Pocket Monsters (manga)

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Pocket Monsters
Pocket Monsters volume 1 cover.png
Volume 1 cover
ポケットモンスター
(Poketto Monsutā)
GenreAction, adventure, gag
Manga
Written byKosaku Anakubo
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
DemographicChildren, Shōnen
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runApril 1996April 2003
Volumes13
Manga
Pocket Monsters Ruby-Sapphire
Written byKosaku Anakubo
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
DemographicChildren, Shōnen
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runSeptember 2003May 2006
Volumes6
Manga
Pocket Monsters DP
Written byKosaku Anakubo
Published byShogakukan
DemographicChildren, Shōnen
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runJune 2006October 2008
Volumes5
Manga
Pocket Monsters HGSS
Written byKosaku Anakubo
Published byShogakukan
DemographicChildren, Shōnen
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runJune 2010January 2011
Volumes2
Manga
Pocket Monsters BW
Written byKosaku Anakubo
Published byShogakukan
DemographicChildren, Shōnen
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runAugust 2011August 2013
Volumes4
Manga
Pocket Monsters XY
Written byKosaku Anakubo
Published byShogakukan
DemographicChildren, Shōnen
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runApril 2014 – present
Volumes5
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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 13 volumes. In Singapore it was published by Chuang Yi in English in 2005 and it was retitled Pokémon Pocket Monsters.[1] While the first series is set in Kanto, and then Johto, new series are released based on Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova and Kalos. The author is Kosaku Anakubo.

Plot[edit]

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.[2]

Characters[edit]

  • 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.

Sequels[edit]

Pocket Monsters Ruby-Sapphire[edit]

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 by Chuang Yi as Pokémon Pocket Monsters Ruby-Sapphire.

Pocket Monsters Diamond-Pearl[edit]

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[edit]

Pocket Monsters HGSS (ポケットモンスター HG・SS, 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 Monsters HGSS.

Pocket Monsters Black-White[edit]

Pocket Monsters BW (ポケットモンスターブラック・ホワイト, Poketto Monsutā Burakku-Howaito) is the fourth sequel, and is set in Unova. It was first released March 6, 2011 and the last volume was released August 28, 2013.

Pocket Monsters XY[edit]

Pocket Monsters XY (ポケットモンスターX・Y) is the fifth sequel, and is set in Kalos. It was first released April 28, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pokémon Pocket Monsters." Chuang Yi. Accessed November 4, 2008.
  2. ^ "Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire Archived 2008-09-14 at the Wayback Machine.." Chuang Yi. Accessed November 4, 2008.

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