There have been public buses in Japan decked out with Pokémon motifs, but now the company MINI is offering something new: at gamescom, they unveiled a Pokémon-themed car that people can own.
“Step inside the car, where the entire interior has been taken over by Pokémon, with Pikachu welcoming you from the central OLED display, and visual effects extending all along the dashboard,” MINI explained on its website. “Fire up the built-in mobile cinema, which uses an integrated exterior projector that lets you enjoy your favourite Pokémon movie – perhaps sitting atop the rooftop rack – wherever you go.”
They also released this video for you to see these things in action. Since Pikachu is electric, that’s all the better.
So far there’s not a whole lot of information available on the car, but according to MINI, this is only the beginning. “MINI x Pokémon is the first step, but you don’t even have to wait for a second one. To help those who can’t make it to gamescom enjoy the features of the MINI Concept Aceman, we’ve created the MINIverse, an interactive 3D world where you don’t just drive the MINI Concept Aceman, you are the MINI Concept Aceman. Forget passively looking at photos or videos, and experience the car in this new interactive world.”
Just yesterday Otaku USA reported on an Itasha event, a form of otakudom that has people decorating their cars with their favorite anime, manga, or video game. But this takes all of that to a new level.
Still, there is one important thing MINI doesn’t mention: if you’re going to play video games or watch a movie through your car, please use common sense and don’t do these things while you’re driving. We all want to have fun with Pokémon and other beloved franchises, not get into car accidents!
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.