He just wanted to be the very best...
It's at once one of the funniest and saddest scenes in Detective Pikachu: a dejected, Ryan-Reynolds-voiced 'mon tearfully belting out the American Pokémon theme. That—and the fandom's love for Pikachu's scrunchy sad face—has led to the creation of a weirdly cute new stuffed animal.
Dubbed the shiwa shiwa ("wrinkly") face in Japan, the CG Pikachu's sad expression became popular enough to spawn memes, fan art, and eventually officially distributed stickers. You know the one we're talking about:
There's no information yet on the price or size of the figure—just that it's on its way in the near future, and it's super cute and needs a hug.
Source: Anime! Anime!
Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRV, We Are Cult, Fanbyte, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. Kara blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.