A New Voice for Pikachu

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For fans of the Pokémon anime, Pikachu "talking" has always been pika-pika noise. And the voice of Pikachu has been Ikue Otani.

Yes, the Mystery Dungeon games have the Pocket Monsters talk to each other with in-game text. But this, this is just messed up.

The newest entry's latest teaser brings that to life with an anime trailer that features full voice acting-and not Otani's. In the trailer, that's Rie Kugimiya bringing the gum-flapping Pikachu to life.


For more on talking Pokemon, the Bulbapedia has a great rundown.

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Kugimiya's voice is such a misfit for Pikachu... especially when I think about all the anime I've seen her in.....

(Pikachu isn't a tsundere...NOT AT ALL.)