When it comes to the art, Yamamoto’s strength seems to be in extreme closeups of facial reactions. It’s in these panels where he takes the time to try to include a little more detail in the characters’ looks. Another thing that really stood out to me was the character design for Rad Rickshaw, because I kept thinking his face might have been inspired by Might Guy from Naruto; I think the look of his eyes and eyebrows that make me think that. Unfortunately, I can’t tell if he shares Guy’s bowl cut, because Rad Rickshaw is always seen wearing a bicycle helmet.
I’m glad to see that Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum has continued the better storytelling that has emerged in the more recent volumes. After having a slow start, it seems Kusaka found his stride a little later in the series. I’m interested in seeing how the story continues in Volume Seven.
If you enjoy the Pokemon franchise, then you might find enjoyment in Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum.