The above image is from the recently released Pokemon the Movie: Everyone’s Story. Can you see why it would cause a debate? Look closely and you’ll see a young boy holding Larvitar, a Rock/Ground Pocket Monster that weighs 72kg.
In the upper left, for example, a young girl holds what is clearly an Umbreon stuffed animal. The actual Umbreon weighs 27kg, but a plush toy version would weigh much, much less.
Is the boy holding a real Larvitar? Or is he holding a plushie? It sure looks like an actual Pocket Monster!
The surrounding Pokemon also appear real. Right next to the boy, a girl holds a Vulpix, which appears to be a living Pokemon and not a plushie. Vulpix weighs 10kg, which would be heavy for most kids but not impossible for one to carry.
A nearby man holds a Squirtle, which also appears to be real. That Pokemon weighs 9kg.
Those are conceivable for people to hold with relative ease. Larvitar is not.
So is this kid holding a real Larvitar? Again, it doesn’t look like a plushie. Of course, this is most likely a joke or a reference to the time Ash easily carried the Pocket Monster.