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The Electric Tale of Pikachu (Pocket Monsters Dengeki Pikachu in Japan) is a manga adaptation of the Pokémon anime that stretches four volumes. The first three cover the Ash Ketchum's Indigo League journey, and his Orange Islands travels were covered by the end of the third volume and the fourth volume. Now, that's a lot of show for just four volumes, so of course there was a little plot adjustment.

The series attempts to present a slightly more "grown-up" version of the anime's story, with a more explicit presentation of the violence of the Pokémon world itself. It also recasts Ash's journey as a proper Coming-of-Age Story, with a remarkable amount of Character Development for the star. It's well-known for its mature art style; more serious, linear tone; and for its unique plot structure.


It was released in the West under a Viz Media localization team as single-chapter booklets that came packaged with individual Pokémon VHS tapes and later in full paperback volumes. Chuang Yi Comics released their own translation of this manga in Singapore, adopting Viz's changes in later volumes.

Of course, that's not why you heard of this series. (Really, who do we think we're fooling)? Chances are, one of the first things you heard about this series was the fact that it was much Hotter and Sexier than the anime, and ended up subject to far-sweeping Bowdlerization by the localization team. The original, untranslated comic is especially notorious for its Stripperiffic variety of Fanservice and especially for its application to the main heroine of the show, Misty, who ranks in at 12 Years Old but who appears to be all grown-up. This notoriety can be laid squarely at the feet of the artist, Toshishiro Ono, who... well, usually writes something else entirely.


(Something else you may have heard about the series is that Jessie and James got married in the epilogue).

This manga contains examples of:

  • 20 Minutes into the Future: Compared to the anime and the games, The Electric Tale of Pikachu is much more high-tech.
  • Action Girl: Misty.
  • Adaptation Amalgamation: One of the striking features of this manga is its willingness to draw directly from the games over where the anime deviated.
    • Ash's outfit is much closer to Red's original outfit.
    • Gary's sister was Adapted Out of the anime but appears here as a minor recurring character.
    • Bill appeared once in the anime as a researcher who had nothing to do with the storage system, whereas here he is explicitly credited with building it and is implied to work with Professor Oak on new Pokémon tech.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Much of the in-between of Ash's journey is cut out, with most chapters depicting some of the more famous adventures.
    • Ash is only ever seen battling three Gym Leaders, all in the first volume — Brock (who is crushed in one page), Misty (who is fought in the same chapter), and Sabrina (who is fought at the beginning of Chapter 4 before the plot goes in an entirely different direction). The next time we get a progress update, it's volume three and Ash has just collected his eighth badge.
    • One chapter actually cobbled elements and characters from a half-dozen episodes all at once as a joke and spun that into its own unique story. note 
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: While hard to tell with most characters and the monochrome art, this is apparent in color art. Most obviously Misty has (by the end) brown hair instead of red, Ritchie has a completely different design (with blonde hair, even), and Ash has Innocent Blue Eyes instead of his signature brown.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Some elements in the anime are actually expanded on in the manga.
    • The manga features a greater sense of male camaraderie between Ash and Brock, Richie, and even Gary. There's a relationship between Ash and Misty, too, but of an entirely different sort.
    • In a rare inversion of Adapted Out, Gary's older sister appears in the manga even though she doesn't exist in the anime.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Most of the characters have been updated to be Hotter and Sexier; not only have the girls been given a Fanservice Pack, many of the men are drawn to be hunkier.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Ash is more self-confident and (occasionally) less bratty than his anime original.
    • Misty's sisters are a Badass Family of dedicated Gym Leaders, rather than a trio of ditzy and self-absorbed performers; Misty in particular uses a Gyarados in her battle against Ash.
    • Potter, a one-shot character whose original self was exceptionally shy and nebbish, got a shot in the arm of raw Testosterone Poisoning. He can hold his breath for indefinite periods of time, leap hundreds of feet in a single bound, run on water, flying side-kick Gyarados, you name it.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Sabrina when compared to her anime counterpart who, instead of being a cold psychic who was too focused on her powers with a Creepy Child Literal Split Personality, is a kind, warm-hearted miko that wants to avenge the deaths of her Pokémon at the hands of a Haunter.
