For many millennials, Pikachu has been a beloved character and companion since early childhood. Alongside Ash Ketchum, he's fought off countless baddies and starred in a hit television series that's been running since 1997. During that entire time, he's only ever said one word: Pikachu. Like many Pokemon, Pikachu can only say his own name. But, in the newly released Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! Pikachu departs from convention and, for the first time, speaks. It is incredibly disturbing.
*Warning: This clip contains explicit language and also Pikachu talking*
The experience is so off-putting to long-time fans that Pikachu speaking draws audible gasps, outbursts of "No!" and an exclamation of "what the f***?!"
Never let these people read a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. They'll lose their minds that the stuffed tiger can talk.— Good Danny Boy (@dansballofwax) November 14, 2017
I watched the full scene and I'm still very unclear what is happening here— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) November 13, 2017
As Pokemon fans try to pull themselves together, others are jumping into theaters to see the event for themselves. Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! came out on November 5th, 2017, and currently has a 20% (rotten) rating on RottenTomatoes.com.