Manga / Pokémon Zensho

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A one volume manga based off of Pokémon Red and Green released in April of 1998.

A Shōnen manga. It stars "Satoshi", an average boy as he adventures through Kanto. Usually considered the most true of manga to the games, it delves into more scenes from the games then the other manga and a majority of characterization is true to the games. Some info is even taken from the manuals.

There has been no official release of this manga outside of Japan. It had a Scanlation project but only the first chapter has been released in over a year.


This series provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Wimp: While personalities are more or less left the same, the art style throws away Giovanni's evilness even when he threatens to kill someone.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The story ends with Satoshi and Shigeru heading off to fight Mewtwo.
  • Author Appeal: The omake above depicts Satoshi with a Poliwhirl, yet he never actually catches one in the story. Poliwhirl just happens to be the favorite Pokémon of Satoshi Tajiri, creator of the Pokémon franchise.
  • Art-Style Dissonance: The cute art style can make fights and threatening characters seem really awkward.
  • Cool Big Sis: Daisy, though not to the degree of her Pokémon Special version. Arguably an Onee-sama.
  • Continuity Porn: This manga thrives on little references to manga and as a true adaptation of the games.
  • Covers Always Lie: An omake, seen above, has Satoshi surrounded by Pokémon. He never catches the Pidgeot, Diglet, or Poliwhirl.
  • Disappeared Dad: Satoshi doesn't seem to have one.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Zensho" roughly translates to "good book", "complete book" or "complete set". It's an one volume manga about Pokémon that holds a complete story.
  • Expy: Accidentally Satoshi to Ash. They both have Pikachu, both have Charizard, and both have had Lapras. They also have the same exact name in Japan, often do not even beat gym leaders yet win, and when his hat is removed Satoshi looks exactly like Ash without his birthmarks. note  Scenes even parallel to the anime at times. For example, Ash got a badge from Erika by helping her during a fire. Satoshi got a badge from her by helping her when his Charmeleon accidentally set her kimono on fire.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Satoshi's mom rarely opens her eyes.
  • Gratuitous English: Lt. Surge noticeably speaks with random English thrown in.
  • Jerk Ass: Shigeru. He beats Satoshi's Pokémon out of the blue, in midair, when they were already injured. He also lacks empathy for his own Pokémon.
  • It Was a Gift: Satoshi receives most of his Pokémon as gifts for helping gym leaders, and uses most of them.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Satoshi and Shigeru go to find Mewtwo at the end of the manga, however we're only told of it and we never seem them battle it. It would have made a nice tag battle.
  • Parental Abandonment: As with most of his counterparts, Shigeru lacks parents. They're revealed to have been hit by a car and killed when he was little.
  • Psychics Are Not Evil: This manga quite possibly has the kindest version of Sabrina, to the point of borderlining Moe.
  • Ship Tease: When Misty saves Satoshi from drowning. Satoshi seems to like Misty. On the Ho Yay side, there's when Satoshi and Shigeru become friends and go to fight Mewtwo.
  • Shrinking Violet: Satoshi's Pikachu is very shy and fearful at first, but gradually opens up.
  • Shown Their Work: Personalities, roles, and designs are kept more intact then any other continuity, Pokémon have their original designs (ex: Charmander has spikes), scenes and items excluded from other continuities are kept, and little details are kept. Some of Satoshi's first lines are paraphrased from the manual of Red and Blue.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pikachu really loves acorns. Satoshi often gives it acorns to persuade it to do something.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Brock.


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