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VIZ Media Details Pokemon Adventures Creator Events at 2016 Comic-Con International

VIZ Media proudly presents the creators of the Pokemon Adventures manga series – Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto – for their first-ever North American professional appearance at the 2016 Comic-Con International.

The pair are scheduled to meet fans for multiple autograph sessions and also will participate in a Pokemon Adventures panel event alongside the Japanese and English language series editors. VIZ Media will support their appearances with an exclusive Pokemon Adventures art book, as well as a manga bundle that will be available for purchase at the company’s booth on the main show floor.

Comic-Con International is one of the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction and pop culture events, and will take place July 20–24, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, California. VIZ Media will be located in Booth 2813. Complete details on Comic-Con are available at: www.comic-con.org.

Pokemon Adventures Comic-Con International Creator Events

Saturday, July 23, 2016

1:00pm – 2:00pm Spotlight on Pokemon Adventures Creators (Horton Grand Theatre)
The creative team behind VIZ Media’s Pokemon Adventures manga, Hidenori Kusaka (writer) and Satoshi Yamamoto (artist), will lead this special ticketed panel presentation. Attendees will receive a limited edition poster. Pairs of tickets will be distributed starting at 9:00am at the Sails Pavilion; please check program guide for more details.

3:00pm – 4:00pm Pokemon Adventured Autograph Session (Sails Pavilion AA07)
Meet writer Hidenori Kusaka and artist Satoshi Yamamoto, the creators behind the Pokemon Adventures manga. All attendees at this ticketed signing session will receive a personalized shikishi art board! Ticket distribution begins at 9:00am at the Sails Pavilion.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

1:00pm – 2:00pm Pokemon Adventures Autograph Session (VIZ Media Booth #2813)
Meet writer Hidenori Kusaka and artist Satoshi Yamamoto, the creators behind the Pokemon Adventures manga. The first 100 attendees to participate will receive a personalized shikishi art board and priority will be given to those that purchase a Pokemon Adventures book from the booth. Stop by the VIZ Media booth for more details.

VIZ Media Pokemon Adventures Products Available For Purchase:

  • The Art of Pokemon Adventures 2016 Con Exclusive: $15
  • Pokemon X•Y Volumes 1-3 Bundle: $10

Hidenori Kusaka writes and Satoshi Yamamoto creates artwork for Pokemon Adventures, where fans’ favorite Pokemon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga. The creative duo have developed several series within the Pokemon Adventures universe including Pokemon Adventures, Pokemon Adventures: FireRed & LeafGreen, Pokemon Adventures: Emerald, Pokemon Adventures: Diamond & Pearl/Platinum, Pokemon Adventures: HeartGold & SoulSilver, Pokemon Adventures: Black & White and Pokemon X•Y. They are currently working on the 12th and 13th story arcs, Pokemon X•Y and Pokemon Omego Ruby Alpha Sapphire.

In addition to writing manga, Hidenori Kusaka also edits children’s books and plans mixed-media projects for Shogakukan’s children’s magazines. He uses the Pokemon Electrode as his author portrait.

Satoshi Yamamoto began drawing VIZ Media’s Pokemon Adventures in 2001, starting with volume 10. Yamamoto’s favorite manga creators/artists include Fujiko Fujio (Doraemon), Yukinobu Hoshino (2001 Nights), and Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira). He loves films, monsters, mysteries, punk rock music, and livin’ the good life. He uses the Pokemon Swalot as his artist portrait.

VIZ Media to Welcome the Creators of Pokemon Adventures at 2016 Comic-Con International

VIZ Media announces that it will welcome the creators of the Pokemon Adventures manga series—Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto—for a very special, first-ever professional appearance at the 2016 Comic-Con International. Pokemon Adventures is published in English exclusively by VIZ Media.

Comic-Con International is one of the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction and pop culture events, and will take place July 20–24, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, California. VIZ Media will be located in Booth 2813. Complete details on Comic-Con are available at: www.comic-con.org.

Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto are scheduled to make a series of appearances throughout Comic-Con. The pair will meet fans at the VIZ Media booth for signings and participate on a Pokémon panel event alongside VIZ Media editors. Other exciting Pokémon activities will be detailed soon.

“It’s a tremendous honor to welcome Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto as special guests for the 2016 Comic-Con International,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director for Perfect Square. “We know fans of all ages will be very excited for the opportunity to join in the fun as Pokémon celebrates its 20th Anniversary and VIZ Media celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year.”

Hidenori Kusaka writes and Satoshi Yamamoto creates artwork for Pokemon Adventures, where fans’ favorite Pokemon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga. The creative duo have developed several series within the Pokemon Adventures universe including Pokemon Adventures, Pokemon Adventures: FireRed & LeafGreen, Pokemon Adventures: Emerald, Pokemon Adventures: Diamond & Pearl/Platinum, Pokemon Adventures: HeartGold & SoulSilver, Pokemon Adventures: Black & White and Pokemon X•Y. They are currently working on the 12th and 13th story arcs, Pokemon X•Y and Pokemon ΩRuby αSapphire.

