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Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures Volume 12 by Hidenori Kusaka

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Pokemon Adventures Volume 12 is a manga based on the Pokemon 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 VizKids imprint in 2011. This series is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Volume 12 continues the “Gold & Silver” arc of Pokemon Adventures. This volume introduces Pryce, the leader of the Mahogany Gym. Gold and Silver finally rejoin the action after being all but gone for three volumes. Lt. Surge finds the two boys, and he returns their items that he found during Volume 11.

The Legendary Pokemon Lugia creates a scene, and causes problems for Lt. Surge’s boat, the SS Aqua. Aboard the ship are Crystal, Yellow, and a fisherman. During the chaos, Gold and Silver rescue Crystal, but Yellow disappears. Gold also acquires a Mantine during this storyline. Gold, Silver, and Crystal end up traveling together; unfortunately, Gold and Crystal don’t seem to entirely get along.

Meanwhile, the gym leaders are called together by the Pokemon Association. The association wants to put on a gym leader exhibition match that pits the eight gym leaders from the Kanto region against the eight leaders from the Johto region. But it appears there’s more to the exhibition match than simply a friendly rivalry between gym leaders from different regions.

The art in this volume of Pokemon Adventures is consistent with the previous two volumes that Yamamoto has illustrated. This particular volume has a stronger emphasis on panels with “sound effect” characters, since there’s a bit more in the way of battles and actions than in the earlier volumes.

It was nice to see Gold and Silver back in action, as well as to see how they interact with Crystal. While it’s obvious that there’s some friction between Gold and Crystal, it still isn’t entirely clear how Silver and Crystal get along. Perhaps that will be shown a little more in the next volume of the series.

Unfortunately, it’s still unclear as to what is happening with the character Red; he headed out to Mt. Silver in Volume Nine, but we have not seen what has happened to him or read any reference of what has happened to him for three volumes straight. Hopefully that will be revealed in the next volume of the series.

If you’re a fan of the Pokemon games, you’ll probably find more enjoyment in the manga than someone who has more familiarity with the anime series.

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Lesley Aeschliman is a freelance writer who began writing on a full-time basis in 2007. She has served as the Anime editor at BellaOnline.com, and she also writes and maintains two blogs: Lesley's Musings... on Anime and Manga and AeschTunes.