Nuclear disasters, noxious gas emissions filling the air, and with no way for major corporations to make obscene amounts of money from any of the other sources of power, it would seem the world still can’t find a great way for clean and renewable energy sources to change our lives for the better.

“But then I thought, hey look at all these little electric mice we got running around,” remembers Kanto Power’s head-engineer and former pokémon breeder Buraku Takeshi. “Why, I bet if we’d slap some jumper cables on just one, we could light up 10 square blocks.”

And so, a new way to power our lives have been born. But at what cost?

Takeshi would first like to calm animal rights activists by saying that despite the frightening appearance of the pikachu power plants, the generator pokémon feel no pain. “Besides, are these things really animals anyway? I always thought they were some kind of robotic monsters of something,” he adds.

Takeshi also explains that through the cable we see plugged directly into pikachu’s brain, its consciousness is placed inside a computer matrix in which it thinks it is living a regular life and not being used to power homes. “It’s just like in that movie…um you know, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey,” he said.

Okay, jokes aside, we actually have no idea what this thing is. The photo seems to have been floating around the internet since late last year at least. It could be an amp of some sort as those look to be audio jacks plugging into old pika’s abdomen. And then we have what appears to be either power cable or S-video sockets in his head. The earliest references to it appear to be in Korean as well suggesting it may have started there.

Online reaction in Japan was mixed regarding this new technology.

“Hey! Stop it!”
“On the bright side, pikachu’s third eye appears to be opening.”
“I dunno…he is smiling.”
“This is terrible.”
“This is just like that dream I had…”

Our best three guesses are a work of modern art, someone’s customized home theatre component, or the greatest shop class project ever.

Source: Egloos Breaker Center, Twitter (Korean), Hamusoku (Japanese)