From “Ode to Joy” to an ode to juice. Pikotaro, the Japanese artist behind 2016’s surprise viral smash “PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen),” released a new song this week: “I Like OJ.” It is, believe it or not, a song devoted entirely to Pikotaro’s (a.k.a. Daimaou Kosaka’s) love of orange juice. Rocking the same animal-print ensemble he wore in “PPAP,” the song’s verses (if you could call them that) consist of Pikotaro listing different beverages — Milk? Mango juice? Grape juice? — and wagging his finger “no, no, no.” When he finally arrives at “orange juice,” the beat drops and the dancing begins.
While not quite as catchy as its predecessor — I can only assume the lyrics of “PPAP” will win Pikotaro this year’s Nobel for literature — “I Like OJ” is still a decent, if slightly formulaic, jam. Plus, the low-budget feel of Pikotaro writing the letters “O” and “J” on each of his hands in black marker is strangely endearing.