Pikachu Just Got Arrested On The Pokémon TV Anime

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Things sure got real on this week’s episode of Pocket Monster, the latest Pokémon TV anime series.

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As teased last week, Pikachu got arrested—cuffed and everything. Fittingly, the episode is titled “Yougisha Pikachu?!” or “Pikachu the Suspect?!”

In it, large amounts of electricity are being stolen from houses in Vermilion City, and a Pokémon that resembled a Pikachu was spotted the night of a power shortage.

All the other Pikachus had an alibi, except for Ash’s Pikachu.

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But even arrested, the little electric rodent sure looks adorable. Maybe it’s that smile? Whatever it is, those handcuffs don’t look exactly snug.

Not snug at all.

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Pikachu pretended they were glasses.

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No one locks up Pikachu, no one.

This might be the first time Ash’s Pikachu has been arrested in the anime, but people dressed as the character have found themselves on the wrong side of the law over the years.

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In 2017, for example, a man dressed as Pikachu was arrested after trying to scale the White House fence, while a few years earlier, another man in a Pikachu hat and shirt (and carrying a plushie!) was also arrested after jumping the White House fence.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

DISCUSSION

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Did Police Jenny of Vermillion City brag about her 99% conviction rate? Or how Pikachu can’t have a lawyer present until after the interrogation? Did she force Pikachu to sign the confession, as it would be best for all parties to admit guilt, no matter what?

Heaven forbid Pikachu is from the Galar region, because as a foreigner, Pikachu stands the chance of not even getting out of this alive.