How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
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.