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The Art Of Pokémon Adventures Book Review

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“The Art of Pokémon Adventures” is a visual treat for “Pokémon” fans.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Pokémon,” a new coffee table book titled “The Art Of Pokémon Adventures” has been released. For those that are unaware, the book collects colorful illustrations of artist Satoshi Yamamoto’s work on the “Pokémon Adventures” graphic novel series. Among the materials fans can expect to see here are 4 pull out posters that feature a plethora of characters, pencil sketches, B&W art, storyboarded frames, illustration pages, color specification pieces, rough drafts, line art, character designs, unused illustrations, and scenes only in magazines. The art is comprised of pieces from 2001 to now from the following incarnations: Gold and Silver, Ruby and Sapphire, FireRed and LeafGreen, Emerald, Diamond and Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black and White, Black 2 and White 2, XY, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and Pokémon Ranger: The Comic, and Pokémon Ranger: The Comic- Shadows Of Almia. The book concludes with an illustration guide, a note from Satoshi Yamamoto, and a bonus “Pokémon Ranger: The Comic” episode 1 which revolves around a glowing object and Lunick rescuing a girl and stopping a fire.

Even though I’m not what you would call a “Pokémon” fan, I found much to admire about “The Art of Pokémon Adventures.” Much like fantastic “The Art of” Miyazaki books that Viz also released, this book is a wonderful tribute to the vivid and creative imagery of Satoshi Yamamoto that has captured the hearts and minds of so many people across the globe. All of the fan favorite characters like Pikachu, Leaf, Arceus, Hilbert, Jigglypuff, Charizard, and Charmander are displayed here in various poses and groupings and or scenes. In fact, each image really looks like it could be a poster it’s that impressive. The only downside here is that it would have been nice to see each character identified. For some odd reason, only the “Pokémon Ranger” section does this.

Speaking of “Pokémon Ranger,” I have to say I really enjoyed the bonus manga episode of this particular title. Granted, my knowledge of “Pokémon” is limited, but, to me, this felt more fun than the usual “Pokémon” tale. The story set-up and universe rules felt more sensible.

Overall Thoughts: Whether you’re a “Pokémon” fanatic or an artist who is passionate about art books, “The Art of Pokémon Adventures” is well worth checking out.

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September 13, 2017 - Posted by | Book review | ,

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