Pokemon Animation TikTok Reimagines Ash & Misty As Black Characters

A fan artist shares a TikTok that reinterprets Pokémon characters Ash Ketchum, Misty, and Brock as Black based on their appearances in the animated series.

A fan artist shares a TikTok reinterpretation Pokémon Characters Ash Ketchum, Misty and Brock based on their appearances in the animated series as Black. The series, which first hit the market in 1997, is based on the video game franchise of the same name, with each of the seven series based on a major part of the games. The story generally revolves around the young Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum, who travels around different regions of the world and participates in various Pokémon fighting tournaments with his partner Pikachu and other of the fictional creatures.

The Pokémon shows were broken up into seasons in international broadcasts rather than as individual series, with Season 24, subtitled Master Journeys, just airing on Netflix. The series as a whole is considered to be one of the titles in the anime genre that helped make it popular around the world, particularly in the United States, where the two top grossing anime films currently are Pokémon films. That success also sparked The Pokémon Company’s interest in developing a live-action adaptation of the franchise, namely the spin-off title Detective Pikachu, with Ryan Reynolds voicing the title character who would later become the second-highest-rated video game adaptation and one of the am top rated of the genre.

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As the time for the release of the next animated film approaches, fan artist jvzmina used Twitter and TikTok to share new graphics for Pokémon. The graphic sees the iconic characters Ash, Misty, and Brock based on their appearances on the long-running animated series, reinterpreted as black characters. Check out the unique art video below:

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In its 25-year history, the Pokémon franchise hasn’t often been someone who researched races. However, the franchise has received praise from some fans in recent generations for its continued insertions of colored characters, including Pokémon Sword and Shields Hulbury Gym Leader Nessa, despite some disturbing attempts by some players to change their character to appear white. Given that the creatives behind the Ash, Misty and Brock series are unlikely to be completely overhauled, jvzmina’s artwork is a great look at what could be.

With Ash and Misty getting slight modifications to their hairstyles while maintaining their iconic dos, it would surely be interesting to see jvzmina or another artist continue this trend with others Pokémon Characters or build their own stories around the newly invented characters. It would also be a positive reinforcement for the Representation if Pokémon Company official accounts share the artwork or future games, and downloadable content continues to add more colored people to their roster. In the meantime, fans can catch up on the first 13 episodes of Pokémon Master Journeys on Netflix.

More: Pokémon Master Journeys: Is Goh a Better Trainer Than Ash?

Source: jvzmina / TikTok

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