Pokémon Adventures is perhaps the most famous and by far the best Pokémon manga ever made. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, LumRanmaYasha is once again joined by Annaliese Christman, the official english letterer for the series for Viz Media, as well as the self-proclaimed Pokémon fanatic Jonathan to discuss the series and its legacy. In the first part of our two-part retrospective, we reminisce about how we discovered the manga, and naturally, how we got into Pokémon in the first place.

What results is the realization that Pokémon is more than just a franchise designed to make kids waste their money trying to collect everything associated to it, but rather a lifestyle, one that an entire generation has collectively grown up with. We’ve made friends, learned to read, and even gotten jobs thanks to Pokémon; it’s become an irreplaceable part of our lives. Thanks to Pokémon, everyday along the way, we have been prepared. With every challenge, we have gained knowledge to be shared. And in our hearts there’s no doubt of who we are. We’re right here, standing strong, with lots of friends beside us. We put ourselves to the test to be better than all the rest. We all live in a Pokémon world.

So, question is, do YOU wanna be a master of Pokémon fandom? Do you have the skills to be a number one nerd? If so, you’ve got the power right in your hands. Click play, and let us bring you back to the early days of Pokémon fandom, as we begin exploring what is truly the pinnacle of the Pokémon franchise – the Pokémon Adventures manga!


00:00 – Podcast Plans
01:23 – Introducing Annaliese and Johnathan
03:28 – How LumRanmaYasha Got Into Pokémon Adventures
13:48 – How Jonathan Got Into Pokémon Adventures
33:18 – How Annaliese Got Into Pokémon Adventures
54:13 – The Publication History of Pokémon Adventures
1:14:33 – Wrap-Up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks, on tumblr at mangamavericks.tumblr.com, and now on Youtube! You can also follow LumRanmaYasha at @lumranmayasha, and special guests Annaliese Christman at @kaitou_ace and Jonathan at @vixythevaliant. Keep your eyes out for the next installment of our Pokémon Adventures retrospective, where we’ll discuss the storyline of the series and answer questions asked by fans! Don’t forget to also like and subscribe to us on Youtube and iTunes and leave us reviews to help us curate the show and create better content! If there are any topics, series or mangaka you would like to see us talk about on the show, drop us a line in the comments below, or e-mail us at mangamavericks@gmail.com! Thanks for listening!

About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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