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  • Author's Saving Throw: At least for English-speaking players, the option to play with English or Japanese voice acting was welcomed by fans after years of TPCi neglecting to include the original Japanese voice acting in Western versions of its voiced products (save the minimally-voiced Pokkén Tournament). Additionally, while English Pokémon dubs in general are known for having a spotty track record (most infamously the TPCi dub of the main anime), the dub of Detective Pikachu uses many talented voice actors and better voice direction, and is considered a marked improvement over past dubs.
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  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: The gameplay is little more than average Adventure Game fare for the most part, but the sheer personality and presentation injected into the cutscenes makes it an enjoyable experience regardless.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Detective Pikachu has a quick conversation with a Pikachu that is implied to be Ash's. So...what would happen if Ash and Tim met in Ryme City?
    • The game's open ending leaves a lot for interpretation. Namely, where's Harry and how Pikachu relates to his disappearance.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The interaction between Tim and Emilia towards the end of chapter 8. The way they interact is simply adorable. Plus, there's the small Ship Tease moment with Tim calling Emilia beautiful.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • An early installment of AMV Hell had a clip of human women cooing over Pikachu set to "Bitches". This Pikachu actually is attracted to human women.
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    • This isn't the first time Kaiji Tang has played a hardboiled detective in the Pokémon universe. Before this game, he was cast as Looker in Pokémon Generations.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!: Unlike the Ace Attorney franchise, Detective Pikachu has no lose conditions of any kind; if you ever pick a wrong option, Pikachu just lets you try again immediately. Those fans looking for a tricky bit of sleuthing may be put off by this.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Much like a few other Pokémon spin-off games, like Pokémon Snap or Pokémon Conquest, the idea of inserting Pokémon into a genre it has never done before was enough to intrigue a good amount of people, as was the live-action adaptation.
    • Many fans were excited for Mewtwo having a speaking part and major role in the game.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Nightmare Fuel: One of the most vivid things Detective Pikachu remembers from his past is being in a car accident and completely helpless to avoid it.
  • Older Than They Think: Detective Pikachu is not the first time a Pikachu has spoken with a surprisingly deep voice. The anime special adaptation of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team had a Pikachu with a masculine voice, though he was somewhat more boyish sounding.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The game’s English voice acting is seen by many to be very good with no real negative standouts, particularly given the Pokémon franchise's track record of dodgy English voice acting. Of course, the highlight is Detective Pikachu himself, but Christopher Corey Smith as Mewtwo also deserves a mention.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Winning the detective's cape and the recipe book in the black market auction is given a lot of importance, but the game progresses the same way regardless of your degree of success, just with some minor changes to your collected evidence and a special Pika Prompt if you win the former.
  • Uncanny Valley: Motion Capture Detective Pikachu's faces (at least in the "Behind The Scenes" part).


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