How A Phony Pikachu Trolled Twitter

Shortly after Nintendo revealed the newest Pokémon, Pocket Monsters X/Y, the above image started circulating on Twitter. "This seems to be an image of the evolved Pikachu from the new Pokémon," the tweet read.

Another image of this evolved Pikachu, which was apparently named "Kaenchu" (カエンチュ), also started making its way around the internet in Japan around the same time. The name "Kaenchu" contains "kaen" (火炎), the Japanese word for "flame" or "blaze".

Kaenchu is supposedly able to generate thermal power and unload hydrogen explosions. On Twitter, people started writing how cute the character was, and the word "Kaenchu" began trending on Yahoo! Japan, hitting number four. The tweets of the "leaked images" were retweeted several thousand times.

Pokémon players know that there is already an evolved form for Pikachu, dubbed "Raichu" — a form that Ash's Pikachu doesn't evolve into.

So, an evolved Pikachu that isn't Raichu? Thermal power and hydrogen bombs? That art? Japanese site Nari Nari points out that, yes, this is the work of Japanese bulletin board 2ch, where the character originated. Some folks on 2ch, it seems, aimed to troll Twitter users, who "stupidly" forward tweets — tweets that now, Nari Nari, Japanese Twitter users are deleting.

偽ポケモン「カエンチュ」拡散、設定や絵を2ちゃんねる有志が創作。 [ナリナリ via DSPSP初心者講座]


    That's a pretty cool design, and it straight-up nails the official Pokémon house style for these portraits - so much so that I wonder if it's not cobbled together from existing Pokémon rather than drawn from scratch.

      It's essentially a Magmortar, yes

        That top picture... The tails end is like a Black Magmortars foot, the flames around the neck are like Magmortar/Emboar, the body and tail is a recoloured mew, with the face of pikachu, I think the idea itself is awesome though. Fire Elec typing would be unusual (owned by earthquake though).

    i like it, would make me want a pikachu again.

    I quite like it, little disappointed this is fake and not going to be in the game, Oh well, still looking forward to October.

      Electric/Fire would be a fun typing... very fun.

      A branch evolution from Pikachu would be interesting though - instead of having a new electric rodent... who knows.. might even be competitive? (I'm looking at you emolga)

        back in the day if you played the pokemon CCG, electric/fire decks were unstoppable (gen 1 im talking btw) and i've always wanted a good fire/electric pokemon in game, but i think as 2 very heavy hitting types it wouldnt be fair.

    I can understand people believing that the second image of it sitting next to the logo of Y was real, but the top image while mimicking the art style of other pokemon images the posing is wrong and the overall work is closer to Ken Sugimori's 2nd Gen's illustrations than it is to the illustrations of say Gen 5... Personally at the moment i believe you could take any number of the fake pokemon from rom hacks change the name a little and it would take very little effort to make people believe they are real.

    Last edited 14/01/13 1:05 am

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