Article first published as Manga Review: Pokemon Black and White Volume Six by Hidenori Kusaka on Blogcritics.
Pokemon Black and White Volume Six 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 2012. Pokemon Black and White is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.
Volume Six sees Black and White in Castelia City; Black is there for a gym battle against Burgh, while White is trying to get some business for her Pokemon talent agency. Before Burgh’s battle with Black, Iris is visiting Castelia City. Meanwhile, Black’s friend Bianca is in Castelia City, looking for him; she is ambushed by Team Plasma and her Pokemon is stolen. After the gym battle, Iris arrives with an unconscious Bianca. Everyone works together to locate Team Plasma and rescue Bianca’s Pokemon.
There is one other story in this volume, which sees Professor Juniper giving Black the job of visiting Liberty Garden Island to research a Pokemon named Victini. White accompanies Black, and they have a run-in with both Victini and Team Plasma.
One thing I was pleased to see in this volume is the concept of Team Plasma trying to liberate Pokemon. This concept was used rather heavily in the first volume of the series, and it showed a little bit in the second and third volumes of the series, and then that whole concept disappeared in the fourth and fifth volumes. I had honestly started to think that Kusaka had either forgotten about this concept or had quietly abandoned it. It’s one of the more interesting motivations for the bad guys that I have seen in the Pokemon franchise, so I’m glad to see it showing up again.
Another thing I appreciated was the fact that while Munna’s dream eating ability was still being used as a kind of “deus ex machina” in this volume, this wasn’t happening nearly as much as it did in Volume Four. My biggest disappointment was the fact that White’s upcoming musical in Nimbasa City wasn’t referenced anywhere in this volume; according to the “Coming Soon” section at the end of this volume, it appears the Pokemon musical will be a major focus in Volume Seven.
This particular volume of the Pokemon Black and White manga series is probably one of the better volumes that I’ve read in a while. Unfortunately, the series as a whole is the weakest of the Pokemon manga series that I have had the ability to read.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Black and White Volume Six that I checked out through the King County Library System.