Pokémon is no stranger to the music scene. From the classic score that has gone down as one of the best and most well renowned in gaming to the music from other Pokémon media, music has always played a big part in the global franchise (shout out to any 90’s kids who also owned the “2 B A Master” Pokémon album and knew all the words to the PokéRap. Respect). Music is still playing a role in the Pokémon franchise now, as demonstrated in a recent release by the Pokémon Company. Following the announcement of The Crown Tundra expansion for Pokémon Sword and Shield, a music video was released called “Gotcha!” on the official Pokémon YouTube channel which included a song called “Acacia”. The song itself is a catchy pop rock tune by Japanese alt rock group Bump of Chicken (that name is so weird and I love it)and the music video is an insane and emotional trip down memory lane for Pokémon fans everywhere.
Animated by Bones Inc. – a Japanese anime studio whose work includes My Hero Academia and Full Metal Alchemist– the music video travels through the various Pokémon games and has tons of references to the Pokémon franchise from throughout the decades. There is something for Pokémon fans of every age, no matter what generation is your favourite. There are tons of blink and you miss them references, such as characters quickly transitioning into other characters via some stunningly beautiful animation. Even the smaller references are brilliantly done- such as the opening shot of four boys walking on a railway track. This is a reference to the very first Pokémon game Red and Blue from 1996 for the Nintendo Game Boy. If the player walked to the television at the beginning of the game and interacted with it, a text box will pop up saying that a movie is playing showing a group of boys walking on a railroad track (which is itself a reference to Stand By Me). It is the little things like this that are super impressive in the music video. It seamlessly blends generations of Pokémon characters and creatures, making us all a little emotional in the process. My favourite part has to be all of the starter trios popping up on a TV screen. It’s a great way to reflect all of the Pokémon fandom, as we all have our own personal starters from the generation of Pokémon that we personally grew up with.
For more on Pokémon, check out the official website for the series. Make sure to have a look at Bump of Chicken too on their website to see how you can purchase their song “Acacia”. Thanks for the many years of happy memories, Pokémon!