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Old June 2nd, 2012 (02:48 AM).
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Pokémon Manga Book Club

What's the book club?

In real life, a book club's purpose is to read a book from cover to cover and discuss it regularly. The Pokémon Manga Book Club is similar to that! Think of it as a group reading of various versions of Pokémon manga. However, we won't be reading any one manga cover to cover, since there are so many different ones that most people haven't read or heard of; instead we'll be reading a few volumes of various mangas, so you can get a good taste of all the options available to you in the manga universe!




What are we reading?
Well, young manga fan, we'll be reading chapters from 7 different series! However, some of them are oneshots (only one volume to the entire series), so technically we'll read the entirety of about 4 different series. Here's the list of series we'll be dipping into:
The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Pokémon Adventures
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team
Pokémon Ranger Batonnage
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blazing Exploration Team
Pokémon 7
Pokémon Reburst



How does it work?
Now all that's left is to explain exactly how it works, yes? We'll be starting our first chapter on June 8th. This should give people plenty of time to see the thread and prepare themselves! Every week I'll give you a chapter to read, and you'll have a week to get through the entire thing (don't worry, the chapters are short). We'll then discuss the chapter as we're reading the next one! New chapters will be "assigned" each Friday, along with links to where you can read them online or download them. Please keep all important discussion in spoiler tags, though, since someone may check the thread without having read the weekly chapter yet! The second post in this thread will keep track of where we are in the book club, what we're reading now, when the next chapter is assigned, all the important things. And of course if you stick around and discuss in the book club with us, you'll be able to add a shiny new emblem to your name!
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Old June 2nd, 2012 (02:51 AM). Edited July 6th, 2012 by Oryx.
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Current Assignment


The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Note: this is the translated version and is read left-to-right.

Assignment 1: Volume 1, Chapter 1 (Pages 1-41)
Assignment 2: Volume 1, Chapter 2 (Pages 1-38)
Assignment 3: Volume 1, Chapter 3 (Pages 1-40)
Assignment 4: Volume 1, Chapter 4
Assignment 5: Volume 2, Chapter 1
Assignment 6: July 13




Past Assignments

None yet!
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Old June 2nd, 2012 (04:44 AM).
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Whoa. It all sounds so fun and interesting! Can't wait.

About the whole concept, I really think this is a good idea. I'm not familiar with most of the series listed aside from PokéSpe and ReBURST but I'm pumped to start with it nevertheless. Always wanted to get into these. Hopefully the assignments each prove to be interesting enough on their own for the readers, because maybe this can promote discussion on each series we'll be reading. Heck, even possibly produce more threads in the section itself! I hope the longer ones (like Pokémon Adventures) get more than one assignment/week designated for them. :D

I also sincerely hope this picks up the activity in the sub-forum. But aside from messages and linking it in my signature, I can't think of any other way to promote this. I really want to though! I mean, even though I'm just starting to lurk this place more, it's a surprise how I already want to participate, probably more so with a fair share of people doing the same thing. Any ideas on how much more people (newcomers and regulars alike) can know about this? At least there's a short leeway for people to check it out first. :3
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Old June 2nd, 2012 (09:14 AM).
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Okay I'm here! I've been meaning to read more Pokemon manga as a whole but never really gotten to motivation or anything to do so. Hopefully this'll help especially since it'll be weekly much like the other few things that I read.

There's always a blog entry which Toujours might have already put up or not. I'm not sure since I just got online and haven't really checked much. But blogs seem to help. Other than that maybe Toujours can have an announcement made as well? idk. But it would be nice for this to be promoted so more people could possible join.
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Can't wait for this to start, I've always wanted to get involved with the manga! What's going to happen after the listed ones are finished though? ;o
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Old June 2nd, 2012 (11:36 AM).
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Okay I'm here! I've been meaning to read more Pokemon manga as a whole but never really gotten to motivation or anything to do so. Hopefully this'll help especially since it'll be weekly much like the other few things that I read.

