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Pokemon Manga

Discussion in 'Pokémon Manga Discussion' started by Eryzol, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. Eryzol

    Eryzol LEGEND

    I want to read the pokemon manga, but I am overwhelmed with content and I do not know where to start from. Could anyone perhaps provide guidance from where to begin.
  2. Zipper4242

    Zipper4242 Bewear is the most powerful being in the universe.

    Pokémon Adventures Red by Kusaka and Mato. Definitely one of the better starting points.

    There are several other starting points if you’re interested in reading Adventures in arcs rather than story (in chronological) order:

    1. ⁠Red arc, the first one: this is probably the best adaptation of the games, and is reasonably similar to them in terms of plot (there are a few surprises but for the most part it’s generally like the games)
    2. ⁠Gold/Silver/Crystal: now hear me out, I know this is very interconnected with Red/Yellow arcs, but I actually started reading it first and then reading the first two arcs once I began to love the Kanto characters. Definitely something you can do, although I don’t recommend it because you’ll get a LOT more out of this arc once you read the first two. It does have great rereadability, though, so you might want to reread it after reading Red and Yellow arcs. This one is pretty different from the games, with Gold, an impulsive punk, chasing down Silver (who is pretty much like the games), and ultimately running into a totally new villain with a totally new agenda. This arc has the best final few chapters of almost any arc, featuring a Gym Leader exhibition match that is amazing and a GREAT final fight scene.
    3. ⁠Ruby/Sapphire: this one is pretty self contained, besides the ending. Follows Ruby, a coordinator who is very vain and focused on beauty, and Sapphire, a wild girl who loves to battle, as they compete to get all the ribbons/badges within 80 days. One of the best character arcs in the series with Ruby here.
    4. ⁠Diamond/Pearl/Platinum: This is my personal favorite and recommended starting point if you don’t want to start at the beginning. Basically a Buddy Road Trip comedy but with Pokémon. Absolutely great. I can’t recommend these two arcs enough. The end hints at both HGSS and BW, but other than that you can easily read this first and it is self contained.
    5. ⁠Black/White: Kind of like Adventures Red in that for the most part it stays reasonably similar to the games, with a few twists. The big difference is that White is a filmmaker. I don’t recommend starting here as it ends in a HUGE cliffhanger that still (infuriatingly) hasn’t been resolved in BW2.
    6. ⁠XY: Again, very much like the games but with a few added twists (such as Vaniville Town getting totaled by Xerneas and Yveltal). A good arc, but not the strongest imo. I wouldn’t recommend starting here.
    7. ⁠SM: I am not up to the current chapter yet, but this has been pretty good to the point I am. Moon is a pharmacist and Sun is a courier obsessed with money. Hijinks ensue as Sun does the island challenge.

    If I had to recommend one, I would recommend DP. My recommended reading order if you don’t want to start at the beginning (which I highly recommend) is as follows:

    1. ⁠DP/Platinum
    2. ⁠Red/Yellow
    3. ⁠Gold/Silver/Crystal
    4. ⁠Ruby/Sapphire
    5. ⁠Firered/LeafGreen which goes directly into Emerald
    6. ⁠Heartgold/Soulsilver (which, if you start with DPPt, the ending of which will be teased, but I promise you that it makes more sense if you read GSC/FRLG/Emerald)
    7. ⁠ORAS
    8. ⁠XY
    9. ⁠BW/BW2 (because hopefully that will he finished by the time you get here lol)
    10. ⁠SM (Wait for them to come out in volumes if you ask me)
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  3. Eryzol

    Eryzol LEGEND

    Thank you dude I really appreciate your reply. I will start reading the manga in order as you showed me. Hopefully I will enjoy reading the manga even more than I did watching the anime.
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  4. Zipper4242

    Zipper4242 Bewear is the most powerful being in the universe.

    The manga is why got me into Pokémon in the first place. Truly a magical experience with some REALLY great twists and turns!
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  5. shoz999

    shoz999 Do you wanna try a good Tapu Cocoa? My treat.

    In my opinion, I suggest you simply read by the release order. Things get really good at the GSC story arc, the third story arc, and I believe after you finish reading that arc, that's where you decide if you want to continue reading on or not. RGB and Yellow are great in my opinion and are integral to the lore but they feel like somewhat of an experiment for what's to come. The GSC story arc is where I believe it better establishes Pokemon Adventures identity but it's also in many ways the true conclusion to the RGB and Yellow story arcs, so I suggest you read those first two story arcs. You don't need to but it's quite a fulfilling experience if you do. After those three story arcs, you start to see more and more story arcs that are independent from each other but also holding enough lore to connect these independent stories that those who read previous chapters and those who are just diving in any of these chapters will have a good time regardless kind of like the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  6. e9310103838

    e9310103838 Well-Known Member

    In my opinion the best way to read it is to read in order of volumes. And people can also read it in the order of their favorite chapters of course. This is Pokespe (Pokemon Adventures)'s characteristic. ;)
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