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Pokémon Adventures (Japanese: ポケットモンスターSPECIAL Pocket Monsters SPECIAL) is a manga series authored by 日下秀憲 Hidenori Kusaka. It was illustrated by 真斗 Mato for the first nine volumes and starting from Volume 10 it has been illustrated by 山本サトシ Satoshi Yamamoto. It is published by Shogakukan under the Ladybird Comics Special series. It debuted in Japan on March 3rd, 1997.
It is popularly known as Pokémon Special even outside of Japan, and often shortened as PokéSpe (Japanese: ポケスペ / ポケSP PokeSupe).
Unlike the anime—which, though drawing much inspiration from the games, does not follow them exactly—Pokémon Adventures is a mostly game-based manga, with the twenty-one main characters taking their names from the core series games and their various adventures tending to stay restricted to their home region. Also unlike the anime, which has gone to great lengths to indicate the danger of a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon being captured, the main characters of Pokémon Adventures have captured and sometimes use their own legends, much as the player can in the games. Pokémon Adventures also contains darker elements than other media, including certain characters and some Pokémon actually dying.
On October 26, 2009, it was announced that Gakunen magazine Grade 5 and Grade 6 (at the time serializing the Diamond & Pearl chapter) would cease publication at the end of the fiscal year. In February 2012, Grade 4—which was serializing the Black & White chapter at the time—also ceased publication. Publication will continue in CoroCoro Ichiban and Pokémon Fan magazine.
Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri has endorsed the series, stating "This is the comic that most resembles the world I was trying to convey." Game producer Tsunekazu Ishihara has also praised the series, saying, "I want every Pokémon fan to read this comic!"
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The various chapters of Pokémon Adventures span the eight generations of Pokémon games so far. These chapters are named typically for the games they correspond to; however, the protagonists of each chapter typically also share these names.
Red, Green & Blue chapter (Volume 1~3)
- Main article: Red, Green & Blue chapter (Adventures)
The first chapter of Pokémon Adventures, much like the first games, chronicles the journeys of Red and Blue across the Kanto region, conquering its eight Gyms and the Pokémon League. Later, a third Trainer, Green, is added into the plot. Together, the three defeat Team Rocket, an evil organization that uses Pokémon for illegal acts. Red also helps Blaine to capture Mewtwo and saves a young girl from wild Pokémon in Viridian Forest called Yellow, who appears in volumes 4-7. In the end, as in the games, Red defeats Blue in the Pokémon League.
Yellow chapter (Volume 4~7)
- Main article: Yellow chapter (Adventures)
The Yellow chapter starts two years after Red obtains his title of the Champion in the Pokémon League. Red disappears for one month after he leaves to answer a challenge from someone named Bruno. One day, Professor Oak discovers Red's Pikachu, Pika, injured at his doorstep. Soon after the arrival of Pika, a young Trainer comes into the Professor's lab. The Trainer, Yellow, claims that "he" is a friend of Red and wishes to look for him with Pika. While Professor Oak is still skeptical about Yellow, especially about "his" ability of healing and sensing Pokémon's emotions, he eventually entrusts this mission and Red's upgraded Pokédex to the young Trainer. However, this event only triggers the revelation of a larger secret as Yellow is repeatedly attacked by members of the Elite Four. When Yellow discovers that the Elite Four base is situated at Cerise island, Yellow heads there and meets up with Blaine, Blue, Green and the Team Rocket Commanders: Sabrina, Lt. Surge, and Koga. They decide to team up to take down the Elite Four, where Red also joins them.
Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter (Volume 8~15)
- Main article: Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter (Adventures)
As peace is returning to Kanto, new journeys and happenings are beginning in another region, Johto. Gold was enjoying his normal life with his family Pokémon, who have been with him since birth, until he ran into a Pokémon thief at Professor Elm's lab. As he goes on a journey of chasing the thief, Silver, with a Cyndaquil from Professor Elm and Pokédex from Professor Oak, he stumbles upon the secret plots of the Masked Man. At the same time, Professor Oak sends out a "Pokémon Capture Professional," Crystal, on a journey of completing the Pokédex. She gets involved in Eusine's plans to capture Suicune and tries to do so herself. Soon after, she also gets involved with the plots of Masked Man, who is apparently after the two Legendary Pokémon, Lugia and Ho-Oh. The more shocking revelation follows: this Masked Man is actually one of the eight Gym Leaders of the Johto area.
