Pokémon manga

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Pokémon manga (Japanese: マンガ), 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 probably because of manga being more traditional in Japan, and most have innapropriate scenes such as in Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu, however, this is an exception. Sometimes the artwork is cleaned-up for foreign publishing, but some Japanese publishers prefer not to have the artwork changed.

List of Pokémon manga

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

Pocket Monsters
14 A boy's oriented gag manga featuring the adventures of an inept trainer and his rude Clefairy on their journeys throughout the Pokémon world. Arguably the most popular Pokémon manga in Japan.
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 This manga continues the adventures of Isamu Akai 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 This manga continues from Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire, the adventures of Isamu Akai and his rude Clefairy in Sinnoh.
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 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 in English-speaking countries.
Volume 1 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, using pictures directly from the Pokémon anime as its art.
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's 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 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 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 めざせ!! カードマスター

Mezase!! Card Master
1 9 A manga about children in the real world who compete in playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
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 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.
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.
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 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
Volume 1 Phantom Thief Pokémon 7 快盗!ポケモン7

Phantom Thief! Pokémon 7
1 12 A manga about 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 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 Puzzle Round Pikachu is an excellent Detective

Video 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
ポケモンコロシアム スナッチャーズレオ

Pokémon Colosseum Snatcher Leo
0 An adaptation of Pokémon Colosseum's storyline.
ポケモンレンジャー - The Comic

Pokémon Ranger - The Comic
An adaptation of Pokémon Ranger.
ポケモンレンジャー バトナージ - the Comic

Pokémon Ranger Batonnage - the Comic
4 An adaptation of Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia.
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!
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.

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

Mewtwo Strikes Back!
幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕

Mirage Pokémon Lugia's Explosive Birth
結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI

Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei

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 アルセウス超克の時空へ

Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime

External links

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