English: Pokémon Adventures
Synonyms: Pocket Monsters Special, Pokespecial, Pokemon Special, Pokemon Adventures
Published: Apr 1997 to ?
Serialization: Coro Coro Comic
Score: 8.321 (scored by 4989 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagsadventure pokemon shounen
Sep 25, 2013
Pokemon Special is a shounen manga that is based off the video game series, Pokemon. The Pokemon world is filled with a vast array of creatures known as Pokemon, each having different attributes and potentials. People can catch Pokemon and train them to become more evolved creatures. Those who catch, raise, and battle with Pokemon are acknowledged as trainers as they can fight other trainers to test their skills. Every trainer has different goals, such as training to become the very best within battling or beauty contests. There are many different elements that make Pokemon interesting such as the strategy and the friendship that trainers and Pokemon share. With such a great amount of content to work with, does Pokemon Special manage to be a good contribution to the Pokemon series?
[Story] Score: 8/Very Good
The story is based off of the video games and is fairly linear at first. It begins with the story of Red, a young boy who lives in Pallet Town, who is based off of the main character from the Pokemon games Red and Blue, who adventures through Kanto. He is given a Pokedex, an encyclopedia that contains information of various Pokemon that were discovered and researched by the prestigious Professor Oak. Red meets various people along the way, such as his rival Green and the mysterious girl Blue, and travels with his Pokemon to experience the vast and unknown realm and train to become a strong the very best. Along the way, Red faces many dangers along with his companions, such as Team Rocket. It is an evil organization that seeks out power and desires control over the world. Red and his friends seek to stop them from achieving their ideals of world domination.
Eventually, the series continues with introducing new characters from the newer generations and creating new stories based off of the games they came from. The Gold/Silver/Crystal arc follows the adventures of Gold, Silver, and Crystal and the Ruby/Sapphire arc follows the adventures of Ruby and Sapphire.
The story was enjoyable to read. It begins with a very simple tale about a young boy who dreams of becoming the very best trainer. Over time, the series becomes more interesting by introducing new characters and Pokemon that contribute to the plot. The best part about the video games was that you, as a player, felt immersed in the Pokemon world. You travel across the land, storm through the seas, capture Pokemon, and fight tough battles. Red goes through many different experiences from his interactions with Pokemon and other people. Also, the story borrows elements from the games such as the aspect of strategy with the items, moves, and abilities the Pokemon have. This also makes the story more enjoyable to read since the newer generations introduce new mechanics to the series.
The interesting aspect about the series is that, unlike the video games, the characters from different generations all meet together as they encounter one another during certain situations within the plot or they face each other from the connections that they have.
One thing I disliked about the story was the lack of consistency. For the most part, the story has flow and has solid transitioning from one scene to another. However, there were a few moments within the plot that I believe felt that the pacing was a bit off, especially during the action scenes.
Overall, the story was good. It does not have the most complex plot, but the simplicity of the story makes it easy to follow.
[Art] Score: 9/Great
The visuals was one of the strengths of the manga. The character designs were very well representative of their video game character counterparts and the depictions of the Pokemon look exactly like the Pokemon from the games. If you've played the Pokemon games, you will probably recognize the characters with ease. Also, the emotions that the characters and Pokemon evoke are present from their expressions and show their feelings during certain situations. It also presents different locations for the characters to travel that are visually stunning, all the way from caves, to mountains, to seas, to lands.
The art is best presented when it comes to the action. Within the trainer battles, the use of Pokemon moves is extremely detailed. It really feels like an epic confrontation is taking place when two trainers are battling each other. Not only that, but the element of strategy, from utilizing the trainers' surroundings and accounting for the advantages or disadvantages of certain moves, makes the battling more complex.
In summary, the drawings were well done with great detail. It appeals to both the Pokemon fans as well as those who enjoy the adventure and action genre.
The best thing for me about Pokemon Special was the characters. In the games, the protagonists did not have personalities as the player was the one who was supposed to be immersed in the game. The characters had blank personas and the player was the one who was supposed to fill it in. Within the manga, the authors created unique personalities that compensate for the lack of characterization and fit amazingly well.
