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Pokémon manga (Japanese: マンガ manga), unlike the Pokémon anime, does not actually refer to one specific manga or one particular piece of Pokémon canon but, rather, an entire subcategory of comics written with their own storylines and interpretations of the Pokémon world. These frequently have no connection to one another beyond their medium.

Many Pokémon manga are never translated into English. This is likely because of manga being more traditional in Japan. Additionally, some series contain scenarios and artwork considered inappropriate for Western audiences. Sometimes the artwork is cleaned-up for foreign publishing, as was the case with The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga, but some Japanese publishers prefer not to have the artwork changed.

List of Pokémon manga

Main game adaptations

English title Japanese title Volumes Chapters Summary
Volume 1 Pokémon Pocket Monsters ポケットモンスター

Pocket Monsters
14 117 A boy's oriented gag manga featuring the adventures of an inept Trainer and his rude Clefairy on their journeys throughout the Pokémon world.
Volume 1 Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire ポケットモンスターR・S(ルビーサファイア)

Pocket Monster R S (Ruby and Sapphire)
6 63

2 special chapters
This manga continues the adventures of Red and his rude Clefairy on their journeys throughout Hoenn.
Volume 1 ポケットモンスターD・P(ダイヤモンド・パール)

Pocket Monsters D・P (Diamond and Pearl)
5 59 This manga continues from Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire, featuring the adventures of Red and his rude Clefairy in Sinnoh.
Volume 1 ポケットモンスター HG・SS

Pocket Monsters HGSS
2 23 The follow-up to Pocket Monsters DP, this manga brings Red and his Pokémon back to the Johto region.
Volume 1 ポケットモンスターBW

Pocket Monsters BW
3 ongoing This manga brings Red and his Pokémon to the Unova region.
Volume 1 Pokémon Adventures ポケットモンスター☆SPECIAL

Pocket Monsters ☆ SPECIAL
ongoing ongoing A boy's oriented adventure manga featuring the adventures of the main characters of each game as they explore the regions and fight criminal organizations. Arguably the most popular Pokémon manga.
Volume 1 Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum ongoing ongoing The Diamond & Pearl chapter of Pokémon Adventures released in English as a "second series" by VIZ Media.
Volume 1 Pokémon Black and White ongoing ongoing The Black & White chapter of Pokémon Adventures released in English as a "third series" by VIZ Media.
Cover artwork まんが版 ポケットモンスター全書

Pocket Monsters Zensho
1 10 A very literal adaptation of Pokémon Red and Blue's storyline.
Volume 1 Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys ポケットモンスター金・銀 ゴールデン・ボーイズ

Pokémon Gold and Silver Golden Boys
3 23 A boy's action manga adapting Pokémon Gold and Silver. Notable for being canceled before any actual climax in the story.
Volume 1 Pokémon Battle Frontier ポケットモンスターエメラルド 挑戦!! バトルフロンティア

Pocket Monsters Emerald: Challenge!! Battle Frontier
1 6 A boy's action manga about a Pokémon Trainer challenging the Battle Frontier.
Volume 1 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! ポケットモンスターダイヤモンド・パール物語 ポケモンD・P

Pocket Monsters Diamond-Pearl Legend: Pokémon DP
8 37

6 special chapters
An adventure manga loosely adapting the plot of Diamond and Pearl into the tale of a young Trainer and the assistant of Professor Rowan who set out across Sinnoh to find Dialga.
Volume 1 ポケットモンスターHGSS ジョウの大 冒険

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure
1 6 A manga about a Trainer named Jou's adventures in Johto.
120px 究めろ!ポケモンB・W

Be a Master!! Pokémon BW
1 8 A manga based on the Black and White games. It is promoted by CoroCoro as a "walkthrough comic".
Heroes of Fire and Thunder volume 1.png ポケットモンスターB・W 炎雷の英雄

Pocket Monster BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder
1 5 A manga based on the Black and White games.
ポケットモンスターB・W グッドパートナーズ

Pocket Monsters BW: Good Partners
A manga based on the Black and White games.
Touya MWL.png ポケットモンスターB・W 伝説との遭遇

Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends
A manga based on the Black and White games.
120px ポケットモンスターB2・W2 ~新たなる伝説~

Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~
A manga about Arata's adventures in Unova.

