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Pokemon Manga Project - Some Basic Ideas (and Concept Art)

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by , 23rd June 2013 at 06:48 PM (4708 Views)
As mentioned in my last post, I'm currently planning on writing and drawing a Pokemon manga based on all generations of Pokemon games, and serving as somewhat of a reboot/redesign of the anime. This is a basic outline of the concepts I've come up with, and of course, I'll also list the corresponding openings themes if it were to replace the anime (just for fun). Like the Pokemon Special manga and the video games, it will switch protagonists every generation or so, rather than just sticking to one (though old characters will still appear from time to time). In effect of using the Japanese Pokemon canon as basis for construction, it will use Japanese names. In terms of portraying technology, I may take some cues from Dengeki Pikachu.

-Red, Green, Blue, Yellow-
Working Title: Pocket Monsters [Opening 1 | Opening 2 (Elite Four)]


-Gold, Silver, Crystal-
Working Title: Pocket Monsters II (Part 1) [Opening 1 | Opening 2]

Working Title: Pocket Monsters II × Crystal (Part 2) [Opening]

Working Title: Pocket Monsters II × Toki o Koeta Deai (Part 3) [Opening]


-Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald-
Working Title: Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation [Opening 1|Opening 2]


-FireRed and LeafGreen-
Working Title: Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation × Battle Frontier [Opening 1| Opening 2 | Opening 3]


-Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum-
Working Title: Pocket Monsters High Touch! [Opening 1 | Opening 2]


-HeartGold and SoulSilver-
Working Title: Pocket Monsters!! X Legend (Pronounced Cross Legend) [Opening 1 | Opening 2]


-Black and White -
Working Title: Pocket Monsters Best Wishes [Opening]


-Black and White 2-
Working Title: Pocket Monsters Best Wishes 2 [Opening]

Working Title: Pocket Monsters Best Wishes 2 × World Tournament [Opening 1 | Opening 2]


Universe Notes


Character Designs

Here are some doodles I did for Mei, Ai, and "Sayako".

Mei (a direct adaptation of Game!Mei's design)


Ai (Birth of Mewtwo, a direct adaptation)


Sayako (Blue counterpart, her Kanto design is based off unused Sugimori art of a possible female PC - I made some minor liberties compared to her Special counterpart)


The Generation I and II characters will have a "90's" flavor to them and will be drawn with Ken Sugimori's early "Akira Toriyama"-esque style. All other generation will be drawn with more modern anime designs.

...More to come. Any comments and feedback appreciated! I'll even take suggestions.
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  1. Phoenixphlare's Avatar
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    Please tell me it won't have levels and will have decent tournament rules.
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  2. FANG-TAN's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyvernphlare
    Please tell me it won't have levels and will have decent tournament rules.
    No, it won't have levels. Tournament rules will be the same as the anime.

    EDIT: The only difference is, Pokemon normally have access to more than four moves. In officially-sanctioned tournaments, trainers are to register only four of those moves, and they can only use those four moves during the battle.
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    Updated 23rd June 2013 at 11:54 PM by FANG-TAN
  3. HumanDawn's Avatar
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    @FANG-TAN;

    Good luck!
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  4. FANG-TAN's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by HumanDawn
    @FANG-TAN;

    Good luck!
    Thanks!
  5. Hurricane Kishore's Avatar
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    Your simply using the Basic plot !
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  6. FANG-TAN's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Kishore
    Your simply using the Basic plot !
    Well, this is intended to be a restart of the anime if Satoshi's story ended in Kanto and the anime decided to be faithful to the game, so in essence, it's adapting the games. The most unique sagas will probably be the FRLG and HGSS plots, and the crossover plot of BW2.

    If you have any ideas for unique and original characters, feel free to contribute them. I'd be glad to consider adding them in, especially for the HGSS, RSE, and DPP plots which I haven't considered all that deeply in my head yet.
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    Updated 25th June 2013 at 04:11 PM by FANG-TAN
  7. dracoflare's Avatar
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    I say go for it!

    These are some brilliant ideas. I am looking forward for the materlization of these ideas. But seriously though, won't doing all of this take ages?

