Pokemon Magical Journey(an older manga) was just a girl trying to impress a boy and befriend Pokemon, stuff I seen in Shojo but How I became a Pokemon card had stories like the Giovanni origin, a girl who tries to be a boy and be tough and all eventually alienating her friend who told her she didn't have a good heart since she refused to accept Pikachu since it's cute, (from an untranslated chapter I really love) a boy who encounter a wild Jigglypuff who likes listening to sounds from a clocktower with him when the clocktower broke and made Jigglypuff depressed so he decided to find someone to fix it
Pokemon Adventure seems to be more or less a consistent(but I got stalled in Emerald so...) but yeah later manga felt more formulaic compared to earlier ones, there was one I tried based on Gen 5 called Pokemon Reburst which is way too stereotypical Shonen, the art is nice but the hero is like always energetic and seems to never wane down, the heroine is the nagging type that just nagnagnagnagnagnag and did nothing else and up to the point I could find before the scandalators skipped to some of the later chapter but the last few before that skip in translation had a dumb comic relief type character who still contributed more than the main girl but the worst thing is... Pokemon hardly do anything, there are some they help but generally Pokemon has no impact other than transformations
Pokemon Adventure DID have different artists which did suffer from a big change in art(chibi to stereotypical thick line bug eyed look) but actually there are more than one series in the world of manga but manga are referred without s even in plurals, those had only one artist per work outside of Adventure but I was noticing how formulaic the later manga are compared to earlier ones
I noticed the art in the manga format also changes overtime, the initial batches range from cutesy shojo to thick line slapstick(the weird Clefairy comic) or chibi(which was initially used in Adventure and How I became a Pokemon card in it's entirety) most of them had smaller eyes than the more recent manga which all had thick lines and very large eyes
You can look it up as most of the first book is translated, there were some neat pictures of the characters at an older age still with the Pokemon of their chapters, one of the translated chapter has a boy trying to hide an injured Persian from Team Rocket and take care of it and it turns out the boy is Giovanni from the what happened years later picture with him going on the battle with Red
I don't even have most of them, only the Shonen are available at all(and only Pokemon Adventure is available in most bookstores I ran into the rest are only found on Kinokuniya) but even that controversal Pikachu Electric Adventure is absent in Malaysia(though that might be because they left a very adult section of Misty feeling up herself on)
But I tried reading the How I became a Pokemon card(which sadly isn't available outside of Japan and I have to read it in Japanese since not all chapters are fan translated) it's really cute and sweet stories about kids who befriend Pokemon(all chosen to be Pokemon that the manga artist drew originally) who at some point mimic the position they did on the cards it's standard slice of life but it's about the only Pokemon series to be mainly about that
Somehow I got Pokemon manga in my mind, I noticed something that annoys me like how the anime felt less heart feeling is that the manga nowadays are the same genre of battle Shonen(which I'm already sick of watching) while older manga can range from girls orientated manga, daily lives/slice of life or even slapstick
And yes, that news stand owner sounds a lot like Jackson Beck.
Oh, Meet Corliss Archer... That was a great sitcom. This is my favorite role from Janet Waldo, she's so likeable and youthful. I always identified with Sam Edwards' Dexter Franklin (I'm just as clumsy as he is!!!).
John Doucette would have been awesome as Slugfest and Kakuryu, as well as any dumb grunt. Whenever I see Kakuryu being hilariously abused by his boss Goryu, I always imagine Stan Freberg using that cowboy voice he did on "The Yellow Rose of Texas" for Goryu and John Doucette's Slugger for Kakuryu.