It’s Cinco De Mayo, but no one in Boston is celebrating. The rainy-ass weather had made life straight-up miserable out there across the city, the Celtics and Bruins got whupped last night, and everyone is pretty bummed out over that whole Healthcare debacle yesterday in Washington.

We’re just all sitting here, slowly starting to deflate, frantically looking over our shoulder waiting for The Man to come drag us away without warning.

Just like this Pikachu.

The Pokémon World Festival 2017 recently went down in Songdo, South Korea, and perhaps the greatest reflection of our increasingly dystopian global society has arrived during a choreographed dance routine starring multiple Pikachu (Pikacii?). Suddenly, the lead Pikachu begins to deflate, and as soon as it’s clear something has gone awry — just look at the horrified faces of those other Pikas — event officials bolt towards the floor and ruthlessly drag the faded Pikachu towards the back of the stage area.

The sad Pikachu is then dragged away like a United Airlines passenger, and in the moment no one is sure if we’ll ever see it again.

The routine carries on, like nothing ever happened.

Let this be a lesson for us all.

[h/t Verge]

Watch the full performance here, which begins, innocently enough, with Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” Pikachu starts to fade around the 1:05 mark.

Happy ending spoiler alert: Pikachu returns around 4:35. It can’t fully join its friends, but at least we know it wasn’t put down out back. The crowd goes wild.

 

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