Pokémon Sword / Pokémon Shield will be one of the great releases of Nintendo for Switch in 2019, a novelty much awaited by the fans of the series that already accumulates a considerable amount of fanart. One of these pieces has starred in recent days an intense discussion on social networks due to the skin tone used by one of these artists in an illustration dedicated to the new gym leader called Nessa.
The illustrator Japanese Najuco posted on his Twitter profile a work starring this new character that quickly became very popular among his followers, but also received an important criticism from another fan, Jasmin Joestar, who recriminated this artist having bleached the skin tone of Nessa. To emphasize his protest, I have modified the original illustration without the author’s permission.
Soon the debate began to add opinions from users, both defending the illustration as a racist to its author. Finally, after a series of explanations and technical demonstrations, the discussion was settled with an apology from Joestar, in a situation that shows how heated the discussions can be in the public forums of the network. An understandable situation when it is also related to a franchise that is as well known and loved as Pokémon. Interestingly, this new game is also turning out to be controversial, since Pokemon Sword and Shield was the most negative game of E3 2019.
— najuco🦖3日目西I-27a (@Naju0517) June 13, 2019