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Volume 43 Volume 43 - Textless

Volume 43 of Pocket Monsters Special was released in Japan on January 25th, 2013.  It finishes the HeartGold SoulSilver chapter and starts the Black & White chapter.

Table of Contents

Graphic Novel version
Japanese magazine each chapter was originally published in
Chapter 457
vs. Arceus VI "The Return from Limbo!"
Chapter 458
vs. Arceus VII "A Glimmer of Hope!"
Chapter 459
vs. Arceus VIII "A Hopeful Final Evolution!"
Chapter 460
vs. Arceus IX "A Special Tomorrow!"
Chapter 461
vs. Pokabu "The Night Before"
Pokemon Fan
Issue 14
Chapter 462
vs. Kurumiru "Journey"

CoroCoro Ichiban!
January 2011 Issue
Chapter 463
vs. Koromori "Looking Back"

CoroCoro Ichiban!
March 2011 Issue
Chapter 464
vs. Monmen "The First Battle"
CoroCoro Ichiban!
May 2011 Issue

General notes about this volume

For the most prat, the first four chapters of the volume never appeared in any of the magazines and are therefore making their debut in this collected volume.  Parts of Chapter 459 did appear in the monthly magazines, but the order of the scenes were shuffled around for the graphic novel release.

The title pages printed in the magazine versions of the four Black & White chapters are not present in this graphic novel collection.  They have instead all been replaced by an image of Zekrom and Reshiram.

Title Page

Throughout each chapter, words that were written out in hiragana in the magazine version are often changed to kanji in the graphic novel version, and vice versa.  Some minor punctuation and font changes are made as well.

Chapter 457 - vs. Arceus VI "The Return from Limbo!"
Debuted in Pocket Monsters Special Volume 43

Chapter 457
15 Pages
In the Ubame Forest, the Rocket-Dan members Ryou, Harry, and Ken continue their search.  Back at the Shinto Ruins, our heroes are puzzled by the arrival of Sakaki, Wataru, and Yanagi.  The three promise to reveal why they've come but state that they have something to take care of first.  Yanagi orders his Urimoo to attack Diagla, causing it to retaliate with Roar of Time.  However, it appears that the attack doesn't have any effect on Yanagi!  Next, Wataru has his Kairyuu attack Palkia, but even the legendary pokemon's ability to warp space isn't enough to help it dodge the attack!  Finally, Sakaki orders his Ringuma to attack Giratina.  As Gold and the others watch in amazement as their pokemon seem to be holding their own, Yanagi explains that the Shinto Ruins exist in a special dimension that connects the Jouto region with the far away Shin'ou region.  If the three dragon pokemon fight using their full power, he continues, the dimension will collapse, taking both Jouto and Shin'ou with it.  Yanagi goes on to say that
, thanks to Celebi, he's actually watched this happen before and that he's come back to the present to prevent that from happening again.

Differences between the magazine version and the graphic novel version
This chapter was not featured in any of the monthly magazines.

Chapter 458 - vs. Arceus VII "A Glimmer of Hope!"
Debuted in Pocket Monsters Special Volume 43

Chapter 458
14 Pages
Yanagi explains that while he was trapped in limbo, he witnessed the birth of the Dragon Trio.  He continues by saying that Wataru knew that he was going to come back soon and worked to gain Arceus' trust and prevent their creation in the meantime.  When Yanagi and Celebi finally reappear at the shrine in the Ubame Forest, they see that Sakaki had also been waiting for them!  Wataru shows up and, after some time, convinces Sakaki to help them help Arceus.  Back at the ruins, Apollo tries to convince the other Rocket Generals that their posession of Arceus' plates should enable them to take control of the legendary pokemon but is quickly silenced when Arceus swats him away like an insect.  Later, Wataru and the others agree that it would be better for them to take the battle outside.  Silver and Crys decide to join the fight while Gold stays behind to try to convince Arceus to trust them again.  He opens by admitting that humans have their bad points and says that even the worst people have redeeming qualities, but Arceus doesn't seem to care.  Can Gold convince the legendary pokemon to give humans one more chance?

Differences between the magazine version and the graphic novel version
This chapter was not featured in any of the monthly magazines.

Chapter 459 - vs. Arceus VIII "A Hopeful Final Evolution!"
Debuted in Pocket Monsters Special Volume 43

Chapter 459
20 Pages
The battle's been brought outside and both Dialga and Palkia seem to have calmed down.  Sakaki is finishing up with Giratina when he suddenly collapses from his illness!  After Silver steps in with his Manyula and Dosaidon and fends off the legendary pokemon, Wataru explains that Celebi's in the Ubame Forest gathering ingredients for the medicine that can cure him.  Back inside the ruins, Gold realizes that he cannot reason with Arceus and decides to communicate through a pokemon battle instead.  He fights with every pokemon he has except Togepi, but Arceus is able to make quick work of Gold's team.  Suddenly, Togepi leaps out of its Monster Ball and takes on Arceus all by itself!  Togepi's willingness to fight convinces Gold that his refusal to let Togepi participate in previous big battles is the reason it never seemed to like him.  He apologizes and tells Togepi to give it all it's got, prompting it to rush forward for one more attack.  In an instant, Togepi evovles into Togetic and then again into Togekiss, powering up the Double-Edge attack with which it hits Arceus.  Moments later, Arceus steps outside to where Silver and the others are waiting.  But where's Gold...?

