Ever wonder what the world of Pokémon would look like in a more realistic setting? If you're anything like me, this question haunts your dreams and waking life, clawing at you like a Zangoose using slash.
Well, talented artist Juan Hugo Martinez has stepped in to alleviate all of our imagined woes by casting some of the most recognizable Pokemon into the harsh world of our reality. Say goodbye to Kanto, Pikachu! I choose you for a gritty, live-action version of your adventures.
Check out the collection of Pokémon that Martinez has published, and let's hope it doesn't stop here. A full spread of the 150 originals may be a tall order, but I think it's safe to say that the people want it!
While I wish we could see a bit more of his famous flower, this imposingly large version of Venusaur would be a TERRIFYING thing to encounter in battle. Is he the size of a building? Like an actual dinosaur? Last I checked, one of these guys grows to six and a half feet tall, and even that is giving me pause.
This guy's got a kind of relentless conviction in his eyes that you certainly want on your team.
For Charizard, Martinez added a nice little Ash for scale. Thankfully, the Pokémon trainer appears to be fully enjoying himself and not at all preparing to be digested. Looks like he has all his badges in order.
My favorite part of this one is how Charizard looks mighty angry up top, but his bottom half looks casually perched on a cliffside. This is just a pair of friends kicking back and admiring the beautiful, sulfuric sky. In other words, Your typical Sunday hike.
Time for my favorite out of the three starters. Blastoise is seen here traversing a ravine with great ease, which is mostly because he is the SIZE OF A MOUNTAIN.
It's safe to say that an ice beam from one of those water cannons would be pretty devastating to any unassuming seaside community, so let's keep this guy inside, shall we?
Others may look at real-life Pikachu and see a cute little electric mouse who will become your companion for life/however long it takes you to build up your team. I, on the other hand, am completely terrified of vermin and see a terrifying beast with carnage in its eyes and hollow disdain in its heart.
Yep, even compared to the other paintings, this is the last thing I would want to see on a dark night. And for that, I think Martinez has succeeded.
And now, it is time to implore the powers at be to give us an RPG with the gameplay of Skyrim that features these designs. Or, to echo Martinez's wish, at least a live-action movie with appropriately large and intimidating Pokémon in the vein of Jurassic Park. Seriously, think of the potential here! It may be a pipe dream, but the mere thought of it has me feeling like:
And with that, I open it up to you guys. Would you support a project with live-action Pokémon that incorporated designs like these?