Manga Review: Pokemon Black and White Volume 15

Pokemon Black and White Volume 15 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 15
Written by: Hidenori Kusaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 1, 2014

Volume 15 opens with Black, Princess, and Shoko are facing off with three Legendary Pokemon: Virzion, Terrakion, and Cobalion.An explosion takes place, causing a fire. Princess and Shoko argue with each other as they escape. The Three Legendary Pokemon take the humans’ Pokemon, due to beliefs they have about Pokemon, humans, and fighting that come from the past. Black explains things to the Legendary Pokemon, and they end up getting their Pokemon back.

Meanwhile, N, the king of Team Plasma, is battling Unova Champion Aldur. During their battle, Black is reunited with Iris and White, and also meets Professor Juniper’s father. Also, when Zekrom is out with N, Black’s light stone activates, but Black hasn’t been able to turn it into Reshiram yet.

The battle between N and Aldur sees N beating the champion, but the Pokemon he uses to achieve his victory surprises White. Right at the end of Volume 15, Black, White, and Professor Juniper’s father are ready to battle N, with the hope of defeating him and learning the whereabouts to Team Plasma’s castle.

And now that N has defeated the Unova Region champion, what kind of an effect could this have on the series? Will this give N more of a platform to advance Team Plasma’s ideology of releasing Pokemon back into the wild?

With the various Pokemon battles going on, this is an action-packed volume. And with how short these particular volumes are, they end up being a quick read. It’s just really getting going when it comes to an abrupt halt.

It was also nice to see White finally rejoining Black for the main storyline. Hopefully she’ll stick around for the rest of the story and appear more regularly in the Pokemon Black and White manga series. Even though she’s one of the title characters, there was a stretch of at least two or three volumes where White either hardly appeared or didn’t appear at all. I ultimately blame this issue on how short these Pokemon Black and White manga volumes are.

Fans of the series who have enjoyed reading it up to this point will probably also enjoy reading Pokemon Black and White Volume 15.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Black and White Volume 15 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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