By folding dozens of pieces of paper, a talented Pokéfan creates large origami versions of Togepi and Vileplume to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
A talented Pokemon fan has created two giant, adorable recreations of iconic monsters using nothing but paper.
Reddit user yourfavoritebovine uploaded videos featuring the origami versions of Togepi and Vileplume on the Pokemon subreddit. According to the creator, they took up origami as a hobby at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to pass the time. While they say their “early pieces left a lot to be desired”, the carvings on display are very impressive. They also posted a video of an equally stunning origami version of Lotad on the same Reddit sub a day earlier.
The iconic Pokemon The franchise has long served as an inspiration for fan-made content. Beyond the folded-paper masterpieces, other recent examples of incredible fan art include a series of mashup images of Pokémon merged with characters from other pop culture IPs. In the collection, Licklicky dresses as Buu from Dragon Ball ZPikachu is combined with both Assassination Classrooms Korosensei and Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Zubat do their best DC Comics Batman impression. Another crossover artwork sees Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo riding Gyrados.
The first games in the long-running franchise – Pocket Monsters: Red and Greenlater renamed as Pokemon Red and Blue — were launched in 1996, and now there are more than 120 games under the Pokemon umbrella. The franchise recently announced Pokemon Scarlet and Purple, the ninth generation of the games, with this world based on Spain. The trailer gave players their first look at the ninth generation of pocket monsters in the form of the new starters, Quaxley, Fuecoco, and Sprigatito.
The three creatures became the focus of simultaneous fan excitement and speculation. Many theories have popped up on the internet about Quaxley, Fuecoco and Sprigatito, including one that uses the classic Spanish novel, Don Quijote de la Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes to make predictions about their final evolutions. Several leak rumors have also come to light, including a video that supposedly shows Sprigatito’s final form that surfaced on Reddit.
The franchise isn’t just made up of a slew of video games and awe-inspiring fan-made content; Pokemon Red and Blue has also inspired adaptations across other types of entertainment media. Beyond the many anime series that follow protagonist Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu as he strives to become a Pokémon master, there are several film, book, comic and manga series, park attractions themed games and even an official trading card game.
Pokemon scarlet and purple launches November 18. Several of Pokemon anime are available on Netflix.