If there’s one thing you can say about the Pokemon franchise (and to be clear, there’s a LOT you can say about this franchise), it’s that it’s one most versatile. Mainly because its pocket monsters can be used in so many different ways, which has made it a great fun game franchise, TV/movie franchise, merchandise franchise, and so much more. And if all that wasn’t enough, they combine some of these things in order to promote an art exhibition.
The short was made between Daniel Arsham and directed by anime series director Kunihiko Yuyama, and it’s packed full of Pokémon references from top to bottom. Not the least of which shows Ash and Pikachu in the original franchise style (more or less). Additionally, the short features plenty of cameos including Sinnoh champion Cynthia and her Garchomp, Brock, Misty, Richie, Mew, Celebi, Dialga, and more.
The story of this short is that Ash and Pikachu are in an intense Pokémon battle (with Daniel Arsham’s cartoon version no less) and accidentally trigger Celebi to warp them into a future version of the land they are in. That’s where they see a lot of Pokémon statues, then see some very interesting things…
If you are curious how this promotes an art exhibition, it would be because the statues you see are the ones that are also real and made by Arsham. They will be on display at exhibitions all over Tokyo over the next few weeks!
Plus, we might get another short here based on how things ended in the story.
All in all, it’s yet another clever use of the franchise, and we wouldn’t mind things like this happening to promote other things.