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

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

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Nine 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 2013. Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Volune Nine is split into two sections. The first four chapters complete the “Diamond and Pearl” section of the story, while the remaining six chapters follow the “Platinum” section of the story.

In the first four chapters, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum must somehow find a way to stop Cyrus’ plan, which includes trying to battle Dialga and Palkia. The time-space distortion spreads and starts causing some funky things to happen. Not only thay\t, when Cyrus makes his appearace he looks so freaky and he seems to have completely lost his mind.

This volume also makes a tie back in with the main Pokemon Adventures manga series through the character of Sird. It turns out that she joined Team Rocket as a spy so she could try to capture Deoxys. A couple of other characters are also seen in passing in this portion of the volume, and they become more important characters in the “Platinum” portion of the story.

After Diamond, Pearl and Platinum are able to bring Cyrus’ plan to an end, Platinum realizes she’s at the peak of Mt. Coronet and can get the blossom bearing her family crest. She also decides that she wants to locate the two bodyguards who were supposed to be guarding her and to investigate the Distortion World.

Right at the end of the first section of the volume, we see Volkner at the Battle Zone.

The “Platinum” section of the volume sees Platinum parting ways with Diamond and Pearl in order to conduct her investigation. Platinum teams up with Looker from the International police; he’s one of the characters we had seen in passing earlier in the manga. I have to say that I’m personally not too fond of Looker, because he appears to be rather idiotic for someone who’s supposed to be a police officer. They have teamed up together in order to learn about the Distortion World and what people may know about Team Galactic.

This portion of the story takes place at the Battle Zone, and Platinum has to battle in the various areas in the Battle Frontier in order to talk with the various Frontier Brains.

I can definitely say that the “Platinum” portion of the series has a different feel than the “Diamond and Pearl” portion of the story. With both Diamond and Pearl being written out of the story, Platinum is on her own. Yes, Looker is there, but there’s a difference; while I think Looker is the type of character he is in order to replace both Diamond and Pearl, he brings a different kind of interaction for Platinum. Overall, Platinum has become more sure of herself as a Pokemon trainer; however, her main issue now is trying to manage the Castle Points she earns as she wins battles, because she’s not use to having to manager her money. But Platinum seems to have some brains about her, so I have a feeling that over the course of the story, she will become better at managing her Castle Points.

And while I’m glad to finally see the resolution to the main storyline in the “Diamond and Pearl” portion of the story, I thought that what happens during those last few chapters felt rather trippy. Oh well. At least that portion of the story was finally resolved, even if it did seem to be kind of strange. The one positive thing I can say for these first four chapters is that Yamamoto did have some very impressive close-up panels of some of the characters. The most notable close-ups are one of Dia on page 30, Sird on page 35, Dia on page 71, and Dia and Pearl on page 81. These particular close-ups really stand out from the other panels on their respective pages and makes the reader pay attention to them.

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

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

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: September 29-October 5, 2013

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of September 29-October 5, 2013, according to the New York Times.

1. Bleach Volume 58 by Tite Kubo
2. Rosario+Vampire: Season II Volume 12 by Akihisa Ikeda
3. Black Bird Volume 17 by Kanoko Sakurakouji
4. Attack on Titan Volume 7 by Hajime Isayama
5. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Volume 3 by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and Hajime Yatate
6. Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 3 by Hidenori Kusaka*
7. Fairy Tail Volume 30 by Hiro Mashima
8. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
9. Soul Eater Volume 16 by Atsushi Ohkubo
10. Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama

*NOTE: While I suspect #6 is supposed to be Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 9, the New York Times is listing that Volume 3 is the on the chart, so that is what I’m having to go with.

New Manga Releases: October 1, 2013

Here are the new manga releases for October 1, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this listing, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Bakuman. Complete Box Set (Volumes 1-20)
Black Bird GN 17
Bleach GN 58
Claymore GN 23
Dawn of the Arcana GN 11
A Devil and Her Love Song GN 11
Hana-Kimi Omnibus GN 6
Happy Marriage?! GN 2
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 17
One Piece Omnibus GN 7
Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl Platinum GN 9
Pokémon Black and White GN 12
Rosario+Vampire: Season II GN 12
Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura GN 11
Slam Dunk GN 30
Toriko GN 18
Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy GN 1

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

Article first published as Manga Review: ‘Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum’ Volume Eight by Hidenori Kusaka on Blogcritics.

Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Eight 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 2013. Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Volume Eight begins with the three protagonists, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum heading toward Team Galactic’s headquarters, in the hope of trying to free the three Legendary Pokemon that are trapped there. There’s also a surprise in store for our protagonists when someone they have encountered earlier in the series arrives in order to take on Cyrus, the leader of Team Galactic.

The story then shifts to the peak of Mt. Coronet, where Cyrus and Team Galactic intend to summon the Legendary Pokemon that controls time (Dialga) and the Legendary Pokemon that controls space (Palkia). Cyrus’ plan is to create a vortex that will engulf everything and wipe away everything that is unfinished. It’s up to Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, and their friends and allies to try to stop Cyrus’ plan.

Unfortunately, this storyline isn’t resolved by the end of Volume Eight. When I did some research to write my review of Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Seven, I saw that there’s supposed to be nine volumes for this series. If my research was correct, then this particular storyline, as well as this section of the Pokemon Adventures manga, will soon be coming to an end.

The art style that appears in this volume of Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum is what I have come to expect from this series. Probably the biggest strength to the art that I’ve seen in this series is Yamamoto’s ability to create some visually stunning close-up panels. While there are times that some of the panels that appear in the volumes seem to have drawn in a rush due to limited amounts of detail, Yamamoto is able to make up for this with the detailed close-up panels that grab the reader’s attention.

Volume Eight is a rather climactic volume for the series, and it really ups the ante when it comes to the action, drama, and the consequences of what can happen if Cyrus succeeds with his plan. By the time a reader reaches the end of this volume, they really want to know what will happen next.

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

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

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: June 2-8, 2013

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of June 2-8, 2013, according to the New York Times.

1. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Volume 3 by Shin Yoshida and Naohito Miyoshi
2. Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Volume 1 by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima
3. One Piece Volume 67 by Eiichiro Oda
4. Pokémon Black and White Volume 10 by Hidenori Kusaka
5. Skip Beat! Volume 31 by Yoshiki Nakamura
6. Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game Volume 2 by QuinRose
7. Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum Volume 8 by Hidenori Kusaka
8. Naruto Volume 61 by Masashi Kishimoto
9. Soul Eater Volume 14 by Atsushi Ohkubo
10. Sailor Moon Volume 11 by Naoko Takeuchi