In addition to writing manga, Hidenori Kusaka also edits children’s books and plans mixed-media projects for Shogakukan’s children’s magazines. He uses the Pokemon Electrode as his author portrait.

Satoshi Yamamoto began drawing VIZ Media’s Pokemon Adventures in 2001, starting with volume 10. Yamamoto’s favorite manga creators/artists include Fujiko Fujio (Doraemon), Yukinobu Hoshino (2001 Nights), and Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira). He loves films, monsters, mysteries, punk rock music, and livin’ the good life. He uses the Pokemon Swalot as his artist portrait.

San Diego Comic Con Announces Two Japanese Guests

San Diego Comic Con has announced that the Pokémon Adventures manga’s writer Hidenori Kusaka and artist Satoshi Yamamoto will appear as special guests at this year’s convention.

The Pokemon Adventures manga chronicles the events from the Pokemon video games. Kusaka and Yamamoto are currently working on the Pokemon XY and the Pokemon Adventures: ΩRuby & αSapphire manga.

San Diego Comic Con will be taking place July 21-24, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Pokemon Black and White” Volume 20

Pokemon Black and White Volume 20 presents the conclusion of the story arc that takes place in the Unova region.

Pokemon Black and White Volume 20

Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 3, 2015

Volume 20 opens with the battle going on between Zekrom (alongside N) and Reshiram (alongside Black). In order to be able to battle with Reshiram, Black must first figure out what’s in Reshiram’s heart. He’s fortunate to get some help in the form of having data installed on his Pokedex from research that has been gathered on the two Legendary Pokemon.

When I saw Looker and a couple of other characters getting into a hot air balloon, I was really wondering what the point of it was, since there was no way for them to truly help out, even with the Pokemon they had brought up with them. But when I saw that one of the passengers asked Black to hand him his Pokedex in order to add information, I understood that the hot air balloon was actually an important plot point. Once Black gets that information, he’s able to take it and turn the battle around.

But Black learns the battle isn’t over when he’s confronted by Ghetsis, the leader of Team Plasma. Over the course of this final battle, some truths about N and Team Plasma are revealed.

While most of Pokemon Black and White Volume 20 focuses on Black, White also has an important scene as well. In her scene, we learn what N had done before heading off to his final battle, as well as receive backstory on N’s childhood and how he ended up becoming part of Team Plasma. White also has a reunion with Gigi, her former Pokemon who went off with N in an earlier volume of Pokemon Black and White.

I appreciated getting the backstory on N, but I kind of wish we could have somehow gotten it a little earlier than we did. If this backstory had been revealed earlier, I would have more than likely found myself caring more about N in the long run. The way the story was written for the manga, N’s redemption almost felt like it was “too little, too late.”

And I have to say that I’m not entirely happy with how the Pokemon Black and White series concluded. It ends with a character having a change of heart, and Black and the others just watch this character ride off into the sunset. While this was an OK ending, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. When the other arcs in the Pokemon manga ended, we were usually provided a kind of “epilogue” to show where the characters are at a little later after the final, climactic battle. Here, we didn’t get that. Instead, the reader is left to come up with their own ideas as to what happened. To me, it’s a little easier to guess what happens to White than what happens to Black. While Black may have ultimately defeated the baddies, I’m not sure that really counts as fulfilling his dream to win the Pokemon League. And since we don’t get to see anything beyond the final battle, the reader never learns whether or not Black truly achieved his goal.

As a reader, I admit to feeling a little cheated by this rather abrupt ending. I found myself wondering, “I spent all this time following these characters, and this is all that it led up to?” Oh well.

Readers who have enjoyed the Pokemon Black and White series and already have familiarity with the video games it’s based on may have an easier time accepting Pokemon Black and White Volume 20 and the ending of the series than I did.

The reviewer wrote this review after reading a copy of this item that was checked out through the King County Library System.

Manga Review: “Pokemon XY” Volume One

Pokemon XY Volume 1 introduces the Kalos region, as well as new protagonists X and Y and their group of friends.

Pokemon XY Vol. 1

Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: December 2, 2014

X is the main character of the series, and he was once a highly skilled trainer who won the Junior Pokemon Tournament. This turned him into an overnight celebrity, but he couldn’t handle being hounded by the media or being in the glare of the spotlight. X no longer does anything with his Pokemon and just locks himself in his room. This is the complete opposite of what we normally see for the male protagonist in the various Pokemon series, since the male protagonist is usually gung ho about trying to become the best in their Pokemon league. In this case, X got his taste of fame at a very young age, before he had the maturity and ability to deal with the attention and the pressure. It’s actually a refreshing change of pace for the male protagonist’s personality, and this is probably the closest that the Pokemon series will ever come to having an emo character.

