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Anime: Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z

Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z ("And away they go! Powerpuff Girls Z") is an anime adaptation of the American cartoon The Powerpuff Girls. It turns Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup into Magical Girl Warriors, complete with elaborate transformation sequences that hover somewhere between homage to and parody of 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 Alternate Continuity 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 Powerpuff Girls Rogues Gallery make a re-appearance here, although Mojo Jojo is now a normal monkey turned Mad Scientist 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 Verbal Tic and ends every sentence with "Mojo".

The series was made due to the refusal of major Japanese networks to air the original series, which was very popular on cable, since it wasn't produced in Japan.

This show provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Most of the names from the original Powerpuff Girls are kept, but new characters are 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.
  • Alpha Bitch: Princess, obviously.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The English dub theme song differs from the Japanese theme.
  • Artificial Human: Alpha and Beta in the manga.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Momoko/Blossom, thrice over.
  • Balloon Belly: The girls after eating too much ramen in episode 15.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: This is how the Genre Savvy Blossom and Mojo first realize that they're supposed to be enemies.
  • Berserk Button: NEVER tell Buttercup that she looks cute in a skirt.
  • Between My Legs: Blossom in episode 13.
  • Bokukko: Kaoru/Buttercup
  • Bowdlerise: The dub version of Power Puff Girls Z 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, on DVD releases in Japan and in the dub they are completely re-drawn, showing them holding a garden hose and wetting people with it.
    • 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 into a woman named Ivy. Note that even anyone familiar with the American original Powerpuff Girls 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 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 crush on him. The boy doesn't deny it. This accusation was changed in the dub.
  • Boy of the Week: Momoko/Blossom falls for a boy at least Once per Episode.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Powerpuff Girls, we need you!!!!!" Or, in the Japanese version, "Powerpuff Girls Z da wan!!"
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Canon Foreigner: Ken Utonium
  • Childhood Friend Romance: 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.
  • Christmas Episode
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Some of their powers come from their outfits, and when the professor tries on Bubbles outfit, he is mistaken for Bubbles.
  • Code Name
  • Competitive Balance
  • Composite Character: Poochi is combination of The Talking Dog and The PPG Hotline.
  • Continuity Nod: 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.
  • Crazy-Prepared: 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.
  • Cute Bruisers
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episodes that focus more on the villains and make them seem fairly sympathetic. Most have their own Freudian Excuses, or at least redeeming qualities.
  • Destructive Saviour: The Powerpuff Girls tend to damage the city during their battles, to the Mayor's chagrin.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Peach/Poochi
  • Evil Redhead: Himeko/Princess, although less on the actual evil and more on the jerk, albeit a sympathetic one.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: Played for Laughs in Episode 18.
  • Femme Fatale: Sedusa.
  • Freudian Excuse: Three noteworthy ones:
  • Fingerless Gloves: Probably as a nod to the original PPG's lack of fingers.
  • Genre Savvy: Momoko/Blossom
  • Girlish Pigtails: Miyako/Bubbles
  • Gratuitous English: Their transformations are invoked with English phrases.
    • You also have the Gigi the Great (aka Gilbert). He seems to especially love the word charisma.
  • Hair Colors
  • He Who Must Not Be Named: 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.
  • Humongous Mecha: Mojo Jojo's creations
  • Hyperspace Mallet: Buttercup. It's actually one of her superpowers.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Bubbles with Octi in Episode 36.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "Fighting Love, Science Legend! Powerpuff Girls Z!"
    • Let's not forget "Fighting Love Knowledge Legend! Oedo Chaki Chaki Girls"
  • Jumped at the Call: Blossom.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Blossom, again.
  • Laying On A Hillside
  • Legion of Doom: 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.
  • Lettered Sequel: 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.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to its American counterpart.
  • Magical Girl: And how.
  • Megaton Punch: 4 year oldPreteen Blossom packs a wicked haymaker that can send an evil monkey from the surface down to the underground rail lines.
  • Mundane Utility: In Episode 34.
  • My God, You Are Serious: It wasn't an April Fool's joke.
  • On The Next Episode Of Catchphrase
  • Pinky Swear: Happened to Miyako/Bubbles and Takaaki/Cody.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: The original Powerpuff Girls were kindergartners. The PPGZ girls are specifically said to be in Middle School.
  • The Powerpuff Girls Can Breathe In Space: In Episode 18.
  • Power Trio
  • Race Lift: Basically everyone goes from being White to being Asian.
    • Although they all still look like they are White of European descent.
  • Rogues Gallery: Mostly borrowed from the original series.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Princess and her family.
  • Science Marches On: This is a 2006 series. Why is the major, obviously on the breaking edge of chemistry, scientist still using FLOPPY DISKS?
  • Sealed Evil in a Can
  • Sentai
  • She's a Man in Japan: 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.
  • Shout-Out: 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, "Is it a bird? Is it a plane?"
    • Episode 48 has what might be a very subtle Shout-Out to Final Fantasy VII, when 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 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
    • And of course, the series contains lots of Shout Outs to the original Powerpuff Girls, 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 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.
      • Also, Duchess Morbucks seems like Bunny in the original Powerpuff Girls episode "Twisted Sister" and Princess. Like Bunny, Duchess has purple eyes and brown hair, and has a purple theme color. She also gave some burden to the girls and only had her direct appearance at only one episode. Like Princess, well, probably her Morbucks Z counterpart is similar. Unlike Bunny, however, she's an evil genius.
      • The titular "z", perhaps?
  • Sixth Ranger: Mojo Jojo mistakenly believes that Morbucks Z is one.
  • Snap Back: Episode 43 ends with Blossom's exile from Earth.
  • Spoof Aesop: 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.
  • Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Bubbles' counterpart shocks her teammates when she starts talking to puppies while they're trailing Him.
  • Super Hero
  • Super Hero Origin: The pilot.
  • Swiss Army Tears: Lampshaded in Episode 36, where Bubbles' tears release Octi from Him's control.
  • Theme Naming: Princess and her older sister Duchess, at least in the English dub.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe
  • Transformation Sequence: The three girls.
    • Princess and Sedusa are given brief transformation sequences of their own. Princess' sister Duchess also gets her own alter ego.
  • Transformation Trinket: The girls' belts and compacts.
  • Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, Mojo Jojo with "mojo", Fuzzy Lumpkins with "de mon da", Peach with "da wan".
    • Mojo Jojo lampshades this in the dentist episode, where he is able to suppress this habit, however briefly.
  • Weapon of Choice
  • Whole Plot Reference: "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 giant Octi).
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: X,K and Z are cooler than all the other letters, but clearly Z is still cooler than X.

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