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''Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z'' ("And away they go! Powerpuff Girls Z") is an {{anime}} adaptation of the American cartoon ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. It turns Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup into {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s, complete with elaborate [[TransformationSequence transformation sequences]] that hover somewhere between homage to and parody of [[MagicalGirl the genre]]. Originally announced on April 1, 2005, which led many fans to believe it was an April Fool's joke, but the show premièred for real on July 1, 2006.

The storyline indicates that this is ''very'' much an AlternateContinuity from the American version, starting right from the girls' origin: Professor Utonium's son Ken is conducting a weather-changing experiment using "Chemical Z" (as opposed to the original's "Chemical X"), causing an accident that grants superpowers to three unrelated thirteen-year-old girls -- Blossom (Momoko Akatsutsumi) (codenamed "Hyper Blossom" in her powered form), Bubbles (Miyako Goutokuji) ("Rolling Bubbles"), and Buttercup (Kaoru Matsubara) ("Powered Buttercup").

Many of the original ''PowerpuffGirls'' RoguesGallery make a re-appearance here, although several of them are now of the TragicMonster variety - and Mojo Jojo is now a normal monkey turned MadScientist by Chemical Z, bent on seeking revenge against humanity which mistreated him. Instead of translating the convoluted speech pattern the original character used into a nigh-incomprehensible Japanese version, he has a VerbalTic and ends every sentence with "Mojo".

The series was made due to the refusal of major Japanese networks to air the original series, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff which was very popular on cable, since it wasn't produced in Japan]].
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AerithAndBob: Several from the original Powerpuff Girls are kept, but new characters (including the secret identities the Girls and some of their enemies have in this continuity) given Japanese names. So that means you have characters like "Keane-sensei" among a class of kids with Japanese names Momoko, Miyako, Kaoru, you have Utonium and his son with the surname "Kitazawa," "Miss Bellum" next to characters like Sakurako, etc.
** Averted in the dub, which [[DubNameChange removes all the Japanese names via reinstating the original names of anyone whose name was changed (and adding new Anglophone names where needed)]]
* AlphaBitch: Princess, obviously.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The English dub theme song differs from the Japanese theme.
* TheArtifact: The story's setting has been moved to Japan, but several of the characters are based off of characters from the original series who had English names. Some of the characters are given new Japanese names to fit the setting, such as the girls while not transformed, but some of them keep their original names in order to remain recognizable, such as Mojo Jojo and almost all of the other returning villains. The result is the AerithAndBob situation as described a few entries above. As a general rule, most good characters get new Japanese names and most villains keep their old name, but there are exceptions. For example, Professor Utonium both keeps his old name ''and'' gets a new Japanese surname, the girls, Princess, and Sedusa all use Japanese names in their civilian forms while using their original names in their alter egos, and Miss Bellum and Ms. Keane/"Keane-sensei" both keep their names.
** Averted in the dub thanks to the CulturalTranslation that it went through; none of the original English names are out of place any longer as a result.
* ArtificialHuman: [[spoiler:Alpha and Beta in the manga.]]
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: Momoko/Blossom, thrice over.
* BalloonBelly: The girls after eating too much ramen in episode 15.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: This is how the GenreSavvy Blossom and Mojo first realize that they're supposed to be enemies.
* BerserkButton: NEVER tell Buttercup that she looks cute in a skirt.
* BetweenMyLegs: Blossom in episode 13.
* {{Bokukko}}: Kaoru/Buttercup
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The dub version of ''PowerPuffGirlsZ'' has plenty of examples, the most notable being the episode where the Rowdyruff Boys make their debut:
** While in the original the Boys climb on a roof and take a piss on people's heads, in the dub the scene is completely re-drawn, and replaced with them holding a garden hose and wetting people with it. This one's actually a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], though; the same exact thing happened to the show in its original language. The scene where the boys piss on people's heads was only ever shown during the series' syndication, and once the episode came out on DVD, it was replaced with the same garden hose scene that got shown in the dub. Apparently the MoralGuardians in Japan weren't too happy with that scene either.
** When the Boys start attacking the Powerpuff Girls, they flip their skirts. This was cut in the dub.
** They then proceed to humiliate them further by taking off their pants and mooning them. Guess what happened to the scene in the dub.
** One dub change that didn't involve the Rowdyruff Boys: Turning Snake of the Gangreen Gang [[ShesAManInJapan into a woman named Ivy]]. Note that even anyone familiar with the ''American'' original PowerpuffGirls series would know that that's supposed to be a guy...
