Japanese artists capture and kill rats, turn them into Pikachus

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Dec 15, 2012

Some Japanese fans have taken their love of the Pokémon character Pikachu too far. Members of a performance art collective called Chim Pom have re-created multiple, true-life versions of the character using (wait for it)—dead rats!

Japan doesn't have a rat problem—it has a super rat problem. These nighttime critters have managed to overrun the cities thanks to their ability to withstand human-made poison. If any of them were able to master the art of ninjutsu, we'd be in a lot of trouble.

The folks of Chim Pom decided to go primal and use nets to catch the dodgy rodents. Once they're in their possession, they kill, stuff, paint and pose them like the famous Pikachu. This might be taxidermy at its creepiest, but the artists don't see any harm in their work. To them, Pikachu is nothing more than a rat. He may be an electrifying rat, but he's still a rat.

In the following video, the group explain their origin and how they came up with the real-life Pikachu design.

What do you think of Chin Pom's Pokémon-inspired art? Gross or genius?

(via The Huffington Post)

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