While Ash's Pikachu adores ketchup, Detective Pikachu loves coffee. In a recent interview, the game's creators explained why.
Famitsu asked why Detective Pikachu has an old man voice, and producer Hiroyuki Jinnai explained that Ikue Otani's cute Pikachu voice work is exceedingly well-known.
"That's why, as this is an adventure game, we wanted to bring out the type of mood in a hard-boiled detective story."
Pikachu is lazy AF. We have several cases to solve and all he wants to do is order coffee at the cafe. pic.twitter.com/FkA1Sct4x5
— Jen ????⛸️???? (@DigitalJennifer) March 24, 2018
Pikachu knows more about the four fundamentals of coffee than I do (missed the screenshot where he talks about the aroma) pic.twitter.com/7D5EOjQYzS
— hialy marsh (@st4nm4rsh) March 26, 2018
That, however, doesn't explain the coffee.
Following up on what Jinnai said, director Naoki Miyashita added, "If you're talking about a sleuth, then typically you imagine there is a pipe as part of the standard character toolkit, but as one would expect, in its place we dialled that down to coffee. However, it [coffee] is slightly grown-up and brings out a certain coolness."
detective pikachu is wild pic.twitter.com/XOTP2aKdbU
— Josh Fjelstad (@joshfjelstad) March 27, 2018
— David Erick Ramos (@DavidErickRamos) March 23, 2018
So while classic detectives might smoke a pipe, that is probably a bit much for Detective Pikachu, hence the coffee.
I just realized that Detective Pikachu switches between a magnifying glass and a cup of coffee as he rotates on the home screen
— Lycanine (@Arcanroc) March 26, 2018
— Lain Iwakura is for #NetNeutrality (@Lain444) March 26, 2018