Stagestruck Starly (VSムックル VS Starly) is the 1st chapter of Pokémon Adventures: Volume 30.


Platinum, a young girl who starts her journey to follow out a tradition at the peak of Mt. Coronet and two young boys, Diamond and Pearl with their Munchlax and Chatot who do performances, the trio meet at an unexpected place. That's how the journey of a young girl begins.

Chapter Plot

In the Beriltz House, a young girl's butler brings her clothes for the day. Plantinum remarks the weather is perfect for an occasion by wearing a diamond and pearl ring. In Jubilife City, two boys Diamond and Pearl from Twinleaf Town with their Chatot and Munchlax putting up a performance called Three Gyarados. Pearl imagines how the play would win the prize for them, he orders his Chatot to use Fury Attack on the grass. Diamond and Munchlax were hiding, dressed as Munchlax eating rice balls. Pearl shouts him for eating on stage during the play and Diamond states he is a "MUNCHIKARP" while eating with his Munchlax on stage. Outside, Pearl and Chatot are angry with Diamond and Munchlax for ruining the play, Diamond says he bought the rice balls before the play and the audience was laughing.

Pearl was upset thinking he could win the competition. When he goes back to talk to Diamond, he finds Diamond sleeping near Munchlax and wakes him up. Pearl reminds Diamond of the oath they made on the playground, when they were young that they train together everyday. Pearl forgets about it and carries Diamond as they were going to practice for the next tournament. Prepared for her journey, Sebsatian commends her saying the dress fits. He starts crying and begs Platinum to stay in which she laughs saying she will come back. After Sebsatian reminds her that there are dangers in the world. Platinum reminds him of the two bodyguards that were hired to protect her but she states that she wouldn't need them. The worried butler suggests they should guide her to the peak of Mt. Coronet. He confirms that they'll be waiting in front of Jubilife Building and they'll be wearing red and green mufflers. Platinum then departs.

On her way to Jubilife Building, Platinum sighs in relief to be away from the mother-henning of Sebastian and opens the case she was carrying alongside her bag. In the case are three Pokétches, three Poké Balls with the three Sinnoh starter Pokémon in them and three Pokédexes. She takes the Poké Ball in the middle and calls out Piplup and tells it that it would be her partner. While Diamond and Pearl are practicing their double-act, the producer from the competition finds them and tells them that they've won the special merit prize. He presents them travel tickets and tells them to go on the stage. As they both rush to the stage with their Pokémon, they bump into a man who gets very angry and yells at them. The boys apologize and leave. The Professor and his partner start talking about the event that is going on and it's good for Platinum to travel the low key. They start talking about the noble Berlitz family's tradition. The clan is not only known to be wealthy and powerful but it also raises scholars.

As per tradition, heirs of the Berlitz family must journey to the peak of Mt. Coronet to gather materials in order to create a personalized accessory with the family crest for themselves. Professor Rowan thinks it's early for her to be doing this and even though her father agrees, he tells him that she insisted on going and how hard it is to dissuade her once she sets her mind on something. Professor Rowan is also thankful because she has offered to record down the Pokémon she meets along her journey on the Pokédex. He reveals then that he gave Platinum the items which she carries in the case. The two meet up with the bodyguards and give them their mission written in an envelope. After receiving the letter, the two bodyguards disappear in a flash.

Meanwhile, Diamond and Pearl are announced as the special prize winners. They open the prize, thinking it's just travel tickets. When they open it, they find out that their goal of journey is Mt. Coronet and the reward is better than the grand prix prize and they think that this is the proof of their talents being recognized. In the background the producer is surprised to see them being excited about the prize, which is actually a free bicycle ride around the track in Sandgem Park. Platinum is waiting in front of the Jubilife Building for her bodyguards. She lets the other two Starter Pokémon out to welcome the two companions. Platinum tells them to give the Pokédexes to her two companions who will be arriving shortly. Then she spots Diamond and Pearl who are wearing red and green mufflers respectively. She directly assumes that they are her bodyguards. At the same time Diamond is questioning the prize which says they have a mission but Pearl disagrees and tells him it's a hidden camera show and that they are trying to surprise them. While they're talking, Turtwig and Chimchar jump on them.

Diamond spots Platinum and thinks she's pretty and elegant as if she's a princess. At the same time Pearl is fighting for his life against Chimchar. Suddenly a pack of Starly attack them. Platinum orders them to get rid of them which made Pearl angry. Turtwig, Chimchar, Munchlax and Chatot battle against the Starly and beat them. After that Pearl assumes that Platinum is their tour guide. Oustanded by their quick victory against the Starly, Platinum thinks her father and Professor Rowan chose those two because they are good and they are almost the same age as her so they wouldn't stand out. Then she asks them their names. After learning their names, she turns away which makes Pearl angry. He asks her for her name and she simply tells him that her butler warned her to not give her name out to commoners, which drives Pearl insane. They start their journey to the peak of Mt. Coronet. At the same time the original bodyguards are on a seesaw at Sandgem Park, waiting for Platinum to show up.