Upcoming manga releases for December, January
New Year's is always an exciting time, and this is also showing to be true for Pokémon manga fans, with several new releases in December and January.
On December 3, Pokémon Black and White volume 13 was released in North America by VIZ Media. Pokémon Black and White, published as a "Pokémon Adventures special edition", is VIZ Media's English translation of the magazine version of the Black & White chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga created by 日下秀憲 Hidenori Kusaka and 山本サトシ Satoshi Yamamoto. Also, on the same date, VIZ Media released Genesect and the Legend Awakened, the manga adaptation of the sixteenth Pokémon movie. The manga is adapted by 井上桃太 Momota Inoue, who also created Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends and the adaptations of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth movies.
On December 12, French publisher Kurokawa released their eighth volume of the Black & White chapter of Pokémon Adventures. Like VIZ Media's "Pokémon Black and White" series, their translation is compiled directly from the magazine version, although the French volumes contain more rounds per volume and are translated independently from VIZ Media. Kurokawa's translations are popular among fans as they are currently farther ahead than both VIZ Media's magazine translation and the Japanese volume versions, having published 61 rounds so far.
Finally, forthcoming in January are Pokémon Adventures volume 49 in Japan and Pokémon Adventures volume 20 in North America. Volume 49, the latest volume in the Black & White chapter, will be released by Shogakukan on January 25, 2014 with ISBN 4091416993. Pokémon Adventures volume 20 will be released by VIZ Media on January 7, 2014 with ISBN 9781421535548. Volume 20 is the sixth of eight volumes in the popular Ruby & Sapphire chapter.
No new releases have been announced by Chuang Yi at this time.