The folks at IGN recently had an opportunity to interview Detective Pikachu director Naoki Miyashita and producer Hiroyuki Jinna. The main topic discussed was how Detective Pikachu turns your favorite Pokémon into a middle-aged man. You can read a few excerpts from the interview below:
“We kind of felt the opposite of cute is really this middle-aged man type of character,” Miyashita said. Jinnai added that since it’s been 22 years since Pikachu’s debut, kids who played then are now adults themselves.
“It might be interesting, we felt, for a lot of these people to come back and see this, their best friend Pikachu from when they were a kid, is now this older middle-aged gruff man. We thought this would just be an interesting kind of experience,” Jinnai said.
“Typically, the games and the animated series focus on trainers and Poke Balls and battling Pokemon,” Jinnai explained. “We wanted to not really show that, and instead focus on the aspect of Pokemon and humans living together. For example, Pokemon are working different professions in this world.”