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Ponyta Tale (Japanese: VSポニータ VS. Ponyta) is the 41st round of the Pokémon Adventures manga and the first round in the Yellow chapter.
A new story begins, with an old woman standing outside the ruins of the collapsed Silph Co. building. Shifting about the remains with her staff, she smiles to herself as she finds the Pokémon Badge Energy Amplifier.
It is now two years after the Pokémon League, and all is well in Pallet Town. A mailman riding a Ponyta is surprised when his mount bolts uncontrollably, nearly getting into an accident when a local intervenes, releasing his Venusaur to calm Ponyta down. Looking through the mail, the mailman explains that he has a letter for Red, and asks if the young man if knows where Red is, to which the boy reveals himself to be none other than Red, the winner of the 9th Pokémon League Championships. Leaving the mailman stunned, Red opens up his mail to find a note of challenge. Elsewhere, in northwest Kanto, Bruno of the Elite Four performs his rigorous training, just as Lorelei informs him that Lance had a letter sent to Red in his name, as a part of Lance's plans...
A month following Red's receiving of his letter, Professor Oak and Misty have a chat; the professor pointing out Red's absence since then and the flood of challenges he received after his victory at the Pokémon League. Oak notes with dismay that as a result, Red had neglected his duty of completing the Pokédex, which the professor needs urgently to help document the new Pokémon beyond the previously known 151 species. Misty voices her irritation at Red's neglect, remarking that the boy had even asked her for advice on becoming a Gym Leader, as Oak muses how Blue and Green, the other Pokédex holders of Pallet, have likewise left on their own journeys.
Just as Oak tries to read out the letter that Red received to Misty (a difficult task given its unintelligibility), the two are alerted by sparks coming from the laboratory's front door's doorknob. Expecting Red's Pika, the Professor opens the door with insulated gloves, but to his horror and Misty's, Pika is not only alone, but severely injured as well...
- Red leaves Pallet Town to battle his challenger.
- A month later, Pika returns alone and injured.
|| Spoilers end here.
- This chapter is included in The Best of Pokémon Adventures: Yellow.
- Professor Oak states that he is working on a new Pokédex after discovering there are far more than 151 species of Pokémon. His files include photographs of two silhouetted Pokémon; one is Donphan while the other does not resemble any released Pokémon.
- To the dismay of Professor Oak, Red still hasn't completed the original Pokédex.
- This chapter also mentions that Red is seeking official permission to become a Gym Leader.
- Agatha refers to Silph Co. as "Sylph". This may have originated from the company being known as Sylph in Japanese.
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