    • Charmander's trainer, who only left Charmander alone for so long because he was almost killed in an accident and was sent to the hospital, and even went looking for him before he fully recovered. They reunited in the mountains, which involved the man dragging his broken body through who knows what turmoil.
    • The lead Spearow from the first episode (a Fearow here) gets a Defeat Means Friendship in this version and actually proves to be more loyal to Ash than Pidgeotto.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Nurse Joy, in one of the more ironic decisions this manga has made, is wearing a longer skirt and apron than her animated counterparts, who wore miniskirts for years.
  • Adaptational Name Change: May Oak, Gary's big sister, who is simply known as "Shigeru's Big Sister" in the Japanese version. (This was years before FRLG began calling her "Daisy Oak", instead).
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: A lot of Jigglypuff's more jerkish characteristics are toned down or outright removed in the manga. It only attacks anyone it sees as a threat to its owner Mimi such as Team Rocket, and doesn't draw on anyone's face when its Sing ability puts them to sleep.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the anime, the Haunter that was involved in Sabrina's arc was an unserious prankster who only got up to relatively serious mischief. Here, it's a soul-feeding Eldritch Abomination with a god complex.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Tracey Sketchit does not appear in the chapters adapting the Orange Island episodes. Ash initially travels by himself, and while Misty does return in the last two chapters, Tracey is noticeably absent.
    • While the Team Rocket trio does appear, the organization itself goes ignored — even Giovanni himself doesn't appear until the final chapter. Ash's battle for the Earth Badge is completely glossed over by the start of volume three.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Averted. Gary's sister Daisy Oak didn't have a name when this came out, so Viz dubbed her May Oak instead.
  • Age Lift: Misty was the same age as Ash in the TV show (10), but here she's 12.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Ash and Brock like 'em pretty.
    Ash & Brock: DUDE!
  • Art Evolution:
    • Misty had a redesign at the end of volume 2 (when she joined up with the group), to be less Stripperific and more like her anime design, and another, more effective one for the Orange Islands arc. Ash and Brock had slightly different clothing too.
    • Quite a bit of the art was redrawn in the transition to manga volumes, with many panels and characters reframed and in more detail and the odd scene even rewritten.
  • Ascended Extra: In the games for Red and Blue, the rival had an older sister (named Daisy in the remakes Fire Red and Leaf Green) who helped you out by gifting you with a Town Map. She had no representative in the actual anime, but in the manga, Gary had a sister named May, who Ash had a massive crush on.
  • Babies Ever After: The epilogue shows Jessie and James of Team Rocket as a couple, with Jessie pregnant.
  • Battle Couple: James and Jessie, of Team Rocket! Zigzagged, technically. The sequence of events suggests they've given up being Team Rocket after becoming a couple.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Ash and Misty are constantly at each other's throats, a fact which quite amuses Brock.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At one point Ash gets to enter by smashing his way through a window and taking a kick at James.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: When compared to the anime.
  • Bokukko: Misty again, who uses masculine forms of self-reference.
  • Bowdlerize: A rare twofold case. Ono actually self-censored part of the manga later in the transition from the CoroCoro Comic magazine to tankobon volumes because he decided that he had made it too risque, and then removed most of the remaining fanservice after Viz received parental complaints about the early English release. Chuang Yi's publication has slightly less censorship than the Viz release and is closer in line with the post-self-censored version.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Ash, when he's not being badass.
  • Brick Joke: In volume two, Duplica's Ditto does a bad imitation of Ash, but Misty pretends she can't see a difference and uses the opportunity to clobber Ash (who was being a doofus). A gag comic at the start of volume three has another Ditto imitating Ash, equally poorly, but when the impostor pervs on Misty, she actually fails to discern the impostor and clobbers Ash a second time.
