1. Pikachu is not a character that represents Pokemon from the first word
Speaking of Pikachu, people will think of Pokemon immediately and vice versa. No other Pokemon is more famous and popular than Pikachu, even when they don’t know anything about Pokemon. However, Pikachu’s success story is not scheduled early, but because of the last-minute change.
Originally, the main character of Pokemon was Clefairy. It was chosen because Nintendo executives thought Clefairy was a cute and suitable option to attract players. However, the problem is that Pikachu quickly gained popularity after the animated film debuted, and people quickly changed to a new avatar, and it all became history.
2. How to choose Pikachu starts in Pokemon Go
In the first games Red & Blue, players can only choose Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle, but in the Yellow version, you can choose Pikachu as the starting Pokemon. Until Pokemon Go was born, game makers secretly added this to give to gamers.
Accordingly when starting the game in Pokemon Go, you will be given the choice of 3 other starting Pokemon. However, if you ignore them, exactly four times, then Pikachu will suddenly appear in front of you so you can start your journey as Ash Ketchum.
3. Pikachu’s name in the manga
Pokemon is a global phenomenon that everyone knows. Although very popular in Japan, but Pokemon was not very popular in the West in the first period. The image of the golden fur mouse with the tail of a lightning bolt is quite strange, so during this period, Nintendo had a plan to give Pikachu its own name.
When he first appeared in the manga, Pikachu was called Jean Luc. However, this idea was quickly discarded later because it was so silly, why give it a popular name when Pikachu is too popular?
4. The female Pikachu has a different tail
Many Pokemon fans do not understand that Pikachu is not really the name of only one Pikachu, but also the name of the entire species. That means there will be male and female Pikachu. But how to distinguish them? The tail is the answer.
Pikachu was never clearly identified in the first few versions of the game, and it wasn’t until Diamond & Pearl that Nintendo created versions with distinct gender differences. Accordingly, female Pikachu will have a rainbow tail or indented a little to distinguish it from the male version.
5. No one knows whether Ash’s Pikachu is male or female
Despite the obvious gender discrimination from the producers, fans are still arguing over what gender the world’s most famous Pikachu is. Many people even speculate that Ash’s Pikachu is unclear about gender to be able to “attract customers” from both genders.
If you think that Pikachu’s tail is known immediately, that is not very accurate. Ash’s Pikachu was introduced before this distinction was made, and the evidence in the film is unclear. Once, Pikachu was captivated by another female Pikachu, but he wasn’t touched at all, so was he male? So far, it’s still been called “he” by everyone? Well, this question still needs a specific answer from Nintendo.
6. Pikachu is a meaningful word
Pikachu is not a silly nonsense name that was thought to make it cool, but it was all intended from the start. Accordingly, “Pika” in Japanese means electric shock, and “chu” is the cry of a mouse. According to designer Junichi Masuda, the name Pikachu is not easy to think about, as the developers wanted to come up with an attractive name both in Japanese and English. In the end, this name was chosen and the seemingly meaningless “Pika, pika chu” became something that the whole world knew about.
7. Ash was once turned into Pikachu
One of the interesting things that few people know about Pokemon is that people can turn into Pokemon. This might sound weird, but it actually appears in the cartoon, when Ash was once turned into a Pikachu called Ashachu. Interestingly enough, it has Ash’s famous eyes, voice, hair, and even hat.
8. Pikachu is the work of Atsuko Nishida
Pokemon’s name is associated with Nintendo, but in fact everything is made by GameFreak company, while Nintendo is only responsible for release in 1996. All efforts to make games are calculated for the whole team. GameFreak, but only the concept image and design of the golden fur mouse are counted for female artist Atsuko Nishida.