    This is how the canon should have been. Seriously, the anime world mixed with a special type protagonist changes while giving occasional glory to the old characters--Too awesome. Heck, the anime would have been flourishing if this happened.

    I can see what you are doing with Mewtwo lol. Seriously I love every damn idea in this. How will they fight the ORIGINAL dragon? I mean what Pokemon can stand up to the fused form of Reshiram and Zekrom?

    I have a billion doubts in my mind. But a few of them...there are a few defining things in the anime like Satoshi and Aura. In DP, Gen makes an appearance and is said to be a user of Aura. How much will this aspect of Satoshi be developed? Will Gen and Satoshi have a connection? Or will Aura just be a concept that is limited to FR/LG?

    About Shinji.....will he be Kouki's rival or Satoshi's rival? (Satoshi is too badass in this for Shinji lol.)

    I like every damn bit of this LOL. The Shinji fan inside me wants him to to be the protagonist in DP LOL. No jk!

    I will do my best to encourage you on this wonderful endeavor and try to perhaps support you somehow......haha, I am not sure myself.

    Your adaptation of B2W2 is epic and it could work as the climax of a long riveted storyline. By the time you complete it, I think a lot more gens will come haha. Not sure what you'll do then :3
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  8. Hurricane Kishore's Avatar
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    63% chance that XY Anime will be a disappointment.
    My advised , Writer an Alternate Adventure of Alternate Ash in a Alternate parallel Universe Where Ash going to win the Kalo League .
    That What people would want when Pokemon XY Anime turn out to be disappointment . It would work much better then showing An Alternate Ash winning Kento League.
    [B]Oh , Make sure to have a incredibly beautiful Eyecandy who has a ''Shippy'' relationship with Ash . Make sure her to be so Beautiful that People can't take their Eye off her ! [/B]
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  9. dracoflare's Avatar
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    63? Nice random number there.

    I think you should realize Fang-tan is a human and can't print manga pages at the rate of one volume per day. I think he will have his hands full for many years with just the ideas he posted here.

    Eh, shippy stuff? I say maintaining the OS style throughout is more than enough. Shipping and other such fan services are not needed. In the end this is Fang-tan's work not ours lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dracoflare
    These are some brilliant ideas. I am looking forward for the materlization of these ideas. But seriously though, won't doing all of this take ages?
    Not gonna lie, it probably will. I'll definitely be bitter by the end that the anime didn't do all of this in the first place, and I had to do it myself. xD

    I can see what you are doing with Mewtwo lol.
    He was such a good character. That's why I really want to give him more airtime in this canon (without "giving" him to a main character doing a badge quest). Being the only one of his kind and having a unique character of his own, I really want to take advantage of that even after his "character arc" ends. He'll be a valuable friend and ally to Satoshi, and he won't be owned by anyone.

    Speaking of Mewtwo, the new form Game Freak is giving to Mewtwo in the games looks silly to me at first - but despite that, I want to make it a meaningful power-up in this story, using the Strikes Back character, unlike what the anime is currently planning to do with a new Mewtwo that no one really cares about.

    Seriously I love every damn idea in this. How will they fight the ORIGINAL dragon? I mean what Pokemon can stand up to the fused form of Reshiram and Zekrom?
    See, this is what I had in mind - not one Pokemon would be able to stand against the might of Pure Kyurem.

    So, in order for them to win, almost every single character that appeared in the story will have to contribute their power in order to stop the ultimate dragon. Every Champion, leader, minor support character, and of course each generation of protagonists and their Pokemon will have to lend their aid.

    I have a billion doubts in my mind. But a few of them...there are a few defining things in the anime like Satoshi and Aura. In DP, Gen makes an appearance and is said to be a user of Aura. How much will this aspect of Satoshi be developed? Will Gen and Satoshi have a connection? Or will Aura just be a concept that is limited to FR/LG?
    I'll definitely try to expand more on Satoshi's hadou potential (especially after he becomes Mewtwo's essential "partner"). I think developing that aspect from the anime would provide more skills for him as a human aside from being a trainer. (Though I won't turn him into a Pokemon version of Masaru Daimon, who ends up punching out Digimon. lol)

