Manga Review: Pokemon Black and White Volume 11

Article first published as Manga Review: ‘Pokemon Black and White’ Volume 11 by Hidenori Kusaka on Blogcritics.

Pokemon Black and White Volume 11 is a manga based on the Pokemon Black and Pokemon White video games. The manga was written by Hidenori Kusaka, and the art was done by Satoshi Yamamoto. Viz Media released this manga in North America through its VizKids imprint in 2013. Pokemon Black and White is rated “A,” which means that it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Pokemon Black and White Volume 11
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 6, 2013

Volume 11 is the second volume in a row that completely focuses on Black; in fact, not only does White not appear anywhere, she’s also never mentioned anywhere within this volume. I really hope that White will make a return to the story somewhere in Volume 12.

The vast majority of Volume 11 takes place at the Nacrene Musem, where Team Plasma is trying to get its hands on a mysterious Dark Stone in order to summon a Legendary Pokemon named Zekrom.

The Pokemon battle between Skyla and Black finishes in this volume, and Black proves himself to be worthy to join the Gym Leaders in defending the Nacrene Museum against Team Plasma. The majority of this volume focuses on the battle between Team Plasma and the Gym Leaders. Black assists in the battle, but something unexpected ends up happening near the end of the volume.

This volume also marks the first time that the character of N has appeared in the storyline for a while. The last time I recall seeing N is when White’s Tepig, Gigi, leaves her and goes off with him. To be honest, N had been gone from the story so long that I almost forgot this character even existed. That is definitely an issue with how small these volumes of Pokemon Black and White are; the story doesn’t progress very quickly, and characters seem to disappear from the storyline for longer than it would have felt like if these volumes were closer to the traditional size for a manga volume.

This is a decent enough volume, and it does its job to tell the story that needs to be told, I personally didn’t find this to be a stellar volume for the Pokemon Black and White series. However, if you’re a Pokemon fan who has truly enjoyed reading the previous 10 volumes of the series, then I think you’ll also enjoy Pokemon Black and White Volume 11.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Black and White Volume 11 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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