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Pokemon Graphic Novel, Volume 1: The Electric Tale Of Pikachu! Paperback – September 5, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1st edition (September 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569313784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569313787
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd recommend that you get the paperback for several reasons.
Lucy Harris
I find the pokemon tv series childish and wasn't sure If I'd like the manga but I saw the artwork was good so I said, Why not?
emily morris
If the book is as good as the comics it will be a terrific Book!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Something is eating the wires in the Ketchums' house. Soon Ash Ketchum finds Pikachu inside his wall. After seeing his rival, Gary Oak, he decides to become the world's greatest Pokemon Master!
This is a great comic that is (in my opinion) a lot better than the TV show.It is very funny! the reasons to buy this book:
1. It's funny! 2. It is different from the show! 3. The artwork is awesome! 4. You won't regret buying it because you'll want to read and enjoy it again and again! 5. IT'S POKEMON!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By emily morris on July 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I find the pokemon tv series childish and wasn't sure If I'd like the manga but I saw the artwork was good so I said, Why not?
It turns out this book is not really like the tv series. Ash's mom and prof. oak look totally different and ash finds pikachu in this manga. He also catches different pokemon and there lots of fun humor too. This book has great art! the pokemon look so life like! I really recomend this book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
This manga is pretty good, but all the characters looking diferent...Brock, Ash,Jessie, James, and Misty look pretty much the same, but minor character such as Ash's mom, Bill, and Professor Oak get a serious makeover...I couldn't stop laughing after I saw Professor Oak, he looks nothing like the anime guy, seeing these makeovers alone justify giving this manga a chance....^_~
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John on January 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have all 4 of these books. I think they are cool, but it is not well based on the real Poke'mon. Like, for instance, in number 3, Ash battles Brock and wins EASILY, but Pikachu would have been weak against Onix and the Geodudes. And in number 1, Ash finds Pikachu under the floorboards! Really, Ash gets Pikachu from Proffeser Oak! But still, these are cool book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max on August 20, 2013
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One of the small parts i have now at home that remember me that i had an awsome childhood with good tv series and books
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Imaginary on December 27, 2012
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The art style is rough and not as cutesy as the anime, but it has its own more intensive story than the pokemon anime. It has its own take on certain events that are sure to make any pokemon fan really able to make some connection to the real world.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
The drawings in this manga are in my opinion much better than the TV series or in any other manga I have read. The characters seem a bit more realistic and many sections are very funny.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela A. Savage on January 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
This manga is perhaps the most controversial Pokémon manga ever published, due almost entirely to the fact that the original Japanese version of the manga series had a lot of sexual content, including women such as Misty, Jessie and the Sensational Sisters given oversized busts, often accompanied by skimpy clothing or swimwear. In order to make the series marketable to younger English-speaking readers, much of this was censored during VIZ Media's translations and all of the sexual content was taken out, leading to a "cleaner" version of the manga for international readers. In Chuang Yi's translation, only the first volume is based on the VIZ Media's censored version. Subsequent volumes are based on the original Japanese version and are not censored.

One scene in particular that was heavily edited was when Ash battles Misty for the Cascade Badge in Play Misty For Me. In the original, Misty wears a very revealing swimsuit, which is completely redrawn as a wetsuit in the English version.

There was one scene that was removed altogether from the English version. It is the original ending of To Evolve or Not to Evolve, That Is the Question!. This scene was set in a hot spring, and it pictured a naked Misty (with Pikachu) relaxing and washing herself, making a comment about how her chest should evolve, too. All of a sudden, Ash, Mikey and Brock are seen sitting in another hot spring, and they see Misty washing herself. Misty, noticing their presence, is extremely embarrassed and feels very violated; and she runs away in anger. This scene was likely deleted due to excessive nudity and the adult nature of the scene. This scene, however, is not removed from Chuang Yi's version.
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