Hey, here is a question, but has anybody ever read the Pokémon manga, the Electric Tales of Pikachu? It's a four book series based on the anime, but a bit like the Origins mini-series, where they breeze through both the Indigo and Orange Leagues by changing a few parts, while adding one or two original parts, mainly gives the anime an overhaul. And to describe it a bit better, while it uses a few elements from the anime, mainly the characters, this manga, well, while the anime might be considered PG, I think, the manga be bordering between PG-13/R rating, because of the more mature, real world like approach, to Ash and Pikachu's adventures. Also, there are so many differences between it and the anime, it's like looking into two different worlds, this one, well, we get to see Ash travel solo more, with Misty and Brock dropping in every once in a while, Ash is also a bit more mature when compared to the anime Ash, while still going through a lot of character growth, while with Gary, it's like a frival, where they are friends, ********** afraid to push each other's buttons when it comes to competing. The rest, you would have to read for yourself.
As for me, I have the first three books, but I would have to do a lot of looking for the fourth one, due to life getting in the way. In some ways, every time I read it, I kind of wish the anime would take a few elements from it, especially give Ash some character growth, because for over 20 years, feels like he is stuck in a rut during each generation.