Pokémon as a franchise has been chugging along for quite a while now, and it has a fan base that’s aged right along with it. This means that you’re more likely to find grown-up Pokémon fans than you are, say, Yokai Watch fans, which has more of a kid-dominated fan base. There’s even a Pokémon magazine that’s just for adults now.
So maybe it makes sense that Pokémon fans who are starting to get a little creaky in the joints might be interested in this new joke game application which features middle-aged Pokémon, aka Ojimon! (Ojisan meaning uncle or middle-aged man.)
Come and check out wrinkly Pikachu, greying Charmander, and the rest of the gang!
The “Ojimon” seem to be paradies of put-upon middle-aged salary men. Their profiles consist of depressing nuggets of info such as “The other day my junior became my superior”.
Check out a couple of videos of the app in action below. It’s a Let’s Play (known as Jikkyou [live] Play in Japan), so feel free to ignore the voice-over if you just want to get an idea for the game’s visuals.
Hmm, maybe it’s because I’m neither Japanese nor a Pokémon fan (nor a middle-aged man either, last time I checked), but I’m struggling to see the comedy value of this app. The concept of the “sad, middle-aged old fart” is a popular comedy trope in Japan, so perhaps the app’s makers thought that combining that with Pokémon would result in a lot of app sales?