  • Broken Aesop: This manga's take on the episode featuring Mikey's Eevee. The original message was that unevolved Pokemon are just as valid as evolved Pokemon because of their own unique traits, and he supposedly proves it by beating his three brothers. However, Ash carries him throughout the entire chapter. Though the victories against Vaporeon and Flareon were Played for Laughs as Pikachu effortlessly roasts them, even in the Jolteon battle, the only reason Eevee triumphs is because Ash decides to use a mid-battle TM on it (and to top it off, it was Mimic, meaning it wasn't even Eevee itself succeeding on its own merits).
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • There is only one Nurse Joy and one Officer Jenny, who cameo in the second volume. There are plenty of policewomen and Pokémon Center attendants, but they are all distinct and unique to the manga.
    • Zigzagged with May Oak, Gary's older sister, who appears here despite being Adapted Out of the anime (he had that team of cheerleaders, instead).
    • Ash owns a Beedrill, an Oddish, and a Fearow that his anime counterpart never had.
    • Another usage of game materials that the anime never adapted — Gary uses his Venusaur-team from the games, even though the anime eventually went in a different direction.
    • The team of agents or mercenaries that work with Sabrina to capture the Black Fog in chapter 4.
    • Mimi (Mika in Japan) is a little girl who appears in volume 3, who wants the home-invading Clefairy to take her up to heaven to see her Mama.
  • Character Development:
    • After crushing the Pewter Gym, Ash gets a little too smug in front of Misty, who stages her gym challenge with the explicit point of demonstrating that Ash isn't taking things seriously and that his Pokémon don't respect him enough to follow his orders. Ash learns his lesson the hard way, even before Misty launches into "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • Ash goes through a Heroic BSoD following his disastrous match against Richie, on the brink of quitting training entirely, until Misty and Brock snap him out of it. He's vastly more at peace with himself by the time he arrives in the Orange Island, ready to start anew.
  • Chaste Hero: Unusual for this franchise, this trope is averted to hell and back with Ash.
  • Chick Magnet: Downplayed with Ash, who is considered by both Misty's eldest sister and Sabrina to be a handsome young man.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: While it is present in the anime, Ash realistically undergoes huge Character Development within this manga.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Unlike in the anime, where it was formally released, in this manga Ash's Butterfree just randomly disappears after a few chapters.
  • Comic-Book Time: Averted, Ash particularly rushed to become a Master because he remembers that vacation time from school isn't unlimited.
  • Composite Character:
    • Ash's pre-redesign look is more influenced by Red from Pokémon Red and Blue than his anime self.
    • Pidgeotto and Fearow are a weird blend of this and Decomposite Character — Fearow ended up replacing Pidgeotto as Ash's main flyer.
  • Crippling the Competition: To increase his chances of winning an upcoming Pokémon race, Dario does this to his rival Lara Laramie by spooking her Ponyta, causing it to throw her off and break her arm, leaving her out of the race — until Ash shows up and gets involved. Later, he tries to cripple Ponyta directly by leaving some henchmen with Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise in their path. He nearly succeeded, too, or, well, almost.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Pikachu vs Abra's trial match, Abra wins while SLEEPING. (Of course, Abra is a cheatsy little bugger, Teleport Spamming whilst asnooze).
  • David Versus Goliath: In the show, Dragonite and Charizard are roughly equal in size with Charizard being less massive. Here, Dragonite is visibly smaller to the point Drake's is less than half the size of Ash's Charizard, leading to a rare example of the trope where the Goliath is the protagonist and underdog.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Chapter 4 introduces the Black Fog, a Haunter that has been gorging itself on human souls for centuries. Several Pokedex entries have flavor text alluding to Haunter as a life-stealer, but this is one of the few adaptations to actually take that depiction seriously.
    • The manga is a lot more explicit about the violence going on in the Pokémon world. Take for example Charizard's disobedience in battle against Ritche. Instead of scaring off Ritchie's Charmander with Flamethrower and then disobediently slacking off soon after, Ash's Charizard go into a fierce battle-frenzy against Ritchie's Charizard; Ritchie's Charizard eventually proves the weaker and nearly dies.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ash and Misty both have their moments.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • While still prominent characters, Misty and Brock are no longer Ash's traveling companions.
