Pikotaro (PPAP)

If we’re being charitable, we would say that Pikotaro has successfully wrapped up his 15 minutes of fame.

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Pen Pineapple Apple Pen

Less charitably, Pikotaro has jumped the shark.

But that’s not really right, because stage personas like Pikotaro’s are pretty much created to jump the shark. Their job is to inhabit their particular moment, which typically lasts less than a year. And when they’re really successful, they truly define that moment.

Such is the case with Pikotaro.

Now, with the PPAP sensation safely behind us (???), it seems appropriate to take retrospective stock of this bizarre phenomenon, before the tail-lights disappear forever into the detritus of discarded pop culture fads. Or mixed metaphors. Or whatever.

Anyway, there may be some amongst you who have not yet had the privilege of witnessing this whacky madness, this assault on eyes and ears, this insult to reason, decency, and good sense. Observe, if you dare:

The viral video of this inspired nonsense swept the globe, spawning a thousand covers and parodies, including Pikotaro’s own customized versions, and his streak of ad campaigns.

My personal favorite PPAP parody is the home-made Bollywood version:

Of course, the song (if we may call it that) needs no translation, or for that matter, complex exegesis, but “Pikotaro” might be roughly translated Chuckie Pow!, or Sparkle Boy, or Flash Lad, or something like that. He is otherwise known as a comedian with the stage name Kosaka Daimaou, which translates as Kosaka Great Satan (!?).

But Mr. PPAP was born Kazuhito Kosaka, which is not a funny name, at least not locally.

Justin Bieber has claimed PPAP as his favorite video and has even met up with Pikotaro in person to pay respects.

Recently, Pikotaro has been leveraging his artistry . . .(erhem) . . . to support sustainable development, so maybe those 15 minutes aren’t quite up yet.

Meanwhile, Kosaka has leveraged Pikotaro’s fame to snag Hitomi Yasueda in matrimony. Ms. Yasueda was until recently a “gravure” model (pin-up girl). Nothing to laugh at there.

This slightly grating but informative video gives the scoop, as well as some good background on Pikotaro:

Photos of Mrs. Kosaka née Yasueda are not hard to find . . . unless you want to find one suitable for viewing by good people like yourselves, in a fine establishment like this. The paired portrait below is, as we used to commonly say, SFW, but it was no easy task, this particular photo search.

And I want you to know I really looked, folks!

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Mama PPia!

Well, we may have seen nearly the last of Pikotaro, but I suspect Kosaka has more gag concepts brewing. We’ll stay tuned.

Exit question: why does Pikotaro keep the article (kind of) for “apple” but drop it for “pineapple”? If you find out, let me know.

On another note, please think of supporting our man Dave for medical treatment. He’s the reason we’re all here, and does a lot of great things in the world.

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11 Responses to Pikotaro (PPAP)

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  2. Dave says:

    How have I never heard of this man until now?!? God bless the BoFN!

    • wdydfae says:

      I guess you have to drop whatever you’re doing and start following Justin Bieber’s tweets, King Dave.

      Heck, it’s not like you have anything better to do over there in med school.

  3. wdydfae says:

    The reviews roll in . . .

    “. . . another lame offering by Whud Yuffy, who has yet learn that ‘weird’ does not equal ‘good’ . . .”

    “. . . we’ve learned not to expect much from this fifth wheel of the BoFN gang, so at least we can say he doesn’t disappoint . . .”

    “. . . the one called ‘Diddy’ serves up a name that we didn’t know about but that we really don’t care about . . .”

    “. . . one wants to tell this hapless BoFN contributor to try again, yet one wants even more to say, ‘Stop. Just. Stop.’ . . .”

  4. I don’t know which has me laughing more, that someone can earn their 15 minutes for going viral over a song like that or your blurb and it’s self-deprecating humor!

    • wdydfae says:

      Hey, Fannie!

      Door number one?

      • Door number one for sure.

        I have a guess as to the dropped article in front of pineapple. It may be the number of beats. “A apple” has three beats, “Pineapple” has three beats. Would it work as well with an extra beat in front of pineapple? “A pineapple”?

        I can’t believe I’ve spent this long thinking about this “song”. Serious ear worm. Great job BTW.

        • wdydfae says:

          Hey there, Fannie!

          Great job infecting everyone with this earworm? Well, you’re welcome!

          I don’t know about the beat explanation. The demands of meter don’t seem so stringent here to me as you suggest, and anyway, the indefinite article would go fine as an unstressed syllable before “pineapple” without missing a beat.

          So, more theorizing is needed here! And I need hardly remind you that with the state of the world being what it is today, it is vitally important, now more than ever, to find a viable explanation for the inconsistencies in dropped articles in PPAP.

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