Ruby is a Pokémon Trainer who specialises in Pokémon Contests rather than battling and so has decided to run away from home to avoid following in his Gym Leader father's footsteps. Sapphire on the other hand is a feral girl who wishes to grow stronger and defeat the Hoenn Gum Leaders. After their meeting the pair of Trainers with opposing philosophies decide to compete to see who can achieve their dream first.
This fifteenth volume of the 'Pokémon Adventures' manga begins the Ruby/Sapphire arc. This volume is slightly shorter than other 'Pokémon Adventures' volumes as the first part of the original volume is the conclusion of the Gold/Silver/Crystal arc and was included at the end of volume fourteen of the series.
This volume is only really an introduction to the two new main characters and the Hoenn region in which they live. While Ruby doesn't come off too well in this volume he does improve over the course of the arc. Sapphire on the other hand is a very good character and I would say that she is probably my joint favourite of the female Pokédex holders along with Crystal. The volume also introduces some of the new antagonists towards the end, but only briefly so we don't get much of a feel for them.
This was a decent introduction to the new arc with some nice humour alongside a few decent Pokémon Battles, even if they are quite brief. Overall this volume is probably worth a solid four stars.
I had read up to volume 14 of the adventure manga rounding of at the end of the crystal story arc. I bought this book in anticipation of the omega ruby and alpha sapphire releases and to redtart my following of the story. In my opinion it does not really stack up to the standard of the kanto and Johto story arcs but is still worth the fly throuh if you are a keen and veteran pokemon fan like me who wants to find a compelling story outside of the anime or any of the game lore. Big hopes for omega ruby and alpha sapphire and if nothing else this portion of the advntures manga should kep you in anticipation of the new games.
Weird the only way to describe it. Sapphire talks like Jessie out of toy story (without the ye-haw and yodelling)Ruby is just stupid and loves contests he's a boy for crying out loud he should love battles but I know his past and the little girl (Sapphire)and the Salemence. But the story is good so I recommend this to any Pokémon fan (who likes romance)