Pokémon are a trainer's best friends, but in a world without regular cows, chickens, pigs, etc., it's only natural to assume that at least a few people are chowing down on Nintendo's adorable pocket monsters. A new video images how these definitely sentient and intelligent friends-for-life would be prepared by a professional chef.
CONTENT WARNING: graphic butchery of elementally themed, adorable monsters follow:
The animated video was created by YouTube channel brainqueen. The video wonders what it would look like if instead of offering you your first Pokémon partner, Prof. Oak instead asked what type of meat you wanted for dinner. The three original generation starters, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle are then broken down in the same manner a real-life chef would cut up a chicken, or remove the best cuts of steak from a cow carcass. The video's laid back tone and the clinical process of Pokémon deconstruction mirrors what's seen on many genuine cooking channels on YouTube. The comments to the video all generally agree that brainqueen's creation is obviously disturbing and sad, while at the same time being strangely satisfying and calming.
Ever since the launch of the original Pocket Monsters: Red and Green Versions for the black-and-white Game Boy in 1996, fans have wondered if people in the Pokémon world eat the cuddly monsters around them. The world seemingly has no regular animals, and even many of the standard plants and vegetables that we're used to are instead replaced by living Grass-type Pokémon. Nintendo sidestepped the issue in the most recent entry in the main Pokémon series, Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch, which featured both the human characters and the Pokémon themselves chowing down on sausage curry, but no one ever mentioned what that sausage was made out of. Earlier games in the series made references to Pokémon such as Farfetch'd being hunted to the point of near-extinction because of how good they taste, but in recent years Nintendo, Game Freak and the Pokémon company have all tried to avoid the issue entirely.
While fans may never receive a definitive answer to where all the meat in the Pokémon world is coming from, there are no mysteries surrounding the future of the series: Nintendo recently broadcast a new Pokémon Presents livestream that showed off the next games in the long running series: the DS remakes Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be released this Fall, followed by the highly anticipated Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which reimagines the series as an open-world adventure set in the distant past. While none of these games will likely answer the meat question, they will probably make Nintendo a lot of money: the previously mentioned Sword and Shield have sold over 21 million copies since their launch in 2019.