Well, I’m baffled that this exists—but it does.
Pokémon. As ballet. Seriously.
This performance doesn’t skimp out either: it goes through everything from the initial ‘chose your Pokemon’ part with professor Oak, to battles, to team Rocket, to visiting places like Lavender Town. I kind of lost my shit at the part where the Pokemon faints and ‘nurse Joy’ bursts in, ready to heal—with choreography, of course! Nevermind the part with MISSIGNO.
It’s thirty minutes long. Wow, just wow.
This performance was held in the Creighton Lied Arts Center and the choreography is byAndrew Plotner.
Pikachu, the iconic Pokémon from Pocket Monsters, looks slightly different these days. Adorable, sure, but not nearly as adorable as in 1997, back when the Pokémon anime first debuted. Not nearly as fat, either.
Over the weekend, a thread called “Pikachu in the early days was way too cute” (初期のピカチュウかわいすぎ) appeared on 2ch, Japan’s largest web forum. Net users posted images from the first few anime episodes, showing just how different the round and cuddly Pikachu of yesteryear looked.
This thread isn’t the first to notice Pikachu’s altered appearance in the anime—and the games. For a while now, Pokémon fans have been pointing out just how different the character now looks. There’s even a “Pikachu: Losing Weight Since 1998” image that’s been floating around the internet for donkey’s yonks.
Website ScrewAttack thought the change might be because Pokémon‘s creators want a fitter Pikachu—a theory that doesn’t really hold water when you consider all the Pokémon-branded junk food Japan sees. Nor if you look at the very round Doraemon, Japan’s favorite cartoon cat robot.
The answer is probably a lot more simple: Over time, animated characters change. Just look at Mickey Mouse.
“Oh, wow, this really takes me back,” wrote one net user. “Pikachu these days seems over-refined,” added another. “Pikachu was more cute and cuddly. Now, Pikachu is a little too thin and scary.”
At this rate, though, in ten years, here’s how Pikachu is gonna look:
Actually isn’t just gibberish! It reads “Pokémon”. Can’t you see it? This is the language used in the Pokémon region of Unova, making it Unovan. Website PocketMonsters.net has an extremely helpful dictionary for deciphering the symbols, which directly correlate to English letters:
This is the main language used in the Pokémon anime; however, there’s also a second and a third language. You can see their deciphered symbols on PocketMonsters.net.
PocketMonsters.net updated its dictionary early last January. Deciphering work began in 2011, with those involved on the project posting on the Serebii forums.
This week, another group—students from University of Kyoto’s “Pokémon Club”—are saying how they’ve independently cracked the anime lingo, posting examples of how they’ve translated the Pokéspeak.
While this notebook is written in Unovan, the sentences are in English. The University of Kyoto students note that there are some mistakes. In one instance, “you” is written as “u”, and “wha” is written instead of “what”.
What’s interesting about the deciphering done by the University of Kyoto students is how sometimes Unovan can be deciphered to reveal not just English words. For example, in this image, each Pocket Monster has its original Japanese name listed, with short descriptions in rough Latin script, like what’s used to write Japanese (romaji).
So next to Deino (née Monozu in Japanese), it reads, “Mitame ha tyotto kimoi ne”, which would be 見た目はちょっとキモいね in Japanese and means “Its appearance is somewhat creepy”.
Pokémon people have created a language that people can decipher and read. Since the anime is then dubbed for different regions, that would mean Unovan isn’t necessarily English, and it’s not necessarily Japanese—which is proved by the written language having both in it. This means that spoken Unovan could then have its own pronunciation. So somebody create a pronunciation guide so people can congregate in public and speak Pokélingo. Cuter than speaking Klingon!
Oha Suta just finished airing a teaser trailer for Extremespeed Genesect which shows two Genesect! One Genesect is the normal purple color while the other is red. In the trailer, both are seen flying through the air and the red one overtakes the purple one. At the end of the trailer, the red one also turns purple. The narrator simply states: “A 3 million old mystery, wrapped in a red veil!” (Thanks goes to Gin for the translation.) What could this mean for the film? Are there actually going to be two Genesect?
