Pikachu Speaks in the New Pokémon Movie and Everyone is Freaking Out

first_imgPokémon are interesting creatures. They seem to have a fair bit of intelligence, yet are only capable of saying their respective names. That is, until now. In Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, Pikachu, who has been the series’ de facto mascot since its inception, speaks in human words. The film released in Japan back in July but now American audiences are hearing Pikachu speak and… they aren’t exactly taking it well.This reaction was posted on Twitter by BuzzFeed’s Ryan Broderick. When Pikachu says he “always wants to be with you” to his trainer, Ash, the audience reaction is immediate. While some applaud hearing Pikachu speak, the majority of the folks in attendance aren’t as thrilled. The gentleman who says “the fuck?” echoes the sentiments of everyone who is confused by all of this.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, 2017AdChoices广告According to The Guardian, Kate Bristol, who is the English language voice of Pikachu, said that even she and other members of the cast found it “super weird” that Pikachu can speak. Some believe this is a sort of dream sequence. Pikachu isn’t actually saying those words, it’s just what Ash hears in his head.“I think the literal circumstances under which Pikachu is ‘speaking’ are up to interpretation,” said Bristol. “I saw it as something in Ash’s mind. But it’s up to anyone. And it’s OK to think it’s super weird. I sat in the theatre with the rest of the cast while everyone shouted ‘what the fuck’ and I sat there laughing at how bizarre it all is, especially hearing my squeaky little voice come out of it. Personally, I did my best to mimic [Japanese voice actor] Ikue Otani as she is the master. This part in Japanese is adorable. At the end of the day Pokémon is a good time and I sure as hell enjoyed being a Pikachu for 0.5 seconds.”It’s important to note that Pikachu speaking didn’t disturb the Japanese audience. This is probably why we in the West are only just finding out about this. I’m personally going to chalk this up to Ash hearing Pikachu speaking in his head. If Pikachu can speak so eloquently, it would mean he has some base-level human intelligence. If that’s the case, isn’t he a slave being forced to fight other slaves? Considering how I just disturbed myself far more than hearing Pikachu speak, I think I’ll end this post now. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more