    It won't be limited to characters that appear in the FR/LG arc - Gen will appear in DPP as he's supposed to, and he'll be one of the few people in the world who can harness his hadou. I also plan on making him a descendant of Aaron who will appear in the Lucario arc of FR/LG... because let's face it, the resemblance is too much to be a coincidence. And possibly, all the protagonists will have a certain aura potential, but Satoshi will be the character where I build that concept up. Being the first main character, he'll have the honors. :P

    About Shinji.....will he be Kouki's rival or Satoshi's rival? (Satoshi is too badass in this for Shinji lol.)
    You're right on the mark. Satoshi, in this canon, would be way too much of a beast to consider Shinji a rival. Plus, Satoshi would be busy taking part in the HGSS plot, which takes place around the same time.

    Still, I'll somewhat regret that Satoshi won't put Shinji in his place in this canon (like how Wataru puts Silver in his place in the games), but Kouki and Shirona will be plenty.

    The Shinji fan inside me wants him to to be the protagonist in DP LOL. No jk!
    At least I didn't give you false hope by treating Shinji like the early DP promotional materials did (seriously, Satoshi, Hikari, Shinji, the three starters, and no Takeshi? Misleading as hell). :P

    I will do my best to encourage you on this wonderful endeavor and try to perhaps support you somehow......haha, I am not sure myself.
    What I need is money, but I won't ask for donations. LOL A really good tablet would do me good, but right now draft work is more than enough for production to go smoothly once I start.

    Your adaptation of B2W2 is epic and it could work as the climax of a long riveted storyline.
    Once again, right on the mark! The BW2 plot is totally intended as a "conclusion" to certain characters (particularly, Satoshi's subplot with his dad) and brings together previous protagonist for one final hurrah, making way for the new Generation (XY) - and unlike the anime (which clearly extended itself at least once), I'll go through with it.

    Since time actually passes in this canon, the next time you'll see other characters after that, they'll probably be adults by then. In my World Tournament arc, Satoshi is supposed to already be 18 by then.

    By the time you complete it, I think a lot more gens will come haha. Not sure what you'll do then :3
    I'll... probably be inclined to do those too, probably. xD

    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Kishore
    63% chance that XY Anime will be a disappointment.
    My advised , Writer an Alternate Adventure of Alternate Ash in a Alternate parallel Universe Where Ash going to win the Kalo League .
    That What people would want when Pokemon XY Anime turn out to be disappointment . It would work much better then showing An Alternate Ash winning Kento League.
    The way I'm doing this, though, is fixing problems that were present in past sagas (the recent Mewtwo flub is one thing that comes to mind) by having different main characters. And by doing that, I have to allow Satoshi to win the Kanto League like his game counterpart did and keep the OS-feel that made the anime likeable to so many people back in the day.

    Simply writing a good XY scenario with the current canon in mind, won't change the fact that the current canon you're basing it off of has problems in it. My intention is to go back to when the Pokemon anime first starting having problems, and fix it accordingly.

    Oh , Make sure to have a incredibly beautiful Eyecandy who has a ''Shippy'' relationship with Ash . Make sure her to be so Beautiful that People can't take their Eye off her !
    Oh, I already have two people in mind for that. And they'll hate each others guts. Since I don't like love triangles all that much, I'll treat it comically. Shipping won't play a big part, but I'll have enough to make ship-crazy people happy.
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    Updated 26th June 2013 at 06:57 AM by FANG-TAN
  11. dracoflare's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by FANG-TAN

    See, this is what I had in mind - not one Pokemon would be able to stand against the might of Pure Kyurem.

    So, in order for them to win, almost every single character that appeared in the story will have to contribute their power in order to stop the ultimate dragon. Every Champion, leader, minor support character, and of course each generation of protagonists and their Pokemon will have to lend their aid.
    Perfect. No, I mean the World Tournament is a very decent excuse to gather all the main tournament and add a beast like Pure Kyurem? Don't forget to give Shirona the props because she's the one who hints a world tournament in the game canon iirc. I am just wondering about the BW2 Male protagonist. If this indeed serves the end of your canon(which is perfect for an end), he will be the least developed. You can consider giving Touya a sequel but eh if you want to stay true to the games, that's fine too.

