Pokémon gets Cuphead style cartoon short on YouTube


You don’t need to understand Japanese to enjoy this Pokémon short inspired by classic cartoons.

Earlier this week, we got some new details regarding Pokémon Sword and Shield’s first DLC expansion.

But that wasn’t the only secret The Pokémon Company were hiding as, earlier today, a short cartoon was released on one of the Pokémon Japanese YouTube accounts.

Referred to as a PokéToon, it has clearly drawn inspirations from classic, hand-drawn Disney cartoons, using an animation style very similar to the Fleischer technique that Cuphead used.

You don’t need to understand Japanese to enjoy it either, as it relies purely on physical humour as a Scrafty’s hunt for beans leads it into an encounter with the adorable/terrifying Mimikyu.

There was no official announcement about the short, so there’s no word on whether we can expect to see more like it, but considering the fancy opening logo and decent production values, it would seem weird to stop at only one.

In related news, Pokémon Home is offering the three Galar starters for players to transfer to their copies of Sword and Shield.

Aside form this being a way to acquire the other starters without needing to trade, the three also come with their Hidden Abilities, which were not previously available.

Grookey’s Grassy Surge creates a grassy terrain when it appears on the battlefield, which boosts the power of all grass type moves.

Scorbunny’s Libero changes the pokémon’s type to match whatever move it is using.

Finally, Sobble’s Sniper increases the damage that critical hits deal.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is available for Nintendo Switch.


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