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Takashi Murakami’s Japanese Manga music video for Pharrell

The friendship between prolific Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and Pharrell Williams might be one of my absolute favourites; the pair have worked together a number of times over the years, culminating in this super-special new music video. Animated by Takashi and subsequently remixed by Pharrell to create the visual accompaniment to It Girl, it’s a gloriously maximalist affair with influences in manga, video game graphics, watercolour animation and (obviously) Pharrell’s hat. It’s an explosion of colour, bubble writing, tiny bikinis and glittering stars, because why not? This is Pharrell, after all, and if anybody has the power to recreate his celebrity prowess in animated form, it’s Takashi Murakami.

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Takashi Murakami: It Girl by Pharrell Williams (still)

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Takashi Murakami: It Girl by Pharrell Williams (still)

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Takashi Murakami: It Girl by Pharrell Williams (still)

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Takashi Murakami: It Girl by Pharrell Williams (still)

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Takashi Murakami: It Girl by Pharrell Williams (still)

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Takashi Murakami: It Girl by Pharrell Williams (still)

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Takashi Murakami: It Girl by Pharrell Williams (still)