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Pikotaro Releases COVID-19-Themed Version of “PPAP”

Pikotaro Releases COVID-19-Themed Version of “PPAP”Hey, remember 2016? Those halcyon days featured a weird little single out of Japan called “PPAP,” or “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” by a fellow named Pikotaro, aka Daimaou Kosaka.

Now Pikotaro has repurposed “PPAP” and given it a COVID-19 theme, because, hey, these are the times we live in.

Instead of the iconic mashup a two pens, a pineapple and an apple, this time Pikotaro is combining hands and soap. He even gives a demonstration of how to give said hands a thorough wash.

The acronym “PPAP” does make a comeback, though representing different words. What words, exactly? You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

The original “PPAP” was released as a YouTube video in August 2016, and reached 1 million views within a month. It even hit the US Billboard charts, where, at 45 seconds, it set a record as the shortest hit single in history. Y’know, back when we were impressed by such things.

Source: Otakomu

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.