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What was the exact context of Satoshi Tajiri saying the Adventures manga was closest to the way he imagined the world of Pokémon

WaterTypeStarter

Well-Known Member
Many fans of the manga have taken it to mean that the Adventures manga is what he wanted Pokemon to be like. However, what is the actual context behind this?
 

pacman000

On a quest to be the best...
I know of only two interviews with Satoshi Tajiri, one from the late 90’s done by Time Asia, the other in the early 2000’s by a Japanese show about video games. Here’s the Time Asia interview: https://web.archive.org/web/2007121...magazine/99/1122/pokemon6.fullinterview1.html

I can’t find a reference to Pokemon Special there. Perhaps it’s in the other interview, or perhaps there’s still another interview I’ve missed/forgotten about.
 

shoz999

Back when Tigers used to smoke.
Here if you can read japanese. The interview was featured on some plastic bands as part of the early volume releases. It also features Junichi Masuda, Ken Sugimori, and even Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, recommending the Pokemon Adventures manga. Shigeru has proclaimed himself King of the Video Game World lol. He's not wrong.
 
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Redstar45

The Anime/Special's canon know it all.
And he sort stopped say those after 90s poké manin days
 

shoz999

Back when Tigers used to smoke.
And he sort stopped say those after 90s poké manin days
You're always so negative when it comes to the manga. He stopped saying a lot of things after the 90s considering he stopped working on Pokemon after Gen 2.
 

Ku-ri-boh

Member
What is even more amazing is people in English speaking forums still parroting something from that long ago to defend anything questionable that happens in Special, or anytime other mangas are brought up as comparison simply because English users won't stop referring to Special as "the manga"

The fact that 1 very ancient tongue in cheek fact is the only tool of argument used constantly seems to me like scraping at the bottom of the barrel

I have nothing against people here, you guys are cool and updated anyway, what I'm referring to here are clueless people in other random forums or sections who barely even read RGB chapter yet won't stop singing praises of Special
 

Jeal

Well-Known Member
He mean Special was the closest manga to his vision, not that Special was the closest to his vision on every single medium. Simple as that.
 

Redstar45

The Anime/Special's canon know it all.
Even in recent years, PMSP is still called "the definitive edition of Pokemon manga" by official.
Didn't we have lots of the 90s and 2000s Pokémon Manga that much closer to the 90s and 2000s generation one and two's Games (RGBY/GSC) ?
 

pacman000

On a quest to be the best...
Well, there was Pokemon Zensho. Don't know of any other direct adaptions.
 

JHG95

Member
It was for its time the most faithful adaptation but has since then gone in its own direction.
 
I always took that as the portrayal of the world being much more that of monsters fighting alongside traineRS in combat versus more pet-like with the anime while still having real time based combat that isn’t an abstraction of the games. Take Red's trip to the Safari Zone where he catchs/fights those Godzilla-sized Kaiju-looking Nidoking who are fighting over a Nidoqueen and almost gets eaten by a living venus flytrap, Victreebel and is kind of beaten up and battle-damaged after the affair because he broke the Safari Zone's rules and almost got himself killed as a result.
 
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