Red: Red begins his journey as somewhat cocky and a bit naive. He is competitive as he is very motivated to battle others and test his skills. He journeys through the Kanto region and through his naive nature, he trembles upon different Pokemon and different people. Eventually, he becomes a strong leader and powerful trainer as he learns from his failures and triumphs. Red will help out his friends no matter what and will support them when they are needed. His main starter is Bulbasaur and reflects Red's character development: a young seed that gradually grows over time. Red also is very attached with his Pikachu and is very friendly with his other Pokemon.
Green: Red's rival. He is composed and collected and has proven to be a very serious and powerful trainer. At first, he recognizes Red as an amateur trainer who has no potential. However, he gradually respects Red as Red develops throughout the series as he improves his potential and strengthens his skills. Their rivalry is shown through their competitive interactions, but they both regard each other as strong trainers. Green goes through rigorous training with his Pokemon but respects them as his companions. His main starter is Charmander and reflects Green's character as a whole: confident, serious, and bold.
Blue: A mysterious young girl with cunning and wit. During the beginning of the series, she tricks and deceives others for personal gain. She prefers cute and attractive Pokemon over strong ones. Although she appears as selfish on the outside, she faces inner conflicts through certain fears. She journeys through Kanto to identify herself and learn about her past life. She goes through many changes throughout the series and shows her true colors as she discovers more about herself. Blue is close with Silver and both hold a close relationship as they are both acquainted since childhood. She stole the final starter from Professor Oak, which was Squirtle. Squirtle reflects her character: defensive and self-reliant.
Yellow: Yellow is a character who truly cares about the well being of Pokemon. She is somewhat naive as she doesn't desire for her opponent's Pokemon to hurt nor her own. However, she is a kind and loving character who cares for her Pokemon. She does not have a starter like the other protagonists, but she builds a unique style when fighting against others.
Gold: Gold is a young but immature trainer. He's quite a brash character and is quite careless at times. In comparison, Gold is somewhat similar to Red as their share similar characteristics as they are both naive and seek adventure. However, he is quick and spontaneous and will do anything for the sake of protecting his friends. His starter is Cyndaquil and reflects his character: powerful and slightly brash.
Silver: Silver is similar to Blue as he does not know much about his past. However, unlike Blue, he is more of a determined and confident young trainer. His motivation is to take down Team Rocket and desires to learn more about his past. Silver develops as he faces an organization he despises most and may potentially face hardships with the more he discovers about himself. He stole a starter from Professor Elm, similar to Blue, and took away Totodile. Totodile is extremely loyal to Silver.
Crystal: Crystal is a very caring and kind character. She cares for the Pokemon she captures and researches them thoroughly. Crystal also is the most intelligent as she helped Oak complete the information on the Pokedex. She isn't the strongest of trainers compared to the other protagonists, but her intelligence and wit has made her a formidable opponent. Her starter is Chikorita and truly reflects her character: Fragile, but caring.
Ruby: Ruby is one who favors beauty contests over Pokemon battles. He cares about aesthetic qualities over brute strength, but is an extremely powerful trainer. Ruby's character development, personally, was the most interesting. He tries to balance out talent over interest as he faces the disapproval of his father. In the beginning, Ruby runs away from his problems and doesn't face them head on. However, he truly grows as a trainer and a coordinator. His starter Pokemon is Mudkip, a Pokemon that has both cuteness and strength.
Sapphire: Sapphire is a tomboy who favors to battle. She isn't afraid of getting herself dirty from a fight and has quite a keen instinct as she spent most of her time away from city and more engrossed within nature. Like Ruby, Sapphire goes through a lot of development as she develops her personality from an aggressive tomboy into a powerful and womanly trainer. The juxtaposition between both of them is clear with a girl with a boyish personality who loves to fight and a boy with a girlish personality who hates to fight. Her relationship with Ruby is very interesting as they both make promises to become stronger and they both develop because of each other. Her starter is Torchic, a cute Pokemon that also has an aggressive side to it.
