Pikachu is a character that has existed for a long time and is very famous both in the village of video games and Japanese animation. Search the internet with the keyword Pikachu, you will easily find detailed information pages, surprising facts, and countless images of this cute character and must have played games or watched cartoons. No one is unfamiliar with the yellow Pokemon possessing a powerful electric discharge ability.
However, as the infinite sea fishing, after decades of existence, there are still interesting things that we can know more about the symbol of the Pokemon series. In a recent interview with How to Draw Manga, Ms. Ikue Otani – who was the voice of Pikachu in the first Pokemon animated film released in 1990 revealed some more information. Voice recorder for Pikachu.
1. The voice actors did not know that Pokemon is very famous
In the studio filled with posters of Pokemon and the curators also said that they were very popular, but all I could say at the time was: “Really?” All the other voice actors are the same, no one knows how famous these strange creatures are – Ikue Otani, Pikachu’s voice actor shared.
2. Pokemon was intended to be able to speak human language
Pikachu in particular and Pokemon in general can only emit their signature sounds, but that was not originally intended. Actress Ikue Otani shared that she was initially hired to voice Pikachu like a child: Starting from simple sentences, then gradually developing perfect language skills.
“After a few months, the curator came over and told me that Pikachu wouldn’t speak anymore. It was a bit sad at first, although the fact that Pikachu doesn’t speak Japanese makes the movie no longer need a voice actor and kids all over the world can hear my voice. It’s also good and ever since then I have given up on my dream of seeing Pikachu learn or speak human language. “- Ms. Otani shared.
3. Pikachu doesn’t just say Pika
Pika Pika! or Pikachu! are the only sentences we can hear this Pokemon say in the cartoon, but it actually makes a different sound, which is the sound … yawn at the first episode. The scene of Pikachu appearing sleepy makes Otani create a new sound that replaces the “chu” sound at the end of “Pikachu” to make the movie more vivid. “This is a Pikachu that is rarely played out, so to me it is special. “- said Otani.
4. The producer wants Pikachu to be a male
When the first Pokemon game came out, Pokemon didn’t have a gender. This is no longer true in the second version when some Pokemon are males, others are females. Ms. Otani does not care much about the gender of Pokemon, though the production team thinks that Pikachu must be a male because otherwise it will affect the relationship between Pokemon and Satoshi (Ash’s name in Japan). . Ikue Otani says she doesn’t find this idea very convincing, so in the English version of Pokemon she suggests that they call Pikachu by “it” instead of “she” or “he”.
5. Pikachu’s sounds are not entirely random
Since Pikachu just kept saying “Pika Pika”, most of us thought that the voice actors would act completely by themselves when voicing, but Ikue Otani said that all lines are pre-determined. in the script. For example, when Pikachu wants to say “Yatte Yaruze” which means “Let’s do it!”, Ms. Otani would say: “Pika-pika-chu!”.