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Predict the Next Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Trope!

I noted in the previous Pamyu post that Kyary’s songs and videos tend to predictable in retrospect. This means that they make me think, “Why didn’t I see that one coming?”

The upcoming single “Invader Invader” (snippets of which appear in the latest g.u. campaign featured in the aforementioned post) is a case in point. Of course! Space aliens and archaic video games. It seems so predictable in retrospect. All the elements are there for the perfect Kyary stew: the childish cuteness element, the wierdness/freakiness element, the geekiness/otaku element, the danger element, the transformation/self-invention element. The formula is to take a familiar pop-culture trope that’s not necessarily considered “fashionable” or “cute,” and perform the usual Kyaryan alchemy on it, whereby it emerges as the perfect embodiment of Kyaryan Kyuteness. Of course a space alien invasion is the cutest thing imaginable! How could anyone have ever thought otherwise?!?

And it was the same with “Fashion Monster” (monster/haunted house trope), “Ninjari Ban Ban” (ninja/anime trope), and to some extent “Tsukema Tsukeru” (Alice in Wonderland/Red Queen trope).

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of Kyary playing with my mind like that. It’s time to resist! If Kyary’s songs are predictable in retrospect, they should be predictable in advance, too, and that’s just what we’re going to do, people! Predict the next Kyaryan trope!

I predicted several in the linked post but ignore those, and give me your predictions. Let the games begin! In the absence of predictions, I’m going to start dropping my own in Comments.


3 responses to “Predict the Next Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Trope!

  1. Could be Iron Man or Batman-like, given the popularity of those. Perhaps an Avengers style group comprised of Kyarys. I really can’t think of anything else left untouched by the Kyary Machine.

    I’m kinda looking forward to the new video, I always loved classic arcade games and I hope they’re in the vid.

    Of course a space alien invasion is the cutest thing imaginable! How could anyone have ever thought otherwise?!?

    Only the free-est of thinkers and the most deeply disturbed could have thought otherwise.

    • wdydfae

      Excellent! Our first official Kyary trope prediction: Superheroine on the model of Batman/Ironman/Avengers.

      I haven’t worked out a prize system yet. When you turn out to be right, will the warm glow of smug self-satisfaction be enough?

      The visuals on the screen at the concert do indeed suggest classic arcade videos.

  2. wdydfae

    OK, I’ve given this a little thought. It might not be the next trope, but at some point it might come up. I predict a pastische with these elements:
    1) Pirates (faintly evoking Pirates of the Caribbean, Captain Hook, One Piece, etc.)
    2) tropical island (evoking same)
    3) sunken ships/sunken treasure motifs (evoking same)
    4) mermaids and sea creatures (both natural and mythical/monstrous) faintly evoking The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo.

    In favor: it hasn’t been done yet, it has to be done sooner or later, and it’s a chance for Kyary to use her famous shark motif. Also, turning an eye-patch into an emblem of cuteness would be a no-brainer for Kyary.

    Against: mermaids have to show some skin, and one thing Kyary doesn’t do is show much skin. A Karyan mermaid could of course avoid showing any leg by definition, but the odds are strongly against bare Kyaryan midriff/shoulders/back/cleavage area. There would have to be even more creative than usual adjustment of hair to deal with this, or the appearance of other mermaids, with Kyary not being one, which is unlikely.


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