Viz Media’s Perfect Square Imprint Announces Three New Pokemon Manga Box Sets

Viz Media’s Perfect Square imprint will be releasing two Pokemon manga box sets early in September 2014, and will release a third box in early October 2014.

The Pokemon Adventures Ruby & Sapphire Box Set and the Pokemon Black and White Box Set 2 are scheduled for release on September 2, 2014. A new Pokemon Adventures Diamond & Pearl/Platinum Box Set will be available on October 7m 2014. Pokemon manga are rated ‘A’ for All Ages and each of the forthcoming sets also features a collectible full-color poster.

POKÉMON ADVENTURES RUBY & SAPPHIRE BOX SET ·
MSRP: $59.99 U.S. / $79.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages ·
Available September 2, 2014

Ruby’s father Norman is the new Gym Leader of Petalburg City. But Ruby doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps – he wants to win Pokémon Contests! Sapphire’s father Professor Birch is the local Pokémon researcher. But Sapphire is tired of gathering scientific data – she wants to win Pokémon Battles! When Ruby and Sapphire meet, they’re more likely to hit each other than hit it off. But then Sapphire challenges Ruby to a competition! Which of them will achieve their dreams in just eighty days?! The box set contains the complete Ruby & Sapphire arc (Vols. 15-22) of the bestselling Pokemon Adventures series and a collectible color poster!

POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE BOX SET 2 ·
MSRP: $25.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages ·
Available September 2, 2014

His entire life, Black has dreamed of winning the Pokémon League! Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the Trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokémon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star! Together, Black and White continue on their journey… What surprising new Pokémon – and people – will they meet along the way?! The manga set includes Pokemon Black and White Volumes 9–14 and a collectible color poster!

POKÉMON ADVENTURES DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM ·
MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $115.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages ·
Available October 7, 2014

The box set contains the complete Diamond & Pearl/Platinum story arc (Vols. 1-11) of the bestselling Pokemon Adventures series and a collectible color poster! Pokémon Trainers Pearl and Diamond are starstruck! Their goal? To perfect their Pokémon comedy act. So how do they wind up as bodyguards to a pampered little rich girl on a quest to reach the peak of Mt. Coronet? Thrills and laughs are guaranteed as the Pokemon Adventures series continues with Pokemon Diamond & Pearl/Platinum.

“POKÉMON fans are guaranteed to have hours of fun with the latest multi-volume box set releases for three of the property’s most popular manga series including POKÉMON ADVENTURES RUBY & SAPPHIRE, POKÉMON DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM, and POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director. “We look forward to this collection of imaginative adventures that feature dynamic characters and exotic new Pokémon complementing the late summer reading season and opening fall for readers of all ages!”

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.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: June 1-7, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of June 1-7, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Pokémon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 8 by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto
*NOTE: The New York Times page lists Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 8, but all of their “Buy” links take you to Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 11*
2. High School DxD Volume 1 by Ichiei Ishibumi and Hiroji Mishima
3. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 1 by Takaya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto
4. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
5. Soul Eater Volume 20 by Atsushi Ohkubo
6. Millennium Snow Volume 3 by Bisco Hatori
7. Pokémon Black and White Volume 16 by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto
8. Monster Musume Volume 3 by Okayado
9. One Piece Volume 71 by Eiichiro Oda
10. Kamisama Kiss Volume 15 by Julietta Suzuki

New Manga Releases: June 3, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for June 3, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liars Game GN 5
A Centaur’s Life GN 3
Dengeki Daisy GN 14
Dragon Ball Omnibus GN 5
Dragon Ball: Full Color GN 3
Girls und Panzer GN 1
Happy Marriage?! GN 6 (18+)
Hard Temptation GN (18+)
Kamisama Kiss GN 15
Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) GN 19
Knights of Sidonia GN 9
Ladies Full of Love GN (18+)
Makunouchi Deluxe GN 2 (18+)
Millennium Snow Omnibus GN 1-2
Millennium Snow GN 3
Natsume’s Book of Friends GN 16
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 21
Nurse’s Paradise GN 2 (18+)
One Piece GN 71
One Piece Omnibus GN 9
Pokémon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum GN 11
Pokémon Black and White GN 16
Private Teacher! GN 4
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign GN 1
Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan GN
Takasugi-san’s Obento GN 2
Toriko GN 22
Virgin Games GN (18+)
Voice Over! Seiyu Academy GN 5

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.

New Manga Releases: February 4, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for February 4, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Air Gear GN 30
Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game GN 4
Blade of the Immortal GN 28
Bleach GN 59
A Centaur’s Life GN 2
A Devil and Her Love Song GN 13
Dragon Ball Full Color Edition GN 1
Dragonar Academy GN 1
Happy Marriage?! GN 4
High School Debut Omnibus GN 1
Kamisama Kiss GN 14
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 19
One Piece Omnibus GN 8
Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum GN 10
Pokémon Black and White GN 14
Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura GN 12
Toradora! GN 6
Toriko GN 20
Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy GN 3

Viz Media Announces the Digital Launch of Multiple Pokemon Manga Series

Viz Media has announced that several Pokemon manga series are now available in North America for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo e-readers. They are also available in the iBooks and GooglePlay Stores. The volumes will be offered with an MSRP of $3.99 or $4.99 per volume.

The following Pokemon volumes are currently available digitally:

  • Pokémon Adventures Volumes 1-14
  • Pokémon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volumes 1-4
  • Pokémon Black and White Volumes 1-4