I want to be the best there ever was. To beat all the rest, yeah, that’s my cause. Unfortunately, just like Ash, I keep getting stuck in set back after set back, taking far too long to make any real progress. Until now! After spending three months in editing hell, the long-awaited second half of the Pokémon Adventures retrospective is finally here! In this special podcast I’m joined by Annaliese Christman, the official letterer of Pokémon Adventures for Viz Media, as well as fellow Pokémon fanatic Johnathan Lewis to discuss the entirety of the Pokémon Adventures manga from the beginning. That’s right, we talk about all fourteen arcs – you can see why this podcast ended up so long, right? Topics of discussion include the manga’s fidelity to the games, the missed opportunities of the FireRed & LeafGreen arc, difficulties in translating the manzai jokes in Diamond & Pearl, why Ruby is so fabulous, and tangents about all sorts of random things! All in all, we had a great conversation about what makes this series so special and I’m glad to finally be able to share it with you guys!


00:00 – Intro

Thoughts on Each Arc:

03:10 – Red & Blue
20:02 – Yellow
31:22 – Gold & Silver
45:17 – Ruby & Sapphire
1:02:20 – FireRed & LeafGreen
1:13:46 – Emerald
1:21:58 – Diamond and Pearl & Platinum
1:37:20 – HeartGold & SoulSilver
1:44:56 – Black & White
1:53:00 – Black 2 & White 2
2:02:20 – X & Y
2:13:20 – OmegaRuby & AlphaSapphire
2:15:40 – Sun & Moon
2:21:30 – Final Thoughts About Why Pokemon Adventures is Great!


2:29:45 – Give every Pokedex Holder plus Wally a Quirk!
2:32:00 – Give a Pokemon a Quirk!
2:34:27 – Which Protagonist Should Become a Villain?

2:39:45 – 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. 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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