Now Pokemon is one of my all time favourite things in general, everything from the games to the tv show to the movies but I have never read the manga, so let’s change that.
Red doesn’t just want to train Pokémon, he wants to be their friend too. Bulbasaur and Poliwhirl seem game. But independent Pikachu won’t be so easy to win over!
And watch out for Team Rocket, Red… They only want to be your enemy!
Taken from goodreads.
I will start off with the art as I personally think this is one of the most important things in a manga, a manga doesn’t have good art then people aren’t going to want to keep on reading. The artist Mato (Volumes 1-9) did a good job at bringing in the Pokemon style that we have all come to know and love. The pokemon that are shown are a bit more rounded but obviously this manga came out just after the first games were released in Japan and 2 years before the first tv episode. The art manages to show enough detail to the point where you know what everything is but not too much for it to become overwhelming on the small panels.
The story is alright for Pokemon, you get to see Red as he makes his way from training a few children on how to catch a Pokemon to helping out Professor Oak in completing the Pokedex. This is also where we get to see where the best rival in all of Pokemon with Blue, Blue behaves the exact same way as he does in the game where he is cocky and thinks he knows best. It is this rivalry that makes me want to keep on reading as I want to see a battle between them and I want to see just how much Red has progressed.
This is not really aimed at young children like what the games have become, the main reason for this is because you get to see Pokemon actually die, not faint but die. Arbok gets cut in half, Onix gets ripped apart and Graveler becomes gravel. I much prefer this, as at the age of 24 and been playing since as long as I can remember Pokemon has just become more and more kiddish so it is refreshing to see a more grown up side of the series.
A feature I really do like is actually one of the last pages, this is because we get to see the levels and stats of Red current team. This is a great feature to have as he is trying to complete the pokedex so his team is probably going to change a lot.
This is a great way to start a manga series and I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the books have to offer.