I got my mitts on it a day in advance and let me tell you it's a wonderful ending. THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOILERS IN THIS THREAD SO DON'T COME WHINING TO ME.
Don't forget this!
This volume has one of the few paint edits in the entire series, and I think it's the only one that's not related to how text lays out. Page 50 when B-2 says "Let's go!" while bending over all weirdly...well, in the original, there was a Stunky sniffing his butt. Here there's no Stunky.
There's another paint edit on page 167 but it's because in the original, the text was laid over Saturn's face. I'm not sure if Ihara did a full shot and then put the text over it or if Viz had to make up a face for him, but either way he looks pretty silly.
Anyway, as said this is a wonderful ending. I love the way things are resolved, and the exploration into pokemon psychology regarding how battling is important. And the part where Cyrus tells Mitsumi that her future was with her friends...oh man I cried. It was a really beautiful moment, and one that gains a degree of sadness when you realize that all Hareta really did differently from the game protagonists was tell Cyrus "I don't hate you."
However, I have some questions.
-What happened to the Galactic grunts that were last seen strewn about the Distortion World? Are we just supposed to assume that they got pulled out like the unconcious pokemon that our heroes have? Koya did say that their pokemon were "gone" after they came back out only we see three of them later (Hareta's Empoleon and Luxray and Jun's Dragonite) so it's safe to assume that Koya's Mamoswine is also back in the normal world...but do we make the same assumption with the grunts?
-So...who won the tournament?
-What happened to Cyrus's fixation on Hareta? For that matter, what happened to Cyrus's POKEMON? The last time we saw him with one was volume THREE. It's implied in volume 5 that he has them with him, but he doesn't use them.
-I question how Koya intents to arrest Charon in the Distortion World when it's clearly outside his jurisdiction. I don't think the International Police cover alternate dimensions.
-So does Kaisei have some sort of mental developmental issue or something? His incredibly immature ten year old son is more mature than he is, and seems to have a better concept of compassion and friendship as well. Kaisei's idea of such things seems to be based in "if you love something, let it go". Which includes his son, considering this is the third time he's abandoned the kid.
-So how long was
PerryLooker going to hang out at Stark Mountain on the chance that Charon would come back?