New Manga Releases: August 5, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for August 5, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy GN 1
Black Rose Alice GN 1
Bleach GN 61
D-Frag! GN 1
D.Gray-man GN 24
Dragonar Academy GN 3
Food Wars! GN 1
Gantz GN 32
Happy Marriage?! GN 7 (18+)
High School Debut Omnibus GN 3
Kaze Hikaru GN 22
Knights of Sidonia GN 10
Kokoro Connect GN 1
MPD-Psycho GN 11
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 22
Pokémon Black and White GN 17
Rosario+Vampire Season II GN 13
Spell of Desire GN 1 (18+)
Toriko GN 23
Voice Over! Seiyu Academy GN 6

Manga Review: “Pokemon Black and White” Volume 16

Pokemon Black and White Volume 16 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 focuses on two Pokemon trainers: a boy named Black and a girl named White. Black dreams of winning the Pokemon League, and White’s dream is working with Pokemon in showbiz; but after her Tepig Gigi decides to stay with N, the leader of Team Plasma, White trains in order to participate in Pokemon Battles.

In Volume 16, Black, White, and Professor Juniper’s father are battling with N. N starts espousing his talk about liberating Pokemon and how trainers can’t understand their Pokemon. This talk muddles Black’s brain; when Munna tries to eat his dream, it doesn’t want to eat it because the flavor has changed. Munna then leaves, and Black falls unconscious.

When Black awakens, Munna’s desertion causes him to start doubting himself and whether or not he’s ready to become a Pokemon champion. Black also feels that he’s gotten in way over his head between Team Plasma, the orb, and Legendary Pokemon. Black plans to give up on his dream since he only managed to get seven badges. I have to say that this was probably some of the best character development I’ve seen in Pokemon Black and White, and I genuinely felt bad for Black.

The Pokemon League Championships are about to begin, even though Alder has disappeared. Black sees the news coverage and wistfully talks about wishing he was there. And with some prodding from his Pokemon, Black decides to take on Drayden in order to earn his eighth badge and enter the championship…

Compared to some of the more recent volumes, Volume 16 is less action-packed and more character-driven. But I think this is a good thing, because this allows the reader to get to see that there’s more to Black than the cocky kid who’d appeared in the series up to this point. The one major drawback to how small these volumes are is the fact that it takes longer for character development to happen, and the action feels like it’s taking longer than it really is.

There’s obviously still a ways to go in the story, but getting to the Pokemon League Championships is a step in the right direction toward bringing this series to an end. Volume 16 ends with the eight finalists being selected, so I suspect that Volume 17 will focus very heavily on their eight finalists’ Pokemon battles, and will end up being another action heavy volume.

Fans of the series who have enjoyed reading it up to this point will probably also enjoy reading Pokemon Black and White Volume 16.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Pokemon Black and White Volume 16 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: June 1-7, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of June 1-7, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Pokémon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 8 by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto
*NOTE: The New York Times page lists Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 8, but all of their “Buy” links take you to Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume 11*
2. High School DxD Volume 1 by Ichiei Ishibumi and Hiroji Mishima
3. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 1 by Takaya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto
4. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
5. Soul Eater Volume 20 by Atsushi Ohkubo
6. Millennium Snow Volume 3 by Bisco Hatori
7. Pokémon Black and White Volume 16 by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto
8. Monster Musume Volume 3 by Okayado
9. One Piece Volume 71 by Eiichiro Oda
10. Kamisama Kiss Volume 15 by Julietta Suzuki

New Manga Releases: June 3, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for June 3, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liars Game GN 5
A Centaur’s Life GN 3
Dengeki Daisy GN 14
Dragon Ball Omnibus GN 5
Dragon Ball: Full Color GN 3
Girls und Panzer GN 1
Happy Marriage?! GN 6 (18+)
Hard Temptation GN (18+)
Kamisama Kiss GN 15
Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) GN 19
Knights of Sidonia GN 9
Ladies Full of Love GN (18+)
Makunouchi Deluxe GN 2 (18+)
Millennium Snow Omnibus GN 1-2
Millennium Snow GN 3
Natsume’s Book of Friends GN 16
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 21
Nurse’s Paradise GN 2 (18+)
One Piece GN 71
One Piece Omnibus GN 9
Pokémon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum GN 11
Pokémon Black and White GN 16
Private Teacher! GN 4
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign GN 1
Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan GN
Takasugi-san’s Obento GN 2
Toriko GN 22
Virgin Games GN (18+)
Voice Over! Seiyu Academy GN 5

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.

