a boy that Ruby met earlier in this section of the Pokemon Adventures manga. As he’s evacuating amidst the flooding, he is approached by Ruby’s father, Norman. After witnessing Wally rescue a Treecko, Norman takes Wally with him to train him to become a Pokemon trainer at the Sky Pillar. A whole chapter of the volume focuses on Wally’s training.

The third storyline sees Ruby and Sapphire arriving at the Seafloor Cavern. Here, they witness the leaders of Team Aqua and Team Magma with the orbs to control the Legendary Pokemon Kyogre and Groudon. They try to battle with the leaders’ Pokemon and seem to get the upper hand; however, something unexpected happens to the team leaders and the orbs that they’re holding.

Even though Ruby and Sapphire are busy trying to help to bring the catastrophes to an end, there’s still a countdown at the end of Volume 20 for how many days are left in Ruby and Sapphire’s challenge that was established early on in this arc; for those keeping track, this volume says they have 25 days left.

As I said earlier, Volume 20 is a very action-packed volume. Unfortunately, it could be a little confusing at times when the volume would jump between the Gym Leaders’ battles and Ruby and Sapphire at the Seafloor Cavern. Wally’s portion was self-contained over the course of a couple of chapters, and since there was no jumping around, it was easier to follow his storyline.

By the time I finished Volume 20, I could tell that this story arc has to be getting closer to concluding. From what I’ve seen online, it appears there’s still two more volumes left for this arc of Pokemon Adventures. From the pacing I saw in Volume 20, this would seem to be about right.

Volume 20 was an enjoyable read, even if there were portions that could be a little hard to follow due to the jumping around. While the story may have been a little easier to follow with less jumping around, I think changing the structure could have potentially weakened the story’s impact.

If you’ve read the previous five volumes of this story arc and liked what you read, then I think you’ll also enjoy reading Volume 20.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Adventures Volume 20 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Manga Review: “Pokemon Black and White” Volume 13

Pokemon Black and White Volume 13 is a manga based on the Pokemon Black and Pokemon White video games. The manga was written by Hidenori Kusaka, and the art was done by Satoshi Yamamoto. Viz Media released this manga in North America through its VizKids imprint in 2013. Pokemon Black and White is rated “A,” which means that it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Volume 13 sees Bianca and White with a young man whose dream it is to play guitar with a Pokemon called Meloetta. He’s injured and can’t play his guitar, so Bianca volunteers to play for him. However, while she tries to play, they are attacked by a Pokemon. White uses her Pokemon to prevent Bianca from being interrupted. When Meloetta starts singing along, it gets the power it needs to help fight off the intruders. After the fight, Bianca realizes what she wants to do going forward.

Then, the reader is treated to a flashback sequence of Black, Bianca, and Cheren when they were five years old. Not only do we get to see what they were like back then, but this flashback also shows the reader how Black obtained Musha and Brav. This flashback ends up encompassing the vast majority of Volume 13. I have to say that these characters looked incredibly cute back when they were five.

Right at the end of the volume, Black and Iris make it to the Icirrus City Gym. When they get there, Black learns that he must make his way through a labyrinth of ice in order to get to this fifth training session; this session will be a Pokemon battle against Brycen. I have a strong suspicion that Black’s journey through the labyrinth and battle against Brycen will end comprising most of Volume 14.

Overall, Volume 13 returns to focusing the story on Black. Yes, White does appear in the first 23 pages of the volume, but the remaining 40 pages focus exclusively on Black. It was nice getting to see white as much as we did between Volumes 12 and 13. Hopefully we won’t have to wait as long to be able to continue following White on her adventures.

I hope that the whole plot involving Bianca, White, and Meloetta will have a little more importance than to simply introduce a new Pokemon and help Bianca realize what it is that she needs to do with her life going forward. I’m hoping that Meloetta will have some kind of a role to play later in the story.

Even though quite a bit of Volume 13 focused on the flashback to Black’s youth, I thought this was very important to see. After reading it, I can start to better understand Black than I had before. However, I still have to say that the idea of Musha eating Black’s dreams to help him clear his head is rather strange.

Volume 13 was a rather decent volume of the Pokemon Black and White manga series. If you’re a Pokemon fan who has truly enjoyed reading the previous 12 volumes of the series, then I think you’ll also enjoy Pokemon Black and White Volume 13.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Black and White Volume 13 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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.