The followers of the first versions know it, the choice of the starter is a key moment of the game! A tough choice that has been repeated over the generations, and even until the most recent for the diehards. We already know the team of Sacha and his faithful companion Pikachu, with whom it all started. But what about Red, the manga hero and charismatic trainer we all once played? It’s time to review the different starters of the young prodigy.
téPART, in pokémon adventures
A starter is not necessarily a Pokémon in its first stage of evolution! In the manga, at least. Indeed, Red started his journey in the first volumes of Pokémon Adventures which constitutes the very first part of the series. Where appropriate, some mechanics had not yet been established, which may surprise fans of the game in the early chapters.
In Red’s case, his starter was actually a wild Ptitard encountered near a small pond as a child. When the latter fell and began to drown, the Pokémon found the strength to evolve to come to the aid of the unfortunate boy. A meeting marked with a white stone, the anchor of an exceptional friendship. So it is for this reason that Red will introduce himself to Professor Chen with a companion by his side.
Melofee, in Pokémon : pocket monsters
Known for his humor that could be described as questionable and a tone fundamentally different from that adopted in games and anime, Pokémon : Pocket Monsters once again follows Red’s adventures. The story begins with the young boy innocently wandering through the tall grass, until it ends up attacked by a raging horde of Nidoran. Red will finally be saved by the intervention of a Melofee who was hanging around and who decides to follow him to Professor Chen’s lab.
Red will choose this Pokémon rather than the professor’s starters and will start an adventure as comical as it is grotesque in the company of a mischievous and inventive Melofee during the fights. Originally, Nintendo had planned to make the Pokémon Mélofée the official mascot of Pokémon – a choice quickly dismissed because of its pink color, which allegedly could not have attracted a young male audience. So no hard feelings, since he was the star of this original manga until its conclusion in 2020!
Charmander in Pokémon Zensho
Pokémon Zensho is a one-volume manga written and illustrated by Satomi Nakamura – released only in Japan in 1998 – and whose particularity is to be based directly on the games Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. The protagonist, Satoshi, is inspired by Red – a name that refers to the creator of Pokémon Satoshi Tajiri.
Faithful to the games of our childhood, the manga begins with the iconic choice between Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur. Red (Satoshi) will therefore choose the first while his rival Shigeru (reference to Shigeru Miyamoto, the Nintendo legend) will set his sights on Carapuce. The sequence of events faithfully takes up the key stages of the Game Boy adventure, including the confrontation with the formidable Council of 4.
pikachu, in Pokémon : the electric tale of pikachu
Pokémon : The Electric Tale of Pikachu is a clever mix between anime and manga. Indeed, its concept is to adapt certain episodes of the TV series, but taking enormous liberties on the plot! We therefore find the character of Satoshi, who – once is not customary – is reminiscent of Red both in terms of design and personality. The manga concludes after the Kanto adventure and offers a glimpse of what the epilogue of the anime could have been like in the event of an early termination.
Particularity: he is the first manga to show Pikachu as a starter – in the sense of Pokémon made available and chosen by the hero – in the style of the game Pokémon: Yellow version. This version released shortly after the debut of Pokémon : The Electric Tale of Pikachu did not bring any noticeable change, except for the introduction of some scriptwriting elements present in the manga and the anime, a slightly increased difficulty, a redesign of the sprites and the famous Pikachu following the trainer out fight.
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