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Real World Pokemon

Pocket Monsters that science can certify.


Most often, the reality of how beloved characters would appear is significantly more disturbing than the fantasy we’re used to. I’m specifically thinking of the live-action SUPER MARIO BROTHERS Saturday Morning show that starred Cap’n Lou Albano and some other guy. That was the discomforting reality of what a sewer-dwelling Italian-American plumber would look like… a world from the cute, cuddly and clean Mario from the video games. I think about that when I see this image to the right - - an artist’s more scientifically-accurate impression of those Pocket Monsters so many innocent children are found of.   See, monsters that can fit in your pocket would most likely be warped, deformed and mutated, with many extra appendages. I’m surprised there’s no Pikachu to be found here, but the bio-mechanoid Pokeball has to be the most unnerving. (Thanks to Geeklogie)

 

A University of British Columbia biologist has been thinking along those lines. He’s created a collectible card game called Phylo, which is designed to make learning about the animal kingdom more fun than remembering little memory-jogging phrases about how King Philip Came Over For Grasshopper Soup (or however else you remember the order of Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family,Genus and Species).  As you can see, it’s modeled off of POKEMON (except for the real monsters that could fit in your pocket) and, if you lunatics in the Anime Vice community want to contribute, head on over to its official website. (Thank to Kotaku)

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. Pre-order the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover now on Amazon.com.

buhssuhton April 27, 2010 at 2:18 p.m.
the first one is very scary
crusader8463on April 27, 2010 at 2:31 p.m.
I love the roided farfetched.
Kelleth moderator on April 27, 2010 at 2:44 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk:  
 
Disney is the reason why there is no Pikachu on that site lol
Chengyon April 27, 2010 at 2:49 p.m.
first one scared the fuck out of me
ShadowKnight508 moderator on April 27, 2010 at 4:33 p.m.
First image is trippy as hell to look at. I wonder what he was smoking when they made that image lol n_n
blaakmawfon April 27, 2010 at 6:12 p.m.
Hooray for SCIENCE!
Konandaon April 27, 2010 at 7:55 p.m.

Yep Voltorb and Electrode are pretty weird. (Voltorb is the one like a pokeball and Electrode inverted pokeball [so red on the bottom])

user199on Aug. 2, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.
Real life electric element animals.
Electric Eels, Electric Catfish, Electric Rays.
TriforceFon Aug. 5, 2010 at 12:08 p.m.
What I don't understand is why Lickatongue has so many extra eyes on his tongue X D
Mutant_Godon Aug. 5, 2010 at 12:20 p.m.

They look like demons from hell
SamJaz is online on Aug. 5, 2010 at 12:26 p.m.
Dude, that isn't pokémon according to science. That's pokémon according to H.P. Lovecraft.

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