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