Top critical review
Good! But lacking.
on 16 October 2014
I received this volume of Pokémon Adventures for my 16th birthday. I was rather excited for it, as I've found a fairly recent love for manga comics and I'm a fan of the Pokémon franchise. I like the cover for the book as it is very cute and colourful, and I rather enjoyed the story too, as it is completely different from both the Anime series' and the video games. However, my concern with this book, and this will most likely go for the rest of the books in this series, is that I found the illustrations at times difficult to identify, as sometimes I wasn't really sure what was actually happening in the panel. But one of my biggest disappointments more than anything in the story was the characters. I've read a few 2 other manga collections both from the same franchise, and the character development in those series is beautiful. Each and every character has a personality unique to their own and whilst reading you become very attached and involved with the story, which I think is extremely important. I did not feel this in the Pokémon Adventures manga however. After reading it I do not feel like I actually know the character at all, apart from their names and that some of them dislike each other. Other issues I had was that I felt that the journey was rushed slightly, for example, Red was in Pallet (I think!) and then suddenly he was in a different town all together in the next chapter, having no idea how he got there. This may not be too much of an issue, but like I mentioned, I adore character development, and if the story was less rushed, it may have helped out a bit. I also feel that the re-readability may be lacking, but I'll ave to wait a while before I find that out for sure :) A good aspect that I really liked in the story was the final 2 chapters (Adventure 13+14), as I really liked going back to Lavender Town, and having another, different experience than in the Anime and the games.
If you are going to consider buying this book, it depends on wherever you're bothered about character and plot development as much as I am, but, if you're a Pokémon franchise fan, then I think this book will be a fun read! :)