Manga Review: Pokemon Black and White Volume 14

Pokemon Black and White Volume 14 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 Perfect Square imprint in 2014. Pokemon Black and White is rated “A,” which means that it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Pokemon Black and White Volume 14
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 4, 2014

Volume 14 returns the focus on Black’s storyline. Black has his battle with Brycen, and learns the truth about the dark stone and the light stone, and that the “ideal” and the “truth” refer to the Legendary Pokemon Zekrom and Reshiram. Black is victorious in his battle against Brycen, and he decides he’ll be the one to awaken Reshiram with the light stone. Meanwhile, N is trying to befriend Zekrom.

Dryden also makes a shocking announcement. Due to the extenuating circumstances, the Pokemon League has been pushed up so it will be taking place in one week instead of in three months. However, the rule of needing to have all eight Gym Badges in order to compete remains. When Black learns of this, he’s frustrated because he doesn’t have enough badges to compete.

After Iris suggests to Black that even though he may not have enough Gym Badges, he needs to do something to impress Drayden so he’ll accept Black as a participant. Together, they look for a powerful Pokemon. They find a cave with two powerful Pokemon: Virizon and Terrakion. At the cave, they also find a girl named Princess who’s also trying to capture a powerful Pokemon and her friend Shoko.

I have to say that Volume 14 would have to be the most intense volume of the Pokemon Black and White manga at this point. With the Pokemon League being moved up and with Black learning the truth about the stones, the climax of the series seems to be rapidly approaching.

From the preview in the back, it looks like Black and White will finally be reunited in Volume 15. I hope so, because it’ll truly start feeling like that this series is both Black’s story and White’s story. So many of the recent volumes of this series has placed an emphasis on Black that it almost feels like the title of the series should be Pokemon Black (and Sometimes) White.

Even with the gripe about how little White has been appearing, I would still say that fans of the series who have been enjoying it up to this point should also enjoy reading Pokemon Black and White Volume 14.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Black and White Volume 14 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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