** Sakurako [=/=] Annie transforms into Sedusa because she wants to be 'sexy like Miss Bellum' and make her love interest notice her. In the dub of course this motive is removed. Later, she finds her boyfriend Jason chatting with his college teacher. She turns into Sedusa because she thinks he's cheating on her with said teacher. In the dub, she simply thinks that he found a new friend and that he no longer wants to be her friend.
** In the original, Bubbles' childhood friend Taka has been isolated in a hospital for 7 years over a chronic, potentially lethal [[HeartTrauma heart condition]]. In the dub (where he's renamed as Cody), he only goes there over a minor injury.
** They also have long white socks/stockings digitally added in the English dub.
** Fuzzy Lumpkins marks his territory by hand-printing all over it. After falling in love with Ms. Bellum, he dreams of smacking her butt, marking it this way to "claim" her. In the dub that scene was cut.
** When Ken goes to school, a boy always tries to bully him. Momoko/Blossom's sister confronts the boy about it by saying that he only bullies Ken because he has a [[LovingBully crush on him]]. The boy doesn't deny it. [[GetBackInTheCloset This accusation was changed in the dub]].
* [[GirlOfTheWeek Boy of the Week]]: Momoko/Blossom falls for a boy at least OncePerEpisode.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Powerpuff Girls, we need you!!!!!" Or, in the Japanese version, "Powerpuff Girls Z [[VerbalTic da wan]]!!"
* CallingYourAttacks
* CanonForeigner: Ken Utonium
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Miyako/Bubbles has had a crush on a boy named Takaaki/Cody that she met once as a child for years. This is the main reason she rejects all the boys at school.
* ChristmasEpisode
* ClarkKenting: In this continuity the girls have secret identities, and they preserve these identities by changing absolutely nothing about themselves except their clothes when out superheroing. Nobody, not even people who know them well, recognizes them. This is made even sillier in the dub, where they don't even bother to change their names.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Some of their powers come from their outfits, and when the professor tries on Bubbles outfit, he is mistaken for Bubbles.
* CodeName
%%* CompetitiveBalance
%%** FragileSpeedster: Blossom
%%** SquishyWizard: Bubbles
%%** LightningBruiser: Buttercup
* CompositeCharacter: Poochi is combination of The Talking Dog and The PPG Hotline.
* CrazyPrepared: Ken and/or the Professor have, for no readily explainable reason, a ray that fires Chemical Z and another ray that reverses its effect, despite the fact that Chemical Z was just invented earlier that same day, cameras already positioned all over the world that just happen to be compatible with the Powerpuff's magical belt... things, and a rocket loaded with French dressing just in case the girls ever have to fight sentient vegetables... etc. Not to mention all those crazy steps that Ms. Keane took to keep the girls in class.
* CulturalTranslation: The dub undoes the SettingUpdate and brings the show's location back to English speaking territory.
* {{Cute Bruiser}}s
* ADayInTheLimelight: Episodes that focus more on the villains and make them seem fairly sympathetic. Most have their own {{Freudian Excuse}}s, or at least redeeming qualities.
* DestructiveSaviour: The Powerpuff Girls tend to damage the city during their battles, to the Mayor's chagrin.
* EvilDetectingDog: Peach/Poochi
* EvilRedhead: Himeko/Princess, although less on the actual evil and more on the jerk, albeit a [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic one.]]
* ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask: PlayedForLaughs in Episode 18.
* FemmeFatale: Sedusa.
* ForeignRemake: Created in Japan, and complete with a SettingUpdate to match. [[CulturalTranslation Although the dub winds up getting rid of the Setting Update in question]].
* FreudianExcuse: Three noteworthy ones:
** Poor Princess Morbucks grew up in the shadow of her incredibly talented sister Duchess, and got very little attention from her parents, and [[LonelyRichKid used getting whatever she wanted from her wealth as means of compensating for it.]]
** Sakurako[=/=]Annie was [[ShrinkingViolet shy and insecure all her life]], and can't bear it anymore now that she's in love with someone and feels that she's not sexy enough for him, hence her personna as Sedusa.
** Bubbles' boyfriend Cody [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent was transformed into a werewolf]], stemming from his desire for freedom from the hospital bed he's lived in for years due to a critical condition. [[spoiler: He recovered.]]
* FingerlessGloves: Probably as a nod to the original [=PPG=]'s lack of fingers.
* GenreSavvy: Momoko/Blossom
* GirlishPigtails: Miyako/Bubbles
* GratuitousEnglish: Their transformations are invoked with English phrases.
