Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi is an American 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 pop rock 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.
Why It Rocks
- Despite its subpar animation in seasons 1-2, it had an amusing art style.
- It served as an awesome throwback to classic cartoons from the golden age of cartoons.
- Unlike Hannah Montana, there was more to the show than just teenage girls as pop rock stars.
- The theme song was good.
- 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 Japan's cutest tomboys.
- 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.
- The cutesy musical montages are great.
- The show uses a unique blend of Flash Animation and Anime combined.
- Very catchy songs by Puffy AmiYumi.
- The voice acting is really good.
- 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.
- Ami and Yumi can speak in both American English and Japanese languages, which is really awesome.
- Amazing soundtrack.
- It uses clever jokes and gags.
- The show features cameos by the real Puffy AmiYumi themselves every now and then.
- As mentioned before, the animation is quite subpar.
- A few of these episodes are incredibly stupid. Like Juilie AmiYumi
- Some jokes (mostly in season 1) had a few weak jokes, for example, the biggest weak joke is "Something Elephanty too".
- Kaz can get pretty unlikable sometimes.
- Ami can be highly annoying sometimes. Also, she can be a Mary Sue as she lacks flaws 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 removed from 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.