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Dogasu's Backpack | Manga Guide | Pocket Monsters


Volume One 
Welcome to the Pocket Monsters page of the Manga section!

Pocket Monsters was the second manga to be created in the Pocket Monsters franchise (the first would be the four-panel gag comics).  It started publication in 1996 in the monthly manga anthology CoroCoro Comics and has been going in Japan ever since.  It is the most popular of all the Pokemon-themed manga in Japan, with the graphic novel compilations selling over 3,000,000 copies to date.  The manga was even incorporated into an episode of the television anime, the only Pokemon-themed manga to do so.

Despite all of its success in Japan, Pocket Monsters is virtually unknown outside the Land of the Rising Sun.  The manga was never translated into English, possibly due to the humor in the manga, which can either be too risqué (we see both Red's and Pippi's genitals by the end of Chapter Two) or too Japanese for American audiences to get.  Since fans in the West really have no exposure to the series, it really isn't surprising that there's a general ignorance about the series throughout the English-speaking world.


The world of the Pocket Monsters manga is unlike any other version of the franchise.  While the manga does incoporate the story and basic elements from the video game, the series places most of its emphasis on filling each chapter with as many sight gags and absurd situations as possible.  Think of Akira Toriyama's earlier works, such as Dr. Slump and the early
Dragon Ball stories, and you have a pretty good idea of what reading the manga is like.  Almost every pokemon in the manga can speak human language, and when they do, they usually tack a syllable or two from their name onto the end of their sentence.  Pokemon can hold regular jobs, like humans can, and have adventures alongside the regular animals (like fish and birds) and the pokemon made up soley for the manga.  Pokemon are able to evolve at will, and then are able to de-evolve at any time.  Obviously, the world of the Pocket Monsters manga is quite different from any other interpretation of the series.

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