    • Pidgeotto, one of Ash's most loyal fighters in the anime, leaves in the most anti-climactic manner possiblenote  the same chapter it debuts in and never comes back. Its slot is filled by Ash's Fearow.
    • Jigglypuff only appears in one chapter, as a companion to a human girl named Mimi. Another Jigglypuff appears for two pages in an Orange Island chapter, but that's it.
    • Team Rocket are present and recurring, but they don't appear until the second volume and don't have the personal interest in the twerps like in the original anime — they just have the bad luck to keep running into them.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Ash can get rather preoccupied with cute female trainers and it's shown that he loves looking at Misty's body in the uncensored version. Of course, with Brock, it goes without saying.
  • Driven to Suicide: In one instance, a Pokémon commits suicide. In so far as that kind of Pokémon could — the suicide was the "Black Fog", a giant Haunter that preyed on human souls. It was so proud it preferred death to being captured.
  • Early Adaptation Weirdness: The manga deviates much more from the anime than later Comic Book Adaptations. It's also much more Hotter and Sexier than any other adaptation of the series.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference:
    • Technically, Misty never had a static costume design, changing outfits with some relative frequency (she only really got to wear her Iconic Outfit from the anime for the last part of Volume 2 and a chapter or so of Volume 3). For the first half of the manga, she was even depicted with black hair.
    • While Brock didn't have anything very dramatic change, his very first appearance at the beginning of Chapter 2 features him wearing a tank top never seen again.
  • Ecchi: The original print had a surplus of fanservice, but the raunchiest stuff showed up in volume 2.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Black Fog, a colossal, soul-stealing Haunter that lives in the ruins of Lavender Town.
  • Fanservice: Two chapters in and it's already confirmed.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Team Rocket in this manga even moreso than in the show!
  • Harmless Electrocution: Ash is zapped by Pikachu many times throughout the manga. And each time, he'll have no long-term damage or he'll just have tattered and singed clothes... only to be fine again in the next panel or two.
  • Healing Spring: The uncensored Chapter 6 ends with the characters frequenting a hot spring where the waters are loaded with the minerals of Evolution Stones, which are said to heal stiff necks and other ails and maybe even help humans "Evolve". Misty wonders if it will have any effect on her bust.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Team Rocket trio in the fourth and final volume. They put aside their differences with Ash after he gets them lunch and a place to sleep while they were starving and exhausted. They spend the Orange League arc watching from the stands, giving Ash advice, cheer him on in the final battle. In the epilogue they appear to have quit Team Rocket and are last seen delivering a letter to Ash's mom, reading her son's adventures to her, before driving off into the sunset with Jessie visibly pregnant.
  • Hot Springs Episode: A brief scene that was entirely cut in the Viz Comics translation (but is retained in Chuang Yi Comic's translation with the addition of Censor Steam effects) in Chapter Six.
  • Hotter and Sexier: More so than Pokémon Adventures, in no small part thanks to the fact that the mangaka is also a hentai artist.
    • Misty's new Iconic Outfits (see below) are both Stripperiffic. Even the Bowdlerized western version puts her in a skin-tight wetsuit. Her sisters also receive similar flattering outfits.
    • Even after Viz Comic's censoring, many of the cute girls and Pokémon Center nurses are far more shapely and dressed in more flattering manner than in most other Pokémon media.
    • Zigzagged with Jessie in the original Japanese, whose uniform shows less skin than her anime original while her breasts are more pronounced and prone to Gainaxing.
    • Sabrina wears a pair of flattering black tights during her appearance early in the manga (which in the Japanese versions appear to be straight-up panty hose) and midway through her chapter is implied to be naked during a medical scene (of course she's also comatose).
  • Hurricane of Puns: The nicknames Ash decides to give to his Pokemon.
  • Iconic Outfit: Zigzagged with Misty, who gets to wear her anime Short Tank gear briefly in Volumes 2 and 3, but the manga infamously gave her two other outfits that are iconic on their own: the Stripperiffic version of the Short Tank outfit from Chapter 6, and the equally skimpy one-piece from her Gym Battle in Chapter 2.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: Rudy springs a wedding dress on Misty in volume 4.
