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The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga covers of vol. 1-4


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"The name is Misty!!" — The Electric Tale of Pikachu


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There’s a pretty interesting interview on Toshihiro Ono done by Animerica in 1999 here. The most interesting points:

ANIMERICA:  Are there many restrictions on your work for the Pokémon comic?  For example, have you ever hard to make changes because what you did wasn’t the same as the game or the TV series?

ONO:  They check the content of the manga an awful lot and often tell me to make changes.  [LAUGHS]  Sometimes what they say doesn’t make sense, but there’s nothing I can do about it.  But even if I draw the manga exactly the same as the script, I often notice when watching the anime that the story changed somewhere along the line.  Also, manga and TV animation are different mediums, so the amount of information conveyed is also different.  It’s natural for certain expressions not to match. 

Did Misty ever get her bike back? 

No, she hasn’t because it’s a rather expensive one, and someday, when she’s grown up, Ash will make enough money to pay her back.

Will there ever be a romance between Ash and Misty? 
I personally think that Misty is looking more for having an older brother, but my editor is always nagging me that a little love-interest story might be interesting, so it may happen.


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warlordess:

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Okay so for the first panel, I still don’t see a problem. I mean, twelve year old girls wear swimsuits all the time and are allowed to be photographed. As a character who represents water Pokemon, as someone who we already know is a very strong swimmer, I don’t see what’s wrong with her wearing that swimsuit even if it does reveal some skin.

I don’t mind the last panel either. It’s a private moment where Misty is wishing her breasts were larger. I know for a fact that canon Misty has self-esteem issues and could totally see her having a similar moment if not for Pokemon being G-rated nowadays and so obsessed with Pokemon, the species, that human character development is thoroughly stunted.

I can admit that I don’t care for the middle panel much, just because the pose shows that she isn’t wearing a bra (or, at least, I can’t tell that she is).

But again, as I said before, even if Ono wasn’t a hentai artist, male artists have always been known to draw ambiguously sexual characters, especially females - and even as young as twelve  years old. For instance, they’ve coined the panty-shot, thigh-high flesh visibility, and cleavage shots too.

I’ve just come to expect it even if it’s not my thing.

I never said she can’t wear a swimsuit or be shown in one though? Like I wrote in my previous reply, I don’t really have an issue with what she’s wearing (although I do find that particular swimsuit a bit revealing for a girl that young but w/e), but I kind of do have an issue with an adult man who, when drawing said 12 year old girl in a revealing swimsuit, decided it was essential to have panels drawing attention to her breasts and ass. (I get that it’s Ash staring at her, but things can be done in more tasteful ways.)

Same goes for the other scenes. I don’t care if she wishes her boobs were bigger or if she’s not wearing a bra. But in both cases it wasn’t necessary to draw her like that (you could have had her still holding her boobs but seen from the back or whatever, and the bra-less one didn’t need to have her posed like that at all), and Ono deliberately chose to. And given how common things like those are in his work I’m not going to assume he did it by accident and sexualization wasn’t what he was aiming for.

I know it’s not uncommon for female characterst to be drawn like this, but it doesn’t make me any less uncomfortable. (Actually, the fact that it’s common kind of makes me more uncomfortable.)


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warlordess:

allthingsmisty:

warlordess:

pokeshipping:

allthingsmisty:

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Japanese vs English versions of The Electric Tale of Pikachu.

Y’know, I don’t normally find censorship to be a good thing, but in the case of this manga… eh. I mean, this page in particular is not even that bad, but some of the sexualization in the original version kind of makes me quite uncomfortable (expecially concerning Misty since, while older than her anime self, she’s still twelve).

(It also kind of baffles me that this stuff was allowed in a Pokémon manga??)

Agreed! I was under the impression she was at least 16 but 12 is pushing it a bit too far. Toshihiro Ono was also a hentai artist hence the style he chose for all the ladies in the manga. His art of all the ladies, especially Misty changed tremendously just so the US would stop the censoring. He eventually did tone it down later on for that reason.

For some reason I was convinced she was 15 in the Japanese version until recently, then I decided to go look for that one panel with their ages and

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nope, sigh. (Not that 15 would have been that much better but)

I knew about Ono being a hentai artist, but you’d think a licensed Pokémon manga would have some more… monitoring?

