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In manga, an omnibus edition is a volume release collecting multiple volumes or chapters which were originally released separately. Manga publishers release omnibus collections typically of older works, combining them in a bargain format and often collecting a particular story arc, although some omnibus releases cover an entire manga series.

To date, the Pokémon Adventures manga has been released in omnibus format in four different countries: in Japan, Singapore, France and Spain.

Contents

Japan

2011 releases

In 2011, a series of omnibus releases were announced in Japan, collecting the Ruby & Sapphire chapter. The Ruby & Sapphire chapter was chosen due to its high popularity in Japan. These volumes were issued under Shogakukan's "My First WIDE" brand.

While Volume 1 was released in March 2011, the other two planned volumes were cancelled and Volume 1 was quietly discontinued. This is believed to be due to the depictions of earthquakes and tsunami in the Ruby & Sapphire chapter, which were deemed inappropriate following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[1]

Cover Omnibus volume Rounds included ISBN Release date
Volume 1 Volume 1 181 - 212 ISBN 4091410693 March 31, 2011
Volume 2 Volume 2 (unissued) 213 - ??? ISBN 4091626874 Projected for April 27, 2011
Volume 3 Volume 3 (unissued) ISBN Unknown Unissued

2014 releases

In 2014, Shogakukan announced that they would be releasing a new omnibus edition of the Ruby & Sapphire chapter, in commemoration of the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The volumes will be released under Shogakukan's "My First Series" brand, which are bargain-priced volumes sold only in Japanese convenience stores. A total of four volumes were released, beginning with volume one on October 24, 2014.

Satoshi Yamamoto confirmed on his Twitter account that the new series of volumes has no connection to the 2011 releases and that the 2011 releases have been permanently discontinued.

Cover Omnibus volume Rounds included ISBN Release date
Volume 1 Volume 1 181 - 205 ISBN 4091196292 October 24, 2014
Volume 2 Volume 2 206 - ??? ISBN 4091196330 November 7, 2014
Volume 3 Volume 3 ISBN 4091196462 November 21, 2014
Volume 4 Volume 4 ISBN 4091196667 December 5, 2014

2017 releases

In 2017, it was announced that a new omnibus edition of the Red, Green & Blue chapter would be released under the title "Pocket Monsters Special Paperback Edition Red, Green & Blue Chapter". A total of two volumes were released, beginning with volume one on July 4. These volumes were later released in English in Singapore by Shogakukan Asia under the title "Pokémon Adventures RGB".

Cover Omnibus volume Rounds included ISBN Release date
Volume 1 Volume 1 001 - 022 ISBN 4091424295 July 4, 2017
Volume 2 Volume 2 022 - 040 ISBN 4091424309 July 21, 2017

Singapore

Red, Green & Blue chapter

In July 2018, a new series of omnibus volumes of the Red, Green & Blue chapter was announced by Shogakukan Asia, publishers of the Pokémon Adventures manga in Singapore. The volumes are based on the "Pocket Monsters Special Paperback Edition Red, Green & Blue Chapter" omnibus volumes released in Japan a year earlier. These releases use VIZ Media's translation.

Cover Omnibus volume Rounds included ISBN Release date
Volume 1 Volume 1 001 - 022 ISBN 9789811157097 July 2018
Volume 2 Volume 2 022 - 040 ISBN 9789811157103 July 2018

Ruby & Sapphire chapter

In January 2015, a new series of omnibus volumes was announced by Shogakukan Asia, publishers of the Pokémon Adventures manga in Singapore. The new omnibuses collect the Ruby & Sapphire chapter, originally found in Volume 15 through Volume 22, over a series of four volumes. These releases use VIZ Media's translation.

Cover Omnibus volume Rounds included ISBN Release date
Volume 1 Volume 1 181 - 201 ISBN 9810926960 January 28, 2015
Volume 2 Volume 2 202 - 226 ISBN 9810926979 February 25, 2015
Volume 3 Volume 3 227 - 249 ISBN 9810926987 April 22, 2015
Volume 4 Volume 4 250 - 267 ISBN 9810926995 May 27, 2015

France

Red, Green & Blue / Yellow chapters

Beginning in June 2014, European French publisher Kurokawa began releasing the Red, Green & Blue chapter and the Yellow chapter together as a series of three omnibus volumes. While the Red, Green & Blue chapter and the Yellow chapter had been previously released in France by publisher Glénat, these volumes feature a new translation. Kurokawa's omnibus volumes contain all the adventure route maps from the original Japanese volumes, but lack the character introduction pages from the beginning of the volumes.

Cover Omnibus volume Rounds included ISBN Release date
Volume 1 Volume 1 1 - 33 ISBN 9782368520130 June 12, 2014[2]
Volume 2 Volume 2 34 - 60 ISBN 9782368520147 August 28, 2014[3]
Volume 3 Volume 3 61 - 90 ISBN 9782368520154 November 13, 2014[4]

Gold & Silver chapter

After completion of the Ruby & Sapphire chapter (which was chosen to go first due to the recent release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire), Kurokawa continues the launch of omnibus volumes with this chapter in 2016.