  • Kissing In A Tree: Brock teases Ash and Misty in the middle of a Belligerent Sexual Tension moment.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Black Fog turns the work from its typical lighthearted Coming-of-Age Story to a much more serious volume as it's a villain who drains the souls of people making it responsible for dozens of deaths.
  • Lap Pillow: Misty did this briefly when Ash finally succumbed to sleep, after weeks separated from Pikachu.
  • Likes Older Women:
    • Misty teases Ash about this when they're getting to know each other; he responds that he's not interested in tomboys, but later events imply that he'll be eating his words someday. (Ash also spends plenty of time drooling over the many beautiful older women he encounters).
    • Misty inverts this by being teased over an interest in younger men. Her sisters tease her about Misty making perhaps too much of a scene over Ash beating her, and chapter 7 is filled with ship tease between her and Mikey.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: The first chapter of volume 3, which is about Ash's doubting Bulbasaur trying to prove a local Ivysaur wrong about his belief in a Venusaur-god that protects the latter's town. Ash, Misty, and Brock are busy doing part-time jobs so they can have money for the road again.
  • Male Gaze:
    • Ash can't help but stare at Misty in her swimwear during Chapter 2 (or her wetsuit, in the localization); in fact, she belts him in the face with a Shellder because he was staring too much.
    • There are also several panels in various chapters that focus on the bust or hips of the extremely attractive Pokémon center nurses before the point of view changes to show that Ash had been fixated on them the whole time. In particular, Chapter Six demonstrates this when Ash barely pays attention to a lecture about evolution stones given by a nurse who was wearing an extremely flattering outfit in the uncensored version.
  • Minion Shipping: Team Rocket anyone?
  • Mirror Match: The fight between Ash and Ritchie during the climax of the Creatures Cup. Squirtle and Butterfree are different enough, but they draw after one round. Both boys' Pikachu are also crippled after one attack each. And then there's the Charizard vs. Charizard fiasco.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The first shots of Misty in the swimsuit are of her breasts and buttocks, her body is constantly shown with lots of detail and she's the only character in the manga to be shown naked with lots of focus on her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After the disastrous climax of the Indigo League, Brock and Misty find Ash suffering a Heroic BSoD over his horrible decision to let loose an untrained Charizard in the match.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: During the final moments of his match with Ash, Richie challenges him to a duel between their "secret weapons", which turns into a Charizard-on-Charizard fight that gets quickly out of hand when Ash loses control of his own monster. After a few blows, Ash's Charizard takes the lead and starts to full-on maul Richie's (who can't recall his because his Charizard's "return mechanism" broke). The match doesn't end until Ash recalls his own Charizard... and thereby forfeits.
  • Nosebleed: When Ash, Brock and all the other boys see Misty completely in the nude this happens. They also end up drooling and can't seem to stop looking.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in a cross-canon way. May is not the same May as from the Advance seasons of the anime. She's Daisy Oak with a new name. The manga ended before Johto, so we never saw what could have occured if May had appeared in the manga.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: In the original uncensored manga, Ash and Brock spy on Misty as she massages her breasts beneath a Waterfall Shower.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Part of the reason Misty can be rather snippy and abrasive with Ash in this story is because he tends to be a little too pervy around her, as well as his occasional snarky comebacks to her scolding.
  • Precision F-Strike: Even in the English translation, the odd "hell" and "damn" managed to slip by in early issues. Keep in mind, this was a full two decades before Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
  • Precocious Crush: Ash has a crush on Gary's sister. At one point Gary exploits this by offering Ash a picture of his sister for his Poké Ball, which contains a giant Slowpoke. Ash is dismayed to find it to be a goofy picture of May with her face stuffed with bean bun. One wonders (not really) what he was hoping to see.
  • Put on a Bus: Pidgeotto leaves Ash to "get some R&R", during his battle with Misty, leaving a note in its pokeball. It is never seen again.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Misty returns to the Cerulean Gym with the specific purposes of putting Ash in his place for getting too big for his britches, and is only too happy to let him have it when he fails her gym challenge.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Jessie's Arbok, front and center. Its Glare doesn't miss.