    I'll definitely try to expand more on Satoshi's hadou potential (especially after he becomes Mewtwo's essential "partner"). I think developing that aspect from the anime would provide more skills for him as a human aside from being a trainer. (Though I won't turn him into a Pokemon version of Masaru Daimon, who ends up punching out Digimon. lol)
    Yeah, it will become Dragon Ball Z lol. I think humans have a very weak combat hadou. Even if they learn to use hadou, they won't be able to match with a Pokemon or use hadou dan that is stronger than a Pokemon's.



    At least I didn't give you false hope by treating Shinjo like the early DP promotional materials did (seriously, Satoshi, Hikari, Shinji, the three starters, and no Takeshi? Misleading as hell). :P
    Haha true. I think we must have picked the hint that Takeshi will be a forgotten presence throughout DP lol. Speaking of Hikari, I think the route you are taking is similar to the special, except it is more anime style! That's what I like the most about this idea.

    What I need is money, but I won't ask for donations. LOL A really good tablet would do me good, but right now draft work is more than enough for production to go smoothly once I start.
    How do you sketch right now?

    Since time actually passes in this canon, the next time you'll see other characters after that, they'll probably be adults by then. In my World Tournament arc, Satoshi is supposed to already be 18 by then.
    That's a long way away from today though. So you don't need to worry about it much right now. Who knows the canon may get rid of Satoshi by then!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dracoflare
    Perfect. No, I mean the World Tournament is a very decent excuse to gather all the main tournament and add a beast like Pure Kyurem? Don't forget to give Shirona the props because she's the one who hints a world tournament in the game canon iirc. I am just wondering about the BW2 Male protagonist. If this indeed serves the end of your canon(which is perfect for an end), he will be the least developed. You can consider giving Touya a sequel but eh if you want to stay true to the games, that's fine too.
    With that, Kyouhei and Touya (also by extension, Touko and Mei) will become the senpai for the newer generations. Satoshi essentially passes the torch to the Gen V heroes.

    Yeah, it will become Dragon Ball Z lol. I think humans have a very weak combat hadou. Even if they learn to use hadou, they won't be able to match with a Pokemon or use hadou dan that is stronger than a Pokemon's.
    At the very least, I'll use the concept to allow characters like Satoshi to perform feats that'll allow him to... well, survive in the more action-y plots. At the very least, he'll be able to land from high elevations without breaking his legs.

    Haha true. I think we must have picked the hint that Takeshi will be a forgotten presence throughout DP lol. Speaking of Hikari, I think the route you are taking is similar to the special, except it is more anime style! That's what I like the most about this idea.
    Yup. There were various parts of the anime's DP that made me feel that, even though Satoshi's the staple MC of the Pokemon anime, Hikari was the main character of Diamond and Pearl specifically. Especially at the beginning and the special - I felt she was suited for her own anime/manga series. Specifically a shoujo-styled series.

    How do you sketch right now?
    Just some blank paper, a Sakura127 pencil, ink pens, and a kabura brush pen. It's enough to make drafts and manga pages traditionally, but in the long run it'll be more cost efficient and high quality (especially since it's intended to be shared digitally) if I did it with a tablet using Manga Studio EX/Paint Tool Sai.

    That's a long way away from today though. So you don't need to worry about it much right now. Who knows the canon may get rid of Satoshi by then!
    Possibly. :P I guess if that happens, my project could be viewed as an interesting way to revisit Satoshi's character in an alternate reality.
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    [QUOTE=dracoflare;bt288090]63? Nice random number there.

    I think you should realize Fang-tan is a human and can't print manga pages at the rate of one volume per day. I think he will have his hands full for many years with just the ideas he posted here.

    Eh, shippy stuff? I say maintaining the OS style throughout is more than enough. Shipping and other such fan services are not needed. In the end this is Fang-tan's work not ours lol.[/QUOTE]

    With X & Y coming out , I don't think people will be interested in watching Ash starting from all over again even if Fan-tang get rid of all the flew and make Ash win the league .
    Remember , Most human being are impatient , Specially Children & Teenager !
    So , If Fang-Tan want his/her manga to get attention then it will be better if he/she start from Kalo region .
    Plus , Shouldn't he/she need to get Copyright permission .
    Or Else I would have made an Anime Where ''Sena Kashiwazaki'' is the Main heroin .
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    He's making a reboot. Those who read Special can easily like this and I'll tell you that's a huge fanbase. Those who stopped watching the anime but still hang around the franchise will like it. He doesn't need any attention, the attention will come by itself.