Personally, I loved the characters and their development from young trainers into mature and strong individuals.
Reading page after page, night after night, I never stopped reading this manga. Those times that I've read have been truly worth it and I don't plan on taking that time back.
It's been a truly enjoyable experience. The series doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon and I'm glad that that is the case. I was immersed with the series as I am a fan of Pokemon and the adaptation does it justice. The visuals, the characters, and the story all make a chemistry of a great series. read more
Jun 10, 2011
This manga doesn't follow the events of the anime, but the games. This manga is actually greatly over-shadowed by the anime, so not many people notice it, but in my opinion it's quite bettar. The anime is a kid's show, while the manga is directed towards a younger audience, it tells a story.
As this manga follows the story told in the manga, along with the charecters, it adds on to it and gives it much more thrill and leaves you saying, "Wow, I wish that was in the game" Also the charecters are awesome. They're apperance may be based of the charecters from the games, their personalities are great.
If you're a fan of Pokemon, I STRONGLY suggest this. Each arc takes you all a new adventure with all new people in a new world. Happy reading! read more
Aug 29, 2009
This manga is based on the Pokemon Game series [if you'd look to the character list above]. That's why there's a "Red" ready for you to name your character, as with the forgetful Prof.Oak to optionally have you name his grandson 'Blue'. It also goes on to explain the origins of Surfing Pikachu, which if you've ever really thought about it... doesn't make too much sense.
The animation is separate from the manga, but it isn't all that different. You'll see some familiar faces, but only in the context of the games.
If you remember the lovable childish charm of the Pokemon that created a global late 90's fad, the emotional trials of values that seem to be forgotten in the grown-up world, and the epic battles depicted in the Pokemon movies, this manga will have you re-live it all.
_As with any good story with an alternate universe and battle sequences, this Manga manages to tie everything together impressively with surprising complexity - though I suppose it could also be criticized as "improvisation" like Code Geass was. The art style is cute and fitting to the nature of the manga, as with the characters are rather simple yet not annoyingly so.
Although this may all seem overly positive, but really... I can't help but think this manga is incredibly under-rated. It's no witty romantic supernatural action ecchi comedy, I'll admit - but it's what I like about it.
I can't really find a bone to pick with it. It is a kid fantasy story, and perhaps not as engaging as what IS aimed towards an 18year old [ecchi, comedy, action, psychological, drama, slice of life]. So I guess the only bone I have to pick with it is that ..I'm getting too old to enjoy this stuff anymore. Aha read more
Nov 20, 2010
It follows the storyline of the games very, very loosely, but that's what I love about it. It keeps the world and society intact, but creates entirely new dangers and and a much more interesting and engaging plot, not to mention a whole cast of unique characters. It also has nothing to do with the anime, which is intended more for kids. This manga can be enjoyed by everyone.
This manga is also incredibly long, currently extending into the Sinnoh region. Each arc has its own characters and plot, but all main characters make reappearances, such as the Gym leaders and Pokedex holders. It's hard not to get sucked into this incredible world! Even as the arcs continue, the manga is no less fantastic; it doesn't lose the spell it weaves at the beginning with the original 150 pokemon. The characters and plots in the more recent arcs remain just as strong, unique, and complex as they were at the beginning.
Though it's not really romantic, there are still an abundance of possible "shippings" for the characters in this manga. Makes it all the more fun for a typically shoujo girl like me.
The art changes midway through, but both artists are really fantastic. The art in the first part is more chibi-like than the current art.
Any and every Pokemon fan should read this manga. Don't get put off if the story isn't what you expected, or you miss the characters from the previous arc - I promise, it's worth it. read more
Apr 2, 2013
We all know that the Pokémon franchise is one of the greatest things to happen to Earth. Everything about it is so amazing and lovable. The games are some of the greatest, the Pokémon themselves are adorable, and the fan-base and merchandise is some of the best there is. There is only one thing that cripples the franchise: the anime.