Hm, well, I know about the censoring but never knew about Ono being a hentai artist. Still, the female art or Misty’s clothing designs never bothered me much. I mean, manga drawn by men in general has always been more perverse - for better or worse. I just accept it. In truth, I didn’t see anything wrong with Misty’s behavior, design, or clothes because she wasn’t doing anything overtly sexual. She acted like a young girl who wore a particular style. In truth, her anime design doesn’t provide much more coverage than this manga one so…

Yeah. That’s how I feel.

I don’t mind the art style that much. It’s only a little confusing as to why she’s only 12 in the manga when Ono could have just aged all the characters more. Have Ash be 14 or 16, Misty at 16-18, and Brock at 20/21.

There is one scene where Misty is bathing at a hot spring naked and the boys (Ash, Brock, and Mikey) end up getting a view of her. The US didn’t even bother with it and completely took it out. I want to say it was that point where Ono was all ‘screw it’ and started to evolve the art style to something more kid-friendly.

I guess he chose to stick with some aspects of canon? I mean, even in the anime, Misty doesn’t LOOK ten years old. In fact, she looks twelve and always has to me (as well as a lot of the fanbase, which is why people thought it was canon that she was indeed the age stated in EToP).

It would have been fun to age Ash some more too but, even at ten, this version of him took a lot from OS canon - some interest in pretty girls but still more interest in his dream. He aged some mentally but still had the ability to jump from rage to ego to tears to happy in five seconds, like a child. Lol.


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warlordess:

pokeshipping:

allthingsmisty:

pokeshipping:

Japanese vs English versions of The Electric Tale of Pikachu.

Y’know, I don’t normally find censorship to be a good thing, but in the case of this manga… eh. I mean, this page in particular is not even that bad, but some of the sexualization in the original version kind of makes me quite uncomfortable (expecially concerning Misty since, while older than her anime self, she’s still twelve).

(It also kind of baffles me that this stuff was allowed in a Pokémon manga??)

Agreed! I was under the impression she was at least 16 but 12 is pushing it a bit too far. Toshihiro Ono was also a hentai artist hence the style he chose for all the ladies in the manga. His art of all the ladies, especially Misty changed tremendously just so the US would stop the censoring. He eventually did tone it down later on for that reason.

For some reason I was convinced she was 15 in the Japanese version until recently, then I decided to go look for that one panel with their ages and

image

nope, sigh. (Not that 15 would have been that much better but)

I knew about Ono being a hentai artist, but you’d think a licensed Pokémon manga would have some more… monitoring?

Hm, well, I know about the censoring but never knew about Ono being a hentai artist. Still, the female art or Misty’s clothing designs never bothered me much. I mean, manga drawn by men in general has always been more perverse - for better or worse. I just accept it. In truth, I didn’t see anything wrong with Misty’s behavior, design, or clothes because she wasn’t doing anything overtly sexual. She acted like a young girl who wore a particular style. In truth, her anime design doesn’t provide much more coverage than this manga one so…

Yeah. That’s how I feel.

I don’t mind the art style that much. It’s only a little confusing as to why she’s only 12 in the manga when Ono could have just aged all the characters more. Have Ash be 14 or 16, Misty at 16-18, and Brock at 20/21.

There is one scene where Misty is bathing at a hot spring naked and the boys (Ash, Brock, and Mikey) end up getting a view of her. The US didn’t even bother with it and completely took it out. I want to say it was that point where Ono was all ‘screw it’ and started to evolve the art style to something more kid-friendly.


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kashphia:

pokeshipping:

allthingsmisty:

pokeshipping:

Japanese vs English versions of The Electric Tale of Pikachu.

Y’know, I don’t normally find censorship to be a good thing, but in the case of this manga… eh. I mean, this page in particular is not even that bad, but some of the sexualization in the original version kind of makes me quite uncomfortable (expecially concerning Misty since, while older than her anime self, she’s still twelve).

(It also kind of baffles me that this stuff was allowed in a Pokémon manga??)

Agreed! I was under the impression she was at least 16 but 12 is pushing it a bit too far. Toshihiro Ono was also a hentai artist hence the style he chose for all the ladies in the manga. His art of all the ladies, especially Misty changed tremendously just so the US would stop the censoring. He eventually did tone it down later on for that reason.

