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Pikachu may no longer be the most popular Pokémon, but when fans need a pocket monster to cuddle with a the keyboard, which one are they going to turn to? Certainly not Greninja.
Bandai, which earlier this year released a Digimon PC cushion, now has introduced this Pikachu version, which will offer wrist — and emotional — support as you spend hours at the computer, undoubtedly arguing about the results of that Pokémon poll.
The 20th anniversary of “Pokémon” should be a time for celebration, but instead it’s become a dark time, marking the downward spiral of the once-great Pikachu and a collective loss of innocence.
OK, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but it’s pretty dire, as more than half a million Japanese Pokémon fans have spoken — and they’ve chosen Greninja as their favorite pocket monster. “Who?” you ask. Exactly.
If those Marvel Tsum Tsum toys can score their own comic, you’d think these equally adorable — and undoubtedly far more delicious — superhero rice balls could do the same.
They’re the creation of Thai food artist Nawaporn Pax Piewpun, aka Peaceloving Pax, who devotes her Instagram feed and Facebook page to “cute foodies” — whimsical rice balls, delightful dumplings and silly dumplings made to resemble characters ranging from Captain America and Superman to Harry Potter and Pikachu.
With Pokémon’s 20th anniversary in full swing, Pikachu is popping up everywhere, even in lingerie sections.
Japanese underwear and lingerie label Yummy Mart has teamed with The Pokémon Company to launch its Pokémon Collection, which prominently features the iconic yellow pocket monster.
If you’d love to have that enormous sleeping Snorlax cushion but simply don’t have the room, you may want to choose one of these giant-size Pikachu pillows instead. However, you’ll have to move quickly.
Debuting April 5 from the Pokémon Company, these limited-edition cushions measure 28 inches by 16.5 inches, which is roughly twice the size of the beloved little pocket monster. Only 100 of the extra-large pillows will be produced (priced at about $70 a pair), hence the warning that you’ll have to move quickly.
Those who simply laughed off the “Outbreak of Pikachus” last year in Yokohama, Japan, were faced with a stark reality Saturday as a small army of the cuddly pocket monsters marched into New York City. Disarmed by the cuteness of the giant marching Pikachu, residents were helpless to stop their fuzzy advance.
As fun and inspirational as Pokémon‘s Super Bowl spot is, it’s nothing compared to the sheer awesomeness of this trailer for Nintendo’s Famous Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Partnership.
You see, it depicts a Pikachu donning Sherlock Holmes’ signature deerstalker and teaming with a young boy to solve crimes. What’s more, this fuzzy little pocket monster talks in full sentences.
UFC champion and Captain Marvel hopeful Ronda Rousey has finally revealed the secret to her success in the ring: the Pokémon workout.
While training to defend her title against Holly Holm, Rousey donned a Pikachu costume to show ESPN’s Sports Center just how it’s done (and raise a few eyebrows at the gym). A word of warning to Holm: Watch out for Rousey’s Volt Tackle.
If the apocalypse begins not with an uprising of sentient robots or a zombie-virus epidemic but with a parade of giant marching Pikachu, I think I’m OK with that. I mean, we’ll be too busy “awwwwing” to really care, right?
This cuddly harbinger of the End Times is, of course, from the second annual “Dancing? An Outbreak of Pikachus,” which will continue through Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. Unfortunately, your only hope of slowing this unstoppable juggernaut of joy is by performing the Pikachu Dance. All of it.
Thousands of dancing Pikachus will descend on Yokohama, Japan, next week for “Dancing? An Outbreak of Pikachus,” which is no officially an annual event (because, why not). To prepare attendees for this onslaught of adorable yellow pocket monsters, the Pokémon Company has released an instructional video that teaches them how to do the Pikachu Dance.
Be warned: The routine is a bit elaborate, and includes moonwalking. Also, the song will bore into your brain, like … whatever Pokémon bores into brains. There is one that does that, right?
After walking around sporting a terrible Pikachu tattoo for four years, one poor guy (let’s call him “Ash Ketchum”) finally turned to a professional for help.
While Lindsay Baker isn’t a Pokémon Master, she’s clearly a talented and imaginative tattoo artist. When one of her clients at Nite Owl Tattoo in Northampton, Massachusetts, showed her the poorly drawn Pikachu — “It was his first tattoo,” she told BuzzFeed, “and apparently the girl who did it had been drinking” — Baker knew exactly how to make the best out of a bad situation.
As the headline states, this may be the absolute worst or the most inspired Pikachu cosplay in history, Really, it could go either way, likely depending to some extent on your fondness for the Greendale Human Being.
The photos — yes, there are more, below — were snapped at Comiket 87, which wrapped up today at the Tokyo Big Sight. Held twice annually, in August and December, Comiket (aka Comic Market) is the world’s largest dojinshi fair, drawing more than a half-million attendees. This edition opened Sunday with 180,000 people, an increase of about 10,000 from the first day of August’s Comiket 86.
Although many of us are lucky if our empty soda cans make it as far as the recycle bin, Japanese artist Makaon has found another purpose for them: as raw material for incredible sculptures of pop-culture icons, ranging from Batman and Ultraman to Sgt. Frog and the Catbus.
As you can see from the photos below, and from even more images on the artist’s blog and website, Makaon doesn’t take shortcuts; he even tracks down peach-colored labels for Mario and Luigi’s skin tones.