Ruby & Sapphire chapter (Volume 15~22)
- Main article: Ruby & Sapphire chapter (Adventures)
Things have just settled down in Kanto and Johto, but another new region comes on screen. This chapter is about the "rivalry" of Ruby and Sapphire, who are trying to conquer all the Pokémon Contests and Gyms in Hoenn respectively within the span of 80 days. Just like their counterparts in Kanto and Johto, they encounter two evil organizations, the land-favoring Team Magma and sea-favoring Team Aqua. Team Aqua steals the heart component from Mr. Stone, President of Devon Corporation, while Team Magma steals the Submarine Explorer 1. Team Aqua destroys the volcano using the Grand Meteor, disrupting the balance of nature. Sapphire picks up a piece of the Grand Meteor and keeps it, but not for long, as soon she and Ruby clash with the leaders Maxie and Archie as the two new Pokédex holders attempt to quell the two titans Groudon and Kyogre.
FireRed & LeafGreen chapter (Volume 22~26)
- Main article: FireRed & LeafGreen chapter (Adventures)
The FRLG series continues the series featuring the characters Red and Blue as they are forced to explore the Sevii Islands to look for Professor Oak who has been kidnapped by Team Rocket. Meanwhile, Green has finally located her parents, but as she is about to meet them, they get swallowed up by a mysterious black hole after a Deoxys attacks them. Red, Green, and Blue must locate the missing relatives with the help of former foe Lorelei, the psychic mutant Mewtwo and a mysterious old lady, Ultima, while defeating Team Rocket again at the same time. Back in Kanto, Silver is seeking his parents as well, with the help of Yellow. He is soon shocked by the revelation of who his father really is. In the end, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Silver are all petrified.
Emerald chapter (Volume 26~29)
- Main article: Emerald chapter (Adventures)
The grand opening of the Battle Frontier takes an unexpected twist when Emerald appears on the scene. Now he must conquer the seven facilities in seven days. However, even with a seemingly unmatched ability in battling and access to every Pokémon Crystal has ever caught, Guile Hideout, the mysterious stranger that attacks Noland and is seeking Jirachi, may be more of a worry than they first thought, especially if he catches Jirachi first.
Diamond & Pearl chapter (Volume 30~38)
- Main article: Diamond & Pearl chapter (Adventures)
An important family from the region of Sinnoh sends their latest descendant Platinum on a special mission with two bodyguards. Platinum instead meets with Diamond and Pearl, who coincidentally match the description given to her (two boys in scarves, one in red, the other in green). They join her, believing she is the tour guide of a trip to Mt. Coronet they won as a prize in a comedy contest. But these misunderstandings mark the start of their Pokémon journeys.
Platinum chapter (Volume 38~40)
- Main article: Platinum chapter (Adventures)
This chapter follows Lady Platinum Berlitz as she enters the Battle Frontier to gather information on the mysterious Distortion World so she can rescue two very important people. Joining Platinum is Looker, member of the International Police, who aims to investigate the villainous Team Galactic.
HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter (Volume 41~43)
- Main article: HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter (Adventures)
Three years after the events of the Emerald chapter, Team Rocket has been revived once more in an attempt to bring back their long-lost leader, Giovanni. Silver, enraged by this, sets out to stop the team his father once led. Elsewhere, Gold gets into a battle with the Mythical Pokémon Arceus.
Black & White chapter (Volume 43~51)
- Main article: Black & White chapter (Adventures)
This chapter follows Black's journey across the Unova region, with the dream of conquering the Pokémon League and become the Pokémon Champion. He is joined by White, who runs the BW Agency and whose dream is to raise the best Pokémon actor out there.
