New Pokémon cards inspired by Edvard Munch's famous artwork 'The Scream' will soon be available in Japan and the cards will depict various Pokémon as the subject of the frankly quite dark artwork.
If you think back to your childhood, you can likely recall specific periods there were dominated by an interest in certain things. Depending on your age and the era you grew up in, you may have been into Thomas the Tank, obsessed with Power Rangers, and probably spent a good chunk of your time watching WWE.
What separates some childhood fads from others is its ability to appeal to multiple generations. Take Super Mario, for instance; Nintendo continues to make Mario games decades after the plumber was initially introduced. Fans of all ages are buying the games too. Kids who have never played Mario games before and also fans in their 30s who were first introduced to him in the late 80s/early 90s.
Another franchise with tremendous staying power is Pokémon. Not only does the Pokémon universe continue to expand, but it never stopped evolving, pun very much intended. It isn't just via Pokémon Go either. Believe it or not, the trading card game created by the minds behind Pokémon is still thriving. In fact, they are about to collaborate with an unexpected partner.
That partner is the Tokyo Art Museum, as reported by The Verge. But wait, it gets stranger. The two very different entities are teaming up to create and market a new range of Pokémon cards based on Edvard Munch's famous painting, The Scream. The cards, some of which you can check out above, will depict various Pokémon as the subject of the frankly quite dark artwork.
The Scream, which was painted by Munch in 1892, was inspired by a sunset that gave its creator the feeling of an infinite scream passing through nature. Not the kind of thing we'd expect to inspire a product that is largely aimed at children, but okay. The cards will be available at the Tokyo Art Museum from October 27th, 2018, onwards and will cost 450¥ (around $4). Not the darkest thing Pokémon has ever done (Google Mimikyu if you're not already familiar with the seventh generation Pokémon) but still a pretty strange deal.