Perhaps The Most Surprising Thing About The New Pokémon Movie 

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It isn’t that the new flick Pokémon: I Choose You! ditches Brock and Misty, but rather, something that might be even more surprising. (Warning: this article has spoilers!)

Up until now, Ash’s Pikachu has communicated by saying variations of “pika” and “Pikachu.”

Last year, Pikachu voice actresses Ikue Otani recalled how she was teased because others thought voicing the character was an easy gig.

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In the newly released I Choose You!, however, Ash’s Pikachu says more than the standard “pika pika,” speaking Japanese at a climatic point in the film.

Via Alex Aniel and PokéBeach, here is how the scene plays out in the movie:

In a move resembling the Spearow scene from episode 1, as well as the Mewtwo movie, Ash blocks the hit to protect Pikachu and appears to die.

Ash’s body vanishes, leaving just his hat. Pikachu fires a huge Thunderbolt at Marshadow and mourns for Ash, who in the meantime has appeared in an alternate reality (like the afterlife). Ash sees Pikachu back in their world and tries to run toward him, but to no avail. In a touching scene that

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