Differences between the magazine version and the graphic novel version
The scene with Togepi evolving was featured in one of the monthly magazines, but unfortunately I do not know which one.

Chapter 460 - vs. Arceus IX "A Special Tomorrow"
Debuted in Pocket Monsters Special Volume 43

Chapter 460

29 Pages
In the Ubame Forest, Ryou, Harry, and Ken send Celebi ahead to the Alph Ruins to deliver the medicine they've gathered for their boss.  Back at the ruins, Gold follows behind Arceus, indicating that the legendary pokemon's finally on the humans' side!  Suddenly, Celebi and the Rocket-Dan show up with Sakaki's medicine!  After the Rocket-Dan's boss recovers, he invites Silver to join his organization.  Silver declines, so Sakaki heads back to his base to regroup.  Meanwhile, Yanagi announces that he'll go back to the Chouji Gym.  As Arceus and the other legendary pokemon leave, the Shin'ou Region Champion Shirona spots Dialga and Palkia flying toward her home region.  She meets the Frontier Brain Kurotsugu and, after finding out about how he got his Regigigas, decides to head back to the Shin'ou Region to help return the legendary pokemon to the Kissaki Temple.  Later, Gold, Silver, and Crys arrive back at the Alph Ruins.  Gold gets a call from the Pokemon Daycare he left Red's and Emerald's two Kabigon with and hops on his Togekiss to pay them a visit.  As the various trainers go their separate ways, bells ring throughout the Jouto region to signal a new day.

Differences between the magazine version and the graphic novel version
This chapter was not featured in any of the monthly magazines.

Chapter 461 - vs. Pokabu "The Night Before"
Pokemon Fan - Issue 14

Pokemon Fan Issue 14 Chapter 461 Chapter 461

In the Isshu region, a small town known as Kanoko Town is home to the laboratory of Araragi-Hakase.  There, we see the young pokemon professor wrapping up a phone call concerning a group of trainers who are scheduled to come by in the morning to pick up their starter pokemon.  The professor is about to put the pokemon - Tsutarja, Mijumaru, and Pokabu - back into their Monster Balls when the phone rings again.  Pokabu spots some fruit left on a nearby table and decides to go for it.  After knocking the entire plate off the table, Pokabu uses a flame attack to cook the food.  Sparks from its attack burn Tsutarja, angering it.  A fight breaks out and before long, all three pokemon are attacking each other.  Araragi-Hakase, who had been talking to her friend Makomo-Hakase, hears the commotion and walks in to see that the pokemon have trashed her lab!  In addition, it seems as if Pokabu has suddenly caught a cold!  As Araragi-Hakase returns the pokemon to their Monster Balls and begins to clean up their mess, she wonders if the trainers who come and pick up these pokemon will be able to handle them.

Differences between the magazine version and the graphic novel version

Chapter 462 - vs. Kurumiru "Journey"
CoroCoro Ichiban! - January 2011 Issue

CoroCoro Ichiban! January 2011 Adventure 2

The following morning, a boy named Black and his two pokemon, Mun'na and Wargle, anxiously await the arrival of a package from Araragi-Hakase.  When the postman finally delivers the parcel, Black eagerly rips it open and takes out the Monster Balls containing Tsutarja, Mijumaru, and Pokabu!  Black, who had gotten sick from waiting outside in the rain the previous night, lets out a large sneeze that jolts the pokemon from their Monster Balls!  The pokemon continue their bickering from before until Pokabu gets fed up and runs away!  As Black chases after the Fire-type pokemon, his childhood friends Cheren and Bel come across the remaining pokemon.  After choosing from the remaining starters, the two catch up with Black and witness him choosing Pokabu as his starter pokemon.  A sudden attack from an unknown enemy startles Black, so his Mun'na hops on his head and uses its ability to eat dreams to clear its trainer's mind.  With no other thoughts to distract him, Black is able to focus and determine that his attacker was a wild Kurumiru!  After Black's Pokabu defeats the Grass-type in battle, Black and his pokemon hop onto his Wargle and fly off, ready to take on the Pokemon League.

Differences between the magazine version and the graphic novel version

Page 108, Panel One:
  The text in the narration box that opens this chapter is different in each version.  In the magazine the text reads
"One morning in Kanako Town..." (カナコタウンある日の朝―) but in the graphic novel it gets changed to "The following morning..." (あくる日の朝―).