** You also have the [[CampGay Gigi the Great]] (aka Gilbert). He seems to especially love the word charisma.
* HairColors
* HeWhoMustNotBeNamed: As with the original series, "Him" is the only designation that is safe to describe Him with. When Ken asks why, Utonium tells him Him's real name. You can't hear Utonium's voice during the scene, but Ken's expressions says it all.
* HumongousMecha: Mojo Jojo's creations
* HyperspaceMallet: Buttercup. It's actually one of her superpowers.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Bubbles with Octi in Episode 36.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: "Fighting Love, Science Legend! Powerpuff Girls Z!"
** Let's not forget "Fighting Love Knowledge Legend! Oedo Chaki Chaki Girls"
* JumpedAtTheCall: Blossom.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Blossom, again.
* LayingOnAHillside
* LegionOfDoom: In Episode 50, where Him gathers all the other monsters except Princess and Sedusa. Villians also tend to team up on a smaller scale as well.
* LetteredSequel: While the ''Z'' title is justified by the name of the chemical, it also seemingly serves as a nod to older series such as Dragon Ball Z and Mazinger Z.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to its American counterpart.
* MagicalGirl: And how.
* MegatonPunch: [[strike: 4 year old]]Preteen Blossom packs a wicked haymaker that can send an evil monkey from the surface down to the underground rail lines.
* MundaneUtility: In Episode 34.
* MyGodYouAreSerious: It ''wasn't'' an April Fool's joke.
* MythologyGag: Outside of "Powerpuff Kids," you have several nodding to the original Powerpuff Girls including whole episodes referencing plots from the original series.
** One had the girls fight due to Him's possession of Octi much like "Octi Evil" and another had monsters rampage freely throughout New Townsville, similar to the plot of "Bought and Scold" where Princess makes all criminal activity legal.
** Then you have the 2nd opening which contains numerous allusions to the original series, particularly the Liberty Bell, Harmony Bunny, and Mange suits from Super Zeroes, Blossom's ability to use her bow as a weapon, Bubbles' ability to talk to animals, Buttercup's ability to roll her tongue, Utonium's Powerprof. suit, and a mecha much like D.Y.N.A.M.O. The professor's suit, Blossom's bow attack, and D.Y.N.A.M.O. eventually make it into the series.
** And if that wasn't enough, one episode has the girls briefly drop into Townsville where the original Powerpuff Girls are fighting off a monster.
** One of the later episodes has the girls run across the world doing odd jobs and challenges for Him in order to save the Professor from his clutches... only to find at the end that the Professor was in no actual danger and the whole thing was really for nothing - Him, of course, having never actually ''said'' the Professor was in jeopardy - essentially the plot to "Him Diddle Riddle" from the original show.
** In the episode where Princess/Himeko' sister Duchess/Miko comes to town, she hatches a plan to upstage the Powerpuff Girls by making her own Powerpuff suit full of hi-tech weapons to copy their abilities, and become a better Powerpuff Girl than them - this was the Princess' initial scheme in her first appearance in the original show. Her suit even has the same tiara that Princess wore in the original series.
** One episode has the girls constantly being woken up in the middle of the night several days in a row by monster attacks: first by Princess, then by Mojo. At the end of the episode - after they finally snap and smash Mojo in a CurbStompBattle - Buttercup quips that they prefer "save the day before bedtime."
* PinkySwear: Happened to Miyako/Bubbles and Takaaki/Cody.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: The original ''PowerpuffGirls'' were kindergartners. The PPGZ girls are specifically said to be in Middle School.
* [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace The Powerpuff Girls Can Breathe In Space]]: In Episode 18.
* PowerTrio
** BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup, though not as pronounced as the original girls.
** BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Bubbles, Buttercup and Blossom.
** FighterMageThief: [[LightningBruiser Buttercup]] (Fighter), [[SquishyWizard Bubbles]] (Mage), and [[FragileSpeedster Blossom]] (Thief).
** TownGirls: Bubbles (Femme), Blossom (Neither) and Buttercup (Butch)
* RaceLift: Basically everyone goes from being White to being Asian.
** Although they all still look like they are White of European descent.
* RoguesGallery: Mostly borrowed from the original series.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Princess and her family.
* ScienceMarchesOn: This is a 2006 series. Why is the major, obviously on the breaking edge of chemistry, scientist still using FLOPPY DISKS?
** RuleOfFunny maybe?
** [[RealityIsUnrealistic This is actually a reflection of how Japanese scientists and businesses manage their tech]]. While Americans view floppy disks and fax machines as obsolete, the Japanese still use them regularly.
* SealedEvilInACan
* {{Sentai}}: Momoko/Blossom is a ''huge'' fan of these types of shows. And so is her little sister, Kuriko/[[DubNameChange Casey]].
