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Inspired by Detective Pikachu, fans imagine their own Pokémon buddies for daily life

These ‘Rymesonas’ all about Pokémon and humans working and living with one another

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Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

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

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!

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.

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