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Pokemon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl: Platinum Vol. #01

Pokemon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl: Platinum Vol. #01 Manga Review

By Matthew Warner     March 24, 2011
Release Date: March 01, 2011


Pokemon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl: Platinum
© Viz Media

New trainers set out on a fresh journey along with plenty of new Pokemon.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto

What They Say
Pokemon trainers Pearl and Diamond are starstruck! Their lifelong dream is to floor an audience with their Pokemon comedy act. So how do they wind up as bodyguards to a pampered little rich girl on a quest to reach the peak of Mr. Coronet…?! Come along and join in the thrills and laughs as Pokemon Adventures continues! Plus, meet Starly, Bidoof, Luxio, Combee, Bronzor, Rotom and many more sinnoh Pokemon friends!

The Review!
Technical:

The cover here is a simple image, displaying our three main characters and their Pokemon, presented in an orderly manner over a blue background. The back cover takes a similar approach, displaying gym leaders Roark and Gardenia interacting with their Pokemon, along with a quick plot synopsis. Paper quality is solid and no real extras are included. Text reads smoothly, sound effects are translated in a stylized manner, and honorifics are not included.

Art here is rather simple, but fits the book well enough. Though detail is often a little lacking, characters and Pokemon look spot on and depict their counterparts from the games well. Action and emotions also come across quite nicely here. Backgrounds appear when needed and look fine.

Content:
Diamond and Pearl are aspiring comedians hoping to make it big in the field, whereas the young woman known only as Lady is setting off on a great journey, as dictated by the traditions of her prestigious family. Though these characters seem like an unlikely trio, they soon find themselves traveling due to a mix up: Diamond and Pearl are accidently given instructions to act as Lady’s bodyguards on her journey as a prize for winning the local comedy competition, and believe Lady to be their tour guide. Amazingly, this all falls perfectly into place, with Lady believing the pair to be her protectors, while the actual bodyguards are left behind, confused and eventually forced to give chase to the group.

As the volume continues, we learn quite a bit about the characters, such as Lady’s stubborn nature and incredible wealth, Diamond’s lackadaisical nature and gluttony, and Pearl’s short temper and drive towards his goal. We also see the group take on a herd of Bidoof with overgrown teeth and help a Luxio reunite with its pack. Eventually, our group makes it to Oreburgh city, where Lady decides to challenge the gym leader known as Roark. With the help of some extra training from Diamond and Pearl, as well as the determination of her Piplup, Lady is able to pull through and win her first gym badge.

As the volume comes to a close, our group save a little girl’s father from the mysterious intruder in the Valley Windworks, and spend a night in a mysterious mansion while fending off ghostly Pokemon. Finally, the group runs into Eterna City’s gym leader Gardenia, and Lady ends up with a challenge. While training for the battle, Piplup, Turtwig, and Chimchar all evolve. Will this sudden boost in power be enough to defeat Gardenia?

In Summary:
The set of new characters presented here are an interesting group that certainly stand out from the types of trainers introduced previously in the Adventures series. Diamond and Pearl’s motivations don’t really match with the quest they’re on, but they fit in fine nonetheless, and it allows for a number of fun little gags throughout. Add in Lady’s mysterious background and Diamond’s surprisingly lax nature, and you have a set of characters that make for a rather enjoyable group. Though the plot has yet to really advance in any significant way, there’s already hints of something grand sprinkled throughout. Hopefully this series will manage to be every bit as great as its predecessors, as the potential is certainly there.


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