  • Rule of Sexy: There's a lot in the uncensored version. Misty commonly features this in her outfits.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Inverted, Jessie shows very little of her body in comparison to Misty due to having a less revealing outfit than the anime to the point where it doesn't show anything revealing. Misty on the other hand who is one of the main protagonists shows off a lot of skin showing the bottom of her breasts.
  • Ship Tease: This comic has Pokéshipping. Lots and lots of Pokéshipping. In the epilogue, Team Rocket retires, gets married, and Jessie's got a bun in the oven. You can also thank this manga for launching the Brock/Sabrina ship.
  • Shock and Awe: Ash's Pikachu. Richie's Pikachu as well, during the Indigo League arc.
  • Shout-Out: Once when Ash names his Pokémon in the Viz translation. "Jean Luc Pikachu", "Felix The Cat-erpie", and "Walter Pidgeotto".
  • Speed Run: A rare non-video game example - as Ash in this story only has a year of "Trainer's Leave" before having to return to school, he basically has to rush through his training, Gym Challenge(s), and League preparations.
  • Sore Loser: During Ash's fight for a Cascade badge, Misty is halfway through a "The Reason You Suck" Speech when our hero is blessed by a Deus ex Machina that dramatically turns the tables against the gym leader. In an attempt to recover her victory, Misty distracts one of Ash's pokemon with food, only for Ash to turn that tactic against her in turn. Humiliated and furious, Misty protests Ash's new badge by claiming it would ruin the gym's reputation if they handed out badges to trainers who merely got lucky; her sisters, however, have no such problem.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Zigzagged. Many events of the comic are lifted or at least informed by the anime, but there are many deviations as well.
    • Ash does a lot of traveling solo (off-screen, to be fair); he has a few run-ins with Brock and Misty before they officially join up with him in Saffron and Fuschia City, respectively, and then they go their separate ways once Ash has his eighth badge. They reconnect briefly at the Indigo League, but Ash remains solo until Misty rejoins him halfway through the Orange Islands arc.
    • Following the main islands saga, he and Gary also apparently do some traveling together as well, with frequent accompaniment from Misty and Richie (and the latter apparently picks up a buxom love interest).
    • Ash's Mt. Moon adventure is specifically a detour to catch Clefairy that ends up with Ash being able to participate in one of their tribal ceremonies.
    • Sabrina's anime characterization and arc are completely tossed out in favor of a vaguely Miko-esque version of her who wants to kill an Eldritch Abomination from Lavender Town.
    • Ash's stint at the League is actually one of the most direct adaptations in the manga, especially the matches against Melissa and Richie.
  • Stripperiffic and Barely-There Swimwear:
    • In the uncensored version of the manga, numerous Pokemon Center nurses wear very flattering suits that often show a lot of skin. Misty's early outfits and swimsuit (which last was basically a few strips of material) were also much more revealing. (Her sisters, in the Cerulean City episode, are also wearing swimsuits in the uncensored version, but they weren't focused on, and the girls were wearing jackets, anyway).
    • Exaggerated in the original CoroCoro Comic serialization, where ecchi material abounds throughout; remember, the manga release was all the stuff Ono considered tame enough to keep. Misty is only the tip of the iceberg.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In the original Japanese release, back when the Orange Island attendants were wearing the same Stripperific kind of uniforms as other Pokemon Center attendants, the woman who counseled Ash on how to care for his Lapras was named Ruri. In the censored Japanese version, the Orange Islands attendants are all wearing much more conservative dresses, but the woman who helps Ash is named Kotone. In a piece of Side-Story Bonus Art featuring all the attendants, both Ruri and Kotone show up and are indicated to be twins.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: In the chapter "Haunting My Dreams," after the Black Fog self-destructs rather than let Ash capture it, Sabrina is reduced to tears and remarks that, even though she's hated it for years for killing her Pokémon, she can't help but feel sorry for it.
