These electrifying facts you didn’t know about Pikachu!

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One of the next big upcoming movies is Detective Pikachu, which is scheduled to hit theatres on May 10 featuring the voice of Ryan Reynolds as the electric yellow creature.

Check out some fascinating facts about Pikachu:

Pikachu is a mouse Pokemon.

“Pikachu” is actually a combination of two Japanese onomatopoeias, or words named after the sounds they make. In Japan, the crackle of electricity is said to make a “Pika Pika” sound, and the sound mice make is “Chu.” Now, combine them together, and we will get “Pikachu”.

In 2011, an isolated Pacific island called Niue released spendable currency featuring Pokémon. These coins, worth one Niue dollar, featured Charmander, Meowth, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and of course, Pikachu.

Do you know you can actually tell the difference between a male and a female Pikachu? The boys have a sharp-edged tail, while the girls’ tails end in a sweetheart shape.

Pikachu’s voice actress is a grown-up woman and her name is Ikue Otani and her voice is adorable.

Mickey Mouse is incredibly popular among the audience. After his release in 1928, he is one of the most famous cartoon characters ever created. However, Pikachu is like Japan’s Mickey Mouse. Not only in Japan, but even in America, Pikachu rivals Mickey.