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Kiriko Takemura, born January 29, 1993 and much better known under her stage name Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, is a relatively new face in the J Pop business, currently signed to Warner Music Japan. Before hitting it big with her debut single "PONPONPON" she was a Harajuku-based fashion blogger and model, as well as a designer of fake eyelashes.

The aforementioned single's music video went viral within seconds, due to its psychedelic and flat-out trippy nature. Her other videos followed suit.

She embarked on a Japan-wide tour in June 2012, coinciding with her first full-length album's release, Pamyu Pamyu Revolution. It, along with her previous singles, were entirely produced by Yasutaka Nakata, the brain behind girl group Perfume and his own techno project, capsule.



Studio albums

  • Kyarypamyupamyu no Ghibli Set (2011, covers of various Studio Ghibli songs)
  • Pamyu Pamyu Revolution (2012)
  • Nanda Collection (2013)
  • Pika Pika Fantajin (2014)
  • KPP Best (2016)
  • Japamyu (2018)

Extended plays

  • Moshi Moshi Harajuku (2011)


  • "Loveberry/Miracle Orange"note  (2010)
  • "PONPONPON" (2011)
  • "Jelly" (2011)
  • "Tsukema Tsukeru" (2012)
  • "CANDY CANDY" (2012)
  • "Fashion Monster" (2012)
  • "Kimi ni 100 Percent/Furisodeshon" (2013)
  • "Ninja Re Bang Bang" (2013)
  • "Invader Invader" (2013)
  • "Mottai Night Land" (2013)
  • "Yume no Hajima-Ring Ring" (2014)
  • "Family Party" (2014)
  • "Kira Kira Killer" (2014)
  • "Mondai Girl" (2015)
  • "Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushū~" (2015)
  • "Sai & Co" (最&高)" (2016)
  • "Harajuku Iyahoi" (2017)
  • "Easta" (2017)
  • "Kimino Mikata" (2018)


Tropes that apply to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu:

