The Skinny Pikachu Theory
Have you ever wondered why Pikachu has slimmed down so much in the anime and the games over the years? I do. These are the things I think of in the night....
Everyone loves Pokémon. Well, at least a lot of people do. Since 1995, kids have been lining up to give Nintendo their money for that RPG with all of the awesome creatures that you could capture, train, and trade with your friends. It's fun, and it works. So, Nintendo decided to make an anime based on the game. And it was awesome (well, to me at least the first couple of seasons. I still watch it every now and then.). And if you asked anyone, they'd be sure to know that Ash's primary Pokémon was Pikachu.
It still is today. That being said, when most people think Pokémon, they think of Pikachu. Pikachu has become the face of the series, and decorates everything from the anime to t-shirts to slippers (I used to have some when I was a kid. They were awesome.). But I've noticed something about everyone's favorite ‘sparky’ yellow mouse over the years. Doesn't it seem that he's gotten a lot, well, you know...thinner? I mean, he went from this:
And it's not just the anime, it's the game sprites as well. Pikachu in the games went from this:
To be fair, I left out the Red and Blue sprite, because I believe most Pokemon were still going through cosmetic development at that point. But if I did show that, it'd be even worse.
So, what does Pikachu getting slimmer over the years mean? Well, I didn't think much of it, until this little baby here came out.
Enter the Pokéwalker, and the plan comes full circle. With Pikachu getting slimmer over the years, it made kids who watched the show and played the games subconscious about their own weight problems (if they had them). Finally when the Pokéwalker came out, it gave kids a "fun and easy" way to get exercise , lose weight, and level up their Pokémon all at the same time.
Well, that's what its intended use is. However, people often abuse it, or neglect it all together. But it does bring the plan full circle, even if it didn't really work. Really, Nintendo has been trying to be exercise friendly since their start, with add-ons from the Power Pad to the more recent Wii fit. Heck, the whole premise around the Wii is to play games and stay active at the same time.
So, does Nintendo want to get kids fit using Pokémon and other games? Well, you also have to take account that this is the same company that made Pokémon Pop-Tarts. Which were delicious, by the way…
I'm pretty sure it's more healthy to eat the cardboard box that they came in than to eat these. At least you'd get some good fiber.
Nintendo was probably approached by some organization which pressured them to change Pikachu's look to get kids to think about their weight, and promote fitness. "So you can be just like Pikachu!", or something. If given the chance, I'm sure Nintendo wouldn't budge on the subject. But hey, these nutjobs turned Jynx purple, and got rid of Porygon in the anime, so these crazy overprotective parents could probably do anything.
Really, I think that Nintendo tries to appeal to all markets, and in turn, cashes in. "Nintendo is fit friendly! Look at the Wii!" "Nintendo is safe for kids, and can be fun for the whole family." "Nintendo is here with the new best after school snack! Super Mario Bros. Gummy Snacks!" You get the idea.
It's just one big gimmick, which is fine by me, because I’ll kick back in my Pikachu slippers, and play some Soul Silver until my eyes bleed (just like they did on the original Silver). So, take this theory with a grain of salt, as it goes way deeper than I'd like to get into. I've already been in deep trouble with the big N questioning the Zelda timeline, and I don't want to get back on their bad side. Maybe Miyamoto himself gave the order to put Pikachu on Weight Watchers. Who knows?
Well, that's my blog. Hope I gave you a good read. That's all I got to say.
Until next time, Excelsior! (Comment if you remember Pokemon Pop-Tarts).
I noticed it to awhile back. Great blog :)
At least its clothed
Pikachu's design became slimmer a loooooong time ago. I never thought about why it was done before. Thinking about it now, I believe the current design could have been intended to make Pikachu look slightly more anthropomorphic. This not only makes it more appealing as a main cast member, but allows it to appear more capable of the feats of agility and power the series demands of it.
still porygon have like 2 evolved forms by now and they havent been in the anime yet. usually when a pokemon gets a new form they put in the anime.
We should boycott this!
hehe, I have a joke ( take it as you will)
Why don't you take Pokemon to the bathroom?
Because they might PIKACHU
Sigh.. lots of characters changed over the years. Sonic got thinner.. Mario got thinner.. Even Garfield (You know that fat cat in the comics) has gotten thinner....what?
True. Like Haunter, or Ash's Primeape. Man, I miss Primeape...
It'd look like this. (http://www.google.com/imgres?q=muscular+snorlax&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&rlz=1R2A...). Don't click if you don't want to be scared for life.
We should make a petition to Nintendo to bring back Pokemon Pop-Tarts. And to make James cool again.
It's likely coincidental. There's a lot of pokemon, Some get a one and done type of treatment
Yeah, yeah, obesity, health concerns, all that other stuff,... just give me those poptarts.
Let's all go fat as a protest! But seriously, off course he gets thinner, he doesn't stay in a pokéball all day.
Can you imagine if they tried to slim him down, that'd just be weird.
pikachu does look a bit less derp slimmer. and... I want pokemon pop tarts!!!
Well the second layer of frosting and extra helping of sprinkles helped to dull that natural cherry taste. Mmmm...artificial flavoring goodness.
I'll do my best. You're welcome.
I think they did it to make pikachu look cuter
I remember Pokemon Pop-Tarts! I always wanted them but I didn't like the cherry flavor.
I remember Pokemon cereal, too. I've always been a big fan of Pokemon.
Plus, you may be right about Pikachu, but I'm not sure.