The female protagonist is Yvonne, who goes by Y for short. She keeps trying to get X to come out of his shell, but he continually refuses. Y has her own issues, since her mother is a famous Rhyhorn racer and everyone assumed she’d grow up to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Instead, Y has gone on to become a Sky Trainer trainee in order to do something that was the complete opposite of Rhyhorn racing. Y also has a dislike for the media and the paparazzi due to what she saw X go through. While we may have seen children of famous people in the Pokemon world, we usually don’t see them actively trying to distance themselves from their famous parent and not getting along with them very well. I also find her dislike of the media and paparazzi to be a realistic reaction as well, and it shows how much Y cares for her friends.

But X and Y weren’t simply friends with each other; they grew up as part of a group of five friends. The other friends are Trevor, Tierno, and Shauna. Trevor hopes to become a Pokemon Researcher one day, Tierno is a big boy training to become a dancer, and Shauna dreams of becoming a Furfrou Groomer. In this first volume, the only other one of the friends besides X and Y that has any real importance is Trevor. Hopefully Tierno and Shauna will play more important roles in future volumes of Pokemon XY.

Trevor receives three Pokemon in Pokeballs from Professor Sycamore, which Trevor hopes will help X turn back into the person he used to be. But before he can deliver them, the Legendary Pokemon Xerneas and Yveltal arrive and begin fighting. X finds himself being dragged into the situation when a bracelet he’s wearing reacts to them and draws the attention of Team Flare, the main baddies of Pokemon XY.

After X’s Pokemon Li’l Kanga undergoes a mysterious transformation and drives away Team Flare, they see that Vaniville Town, their hometown, is essentially destroyed. The five friends start a journey to go see Professor Sycamore in order to try to get some answers about what just happened. Near the end of the volume, they make it to an inn at Aquacorde Town, where something surprising happens to the group.

For the most part, Pokemon XY Volume 1 is simply introducing the characters, laying the foundation for the story, and getting the series going. The first battle, which takes place between Xerneas and Yveltal, is primarily there to force X out of his room and to set the journey for the five friends in motion. There’s an action sequence that takes place in Aquacorde Town that establishes that Team Flare is following X and the others due to the bracelet that X has in his possession. Since Pokemon XY is being released in smaller volumes first, just like Pokemon Black and White have been, the story takes a little longer to get going, since you only get to read three chapters instead of the amount of chapters that appear in the regular sized Pokemon manga releases. I also made this complaint about Pokemon Black and White at first, but as that series progressed further into the story, the shorter volumes didn’t bother me as much. I expect that the same will hold true for the Pokemon XY manga as well.

When it comes to the art in Pokemon XY Volume 1, it has Satoshi Yamamoto’s look that has come to be associated with the Pokemon manga franchise since he stepped in and began illustrating the series. In other words, there really isn’t anything at this point to make the art in Pokemon XY to stand out when compared to Yamamoto’s work in Pokemon Black and White, Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum, or his work in the main Pokemon Adventures series. When it comes to character design, I have to admit that I have to remind myself that Trevor is a boy, since the design of his facial expressions and hair make him look more feminine than I would have expected for a male character.

Even though the art may not have much to make it stand out, the changes in the character types and dynamics are very noticeable in Pokemon XY. I believe that these character changes have a lot of potential to bring new elements and plot directions to the Pokemon manga series, which, I have to admit, are needed to help keep the franchise from becoming stale. With the three chapters of Pokemon XY that I was able to read in this volume, it appears the series may have the potential to bring something new to the Pokemon manga. I hope that future volumes of the series will be able to manifest the promise that I saw in Pokemon XY Volume 1.

If you’re a fan of the various Pokemon manga series, you’ll probably want to give Pokemon XY Volume 1 a shot. While this series shows some differences from its predecessors, it still contains a lot of the same basic elements that readers have known and come to love in the Pokemon series.

The reviewer wrote this review after reading a copy of this item that was checked out through the King County Library System.

Manga Review: “Pokemon Adventures” Volume 26

Pokemon Adventures Volume 26 introduces a new character named Emerald, as well as the Battle Frontier.

Pokemon Adventures Volume 26

Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 6, 2015

Volume 26 opens with a reporter who has come to cover the opening ceremony for the Battle Frontier angering a Sudowoodo and being rescued by an unconventional Pokemon trainer named Emerald. What makes this particular trainer unconventional is the fact that he doesn’t have any Pokemon of his own, even though he enjoys Pokemon battles.

