Popular Musical Artists Are Immortalized As Pokemon Trading Cards
Pokemon celebrates its 25th anniversary throughout the year. Throughout the year, The Pokemon Company ran promotions with a wide range of brands and organizations, including the Pokemon brand or card giveaways. It now honors some of the musical artists who have released songs and music videos this year.
The cards were unveiled in conjunction with the release of Pokemon 25: The Album, which features Pokemon-themed songs by the aforementioned artists as well as other international artists. In April, Post Malone released a cover of “Only Wanna Be With You” and hosted a virtual Pokemon concert. Katy Perry released “Electric” in April and J Balvin released “Ten Cuidado” on October 15th.
Post Malone, Katy Perry, and J. Balvin have their own Pokemon V cards, courtesy of the Pokemon Company. The stylish cards were designed by Naoki Saito, Yuu Nishida and nagimiso, three well-known Japanese artists with a history of making Pokemon cards, and feature cartoon versions of each artist with their favorite Pokemon as well as unique “moves” .
With the “Multi Beat” movement, Post Malone collaborates with Dragonite and Butterfree. Katy Perry and Pikachu are associated with the special “Heartbeat Ray” movement. J. Balvin, meanwhile, has a Charizard and the “Llama Ritmo” movement, which translates to “Flame Rhythm”.
Making Pokémon cards from a music artist is an odd choice. It is currently unknown whether these cards will be mass-produced. The cards do not appear to be part of any set as the set numbers have been replaced by their birthdays (007/004 for Post Malone, 010/025 for Katy Perry, 005/007 for J. Balvin), but they still follow the V Cards rules and have statistics. Nonetheless, it goes to show that The Pokemon Company is going all out for its 25th anniversary celebrations and continues to use unconventional methods.
Update: Katy Perry V and Post Malone V have been revealed. Also an additional high-res image by J Balvin V.
– PokeGuardian.com (@PokeGuardian) October 16, 2021
The announcement of the cards sparked a series of reactions. Some people applaud Saito, Nishida, and Nagimiso for their painstaking work. Others dismiss the decision as a waste of time. Pokémon cards, whatever their opinion, have become a symbol of gaming and nerd culture.
A collaboration between musicians and the Pokemon brand does not seem out of the ordinary. These cards could have been given to these artists as a “thank you” for their contribution to the 25th anniversary celebration.