Pokémon Adventures X & Y chapter released in North America
On December 2, Pokémon XY volume 1 was released by VIZ Media in North America. This is the first volume of the X & Y chapter of the popular Pokémon Adventures manga created by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto.
As the rounds of the X & Y chapter have not yet been collected in the standard volume format in Japan, the rounds in this volume have been collected directly from the magazine version. Although Shogakukan in Japan is currently releasing the same rounds in a similar format, VIZ Media's volume is not identical — while Shogakukan's volumes collect about seven rounds each, VIZ Media's new volume collects only the first three, similar to their release of the Black & White chapter. As previously reported on Bulbanews, Kurokawa in France have also announced a 2015 release for the X & Y chapter, although their release format has not yet been confirmed so it is unknown if they will be following the Japanese volumes, the English volumes or releasing the rounds their own way.
There are several other noteworthy manga releases for December 2014. In North America, VIZ Media also released Pokémon Black and White volume 19 on December 2. This is the second-to-last volume in the magazine version of the Black & White chapter.
In Japan, Pokémon Adventures volume 52 is due to be released on December 28. The fourth and final volume in the Ruby & Sapphire chapter omnibus edition is also due to be released sometime in December.
In Brazil, Pokémon Black & White volume 3 is due to be released some time in December. The Brazilian releases, while numbered differently, are based on the volume version beginning from volume 43.
In France, the first volume of the Ruby & Sapphire chapter omnibus edition is due to be released on December 11. This omnibus edition is uniquely French and has no correlation to any of the previous Japanese omnibus editions.
In Italy, Pokémon Black and White volume 3 is due to be released on December 10. This edition is based on VIZ Media's volumes collecting the magazine version of the Black & White chapter.
No forthcoming releases for December have been announced by Shogakukan Asia at this time. Their most recent release is Pokémon Adventures volume 45, released on November 26.