* SettingUpdate: The story takes place in Japan now. [[CulturalTranslation The setting moves right back to where it used to be in the dub, though]].
* SerialRomeo: Momoko/Blossom LOVES cute boys, but goes through crushes like candy and doesn't linger very long on any of them. One of the very first scenes that features her has her come across a boy and start gushing about him in a way that you'd expect him to be her main love interest... [[EstablishingCharacterMoment And then immediately afterwards she spots and starts gushing over several other boys in quick succession]].
* ShesAManInJapan: Snake/Ivy of the Gangreen Gang. Odd considering how the dub tried to make the show more like its CN counterpart. Then again, considering what the anime did to Snake's character, the result could have come off like a Drag Queen. This is inverted with Little Arturo, who is a girl in the anime, and yet keeps the original ''male'' name. The dub of the series reverted Arturo back to being a boy, though he retained a feminine voice and his dress.
* ShoutOut: The girls' transformations include tributes to many other magical girls.
** In episode 10, as the girls are flying in to stop Mojo, a new reporter yells, "[[{{Superman}} Is it a bird? Is it a plane?"]]
** Episode 48 has what might be a very subtle ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', when [[spoiler: Cody climbs the cliff while in monster form, in exactly the same way that Red XIII/Nanaki does in the very last scene of ''Final Fantasy VII'' and the beginning of ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''.]]
** And of course, the series contains lots of [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to the original PowerpuffGirls, most notably in the second opening, but also in the episodes themselves, including Bubbles talking to animals, an episode where the Mayor (possessed by a ghost) passes a law honoring monsters (referencing the original series episode Bought And Scold), an episode where Him possesses Bubbles' doll Octi (referencing Octi Evil), one where Him challenges the girls to get three items for him to save Professor Utonium, Ken and Poochi from [[strike:certain doom]] getting a haircut (referencing Him Diddle Riddle), one where vegetable monsters attack the girls (a reference to Beat Your Greens) and lots, lots, LOTS more. There's also an episode where Professor Utonium makes a "super suit", referencing the one he had in Powerprof. Buttercup's Hurricane Lutz move might be a reference to her ability to turn into a tornado in the original series. See MythologyGag for more examples.
*** The titular "z", perhaps?
* SixthRanger: Mojo Jojo mistakenly believes that Morbucks Z is one.
* SnapBack: Episode 43 ends with Blossom's exile from Earth.
* SpoofAesop: The second half of episode 43 involves Blossom's attempts to impress Princess by pretending she has a boyfriend named Lucas Clark. It escalates to a point where she claims it's an alien being oppressed by his parents ''just'' as a passing space ship fitting her description passes by, leading to a chain reaction that causes the entire world to cheer for them to be reunited. When she goes on international television to admit that it was all a lie, she gets chased off Earth by an angry mob. The episode ends with her sitting on a meteor pondering her options as text and audio saying "don't lie" appear just before the fade.
* SuddenlyFluentInGibberish: Bubbles' counterpart shocks her teammates when she starts talking to puppies while they're trailing Him.
* SuperHero
* SuperHeroOrigin: The pilot.
* SwissArmyTears: {{Lampshaded}} in Episode 36, where Bubbles' tears release Octi from Him's control.
* ThemeNaming: Princess and her older sister Duchess, at least in the English dub.
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse
* TransformationSequence: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_YDachmBlQ The three girls.]]
** Princess and Sedusa are given brief transformation sequences of their own. Princess' sister Duchess also gets her own alter ego.
* TransformationTrinket: The girls' belts and compacts.
* VerbalTic: In the Japanese version, Mojo Jojo with "mojo", Fuzzy Lumpkins with "de mon da", Peach with "da wan".
** Mojo Jojo {{lampshade}}s this in the dentist episode, where he is able to suppress this habit, however briefly.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Even moreso than the original girls, since the Powerpuffs in this continuity have secret identities and the "make excuses to be let out of class" trope is in full swing.
* WeaponOfChoice
** Blossom: KillerYoyo
** Bubbles: [[BubbleGun Bubble]] [[MagicStaff Staff]]
** Buttercup: DropTheHammer
* WholePlotReference: "It's All Because of Him" / "Girlz, Break Up!?" is pretty much the PPGZ version of "Octi Evil" from the original series (Him possesses Octi and causes in-fighting amongst the girls, culminating in a battle against a [[MakeMyMonsterGrow giant Octi]]).
* XtremeKoolLetterz: X,K and Z are cooler than all the other letters, but clearly Z is still cooler than X.
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