Everyone knows that the creatures in Pokémon (except for some exceptions) don’t speak human language. Like Pikachu, the series’ official mascot, it can only utter its own name cos’ that’s just how the series works.
But in the latest movie animation of the series, “Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!”, fans all around the world – especially fans who grew up with the series – have been left in shock by a particular, controversial scene where Pikachu speaks a perfect English sentence. (Did Pikachu just become a Digimon?)
During one of the first few screenings of the movie in North America, a viewer had recorded the infamous scene where the audience reacted with audible gasps and alarm. One can be heard blurting “What the f***”, while another screamed “No!”
The video has been circulating around social media, receiving mostly negative feedbacks.
Hi, I am just learning that Pikachu speaks English in the new Pokemon movie and, yes, it is extremely fucking weird pic.twitter.com/k5hm5lyW7Y
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) November 13, 2017
Kate Bristol, the film’s English language voice actor for Pikachu, told The Guardian that she and the other cast member found it “super weird” that Pikachu can speak, but still enjoyed shooting the scene.
“I know a lot of people might think it’s out of the ordinary for Pikachu to speak English. It’s definitely out of the ordinary. It was hilarious being in the theatre with the rest of the cast and hearing the audience’s reaction as a huge collective ‘What?’ rose up,” she said as quoted.
“Personally, I did my best to mimic [Japanese voice actor] Ikue Otani as she is the master. This part in Japanese is adorable. At the end of the day Pokémon is a good time and I sure as hell enjoyed being a Pikachu for 0.5 seconds.”
Only certain Pokémons are able to speak in the human language. For example Meowth from Team Rocket painstakingly learnt the language in order to impress another female Meowth.
In other cases, legendary Pokémon like Lugia or the man-made Pokémon like Mewtwo are also some that are able to use fully formed sentences.
Thus, it is believed that the controversial moment is a sort of dream sequence or hallucination that occurs in Ash’s head.