PPAP star Pikotaro to host AMA on 9GAG this week

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Like it or loathe it: it’s damn difficult get away from the pineapples, apples and pens flooding the internet right now. That’s perhaps thanks to one Japanese singer-songwriter in particular, Pikotaro.

PPAP, and the video behind it, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. After other internet-infamous hits such as Tay Zonday’s Chocolate Rain, Rebecca Black’s Friday, and Ylvis’s What Does The Fox Say? you’ll be forgiven for thinking that this is just another passing fad.

Surprisingly, it’s not that simple.

After Pikotaro published the video on his equally-zany YouTube channel a month ago, PPAP has racked up over 24-million views. It’s only now gaining steam in the West, after plunging much of the East into fruit-filled fits of inspiration. And that view stat is not including republishes, remixes or parodies of his parody.

Hell, there’s even a video of a labrador (somewhat against its own will, I imagine) motioning along to this track.

Pikotaro’s PPAP already boasts 24-million views on YouTube, discounting reposts and remixes

Understandably, everyone wants to know just who Pikotaro is. And thanks to 9GAG, we might finally get to know a little bit more about this mysterious man.

Pikotaro will be hosting an AMA (ask me anything) on the comedy site on 7 October, which encourages fans, the curious public or the downright critical to ask him just about anything.

Users can head over to 9GAG on the date, or download the Android or iOS app to join in the conversation. But we can’t imagine that this AMA will be anything less than totally weird.

If you can’t bring yourself to talk about the merger of fruit and stationery for a day, we’ll be sure to bring you the highlights.

Andy Walker, former editor


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