Spin-off game adaptations

English title Japanese title Volumes Chapters Summary
Volume 1 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team ポケモン不思議のダンジョンギンジの救助隊

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team
1 6 An adaptation of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon's main storyline. Nearly direct, but features a very different ending from the games.
Volume 1 ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 炎の探検隊

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blazing Exploration Team
1 6 A manga adaptation of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness.
Volume 1 ポケモンコロシアム スナッチャーズレオ

Pokémon Colosseum Snatcher Leo
0 3 An adaptation of Pokémon Colosseum's storyline.

Set Out!! Pokémon Ranger
0 13 An adaptation of Pokémon Ranger's storyline.
ポケモンレンジャー-The 1st ミッション-

Pokémon Ranger -The 1st Mission-
0 1 An adaptation of Pokémon Ranger's storyline.
Volume 1 W ミッションストーリ ポケモンレンジャー the Comic

W Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger - the Comic
0 5 An adaptation of Pokémon Ranger available online to members of the Pokémon Daisuki Club.

Pokémon Ranger The Road to a "Capture" Master
0 An adaptation of Pokémon Ranger's storyline.
Volume 1 ダークライ ミッションストーリ ポケモンレンジャー バトナージ

Darkrai Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger Vatonage - the Comic
0 4 An adaptation of Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia available online to members of the Pokémon Daisuki Club.
Volume 1 ポケモンバトリオ めざせ! バトリオマスター

Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master!
2 The manga is written by the author of Ash and Pikachu. It focuses on a boy named Ryū aiming to become a master at the popular Japanese arcade game, Pokémon Battrio.
Promotional artwork ポケモン+ノブナガの野望 ~ランセ彩絵巻~

Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition ~ Ranse's Color Picture Scroll ~
6 A manga adaptation of Pokémon Conquest focusing on several Warlord characters that appear in the game.

Anime adaptations

English title Japanese title Volumes Chapters Summary
Volume 1 The Electric Tale of Pikachu ポケットモンスター・電撃ピカチュウ

Pocket Monsters: Dengeki Pikachu
4 20 A stylized adaptation of several select episodes from the Pokémon anime, although set in its own slightly different continuity.
Volume 1 Ash and Pikachu サトシとピカチュウ

Satoshi and Pikachu
6 36 A direct adaptation of the Pokémon anime with stories from Ash's adventures in Johto and Hoenn.
Volume 1 ポケットモンスターダイヤモンド&パール

Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl
2 A manga adaptation from the era of the Diamond & Pearl series featuring the adventures of Ash and Dawn.

Movie manga adaptations

Direct adaptations of the Pokémon anime movies, sometimes with small changes in the story or Pokémon featured.

English title Japanese title Chapters
120px ミュウツーの逆襲

Mewtwo Strikes Back!
M02 manga cover page.png 幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕

Mirage Pokémon Lugia's Explosive Birth
Molly and Entei manga.png 結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI

Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei
M04 manga cover page.png セレビィ時を超えた遭遇

Celebi: a Timeless Encounter
水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス

Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios
Volume 1 Jirachi: Wish Maker 七夜の願い星 ジラーチ

Wishing Star of the Seven Nights: Jirachi
Volume 1 Destiny Deoxys 裂空の訪問者 デオキシス

Sky-Splitting Visitor: Deoxys
Volume 1 Lucario and the Mystery of Mew ミュウと波導の勇者 ルカリオ

Mew and the Wave-Guiding Hero: Lucario
Volume 1 Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea ポケモンレンジャーと蒼海の王子 マナフィ

Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy
Volume 1 The Rise of Darkrai ディアルガVSパルキアVSダークライ

Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai
Volume 1 Giratina and the Sky Warrior ギラティナと氷空の花束 シェイミ