  • Tamer and Chaster: While the untranslated manga is notoriously Hotter and Sexier as a whole than anything else Pokémon related, the Fanservice and Male Gaze tapers off substantially through the third and fourth volumes. Ono himself got rid of some of the raunchiest stuff when transitioning his work to manga volume format and later removed pretty much the rest of it for the West.
  • Team Dad: Brock, even moreso here because now he's several years older than either Ash or Misty, possibly in his twenties.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: Misty's sisters. Daisy's the Team Mom; Violet's The Tease; and Lily's a low-key Genki Girl.
  • To Be a Master: Unlike the anime, the target was more realistic and described in detail.
  • Tsundere: Misty is more fully involved in the role, with her insecurities driving her into a rivalry with Ash. She's also capable of genuine concern and sweetness, also with Ash.
  • Underboobs: Most of the girls sport these. Misty is the biggest example where almost all of her outfits have this in mind. This showcases the bottom of the breasts of the girls.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Amped Up to Eleven between Misty and Ash. Slight overlap with Belligerent Sexual Tension as well. (In one side-comic, a Ditto impersonates Ash and proceeds to touch Misty's butt and spy on her in the nude; later, Pikachu tries to warn Ditto that a beaten-up Ash is hunting the little blob down).
  • Vague Age: Everyone who is not Ash (10 years old) or Misty (12 years old). For example, Professor Oak is a middle-aged bishounen.
  • Vapor Wear: In the uncensored original manga, many of the girls are drawn such that they could not possibly be wearing bras. In particular, pre-censorship outfits for Misty show a lot of underboobs.
  • Villainous Rescue: Arbok twice in volume three, who cuts short any attempt to fight back against Team Rocket with its Glare.
  • Waterfall Shower: In both Japanese versions of the Eevee-centric chapter, there's an epilogue featuring Misty in a mineral-filled hot spring bath (the minerals being bits of Evolution Stone). Misty, who travels with a couple of perverts, proves to be Not So Above It All when she washes her chest beneath a hot spring waterfall in the hopes of getting them to "evolve" before catching Ash, Brock, and Mikey spying on her and streaking off into the night.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Ash's Pidgeotto leaves to "get some R&R" at before Ash's gym battle with Misty, never comes back and is never mentioned again. His slot as a loyal flying type is filled by Fearow.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Rudy decides to put on a dress when his sister gets upset that Misty won't be staying with them (she really wanted an older sister).
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: One chapter in the third volume features Florinda and Potter from the anime Filler — with a much more badass Potter. This version of Potter can leap a hundred feet into the air out of a lake and can do battle with Gyarados. He just happens to have a paralyzing fear of snakes.
  • Worldbuilding: One of the underrated merits of this manga is how much sheer depth is added to the system and the culture.
    • Pokémon are ranked according to rarity, which Ash tries to exploit to boost his Trainer Level, except he only managed to catch Pokemon from the lowest rank.
    • Misty breaks the stats on trainers down for Ash: For every thousand applicants, only two hundred make it far enough to be pros, and out of that batch of pros, only ten can stay active in the league for more than six months.
    • Lavender town is changed to be the ruins of a civilization that used to worship Pokémon and the big Pokémon race in Fuchsia city is actually part of an annual independence festival for a hundred nomad tribes in the area.
    • Confirming a popular piece of Fridge Brilliance for the main games, the Gym Leaders do in fact modulate their challenges to fit the Trainer's level. When Ash arrives at Cerulean Gym, Daisy asks if he's planning to compete at the Cascade (2nd) level.
    • Kids are excused from school to go Pokémon hunting once they gain their license, but are only allowed a year of travel before they have to go back.
  • World of Buxom: Every female has massive bust sizes in the uncensored manga. Common ones are Jessie who has breasts bigger than her head and Misty who doesn't wear a bra and shows off a lot of Underboobs.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Ash's mom has a noticeably different appearance than her anime self, especially with her let-down, lighter hairdo.
  • Younger Than They Look: Misty is stated to be 12. (Which is still older than her anime counterpart, where she is only 10.)
  • Your Soul is Mine!: In this continuity, the Dream Eater attack actually sucks out an opponent's soul, which the Black Fog has used on both humans and Pokémon alike for years.


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