Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is an American-Japanese animated television series created by Sam Register for Cartoon Network, Produced by Renegade Animation and Cartoon Network Studios. The shows centers on animated and teenage versions of the Japanese power pop group Puffy AmiYumi. The series premiered in 2004 and ended in 2006 with 39 episodes.
The show follows the adventures of two female pop stars and best friends; Ami and Yumi, as they travel around the world on a tour bus with their greedy manager; Kaz, as they find themselves going through various misadventures throughout the show.
何でも可能であることを証明する理由 (Why It Proves that Anything is Possible)
- Despite its subpar animation in seasons 1-2, it had an amusing art style.
- Unlike most other modern American cartoons, it had absolutely no outsourcing as it was made entirely in the United States, which does make the subject matter slightly ironic.
- It served as an awesome throwback to classic cartoons from the golden age of cartoons, with its own modern touches.
- Unlike Hannah Montana, there is more to the show than just teenage girls as pop rock stars.
- The theme song “Hi Hi” was great.
- Pop culture references that are surprisingly understandable.
- The Bob Clampett-style slapstick is insanely hilarious, similar to Tom and Jerry, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and Heckle and Jeckle, as well as Tex Avery-style fourth wall breaks, similar to Ed, Edd n Eddy and Chowder.
- Yumi and Ami are likable and relatable characters. They are very cute protagonists, as their character designs are pure adorable, to become both of Cartoon Network’s cutest pop/rock stars.
- Cool anime references.
- Despite getting a cult following in the USA and Canada, it became very successful in Japan.
- The backgrounds are more stylized, similar to the UPA cartoons of the 1940s and 50s.
- Amazing visuals.
- The cutesy musical montages are great.
- The show uses a unique blend of Flash Animation and anime-esque traditional animation combined.
- Very catchy songs by Puffy AmiYumi, including the theme song “Hi Hi”
- The voice acting is really good, especially from Janice Kawayne and Grey DeLisle as Ami and Yumi respectively.
- The show has good life lessons and morals.
- It was nominated for three Annie Awards and had its own merchandise line.
- The show has a lot of pretty colors and appealing backgrounds.
- While Ami and Yumi usually speak American English, they also occasionally speak in Japanese, which is cute, funny and awesome all at the same time.
- Amazing power pop soundtrack.
- It uses clever jokes and gags.
- The show features cameos by the real Puffy AmiYumi themselves every now and then.
- So many great episodes like Ami´s Secret, Dance a Go-Go, Run Cat Run, Disco-Caper, Manga Madness (Part I & II) and the list goes on.
- The final episode "It’s Alive!" was a great way to end the show, despite ending it on a cliffhanger.
悪い品質 (Bad Qualities)
- As mentioned before, the animation in the first two seasons is quite subpar.
- Some jokes (mostly in season 1) had a few weak jokes, for example, the biggest weak joke is "Something Elephanty too".
- Kaz can be unlikable at times.
- Ami is very annoying sometimes. She can also be considered a Mary Sue as she is flawless and the other characters (except for the villains obviously) love her too easily.
- The live-action segments are forgettable and pointless, but luckily, they were not present the second season.
- The show has a number of CatDog writers.
- It had a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Float in 2005.
- The entire series was released on DVD in Japan.
- Much of the character designs were done by Lynne Naylor, who also designed characters for Samurai Jack and Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, and would go on to create The Modifyers with her late husband Chris Reccardi, which was a failed Nickelodeon pilot.