I have to admit that when I first saw Emerald, I assumed he was actually a girl. So when Emerald was referred to as a “he,” I was genuinely surprised. At first glance, there are a couple of elements of Emerald’s design that makes him look more feminine: the hairstyle makes his facial features look more feminine and his baggy clothing has a design that made me think feminine as well. When I first saw just how long the sleeves on Emerald’s shirt were, I found myself wondering why he couldn’t get better-fitting clothes. There’s a revelation that’s made later in Volume 26 that explains why his clothes have to be so baggy; after getting this explanation, this design choice made a lot more sense.

When Emerald goes to register for the Battle Frontier, he becomes lost and ends up in an area that’s not supposed to be accessible in the public. In the process, he encounters one of the Frontier Brains who’s running late for the ceremony. After getting past the Frontier Brain, Emerald accidentally crashes the opening ceremony and demands to challenge the Battle Frontier. Since Emerald made this declaration on live television, the Frontier Brains agree to the challenge, with the stipulation that Emerald must defeat all seven of them.

Once Emerald begins his challenges, the primary focus is on his first one. For this first challenge, Emerald must defeat Noland in the Battle Factory. While this battle sees the challenger using rental Pokemon, the pacing and the progression of this battle is what I’ve come to expect from the Pokemon Adventures manga series. The outcome of the battle is also what I’ve come to expect.

Right at the end of Volume 26, Emerald arrives at the Battle Pike to challenge Lucy. The battle is just about to start when the story stops, so I can’t comment on what this battle is like. I should be able to say more about Emerald and Lucy’s battle after I read the next volume in the series.

After reading Pokemon Adventures Volume 26, I have to say that at this point, Emerald isn’t doing much for me as a character. To me, he comes across as being an annoying loudmouth, and nothing is presented here that makes me want to care about Emerald or become interested in his character. Hopefully future volumes will do something to develop Emerald as a character; otherwise, this portion of Pokemon Adventures will be more of a chore for me to read instead of something I’m appreciating or enjoying.

The only thing going in this volume’s favor is that it’s setting up and explaining the Battle Frontier. Thanks to the screwy publishing order that VIZ Media has had for the Pokemon Adventures series, I’ve already seen the Battle Frontier in Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum, which is supposed to come later in the timeline than the Emerald portion of Pokemon Adventures. Since these sections of the story were released in a different order in North America, readers who read Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum had the Battle Frontier presented to them with little to no explanation. Volume 26 finally fills in this missing gap, and I’m starting to better understand what I had seen in Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum.

Readers who are fans of the Pokemon Adventures manga series or are fans of the Pokemon video games that the manga is based on will probably enjoy reading Pokemon Adventures Volume 26. But for more casual fans, like me, Volume 26 may not be as enjoyable of a read as you were expecting or hoping.

The reviewer wrote this review after reading a copy of this item that was checked out through the King County Library System.

Manga Review: “Pokemon Black and White” Volume 19

Pokemon Black and White Volume 19 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.

Volume 19 opens with the battle between Chili, Cress, and Cilan and the Shadow Triad. At first, it looks the Shadow Triad have the upper hand, but Chili, Cress, and Cilan receive some unexpected help from Keldeo and Cobalion. Even though the action here is good and it’s an important battle, my favorite part of this scene is seeing the flashback sequence when Lenora makes Chili, Cress, and Cilan gym leaders. I thought this made for some nice character development for these characters, and it explains why all three of them are gym leaders.

The remainder of the volume takes place at the Pokemon League Championships. Black has won the championships, but the crowds had to be evacuated due to Team Plasma crashing the event. The light stone has also evolved into Reshiram. Meanwhile, Brycen is captured by Team Plasma and is imprisoned with the other Gym Leaders.

N makes an appearance at the stadium with Zekrom, and Hood Man returns and shows that he has the Legendary Pokemon. The volume ends with N and Zekrom getting ready to face off with Black and Reshiram.

Even though there was a more serious tone to this volume and it was more focused on building up the story to get closer to its conclusion, there was a line of dialogue in this scene that made me chuckle when I saw it. The line itself was amusing, but the fact that a Legendary Pokemon delivered it made it even more funny than it would have been if the line had been delivered by one of the human characters.

As the volume progressed, I was getting the sense that the end had to be getting closer; the arrival of N and Resihram only reinforced that idea to me. So when I saw that the teaser text for Volume 20 included the words, “final volume,” I wasn’t surprised. But from the description for the next volume, it feels like that either a lot may have to be squeezed into that final volume or that the ending will have to be rushed in order to fit everything in.

I missed seeing White since she didn’t make any kind of appearance in Volume 19. The teaser text for Volume 20 says that she will be involved in the story, so I hope she has a major role to play. Over the course of the series, White seemed to go from being Black’s co-star to being a less important character for the overall story, and I have found that to be rather disappointing.

At this point, I’m just hoping that Pokemon Black and White can receive a satisfactory conclusion to make the journey through these volumes worth it.