Was Pokemon initially manga and then tv producers changed the story they wanted it or was it a product of imagination of tv producers?

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Pokémon actually started as a pair of video games published by Nintendo for the Game Boy in 1996. Known as Pokémon Red and Blue (although in Japan the games were released as Pokémon Red and Green), these games were followed up by some short stories.

IIRC, first came the Pokémon comics, then the Pokémon series debuted on television on April 1, 1997, and shortly thereafter the manga was released on August 8, 1997.

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    To throw in another part of OP's question. The manga is not what the tv-show is based off of either. They are based off the games with protagonist like Red,Blue,Green,Gold,Silver,Yellow etc... Alot of the battles in manga play out similar to the show and team rocket is alot more sinister. There is an anime that covers Red's initial battles up to the elite 4 though.
    – Callat
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 16:35
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    To add on to the manga vs. TV show differences, Red started off with a Clefairy instead of a Pikachu like Ash did. He did later get a Pikachu, who was the cousin of Clefairy, something that became possible in the Gen 2 games, but not at the time. Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 21:00
  • @Thunderforge clefairy??? In pokemon adventures chapter 1 page 5 Red has a polywhirl. So I always thought that was the original first pokemon. Which manga are you reffering to? If there is a different adaptation I would LOVE to read it! Here's the link: mangahere.co/manga/pokemon_adventures/v01/c001/5.html
    – Callat
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 21:10
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    @KazRodgers There are multiple Pokémon manga; usually, when someone refers to just "the Pokémon manga," they mean Pokémon Adventures. The Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga (which was apparently the first one) is the one in which Red has a Clefairy.
    – jwodder
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 21:22
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    @KazRodgers The one you are pointing to is Pokémon Adventures (a.k.a. Pokémon Special), which is the second manga published August 1997. Pokémon Pocket Monsters was published November 1996, with the first chapter being Introducing the Pokémon Clefairy!!. This manga never had an English release, unlike Pokémon Adventures. Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 21:26

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