Pika pike! It’s been announced that Katy Perry is set to collaborate with Pokémon on a new music program for its 25th anniversary.

“I love being a part of anything that is playful and is good storytelling and has really good messages to share with the world,” Perry tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Now having a child myself, I understand that it’s so important to play. This is a continued extension of who I am.”

Growing up, Perry says she always related most to Pikachu. “I’m really attached to the hero. I know there are others in the game, but I just found Pikachu to be really cute,” she says.

“In this moment of unknown, there are dependable places and characters and institutions and people, and I hope I can be one of them,” says Perry. “That’s what I hope for in my personal self, and even in my involvement with this collab.”
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