Pocket Monsters (manga)
Pokémon Pocket Monsters
Volume 1 cover
|Genre||Action, adventure, gag|
|Written by||Kosaku Anakubo|
|English publisher||Chuang Yi|
|Original run||April 1996 – August 2005|
Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā?) is one of the first Pocket Monsters manga to come out in Japan and ran for 63 volumes. In Singapore it was published by Chuang Yi in English in 2005 and it was retitled Pokémon Pocket Monsters. While the first series is set in Kanto, and then Johto, new series are released based on Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Unova. The author is Kosaku Anakubo.
The manga follows Red, a young boy competing with a rival, Green, to complete the Illustrated Pokémon Encyclopedia/Pokédex and become the master of Pokémon. In this manga, Pokémon are capable of human speech. It is thought that a Pippi/Clefairy is the main character, although it is just a follower of Red. It is obnoxious but lovable, whose big mouth sometimes gets it into trouble. Surprisingly enough, it comes up with clever ideas to help Red and Pikachu.
In the first few manga books, Red's team consists of Pikachu and Pippi/Clefairy only. However, later on, Red gains a valuable companion in Tyrogue, as well. Pikachu himself is unable to talk.
The story also goes to the Johto region, where Red gets introduced to trainers Gold and Silver, supposedly based on the video game characters. The story then goes to Hoenn in the last volume, where Red thinks of receiving a Achamo/Torchic and abandoning Pippi/Clefairy. It is after this that the story continues under the name of Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire, starting the volume number from 1.
- Red (レッド Reddo?) (Isamu Akai (赤井 勇 Akai Isamu?)): Charged with completing the Pokémon Zukan, he is Green's rival.
- Pippi (Clefairy in the Singaporean version): Red's first Pokémon ally. It is very vulgar and likes to do 'sick' things to attract attention.
- Pikachu: Clefairy's younger cousin who joins Red and Clefairy. He is unable to talk.
- Green (グリーン Gurīn?) (Kai Midorikawa (緑川 開 Midorikawa Kai?)): Red's rival.
Pocket Monsters Ruby-Sapphire
Pocket Monsters Ruby-Sapphire (ポケットモンスタールビー・サファイア Poketto Monsutā Rubī-Safaia?) is the first sequel, and is set in Hoenn. The first volume was released September 25, 2003, and the last was released May 26, 2006. It was released in Singapore as Pokémon Pocket Monters Ruby-Sapphire.
Pocket Monsters Diamond-Pearl
Pocket Monsters Diamond-Pearl (ポケットモンスターダイヤモンド・パール Poketto Monsutā Daiyamondo-Pāru?) is the second sequel, and is set in Sinnoh. The first volume was released January 26, 2007, and the last was released October 28, 2009.
Pocket Monsters HGSS
Pocket Monsters HGSS (ポケットモンスターＨＧＳＳ Poketto Monsutā Eichi Jī Esu Esu?) is the third sequel, and is set in Johto. The first volume was released June 28, 2010, and the second and last was released January 28, 2011. It was released in Singapore as Pokémon Pocket Monters HGSS.
Pocket Monsters Black-White