Manga Review: Pokemon Black and White Volume 13

Pokemon Black and White Volume 13 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 13
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: December 3, 2013

Volume 13 sees Bianca and White with a young man whose dream it is to play guitar with a Pokemon called Meloetta. He’s injured and can’t play his guitar, so Bianca volunteers to play for him. However, while she tries to play, they are attacked by a Pokemon. White uses her Pokemon to prevent Bianca from being interrupted. When Meloetta starts singing along, it gets the power it needs to help fight off the intruders. After the fight, Bianca realizes what she wants to do going forward.

Then, the reader is treated to a flashback sequence of Black, Bianca, and Cheren when they were five years old. Not only do we get to see what they were like back then, but this flashback also shows the reader how Black obtained Musha and Brav. This flashback ends up encompassing the vast majority of Volume 13. I have to say that these characters looked incredibly cute back when they were five.

Right at the end of the volume, Black and Iris make it to the Icirrus City Gym. When they get there, Black learns that he must make his way through a labyrinth of ice in order to get to this fifth training session; this session will be a Pokemon battle against Brycen. I have a strong suspicion that Black’s journey through the labyrinth and battle against Brycen will end comprising most of Volume 14.

Overall, Volume 13 returns to focusing the story on Black. Yes, White does appear in the first 23 pages of the volume, but the remaining 40 pages focus exclusively on Black. It was nice getting to see white as much as we did between Volumes 12 and 13. Hopefully we won’t have to wait as long to be able to continue following White on her adventures.

I hope that the whole plot involving Bianca, White, and Meloetta will have a little more importance than to simply introduce a new Pokemon and help Bianca realize what it is that she needs to do with her life going forward. I’m hoping that Meloetta will have some kind of a role to play later in the story.

Even though quite a bit of Volume 13 focused on the flashback to Black’s youth, I thought this was very important to see. After reading it, I can start to better understand Black than I had before. However, I still have to say that the idea of Musha eating Black’s dreams to help him clear his head is rather strange.

Volume 13 was a rather decent volume of the Pokemon Black and White manga series. If you’re a Pokemon fan who has truly enjoyed reading the previous 12 volumes of the series, then I think you’ll also enjoy Pokemon Black and White Volume 13.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Black and White Volume 13 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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