For some reason I was convinced she was 15 in the Japanese version until recently, then I decided to go look for that one panel with their ages and

image

nope, sigh. (Not that 15 would have been that much better but)

I knew about Ono being a hentai artist, but you’d think a licensed Pokémon manga would have some more… monitoring?

Why do I have a distinct feeling that the only reason he made misty 12 instead of 10 is so that they could use her for fanservice?

Yeah, I definitely agree she was aged a bit just for fanservice.


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pokeshipping:

allthingsmisty:

pokeshipping:

Japanese vs English versions of The Electric Tale of Pikachu.

Y’know, I don’t normally find censorship to be a good thing, but in the case of this manga… eh. I mean, this page in particular is not even that bad, but some of the sexualization in the original version kind of makes me quite uncomfortable (expecially concerning Misty since, while older than her anime self, she’s still twelve).

(It also kind of baffles me that this stuff was allowed in a Pokémon manga??)

Agreed! I was under the impression she was at least 16 but 12 is pushing it a bit too far. Toshihiro Ono was also a hentai artist hence the style he chose for all the ladies in the manga. His art of all the ladies, especially Misty changed tremendously just so the US would stop the censoring. He eventually did tone it down later on for that reason.

For some reason I was convinced she was 15 in the Japanese version until recently, then I decided to go look for that one panel with their ages and

image

nope, sigh. (Not that 15 would have been that much better but)

I knew about Ono being a hentai artist, but you’d think a licensed Pokémon manga would have some more… monitoring?

It really is bizarre. I kind of doubt Pokémon would allow the explicit art style nowadays considering how its reputation is more of a family friendly company. Maybe they just didn’t care at the time and wanted more publicity?


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Japanese vs English versions of The Electric Tale of Pikachu.

Y’know, I don’t normally find censorship to be a good thing, but in the case of this manga… eh. I mean, this page in particular is not even that bad, but some of the sexualization in the original version kind of makes me quite uncomfortable (expecially concerning Misty since, while older than her anime self, she’s still twelve).

(It also kind of baffles me that this stuff was allowed in a Pokémon manga??)

Agreed! I was under the impression she was at least 16 but 12 is pushing it a bit too far. Toshihiro Ono was also a hentai artist hence the style he chose for all the ladies in the manga. His art of all the ladies, especially Misty changed tremendously just so the US would stop the censoring. He eventually did tone it down later on for that reason.


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A page featuring the Kanto Gym Leaders from the PokeSpe Artbook that came with Vol. 50.

A page featuring the Kanto Gym Leaders from the PokeSpe Artbook that came with Vol. 50.


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I still consider her “older than Ash”, whether by a couple months or a year simply because she started her journey (even if it’s unofficial) before him.

I like to think she’s a couple months older too (though I can never decide because I also like Shudo’s version that Ash was 10 years, 10 months and 10 days old when he started his journey and being even two months older would make her 11 and I don’t usually like to headcanon things that contraddict canon unless canon is stupid). I just get kind of annoyed when I see her age stated as 12 as a canon fact.


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fave pokegirl 


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(Credits to pacificpikachu for the second picture.)

On Misty’s age, since I always see confusion about it.

In the anime she’s 10 years old, the same age as Ash. Her age is only ever stated once: in the Japanese version of the third episode, upon waking up with Caterpie in front of her face she cries out “This is absolutely the worst morning I’ve had in my 10 years of life”. Her line was changed in the dub for whatever reason, so her age is never mentioned at all.

I’ve been told that she was stated to be 12 in some western merchandise, but considering it wasn’t all that uncommon for early western merchandise to have mistakes (for instance, on the back cover of Tracey West’s first novelization of the anime Ash was apparently said to be 11) I wouldn’t consider those canon over the anime.

The second picture in the photoset is a scan from an official anime guidebook, stating that she is 10.

She is 12 in Toshihiro Ono’s manga “Pokémon Dengeki Pikachu”/”The Electric Tale of Pikachu”, but the manga was only based on the anime (not the other way around) and changed the story and the characters quite a bit, so it’s basically an entirely separate canon.


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"What is your strategy?”

       ”My strategy is run.”


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Misty! →