TAIPEI (The China Post) — The singer of “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen/PPAP” may be running out of creative juice as he is now planning to team up with an anime character to promote his latest song, four years after his hit single.
Daimaou Kosaka, better known by his stage name, Pikotaro, first rose to fame in 2016 with his catchy song, PPAP. With its easy-to-remember and repetitive lyrics, the song garnered worldwide coverage and gained more than 138 million views on YouTube.
Following his recent rendition of the song to promote the importance of hand-washing in April, Pikotaro has now announced plans to team up with Japan’s favorite anime character, Pikachu to create a new song, titled “PIKA to PIKO”.
According to Japanese media, Pikotaro cited their shared appreciation for the color yellow and his feeling of kinship with the Pokemon mascot as the main reason behind the collaboration.
The singer was quoted by local media as saying: “For this song, I interpreted Pikachu’s words. No one understands Pikachu’s language, but I was able to understand them in a Pikotaro-like way, and I feel [like] our minds [are linked].”
“PIKA to PIKO” is scheduled to make its debut at the Pokemon Virtual Fest, hosted by the Pokemon Company,on Aug. 31.