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| How Do You Do, Pikachu?
Nice to Meet You, Pikachu!
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|| Vol. 1
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How Do You Do, Pikachu? (Japanese: はじめましてピカチュウ, Nice to Meet You, Pikachu!) is the very first chapter of the Magical Pokémon Journey manga series. It is the first chapter of the first volume.
Hazel has baked a cake for Almond, her Pokémon Trainer crush. Unbeknownst to Almond, Hazel has laced the cake with a love potion from Coconut's Grandpa, a scientist. The potion is unstable, however, and the cake and house explode. Pikachu watches these events and flees the scene after the explosion.
Furious, Hazel returns to Grandpa's laboratory. In exchange for an improved love potion, she agrees to catch Pokémon for his research (and so he may impress girls). She sets off in a new outfit made for her by Grandpa.
Hazel meets Pikachu, but is unsuccessful in catching him. She finds Almond in the middle of trying to catch a Spearow. The Spearow flies away at the sound of Hazel's voice as she apologizes for blowing him up earlier. Hazel tells Almond about Pikachu and tries to draw a picture of him, but it is a poor-quality drawing. Displeased by the picture, Pikachu jumps out at them, at which point Almond promptly tries to catch him. Hazel pushes Almond out of the way, and Pikachu Thunder Shocks both of them. Hazel is somehow left unscathed. Hazel then befriends Pikachu, and Grandpa, watching from a crystal ball, reveals that the suit is resistant to electricity.
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