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.

Viz Media’s Perfect Square Imprint Announces Three New Upcoming Pokemon Manga Box Sets

Viz Media has announced three new Pokemon manga box sets later in 2014 from the Perfect Square imprint.

The Pokemon Adventures Ruby & Sapphire Box Set and the Pokemon Black and White Box Set 2 are scheduled for release in September 2014. A Pokemon Adventures Diamond & Pearl/Platinum Box Set will debut in October 2014. Pokemon manga are rated “A” for All Ages and each of the forthcoming sets will include a collectible full-color poster.

POKÉMON ADVENTURES RUBY & SAPPHIRE BOX SET ·
MSRP: $59.99 U.S. / $79.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages ·
Available Sept. 2014

Ruby’s father Norman is the new Gym Leader of Petalburg City. But Ruby doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps – he wants to win Pokémon Contests! Sapphire’s father Professor Birch is the local Pokémon researcher. But Sapphire is tired of gathering scientific data – she wants to win Pokémon Battles! When Ruby and Sapphire meet, they’re more likely to hit each other than hit it off. But then Sapphire challenges Ruby to a competition! Which of them will achieve their dreams in just eighty days?! Set contains the complete Ruby & Sapphire arc (Vols. 15-22) of the bestselling POKÉMON ADVENTURES series and a collectible color poster!

POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE BOX SET 2 ·
MSRP: $25.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN ·
Available Sept. 2014

Meet Pokémon Trainers Black and White! His entire life, Black has dreamed of winning the Pokémon League! Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the Trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokémon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star! Together, Black and White continue on their journey… What surprising new Pokémon – and people – will they meet along the way?! Compact manga set includes POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE Volumes 9–14 and a collectible color poster!

POKÉMON ADVENTURES DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM ·
MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $115.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages ·
Available Oct. 2014

Set contains the complete Diamond & Pearl/Platinum story arc (Vols. 1-11) of the bestselling POKÉMON ADVENTURES series, along with a collectible color poster! Pokémon Trainers Pearl and Diamond are starstruck! Their goal? To perfect their Pokémon comedy act. So how do they wind up as bodyguards to a pampered little rich girl on a quest to reach the peak of Mt. Coronet? Thrills and laughs are guaranteed as the POKÉMON ADVENTURES series continues with POKÉMON DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM.

New Manga Releases: April 1, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for April 1, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Alice in the Country of Clover: Nightmare GN
Bleach GN 60
Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus GN 5
Dictatorial Grimoire: Red Riding Hood GN 3
Dragon Ball: Full Color GN 2
Hana-Kimi Omnibus GN 8
Happy Marriage?! GN 5
Hunter x Hunter GN 32
Library Wars: Love & War GN 11
Naruto GN 65
Nura: Rise of The Yokai Clan GN 20
Pokemon Black and White GN 15
Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky GN 2
Sweet Rein GN 2
Toriko GN 21
Voice Over! Seiyu Academy GN 4

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.

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.

New Manga Releases: February 4, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for February 4, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Air Gear GN 30
Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game GN 4
Blade of the Immortal GN 28
Bleach GN 59
A Centaur’s Life GN 2
A Devil and Her Love Song GN 13
Dragon Ball Full Color Edition GN 1
Dragonar Academy GN 1
Happy Marriage?! GN 4
High School Debut Omnibus GN 1
Kamisama Kiss GN 14
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 19
One Piece Omnibus GN 8
Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum GN 10
Pokémon Black and White GN 14
Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura GN 12
Toradora! GN 6
Toriko GN 20
Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy GN 3

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.

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.