Update (3:00 PM) – The official Pokemon movie site has posted a small premise for the film as well as its mini-movie, “Pikachu and Eevee Friends,” which Gin has translated as follows:
“Genesect,” a Pokemon from 300 million years ago. The mysterious “Red Genesect,” different from regular Genesect, appears. Posing super speed and boasting other strengths, it is a Mythical Pokemon, but what sort of activity will it do in a big city, the symbol of modern civilization? | Pikachu goes to play for the first time with many other cute Pokemon at Eevee’s home, “Eevee House!” Due to Meowth’s mischief, however, there’s an uproar?!
For those of you in Japan, a new Pokémon themed 3DS LL has been announced. This new 3DS LL is due for release in the Pokémon Centres across Japan. Unlike the Pikachu one, ability to get this 3DS LL is done via a lottery, with applications beginning in November 3rd until November 26th. It is then available to purchase from December 15th until January 14th if successful and will cost 18,900¥. Like all 3DS systems, it’s region locked. We’ll provide further details should this special console make it outside of Japan.
Despite the slogan of Pokemon “Gotta Catch em all!”, Ash Ketchum has only 43/649 pokemon.
The strongest class Single Battle Pokémon will be distributed at Pokémon Center stores for the Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 games. One Pokémon will be obtainable randomly each week from now until Oct. 28, 2012. Dragonite, Scizor, Tyranitar, Metagross, and Garchomp are the five Pokémon that will be distributed randomly. All five Pokémon will be level 100 and come in a Cherish Ball.
The latest Pokémon movie has had its English title and release date revealed on the official English Pokémon Youtube channel.
Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice (Japanese: キュレムVS聖剣士ケルディオ Kyurem VS the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo) has been scheduled to make its Cartoon Network premiere on Dec. 8, 2012. In Canada, it will air on YTV a few weeks prior to that, on November 24. It has also beenconfirmed that the voice actor Vic Mignogna, who voiced Professor Icarus in A UFO for Elgyem!, has also voiced one of the lead roles in the movie.
The movie made its Japanese theatrical debut on July 14, 2012, which also featured the 24th Pikachu short, called 「メロエッタのキラキラリサイタル」 Meloetta’s Dazzling Recital, a special that is currently unknown if it is being dubbed as well.
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice debuts on Cartoon Network later this year!
The legendary duo of Ash and Pikachu are about to set off on an all-new cinematic adventure December 8th on Cartoon Network! Read on for a sneak peek at the exciting action they’ll encounter in Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice!
Ash and Pikachu, along with their friends Iris and Cilan, are on a train headed to the next stop on their journey. From the train, Ash spots an injured Pokémon—one he’s never seen before. He’s trying to figure out how he can help when the train is attacked by the Legendary Kyurem, a Dragon-type Pokémon with immense power! Ash and the others barely manage to escape the rampaging Kyurem’s attack, and as the dust settles, they turn their attention to the injured Pokémon. Their new acquaintance turns out to be the Mythical Pokémon Keldeo, and it’s on a mission to rescue its friends—Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, the Legendary Pokémon known as the Swords of Justice—from Kyurem’s icy clutches!
But Kyurem’s rampage isn’t over, and it’s drawing power from Reshiram and Zekrom, changing into Black Kyurem or White Kyurem to make its attacks even stronger! Why is Kyurem attacking Ash and his friends with such unrelenting fury? How will they be able to overcome this danger?
To protect its friends, to discover true power and genuine courage, and to preserve its bond with Ash and its companions, a hidden strength awakens within Keldeo…
Don’t miss the debut showing of Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justiceon Cartoon Network on December 8th! And Canadian Pokémon fans, you can watch this new adventure on November 24th! on YTV!