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Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ) is a fictional species from the Pokémon animé, manga, and video games. It is one of the more popular species, and serves as the franchise mascot, in addition to being one of Japan's mascots for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The appearance of a Pikachu is somewhat like a cartoony yellow mouse, with long pointed ears and a lightning-bolt shaped tail. Their round bodies and bright eyes give off a general idea of "cuteness," as do their bright red cheeks.
However, these cheeks aren't just for show; they contain powerful electric sacs, capable of administering 1,000 Volts of electricity.
Contrary to popular belief the "pika" in Pikachu does not derive from the pika. It is actually derived from the the Japanese onomatopoeia "pikapika", which can be translated as "sparkle" in English.
- "Pikachu is Japan's awesome mascot for FIFA World Cup 2014", GameSpot article by Martin Gaston, dated March 17, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
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