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During the Pokémon Go Straw Hat Pikachu event, players were able to join a limited-time event. This event gave players the opportunity to catch another limited version of Pikachu, a favorite. When obtaining this little guy, he is wearing a straw hat worn by Oda in the One Piece manga. But, what's the story behind this version?
The History of Straw Hat Pikachu
Niantic and The Pokémon Company decided to team up with One Piece developers in a crossover style Pokémon Go event to help to raise more awareness worldwide for a rebuilding project. In 2016, a strong earthquake hit Japan and caused major damage, specifically the Kumamoto Prefecture region.
In fact, it caused so much damage that roughly three years later, they are still trying to rebuild. Hence, the hope for the upcoming Pokémon event drawing attention.
The creator of One Piece has been helping where they can over the years, but it is clear they still need more assistance from others. What better way to get the word out than a crossover Pokémon event? After all, Pokémon Go players are well-known for their loyalty.
Features of Pokémon Go and One Piece Event
Crossover Event: PokéStops
In 2018, a statue of Luffy was unveiled in Kumamoto, Japan in commemoration and honor of Eiichiro Oda, who has greatly supported the rebuilding efforts.
During this Pokémon Go Event, PokéStops in certain areas showed the One Piece character known as Luffy. Additionally, it's possible that PokéStops in some areas will showcase Oda’s artwork in the future.
Limited Edition Straw Hat
The Pokémon Go in-game store temporarily offered a new limited-edition Pokémon hat. The Red Ribbon Straw Hat will be available between July 22nd and 29th.
For those that were unable to find or catch the One Piece Pikachu, these cosmetics were available to purchase during the event.
Hat's Off to One Piece Protagonist
The straw hat worn by Pikachu is the same hat worn by Monkey D. Luffy, the protagonist from One Piece, whose creator Eiichiro Oda has assisted in supporting fundraisers.
Who Is Eiichiro Oda?
Born in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan Eiichiro Oda is the artist for the One Piece manga. With a strong personal attachment to the area, Oda has been acknowledged for charity efforts.
About the One Piece Manga
Now a popular manga worldwide, One Piece is a Japanese style manga that was originally released July 22nd, 1997 in a weekly Jump magazine, there are currently 892 episodes categorized into 93 volumes.
Currently, One Piece has become the best-selling manga in history. It is estimated to have over 458-million in sales. To put that popularity in perspective, check out the table below:
81 Million Sales
178 Million Sales
Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
200 Million Sales
458 Million Sales
Kumamoto and Pokémon Go Fun Facts
There have been various Pokémon Go events, many with Pikachu as the headliner.
- In 2016, there were 5 Pokémon events, 4 global and 1 in Japan.
- In 2017, there were 20 Pokémon events, including the “Snorlax Event”.
- In 2018, there were 30 events. Wow!
- In 2019, there were over 19 events.
Pikachu Event Versions:
- Festive Pikachu
- Ash Pikachu
- Party Hat Pikachu
- Witch Pikachu / Halloween Pikachu
- Summer Pikachu
- Winter Pikachu
- Fragment Pikachu
- Flower Pikachu
- Detective Pikachu
They hope that by doing this, it will help draw in non-locals to the area. That is a rather neat idea, as it can increase local revenue that can be used for rebuilding.
Other Past Pokémon Go Events
During this event, players were trying to catch an Armored Mewtwo— a Legendary Pokémon released in Pokémon Go. Players can thank the release of “Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution” for this Pokémon event.
For the chance of catching this awesome looking version of Mewtwo, you needed to find 5-star raids. In addition, this version offered players a unique move set and stats compared to an original Mewtwo.
If you are an avid Pokémon Go player, then you probably participated in the Pokemon Go Pikachu Straw Hat crossover event. Even the occasional player like myself logged in during this time at the chance of a limited-time catch and cosmetics. I found it assed a certain "collectible" feel back to Pokemon.
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