  • Anime Theme Song:
    • "Family Party" is the themesong for Crayon Shin-chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes Back.
    • "Kimi ni 100 Percent" was also used for the series.
  • Art Shift: In "CANDY CANDY", Kyary and an onion become MANRY when she takes down her doppleganger.
    • In "Mottai Night Land", Kyary briefly becomes a cutesy anime character and when she goes back to her "normal" self she's dressed as a dog.
  • Berserk Button: Kyary, like another group Nakata writes/produces for, dislikes being called an Idol Singer and would prefer to be known as an "artist." However, most of her fans and critics alike mostly agree that she's not quite up to the level of being known as an artist than she is as a novelty singer.
  • Big Anime Eyes: Kyary usually gets inspiration from anime and kawaii, in which various of her costumes uses big anime eyes via makeup and masks. Also used by her Western counterpart, Lady Gaga, specially when she went to Japan.
  • Bittersweet Ending: "Yume no Hajima Ring Ring" ends with Kyary parting with her friend teddy bear, who sheds a tear.
  • Call-Back: The video for "Yume no Hajima Ring Ring" contained several references to some of the older music videos. See ComingOfAgeSong below.
  • Celebrity Endorsement: Appeared in an ad promoting Nintendo 3DS faceplates, which, despite being a Japanese commercial, quickly became popular in America as well. It might have something to do with the fact that she gave Mario, Toon Link, Pikachu, and Isabelle all adorably classy makeovers.
  • Coming-of-Age Song:
    • "Furisodeshon", which was written to commemorate her 20th birthday (20 being the age of adulthood in Japan.) The video for said song shows her drinking like crazy.
    • The music video for "Yume no Hajima-Ring Ring" sums up her entire life/career up to that point. There's her beginnings as a blogger/model, she revisits her outfits from "PONPONPON" and "Fashion Monster" (the initial singles found on her first 2 LPs) and figures representing her other videos flash by on a card held by backup dancer note .
  • Cover Version: She's thrice covered songs by capsulenote : "jelly", "Super Scooter Happy" (from Nanda Collection) and "do do pi do" (from Pikapika Fantajin).
  • Cute Monster Girl / Unusual Ears / Little Bit Beastly / Ears as Hair:
    • Kyary wears her hair styled into bat ears/a bat in her music video for "Fashion Monster". Also, the white rabbit guy in the same video.
    • Also Kyary's monster-slippers in "CANDY CANDY".
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Kyary in her music video for "Fashion Monster".
  • Flipping the Bird: She flips off the camera in "Fashion Monster" in a bout of Refuge in Audacity.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Two for "Mondai Girl": Kyary manages to type "FUCK" on her phone before it explodes in flames; and when she holds up a squid, the phrase "STAFF GA OISHIKU ITADAKIMASHITA" fills the screen briefly. This translates to "This food was enjoyed by the staff afterwards."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The lyrics for "Choudo ii no" are... interesting, to say the least.
  • Girlish Pigtails: So many outfits it comes up quite a bit. The main ones are in "CANDY CANDY" and most notably "PONPONPON". Since turning 20 it's appearing less frequently, in favor of the Bob Haircut.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: In "Ninja Re Bang Bang".
  • Haunted House: The setting for the music video for "Fashion Monster", complete with furniture flying around on its own.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her main "PONPONPON" getup is the one that comes to mind when someone brings up Kyary. Case in point: it's the one at the top of this page.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Through the miracle of wigs, Kyary has a different hair color AND length almost every time we see her.
  • Looped Lyrics: The lyrics in "Mi" (4 minutes of Mi all over again) and "Into Darkness" (she only says "Watashi wo mite, koko ni iru kara"note  a few times)
  • Merchandise-Driven: Like many Japanese artists, Kyary's music is used in, and commissioned for, film and television. At least seven songs from each album are used in various promotional campaigns, several of which feature Kyary in their commercials.
    • Song Association: PONPONPON itself has appeared in two games: Konami's DanceEvolution Arcade, and Sega's maimai. However it's almost always associated with the former instead, at least in Asia (since the former also comes with a novel way of playing by means of a Kinect sensor).
  • Mind Screw:
    • Kyary's notoriety in the Western world came from the "PONPONPON" video, which managed to cram a microphone attached to a croquet mallet emerging from Kyary's ear, CGI eyeballs and skulls, bright colours and a Kraft Macaroni and Cheese box (amongst other things) into the first minute. According to this blogger, there's a method to her madness. Kyary managed to make a woman in a bikini the most frightening and surreal thing in the video for "Mottai Night Land".
    • "Mondai Girl" completely eradicates Kyary's music M.O. of a simple and fun storyline and overdoses on this trope.
  • Once an Episode: Apart from her debut album, each release features a cover of a song by capsule, her producer Yasutaka Nakata's techno-pop band.
  • Painting the Medium: During the "Furisodeshon" video, the visuals get more and more wobbly as Kyary gets drunker and drunker.
  • Picky Eater / Stock "Yuck!": Kyary is known for her dislike of vegetables. The old guy/bodhisattva in her music video for "Fashion Monster" slices a stalk printed with the Japanese word for them on it.
  • Promoted Fanboy: She had every volume of Crayon Shin-chan growing up, and has now recorded several themesongs for it, including "Family Party" and "Kimi Ni 100%". She has also voiced herself in an episode of the anime.
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: Smashes a Steam Punk guitar in her music video for "Fashion Monster".
  • Sampling — The verse(s) of "PONPONPON" were sped up and chopped in GEazy's "Lost in Translation". The effect is odd, to say the least.
  • Scenery Censor: The weird dancing moon-monster-guy near the end of "Fashion Monster". It doesn't help that it's after he puked pink slime over the all-too-enthusiastic Kyary.
  • Signature Style: Excessively sweet J-pop overloaded with Sensory Abuse.
  • Slouch of Villainy: In the "Tsukema Tsukeru" video. Minus the 'villain' part.
  • Something Completely Different: "Into Darkness", a non-released song used as part of the Star Trek Into Darkness soundtrack, has a sound more similar to capsule than to the usual bubbly tunes Kyary sings.
  • Steam Punk: Her music video for "Fashion Monster".
  • Subliminal Advertising: Shots of Kraft mac'n'cheese boxes can be seen in the music video for "PONPONPON".
  • Sugar Bowl:
    • Every song and video so far is really cheery, riddled with pink, and sugary sweet. Taken Up to Eleven in "Candy Candy"
    • Except Fashion Monster, which is less "sweet" and more "spooky".
  • Surreal Music Video: All of them.
  • Take That!:
    • The old guy/bodhisattva in her music video for Fashion Monster slices stalks, captioned with the following Acceptable Targets: コンサバ/conservatives, チャラ男/douchebags (specifically, the "guy with a fake tan picking up girls" kind), 野菜/vegetables, 徹夜/[studious] all-nighters and something that's censored (possibly beer.)
    • Also the clumsy dancing anime-gao in "CANDY CANDY."
  • Toast of Tardiness: The traditional toast version is done in "CANDY CANDY".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Strangely, sometimes plays this with herself! Compare her eye-catching, oh-so-kawaii stage outfits with some of her more-casual everydayfashion.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: The Stinger of the "Furisodeshon" video.
  • Widget Artist: In case it wasn't obvious.
    Kyary: "It would make so happy if the [cover of Nanda Collection] made you mutter, 'What the!?'"
  • Word Salad Lyrics:
    • "Tsukema Tsukeru" discusses fake eyelashes, sad children, and transformation belts, among other subjects.
    • "Pin Pon Ga Nai" is mostly a song about a girl whose boyfriend never visits her, but it's also about soup.


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