There's always a blog entry which Toujours might have already put up or not. I'm not sure since I just got online and haven't really checked much. But blogs seem to help. Other than that maybe Toujours can have an announcement made as well? idk. But it would be nice for this to be promoted so more people could possible join.
I have an announcement in, just waiting for it to be accepted :3

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Can't wait for this to start, I've always wanted to get involved with the manga! What's going to happen after the listed ones are finished though? ;o
Well with one chapter a week, the listed ones will be done in...nearly a year. XD So when we get that far, I'll add to the list, although the ones I really want to add aren't available online ;_; I may have some disposable income over this break, and then if so I'll probably end up buying a few of the ones I want to read/add here and upload them to mangafox or something similar.
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Old June 2nd, 2012 (02:28 PM).
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I've just started reading manga every morning, so I love this idea. I'll have my Saturday morning manga all set!
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Old June 2nd, 2012 (07:07 PM).
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Sure, this seems like a cool idea. Count me in!
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Old June 6th, 2012 (07:53 AM).
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Hey, could you post the Japanese versions too for the people that want to learn Japanese?
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Old June 6th, 2012 (03:43 PM).
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Old June 6th, 2012 (03:48 PM).
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[I meant to Toujours when we start, but okay, it works too]

So lemme get this straight, in an "assignment", you'll get us a couple pages from the manga each day? Or do we have to get the books ourselves?
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Old June 6th, 2012 (03:50 PM).
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I'll give you a link to where you can either read it online or download it to read on your computer. And for the most part it will be a chapter a week, but in the case of a few of them it'll be two chapters a week because they're extra long haha.
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Old June 6th, 2012 (03:54 PM).
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Okay, so that's good. And here we discuss the book?
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Old June 6th, 2012 (03:55 PM).
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Yup, you've got the idea! :)
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Old June 7th, 2012 (04:28 AM).
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I'm excited, it's so close to starting. It'll be hard to only read one chapter a week though, seeing as I normally read a volume a day.
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Old June 7th, 2012 (08:54 PM).
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Well the chapters for this one are ~40 pages so there's that!

The first assignment is up. Feel free to start discussing once you've finished reading it :3
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I think this is the most complete set of Electric Tale of Pikachu English scans. Why didn't anyone finish scanning the entire series, I wonder?
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Old June 8th, 2012 (01:20 PM).
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I didn't enjoy the first chapter of Electric Tale of Pikachu nearly as much as Pokémon Adventures. I'm sure I'll enjoy it more though once I read more. I do like the look of Misty with her hair coloured dark though.

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I think this is the most complete set of Electric Tale of Pikachu English scans. Why didn't anyone finish scanning the entire series, I wonder?
I'm not sure why but I find it super annoying. I can't find volume 7 or 8 of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! anywhere.
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Old June 8th, 2012 (01:52 PM).
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Reading through, this is just like the first episode of the anime...

oh well it's fine
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Reading through, this is just like the first episode of the anime...

oh well it's fine
Electric Tale of Pikachu follows the over all plot of the Indigo Arc.

Spoiler of chapter :P
Spoiler:
It's interesting that Ash caught Fearow though...
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Well the Electric Tale of Pikachu is based entirely off of the anime, so as you continue you'll see that it goes through different episodes of the anime, in manga form instead. There are a few differences though! For example:

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In the manga, Ash is madly in love with Gary's sister :P
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Old June 10th, 2012 (02:43 PM). Edited June 11th, 2012 by psyanic.
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Not a bad first chapter, but like Vaporeon said, I still found that the opening chapter for Pokemon Special was a bit better. But I like Misty's design better here, and her outfit is a bit different.
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It was cool that Ash caught a Fearow. And lol at Pikachu on the leash.
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Haven't seen much for Pokemon Adventures in a while, which is rather disappointing, since it's the only pokemon manga I read.
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