Electric Tale of Pikachu volume 1

Electric Tale of Pikachu
Volume 2
The Electric Tale of Pikachu volume 1
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Chapters included ET01 - ET04
Manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu

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.


Edition Country Company Date ISBN
Japan Shogakukan October 28, 1997 ISBN 4091493416
United States VIZ Media August 6, 1999 ISBN 1569313784
Singapore Chuang Yi January 2000 ISBN 9812318143
Hong Kong Da Ran Culture (Hong Kong) January 1, 1999 ISBN 9629475081
Indonesia ??? Unknown ISBN 97989652038
South Korea Daewon C.I. November 23, 1999 ISBN 9788984428119
Taiwan Da Ran Culture Unknown ISBN Unknown


Important events

  • Ash begins his Pokémon journey.
  • Ash earns his first two Gym Badges.
  • Ash captures his first five Pokémon.

Party changes




Gym battles

Ash battles the following Gym Leaders in this volume:

Monthly releases

Issue #1

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 from November 27, 1998 to February 20, 1999, followed by the Volume 1 release in August. 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).

  This article is part of Project Manga, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each series of Pokémon manga.