I cannot express how happy I am that this series is getting published again. I fell in love with this manga series when I was about 12 and I can remember doing chores around the house in order to buy all of these books. I was seriously addicted. In high school when I found out there were more than the 7 published in the U.S, I saved up enough money to buy them off of ebay from Singapore. This ended up being something like 200 dollars.....so you could say I love this series a little too much.
As far as I'm concerned, this series goes where the anime series should have gone. Don't get me wrong, I loved the anime series, but these books actually have a plot other than "Ash and co meet new character. Jessie, James and Meowth then show up, try and steal Pickachu, get butts kicked, blast off at the speed of light, etc. etc. etc." The humor is good, the artwork is adorable and Red is a cocky but lovable hero.
If you have a child who loves pokemon, get them this series please. I know I was enthralled. It breaks my heart that this series doesn't get more attention. It follows the same basic plot as the video games, which is why the main character's name is Red instead of Ash. It also means that the series is pretty well sectioned. The first three have a clear ending, with no cliff hangers. The fourth starts a spinoff with a different main character but the same basic cast. Again, this series is finished off at number 7, and when I was a child, I thought that was the end. No. 8 and its sequels are actually being published for the first time in the U.S. As I want them to continue releasing these books in the U.S. (I really don't want to have to buy them from Singapore again) please try out this series : ) It's kinda the best.