    They can be as much impatient as much as they want but there's only so much he can do. He definitely has a life that doesn't involve Pokemon to live. He won't get any money from this project(because he's not planning to accept donations either.). He can only draw so much everyday.

    I don't think he will try getting or even get a Copyright Permission for that matter. But that didn't stop any other fan-artists so it won't stop him either.

    Do realize that not everyone has the same opinion as you. Why would anyone read if he starts from Kalos? He wants to correct the mistake canon made by making an alternate canon. Starting from Kalos is just using the old messed up canon. I don't think he wishes to do that.

    You can make a fan-animation and stay under the radar and no one can stop you from using Sena or whatever "heroin" you wish to use. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Kishore
    With X & Y coming out , I don't think people will be interested in watching Ash starting from all over again even if Fan-tang get rid of all the flew and make Ash win the league .
    Remember , Most human being are impatient , Specially Children & Teenager !
    So , If Fang-Tan want his/her manga to get attention then it will be better if he/she start from Kalo region .
    Plus , Shouldn't he/she need to get Copyright permission .
    Or Else I would have made an Anime Where ''Sena Kashiwazaki'' is the Main heroin .
    As dracoflare said, I want to rebuild the anime canon from the ground up, not add to it. Adding to it won't fix the various plotholes and inconsistencies it has that make Satoshi and the canon in general look bad - things like the Mewtwo fiasco with Movie 16, for instance, will still be there, whether the XY saga turns out to be good or not. I also have many commitments in real life that will keep me from updating on a daily basis. Unlike the anime producers, I don't care about marketing - it's for people who enjoy a good Pokemon story, so I don't mind not going straight to Kalos right away.

    Also, it's a doujinshi. They're fan works that really don't get shot down with legal action. That rings even more true with mine - unlike other doujins, it won't be sold at Comiket or whatever, I'm doing this pay-free like Pokemoa/Soara does for his fanart. In essence it's a glorified fanfiction that will be authentic quality, which may become a cult hit amongst Pokemon fans. If you wanted to make a doujin with Sena from Haganai crossing over with Pokemon, you could.
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    Updated 26th June 2013 at 04:30 PM by FANG-TAN
  16. BMGF Anime Master's Avatar
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    This looks to be really good you have me interested
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    Truthfully, this one of best Pokémon anime remake concept I have ever encountered on the web. I always dreamed of rebuilding the world of the Pokémon Anime before, but it never really took off. These ideas and concepts have reignited such interests, and I am willing to look forward for more of this. There are many suggestions I could give to you, but I don't know how far are you in the manga project so I'm just going to give one for now.

    Given that Jessie's Wobbuffet (Sonans) is one of the most popular Rocket Pokémon on the rooster, I believe it would it work better for the Rocket trio stay villainous for the entirely of the Kanto Saga, and halfway through the Johto before turning good. They could start out at the beginning of the Johto Saga trying to form their own (inept) Rocket organization before Vicious shows up and creates the more threatening new Team Rocket, which causes the trio to eventually reform. One of their schemes would be based on Trick of the Trade and like that episode, Jessie would end up trading Lickitung for a Wobbuffet.

    P.S. Sayako's Concept Art is not displaying for me. Is there any way to fix that?
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    @Shadao: That's a really good idea that could work - it definitely sounds like an amusing transition. I'll see if I can work it into my ideas while I'm making it. But rest assured, even if I don't follow through with your idea, Sonansu will definitely be added to their roster either way (originally off-screen, but your idea could make a nice omake chapter).

    I'll re-upload and post up Sayako's drawing again eventually (if I still have it on my computer). I actually threw away the sketch and am planning on drawing a new one. I revamped her character to be different from how I described for as well (thanks to @Captain Blue).
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