Pikachu’s voice in Great Detective Pikachu may shock you

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So there’s this detective in a new Pokémon game trailer. The guy sounds kinda gruff, not quite Tom Waits on the gruff scale, but you still wouldn’t put it past this detective to punch darts non stop and drink only single malt whisky.  In a surprising twist this detective isn’t quite the image of masculinity you may expect, it’s Pikachu. Check it out in the video below:

Putting the controversial voice aside, Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo looks like a strange game as it is. The trailer shows Pikachu investigating crimes, including examining the body of a particularly lifeless looking person.

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“It looks like multiple stab wounds… also, Pika Pika.”

Considering this is Nintendo, it’s most likely the downed figure is just unconscious and badly needs a Revive, but still, it’s a step up from little monsters being KO’d.

Great Detective Pikachu may very well be an awesome game, the premise certainly is original, but that voice is still so jarring. Pikachu certainly doesn’t look like the type of animal that would sound like a fully grown Japanese man. It’s kind of like if Navi from Zelda got given a voice that sounds like Mac’s mum in It’s Always Sunny.

Of course this isn’t the first time Great Detective Pikachu has challenged the way we view the titular Pokémon. Last year footage was released showing Pikachu being controlled by face recognition technology, and the results were nightmare inducing.

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There’s no way he isn’t having a stroke in this picture.

The Japanese release date for Great Detective Pikachi is February 3 2016, with no western  release yet announced. Here’s hoping they cast Ron Perlman for the English language version.

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