Pokemon Adventures Volume 3 continues the story from where the second volume of Pokemon Adventures left off. This volume of the manga had the story written by Hidenori Kusaka and the art was done by Mato. Vizkids, an imprint of Viz Media, holds the North American rights to distribute the manga in the United States. This English adaptation, which is presented as an “unflipped” release, was done by Gerard Jones, with a translation done by Kaori Inoue. This edition of the manga was published in 2009. Pokemon Adventures is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.
This volume starts out with Red and Blue joining forces, albeit reluctantly, to rescue the kidnapped Professor Oak from Saffron City. Green manages to join in the proceedings without the boys realizing it at first. The three Pokemon trainers find themselves battling against three gym leaders who are members of Team Rocket; these gym leaders each have control one of the Legendary Pokemon. The next arc in the manga has Red encountering Blaine, who is trying to bring Mewtwo (a creature he created with help from a cell from Mew) under control; the two must work together to bring this Pokemon under control. Next, Red goes to Viridian City and learns the identity of the leader of Team Rocket. The final arc in this volume shows Red, Blue, and Green competing in the Pokemon League championships at the Indigo Plateau. This volume of the manga also presents an important piece of the backstory for the character of Green.
This volume of Pokemon Adventures basically culminates the elements we had seen in the previous volumes in order to tie everything together. After wrapping up the main storyline, the climax is reached with the final battle in the Pokemon League championship. According to a teaser at the end of this volume, the next volume is set two years in the future. I appreciate seeing that the manga version of Pokemon is willing to let the characters age; this is such a refreshing change from the anime series, where the characters never seem to age at all. Allowing the characters to age in the manga helps to add more of a sense of “realism” to the story, which is something that’s missing from the anime version.
Visually, the art style of this manga continues in the same manner as the previous volumes. And since this volume includes the final battle of the Pokemon League championships, the “busy” panels I’ve mentioned in my previous two reviews are more pronounced. I understand that this style is being done for the battle to build up the intensity, but when this “busy” style is prevalent for several pages in a row, it can be a little hard on the eyes to follow what exactly is going on.
I would recommend reading this volume of Pokemon Adventures if you have read and appreciated the previous two volumes in the series.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of this manga volume that my older daughter checked out through the King County Library System.