Pokemon Black & White, Paperback

Pokemon Black & White Paperback

Illustrated by Satoshi Yamamoto

Part of the Pokemon series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Meet Pokemon Trainers Black and White! White has a burgeoning career as a Trainer of performing Pokemon.

Black is about to explore the Unova region and fill a Polodex for Professor Juniper.

Who will Black choose as his first Pokemon? Who would you choose? Plus, meet feisty Pokemon Tepig, Snivy, Oshawott and many more new Pokemon of the unexplored Unova region!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Manga
  • ISBN: 9781421540900



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Black is a Pokemon trainer determined to win the Pokemon League Championships! The new Pokemon trainer's enthusiasm is infectious and energizing, keeping readers turning the pages of this popular graphic novel. Fans of the Pokemon video games or TV series will love this addition to the world of Pokemon. Volume 1 tells the story of how Black became a Pokemon trainer and received his first Pokemon and then began his epic journey to get to the League Championships. The boy must overcome challenges and strategize his way through obstacles on his quest to follow his dream. The style particular to the Pokemon series is embodied by the Pokemon Black and White manga. Despite its status as the newest installment in the series Black and White takes a path familiar to all Pokemon fans by using the same manga style as the previous installments, creating a similar plot, and using typical characters. However, instead of getting boring, as such a stagnant style would seem to do, Black and White simply fulfills the reader's expectations in a very satisfying manner.

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I got this to read with my seven year old son who is really into Pokemon. It’s an okay read, I think young Pokemon fans will love it, but adults will be a bit bored.In this first installment we meet Black and his friends. Black has always dreamed about winning the Pokemon league, and now he is embarking on an adventure to fill his Pokedex and have his first trainer battle. I am relatively new to the Pokemon universe. It was popular after I was a kid and as far as deck-building games go I was more of a Magic the Gathering fan. However, Pokemon is huge with elementary kids and when my son starting getting Pokemon cards the whole family started playing the Pokemon card game. When my son saw this in the library he was super excited to get it. Neither of us had played the video game that this Manga series is based off of but we do own it. This was a cute story, but didn’t have a ton of meat to it.Basically we meet Black and watch as he fills his Pokedex and engages in his first trainer battle. There is a lot of explaining about what you have to do to win a Pokemon tournament. There are also stats on the various Pokemon he encounters.I enjoyed that Black needs to put his Munna on his head, so that the Munna can eat his dream and allow space for him to think about strategy during a Pokemon battle. That was kind of cute and creative.The drawing is very typical Manga style, nothing special. It is enough to tell who all of the characters are and what’s going on so that is good. This book is read in traditional Japanese manga style; so you read from back to front...right to left. This was a bit confusing for my seven year old who is still somewhat new to reading, but he got the hang of it after a while.I think kids and adults that are big Pokemon fans will enjoy this. If you aren’t interested in the Pokemon universe than skip this, it spends quite a bit of time explaining things about how the Pokemon battles work, etc.Overall an okay manga, meant more for young Pokemon fans than adults. I think young Pokemon fans will enjoy this. Adult Pokemon fans will probably enjoy it too. It’s a cohesive story that is fun and does a good job of introducing us to Black and his world.