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"Pikachu" is an electric-type Pokémon (specifically an electrical mouse), it's also the second evolution from a Pichu, but it would evolve later into a Raichu with a Thunder Stone. Pikachu is also the mascot of the Pokémon franchise, and in the Pokémon animated series, he (as in Ash's Pikachu) is Ash's very first Pokémon as seen in Pokémon - I Choose You!. The iconic Pokémon made his first appearance in the Pokémon Blue and Red games on February 27, 1996.
Why It Goes "Pika pika!"
- Pikachu is a classic Japanese icon, much like characters such as Goku, Hello Kitty, etc.
- Like Yoshi and Kirby, Pikachu is a fan favorite amongst fans of Pokémon and/or Nintendo as a whole, due to his cuteness, power and Ikue Ōtani's great voice performance.
- In a similar manner to how Mario became the face of Nintendo, Pikachu essentially establilished himself as the face of Pokémon.
- It is always the best part in the Pokémon anime series, and there are very funny moments with it such as its obsession of ketchup for instance.
- Its design is so cute to look at, especially its design in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu, given the fact that the color yellow appeals to a lot of children around the world is why Pikachu always has the best designs.
- Speaking of designs, Pikachu's alter-egos, Libre Pikachu and Detective Pikachu are some of the most interesting alter-egos you can see.
- Three words: Ikue Otani's performance.
- Pikachu starred in its very own movie in Pokémon: Detective Pikachu with Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, except this Pikachu is a detective. Though, Ikue Otani maintains the voice of Pikachu from the animated series.
- In the first episode of the anime series, it puts behind his stubbornness on Ash and rescued him from being attacked by a flock of angry Spearows, despite wrecking Misty's bicycle anyway.
- The friendship between it and Ash has been why Pokémon wouldn't be the same without him or Ash around.
- Ash's Pikachu has helped him many times (aside from what is said about Reason #9), it also helped to battle against Sabrina's Kadabra to prevent Ash from going back to the toy box by being turned into one of Sabrina's dollies, only to turn out Kadabra and Sabrina have started laughing at the end.
- In Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu, you can have Pikachu as your own starter Pokémon, and thanks to Pokémon Yellow and the anime, Pikachu has become the mascot of the franchise, part of the Japanese culture, and has also become one of Nintendo's mascots alongside Mario.
- The first episode of Pokémon Journeys, "Enter Pikachu", showed us a glorifying backstory of Ash's Pikachu when it was a little Pichu in Kanto.
- The Pikachu Song, have a listen!
- He appears in the Super Smash Bros. series, where he is fun to play as, especially gaining a cute voice
- While well-developed and nicely-designed, he barely looks anything like a mouse and looks more like a yellow-furred mutated rabbit because of the ears he wears.
- Pikachu was quite tedious to play as in Hey You, Pikachu!, as he moves way too slow, and was a big nuisance in Pokémon Channel, considering the developers made him tell the player to say yes to every decision he wants to do, which is really guilt trippy.
- Much like Mario and Hello Kitty, Pikachu has also faced some controversies:
- There was a controversy where Ash's Pikachu has spoke in Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, it blew up a lot of outrage from fans of the anime as Ash's Pikachu was not even supposed to talk in the anime, and there's the scene right here.
- "Electric Soldier Porygon" is a prime example of this, when Pikachu blasts a cyber missile that tried to blast Porygon, Ash, Misty and Brock, the flashing lights from red and blue have given over 600 Japanese children seizures, that the show went on hiatus from December 1997 - April 1998, after the hiatus, the show turned down the brightness after its comeback from hiatus in 1998 and despite him being responsible for the seizures, Porygon got removed from the show unfairly.
- In 2016, Nintendo changed Pikachu's name pronunciation in Hong Kong, along with the rest of the Pokémon names to their Mandarin Chinese ones, outraging many fans inside and outside of Hong Kong, leading to protests. Fans have called this rename change in Hong Kong "absolutely disrespectful to their language and culture in Hong Kong, and that Nintendo intentionally did that to police its largest overseas market". Nintendo responded "it was for standardization purposes".
- While Pikachu did appear in the Super Smash Bros. series, in its first appearance it was too overpowered.
- Pikachu is universally considered to be among Ash's strongest Pokémon, along with Charizard, Sceptile, Infernape, Krookodile, Greninja, and Incineroar.
- Pikachu was actually not originally supposed to be the mascot of Pokémon, Clefairy was supposed to, but due to Pikachu's popularity, he soon became the mascot of the entire franchise.
- When Ash received Pikachu from Professor Oak, its Poké Ball had a lightning bolt on the top part.
- Because Pikachu doesn't like being inside his Poké Ball, it has only been seen a few times since the first episode. The first was against Brock when Pikachu was being attacked brutally by Onix and the second was in the episode Snow Way Out when Ash becomes worried about the safety of his Pokémon in the cave's freezing conditions. Both times Ash's attempted return of Pikachu was blocked, by Onix the first time and by Pikachu the second.
- Pikachu had a chubby appearance in the beginning of the series but lost the weight for a more slender appearance from Generation II onward.
- Pokémon designer Atsuko Nishida said that Pikachu was originally based on a squirrel. The stripes on the back and the lightning bolt tail were added as details in the appearance, and the black ear tips are the remnant of the original daifuku-based design.
- Pikachu is both Veronica Taylor and Sarah Natochenny's favourite Pokémon.
- Though not the first Pokémon created, Pikachu was the first Electric-type Pokémon created, conceived after the type was suggested to Sugimori and designed around the concept of electricity and the common symbol for lightning.
- Pikachu is the Japanese mascot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- Pikachu is the first Pokémon in Pokédex order to have a baby form.
- Starting from the Pokémon X and Y games, Ikue Ōtani provides the voice of Pikachu in the place of a cry.
- Pikachu and Eevee are the only Starter Pokémon in the canon RPG games that deviates from the usual Grass, Fire, and Water-typings.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, there are three variations of Pikachu. One has a headband similar to Brendan's hat, one has a hat similar to Ash's hat and another has goggles. The goggles variant is a reference to Pichu having an alt with goggles.
- The male Pikachu has a flat rectangular tail at the end, whilst the female has a heart shaped tail at the end.
- He has appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in the form of three different balloons, the first one was in form of a giant helium balloon, which was made to celebrate the Pokémon franchise's fifth anniversary milestone, the second one had Pikachu with a Poké Ball, and the latest one has Pikachu clutching his own Snowman Pikachu.
- Pikachu is the mascot and the most popular character in the Pokémon franchise.
- It has been referenced from other media outside of Pokémon, most notably long-running American animated series, The Simpsons in the season 14 episode, "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade", where Bart has a hallucination while taking a test in class and envisages his classmates as various television characters, which one includes Pikachu.
- It has spawned a lot of material such as memes, toys, Halloween costumes, and Pikachu even has its very own Toyota car built in 2012.