WARNING: This review may contain potential spoilers.
This volume follows the storyline of the Pokemon anime film, Giratina and the Sky Warrior. However, since this is a printed medium instead of a visual medium, the pacing of the manga is much faster than the anime film. Also, since this English translation follows the English version of the film, the characters’ English names are utilized instead of the Japanese names.
The storyline of both the film and the manga features the Legendary Pokemon Shaymin, who ends up being caught in the middle of a battle between Dialga and Giratina, two other Legendary Pokemon. During this fight, all three of the Pokemon are catapulted into the Reverse World. Shaymin uses its “Seed Flare” ability to tear a hole in the Reverse World; Shaymin and Dialga manage to escape. But before Dialga leaves, it fires a laser at Giratina, trapping Giratina in a time loop in the Reverse World. Shaymin falls into a river in the regular world, and is found by Ash, Brock, and Dawn. After taking the sick Shaymin to a Pokemon Center to be healed, Shaymin uses its telepathic abilities to communicate that it needs to get to a flower field and rejoin its friends. Before they can get far, Team Rocket tries to capture Shaymin, and most of the characters end up being transported to the Reverse World. In the Reverse World, Ash, Dawn, and Shaymin meet a scientist named Newton Graceland, who is studying the Reverse World. He helps Ash and his friends return to the regular world, and the rest of the story follows Ash and his friends as they try to reunite Shaymin with its friends.
The character designs in this manga try to emulate the designs from the anime film, but there’s still some notable differences; however, it should be noted that Brock looks much closer to his anime counterpart in this manga than he does in the Pokemon Adventures manga series. To illustrate the Pokemon battles that appear in this volume, Hijioka utilizes both the “busy panel” and the big sound effect tropes. In a lot of respects, I would have to say that the artwork in this manga is better than the artwork in Pokemon Adventures.
I saw the anime film before reading this manga volume, and I have to say that Hijioka did a fairly decent job of capturing the essence of the film in this book. If you’re a fan of the Pokemon franchise, this is definitely worth giving a read, regardless of whether or not you have already seen the anime film that the manga was adapted from.
Pokemon: Giratina & the Sky Warrior! is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of this manga that my older daughter checked out through the King County Library System.
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Lesley Muir Aeschliman (ljaesch)
I'm a freelance writer whoserves as the Anime editor at BellaOnline; I have also had work published at Associated Content. I also maintain two blogs: AeschTunes and Lesley's Musings... on Manga. … more
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Shaymin, the peaceful Gratitude Pokémon, lives happily in forests and fields of flowers. But one day Shaymin is accidentally drawn into a battle between the Legendary Pokémon Giratina and Dialga. Whisked away far from home, Shaymin is found by Ash, Dawn and Brock, who soon discover that this new Pokémon is full of surprises! Of course Team Rocket wants to get their hands on Shaymin, and so does a mysterious man named Zero. Even Giratina is in hot pursuit of this little Pokémon—and just what do Giratina and Shaymin have to do with the dimension known as the Reverse World?