- Mangaka : Machito Gomi
- Publisher : Viz Media
- Genre : Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
- Published : August 2020
Pokemon has been a big chunk of our childhood. Well, at least for those in my age range. Pokemon has always successfully hit the market with a bang. The series, movies, games, merch, and everything else Pokemon related are a sure hit to the masses. Even today, that kind of hype has actually never ended. We mean, who doesn’t like catching ‘em all, right? That said, the very first Pokemon movie, Pokemon: The First Movie, has successfully hit the fan base during the initial grand hype. Just last year, it was given a CGI touch and made it more techy and modern.
Taking a lot of steps back into the fandom, there was a time wherein everybody believed without a doubt that the strongest Pokemon was either Mew or Mewtwo. Reasonably enough, that was what we are made to believe. Revisiting such concepts definitely brings back memories. All that said, reading this manga gives us another wave of nostalgia. Of course, that doesn’t mean only the old-timers like us can enjoy it. After all, Pokemon has always been a franchise for all ages. It’s actually more of a good first step into the fandom.
1. Movie in Manga Form
This manga actually follows the movie. It aims to provide the readers with another form of enjoying the content that the movie has originally shown. On that aspect, the manga has given all sorts of justice the movie deserves. The story flows as naturally as it can be. Also, the perk of being able to take our own pace to digest the dialogue and story perfectly fits in. On that note, we are also given the chance to go back a few pages and reminisce about the looks of our favorite characters. Yes, Togepi included.
2. Seeing All the Classic Favorites
It is an undeniable fact that Pikachu and Ash have traveled for a very, very long time. We’ve grown hair all over our bodies, and Ash is still yet to catch ‘em all. During that journey, he has also met and parted ways with a lot of friends, pokemon, and humans alike. Yes, none of those people were really hateful or that sort. It’s just that the original will always hold a special place in our hearts and seeing them having the spotlight all to themselves for another time is definitely something for us to be happy about.
1. A Series That Could Be a Tad Bit Too Late
The original Pokemon: The First Movie came out more than two decades ago. Yes, the remake just came out a year ago, but still, a manga based on that movie won’t sit well with everyone. And maybe, it shouldn’t really sit well for everyone. As the saying goes, “To each his own.” Some might think that this manga is just another attempt to wring more money out of our pockets, and maybe they’re right. On the other hand, there’s those, like us, who are happy to revisit our childhood memories. That means it’s a purchase well spent.
Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back--Evolution brings us back to the days when we will gleefully run in front of our televisions with a few snacks in hand. Those were the days when our biggest problem was what snack we should eat or whether or not Pikachu could defeat Charmander in a serious, no-trainer match. Be it for a short while, reminiscing the past is a worthwhile experience.