Black 2 & White 2 chapter (Volume 52~?)
- Main article: Black 2 & White 2 chapter (Adventures)
Blake is a seemingly normal boy enrolled in the Aspertia City Trainer's School. However, he is actually a member of the International Police who aims to find the remaining members of Team Plasma that was defeated two years ago. Unbeknownst to him, the new student, Whitley, happens to be a former member of Team Plasma.
X & Y chapter (Volume ?~?)
- Main article: X & Y chapter (Adventures)
X, a boy who won a Pokémon Tournament as a child, has become depressed due to bad experiences with the paparazzi and the public speaking bad about him. Although his friends Y, Shauna, Tierno, and Trevor try to get him back to normal, he refuses to listen to them. Meanwhile, Team Flare is aiming to capture both X's Mega Ring and the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal to power their ultimate weapon.
Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter (Volume ?~?)
- Main article: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter (Adventures)
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon chapter (Volume ?~?)
- Main article: Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon chapter (Adventures)
Moon, a girl from Sinnoh, has traveled to Alola to make a delivery to Professor Kukui. She meets Sun, a dedicated delivery boy who aims to collect 100 million yen for a classified purpose. Meanwhile, the Island Kahunas realize that the Tapu have been agitated by something and decide to revive the old custom of island challenge in order to appease them. In the midst of all these events are also the mysterious girl named Lillie, accompanied by the Legendary Pokémon Cosmog, and the equally mysterious young man Gladion, who is seeking to get stronger in order to defeat the strange beings known as Ultra Beasts.
Sword & Shield chapter (Volume ?~?)
- Main article: Sword & Shield chapter (Adventures)
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Pokémon Adventures has been licensed for English translation by three different companies: VIZ Media, located in the United States, Chuang Yi, located in Singapore, and Shogakukan Asia, also located in Singapore.
Beginning in September 1999, Pokémon Adventures was translated into English and published in the United States by VIZ Media. Originally, the series was available as a series of monthly single issues, a popular format at the time, and the rounds were later released in the more traditional graphic novel format, beginning from Volume 1 in April 2000. Publication ceased in 2003 after the Yellow chapter concluded with Volume 7. These translations read from left-to-right with the artwork in reverse from the original version, to conform with the style of North American comics and other Japanese manga published at the time. Other content, such as the route maps at the end of every volume, was omitted as well. Samples from this translation of Pokémon Adventures can be found in the The Best of Pokémon Adventures volumes, which were both published in 2006.
In June 2009, VIZ Media began re-releasing the series beginning from Volume 1. Rather than just reissue the previous translations, VIZ Media opted for a "second edition" - these volumes feature a new translation, with the right-to-left artwork and all of the content omitted from the previous translation restored. However, the new translation still follows closely to the original translation, containing some of the same dialogue and all the same titles for the rounds, as well as a lack of nicknames for Red's or Green's Pokémon (although Red's Pokémon receive nicknames in later volumes). In addition, these second editions contain edits not found in the first edition, such as the editing of Green's battle with Sabrina in A Little Kadabra'll Do It to remove the scene of Green hiding Poké Balls in her top and the recoloring of Jynx to match its current color of purple.
Following the second edition of Volume 7, VIZ Media has begun to release volumes which are new to North America, beginning with Volume 8 in August 2010. While continuing the format of the second editions, there are some edits in the new-to-American audience volumes, like editing a scene of Crystal's mother slapping her in Volume 11 into a glare and editing the scene of Norman punching Ruby into him dropping Ruby due to lightning in Volume 17. VIZ Media took a break in publication following the release of Volume 14 in August 2011, which concluded the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter (The Last Battle XIV was moved to the end of Volume 14). They resumed production of the series with Volume 15 in March 2013.
