Pokeémon Detective Pikachu brought the world of Pokémon to life like never before. In Ryme City, instead of battling, Pokémon work alongside humans. Almost every citizen of Ryme City has a Pokémon partner following them around — their best friend, their confidant.
Artists started to create Rymesonas — alternate versions of themselves in Ryme City, working alongside their favorite Pokémon.
The hashtag started independently on Twitter over the weekend of May 18. On Monday, the official Pokémon account took notice of it and prompted artists to share their #Rymesonas
Imagine living in Ryme City, a bustling urban city where Pokémon and Trainers live and work together. Which Pokémon would be your partner?— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 20, 2019
Check out Trainer @luna_mooniee’s #Rymesona! Have you drawn one too? Share your Rymesona below, and we’ll retweet our favorites! https://t.co/qxPJAIAvrO
While other Pokémon-themed art hashtags exist — gymleadersona, for instance — the focus on the Rymesona is less about battling, and more about working alongside Pokémon and living with them. Many of the Rymesonas integrated their favorite Pokémon with the jobs they’d like to have in Ryme City. A Raichu as a defibrillator? Inspired! A Venusaur who helps a librarian reach top shelves? Amazing!
Here’s my #Rymesona!— Dan ⭐️ (@danielgadwah) May 21, 2019
He runs an ice cream stand with his partner Amaura who keeps the ice cream from melting even on the hottest summer days in the city! ❄️ #DetectivePikachu pic.twitter.com/2ebssJLivz
I forgot I did this, but my #rymecitysona would def still be a graphic designer, but more stressed out and forgetful, so I'd have a Marill to hold my tablet pen and remind me to stay hydrated— cazel r. [will be] @ DPCC K8 (@Cazeloo) May 20, 2019
As much as I'd want an eevee, I know a Marill would suit me most #rymesona pic.twitter.com/JBoeQcxm6T
I watched detective pikachu recently and want pokemon to be real so bad ;0; So here's my #rymesona !!! She's a librarian who likes to read to her venusaur, also venusaur uses vine whip to help her reach the top shelves cuz she's short lmao pic.twitter.com/hiwKCvRrCf— aroona ⭐️ (@aroonescape) May 20, 2019
Some just focused on the day-to-day lives, especially when it comes to city living. Need a phone charge while waiting for a train? Jolteon is here to help. Want to bargain down a price? No one will say no to a hefty Pangoro.
Of course, you can’t have Rymesonas without Ryme City.
Detective Pikachu brought a beloved franchise to life, inspiring longtime fans and newcomers alike to fully imagine a world with their beloved pocket monsters — not just in the traditional battling sense, but in a way that’s more reflective of our own world.