These Edvard Munch-Inspired Pokemon Cards Encapsulate Everything About 2018

These Edvard Munch-Inspired Pokemon Cards Encapsulate Everything About 2018

"PIKACHU used SCREAM! We all related!"

The Pokémon Company is teaming up with the Tokyo Art Museum to produce special Pokémon trading cards based on Edvard Munch's 1893 masterpiece painting, The Scream. Thanks to the power of crossover magic, now you can see Pikachu, Eevee, Psyduck, Rowlett, and Mimikyu howl at a blood-red sky. Since its face is covered, we have no evidence Mimikyu is actually screaming in its painting. I'd lay even odds it's laughing at everyone else's terror.

The official Pokémon card site has information on the new cards (translated info via The Verge). The cards, available on October 27, retail for ¥450 each (about $4.00 USD), depict the Pokémon using a scream attack that can inflict Confusion. Wow. Suffering Confusion is bad enough. Seeing a Pokémon wail about the futility of existence and getting hit with Confusion is terrifying to think about. These special cards will be available in Japanese Pokémon Centers, which will have additional Pokémon-Munch crossover merchandise. Buy all of it for your toddler! Man, they didn't have anything like this when we played with Pokémon cards as a kid.

Psyduck's scream is the most genuine because he's the only one who can hear what rustles hungrily on the other side of the thin veil separating us and Them.

You're probably not too surprised to hear about this Pokémon-Munch crossover, as The Scream and the "endless scream piercing through nature" it's supposed to depict continues to be hugely relevant. It's a Big Mood, as the kids say. The contorted face made famous by The Scream is an emoji, and one that sees frequent use for obvious reasons. It's even being considered as a way to warn future peoples away from nuclear waste sites hundreds of thousands of years from now, in case all our known languages have died.

New Pokémon games are coming soon, and hopefully they won't make you scream in horror. Check out our guides for Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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