In July 2010, it was announced that the Diamond & Pearl chapter would be published concurrently with the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter as a "second series" called Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum, with Volume 30 published as the first volume of the second series. This second series releases one new volume triannually and began publication in February 2011. Continuing this trend, in August 2013 VIZ Media began to release the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter as a separately numbered series, Pokémon Adventures: HeartGold & SoulSilver, consisting of Volume 41 and Volume 42 as volumes one and two. Since the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter is numbered separately from the Black & White chapter, the first four rounds of Volume 43 (PS457-PS460) were moved to the end of Volume 42 to keep the rounds organised by chapter.
Beginning in July 2011, VIZ Media began publishing the magazine version of the Black & White chapter. Since the rounds were not collected in volume format in Japan at the time of publication, they were released as a series of mini-volumes, titled Pokémon Black and White and billed as a "Pokémon Adventures special edition". Starting from July 2013, VIZ Media started releasing the regular volume versions as a series called Pokémon Adventures: Black & White, allowing readers the choice between the magazine version and the volume version.
In March 2013, VIZ launched the Perfect Square app for the iPad. It allowed users to buy digital copies of children's manga and American comics. Pokémon Adventures is among those included on the app. So far, only Volumes 1-14 and Diamond and Pearl/Platinum Volumes 1-4 have been made available. These same volumes have also been released on the Kindle and Nook eBook stores as well.
In July 2018, Viz announced their plans to release the regular volumes for the entire series digitally on both their website's regular digital platform as well as Kindle, ComiXology, iBooks, Nook and GooglePlay with volumes 1-7 initially available, while the rest of storyline were released between August to December 2018 with both October and December having multiple saga releases which was completed on December 25, 2018.
Chuang Yi, a manga company based in Singapore, translated Pokémon Adventures into English since Volume 1 in May 2000. The first seven volumes used VIZ Media's translation, though after VIZ Media stopped their first edition in 2003 at Volume 7, Chuang Yi continued to translate the series on their own. As the first seven volumes were based on the flipped edition by VIZ Media, Chuang Yi continued to publish the series in a flipped format, lasting from Volume 8 to Volume 40. Their final volume, Volume 41, was published in the original right-to-left reading format. Their translation of the manga stopped when Chuang Yi went under voluntary liquidation.
Chuang Yi's translations of Pokémon Adventures were available in Singapore, Malaysia, India, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. They were also available in Australia and New Zealand through Madman Entertainment.
Beginning in July 2014, a new publisher, Shogakukan Asia, has picked up the license for Pokémon manga, including Pokémon Adventures, in Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries. They first published Pokémon Adventures volume 42 in August 2014. The volumes were published in the original right-to-left reading format.
Pokémon Adventures has been translated into many languages for publication around the world.
Pokémon Adventures has been translated into various versions in Chinese. The Traditional Chinese (Taiwan) version is translated by Ching Win Publishing Co., Ltd. (青文出版社有限公司) under the title 神奇寶貝特別篇, while the Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong) version is translated by its subsidiary, Hong Kong Ching Win Publishing Co., Ltd. (香港青文出版社有限公司) under the title 寵物小精靈特別篇.
The Simplified Chinese (Mainland China) version is translated by Jilin Publishing Group (吉林出版集团) under the title 精灵宝可梦特别篇. The series was formerly named 神奇宝贝特别篇 prior to Volume 29, but was renamed due to trademark issues. Volume 1 - 29 was then republished under the new name afterwards. Initially, the series was translated by China Light Industry Press (轻工业出版社) and known as 宠物小精灵特别篇 for seven volumes, before Jilin Publishing took over in 2005.
On July 25, 2014, Finnish publisher Pauna Media started publishing the Red, Green & Blue chapter and the Yellow chapter under the combined title Pokémon Adventures: Red, Blue & Green. The seven volumes of these story arcs were initially scheduled to be released monthly. The Finnish version is based on and translated from the Japanese version. The names of moves, most characters, and Pokémon, however, will be in English by request of English licensors.
This means that Blue and Green follow the English naming as well instead of the original Japanese. Even though the translation is based on the Japanese version, the graphics are based on VIZ Media's second English version, with certain Finnish sound effects added. The edits made to the graphics remain in this version, despite the company's earlier statement on not censoring the series. Pauna Media has plans to release the entire series.
