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Dengeki! Pikachu (Manga)

Dengeki! Pikachu

Alternative Titles

English: Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Synonyms: Pocket Monsters: Dengeki Pikachu, Pokemon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Pikachu Shocks Back, Electric Pikachu Boogaloo, Surf's Up, Pikachu
Japanese: 電撃!ピカチュウ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 20
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 1997 to Dec 1999
Authors: Ono, Toshihiro (Story & Art)


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10-year-old Satoshi, after finding a Pikachu messing with the wiring in his house, is on a journey to become the greatest Pokemon Master and to beat out his rival, Shigeru. Along the way, he meets with many other Pokemon trainers and advisors, including water-based trainer (and gym leader) Kasumi, ground- and rock-based trainer (and gym leader) Takeshi, and others.


Dengeki! Pikachu was published in English as The Electric Tale of Pikachu by Viz Media, first in sampler editions included with home video releases of Pokemon, then as sixteen monthly issues, from November 1998 to February 2000 and, finally, in four volumes, from September 5, 1999 to August 10, 2000.

Aside from the home video samplers, the first two chapters were released in a collection entitled Special Signature Edition Red Version, included with a Pokemon Video Suitcase promotional set.

At the time of its release, the first volume was the best-selling manga and best-selling comic book of any type in the United States.

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Nov 27, 2012
Funny story about this one; Many people will say that you must have watched the Anime to understand the manga adaptation, otherwise you will be lost. I came into this read expecting to know nothing and get nothing, because I had not been a watcher of the show in my child years and knew only a few bits and pieces from what I had managed to tune into; I was more familiar with the games.

And yet, out of the all the Pokemon manga, this one turned out my favorite (Special fans, please don't stone me).

Story: For a comic that was supposed to be an read more
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Nov 22, 2012
Dengeki Pikachu is based off the Pokemon Anime, but with a handful of twists that, in my opinion, make it more enjoyable.

One of my favorite things about Dengeki Pikachu is that the author makes it more "realistic". By that I mean Ash has to pass a test to get his trainer's license, going to school is discussed, and the more "technical" aspects of being a trainer are further explained.
Also, the artwork is more realistic. Pidgeotoo looks much more like a bird, and Butterfree looks a lot more like a real butterfly

The characters are developed more than they are in the anime. Its still read more
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Mar 7, 2014

A good addition to any collection or for any fan whether they are just starting out or an old-time fan. You don't need to know anything about Pokemon to be able to understand this manga.

There is also a more in-depth story line than the one presented in the anime that not only makes connections to the real world, like talking about school and how there is a test to get one's license to become a Pokemon Trainer, but also a more in-depth look at the Pokemon world as a whole and more detailed information on how everything works.

It is a twist on the anime read more
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Feb 26, 2014
The first 3 sets of 4 each volumes take place on Ash's journey in Kanto and the last 2 issues of the 3rd volume is the closure of the first season of the cartoon. However, volume 4 contains Ash's journey, also in its own way, through the orange islands, aka season 2.

All of the story is unique and has a fresh look at the Pokemon world. Ash however does not necessarily catch the same pokemon and also does not use the same tools nor training methods as used in the cartoon. Although he still uses a Pokedex, it looks much more futuristic as does a read more
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