Pokemon Adventures Vol. 1 by Hidenori Kusaka and Mato

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Pokemon Adventures loosely follows the events of the first Pokemon games, Red, Blue, and Green versions. The protagonist, Red, is an impulsive, sometimes over-confident, young boy trying to become the world’s greatest Pokemon Trainer. His rival, Blue, has the same goal, and a head start in terms of experience.

Despite the familiar source material, Pokemon Adventures offers a darker reading into the family-friendly franchise. Stakes are higher, danger is more frequent, and the battles can be deadly. At the same time, the manga captures the energetic and cute art the Pokemon franchise is known for as well as the humor of the cartoon.

With bite-sized chapters and engaging artwork, the first volume of Pokemon Adventures is a quick read that expertly expands the world of Pokemon.

Available through the Bridges Library System

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