Pokémon Adventures was translated into European French by Glénat under the title Pokémon: La Grande Aventure!. This translated version was based on the original Japanese, however, the artwork was printed in reverse order in a left-to-right reading format for purposes of publication in France. Each volume was initially split into two monthly issues by Glénat, and were later republished in their original volume presentation. Glénat suddenly had to interrupt this edition due to copyright issues, before the release of Volume 7, the closing volume of the Yellow chapter.
Since 2011, the Black & White chapter has been translated for France by Kurokawa. This translation respects the original reading format (right-to-left) and is based directly on the magazine version of Pokémon Adventures. As the title Pokémon: La Grande Adventure! was still trademarked by Glénat, the Black & White chapter is published with the title Pokémon Noir et Blanc.
In April 2014, it was announced by Kurokawa that they would be rereleasing the Red, Green & Blue chapter and the Yellow chapter in a set of three omnibus volumes, beginning on June 12, 2014 with volume one. This release, while continuing to use the "Pokémon: La Grande Aventure!" name, features an entirely new translation more faithful to the original Japanese version and consistent with Kurokawa's release of the Black & White chapter. In this edition, Red, Blue and Green are named Rouge, Bleu and Verte, which translate to the same colours in French. Blue and Green's names are switched, as in the English version (Bleu is the male character and Verte is the female character), likely due to the fact that there was no Green version released in France.
In 2015, upon completion of the Black & White chapter, Kurokawa has begun a French translation of the X & Y chapter in the same format. Similarly, in commemoration of the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Kurokawa has begun an omnibus release of the original Ruby & Sapphire chapter, previously unissued in France. After that, it continues with the launch of Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter in 2016.
Pokémon Adventures has been translated into German by Egmont Manga & Anime. However, only the first three volumes were released. In the German version, the names of characters such as Professor Oak and Lt. Surge were renamed to their German names from the games and anime. Additionally, Red and Blue were renamed to "Ash" and "Gary" to match the anime.
Since October 2013, Panini Comics has released eight volumes of the Black & White chapter under the title Pokémon: Schwarz und Weiss. In May 2015, Panini Comics started releasing translated Japanese mini-volumes of the X & Y chapter under the title Pokémon X und Y. Beginning in January 2016, it started releasing volumes of Pokémon Adventures, these volumes combine the Red, Green & Blue chapter with the Yellow chapter.
The first fifteen rounds of Pokémon Adventures (Greek: Pokémon Περιπέτειες) were translated into Greek by Modern Times. The fifteen chapters were published over five books, with the first book titled Pokémon Περιπέτειες: Ο Καλύτερος Εκπαιδευτής.
Pokémon Adventures (Pokémon: Le Grandi Storie a Fumetti) was translated into Italian by Planet Manga, a subsidiary of Panini Comics. The first ten monthly issues were translated into Italian, based on VIZ Media's first edition. The project was abandoned after the fifteenth round.
In autumn 2013, Italian manga publishers J-Pop and GP Manga announced at the Lucca Comics and Games comic book convention that they would be publishing the Black & White chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga in Italian with the title Pokémon Nero e Bianco. This release is based on VIZ Media's mini volumes of the magazine version. The first Italian volume was released on August 27, 2014.
J-Pop then started to publish the Pokémon Adventures saga from the very beginning with the title Pokémon: La Grande Avventura, releasing the Red, Green & Blue chapter together with the Yellow chapter in three volumes in November 2016, the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter in November 2017, the Ruby & Sapphire chapter in October 2018 and the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter together with the Emerald chapter in four volumes in June 2019.
The Korean version had been published in a flipped format from Volume 1 through Volume 25, but since Volume 26, it keeps the original right-to-left orientation after the series' dedicated translator had been changed. However, the volumes that had already been published prior to Volume 26 are still being published in a flipped format. It is also notable that the cover arts were also flipped in the first 6 volumes and Volume 8, which is a feature that has never been implemented to other flipped versions of Pokémon Adventures.
