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Anime Monster Emoticons

The Pokémoji Keyboard Turns Pokemon into Smartphone Emojis

— August 3, 2016 — Tech
In light of the growing revival of the Pokemon universe thanks to the Pokemon Go app, creatives Laureen Minet and Kevin Magalhaes have put together a collection of smartphone emojis inspired by the different Pokemon characters. The visual keyboard, called Pokémoji, takes inspiration from the Pokemon Shuffle and allows consumers to communicate digitally with one another using the different characters and symbols exclusive to the anime game.

The Pokémoji emojis are a two-dimensional rendering of each of the noteworthy characters from the game, ranging from Pikachu to Charmander. The characters are depicted in a much more minimal styling than the smartphone game, with a design that eliminates shading and harsh outlines while retaining the bright colors. The keyboard can be downloaded and set up as an extension of an iOS keyboard for easy access and use.
Trend Themes
1. Anime-inspired Emojis - There is a growing trend for anime-inspired emojis to appeal to a younger demographic unfamiliar with traditional emoticons.
2. Visual Keyboards - Visual keyboards are becoming increasingly popular as people crave new ways of communicating digitally.
3. Gaming-inspired Communication - The popularity of gaming has led to a new trend of using gaming-inspired communication, such as Pokemon emojis, to appeal to a wider audience.
Industry Implications
1. App Development - App developers have an opportunity to create more customized emoji keyboards with different themes to entice new users.
2. Gaming - Gaming companies can explore creating their own emojis and visual keyboards as a marketing tool and additional source of revenue.
3. Messaging Platforms - Messaging platforms can enhance user engagement by incorporating customized or gaming-inspired emojis and visual keyboards into their interfaces.
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