Giratina and the Sky's Bouquet: Shaymin
Volume 1 Arceus and the Jewel of Life アルセウス超克の時空へ

Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime
Volume 1 Zoroark: Master of Illusions 幻影の覇者ゾロアーク

Ruler of Illusions: Zoroark
Volume 1 White—Victini and Zekrom ビクティニと黒き英雄ゼクロム

Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom
M15 manga cover EN.png Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice キュレムVS聖剣士ケルディオ

Kyurem VS the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo
None.png 神速のゲノセクト ミュウツー覚醒

ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens

Original stories

English title Japanese title Volumes Chapters Summary
Volume 1 Magical Pokémon Journey ポケットモンスター PiPiPi★アドベンチャー

Pocket Monsters PiPiPi ★ Adventures
10 69

20 bonus chapters

2 appendix chapters
A girl-oriented romance manga featuring the romantic lives of several Trainers and their Pokémon.
Volume 1 チャモチャモ☆ぷりてぃ

Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪
3 42 A sequel to Magical Pokémon Journey set in Hoenn.
Volume 1 ポケモンゲットだぜ!

Pokémon Get da ze!
5 A shōnen gag-manga about a young Trainer named Shū who specializes in Pokémon captures as he tries to complete his Pokédex.
Volume 1 ポケットモンスタープラチナ めざせ!! バトル王

Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!!
1 8 A single-volume story about a boy named Yū Shirogane who plays the Nintendo DS game Pokémon Platinum.
Volume 1 Phantom Thief Pokémon 7 快盗!ポケモン7

Phantom Thief! Pokémon 7
1 24 A manga about a young boy named Hiori who leads a double life as the mysterious thief known as "Pokémon 7". Pokémon 7, along with his trusty partner Lucario, retrieve stolen objects from other thieves and return them to their rightful owners.
Pokémon V.png 快盗!ポケモンV

Phantom Thief! Pokémon V
A sequel to Phantom Thief Pokémon 7 featuring two new characters, Pokémon V and Pokémon K.
Pokémon Try Adventure vol 1.png ポケモントライアドベンチャー

Pokémon Try Adventure
3 A manga that revolves around battle genius Katsuya, Pokémon collector Soro, and survival expert Toki as they accept missions, go through different challenges, and help many people and Pokémon.
RéBURST Volume 1.png ポケットモンスター RéBURST

Pocket Monsters RéBURST
8 77 A shōnen-manga about the main character, Ryouga, and his friends Miruto and Yappy as they fight the Great Gavel organization. In this series, Ryouga and many others have the ability to using a special technique called Burst.

Pokémon Battle Stories
A manga about the struggles of a girl named Wakaba.

Pokémon TCG-related

English title Japanese title Volumes Chapters Summary
Volume 1 めざせ!! カードマスター

Aim to Be a Card Master!!
1 9 A manga about children in the real world who compete in playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Volume 1 ポケモンカードになったワケ

Pokémon Card Ni Natta Wake
6 38 A series of short stories about the Pokémon which appear on the art of the various TCG cards.
ポケモンカードゲーム バトルコミック

Pokémon Card Game Battle Comic
0 5 Pokémon Daisuki Club webcomic, promoting the LEGEND series.

Exciting Victory! Pokémon Card Game!!

4-Koma and others

English title Japanese title Volumes Chapters Summary
Volume 1 ポケットモンスター 4コマギャグバトル

Pokémon 4Koma Gag Battle
Short, four-panel Pokémon gag comics.
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl 4-koma Theatre Made by Ryuu Matsushita, this a short manga (only 8 pages) with four-panel gag comics with Pokémon of Diamond and Pearl.
Volume 2 ポケモンクイズパズルランド ピカチュウは名たんてい

Pokémon Quiz Puzzle Land Pikachu is a Famous Detective
2 A manga which uses puzzles as a method of storytelling.

External links

Project Manga logo.png This article is part of Project Manga, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each series of Pokémon manga.