Pokemon fans across the United States have taken to Twitter voicing their opinions on Pikachu’s unforseen monologue during the new Pokemon: I Choose You movie.
Global News Director at Buzzfeed shared a video which perfectly captures (excuse the pun) the disgust and confusion we’re sure you’ll all feel when you first hear it too:
Hi, I am just learning that Pikachu speaks English in the new Pokemon movie and, yes, it is extremely fucking weird pic.twitter.com/k5hm5lyW7Y
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) November 13, 2017
This isn’t the first time that Pikachu has spoken however. The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Gates to Infinity trailer features not only a talking Pikachu, but other Pokemon as well:
In fact, there’s even a game for the Nintendo 3DS known as Detective Pikachu that was released in February of 2016 in Japan, which has you taking the role of a smooth-talking Pikachu that solves mysteries. (Sadly this title is only available in Japan on the eShop, which is a mystery in itself. WHY HAVE YOU NOT LOCALIZED IT YET, NINTENDO??)
Despite all that, I think we can all agree how bizarre it is for Pikachu to talk. Part of Pikachu’s charm is that we can’t understand him, and that it’s up to interpretation how he may feel.
Although, many Twitter users have come out to say that Pikachu isn’t actually talking – it’s more of an emotional connection between Ash and Pikachu that allows them to understand each other.
I still think it’s weird.
Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! has already debuted in Australia and New Zealand with no confirmation of it returning for a second showing – however we’ll be sure to update you if we hear anything!