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| The Electric Tale of Pikachu volume 1
Volume 1: The Electric Tale of Pikachu! is the first of four volumes of the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu created by 小野 敏洋 Toshihiro Ono.
- Ash begins his Pokémon journey.
- Ash earns his first two Gym Badges.
- Ash captures his first five Pokémon.
Ash battles the following Gym Leaders in this volume:
Preceding the release of Volume 1 in North America were four monthly releases containing one chapter each, comprising the entire first volume collectively. These monthly comic book issues were released by VIZ Media in early 1999, followed by the Volume 1 release in September. As a bonus, these monthly releases each contained fan letters and fan artwork which were not included in the regular volume releases.
Despite the original Japanese volume order, in the monthly releases Clefairy Tale was published as chapter two and Play Misty For Me was published as chapter three. This creates a continuity error, as Ash uses his Butterfree in Clefairy Tale, which supposedly hasn't evolved yet as it evolves in Play Misty For Me. The reason for this is because of controversy from the first issue/chapter being released relatively uncut. Because of this, the second chapter was pushed back to the third issue so that more editing could be done. The chapters were restored to their original order for the collected volume release.
The following monthly comic book issues were released:
Other special releases
A Special Signature Edition was released with the Pokémon Video Suitcase promotional set. It contains the first two chapters (ET01 and ET02).