The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man

The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man

Today, The Pokémon Company gave us our first look at an upcoming Pokémon spin-off, Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo. It stars Pikachu....but not the Pikachu you're used to. The trailer, in case you haven't seen it:

What stands out about this footage is that Pikachu is speaking actual words. Not only that, but Pikachu also has a weirdly deep voice, too. Given the whole detective thing, the voice acting makes sense...and yet. It's a weird juxtaposition, no? Pikachu is supposed to be high-pitched and cheerful! And so, I couldn't help my reaction:

The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man

Pikachu sounds like he could kill a man. Pikachu sounds like he is gonna mess your shit up. Pikachu sounds like he has some dark secrets that he is trying to drown out with some spiked coffee. Pikachu sounds scary (and also, kind of hilarious).

I am not alone in this reaction. Here's YouTuber TheJWittz, reacting to Pikachu's voice:

Relevant bit: "Oh wow. I know they said in the original game announcement that he would have a grizzled detective voice, but I just don't know if I was quite ready to hear this coming out of a Pikachu." I like that he pointed out how hilarious it is to hear detective Pika talk to a normal Pikachu.

A couple of comments from that video:

The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man
The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man

Some comments on the IGN upload of the trailer:

The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man

From GameXplain's upload of the trailer:

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The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man
The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man

From Reddit:

The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man

From neoGAF:

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The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man
The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man
The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man

From Twitter:

And around the web:

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There's even a Tumblr dedicated to hard-boiled Pikachu stories now, too:

The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man

If nothing else, this new Pikachu is certainly an improvement over this monstrosity:

The New Pikachu Is Freaking People Out, Man

Comments

    Personally, I'm waiting for the Departed/Infernal Affairs take.

    Pikachu goes undercover for the police force into the mob and Meowth goes undercover FOR the mob into the police force.

    What's Wahlberg doing. He's not busy surely.

    "Ya jawb is to get the Rattata, alright?"

    Remember when on the Simpsons, bill Cosby talks about Pokemon. I want THAT voice.

    Hopefully they keep the deep voice in the English release. Really like the juxtaposition.

    That and looking forward to the inevitable Detective Pikachu X Ace At tourney game.

    I wonder if there's some kind of story to it, a hard-boiled detective that for some reason switched bodies/reincarnated/whatever with a pikachu

    Personally, i think this was a missed opportunity to reboot Mario is Missing, lol. Just imagine a noire style story set in the Mushroom Kingdom. :D

    I actually like the voice a lot more than I thought I would, my only problem is when he shows his teeth...terrifying.

    Don't be silly. Our pikachu meets detective 'chu at the end of the trailer. We know there are other pikachu who evolve into raichu...what's the problem?

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