Cover Omnibus volume Rounds included ISBN Release date
Volume 1 Volume 1 91 - 116 ISBN 9782368522219 February 11, 2016[5]
Volume 2 Volume 2 117 - 151 ISBN 9782368522776 June 9, 2016[6]
Volume 3 152 - 180 ISBN 9782368523827 October 13, 2016[7]

Ruby & Sapphire chapter

Following the completion of the Yellow chapter, Kurokawa announced an omnibus release of the Ruby & Sapphire chapter to tie in with the newly released remake games, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The chapter was released as three omnibus volumes, the first of which was released on December 11, 2014.

Cover Omnibus volume Rounds included ISBN Release date
Volume 1 Volume 1 181 - 212 ISBN 9782368520895 December 11, 2014[8]
Volume 2 Volume 2 213 - 241 ISBN 9782368520871 March 12, 2015[9]
Volume 3 Volume 3 242 - 267 ISBN 9782368521540 July 2, 2015[10]

FireRed & LeafGreen / Emerald chapters

On March 24, 2017, Kurokawa announced they will start publishing the FireRed & LeafGreen and Emerald chapters as a four volumes collection.[11]

Cover Omnibus volume Rounds included ISBN Release date
Volume 1 268 - 284 ISBN 9782368524961 April 13, 2017
Volume 2 285 - ??? ISBN 9782368525074 June 8, 2017
Volume 3  ???-??? ISBN 9782368525319 August 24, 2017
Volume 4  ???-337 ISBN 9782368525326 October 12, 2017

Diamond & Pearl / Platinum chapters

On January 16, 2018, Kurokawa announced they will start publishing the Diamond & Pearl and Platinum chapters as a five volumes collection.[12]

Cover Omnibus volume Rounds included ISBN Release date
Volume 1 338 - ??? ISBN 9782368525876 February 8, 2018
Volume 2  ??? - ??? ISBN 9782368526446 June 14, 2018
Volume 3  ???-??? ISBN 9782368526545 August 23, 2018
Volume 4  ???-416
Volume 5 417-441

Spain

In October 2015, Spanish publisher Norma Editorial announced they would be publishing the entirety of the Pokémon Adventures 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, with 30 volumes expected so far. The volumes will have double numbering to accommodate fans who may wish to begin reading from a particular story arc. For example, the Yellow chapter, was published over two volumes, which were numbered as Yellow Volume 1 and Yellow Volume 2, and Volume 3 and Volume 4 of the series overall.

The first volume to be released was Pokémon Rojo, Verde y Azul volume 1 on October 29, 2015. For their first releases, Norma Editorial alternated between the Red, Green & Blue chapter and the Black & White chapter.

Available volumes

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Cover Series volume Story arc volume Rounds included ISBN Release date
Volume 1 Volume 1 Red, Green and Blue volume 1 1 - 20 ISBN 8467921129 October 29, 2015
Volume 2 Volume 2 Red, Green and Blue volume 2 21 - 40 ISBN 8467922011 January 22, 2016
Volume 3 Volume 3 Yellow volume 1 41 - 65 ISBN 9788467922028 March 18, 2016
Volume 4 Yellow volume 2 66 - 90 ISBN 9788467922035 May 5, 2016
Volume 5 Gold, Silver and Crystal volume 1 91 - 116 ISBN 9788467923278 June 23, 2016
Volume 6 Gold, Silver and Crystal volume 2 117 - 137 ISBN 9788467923285 July 22, 2016
Volume 7 Gold, Silver and Crystal volume 3 138 - 159 ISBN 9788467923292 August 26, 2016
Volume 8 Gold, Silver and Crystal volume 4 160 - 180 ISBN 9788467923308 September 30, 2016
Volume 9 Ruby and Sapphire volume 1 181 - 201 ISBN 9788467923315 October 29, 2016
Volume 10 Ruby and Sapphire volume 2 202 - 226 ISBN 9788467925098 December 9, 2016
Volume 11 Ruby and Sapphire volume 3 227 - 249 ISBN 9788467925104 January 20, 2017
Volume 12 Ruby and Sapphire volume 4 250 - 267 ISBN 9788467925111 February 24, 2017
Volume 13 FireRed and LeafGreen volume 1 268 - 284 ISBN 9788467925128 March 30, 2017
Volume 14 FireRed and LeafGreen volume 2 285 - 302 ISBN 9788467925135 March 30, 2017
Volume 15 Emerald volume 1 303 - 321 ISBN 9788467925142 May 26, 2017
Volume 16 Emerald volume 2 322 - 337 ISBN 9788467925159 July 26, 2017
Volume 17 Diamond and Pearl volume 1 338 - 355 ISBN 9788467925166 October 31, 2017
Volume 18 Diamond and Pearl volume 2 356 - 374 ISBN 9788467930375 March 9, 2018
Volume 19 Diamond and Pearl volume 3 375 - 389 ISBN 9788467930382 April 12, 2018
Volume 26 Volume 26 Black and White volume 1 461 - 475 ISBN 8467921137 December 4, 2015
Volume 27 Volume 27 Black and White volume 2 476 - 490 ISBN 8467922042 February 19, 2016
Volume 28 Black and White volume 3 491 - 503 ISBN 9788467922059 April 11, 2016
Volume 29 Black and White volume 4 504 - 514 ISBN 9788467922066 May 5, 2016
Volume 30 Black and White volume 5 515 - 524 ISBN 9788467923261 July 22, 2016

Future volumes

Story arc Collected in volume #s
Diamond & Pearl chapter 17-21
Platinum chapter 22-23
HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter 24-25

References