Back in July, the people behind the mega-successful Pokémon series released Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, the twentieth film in the Pokémon series. The film is said to be a "loose" retelling of the Indigo League saga from the television show, marking the 20th anniversary of the series, but there's one HUGE change that had audience wylin' out during the ultra-limited Fathom Events screenings of the film in America in November in NYC.
Now, for those who follow the series, it's known that, for the most part, the various Pokémon in the series don't speak English, or any real language; they just say their name over and over (unless they are Meowth, who is a big asshole of a cat who rolls with Team Rocket). Squirtles walks around like "squirtle squirtle" when they really mean "what's popping, my dude," while Pikachu, the loveable yellow character that's become an icon in the series, chops (but never slops) his name, saying shit like "PIKA! Pika pi, pika-chuuu" to be like "Bruh! Did you see that Bulbasaur over there?!"
Anyways, towards the end of the film, there's one moment where Pikachu apparently... uses human speech?
Hi, I am just learning that Pikachu speaks English in the new Pokemon movie and, yes, it is extremely fucking weird pic.twitter.com/k5hm5lyW7Y— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) November 13, 2017
That guy saying "DAFUQ?!" in that video is all of us. Here's a longer clip of the scene.
WHY did this happen? It's hard to say without seeing the film. Various reports say Ash is (spoiler) dying when it happens, so it could be a situation where this is a hallucination (especially since Pikachu is back to doing his usual "Pika-Pi" shit afterwards), but either way, Pokemon heads aren't having it.
Fam. Pikachu should not be able to speak English. What has this world come to? Smh— Dj-kun (@iDeejus) November 13, 2017
Hearing Pikachu speak English ruined my day yesterday— bunny (@tybunz) November 14, 2017
I'm uncomfortable with the fact that Pikachu speaks English in the new Pokémon movie.— Danbo (@thisisdanbo) November 13, 2017
Listening to pikachu fucking speak English in the new Pokémon movie legitimately ruined my day— Gary Lazer-Eyes (@ScratchPony) November 14, 2017
Bro.... I swear y’all take any chance y’all get to ruin my childhood and I’m sick of it! WHY TF IS PIKACHU SPEAKING ENGLISH?!? Pokémon got ESL now? PIKACHU done went and got his GED and shit?! What in the entire fuck did I just watch?! 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 pic.twitter.com/eJAQyxD8T1— CINCO//BINCO (@CXNCO) November 14, 2017
It looks like today (Nov. 14) is the final day to catch Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! in theaters; check out Fathom Events for more details on how you can ruin your childhood this evening.