Pikachu and Raichu at the Olympics … but it’s a misunderstanding of viewers

Throughout a badminton match, viewers mistake the names of two gamers for Pikachu and Raichu

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are happening lately, which lately created a really humorous misunderstanding amongst Japanese viewers.

The occasion that created the misunderstanding was the badminton match between the US and Japan. The US workforce was made up of brothers Phillip And Ryan Chew, however for the dwell broadcast their names have been shortened to make them enter the field devoted to them. Of the names, solely the initials have been stored, whereas the surname was written in Katakana. Japanese viewers then noticed the 2 names written like this: P ・ チ ュ ウ (P. Chu) e R ・ チ ュ ウ (R. Chu).

Many viewers have due to this fact mistakenly learn their names as Pikachu And Raichu, the 2 first technology Mouse Pokémon (which mockingly may also be brothers, since they’re of the identical evolutionary line).


Many have in truth reported the factor on Twitter, additionally apologizing for having swapped the athletes with the 2 Pokémon.

Certainly it might have been good to see the 2 Pokémon take part within the Olympics, maybe extra as opponents than allies, to recollect the rivalry that’s typically seen between them. Sadly, Pokémon usually are not but a part of Olympic sports activities, and possibly by no means will, except the aggressive Pokémon turns into an Olympic class.


Nevertheless, Olympic parts have at all times been represented within the Pokémon world, particularly within the first collection of the anime, the place it additionally options an Olympic torch that was lit to start out the Blue Plateau League match. In the identical collection there was additionally a village the place the contributors might reside, which in Japanese was known as with the phrases with which an Olympic village is outlined.

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