The Pokémon shōnen manga series, known as Pocket Monsters: Dengeki Pikachu in Japan, was made by Toshihiro Ono. The characters and storylines are all drawn from the Pokémon anime series, although the world itself has a visibly higher level of technology. The manga was released in four volumes, or tankōbon.
The manga was published in English in North America by Viz Communications. The U.S. English manga is flipped to the Western left to right format. In this adaptation, the four volumes are named: The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Pikachu Shocks Back, Electric Pikachu Boogaloo, and Surf's Up, Pikachu.
In Singapore, the manga is published in English by Chuang Yi and translated as Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu! for all four volumes.
names in Western order (given name before surname) are given first, followed by the English name. For the sake of simplicity, English language names will be used in this and other articles in Wikipedia about Pokémon, unless explicitly referring to the Japanese version.
- Satoshi / Ash Ketchum - The main character, whose name in the Japanese version (Satoshi) is named after Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of the Pokémon games. Ash aspires to be a Pokémon Master, and together with the various friends and Pokémon that travel with him, embark on many adventures. In a similar fashion to the game, Ash does this by entering various Pokémon League competitions.
- Pikachu, a little, yellow, mouse-like creature with a lightning bolt tail and the ability to create an electrical jolt from its cheeks. Unlike the games or anime, Ash finds this Pikachu chewing on the electrical wiring in his house, and keeps it as his first Pokémon when he qualifies to be a trainer. It should also be noted that this Pikachu has a more mouse-like appearance.
- Shigeru / Gary Oak - His name in the Japanese version (Shigeru) is named after famed videogame designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Unlike his anime counterpart, this version of Ash's rival does not hang out with a pack of cheerleaders , nor does he travel by car. In fact, about the only thing this Gary has in common with the anime Gary is his mean attitude towards Ash. Nevertheless, he ends up traveling with Ash in the manga's epilogue.
- Musashi / Jessica "Jessie" - The female half of Team Rocket.
- Kojiro / James - The male half of Team Rocket.
- Nyarth (ニャース Nyāsu) / Meowth - Team Rocket's third member. One of very few Pokémon that can speak a human language.
- Sakaki / Giovanni - The seldom-seen leader of Team Rocket.
List of Chapters
| Bk Volume
|| Japanese Title
|| English Title |
|Volume 1: The Electric Tale of Pikachu
|| Bonus 1
|| Tales Of Pikachu In The Wild |
|| Pikachu, I See You |
|| Play Misty For Me |
|| Clefairy Tale |
|| Haunting My Dreams |
|Volume 2: Pikachu Shocks Back
|| Bonus 2
|| I Am Ditto! |
|| The Human Race and the Pokémon Race |
|| To Evolve Or Not to Evolve, That Is the Question! |
|| Pikachu's Excellent Adventure |
|| You Gotta Have Friends |
| Bonus 3
|| I am Porygon. |
| Bonus 4
|| Suddenly It's Questioning Time! |
|Volume 3: Electric Pikachu Boogaloo
|| Bonus 5
|| I Am Hungry! |
|| I'm Your Venusaur |
|| Clefairy in Space |
|| Days of Gloom and Glory |
|| Welcome to the Big Leagues |
|| The Indigo Finals |
|| The Orange Islands |
|Volume 4: Surf's Up, Pikachu
|| Bonus 6
|| The Ultimate Pet Of The 21st Century |
|| Attack of the Demon Stomach |
|| You Bet Your Wife |
|| Orange Crew Supreme Gym Leader |
|| Orange Crew Supreme Gym Leader (2) |
|| Pokémon Side-Story Ash vs. Gary |
|| "Type: Wild" ~A Possible Future~ |
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