Earlier this week, Warner Bros. unexpectedly dropped the first official trailer for their upcoming live-action take on the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. It certainly wasn’t the most expected route they could have taken for a first crack at a live-action film in the franchise, but hey, at least they’re still able to utilize their trademark monster in a big way.
But if you’re going to use said monster, you’d do well to retain one thing, even if for a moment: the voicing styles of Ikue Otani. For those who don’t know, she’s the voice of the character and has been since the beginning (she’s also the Japanese voice of Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece), even in English dubs of the franchise. In the trailer for pretty much every country under the sun, we had a chance to hear her voice from the perspective of every other human that wasn’t the lead character, and to many, it brought back plenty of warm, fuzzy memories.
However, if you were in Germany, you may have had a different experience, as noticed by a Twitter user.
Ikue Otani's famous "Pika Pika" was kept in every #DetectivePikachu trailer, right?
… Right? pic.twitter.com/xbV2SuRrFz
— Nirbion (@Nirbion) November 13, 2018
So as you can see, Germany opted to have the voice actor give his best crack at a Pikachu cry…and I can’t help but think this is a big failure. And if you think this was just a case of a Twitter user making a joke, I checked. It’s real. It’s hard to say why they did this. I don’t really know if their dubs of the anime do the same thing with the character. I know that Germany tends to be pretty stringent with their censorship laws, and maybe some of that has led to legal gymnastics that make it impossible for them to use any aspect of the original dub.
So who knows? Maybe Germans don’t really have that same warm, fuzzy feelings we have for Otani’s Pikachu sounds. But it’s a damn shame because it’s super adorable.
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SOURCE: Warner Bros., Nirbion