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Pokemon Graphic Novel, Volume 1: The Electric Tale Of Pikachu!
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For example, while many remember the Burger King toys used to promote the United States release of the first movie and the ensuing tragedy , we may forget about the fact that, a year earlier, KFC launched a line of toys meant to recall the Beanie Baby trend of a few years prior. Many of the plotlines and characters are based on the popular anime series, which hadn't yet premiered when Ono was contracted to illustrate the manga. So, while many details are familiar — the main character's name is Ash and his rival is named Gary Oak — other aspects of the story veer off from the now-iconic animated series. To create the manga, Ono worked with scripts for the anime that he then had to adapt to fit the length and style of a manga chapter. His art style became a cool amalgamation of the video games, which he was familiar with, and the yet-to-be-seen anime's aesthetic.
The Electric Tale of Pikachu
The first three cover the Ash Ketchum's Indigo League journey, and his Orange Islands travels were covered by the end of the third volume and the fourth volume. Now, that's a lot of show for just four volumes, so of course there was a little plot adjustment. It also recasts Ash's journey as a proper Coming-of-Age Story , with a remarkable amount of Character Development for the star. It's well-known for its mature art style; more serious, linear tone; and for its unique plot structure.
However, the story is not very sequential, as only a few select anime episodes were picked to be adapted into manga form. The manga concludes with Ash's victory in the Orange League. These sixteen monthly issues were treated as four separate series, each consisting of four issues, and ran from November through February The VIZ graphic novels do not mention any volume numbers or relation to each other, as each volume is titled as though it is a separate series. The manga was heavily promoted by VIZ Media and was featured in several commercial advertisements.