Fiftieth volume of Pokémon Adventures to be released
On March 25, 2014, the fiftieth volume of the Pokémon Adventures manga series is due to be released in Japan. The series, known as ポケットモンスターSPECIAL Pocket Monsters SPECIAL in Japanese, is created by 日下秀憲 Hidenori Kusaka and 山本サトシ Satoshi Yamamoto. It began publication in 1997 and is one of the longest-running Pokémon manga to be created.
The fiftieth volume will be available in two different versions - a regular edition (ISBN 9784091417084) and a special limited edition (ISBN 9784091591852). The special limited edition will be bundled with a 64-page collection of colour illustrations. As cover artwork for neither version has been revealed yet, it is unknown if there will be any cover artwork differences.
On the same date, Shogakukan will also be releasing a graphic novel collection of the manga Pokémon - The Legend of the Dragon King (ISBN 409141737X) in Japan. This manga, created by 石井敬士 Takashi Ishii, is the first new manga series featuring characters from Generation VI. It features the adventures of a Pokémon Trainer, Akira, and his Charizard.
Also due for release in March are the English translations of Pokémon Adventures volume 45 (ISBN 1421561786), released by VIZ Media as volume three of their "Pokémon Adventures: Black & White" series; and Pokémon Adventures volume 21 (ISBN 1421535556), the latest volume of the Ruby & Sapphire chapter to be released by VIZ Media. Both volumes are scheduled for North American release on March 4, 2014.