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A fun ride!
I would be lying if I said that Pokemon Special is the greatest shonen manga series ever written. It's a simple, straightforward enough story with common plots and themes, as well as occasional pacing problems due to it having to keep up with the long-running video game franchise it's based off of and having quite possibly the most complicated magazine release ever (and that part isn't an exaggeration). There are plenty of other Pokemon manga out there that have been written and released over the years, with more to come. And of course, there's the anime.

So what does this particular take of the Pokemon games have to offer to anyone?

A world filled to the brim with badassery, characters worth being emotionally attached to, competent bad guys, competent good guys, girls who can kick ass just as well as the guys, a unique take on the Mon battling system where humans are allowed, even expected, to fight alongside said Mons, and continuity in which everything/one is important and remembered (whether short-term or long-term, and when I say long-term, I mean long-term), all written by one guy who clearly loved playing through every aspect of the games and wanted to show them off as much as he could in his own, um, special way.

This series is fun, plain and simple. I can read this and enjoy it so much that I don't feel ashamed for indulging in what is mostly labeled as being part of a children's franchise. I can read the older chapters and bask in my childhood nostalgia. I can read the more recent chapters and see that the franchise still has new and exciting things to offer. I can read through this entire thing, from Gen 1 to the current, feel rewarded for sticking with it the whole time, and know that there is still more to come.

Even if you don't play Pokemon games, you can still possibly enjoy this series, but if you have played the games and loved them, you're in for a real treat.
You freaking NAILED it with this review. I love this manga for all of those reasons, so now I guess I don't have to put in a review myself. Thanks.
comment #8342 ManwiththePlan 29th Jun 11
True that!
comment #9267 pika09 14th Aug 11
The only reason this series is fun is because you've played the games or watched the anime and enjoy reading someone elses' weird interpretation of it.
comment #9303 eveil 16th Aug 11
The only reason this series is fun is because you've played the games or watched the anime and enjoy reading someone elses' weird interpretation of it.

Which happens to be the personal preferred interpretation by Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokemon.
comment #9434 ManwiththePlan 24th Aug 11
Considering that it's a generic shonen plot, that's not very surprising.
comment #9437 eveil 24th Aug 11
OK, so you're saying that "Pokemon Special" has a "generic shonen plot" which is a "weird interpretation" of the games, yet the creator of the games likes it....because of that?

Honestly, I have no idea what the hell you're trying to say here.
comment #9663 ManwiththePlan 2nd Sep 11 (edited by: ManwiththePlan)
"weird interpretation" as in, it's completely different from the games. "Generic shonen plot", because it's basically a generic shonen plot with Pokemon in it.

"Creator of games likes it because of that", I don't know what I was trying to say there either.
comment #9669 eveil 2nd Sep 11 (edited by: eveil)
I think you guys are being immature. Some enjoy it, some don't. But, in the vein of this argument, I'd say the reason of dislike of this manga for having a "generic shonen plot) could be added to ANY shonen manga. Then you've just got a hatred of the whole series. I say, either love it or leave it.
comment #11427 PantheonFefnir 17th Nov 11
But, in the vein of this argument, I'd say the reason of dislike of this manga for having a "generic shonen plot) could be added to ANY shonen manga.

I won't let you insert words into my mouth and get away with it.

Point out any part of my comments that say "I dislike this manga".
comment #11435 eveil 18th Nov 11
You said that the only reason this series is fun is because you've played the games or watched the anime and enjoy reading someone elses' weird interpretation of it. You're implying that it doesn't have what it takes to stand up on its own.
comment #11938 MichaelKatsuro 18th Dec 11
I did. Your point?
comment #11948 eveil 19th Dec 11
The point is that comment is pretty unfounded.
comment #11954 qtjinla15 19th Dec 11
Then you're in denial. The series lives on its references and alternate interpretations of the games.
comment #11955 eveil 19th Dec 11
I've reached the Silver/Gold arc, and even though I only played Red I still enjoy reading about these characters and pokémon that I've got no previous familiarity with. I find it a wekll-made manga. Really, that's it.
comment #16192 MichaelKatsuro 18th Sep 12
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