In Malaysia, Pokémon Adventures is translated as Pengembaraan Pokémon under Chuang Yi's license.
In Poland, the first volume's worth of chapters was translated into Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica and published in four monthly issues. The Polish version uses the English "Pokémon Adventures" name. Due to the low popularity of the series in Poland, the series was quickly discontinued and the monthly issues were never collected in a bound volume.
In August 2014, Panini Comics began releasing the Black & White chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga in Brazilian Portuguese, beginning with Volume 43. Panini has stated that if the series is successful, they will continue into other story arcs of the manga. The Red, Green & Blue chapter was released in November 2016, the Yellow chapter was released in April 2017 and the Gold & Silver Chapter was released in January 2018
In Spain, Norma Editorial has acquired the complete license of the manga. Due to the length of the series (52 volumes at the time of announcing the license) and due to different story arcs often starting and ending partway through volumes, Norma Editorial has opted for an omnibus format which groups rounds by chapter, including two simultaneous numbering systems (each volume is numbered based on its position in the entire series as well as numbered based on which chapter the book collects).
Norma Editorial's translation of Pokémon Adventures retains the original right-to-left reading format. New volumes are expected to be released monthly, beginning with Volume 1 on October 29, 2015. For their first releases, Norma Editorial will be alternating between the Red, Green & Blue chapter and the Black & White chapter.
Latin American Spanish
Pokémon Adventures was translated into Latin American Spanish by Toukan Manga. The Latin American translation was based on VIZ Media's English translation.
In Vietnam, Pokémon Adventures (Pokémon Đặc Biệt) is published by Kim Đồng Publishing House, one of the largest manga publishers in Vietnam. The Vietnamese translation is based directly on the Japanese version — the trademarked romanizations of Japanese names are used for Pokémon, character and location names, although move names are translated into Vietnamese language.
Kim Đồng Publishing House's first edition of Pokémon Adventures began in 2003 and ran from Volume 1 through Volume 12, after which the series was discontinued due to Kim Đồng's Japanese partner cancelling their contract. This edition was published in a left-to-right format with reversed artwork.
In late 2014, Kim Đồng renegotiated the rights to the Pokémon Adventures series; however, a series of delays resulted in the release of the first volume to be pushed back from a projected January 2015 release date until April 6, 2015. Volume 2 was planned to be released on April 20 but has been delayed since then, after receiving complaints about some translated terms from readers. This volume was finally released on August 24, and subsequent volumes are scheduled to follow every two weeks on Mondays. Kim Đồng's second edition of Pokémon Adventures are published in the original right-to-left reading format.
- A large amount of the art in Pokémon Adventures is based on the original concept works from the games. For example:
- In the Red, Green & Blue chapter, Charmander is drawn with spikes on its back.
- Hitmonlee has legs that can stretch like springs in the Red, Green & Blue chapter.
- Green's character design is based on a Ken Sugimori illustration of Red, Blue, and an unnamed female Trainer.
- Brock's Graveler is seen floating like Geodude instead of having feet.
- Throughout the series, almost every protagonist starts out with a Pokémon other than the traditional starter Pokémon that are chosen in the games, except Emerald, White, and Blake. However, each protagonist eventually gets one, usually near the start of the chapter.
- In some instances in the translated version, the Fire type is referred to as Flame and the Ground type is referred to as Earth.
- The starters of each region that are given to characters based on the male protagonists in the games cycle through Grass (Red, Diamond, and X), Fire (Gold, Black, and Sun), and Water (Ruby and Blake). Currently, the only exception to this rule is Sōdo, who has a Grass starter instead of the expected Water starter.
- In PSs2, it is mentioned by Red that in the Adventures manga Pokémon have different names in different locations, this references the names Pokémon are given in different languages, like Charizard being called Lizardon (switched around in the Japanese version).
- Official Japanese site
- VIZ Media, English-language publishers of Pokémon Adventures in the USA
- Chuang Yi, former English-language publishers of Pokémon Adventures in Singapore
- Shogakukan Asia, current English-language publishers of Pokémon Adventures in Singapore
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