Pokémon’s leading man has gone through plenty of changes in his two decades of screen time.
It’s not like Pikachu really needed to be any cuter, but he’s gotten an adorableness upgrade anyway.
It looks like all that time hitting the books has made the would-be Pokémon Master weak and flabby.
See those bright and chipper faces above? Those are residents of Tarumizu City in Kagoshima Prefecture. They’re understandably bummed since mother nature recently used their city as an ashtray as a record high plume erupted from the local Sakurajima volcano. Even the rolled eyes of Sakurajima’s own Yuru-kyara mascot, Sakurajimon, belie his insincere smile.
However, there are some who couldn’t be happier for this monumental eruption. These people are the makers of canned volcanic ash from Sakurajima sold as Hai! Douzo!! for only 100 yen (US$1) a can!
Sakurajima is a well-known volcano in the South of Japan for its continuous activity that often blankets nearby towns in ash. However, on the particular day that this photo was taken, something with even more star power popped out the mountain as if it were a polka dot egg.
Yes, what appears to be Nintendo’s hungry hungry dino, Yoshi, was photographed over the volcano one day. At least most people in Japan see Yoshi… maybe we’re too accustomed to giant lizards towering over our cities.