Many, but not all, people have problems with the anime. For one, it is not serious enough and is too childish. They could've made a super crazy anime where the characters are totally serious and the fights are incredible. But they didn't. They made something on par with Dora the Explorer in terms of childishness.
However, Pokémon Special solves all of these problems. The whole thing is based off of the games and it explains so much that was left unanswered. The Pokémon battles are more intense and the main character, Red, is not a childish twerp like Ash Ketchum. Anyone who loves Pokémon will have the greatest time of their life reading this.
The story is broken up into sagas, just like the anime. All of the sagas are based off of the games almost exactly. It bends your perception of Pokemon and sometimes does some things unrealistic, but that only makes it better. It also explains the history of the Pokemon world and describes everything behind the games and what happened before them.
One of my personal favorite things about this manga is how all Pokemon are practically equal. For example, an enemy Gengar would appear and the main characters would be cautious, seeing how Gengar is a strong Pokemon, but then they would run into a gastly and be just as cautious. The way the manga treats Pokemon is incredible and the battles are so much better too.
The art isn't anything special. All characters are chibi, but that is probably because the whole manga is based off of the games. Nothing good, but nothing bad.
The characters really make this manga amazing. Every time there is a new saga, new characters appear appropriate to the corresponding game. For example: During the Red/Blue saga, the main character is Red. He is also the avatar in the Pokemon Red/Blue video games. But once that saga ends, the main character becomes Gold, who is also the male avatar in the Gold/Silver video games. It also has 649+ Pokemon for characters, which is always amazing.
If you are not a Pokemon fan prior to reading the manga, you probably won't like it. That being said, if you are a fan, this will be the greatest read ever, as nostalgia and happiness will pour out of the pages. If you played the games and dislike the anime this will be the perfect thing for you. Afterwards, I guarantee you will be wondering why the anime isn't based off the manga. read more
May 25, 2009
Other than that, this manga is quite normal. No outstanding graphics or story. Everything is simple and good. No more, but also no less.
Aug 28, 2012
Story and characters-10/10
Let's start with the story and compare with the anime.The anime is a kids show that has been airing new seasons since more than a decade and due which not much people know there is a manga.The manga has it's alternative story that has nothing to do with the anime.
First of all,the anime's seasons all focus on the fairly same plot/story and same main two protagonists (Ash and Pikachu) and how they go trough the reigions,collect gym badges,the goood guys always easily win and so on making every new season predictable and dull.The manga is loosely based on the games and has Arcs(named after the games) focusing on different stories and it's unique characters.And the story isn't only collecting gym badges and having battles.It has a wide character development and puts every part together making an AWESOME manga that everyone (not just kids) can enjoy.In my perspective the managa has something that the anime doen't and it's heart!When you read you just feel the emotions of the characters,there is much more feeling put in the manga - from a girl ,fighting with all her power,to save the person she loves to a boy that is having the biggest and determinant battle in his life and confessing his feelings to the girl he loves and so on.When you read you just repeat "What's gonna happen next?!"and things like that from excitement.The battles are also unique and when not animated aren't annoying at all!
Secondly,having more main characters that are all cool and unique in their own way is also something that the anime doesn't have.Some of them have anime counterparts and some don't.All of their personalities are different and great tought of.
Thirdly,don't get confused when you read 'based on the games' and you imagine the game's character running around and following the games's, that you've played, story.They are just set in the game's world following the locations and routes that are in the games.The stories are all unique and you can start from which arc you want to without having read the previous.
The art is super!It's epic! All the characters,views and places are drawn very well.The characters from the first arcs are also often chibied and very kawaii.There are tons of great facial expressions and things like that!
Enjoyment 10/10 -
It's very enjoyable by all ages , yes it is a little kis's but overall anyone who HAS and IS loving pokemon will like it.Still it depends on your taste for genres!
Thx for reading my review ;D ! Hope u like it ! I'm giving a 10/10 because this manga really is somthing unique and fresh that made me love pokemon so much again! read more