Why the Pokemon Adventures Manga is AmazingPosted: May 17, 2011
This isn’t actually the editorial I planned on publishing today. I ran out of time because I was studying for a test that’s tomorrow. Tomorrow is also the last day of school for me! Though I still have finals to do after that.
Basically, the real post will be out tomorrow. I just felt like I needed to post something today (though this is actually scheduled to be posted tomorrow… oh well).
Alright, before anyone says, “But Riyoga! You were just saying last post how being ‘dark’ doesn’t automatically mean ‘good,” my stance hasn’t changed. I’m not even saying this manga is written well. In fact, it has pacing the speed of which only a caffeine-addict would approve of. Though the recent Yellow arc is going at a much better pace. It’s still really fast, though.
I won’t say this is a “guilty pleasure” because I feel like this atmosphere fits Pokémon very well. The games and show really only had the chances of losing a match at stake, but in this manga, the possibility of death is all too real. Especially when half the gym leaders work for Team Rocket, and the Elite Four are a bunch of pretentious assholes.
In fact, the creator of Pokémon even said that this manga best fit the world he was trying to convey. So, if anything, you should read this manga to see what the world of Pokémon was originally envisioned as.
But you should also read it because it kicks ass.
P.S. Yes, I know this manga is old and pretty much all “true” Pokémon fans are already caught up on the 400 or so chapters, but if I can catch any stragglers with this post, then mission accomplished.