Meet Mimicyu, a ghost type Pokemon that should look pretty damn familiar to you. There's actually a good reason for that.
Illustration credit: @pizzicatofuse
As Serebii explains, Mimicyu was recently revealed on Japanese magazine CoroCoro. Serebii's translation of the unveil states that Mimicyu is wearing a cloth costume based on popular Pikachu merchandise. "It wants to be loved by people like Pikachu is," Serebii says.
For years, Pokemon developers Game Freak have been trying to one-up Pikachu's adorable design. Each and every entry in the franchise has had a Pikachu clone of some sort, but none so far has reached the heights that Pikachu has. With Mimicyu, it seems that Game Freak has stopped trying to fight Pikachu's popularity, and instead is embracing it to great effect.
In-game footage, from the latest Japanese trailer. I mean, think about it. Pikachu is the face of Pokemon everywhere. Other monsters living in the world of Pokemon must know that, and considering that Pokemon are intelligent, this means that most Pokemon, at some point or another, have to grapple with feelings of belonging, of jealousy, of envy.
As a pet owner I always worry about maybe liking one pet more than the other. I feel a palpable pang of guilt when, say, I find my dog staring longingly at me while I pet my cat. Ostensibly, Pokemon must undergo something similar with their own trainers, especially if they are a critter in a larger family.
All of this to say, Mimicyu is Game Freak's most brilliant and heartbreaking Pokemon that they have ever come up with. The internet seems to agree, judging from all the lovely fan art popping up online:
— space ace (@memorille) July 12, 2016
suddenly I am 20x more endeared to pikabag now that I know it just wanted to be loved like pikachu pic.twitter.com/Y2rfZtqL0S
— sally (@pizzicatofuse) July 12, 2016
mimikkyu ootd pic.twitter.com/ghbUNqn62u
— Nina (@amisidraws) July 13, 2016
i want a lot of different forms
— 075 (@cuborodarte) July 12, 2016
on the new pokemon hype T__^ pic.twitter.com/eSQAxtq8vU
— ドsora (@alphasasuke) July 12, 2016
A little mini messy Mimicu comic for warmup today I'd like to think these little guys are supportive to eachother ;; pic.twitter.com/LCejJ9oC2b
— ✨ThatsANiceHog✨ (@PlummArt) July 12, 2016
— Final Smash! (@finalsmashcomic) July 12, 2016
Me: can we please stop getting Pikachus in costumes
Pokémon: how about a Pokémon that is a Pikachu costume pic.twitter.com/zYZn3qQ4Og
— Siplick (@Siplick) July 12, 2016
— あだち (@adatixbw) July 13, 2016
— ﾄﾞﾗｸﾞｰﾝ(ぱりぽい) (@Dragoooon1223) July 13, 2016
ミミッキュにキスする時は 抱き上げ＋捲し上げ のコンボが可愛い過ぎると思う pic.twitter.com/IssMZwGLzZ
— 44 (@ClawLion) July 13, 2016
— ちごなつ (@45nattou) July 13, 2016
— Aren (@arengarci) July 12, 2016
Be whoever you want to be. Your friends will back you up. pic.twitter.com/6nrWgIdZEM
— Andrew Dickman (@AWDtwit) July 13, 2016
— Matthew Blackwell (@TheGameFreakGuy) July 13, 2016
m̨̲͙̱i̮͖̺ͅmi̘̪͜kk̬̻̦͎̝͡yu͏̟̗ ͚͢i̯̜̭s̱̩ ̖̝͍c͔̪̣ú̮̗̙̟̫̯t̪̗̗̘̗̤e̫͈͔ pic.twitter.com/rexECEmhtc
— barbara (@barbarabot) July 13, 2016
I trust this pokemon with my life pic.twitter.com/juaPtRIgL9
— Amanda (@merrigo_) July 13, 2016
Mimikkyu is too precious for me pic.twitter.com/NiBNXplBXm
— icy senpai | 二息歩行 ✨ (@quim_kim) July 13, 2016
Mimikkyu is ready to fight pic.twitter.com/SaIz5pRJM2
— bagel ☆ (@bagelrin) July 13, 2016
Right now, Mimicyu hasn't been officially unveiled for English speakers, and it's entirely possible that it will have a much different name out in the west. Whatever it ends up being named, I want one.