Page 108, Panel Four:  Further down on that same page, the delivery man's dialogue as he opens up the mailbox is changed as well.  Originally he said "Let's see...the package I'm supposed to pick up is..." (えーと、集荷の荷物は…と) but this got changed to "Let's see...the package I was hired to pick up is..." (えーと、依頼の荷物は…と) for the graphic novel.

Page 129, Panels Four and Five:  The panels where Black takes a deep breath and the subsequent shot of his friends plugging their ears, all in preparation Black's oath, have been completely redrawn.

CoroCoro Ichiban!
Graphic Novel

Notice how only Cheren has his fingers in his ears in the magazine version and how that was changed to both Cheren and Bel for the graphic novel.

Chapter 463 - vs. Koromori "Looking Back"
CoroCoro Ichiban! - March 2011 Issue

CoroCoro Ichiban! March 2011 Adventure 3 Chapter 463

At a nearby library, Black tells his Pokabu that he wants to find out what it'll evolve into so he can give it a fitting nickname.  Pokabu gets upset and runs away, so Black chases after it.  Back at Araragi-Hakase's house, Cheren and Bel tell the professor about Black's past.  After they finish telling her about how he's dreamed of winning the Pokemon League ever since he was little, they are asked to find Black and tell him to take good care of his Pokemon Zukan since it's the only working model left.  Elsewhere, Black has followed his Pokabu into a rocky area.  He figures out that Pokabu's upset because it thinks Black naming it after its evolved form is a sign that he doesn't like it the way it is.  Suddenly, a wild pokemon attacks!  Black, not wanting to hurt Pokabu's pride any further, surreptitiously gives it hints about the identity of its attacker.  Before long, Pokabu finds the pokemon and defeats it all by itself.  Black congratulates his pokemon and decides to break from tradition and name it after its current form after all.  With that settled, Black sets his sights on getting his first Gym Badge in Sanyou City.

Differences between the magazine version and the graphic novel version

Page 139, Panel Two:  Black's "I can't even give you a nickname without knowing that" (
それがわからないうちはニックネームもつけられ ないからな) is changed to "...because after I research that, I'll give you a nickname" (それを調べた上で、ニックネームをつけるからな).

Page 144, Panel Five:  The reporter's "Oh!  The Pokemon Zukan's under development, Araragi-Hakase!? (ほう!ポケモン図鑑が開発中ですか!? アララギ博士) is changed to "I've heard the Pokemon Zukan's under development, Araragi-Hakase" (ポケモン図鑑が開発中と聞きましたが…アララギ博士).

Page 146, Panel One:  The word for "parent" that Cheren uses in his narration of Black's past is different.  In the magazine he uses ryoushin (おどろくことにブラックは家に帰るとなんとか両親をその気にさせて…) but that gets changed to oya  (
おどろくことにブラックは家に帰るとなんとかをその気にさせて…) in the graphic novels.  Both words mean pretty much the same thing.

Page 150, Panel Six:  Musha is slightly redrawn so its tongue isn't sticking out anymore.  The drool (?) coming out of the side of its face has also been erased.

CoroCoro Ichiban!
Graphic Novel

Thanks to Ataro for pointing this out to me.

Chapter 464 - vs. Monmen "The First Battle"
CoroCoro Ichiban! - May 2011 Issue (unconfirmed)

CoroCoro Ichiban! May 2011 Adventure 4 Chapter 464

On Route 1, Black tries to think of the various ways he can train his pokemon.  He had always wanted to try a trainer battle but was never able to find an opponent growing up, so he figures he should try sparring with other trainers now that he's out on his own.  Before long, a hiker named Natsumi appears before him and challenges him to a triple battle!  Black is nervous about his first trainer battle being a three on three match but presses on anyway, taking notes as he goes.  When Black orders Poka to use Nitro Charge, Natsumi is unable to withstand the heat and runs away!  Without their trainer there to guide them, Natsumi's pokemon quickly fall in battle.  After the match, Natsumi tells Black that he wants to give up his dream of entering the Pokemon League because of how pathetic he is at battling.  Suddenly, a fire breaks out!  After his pokemon extinguish the blaze, Black tells Natsumi that it was caused by his pokemon trying to become stronger for his sake.  Now that he's put out the fire and convinced Natsumi not to give up on his dreams, Black heads toward the next city.

Differences between the magazine version and the graphic novel version
This is unfortunately one of the few chapters of the Black & White story that I don't have in magazine form, so I'm not really able to report on what changes, if any, were made to the dialogue or artwork.

I can say, however, that a new page was added to the end of the chapter featuring N looking over Black and his pokemon.

N page

The page after this is a "TO BE CONTINUED" page.

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