This new bittersweet but brilliant “ghost of Pikachu” Pokemon just got a theme song detailing its dark and fascinating origin!
The Pokemon Company recently announced that it is adding a new Pokemon to its ever-growing roster of Pokemon — the total is now close to 800. This is not just any Pokemon, though. It is, in fact, a brilliant but rather grim riff on Pokemon’s impossibly popular series mascot, Pikachu. The ghostly Pikachu impostor Pokemon, who is named Mimikyu (get it? “Mimic you?”), may look pretty disturbing, but the Pokemon’s reason for looking that way is actually incredibly sweet.
— Arken (@ArkenFlare) October 22, 2016
Basically, Mimikyu was jealous of Pikachu for getting so much love from everyone, Pokemon fan or otherwise. Apparently, it noticed what Polygon wrote — that Pikachu is one of the most recognizable fictional characters on Earth. It wanted nothing more than to be the Pokemon pop culture idol that Pikachu was, and so it constructed its own costume that looks like the ultra-popular electric mouse Pokemon. At least, it was meant to look like it. In reality, it looks like a lopsided, kind of horrifying child’s doodle of Pikachu slapped onto a bed sheet. Pokemon fans absolutely love it anyway, but will the general public latch on like they did with the Pokemon Mimikyu idolizes?
In any case, The Pokemon Company put together “Song of Mimikyu,” a catchy and almost unbearably cute music video in which Mimikyu sings about its predicament and attempted solution. The video also showcases some gameplay footage from the upcoming Pokemon handheld titles, Pokemon Sun and Moon. The lyrics to the video are sung in Japanese, but English subtitles are provided.
While watching the video, it’s difficult to decide whether to be heartbroken or not. The Pokemon’s attempts to point out all the ways in which it can be helpful are slightly reminiscent of an eager-to-please child, and it really is a bit touching how hard it is trying to be a good little Pokemon like Pikachu. On the other hand, it looks like something you would expect to chase after you in a nightmare.
The Pokemon Company is not exactly helping out Mimikyu with its official description of the Pokemon, either.
“People believe that anybody who sees its true form beneath the cloth will be stricken with a mysterious illness,” they write on their official site. “Mimikyu’s health fails when it’s bathed in the rays of the sun, so it prefers to stick to dark places.”
Great. Not only do people have a reason to stay away from the poor Pokemon, but it cannot even venture out of its darkened hideout to give itself some public exposure. Before it was even announced, little Mimikyu’s hopes of achieving its pop star dream were dashed.
If I weren't preparing for my thesis film I would be making a Mimikyu costume for Halloween. pic.twitter.com/YaqCkhvJt6
— Water Pokémon Master (@pokebeach_wpm) October 21, 2016
It may be Mimikyu’s only hope to go the route of winning pity points. In other words, maybe the Pokemon can make people feel so sorry for it that they are almost forced to love it. Kind of like the ugly ducking. Maybe The Pokemon Company could even have Mimikyu evolve into a beautiful “swan,” or in this case, a convincing Pikachu lookalike.
Even though they’re responsible for creating Mimikyu in such a compromised state, The Pokemon Company are doing their best to push the Pokemon on the world. They are giving it tons of exposure in advertising and marketing materials, not to mention special treatment in terms of Pokemon-exclusive mechanics in Pokemon Sun and Moon. All that, and now this special music video. Maybe The Pokemon Company can help Mimikyu become a star after all.
Have you, like so many before you, fallen in love with Mimikyu after reading its tragic back-story? Or are you just generally creeped out by the Pokemon? Make yourself heard in the comments section below!
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